Jerry Hairston Jr. | Dodgers TV Analyst Grew Up With Baseball As The Family Trade

Jerry Hairston Jr. | Dodgers TV Analyst Grew Up With Baseball As The Family Trade

Jerry Hairston Jr comes from one of the most prominent baseball families ever. His grandfather, father, uncle, and brother all played in the big leagues.

After a 16-year career that included a World Series championship with the New York Yankees, Jerry joined the broadcast team for the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he has been the past eight years.

He discusses his playing career and transitioning from the field to the booth as an analyst for Spectrum Sportsnet LA in this edition of Brutha Broadcasters with David Grubb.

 

Southern Earns Trip To Inaugural HBCU WORLD SERIES By Winning 28th SWAC Title

Southern Earns Trip To Inaugural HBCU WORLD SERIES By Winning 28th SWAC Title

 

Southern University, the most decorated baseball program in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, is used to winning championships. However, of the 28 titles the Jaguars have won in the program’s illustrious history, the 2021 title was its most dramatic.

Southern rallied after trailing previously undefeated Jackson State to score three runs in the top of the ninth inning which literally opened the door to their second consecutive SWAC championship with a 7-6 win to punch their 10th ticket to the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament at Toyota Field in Madison, Alabama.

Jaguar Nation will now get the chance to play in Jackson, Miss. this weekend in the first-ever best of three HBCU World Series.

They will face the Norfolk State Spartans who won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship with a 7-6 win over North Carolina Central at Hank Aaron Sports Academy.

 

 

Jackson State ruled the SWAC during the regular season.  The Tigers were 24-0 in the conference and 31-8 overall heading into the championship game for the first time since 2010. The championship game was the only time the teams would meet this year.

Southern, the reigning champs from 2019, needed to upset Prairie View A&M to make the finals on Saturday while Jackson State clinched their spot in the finals by defeating Grambling 9-5 on Friday.

But Cinderella smiled on the Jaguars who still trailed 6-4 after a solo home run in the top of the eighth from Zavier Moore. The rally gained steam in the top of the ninth. After Jovante Dorris singled and Judah Wilbur walked, the Jaguars took the lead for good on a three-run home run by O’Neill Burgos, who drove in four runs in the game and was named the SWAC Tourney’s Most Valuable Player.

Enrique Ozoa retired the final three stunned JSU batters to close the game. He would go on to retire the Tigers’ next three batters to earn the save and give the Jaguars’ the automatic NCAA Tournament bid from the SWAC.

Kenny Lofton Was A Kappa Before He Became An MLB Star

Kenny Lofton Was A Kappa Before He Became An MLB Star

By Devon POV Mason| Contributor 

Before his 17-year career as a six-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove winner, and five-time stolen base champion, Kenny Lofton crossed through the Delta Omicron Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi as a college student at the University of Arizona in 1987.

 

 

With 622 base swipes, Lofton was one of baseball’s most recognized names in the ’90s, most remembered for his peak years with the Cleveland Indians (who he played with on three different occasions).

 

 

He also played for the Houston Astros, Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Texas Rangers during his nomadic career.

 

 

He also played in an era where Black baseball stars were dynamic, and plentiful, multi-faceted and very marketable, with many exhibiting speed and athletics that enhanced their overall game and captivated the fans — even when homers weren’t being hit.

 

 

Lofton was born and raised in East Chicago, Indiana. The multi-talented athlete was an all-state basketball player and pitcher/center fielder at Washington High School.

He accepted a basketball scholarship to attend the University of Arizona, where he played on a team with current Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr and even made it to the the1988 Final Four.

In his junior year of college, the itch to once again play baseball became too much shy away from so he walked-on to the baseball team at Zona. Although he only played five games he was recognized by scouts and was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 17th round of the 1988 MLB draft. Lofton then went on to play in the minor leagues after graduating with a degree in studio production. He made his MLB debut with the Astros in 1991.

Lofton is one of two men to play in a World Series and NCAA Final Four (1988).

 

 

During his career, Lofton was arguably the second-best leadoff hitter in the game behind the electrifying Rickey Henderson. He retired just eight hits shy of being a .300 hitter over his 17-year career. His 68.4 WAR ranks ninth among centerfielders all-time. Six of the eight players ahead of him are enshrined in Cooperstown at the Baseball Hall of Fame. The two not in are Mike Trout and Carlos Beltran.

The fleet-footed Lofton compiled a .299 batting average with 130 home runs, 116 triples, 1,528 runs scored in 2,103 games played. He was a tremendous defensive centerfielder with elite range.

Lofton currently runs a film production company called Film Pool Inc. There are few players of his ilk in the history of the game.