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UMass Hall Of Fame Pitcher Tarpey Passes Away

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Our condolences to the family of former UMass baseball pitcher, UMass Hall of Fame member, Phil Tarpey, who passed away last week at the age of 79.

Tarpey earned UMass' first All-America award in baseball, being named third-team by the American Baseball Coaches Association in 1955. A member of two consecutive NCAA Tournament teams (1954-55), he helped UMass advance to the College World Series in 1954, the school's first ever appearance. In 1955, Tarpey was the MVP of the NCAA Regional, a member of the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team, and winner of the E. Joseph Thompson Memorial MVP trophy (team MVP). A native of Gardner, Mass., Tarpey was a managing partner of the Bulkely, Richardson, and Gelinas law firm in Springfield, Mass. He was inducted into the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.

Several years before Mike Flanagan won his Cy Young Award with the Orioles in 1979, he was a riveting figure to watch on a baseball diamond.

As a student at the University of Massachusetts, I watched the Minutemen play a typically chilly April game against Maine in 1973. It was apparent that nobody really wanted to hit in the raw weather, and hardly anybody did.

Flanagan was running a 102 temperature with the flu but pitched anyway. He struck out 10 and allowed just two hits. But that wasn't the story.

Continue reading Remembering Flanagan's Glory Days, written by UMass alum Tom FitzGerald from the San Francisco Chronicle.

UMass Hall Of Fame Pitcher Mike Flanagan Passes Away

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The UMass community was saddened to learn this evening of the passing of UMass Hall of Fame pitcher Mike Flanagan. He was 59.

Flanagan lettered for the UMass baseball team in 1972 and 1973, earning first team All-Yankee Conference and first team All-New England honors in 1973 before turning professional. Flanagan went 9-1 with a 1.52 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 1973, to lead the team in all three categories. His nine wins and .900 winning percentage set school single season records at the time. He received the E. Joseph Thompson Memorial Trophy as the team's MVP in 1973, after leading the team to an overall record of 21-9-1, including a trip to the NCAA Tournament and the Yankee Conference championship.

Flanagan had a career ERA of 1.19 and a career winning percentage of .923 (12-1), which are both still the best marks in school history. He also played in the outfield while at UMass, hitting .320 with six homers and 29 RBIs in 128 career at-bats.

After he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1973, Flanagan went on to pitch 18 seasons in the major leagues with the Orioles (1975-1987, 1991-1992) and Toronto Blue Jays (1987-1990). He had a career record of 167-143 with 1,491 strikeouts and a 3.89 ERA in 2,770 innings pitched, and won the 1979 American League Cy Young Award for the Orioles, going 23-9 with 190 strikeouts and a 3.08 ERA in 265-2/3 innings. Flanagan pitched over 200 innings seven times in his major league career, including four straight years from 1977-1980. He won 12 or more games in a season eight times during his major league career, struck out 100 or more batters six times, and was a member of the Baltimore Orioles 1983 World Championship team.

A native of Manchester, N.H., Flanagan received his degree from the UMass School of Education in 1975, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.

Since 2010, Flanagan had served as a color analyst on Orioles telecasts for Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.

UMass Hall of Famer and former lacrosse All-American Brooks Sweet is having a great season as the head coach at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn. The Blue Devils are 14-2 and will play against Riverdale Country Day School on Monday in a game that will be televised on MSG Varsity in New York. 

Check out this feature on Sweet from the school's website: Poly Prep Country Day School ~ Faculty Spotlight: Brooks Sweet

Feature On Marcus Camby From The Columbian

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The Columbian Newspaper in Washington has a feature on UMass Hall of Famer Marcus Camby. Check out some of the interesting comments from the story including the following:

"The clock is definitely ticking," said the 37-year-old Camby, now in his 15th season in the league. "And you got the lockout looming, there are a lot of factors. I try not to think about it, but these are the times where you really start to look over the course of your career and where you're at."

"I think about that '99 team (Knicks team that played in the NBA Finals) every day," Camby said. "It just shows that, once you get into the playoffs, anything is possible."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson recently acclaimed Camby's skill set, praising his "great mind for defense" and "knack for the game."

Camby Returns To Playoffs With Portland

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UMass Hall of Famer Marcus Camby is back in the postseason with the Portland Trail Blazers, who will play the Dallas Mavericks. The best-of-seven series begins at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, with Game 1 Saturday, April 16 at 9:30 p.m. and Game 2 Tuesday, April 19 at 9:30 p.m.

Camby had an injured-marred season, but did play in 59 games with 51 starts for the Blazers. He finished with 4.7 points per game and 10.3 rebounds in 26 minutes per night. It was the ninth straight season he grabbed double-figure rebounds. Camby would have finished sixth in the NBA in rebounding, but did not play the minimum number of games to qualify for the rankings.

Calipari References Jack Leaman, UMass After UK Win

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Following his Kentucky team's 62-60 win over Ohio State, which you can read about in the  Lexington Herald Leader, former UMass head coach and current Wildcats leader John Calipari made special mention on UMass legendary coach Jack Leaman and the 1995-96 team at UMass. Here is the question and Calipari's comment from the postgame.

QUESTION:  John, the balance you got out of the six players that played so much, offensively and defensively, how does it feel as a coach to get that kind of just straight team effort, it wasn't one guy, it was all six? And how have you built maybe over the course of this year to get to this point when it hasn't always gone perfect?

COACH John Calipari: Well, the one thing about playing less players, they seem to become a better team. Jack Leaman when I was at UMass told me I was playing too many guys. He said, You have to play less people. Play six or seven guys. You will get a good team and my '95 team with Marcus (Camby), Carmelo (Travieso), Edgar (Padilla), Donta (Bright) and Dana (Dingle), we only played six guys that year and we were a pretty good team. What happened is like Terrence, I wanted Terrence early in the game to get Sullinger to go off screens and do stuff and drive Sullinger and that was a mistake. And he is not ready for that and that kind of screwed him up the whole first half. The second half he came back and played. That's growth. Earlier in the year when he played that way to start he could not finish the game. Brandon doesn't make a shot and then he makes that three, and then he makes the last shot of the game after missing all of those shots. That's growth. You're just not afraid to miss.

UMass' Julius Erving Featured On

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Check out this great Q&A feature on UMass alum and Basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving on All Hip

On Friday, February 18, 2011, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons presented Julius Erving with Hennessy's Privilege Award. The award was created in 2003 and serves as recognition for outstanding individuals who give back to their communities through service, leadership or the arts. Just a few moments before the award ceremony, Julius Erving managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry - reflecting on the importance of service, the need for mentorship, and the dynamic relationship between basketball and hip-hop.

Camby Nearing Return For Blazers

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UMass Hall of Famer Marcus Camby is closing in on a return to the court with the Portland Trail Blazers. He has been out since having surgery on his right knee on Jan. 20. Read about on these various websites.

• USA Today: Trail Blazers Update

Camby Out With Knee Surgery

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UMass Hall of Famer Marcus Camby will undergo knee surgery and be out of action with the Portland Trail Blazers. He will need arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Camby hurt his knee in Portland's victory Monday night over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The team says an MRI exam was initially clear, but closer examination revealed a partial meniscus tear.

There is no timetable for Camby's return. His surgery has not yet been scheduled. The news came as the Blazers prepared to play in Sacramento Wednesday night.

Camby Rips Down 20 Rebounds For Blazers

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UMass Hall of Famer Marcus Camby continues to play great for the Portland Trailblazers as he posted 10 points and a season-best 20 rebounds in an 84-81 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

Camby is fifth in the NBA in rebounds per game 11.6 per game. He has at least 10 rebounds in 23 of his 32 games this season. He also had 20 rebounds vs. Utah last week.

Camby, Forbes Play On Christmas Day

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UMass' two products in the NBA both had a chance to showcase their skills to a national audience, playing in Christmas Day on ESPN. With the Portland Trailblazers, Marcus Camby returned to action after missing some games with an injury (shoulder). He started, scored seven points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a 109-102 loss at the Golden State Warriors.

With the Denver Nuggets, Gary Forbes played 16 minutes off the bench and scored six points in a 114-106 loss at the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Camby Rebounds To Post Double-Double Vs. Clippers

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After a scoreless night in his return to the Bay State last Wednesday in a loss at the Celtics and another at Washington last Friday, UMass Hall of Famer Marcus Camby posted a double-double with 12 points and 19 rebounds for the Portland Trailblazers on Sunday night in a 100-91 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

For the season, Camby is averaging 6.1 points and 10.8 rebounds for the Blazers. He ranks sixth in the NBA in rebounding.

Gary DiSarcina Joins Angels' Front Office Staff

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UMass Hall of Famer and former All-Star shortstop for the Angels, Gary DiSarcina has returned to Anaheim as part of the organization's front office. DiSarcina, who played baseball at UMass from 1986 to 1988, was named the Angels' special assistant to the general manager.

"We are pleased to have Gary back in the Angels' family," said Angels GM Tony Reagins in a club release. "He brings a level of expertise and passion that will be critical to the advancement of the baseball operations department."

DiSarcina was in the Red Sox's farm system the past four seasons. He was manager for Class A Lowell for three years, and last year he was the Red Sox's Minor League infield coordinator.

Read more on DiSarcina's return to the Angels organization:, ESPN, OCRegister On Stoudemire's Night, Camby Stars

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Check out Adam Zagoria's story on about how former Knick and UMass Hall of Famer Marcus Camby stole the show from Amar'e Stoudemire in his home debut at Madison Square Garden.

"It was definitely electrifying," Portland center Marcus Camby said after the unbeaten Blazers beat the Knicks in a 100-95 victory. "I think Amar'e has brought a lot of excitement to the city and they're adapting to [head coach Mike] D'Antoni's style. And I feel that this is a better product out there than they threw together the last couple years. I expect this team to do great things this year."

In the end, though, it was Camby, the 36-year-old former Knick, who helped spoil Stoudemire's first game as a Knick at MSG. As Stoudemire drove to the basket for a potential game-tying basket with 6.5 seconds remaining, Camby knocked the ball out of his hands, sending it out of bounds. The officials initially awarded possession to New York, but then overturned it and gave the ball to Portland.

Camby Opens NBA Season With Double-Double

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Playing as a UMass Hall of Famer for the first time in regular-season, Marcus Camby posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Portland Trailblazers 106-92 win over Phoenix. Here are some stories on the Camby-Man.

• Strong beginning

Feature On UMass Hall Of Famer Paula Wilkins

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Mike Lucas has a great feature on Insider profiling current Wisconsin women's soccer head coach, UMass Hall of Famer Paula Wilkins.

Lucas writes: "UW athletic director Barry Alvarez has a clearly-defined reference point for what it takes to be successful from his own personal experience as a Hall of Fame college football coach.

So his words carried more weight when he was asked to list the strengths of Badger women's soccer coach Paula Wilkins. Especially when he delved beyond the obvious. That is, she's a winner."

Read more of Lucas' profile of Wilkins.

Forbes Plays 22 Minutes In Nuggets Debut

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Former UMass star Gary Forbes played 22 minutes in the Denver Nuggets' 109-99 win over the Portland Trailblazers and UMass Hall of Famer Marcus Camby. Forbes was the fifth man off the bench for the Nuggets as he pushes for a spot on the regular-season roster. He tallied three points, grabbed two rebounds and handed out two assists.

Camby was limited to just 2:21 of time, because of a groin injury, but is expected to be OK for the start of the year. Here is a recap from the Portland Tribune.

Camby No. 3 Defensive Specialist On Bleacher Report

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The Bleacher Report mentions UMass Hall of Famer Marcus Camby as the No. 3 Defensive Specialist in the NBA.

Mr. Reliable Marcus Camby continues to hit the boards as well as he has throughout his career. The former Minuteman of UMass has played with the same vigor and energy throughout his 14 year career. The former Defensive Player of the Year (2006-2007), Camby brought his high level D to Portland from L.A. and picked up for a team lacking a center due to injuries.

Camby can use his lanky wingspan and wiry strength to block shots and redirect them. His jump shot isn't the prettiest in the world, but he makes up for it by keeping his body around the rim. As long as he's healthy, Camby can to be an underrated player this year for the value he brings to a squad at the defensive end.

Hall Of Famers, Including Camby, To Be At Football Game

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The 2010 UMass Hall of Fame Class of Marcus Camby, Bill Gillin, Scott Hiller, Sarah Jones and the family of the late Bob Pickett will be on hand at the UMass-Holy Cross football game on Saturday at 6 p.m. The legends will take part in the game's opening coin toss, prior to kickoff. 

Come out and show your support for the Hall of Famers.

Republican: Camby Still Going Strong

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On Friday night, UMass welcomed home Marcus Camby. Read Ron Chimelis' story in the Springfield Republican.

"I have great memories here, and entering the Hall of Fame is a great honor,'' he said. "Now I'm in the Hall of Fame with (former teammate) Lou Roe, John Calipari and my idol, Julius Erving. It's overwhelming.''

Gazette: For Calipari, Camby, Lessons Learned

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 Great story by Matt Vautour in the Daily Hampshire Gazette on new UMass Hall of Fame inductee Marcus Camby and his Minuteman coach John Calipari. Among the quote from Camby in the story are:

"I've followed it every year. I wish we could get back to the level we were at when I was there. Playing on these different NBA teams and being around these different players from other schools, I haven't had much to talk about at tournament time," Camby said. "I'm happy that Derek (Kellogg) is the head coach and that we have one of our own there running the program. Him being involved makes me want to be part of the program even more now."

"I feel fortunate to have made the NBA and to have made the amount of money that I have, and have the opportunity to give back. I've always been about kids and giving back," said Camby, who still wants to put his education degree to use. "Hopefully I'll be able to fall back on my education and become an elementary school principal."

Dr. J Compared To LeBron James On Bleacher Report

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The Bleacher Report has a story on how fans shouldn't compare LeBron James to Michael Jordan but instead -- UMass Hall of Fame legend Julius Erving. The story mentions Erving averaged 32.5 points and 20.2 rebounds per game at UMass.

Ron Villone Video Profile - The Man Of 12 Teams

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Check out a feature on UMass Hall of Famer Ron Villone, who is currently in the Washington Nationals system pitching for Syracuse -- his 12th major league franchise. Check out Villone's mullet at UMass!

  • Watch CBS3 Springfield's story on UMass' newest College Football Hall of Famers.

  • Here are a few articles which mention the induction of Dick MacPherson and Milt Morin to the College Football Hall of Fame: Associated Press, ESPN, NECN, The Ledger, Boston Globe, Brownsville Herald, Duluth News Tribune,
  • Two UMass legends will be recognized this weekend at the College Football Hall of Fame Festival Coach Dick MacPherson and the late Milt Morin will be inducted into the Hall on Saturday night after a weekend of events.

    The College Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement takes place this weekend with a pair of UMass legends set to be inducted. Coach Dick MacPherson and the late Milt Morin will be inducted on Saturday night. There are various stories mentioning the induction: San Diego Union Tribune, Chronicle Telegram and the Alamogordo.

    The South Bend Tribune has a great feature story on Coach Mac, who led the Redmen and then Minutemen from 1971-77.

    Morin Remembered In Worcester Telegram

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    The Worcester Telegram has a story on Milt Morin, a native of Leominster, passing away. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder was not only a standout tight end at UMass, catching passes from future NFL star Greg Landry of Nashua, N.H., but also played defense and was the team's placekicker. He also earned varsity letters in lacrosse and wrestling, winning the New England heavyweight title in 1965.

    Cleveland Plain-Dealer On Passing Of Milt Morin

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    The Cleveland Plain-Dealer has a story on the passing Milt Morin. Morin was the Browns' first-round pick in 1966, and played 10 years for the team. He was set to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame this weekend. "He could have played tight end in this era," said Paul Warfield, recently retiring as a Browns consultant. "He'd be worth his weight in gold because most teams have a tight end who can catch, or a tight end who can block. Milt was such a good blocker, we ran Leroy Kelly's sweeps around his end. He could run precise patterns, and he could blow you off the ball with his blocks."
    The Boston Globe has a blog entry on UMass Hall of Famer Al Skinner and how he hasn't talked to with the defending Eastern Conference champions. "I haven't talked to them," Skinner said. "I wouldn't mind talking to them. But I haven't talked to them."