SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT (AP) — Little League Baseball’s museum is now home to a jersey worn by Babe Ruth, considered one of the most expensive sports memorabilia items worldwide.
The gray wool jersey — a red “3” stitched on the back — dates to 1934, when Ruth donned the uniform for a barnstorming tour of Japan. Little League says the precious threads are on loan from a donor who is remaining anonymous. It arrived in an armored truck with police watching nearby.
Little League vice president Lance Van Auken declined to disclose the uniform’s current value, but did say it was insured for a “seven-digit” amount. It was sold at an auction in 2005 for roughly $771,000. The uniform will be a centerpiece of Little League’s soon-to-reopen museum.
Pistorius’ case postponed
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius stood for his entire 15-minute court hearing, staring straight ahead, hands clasped in front of him and giving away little emotion as the world got its first close up view of the double-amputee Olympian and murder suspect in nearly four months.
In stark contrast to the sobbing figure Pistorius presented through much of his bail hearing in February, the athlete appeared composed as Acting Chief Magistrate Daniel Thulare postponed the case until Aug. 19 to allow police more time to investigate the Valentine’s Day killing of his girlfriend.
Pistorius faces a life sentence, with a minimum of 25 years, if convicted of premeditated murder, the charge against him for the Feb. 14 shooting death of Reeva Steenkamp.
Division II basketball player dies
WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — A Bentley University basketball player died after collapsing at a recreational summer league game at a Watertown playground, police said.
Joe Glynn, 19, was pronounced dead at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge after collapsing at about 7:30 p.m. Monday, Lt. Michael Lawn said. The death remains under investigation but does not appear suspicious, Lawn said. Glynn had no physical contact with any other player before collapsing, teammate Michael Crotty Jr. told the Boston Herald.
The 6-foot-5 forward from Abington averaged 3.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game as a freshman last season for the NCAA Division II Falcons. He started 16 games for Bentley, which finished 11-15.
Visors could be mandatory soon
TORONTO (AP) — New NHL players might soon be forced to wear visors, and the rest might join that group in the not-too-distant future.
The league’s competition committee recommended that visors be mandatory for all players entering the league, beginning next season. The group also suggested that hybrid icing be tested during the 2013-14 preseason, as well as shallower nets.
Any changes must first be approved by the league’s board of governors. That also includes a change that makes all four-minute, high-sticking penalties subject to video review.
Former NHL defenseman Mathieu Schneider said a “clear majority” of players support the visors.