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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, JULY 26, 2013 .el ~ .... by Sal Giarratani Willie Mays The Day Was July 11 in the Year ... Back on this date in 1914, Babe Ruth made his Major League debut for the Boston Red Sox and received credit for a 4-3 victory over the Indians. He was removed for a pinch-hitter in the seventh and Duffy Lewis' single led to the winning run ... In 1985, on the same date, Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros at that time became the first pitcher in the Majors to reach the 4,000 strikeout mark when he fanned New York's Danny Heep leading off the sixth inning. The Astros beat the Mets 4-3 in 12 innings on Bill Doran's fifth hit of the game. I Made an Error in Last Week's Column It was Dwight Howard and not Dwight Howell who said bye bye to the LA Lakers in favor of the Houston Rockets over the negative tax issue in California and the favor- able tax situation for him in Texas. Thanks to my nephew George for setting the record straight. Pedroia Billboard in Eastie There's a billboard looking down at the East Boston Greenway, that's not far from Santarpio's on Porter Street for a new coconut water drink. There's a super-sized image of Dustin Pedroia say- ing "Hydrate Naturally with Dustin Pedroia." He's hold- ing onto a big baseball bat. Talking Baseball to Beat Alzheimer's Read an interesting com- mentary recently in AARP Magazine on baseball and Alzheimer's. Jim Carlson used to hop trains as a kid to get to St. Louis where he'd watch the Cardinals play baseball through a hole in the fence at the ballpark. He is 89 years old and meets regularly with other diehard Cardinals fans to talk base- ball and share memories. As members of the Cardinals Reminiscence League, they all share two things in common. They love baseball and also are suffering from early stage Alzheimer's. The league is the brainchild of John Morley M.D. Morley is the director of geriatric medicine at St. Louis Uni- versity. There's a similar program in Scotland and soccer. Buck Showalter Joins Fantastic Four Last Friday when the Balti- more Orioles beat the Texas Rangers, 3-1 in Arlington, Texas, it represented man- ager Buck Showalter's 250th victory with the team since being hired in July 2010. Showalter now joins Joe Wishes the Post-Gazette a Happy Anniversary DOM CAMPOCHIARO, President Serving the Community for Over 50 Years/ Torre, Gene Mauch and Dick Williams as the only Major League managers to win 250 wins with at least four different teams. Showal- ter also won at least 250 games with the Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and the. Texas Rangers. Bailey Out for Season Andrew Bailey, the Red Sox closer, up until last month, when he lost the role after a series of bad outings, is now out for the season. For Bailey, his latest injury is the latest in a series of setbacks. The 29-year-old pitched a full season for Oak- land back in 2009. In the four seasons since, he has been on the D.L. at least six times. Over the last two seasons with the Red Sox, Bailey has pitched in 49 games. This year, he has a 3.77 ERA in 30 games for the Red Sox. OMGI The Deal is Almost Done The Boston Red Sox and Dustin Pedroia are on the verge of completing a deal for seven years at $100 million. "It's not official or anything," Pedroia said on July 24th. Right now I'm signed through 2014. Under the new deal, Pedroia would re- ceive an average of $14.28 million through the end of the contract. As Pedroia stated, being a Red Sox lifer is "very important" to him. r DELGAUDIO EST. 1894 RALPH DELGAUDIO 617.227.5915 17 NORTH SQUARE BOSTON, MA 02113 ADJOINING PAUL REVERE HOUSE J JtapP t jSlnni ersanj I Manager 329 Hanover Street Boston, North End P: 617.523.3005 www.x-wear, com HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss A SCHOOL THAT BELIEVES IN CONTRACTS -- In a some- what refreshing take on contracts in the athletic world, there still is at least one place where those who give their word by signing a contract are expected to keep it -- or experience significant financial penalties. That place would be Kent State University in Ohio which has just successfully sued its former men's basketball coach Geno Ford for breach of contract. The amount awarded to Kent State by the court was $1.2 million. Ford had amassed a fine 68-37 record and won two Mid- American Conference titles in three years at KSU. Back in 2010 the coach had renegotiated his contract, increasing his salary to $300,000 per year, making him the highest paid coach in the conference. Ah, but KSU had inserted into the contract a "liquidated damages clause" which stated that if the coach left on his own before March 31, 2015 Kent would get the balance of his contract all in one payment. If Kent fired him, the coach would get the balance. Fast forward to March 2011 and coach Ford had an offer he felt he could not refuse. Come coach at Bradley University for $700,000 a year. And off he went. But Kent State then filed a lawsuit against him for the remaining four years of his salary ($1.2 million). And just last week the institution won a legal victory. Ohio Attorney General Michael DeWine was quoted in press reports as stating: "When coaches and high profile employees leave public universities in breach of their contracts, the State of Ohio has an obligation to seek the compensation to which it is entitled." Coach Ford should have known better. Jim Christian, his immediate predecessor, left Kent State to coach at Texas Christian and wound up paying KSU $350,000. And the legal actions aren't over. Kent is also suing Bradley concerning the matter. That lawsuit is scheduled to go to a jury trial on October 7. To all colleges and pro franchises: We hope you're taking notes. Now you know what to insert into the next contracts that you offer. You also need the willpower to back up that written language with court filings, if needed. JUST TO COOL US OFF -- Both the preseason and regu- lar season schedules for the Bruins were announced during the recent heat wave. The B's will have two preseason home games at the Garden, hosting Detroit on September 19a and Washington on September 23~. The Bruins will open the regular season with a three-game home stand, meeting Tampa Bay on October 3"d, Detroit on October 5th and Columbus (without former Bruin Nathan Horton who has had shoulder surgery) on October 10% November 5TM brings Tyler Seguin back, as Dallas visits, while the rematch between the Bruins and the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks at the Garden won't take place until March 27th. The B's will play a road game in Chicago on January 19th. IN M~.MORIAM -- Remembering the victims of the worst plane crash in Boston history which occurred 40 years ago (July 31, 1973) at Logan International Airport. The crash happened when a Delta Airlines DC-9 hit the seawall at the airport while coming in for a landing in the fog. All 89 people on board Flight 723 were killed, including one person who died several months later in a hospital. Also remembering Harvard University baseball coach Joe Walsh who died one year ago (July 31, 2012) at his home in New Hampshire. 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