Doing his part
“I have no criticism for those who wait for the draft but I didn’t like the idea myself. I could offer my services without hesitation but I didn’t like to feel that I was forced to go. This is a matter that everybody has to decide for himself and I decided for myself that I would enlist. … I don’t like to be a target for shrapnel any better than the next man. But that isn’t a subject that it does much good to speculate about. Somebody has got to fight and I don’t see how I could consistently fail to do my share.” — Boston Braves catcher Hank Gowdy, who became the first active major league player to enlist for military service in World War I on June 27, 1917. He joined the Ohio National Guard because he wanted to fight alongside men he was raised with. He served with distinction in the 166th Infantry Regiment and became a part of the “Rainbow Division,” the Fighting 42nd. He saw combat in the Battles of Chateau Thierry, Saint Mihiel, and the Argonne as a color sergeant.
Indians are positive
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Indians president Chris Antonetti said a “couple” of staff members have chosen not to take part in the resumption of training camp due to COVID-19 concerns.
Speaking on a Zoom call Friday, Antonetti did not identify the staffers who have opted out or specify their roles in the organization. He added that he’s unaware of any players declining to participate because of health reasons. Antonetti said the club has spoken to “every high-risk individual” about the risks of returning. The Indians are scheduled to re-open camp on July 1 in Cleveland.
“We would be fully supportive if anyone felt this wasn’t the right environment for them to participate,” he said.
Antonetti added that the club has “had a few isolated cases” of players testing positive for the coronavirus. He said there were cases in the Dominican Republic as well as at the team’s training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. He said all of the infected individuals have recovered or are only showing mild symptoms.
Mount Union’s first title run
ALLIANCE — Mount Union’s 1993 NCAA Division III second-round playoff game against Albion (Mich.) will be broadcast by WIVM at 7 p.m. today.
Jim Gresko ran for 175 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries in leading Mount Union past Albion 30-16 in front of 4,888 fans at Mount Union Stadium.
Gresko, who led McDonald High School to the state championship game in 1989, scored on runs of 53 and 49 yards in the opening eight minutes.
Ed Bubonics hauled in a 52-yard touchdown pass from Jim Ballard with 12 seconds left in the third quarter to give Mount Union a 22-16 lead.
The win was a key one as the Purple Raiders went on to capture the first of their 13 NCAA national titles.
The game is on Channel 39 over the air, Spectrum Channel 989 in Canton and online at WIVMTV.com.
Football season canceled
ATLANTA (AP) — Morehouse College canceled its football and cross country seasons because of the coronavirus pandemic. President David A. Thomas said scholarships would be honored. The Historically Black College competes at the NCAA Division II level in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
“Like all of the decisions we’ve made related to COVID-19, this was a difficult one but was made with the health and well-being of our students and community in mind,” Thomas wrote on school website.
Thomas also wrote about the difficulty in safely travelling and hosting games and events while maintaining social distancing.
Two days, two races
LONG POND, Pa. — This weekend at Pocono Raceway will mark the first time in NASCAR Cup Series’ modern era the series will run a pair of races at one track in consecutive days.
The last time the Cup Series raced in consecutive days was in 1971 with Richard Petty winning at Columbia Speedway (S.C.) on Aug. 27 and Tiny Lund winning at Hickory Speedway (N.C.) on Aug. 28.