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August 28 in Sports History: Little League World Series

In 1993: Long Beach (CA) became the first U.S. team to repeat as Little League World Series champs with a 3-2 victory over Panama. Only South Korea and Mexico have won back-to-back titles. Long Beach was led by Sean Burroughs, a future first-round draft choice of the Padres (1999) and the son of former major leaguer Jeff Burroughs. (baseball library.com)

The New York Mets made one of the silliest draft choices in baseball history when they selected pitcher Kirk Presley with the eighth pick in the first round. Although they paid Presley a handsome $960,000 bonus, he never made it out of Single-A. The Mets passed on players such as Billy Wagner, Derrek Lee, Jason Varitek, Chris Carpenter and Torii Hunter to select a distant relative of Elvis Presley. They eventually paid Wagner $40 million to sign as a free agent in 2006. (baseball-almanac.com)

In 1942: The Chicago Bears defeated the NFL All-Stars 21-0 before 75,000 fans in the New York City . As a precursor to the modern day Pro Bowl, the popular exhibition pitted an NFL team against a collection of pro players from other teams. In later years, NFL teams would play a team of college all-stars. The games were very competitive (despite this lopsided score) and drew large crowds, including some over 100,000. (footballsearchengine.com)

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Slapping some sense into those f%[email protected] kids

Staten Island manager Nick Doscher and one of his players have been reprimanded by the Little League World Series organizers after the kid was caught cursing on live TV and Doscher responded by slapping him. The video is no longer available on YouTube but in it, the kid clearly said “let’s score one fucking run” and was immediately shushed by his teammates because the mics were still on. However, the clip did not show Doscher striking the player.

ESPN will now use a 5 second delay so that kids around the country will not be subjected to another kid saying fuck on television. Thank God someone is looking out for the children.

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[MSNBC]: Little Leaguer cusses, manager hits him

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Are we sure this kid’s birth certificate is real?



Is that Ryan Howard?

Aaron Durley, the 13-year-old first baseman for Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, is 6’8″ and 256 lbs. In the history of Major League Baseball, only 8 players have been taller than he is. This also means that he is 6 inches taller and 10 pounds heavier than your average NFL player. Talk about a big target at first base. His entire infield could have worse aim than Dick Cheney and still be able to get the out.

The question is why isn’t he on a basketball court? He’s almost the same size as Glen “Big Baby” Davis. Could you imagine playing in the youth leagues and having to go up against this guy clogging up the middle?

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[SI]: 6-foot-8 player towers over opponents at Williamsport