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.    

 

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COIN TOSS-MAYOR

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Usually, one flips a coin to determine things like who gets the ball first in a football game or who gets first dibs at the last slice of pie or something. But to settle an election? That's what happened in a small town high in the Peruvian Andes. Two candidates tied at the ballot box -- with each getting 236 votes in the municipal election. Peru's electoral law allows tie races to be decided by a coin toss. So the coin was tossed. And the winner -- Wilber Medina. His rival says he's cool with the results. It isn't known whether heads or tails carried the day -- and the election.

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SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- It started as a potential case of pilfered pumpkins. But it turned out to be a windfall for a group of pigs. Foster's Daily Democrat in Somersworth, New Hampshire reports hundreds of pumpkins were reported stolen earlier week. The gourds had been set aside behind a school to be sold this weekend at a craft fair. The investigation didn't get far. Turns out a farmer spotted the pumpkins and asked a school worker if he could take them to feed his pigs. The school employee didn't know the pumpkins were being saved -- and the farmer took them. Police say the only ones that turned out happy in the whole episode -- are the hogs.

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- When the fireworks burst in the air tomorrow night over Springfield, Missouri -- it won't be the Fourth of July -- but the last of James Carver. A Missouri funeral director will be bidding farewell to his dad -- by having his cremated remains mixed with fireworks -- and launched into the sky. Carver's father is the first to try the program by Greenlawn Funeral Homes. His son Jim is the funeral director -- and says the eight-minute fireworks display will be followed by a cookout and memorial celebration.

 
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