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Monday, August 07, 2017

Glory days: Former major leaguers win the NBC World Series

The Kansas Stars won the National Baseball Congress World Series, defeating Everett 7-1 in Sunday’s championship game at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium. Let’s talk about how strange that is.

Ben Sheets was the winning pitcher. Seventeen years ago, Sheets was the winner in the United States’ Olympic gold-medal winning game over Cuba. He had an entire major-league career in between and probably became the only person ever to be the winning pitcher in Olympic- and NBC-clinching wins.

Ryan Langerhans was the tournament’s most valuable player. Langerhans last recorded double-digit hits in a major-league season for the Mariners in 2010 but almost did this week for the Stars. He probably would have had he not walked 10 times in six games.

Chipper Jones, likely headed for the Hall of Fame in a vote later this year, might have taken his last competitive at-bat. In Wichita. Jones’ last game before this week was a playoff loss for the Braves.


Their average age is 40, about two decades older than most of their competition in six wins over eight days.


 

 

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