NOVEMBER 8 UPDATE
Thanks for the Memories
Paraphrasing Bob Hope, I am grateful for the hundreds of memories evoked by your birthday greetings – via Facebook and email – each of which caused me to take a moment to reflect on each sender. Liked all the photos on Facebook, especially the children. As I posted on my wall, November 7 is the anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution; contrary to rumor, I was not there – but I did witness the Yeltsin revolution which dumped Gorbachev. Confession time: I knew Allison had created a Facebook account for Spy; I did not know that RFH had a personal account until daughter Kathryn told me the messages were piling up, and showed me how to access the account. Did not know I had a wall. Obviously, all of my friends know how to use Facebook. Thank you.
Women’s National Team, Gibson nominated for U.S. Olympic Committee honors
OKLAHOMA CITY — The 2011 USA Softball Women’s National Team and second baseman Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Calif.) are nominees for October 2011 awards from the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC). The team, which went undefeated en route to the program’s seventh consecutive Pan American Games title, is being considered for the Team of the Month while Gibson is being considered for the Female Athlete of the Month.
Fan votes count for 10-percent of the total votes while votes of the Olympic Family comprise the rest. The public is allowed to vote via Twitter through the U.S. Olympic Committee’s page at www.twitter.com/USOlympic/. Vote for the Women’s National Team by going to http://twtpoll.com/jz176x and vote for Gibson by going to http://twtpoll.com/e9e590. Online votes are unlimited but polls close on Nov. 9 at 5 p.m. MT.
In Mexico, the USA Softball Women’s National Team, comprised of 17 Pan American Games rookies, won a seventh consecutive and eighth total Pan American Games gold medal. In the Championship Game, the Red, White and Blue run ruled Canada 11-1 in four innings to preserve a 9-0 record in the tournament. The win improved the program’s overall Pan American Games record to 87-3 since softball debuted in 1979.
Five of Team USA’s victories in Mexico were run-rule games and four were shut outs. Overall, the team outscored opponents 78-8 in Guadalajara. Game scores: United States 10, Venezuela 0 (four innings); United States 10, Dominican Republic (four innings); United States 7, Mexico 0 (five innings); United States 3, Cuba 0; United States 4, Puerto Rico 1; United States 12, Canada 5 (five innings); United States 8, Argentina 0; United States 13, Cuba 1; and United States 11, Canada 1 (four innings).
Team USA hit .429 while holding opponents to .145. Five members of the Red, White and Blue hit .500 or better. Team USA went 87 for 203 with 19 doubles, 10 triples and seven home runs. Ten members of Team USA had at least one extra base hit while the team held opponents to just three extra base hits in the tournament.
The pitching staff of Keilani Ricketts (4-0), Jordan Taylor (2-0), Chelsea Thomas (2-0) and Whitney Canion (1-0) allowed only seven earned runs in nine games. They struck out 69 batters and walked only 10.
USA Softball’s nominee for the Female Athlete of the Month, Gibson started eight of the nine games that she appeared in. With nine hits in 17 plate appearances, Gibson batted .529 with eight runs scored and eight RBI in the nine game span in which Team USA went undefeated. She was walked four times, twice she was hit by a pitch. Gibson hit a double, three triples and a home run, which came in the Championship Game, for a 1.118 slugging percentage. She did not strike out the entire tournament. On the base paths, she was perfect, stealing a team high three bases.
Shannon Sain – Blinn College – 2B – Lamar University
Corina Thornton – 2014 – Texas Bombers 16u Price – Lamar University
AMERICAN FREEDOM GOLD (Soefje)
Monika Reichhardt (2012, OF) – St. Mary’s College of California (Div. I)
Katelyn Klug (2012, RHP) – St. Edward’s University (Div. II)
GA Impact 18 Gold (Watts)
Jordan Brown SS/OF – Georgia State University
Haley Chambley OF – Georgia State University
Janell Echolls OF/SS – Shorter University
Amanda Marshall C/IF/Utility – Nicholls State University
Katie Shultes P/OF – West Georgia University
Laura Thompson P/OF – George Washington University
Hunter Williamson C/IF – Georgia State University
Kalen Callaway OF
Ciera Champion C/IF/OF
Morgan White P
Kelsey Crook IF/OF
Lacey Fritz C/IF
Bailey Hurst IF/OF
Kaylee Hussey C/IF/OF
Speaking of Bob Hope
For many years, the golf calendar revolved around the Masters, the US Open, the PGA, and the Bob Hope and Bing Crosby classics. Now, we have the Justin Timberlake Open. This is progress?
An international tribunal is reopening the investigation of the mass murders perpetrated by the Nazis at Auschwitz. More than 66 years have passed since this most infamous of extermination camps was closed, and even a 20-year old camp guard would now be 86. The emotions run high, for and against. To some, the Nuremburg and other tribunals wrote a final chapter of guilt and innocence. To others, including the also aging survivors, the horror of Auschwitz, with its execution of millions, primarily Jews, can not be forgotten or forgiven. There is another kind of guilt – the silence and acquiescence, like the Poles who lived in Osweicem (the Polish name for Auschwitz), and others, in Germany, Feance and elsewhere, like the United States, who knew and did not act.
My personal reflections on Auschwitz are published on www.spysoftball.org.