9:10 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Baseball Jerseys Reveal Unusual Alliance Between Team And Tribe

Josh Morgan during an at-bat at Avista Stadium.
Spokane Indians Baseball Club

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 6:38 pm

Football season has kicked off another round of scrutiny over how professional sports teams use Native American mascots. But in eastern Washington, a minor league baseball team has earned the approval of its native namesake.

Avista Stadium in Spokane is full of the familiar sights, sounds and smells of baseball. And then, there are things that might make you do a double take.

Re-branding in two languages

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Reader's Corner
11:23 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Author Robert K. Fitts On American Baseball's 1934 Tour Of Japan

The power of sports to mend rifts between nations and establish bonds of friendship and understanding was put to the test in 1934, when a group of Major League baseball players, including Babe Ruth, traveled to Japan to play a series of 18 exhibition games in 12 cities.

The Americans squared off against their Japanese rivals in contests that drew thousands of enthusiastic spectators. The crowd’s biggest cheers often went to Ruth, who was revered in Japan as the jovial demigod of baseball.

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8:41 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

'Axe Bat' Wins Converts, But Has To Overcome Baseball Traditionalists

An Axe Bat (top) vs. a traditional baseball bat

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 10:36 pm

A family-owned sporting goods company in suburban Seattle is confronting the tension between honoring tradition and embracing innovation in the sport of baseball.

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8:44 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Wayne Gretzky's Son Takes A Shot At Minor League Baseball In Boise

Media interviews are a regular thing for 20-year-old Trevor Gretzky. Despite limited playing time and a batting average of .230 with the Class A Boise Hawks, reporters regularly chronicle the story of the baseball-playing son of a hockey legend.
Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Two hours before a recent home game, members of the Boise Hawks rotate in and out of the batter’s box and take practice swings. Once batting practice is over, players spread out to gather the baseballs.  Picking up after yourself is part of the deal when you play here, at one of the lowest levels in minor league baseball.

Trevor Gretzky traded his hockey stick for a baseball glove more than a decade ago. Today, he's among the players picking up baseballs.

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8:47 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Beeping Balls Allow Blind Players To Step Up To The Plate

Loren Miller takes a few practice swings before coach Troy Leeberg starts the pitch. They're members of the Spokane Pride Beep Baseball team.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

For most Northwest baseball fans, the Mariners games against the Astros are where the action is at this weekend. But there's another set of games on Saturday like none you’ve ever seen in America's pastime. The athletes in this league are blind.

That's right: baseball for the visually impaired. At this field in Spokane, the trick isn't to watch for the ball – it's to listen.

It's a warm afternoon in Spokane. The smell of cut grass and barbecue is in the air. And Bee Yang is up to bat.

A teammate who has partial vision directs player Bee Yang to the plate.

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