Former Negro League player and country singer Charley Pride, right, waves to the crowd during a "Salute to the Players of the Negro Leagues" before a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Toronto Blue Jays at Petco Park on May 31, 2013 in San Diego, California.

Charley Pride’s Baseball Career

Widely known as an award-winning country music artist, helping to pioneer that genre for African Americans, Charley Pride (b. 1938) had a baseball career before turning to music. Pride played in the Negro Leagues in the 1950s: some outfield, but he mostly pitched intimidating fastballs, sneaky curves and knuckleballs for teams including the Memphis Red […]

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Mike Torrez: Major Postseason Player

As this year’s World Series makes it into the record books, we remember a local athlete who pitched in several memorable MLB games, including a Fall Classic. Topeka High’s Mike Torrez made a mark in history having pitched, and won, two complete games in the 1977 World Series for the Yankees. Back then, pitchers were […]

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