Category: Sports

Nobody Knows Pitch Counts Better


Former Thomas Jefferson standout Jimmy Jones coaches minor league pitchers for the San Antonio Missions. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Ask Jimmy Jones about the time he threw 251 pitches in a high school baseball playoff game, and his first recollection won’t be about arm fatigue, the 16 innings he threw, the home run he blasted, or the 28 hitters he struck out.

“I remember we lost,” Jones said about the day Thomas Jefferson fell to Texarkana 7-6 in the opening game of a state quarterfinal playoff series at Reverchon Park.

Still, the game is best known these days for Jones’ pitch count, which remains a national record that almost certainly will never be broken during the modern era, in which overuse of young pitchers is heavily scrutinized and bullpen roles are more specialized.

Spieth Claims Third Major Title


Jordan Spieth hits a shot during the AT&T Byron Nelson in May. He earned his third major title by winning the 2017 British Open. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Jesuit alum Jordan Spieth has won the British Open, holding off fellow American Matt Kuchar to earn his third major championship. He and Jack Nicklaus are the only golfers to accomplish that feat by the age of 23.

Spieth, who was leading coming into the final round at Royal Birkdale in England, briefly lost the lead after hitting five bogeys over his first 13 holes. He rallied with a birdie, an eagle, and two more birdies on holes 14- 17, before taking a par on 18 to claim the title.

Spieth needs just a PGA Championship title to complete the coveted Career Grand Slam, an achievement owned by just five golfers, all of them legends — Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, and Gene Sarazen. This year’s PGA Championship will be Aug. 10-13 at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C.

TBarM Club Rallies Behind Growth of Padel


It’s not the same as visiting the beaches of Barcelona or the museums of Madrid, but TBarM Racquet Club has brought a slice of Spain to North Texas.

This spring, the club was the first in the Dallas area to install courts for padel, a game originated in Spain about a half-century ago that combines elements of tennis, racquetball, and other sports.

(Photo: Chris McGathey)

Padel has gained popularity in Europe and Latin America, and club officials have already seen an enthusiastic response in the U.S. In March, TBarM hosted a tournament for players from around the country.

“This is something that we think is going to catch on in the United States,” said club owner Glen Agritelley. “I think we’ve been doing really well with it.”

Spieth, Local Golf Fans Share Mutual Appreciation


A Jordan Spieth goal: Win a Byron Nelson. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Maybe a change of scenery will mean a change in results for Jordan Spieth.

The Preston Hollow resident and global golf superstar struggled again at his hometown tournament in May, missing the cut at the AT&T Byron Nelson for the first time in seven appearances.

The tournament will move next year from the TPC Four Seasons in Irving to the new Trinity Forest Golf Club in southern Dallas. Perhaps the switch will benefit Spieth, who has yet to finish better than 16th at the Nelson — and that came in his debut in 2010, when he was still a teenager attending Jesuit.

Dallas Historical Society to Host Baseball Panel


Courtesy Dallas Historical Society

The Dallas Historical Society and Arcadia Publishing will host a panel discussion on the history of baseball in Texas June 24 at the Hall of State in Fair Park.

Writers scheduled to appear include Scott Cain, author of Cleburne Baseball: A Railroader History; Mark Presswood, author of Baseball in Ft. Worth; and Clay Coppedge, author of Texas Baseball.

C. Paul Rogers, III a law professor and former dean of SMU’s School of Law will moderate the discussion. Rogers also chairs the DFW Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).

Doors open at 1:00 p.m. with appearances by the Grand Prairie AirHogs, and “Spike,” mascot for the Cleburne Railroaders. The panel discussion will follow at 1:30 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. For group reservations contact [email protected] or call (214)-421-4500.

Sharp ESD Senior Takes Fencing Skills to Yale

Lauren Kim will attend Yale in the fall and will become the only Texan on the fencing roster for the Bulldogs. (Courtesy photo)

For many Texas teenagers, exposure to fencing comes only through big-screen swashbuckling adventures like The Three Musketeers.

As Lauren Kim tells her ESD classmates, however, fencing is much more than choreographed swordplay. And she’s got the expertise to prove it.

Kim has been around fencing her entire life. Her father Michael competed in college at the University of Iowa and has owned Lone Star Fencing Center in Dallas for many years. He also coached at St. Mark’s and Hockaday.