All little league roads lead to South Williamsport, PA for the next 10 days of the Little League World Series. 16 teams have made it here – 8 from the US and 8 international teams. These baseball teams dream about making it to Williamsport.
The weather in PA today was dark, cloudy, and raining for the first game, which was delayed almost an hour because of rain. ESPN offers the games live online, or you can watch the replays of today’s games if you missed it.
Little League World Series results for Day 1:
Staten Island, New York vs. Mercer Island, Washington – 10-2 New York
Chinese Taipei vs. Germany – 16-0 Chinese Taipei
Warner Robins, Georgia vs. Urbandale, Iowa – 11-3 Georgia
Peabody, Massachusetts vs. San Antonio, Texas – 1-10 Texas
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NEW YORK – Merlyn Mantle, who for 43 years lived through the glory and the tumult of being married to the New York Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle, died of Alzheimer’s disease Monday in Plano, Texas. She was 77.
A native of Cardin, Okla., she met Mantle in 1949, when he was a star player at Commerce (Okla.) High School and she was a cheerleader at archrival Picher High School.
“I developed an instant crush on Mickey Mantle, and by our second or third date, I was in love with him and always would be,’’ Mrs. Mantle wrote in a 1996 memoir, “A Hero All His Life.’’
The Mantles married in 1951, after his rookie year with the Yankees. For 18 seasons, Mantle symbolized athletic brilliance as perhaps the greatest switch-hitter in baseball history and led the Yankees to seven World Series championships. His injuries, and the pain he played through, only enhanced the heroic stature of the Hall of Famer.
It was only after Mantle’s career ended that the world learned of his drinking and womanizing. The drinking escalated in retirement as he struggled with what to do with himself.
“It took me a long time to admit Mick was an alcoholic,’’ Mrs. Mantle told The New York Times in 2001. She, too, became an alcoholic.
Cancer took its toll on the family. One of the Mantles’ four sons, Billy, had Hodgkin’s lymphoma for half his life and died of a heart attack in 1994 at age 36. Another son, Mickey Jr., died of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2000, at 47.
Mickey Mantle died of cancer on Aug. 13, 1995, two months after receiving a liver transplant.
Merlyn and Mickey Mantle were separated for the last six years of their marriage. Mrs. Mantle lived in a condominium in Dallas that remained a shrine to her husband. Its walls were lined with photographs of him; a display case held three most valuable player trophies.
Jared Remy, self-confessed steroid user and son of Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy, has become one of the primary figures in the Major League Baseball investigation into steroid abuse at the Red Sox by players including – allegedly – Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz.
Remy was one of two security personnel fired by the Red Sox organization last September and more recently questioned by MLB investigators, the other being Nicholas Alex Cyr. Cyr has now told the Boston Globe that Remy has been questioned about being a supplier.
Remy’s case was not helped by the fact that he has supplied steroids to Cyr himself. Then again, neither man is new to police records. Remy wascharged with assault and battery and resisting arrest in 2005 in an incident with a previous girlfriend, and Cyr was found asleep at the wheel of his car in the middle of Quincy Shore Drive in Boston last summer with the steroid Anadrol in his car.
The Globe’s own investigations have brought up associations with a friend of Ortiz, but no hard evidence of the two star players’ own drug usage.