Remembering Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn - 06/16/14

  I'm not a huge baseball fan but I always keep up with the standings and watch the highlights on the news with interest.  San Diego Padres bat master Tony Gwynn was always one of my favorites.  Gwynn died today at the age of 54 of salivary gland cancer.
  I am heartbroken to learn of Tony's passing.  The guy was class.  20-years in the big leagues and never a hint of scandal or off the field problems.  Gwynn was a student of the sport.  He had a lifetime batting average of .338.  He won five gold gloves and eight league batting titles.  His work on the field spoke for itself.
  I remembering being fascinated when I learned Gwynn was a great point guard in college and was drafted by the NBA as well as major league baseball.  He grew up playing basketball and turned himself into a great baseball player. 
  Gwynn was a role model in every sense of the word.  My son is playing baseball now.  I will make sure he knows about Tony Gwynn.  Condolences to Gwynn's family.    

 

Get This

Last Update on November 24, 2014 10:05 GMT

BASE-THANKSGIVING

MINOT, N.D. (AP) -- Scores of seniors are joining the Air Force -- for Thanksgiving. North Dakota's Minot Air Force Base will be playing host to area senior citizens for Thanksgiving Day. It's a decades old event, with many airmen and civilian employees volunteering to help. Mary Larson is with the local Commission on Aging. She tells the Minot Daily News they're still taking reservations for the holiday dinner. About 200 people attended last Thanksgiving.

CROSS-COUNTRY BIKERS

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- Dean and Taryn Hatcher have the mettle to pedal -- cross-country. The father-daughter team covered 4,200 miles, riding their bikes from Washington state to the Florida Keys. They finished yesterday and lifted their bikes above their heads as supporters cheered. The 59-year-old Hatcher and his 20-year-old daughter say they were inspired by reports about the unmet needs of veterans. Along the way, they met with veterans and raised money for the organization Hope For The Warriors.

FORT DRUM-WOOD ENERGY

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) -- "Wood" you? Could you? The Army can and does. The wood in this case is from trees and is supplying all the electricity used at Fort Drum in northern New York State. It's part of the Pentagon's green energy initiative. A suburban Albany utility company has converted the formerly coal-fired power plant at Fort Drum. Instead of fossil fuels, the generators are fired by wood scraps from the timber industry. Officials say the biomass facility has also created nearly 200 jobs.

COOKBOOK TESTERS

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- When it comes to good cooks, frat brothers probably don't rank high on your list. That's why cookbook author Kit Wohl turns to the members of Tulane University's Zeta Psi fraternity. The recipes need to be tested, so who better than kitchen-challenged frat brothers? Wohl's eighth cookbook in her "New Orleans Classic" series is now out. Wohl tells The Times-Picayune if the novice chefs a have problem, she knows the recipe has to be rewritten. Wohl says a couple of her recipe testers have gone on to culinary school.

 
[an error occurred while processing this directive]