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A state lawmaker whose district includes Cooperstown is making a strong pitch to have New York designate baseball as the official state sport.

Ron Darling is a New York Times bestselling author and Emmy Award-winning baseball analyst for TBS, the MLB Network, SNY, and WPIX-TV, and author of The Complete Game. He was a starting pitcher for the New York Mets from 1983 to 1991 and the first Mets pitcher to be awarded a Gold Glove.

In his new book, Game 7, 1986: Failure and Triumph in the Biggest Game of My Life, he looks back at what might have been a signature moment in his career, and reflects on the ways professional athletes must sometimes shoulder a personal disappointment as their teams find a way to win.

Governor Cuomo stirred up a hornet’s nest when he decided to use the World Series as a way to raise and spend his campaign war chest. He chose to use his campaign contributions to pay for his plane ride to Kansas City to watch the first game of the World Series between the Mets and Royals. His transportation was a private jet owned by the Mets’ owners.


The resilient and relentless Kansas City Royals are World Series champions for the first time in 30 years -- thanks to Christian Colon. His pinch-hit RBI tiebreaking single keyed a five-run rally in the top of the 12th inning in the Royals come-from-behind 7-2 victory over the New York Mets to win the World Series in five games. 

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In the World Series, Kansas City owns a 2-0 lead after johnny Cueto tossed a neat two-hitter in a 7-1 rout of the New York Mets. The right-hander didn't allow a hit after Lucas Duda's RBI single gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning.

The Kansas City Royals say pitcher Edinson Volquez plans to rejoin the team when the World Series shifts to New York.


In the longest World Series Game 1 ever, the Kansas City Royals outlasted the New York Mets 5-4 in 14 innings to gain the early edge in the 111th Fall Classic.


Game 1 of the World Series is tonight at 8 in Kansas City. Matt Harvey gets the start for the New York Mets, while Edinson Volquez will take the mound for the Royals. 


In baseball, the Mets have advanced to the World Series for the first time since 2000 after sweeping the Cubs in the National League Championship Series. The game in New York ended 8-3. NLCS MVP Daniel Murphy iced it by setting a major league record by hitting a home run in six straight postseason games — a two-run shot in the eighth.

Meanwhile Toronto is hanging on after beating Kansas City 7-1 to improve to 3-2 in the best of seven series. Game 6 is Friday -- David Price goes for Toronto against Yordano Ventura of the Royals.

The World Series starts Tuesday.


In baseball, in the National League Championship Series, the Mets beat the Cubs 5-2 to move within one game of sweeping Chicago and moving on to the World Series. Meanwhile in the American League Championship Series the Royals are one game away from returning to the World Series after Kansas City crushed Toronto 14-2.

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The New York Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the National League Championship Series. Kansas City will see the Blue Jays in Toronto tonight at 8. The Royals lead the series 2-0.


The New York Mets beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 last night to reach the National League Championship Series. Daniel Murphy stole an uncovered third base and went on to score the tying run, then hit a go-ahead homer off Zack Greinke. The Mets will open their championship series against the Cubs Saturday in New York. Matt Harvey is expected to start the opener for the Mets. Cubs skipper Joe Maddon says Jon Lester will pitch Game 1, followed by Jake Arrieta on Sunday.


In baseball, in the National League, the Mets bested the Dodgers 13-7 to take a 2-1 lead in the NL Division Series, and it was the Cubs over St. Louis 8-6. Chicago also has a 2-1 lead in the NLDS.

In the American League, Toronto doubled up Texas 8-4 to force a fifth game in the AL Division series, and Kansas City beat Houston 9-6 also forcing a fifth game.

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In the NFL, Tom Brady became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw 400 touchdown passes when New England crushed Jacksonville 51-17, Philadelphia beat the Jets 24-17, and Buffalo bested Miami 41-14. Meanwhile Atlanta bested Dallas 39-28, Cincinnati won against Baltimore 28-24, Indianapolis trumped Tennessee 35-33, Oakland topped Cleveland 27-20, Pittsburgh doubled up St. Louis 12-6, Carolina bested New Orleans 27-22, Arizona crushed San Francisco 47-7, Seattle blanked Chicago 26-0, and it was Denver over Detroit 24-12. On Monday Night Football, Kansas City is in Green Bay to take on the Packers at 8:30.


In baseball, in the American League, the Yankees topped Boston 13-8, Toronto bested Cleveland 5-1 to remain atop the AL East by 1 ½ games over New York. Minnesota blanked the White Sox 3-0, Baltimore edged Tampa Bay 7-6 in 11 innings, the Angels won against Oakland 9-4, Kansas City bested Detroit 12-1, and it was Seattle over Houston 8-3.


In baseball, in the American League, the Blue Jays remain atop the AL East with a 1 ½ game lead over New York after the Yankees beat Boston 3-1, Toronto topped Cleveland 5-3 in 10 innings, Tampa Bay crushed Baltimore 11-2, Minnesota beat the White Sox 8-6, Detroit edged Kansas City 6-5, Seattle bested Houston 7-5, and it was the Angels over Oakland 6-2.


In baseball, in the American League, Boston edged the Yankees 4-3 which puts New York back 1 ½ games behind the Blue Jays in the AL East, Cleveland doubled up Toronto 4-2, Tampa Bay bested Baltimore 6-3, Houston won against Seattle 8-3, and it was Oakland over the Angels 11-5.

"JustinWilsonCar2008" by Carey Akin - originally posted to Flickr as DSC_6365. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons


IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has died at 37 from a head injury suffered when a piece of debris from another car struck him during Sunday's race at Pocono Raceway. Wilson's vehicle veered into an interior wall at the track, and he was swiftly taken by helicopter to a hospital. Wilson is the first IndyCar driver to die because of an on-track accident since Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon in the 2011 season finale at Las Vegas.

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The sports world is full of interesting stories, from the impending start of the National Football League pre-season to the fact that we could be looking at another Subway Series between the Mets and the Yankees this year. Our resident sports nut and WAMC News Director Ian Pickus is here and we’re going to talk sports. 


  Mookie Wilson already had a successful baseball career before Game 6 of the 1986 Mets-Red Sox World Series made him one of the most iconic figures in baseball. The ball that went between Bill Buckner’s legs at first base was the play that turned the series and team morale around for the Mets.

In a team of larger than life characters like Keith Hernandez, Dwight Eugene "Doc" Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, and Lenny Dykstra, Mookie is one of the most beloved and revered Mets to this day.

He writes about his career and life in his book Mookie: Life, Baseball, and the '86 Mets. He shares stories of that triumphant year from the dugout, as well as his early life in the rural south, his time in the minor leagues, and being called up to play as a Met.

Keith Strudler: A Shorter Porch At Citi Field

Nov 19, 2014

It will be slightly easier to swing for the fences next year in New York’s Citi Field. That’s because those barriers have been moved slightly closer to home plate. Around 10 ten feet in right center field. This is the second time those pearly gates have moved in since the parks opening in 2009, both moves done to create more regular home run opportunities for Mets power hitters. This time it’s so that Curtis Granderson and others might reap the benefits of what this year were simply near misses. That, according to Mets logic, would increase Mets scoring, let them win more games, and, by default, fill seats, of which there will be a few more thanks to the extra space in right field.


In Major League Baseball, in the American League, the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4 yesterday to complete a three-game sweep. Pinch-hitter Brian McCann lined a three-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning. Ichiro Suzuki had a two-run single and the Yankees rallied for their fourth straight victory following a 2-7 slide.

Ed Lucas

Dec 18, 2013

    For the last several weeks, we have had a terrific team of interns helping with the task of putting this and other WAMC programs on the air. Throughout the semester, you have heard from our other interns - Patrick Garrett and Josh Natoli. This morning you will hear from Blaise Bryant.

Blaise is a senior at the College of St. Rose in Albany and is a Communications major. He is also blind. With a lifelong interest in sports and sports broadcasting, Blaise speaks this morning with one of his heroes, Ed Lucas.

For nearly 55 years, journalist Ed Lucas has proven there are no true handicaps in life. Despite his dreams of making baseball's big leagues, Lucas lost his sight at the age of 12 after being hit in the face with a line-drive. While unable to play the game, he has been a presence in the New York sports scene for more than half a century as a reporter covering the Yankees and Mets.

    From profanity-laced clubhouse tirades and outspoken opinions on the state of the game to tears at an emotional funeral for his murdered granddaughter, Dallas Green tells his story for the first time in this autobiography. In his nearly 60 years in baseball as a pitcher; manager of three franchises, including both New York squads, the Mets and Yankees; general manager; and executive, Dallas Green has never minced words or shied away from making enemies.

This larger-than-life baseball personality shares insights from the mound, the dugout, and the front office as well as anecdotes of some of the game’s biggest stars and encounters with the press, player agents, and the unions.

Making it through 50 of anything is quite an accomplishment. Going to 50 baseball games in a lifetime, for people not in the industry, is a feat likely held by a slight percentage of fans. Going to 50 opening days for a single team is an accomplishment shared by a chosen few, the fan elite.

It is finally here; tonight marks the start of the 2012 Major League Baseball season, otherwise known as opening day.

We’re talking baseball today and we want your take on the upcoming season. Will the New York Yankess re-take the crown and continue their overall winning record? Can the Boston Red Sox pull another coup and take the American League East pennant? Will the New York Mets’ wins add up to double digits?