Thursday, May 7, 2015

Alabama's Charles 'Bubba' Harris appeared in his final MLB game 64 years ago

Charles 'Bubba' Harris
Those of you in the reading audience who are able to contribute financially to a local athletic fundraiser are encouraged to give to help pay for a trip that three Hillcrest track and field athletes are planning to make to an international track and field meet in Orlando, Fla.

On Monday morning, coaches at Hillcrest told me that they are still short of their $1,200 fundraising goal to pay for a trip being made by Hillcrest track stars Mathew Likely, Mydarius Trujillo and Kyn’jarvis Gandy to the Golden South Classic, an international, invitation-only, elite track and field meet for high school students. All three received invitations to this meet based on their performances at a track meet in Troy a few weeks ago.

The cost of the trip is $400 for each athlete and those funds will go toward their food, entry fees, gas, hotel and travel expenses. Based on how they perform in Orlando, they’ll possibly have the opportunity to compete at a higher level track meet in New York in June.

Coaches ask that you make checks payable to the Hillcrest High School Track Team and please write “Orlando Trip” on the memo line, so that your donation will be earmarked for the upcoming trip.

Likely is generally considered to be one of the fastest, if not THE fastest, high school sprinter in the state, and his teammates, Trujillo and Gandy, aren’t far behind. For proof of this, check out the story elsewhere on this week’s sport page that details their performance last week at the state high school track and field championship meet.

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From the weird news file this week, I read in Friday’s “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” feature cartoon that a guy names Sean McEvoy spent 58 cents on a Goodwill sweater, then discovered it was Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi’s and worth $20,000.

According to, the sweater was a West Point sweater that had “Lombardi” written in black ink on a patch of cotton sown inside and was worn by the coaching legend from 1949 to 1953 when he was a coach at West Point.

The story went on to say that McEvoy sells vintage clothes online and originally bought the sweater from a Goodwill store in Asheville, N.C. Once he discovered what he had, he sold it at a New York City auction to a buyer who wished to remain anonymous. McEvoy, who lives in Nashville, said that when he first bought the sweater, he thought it was a basketball warm-up top.

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Today – Thurs., May 7 – also marks the anniversary of the final Major League appearance of one of Alabama’s finest baseball players.

On May 7, 1951, Cleveland Indians pitcher Charles “Bubba” Harris, a native of Sulligent, appeared in his last Major League game. Harris was born in Sulligent on Feb. 15, 1926 and went on to play three seasons for the Philadelphia Athletics and the Cleveland Indians. He passed away at the age of 86 on Jan. 12, 2013 in Nobleton, Fla.

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