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The Complete Freshman’s Guide to William & Mary Sports

In Sports Philosophy, William & Mary on August 29, 2012 at 2:36 pm

One thing that William and Mary always leaves out of Orientation is Tribe athletics. Don’t worry, freshmen. Crim Del Harris is here to fill you in with the complete guide to William and Mary sports.

William and Mary Class of 2016,

Congratulations! You are about to become a part of a university that has been a home to Thomas Jefferson (class of 1762), Mike Tomlin ’95 and Jon Stewart ’84. (You probably already knew that, but we’re legally required to mention Jon Stewart at least three times in any article about the College.) You planned for weeks, drove for hundreds of miles, and came with high hopes. Now that you’re moved into Botetourt and that nervous laughter of disappointment has disappeared, you’re ready for your four-year adventure in (occasionally) sunny Williamsburg, Va. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Cabrera Conundrum

In Baseball on August 22, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Major League Baseball suspended San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera for 50 games for violating baseball’s performance enhancing drug policy. How will Cabrera’s actions affect the Giants? More importantly, how will this affect the race for the NL West?

Melky, Melky, Melky.

Last week, a million San Francisco Giants fans sighed deeply, tugged at the collars of their Buster Posey jerseys, and took a deep pull from the 2007 Chardonnay that had been buried behind the kale in their refrigerators. After allowing the dry-yet-smooth vintage to take its desired effect, they peered out from behind burgundy Williams-Sonoma drapes to face a world in which the baseball gods no longer smiled upon them. Read the rest of this entry »

William and Mary’s Moonlight Graham

In Baseball, William & Mary on August 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Some colleges could field an entire baseball team with major league alumni. William and Mary could barely fill a starting rotation. But one of baseball’s rarer stories spent his springs playing baseball in Williamsburg. Owen Kahn is the Moonlight Graham you’ve never heard of.

The Boston Braves didn’t record attendance for the May 24, 1930 game against the Brooklyn Robins, or if they did, that number has been lost. The box score recorded a 5-2 Robins victory over the Braves. It recorded a “W” for Ray Phelps and an “L” for Bob Smith. It recorded a single by Al Lopez, a single for George Sisler and an 0-fer for Rabbit Maranville. And for the only time, the box score recorded the name of Owen Kahn.

Owen Kahn was a unique kind of ballplayer — the Moonlight Graham kind. He had a taste of the majors. He even played in a game. But once Kahn left the field after that game, he never came back. Read the rest of this entry »

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