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Big leaguers, big impact, big help

Former MLB pitcher, KU baseball coach Marty ‘Duck’ Pattin shares memories of the big leagues

Escalating fuel prices don’t make the hour-long drive from Lawrence to Kauffman Stadium any easier, even for those who can afford to invest so much time commuting. Those who can’t just might feel as if they are in the middle of a Major League Baseball game by pulling up a stool next to Marty “Duck” Pattin, who spent 13 seasons as an American League pitcher.

Marty ‘Duck’ Pattin recalls pitching memories

Former MLB pitcher Marty "Duck" Pattin recounts what it was like pitching against such big names as Roberto Clemente and Mickey Mantle.

Free State volleyball coach collects memorabilia, plans auction to fund upgrades for school’s fitness equipment

Nancy Hopkins is winner of Only in Lawrence Sports Award

The office of Free State physical education teacher/volleyball coach Nancy Hopkins includes typical items for someone in her position: Boxes stuffed with uniforms. Old team pictures. Binders, schedules, stacked cones, file cabinets, random athletic equipment. Open a cabinet here, a drawer there, and before long it’s obvious this isn’t just another PE office. The cramped room is loaded with memorabilia from sports standouts, Hollywood stars and best-selling authors.

Lawrence Phenix softball coach Randy Fyler contributes more than 30 years of success to teaching fundamentals, having fun

Some of Randy Fyler’s softball trophies sit in his basement, collecting cobwebs and dust. His garage contains countless other mementos, but he can’t recall which ones are where. So it’s easy to believe that the awards that have accumulated over 33 years of coaching girls softball don’t mean much to him.

J.D. Cleavinger gives official call on his 44-year refereeing career

A whistle blows on a close play and, predictably, half of the crowd is in uproar. Shouts and cries ring out. “A terrible call!” “A makeup call!” “A homer call!”

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