The Question …
Name the player who is in the MLB Hall of Fame, won over 300 during his career, and spent the most time in the Major Leagues without playing a single World Series game.
Star Tracking …
June 18, 2001
TULSA, Okla. Retief Goosen 3-putted from 12 feet on the 18th hole to squander a U.S. Open victory and he was the lucky one. At least the South African has a chance to win an 18-hole playoff today. It was to be shown on ESPN, starting at 11 a.m. Not so for Stewart Cink. He blew a gimmie from 18 inches on the same hole, costing himself a chance to be in the playoff between Goosen and Mark Brooks, who also 3-putted the 18th, then cleaned out his locker thinking he was finished, only to have his two competitors self-destruct. It was a truly bizarre finish to a tournament that, as it turned out, isn't over yet.
Brandon Miller was "The Man" in Meridian High School's Turnage Gymnasium during the 1980s. And although Miller admitted he wasn't necessarily in the best of shape late Saturday night, he and his VIP teammates were once again the cream of the crop at MHS. Miller scored a game-high 27 points in the championship game, leading VIP to the gold medal of the State Games of Mississippi 2001 adult basketball competition with a 64-61 win over Avery Dennison Showtime.
June 18, 1997
BALTIMORE Eric Davis has battle dozens of injuries during his major league career. Now he faces his toughest task returning from colon cancer. Davis had a cancerous tumor the size of a baseball removed from his colon last week. He is expected to make a complete recovery, although follow-up treatment could keep him out of the Baltimore Orioles' lineup for the rest of the season. The 35-year-old outfielder was eating solid food Tuesday and anticipated being released from Johns Hopkins Hospital as early as today. Within the next few days he will decide whether to chemotherapy treatments to keep the disease in check, an option that surgeon Dr. Keith Lillemoe strongly recommends. Lillemoe said all the cancer in the colon was removed during the June 13 operation. The tumor was cut away before Lillemoe sewed the colon back together.
June 18, 1992
For the past 12 years, Fredez Moore and Chris Richardson have been on the opposite side of the trenches and the biggest of rivals. Philadelphia's Moore and Richardson, who played at cross-town Neshoba Central, have had their share of football wars on the line. Now, they'll join forces. Saturday, the two big men will be fighting for their home state in the Mississippi-Alabama Shrine Classic football game in Mobile, Ala.
The Answer …
Phil Niekro flung that knuckle ball around for 24 seasons without an appearance in the World Series.
Sports Faces …
Ray McClendon was one of several youth referees at this past weekend's State Games of Mississippi soccer competition.
McClendon has been a youth soccer referee for the past three years.
McClendon said he has followed the World Cup on TV.