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Unconventional Wisdom: The Caribbeanist
5 months ago

Unconventional Wisdom: The Caribbeanist

So, when alumnus and political scientist Greg Thielemann ’86 approached Duno-Gottberg with the wild idea of taking the baseball team to Cuba, he responded enthusiastically. Baseball coach Wayne Graham, …
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The Old Ball Game
9 months ago

The Old Ball Game

Story by Larry Clow  |  Photographs by Jared Leeds

WHEN FORD PROCTOR WAKES UP, HE’S THINKING ABOUT BASEBALL. HE CAN’T HELP IT.

The sophomore is one of this …
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Ace: Mikeska adds to family legacy
11 months ago

Ace: Mikeska adds to family legacy

Before she even attends her first class this fall, Rice soccer player Erin Mikeska is already a part of a Rice University legacy — she’s the latest in a …
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Trailblazing Athletes
12 months ago

Trailblazing Athletes

Stahlé Vincent ’72 was among the first African-Americans to play football at Rice and the first black quarterback in the Southwest Conference. Despite his many accomplishments as a student–athlete, he …
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Caught Looking
12 months ago

Caught Looking

Duplantier_vs_Arizona600pxIt became something of a distraction at Reckling Park this season. Every time John Duplantier ’17 was scheduled to pitch, a parade of scouts lined up for the best seats. With Major League Baseball’s draft looming, representatives from big league teams around the country wanted a good look at the fireball pitcher.

Even more distracting than their seat selection was the synchronized scouting routine they performed during games. In unrehearsed unison, they brandished radar guns like the ones used in highway patrol, repurposed to track pitching speed. The “Reckling Park speed trap” reinforced what their trained eyes had already told them: Duplantier has the strength, aptitude and confidence to pitch professionally, and maybe even at the elite level in the major leagues.  Read More

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