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by Lorie Lewis Ham


What better time than baseball season to produce a musical that involves baseball! Damn Yankees, produced by the Good Company Players, burst out onto the Roger Rocka’s stage in Fresno on May 18.

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Old #32: Mystery Short Story

IN THE March 4 ISSUE

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by Gary Hoffman


I got my job as a batboy with the Pine City Pinkies not because my old man was somebody important, but because I didn’t have one. Most batboys are hired because their old man knows someone or is an important person in the community. Mine left me and my mom when I was two years old. May 13, 1950, was the date he bailed out for “parts unknown to seek his fortune.” Mom still gets dumpy when that date rolls around every year.

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by Cynthia Chow


In 2009, Dodger Stadium is hosting the World Baseball Classic between Japan and their arch-rival South Korea. With his son-in-law Lloyd the newly promoted Head Groundskeeper, Mas Arai has the privilege of being on the field to witness this match between teams that fully embrace this distinctly American sport. When an aggressively combative reporter from Japan collapses on the field, questions arise whether his death was instigated by his present-day investigations or originated from long-held, never forgotten national aggression.

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Visalia Rawhide Baseball’s New Season

IN THE April 4 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



The Visalia Rawhide Baseball Club opens their new season on April 9 at 7 p.m., and we took a moment a couple of weeks ago to chat with Donny Baarns, their director of broadcasting and media relations, about the new season.

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Baseball And Cracker Jacks

IN THE April 5 ISSUE

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by Margaret Mendel


It’s that time of year again. When the smell of spring is in the air I get all excited waiting to hear those first cracks of the major league baseball bats. The weather might still be a bit unpredictable but rain or shine the baseball season starts the first week in April. There are maybe a dozen major league players that I like to watch, and I cheer the demise of a few teams I consider rivals to my hometown boys, but there’s only one yummy treat I think about when it comes to baseball. Cracker Jacks.

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Sports Highlights in 2013: Local and National

IN THE December 28 ISSUE

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by Larry Ham



Looking back on the year in sports is always a little difficult. Not because there’s not much to talk about, but because it’s hard to remember everything that happened, especially events from the beginning of the year.

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Summer Baseball Fun With Visalia Rawhide

IN THE June 25 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This Valley is lucky to have more than one great sports team to support and enjoy. This time of year all sports minded people are thinking baseball. If you love baseball, why not support the Visalia Rawhide. To see what they are up to this year we chatted with Josh Jackson, Rawhide Media Relations Manager.

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42: Movie Review

IN THE April 22 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
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by Larry Ham



42 is the story of Jackie Robinson’s first two seasons in the Brooklyn Dodger organization; first with the 1946 Montreal Royals, and then with the 1947 Dodgers, becoming the first African-American to play in the modern major leagues.

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Top Five Baseball Movies of All Time

IN THE April 13 ISSUE

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by Larry Ham



It’s the opening weekend for the new movie 42, based on the life of Jackie Robinson, the first black man to play major league baseball in the modern era. I haven’t seen it yet, and when I do, you’ll see a review here at KRL, but I thought you might enjoy my list of the five best baseball movies ever made.

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New Baseball

IN THE March 30 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
andTerrific Tales
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by Herschel Cozine


I was eleven years old. Living as I did in a small town with houses separated by acres of farmland, I had no birthday party. But my family was there. And cake and ice cream. And presents.

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Immanuel Baseball

IN THE March 16 ISSUE

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by Ryne Preheim



As Spring comes into view, and the flowers start to bloom, every Immanuel student is aware of the time…Baseball Season. This season’s team comes with some new additions to their roster that are sure to make an impact in the team’s standings this year.

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Reedley College Baseball

IN THE March 9 ISSUE

FROM THE 2013 Articles,
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andLarry Ham,
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by Larry Ham



Reedley College Baseball coach Steve Pearse knows what it takes to build a successful college baseball program. He came to Reedley College three years ago from UCLA–one of the most distinguished programs in the nation. He also played baseball at Fresno State, another successful program. Although the Tigers are off to a slow start this season, the signs are already there that Reedley College baseball is on the way back to prominence. Coach Pearse recently took some time to answer a few questions.

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by Larry Ham




Former major league pitcher Dennis Springer will be the guest speaker this Saturday night at the Reedley College Baseball kickoff dinner, at six p.m. at the Reedley Community Center. Dennis pitched for Reedley College in the mid eighties before spending eight years in the big leagues, pitching for six teams, including the Angels and the Dodgers. I had a chance to ask Dennis a few questions leading up to Saturday night’s banquet.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham




Because we feel that those who educate our children are among the unsung heroes in our world, we at KRL like to profile local people in education who go above and beyond what they are required to do. This month we are doing our first Immanuel Schools profile on Ryan Wood, who is their Superintendent and High School Principal.

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by Larry Ham



Chris Owings is the kind of athlete you want to root for. The Visalia Rawhide’s star shortstop is articulate, humble and obviously loves doing what he does – which is tearing up the Cal League. I recently had the opportunity to ask Chris a few questions.

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by Larry Ham




Author Thomas Wolfe wrote a novel titled You Can’t Go Home Again. And for many people, that’s true. But for former Clovis High/Fresno City College/Fresno State baseball star Garrett Weber, Wolfe’s sentiment doesn’t hold true. Garrett Weber has come home, and he couldn’t be happier.

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American Pastime: Movie Review

IN THE April 9 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


With baseball season upon us I thought I’d review one of the few baseball movies I’ve ever seen, American Pastime, which is about a Japanese baseball team that forms within an internment camp.

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Dodger/Giant Rivalry in the Valley

IN THE April 7 ISSUE

FROM THE 2012 Articles,
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by Larry Ham




If there’s one thing baseball has over the other major sports, it’s tradition. Yeah, football, basketball and hockey all have traditions, but they’re not as….. well, traditional as baseball. Opening day has red white and blue bunting hanging from the railings at every stadium. Fans of every team have genuine hope in April that this will be the year their team wins it all.

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