Fulton Sports has published “Black College Football 2012,” a publication that highlights the top players, coaches and teams from the four historically Black college conferences: the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC). The magazine costs $7. You can send a money order to: Fulton Sports Media, P.O. Box 8062, Columbus, Miss. 39705. For more information, go to www.fultonsportsmedia.com.
Sixers announce preseason schedule
The Philadelphia 76ers announced their preseason schedule with two games at Wells Fargo Center on October 15 against the Boston Celtics and October 17 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. These games will give the fans a chance to see newly acquired all-star center Andrew Bynum in action for the first time. The Sixers will also host the Brooklyn Nets on October 13 at a location yet to be announced.
The Sixers will open the preseason at Orlando on October 11 and close out the schedule with road games against Brooklyn on October 19 and Boston on October 21.
Temple football’s Fan Fest set for Wednesday, August 22
Temple football’s 2012 Fan Fest is scheduled for Wednesday, August 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at XFINITY Live! — the city’s newest dining and entertainment district, located adjacent to Lincoln Financial Field (11th Street and Pattison Avenue). The meet the team event will be located in the outside area behind Victory Beer Hall. Fans will receive the 2012 team poster and autographs from the football players. They will enjoy live music, clowns, face painters, games, and more, as well as appearances by the Temple Spirit Squad, the marching band and Hooter the Owl.
Admission is free. However, fans will have to pay $15 to park due to a home Phillies game.
Philahoops names Temple’s Wyatt Preseason Player of the Year
Temple senior guard Khalif Wyatt has been named the Philahoops Preseason Player of the Year. Wyatt is coming off a season in which he averaged 17.1 points, 3.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals while helping the Owls finish 24-8 overall and 13-3 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Joining Wyatt on the first team are Saint Joseph’s C.J. Aiken and Langston Galloway, along with La Salle’s Ramon Galloway and Drexel’s Frantz Massenat.
Aiken, a junior forward, led the A-10 and ranked fifth in the country by averaging 3.5 blocks, second in the A-10 in three-point shooting (44.2 percent). Massenat, a junior guard, helped the Dragons reach 29 wins last season, by contributing 13.7 points, 4.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds.
Saint Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli has been named Preseason Coach of the Year, and Villanova’s Tony Chennault has been elected as Newcomer of the Year. Entering his 18th season, Martelli returns everyone from his seven-man rotation last season that finished 20-14 overall and 9-7 in the A-10. Chennault, a junior transfer from Wake Forest, averaged 9.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists for the Demon Deacons last season.
The Hawks have been selected as the city’s top team in the preseason, followed by Drexel, Temple, La Salle, Villanova and Penn.
Autobiography of Negro Leaguer Bill ‘Ready’ Cash wins book award
“Thou Shalt Not Steal,” the autobiography of Negro League all-star and West Philadelphia resident Bill “Ready” Cash, has won a major award from the Society for American Baseball Research’s Negro League Committee. Book co-author Al Hunter Jr., a resident of West Philadelphia, received the 2012 Robert Peterson Recognition Award given to “bodies of work that increase public awareness about Negro Leagues.” The award is named after late author Robert Peterson, who in 1970 wrote “Only the Ball Was White,” a groundbreaking book about the Negro Leagues.
The award was announced last month during the 15th annual Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. The annual conference brings together academicians, fans and historians in the Negro Leagues.
Bill “Ready” Cash was a highly respected catcher for the Philadelphia Stars from 1943 to 1950. He was selected for East-West All-Star team in 1948 and 1949. He also played in Cuba, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Canada and Venezuela. Cash grew up in Elmwood (also known as “the Meadows”) and later lived at 60th and Carpenter streets in West Philadelphia. He died in September 2011 at age 92.
This year’s competition for the Peterson award was so intense that the committee had to give out two of them. The other winner was Donald Spivey, a professor of history at the University of Miami, for his Satchel Paige biography “If You Were Only White” (University of Missouri Press, $29.95). But “Thou Shalt Not Steal” was “a unanimous choice” for the award, Lester wrote in email to Hunter.
“Thou Shalt Not Steal: The Baseball Life and Times of a Rifle-Armed Negro League Catcher” (Love Eagle Books, $11.95) is available at selected stores locally and nationally, and at Amazon.com. For more information, go to wwwreadytoplayball.com.