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Scuttle leftovers, July 26, 2014

July 27, 2014 - Burt Angeli
ScuttleBu(r)t ...

Dalton Zehr, who now calls Menominee home, outraced 36 other cars for a late model victory earlier this month at Norway Speedway.

“All drivers like tracks they’re strong at,” Zehe told The EagleHerald. “We’ve always been strong at Norway.” ...

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome may return for the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 20 in preparation for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.

California Chrome is co-owned by Perry Martin, son of Iron Mountain’s Catherine (Sandona) Martin ...

Author and retired baseball pitcher Jim Bouton has a way to speed up games.

“Get into the batter’s box for (bleep) and stay there,” Bouton told the Boston Globe. “If you want to step out, fine, but the pitcher can pitch the ball. If the batter chooses not to step in, that’s his problem.” ...

Breitung Township’s John Hiller didn’t last long in the Detroit Free Press’ bracketed “most popular Tiger ever” tournament.

Matched against Norm Cash in the Peach Region, the relief pitching great bowed out in the play-in round. Al Kaline prevailed over Miguel Cabrera in the final tally.

Personally, this Yankee fan regards John as my all-time favorite Tiger ...

From the Just Yum Dept.: “Pronto Pups, a “plump hot dog (on a stick) dressed in crispy cornmeal-fried batter” according to American Profile, has been a Minnesota State Fair must-eat since 1947.

Figure 110 tons of batter and nearly 22 tons of hot dogs for this year’s fair in St. Paul ...

From comedy writer Alex Kasenberg, noting Fox TV’s gush-fest for Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter: "Must have missed it when I watched the All-Star Game, but just how many weeks are the doctors giving Derek Jeter to live?" ..

Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald, noting Pam Oliver was surprised that Erin Andrews will take over her sideline reporter role for Fox's No. 1 NFL broadcast crew: "We have about 314 million Americans. I'm pretty sure the other 313,999,999 saw this one coming." ...

Big Ten Conference will use eight officials on the football field this fall. Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press, noting the league went to seven officials in 1983, wrote “a ‘center judge’ will be stationed in the offensive backfield and place the ball before snaps.”

Bill Carollo, Big Ten coordinator of officials, told the media and coaches “this will allow more attention downfield in an increasingly pass-heavy game and on dangerous plays such as chop blocks.”

Carollo is the son of the late Aldo Carollo, an Iron Mountain High School graduate ...

Major League Baseball scouts from the Braves and Reds recently conducted an open tryout camp in Sault Ste. Marie. Forty players age 16-23 went through various stations of hitting, throwing, fielding and pitching.

Atlanta Braves Midwest scout Rick Sellers told The Evening News that baseball talent can be found anywhere.

"That's the awesome thing about baseball," Sellers said. "Players can and do come from every type of background. We don't discount anything geographically. Kevin Tapani came from Escanaba (and Kingsford) and had a long pro career.” ...

Dan Waterman's defensive philosophy was a plus in his appointment as Negaunee's boys basketball coach.

"We've always hung our hat here on defense and so has he as a coach," Negaunee AD Andrew Brunette told Cremsburg of The Mining Journal. "Defense always travels well. You play good defense and you always have a chance to win."

Waterman, a Negaunee resident, left Munising basketball when Mike O'Donnell departed the Miners for Finlandia University …

Steven Kurutz, recalling his younger days for the Boston Globe and New York Times, labored three years as a "pinboy" or "pinsetter" at a rural Pennsylvania bowling alley.

"The job was pretty much an OSHA nightmare," Kurutz said of his three-hour shifts in hot, cramped conditions with pins flying everywhere. "

Kurutz made $5 an hour and tips during the 90s. That's the same fee today.

 
 

 

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