The return of baseball season, no doubt, has people reflecting on memories of baseball past. Rome, Georgia has a rich history where baseball is concerned, a history which includes the old textile league leading all the way up to the establishment of the Rome Braves in 2003. Local historian Ken Studard, owner of Dogwood Books and Antiques in downtown Rome, says that the textile league produced four major league players, including Rudy York, Joe Tipton, Leon Culberson and “The Yankee Killer” Willard Nixon.
The annual Great Spaghetti Challenge to benefit the Rome-Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth is coming up tomorrow (Friday) night from 5 pm until 7:30 pm at the Forum in downtown Rome. The event is being sponsored by the Rome Floyd County firefighters. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Awards will be presented to competition winners for people’s choice, judges choice and best presentation. There will also be activities for the kids and drive thru service. For more information, call the Rome Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth at (706) 232-0703.
The Rome Braves lost to the Savannah Sand Gnats 10-5 last night in the series closer between the teams in Savannah.
Berry College’s softball team swept a double header with Covenant yesterday in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. The Lady Vikings won the opener 9-1 and the night cap 9-6. They’ll get back into action this Saturday as host to Birmingham-Southern in a double header.
The 47th annual Atlanta Steeplechase returns to the Kingston Downs this Saturday, April 14th. The Kingston Downs is located off US 411 East of Rome, where folks will be piling in for a day of horse racing. Gates open at 9 am. For more information, visit www.atlantasteeplechase.org.
The Atlanta Braves posted their second win in a row over the Houston Astros 6-3 last night in Houston, Texas in the final game of their season opening road trip.
In NBA news, the Atlanta Hawks fell to the Boston Celtics 88-86 in overtime last night in Boston. The Hawks will return to action on Friday night in Orlando, Florida against the Magic. Tip off is set for 7 pm.
Rick Santorum has suspended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. That appears to take Mitt Romney one step closer to facing President Barack Obama in the fall. Georgia’s Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are currently still in the race for the Republican nomination for president.