“Sports Talk” with Don Henderson and Doug Miles 7/14/14



Remembering Billy “The Hill” McGill

Billy “The Hill” McGill passed away this weekend. Don Henderson and I had the pleasure of talking with Billy twice on our “Sports Talk” show. This is the last interview we did with Billy and Eric Brach, the author of Billy’s autobiography, in November 2013.


Media Invited to Cover Orioles Youth Baseball Clinic Wednesday at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota

(Sarasota, FL) On Wednesday, July 9, Orioles players and coaches will conduct a baseball clinic on the main field at Ed Smith Stadium for 50 children from the North Port Family YMCA. The clinic will begin at 10:30 a.m. with instruction in pitching, hitting, fielding, throwing, and base running. Media covering the event may park in the East Lot at the corner of 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue and enter through the Left Field Gate.

Orioles minor league players scheduled to participate include: Jacob Bray, Bobby Bundy, Eddie Gamboa, Randolph Gassaway, Michael Joseph, Andy Loomis, Kris Richards and Matt Taylor.

The Oriole Bird will also be present and refreshments will be provided to all participants.

“This is the third in a series of youth clinics the Orioles will conduct this year at Ed Smith Stadium,” said David Rovine, Vice President of Orioles-Sarasota. “Orioles players and coaches look forward to these opportunities to share their passion for the sport by working with children from local non-profits. Through the youth clinics, the Orioles provide positive role models for young people and demonstrate our commitment to the community.”

The North Port Family YMCA is committed to strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living & social responsibility. The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active, and developing lifelong, healthy habits. The Y’s youth programs include summer camp, after-school care, child care and aquatics. The Y helps children set and achieve personal and educational goals. The organization’s scholarship program ensures that every child has an opportunity to envision and pursue the best possible future. For more information about any of the Y’s youth programs, call (941) 429-2269 or visit www.NorthPortYMCA.com.

The Orioles’ youth baseball clinics are part of Sarasota 365, a host of initiatives through which the Baltimore Orioles and OriolesREACH demonstrate the ballclub’s year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community. Whether hosting youth activities, participating in charitable causes or partnering in efforts to boost the local economy, the Orioles are active in the region all year long, proving that their commitment to the club’s southern home goes far beyond baseball. For more information, or to sign up for the Orioles in Sarasota e-newsletter, please visit www.orioles.com/sarasota.

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“Sports Talk” with Don Henderson and Doug Miles 7/7/14 Guests: Dan Epstein and Brett Forrest


Bradenton Marauders host St. Lucie Mets and Tampa Yankees this week at McKechnie Field

(Bradenton, FL) The Bradenton Marauders host the St. Lucie Mets (New York Mets) and Tampa Yankees (New York Yankees) during a five-game home stand this week at McKechnie Field. The home stand starts on Tuesday, July 8 and continues through Saturday, July 12. All five games begin at 6:30 p.m., with gates opening at 5:30 p.m.

Marty Claus will bring the holiday spirit to McKechnie Field on Tuesday, July 8. The Marauders are celebrating Christmas in July. Marty Claus will be available for pictures with children on the outfield boardwalk during the game. Baseball Bingo and PLS Print will be played. Children will be able to run the bases after the game in the Kids Fun Run.

The Marauders and Mets play the middle game of their three-game set on Wednesday, July 9, then finish the series on Thursday, July 10. July 10 is Evan Chambers night. The Marauders will honor the memory of Chambers, a former Marauders player who passed away suddenly last December. The first 500 fans will receive Evan Chambers #53 t-shirts. Chambers was a dedicated volunteer with the Foundation for Dreams, and the Marauders will hold a silent auction at the game to raise money for the charity. Additionally, a portion of the night’s launch-a-ball proceeds will be donated to the Foundation for Dreams. All second half long, the Marauders will be donating $1 for each game program sold to Foundation for Dreams.

July 10 is also a Thirsty Thursday. Sodas and select draft beers cost just $1.

Friday, July 11 is Military Appreciation Night and a Free Shirt Friday. Admission is free with a valid military ID. The first 500 fans will receive a Marauders camouflage t-shirt.

Every Friday home game is also a Happy Hour Friday. Between 5:30 and 6:30, 500 free hot dogs will be given away and there will be great drink specials from Kayem and Cheney Brothers.

Saturday, July 12 is Go Fly a Kite Night. The first 500 fans will receive a free Marauders Kite. Fans will be invited onto the field after the game to fly kites in the outfield. Baseball Bingo and will be played during the game.

July 12 is the fourth installment of Bark in the Park. Bark badges for dog admission cost just $2, with proceeds benefitting the Humane Society of Manatee County.

For more information about the Bradenton Marauders please visit www.BradentonMarauders.com.

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Bradenton Marauders to Hold Evan Chambers Night at McKechnie Field July 10

(Bradenton, FL) The Bradenton Marauders will hold Evan Chambers Night on Thursday, July 10, to pay tribute to the former outfielder who passed away suddenly last December. Chambers played with the team in 2011 and 2012, appearing in the third most games of any Marauder in franchise history. The first 500 fans at the game will receive an Evan Chambers T-shirt with his jersey number, 53, on the back.

Chambers was dedicated to community service in the cities he played in, and as a native of nearby Lakeland, he was especially dedicated in the Bradenton area. One of Chambers’ favorite places to volunteer was at Dream Oaks Camp, a camp for children with special needs, chronic illnesses, and terminal illnesses. Dream Oaks Camp is funded and operated by Foundation for Dreams, Inc. For every copy of “The Marauders Magazine”, the official game day program of the Marauders, sold at McKechnie Field in the second half of the season, one dollar will be donated to the Foundation for Dreams. Additionally, the Marauders will hold a silent auction featuring memorabilia and game day experiences at the July 10 game to benefit the charity. One half of the night’s Launch-a-Ball proceeds will go to the Foundation of Dreams as well.

Evan Chambers Night at McKechnie Field July 10
Evan Chambers Night at McKechnie Field July 10

The players and coaches of the Marauders will wear an “EC” patch on their caps for the game in memory of Chambers. The team will also wear the Evan Chambers t-shirts for a pregame ceremony, with every member of the team lining up as number 53. Children from Dream Oaks Camp will take the field with the Marauders as baseball buddies.

For more information, please visit www.BradentonMarauders.com, or call 877-893-2827.

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CBS Sports Network adds Doug Gottlieb radio show to simulcast schedule beginning August 25

(New York, N.Y.) CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, will expand its live weekday studio programming with the addition of “The Doug Gottlieb Show.” The afternoon show broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Radio will be simulcast on CBS Sports Network beginning Monday, August 25. The three-hour program is hosted by Doug Gottlieb live Monday-Friday from 3:00-6:00 PM, ET.

“The Doug Gottlieb Show” debuted on January 2, 2013, and features national sports talk, headlines, and interviews with current and former sports icons, as well as newsmakers from the sports world and listener phone calls. The CBS Sports Network show will originate from the CBS Sports Radio studios in New York City.

“Adding The Doug Gottlieb Show greatly strengthens our afternoon line-up adding three hours of live and relevant content each day,” said Dan Weinberg, Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports. “Doug’s show is high-energy, insightful and entertaining and we are excited to extend the reach of his radio show to the CBS Sports Network television audience.”

Eric Spitz, Director of Programming for CBS Sports Radio commented, “Doug is a cornerstone talent of CBS Sports Radio. To be able to expand the exposure of his program through CBS Sports Network is a win for everyone involved. I have no doubt Doug’s boundless energy, strong opinions and great passion will play well to a national television audience.”

Gottlieb currently serves as a studio and game analyst for CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network’s coverage of college basketball, in addition to his hosting duties of “The Doug Gottlieb Show” on CBS Sports Radio. Additionally, he serves as an anchor of “CBS Sports Minute,” a 60-second commentary related to the hot topics in sports.

Doug Gottlieb radio show to be simulcast on CBS Sports Network
Doug Gottlieb radio show to be simulcast on CBS Sports Network

CBS Sports Network is available on most Tampa Bay area cable systems usually as part of a sports tier package. For more information, including a full programming schedule, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

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