Remember Giants’ pitcher Dave Dravecky who ended up losing his arm to cancer? Well, he’s written a number of books, and is also featured in this week’s Sports Illustrated. It’s their issue when they crank up their time machine and go back in time and help you catch up with a number of athletes from way back when. Also featured is former NFL quarterback Akili Smith, who will soon be tackling a Masters’ of Theology degree. The third player of faith mentioned is former Pittsburgh Steeler Mel Blount. The vicious tackler, who’s begun a boys’ home, never mentions his faith in the SI story, but it’s a cornerstone of his biography, now out of print.
John Smoltz got his first win for the Red Sox in Boston’s 15-9 win over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night. Coming off shoulder surgery that cut his 2008 season to six appearances, the 42-year-old Smoltz didn’t make his first start until June 25 against Washington. He struggled with an 0-2 record and 6.60 ERA in three previous appearances. This update came from SI.com
Golf Bible Study
Kermit Zarley, who played in 542 tournaments in a career that spanned a quarter-century (1963-’87), leads a Bible study on the PGA. Check out his website, www.kermitzarley.com, catches you up on his writing career.
This Arkansas Tech baseball baseball player enjoyed playing in Nicaragua with Athletes in Action.
This Illinois paper does a nice story on the local FCA chapter.