I was 10 years old as I stood in front of Mantle. I sheepishly walked up to him, did not say a word, and just handed him the ball. Now, as pitchers and catchers get ready to report to spring training, I ponder.
Kobe Bryant became the fifth player and the youngest to reach the 30,000 career point plateau in last night's Lakers win in New Orleans. The other four? Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.
Like Don Larsen, Roy Halladay is the only pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the post-season. Unlike Larsen, he is the only pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the regular season and post-season in his career.