Baseball

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The NCAA is giving all Division I college athletes an extra season of eligibility to make up for this spring that was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto said the decision mostly affects graduating seniors who play sports like baseball, softball, lacrosse and golf.


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Lawmakers want to crack down on schools and coaches that force students to participate in only one extra-curricular activity. They say the one-sport rule can hamper a teenager's ability to adapt. 

The bill would not allow rules that restrict a student to only one sport.

State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) said it's possible for coaches to require their players to only participate in their particular activity. But Miller said allowing students to be multi-sport athletes can help them become more well-rounded.

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The voice of the Cleveland Indians may soon be honored in Cooperstown. Tom Hamilton is a finalist for the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award, presented to a broadcaster for major contributions to baseball. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says Cleveland fans have been hearing Hamilton on the radio for 30 years.

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The baseball coach at The College of Wooster is retiring after nearly 40 years. Tim Pettorini leaves as the fifth-winningest coach in Division III history, guiding his teams to the NCAA tournament more than two dozen times. WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says Pettorini’s legacy is remarkable.

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, December 10: 

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After going 2-4 on the road to start the season, the Cleveland Indians are getting ready for the team’s home-opener Friday. The team's grounds keeping crew has been fighting against cold weather to make sure the playing field itself is ready for the big day.

Picture of Leslie Heaphy, Ph.D. with baseball.
Kent State University

Leslie Heaphy, Ph.D. is the coordinator of the Honors Program and an associate professor in the Department of History at Kent State University at Stark. Her book, The Negro Leagues, 1869-1960, was a finalist for the Seymour Medal for the Best Book on Baseball. 

National Baseball Hall of Fame

Many people in Northeast Ohio are rooting for the Cleveland Indians as they play in the American League Division Series. But some baseball enthusiasts are hoping they'll take time this weekend to remember an Ohioan whose baseball career was cut short because of racism. Today is Moses Fleetwood Walker’s birthday and thanks to a new state law, he will be honored on that day every year.

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, September 20th:

Majority of undergraduate college students graduated with debt last year, report says;

Radio legend John Webster dies at 74;

Akron Police Captain Brian Simcox placed on administrative leave;

Domestic dispute ends in death of Youngstown man;

University of Akron considers bringing back baseball and adding women's lacrosse;

Akron RubberDucks Enlist a Local Dog to Keep Birds at Bay

Apr 14, 2016
Photo of RubberDucks goose chaser Duke Walsh
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Today is the home opener for the Akron RubberDucks. For the 2016 season, the team has a new helper to help keep geese off the team’s new field at Canal Park.

Head groundskeeper Chris Walsh brings his dog Duke to work with him to deter geese from landing. Walsh says the 7-year-old boxer has proven to be the best tactic for keeping the birds at bay.