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