James “Deacon” White Tribute

On July 28, 19th-century standout James Laurie “Deacon” White (1847-1939) will be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Some 75 years after his passing, the man tough enough to catch hundreds of games barehanded, skilled enough to bat .312 in more than 1,500 major league contests and famous enough to be part of a celebrated “Big Four” on three teams, at last is honored in Cooperstown for his diamond exploits. Some, however, will look even deeper into the character of the man. How did he get the nickname “Deacon”?  Beginning with the post-Civil War baseball boom, and playing into the 1890s, he exemplified Christian faith as a way of life and conduct. One of baseball’s first superstars, his career is well summarized by Joe Williams in Nineteenth Century Notes (Spring, 2010) published by SABR—the Society for American Baseball Research. His selection in that year as “19th Century Overlooked Legend” Read More

Around the Net – Gary Carter passes away, Jeremy Lin headline controversy, Josh Hamilton’s makeover

“Around the Net” is your source for Christian athletes in the news. Each week, we will post some of the best and most relevant stories about Christian athletes that we see from around the internet.

Gary Carter

Baseball Hall of Famer Gary Carter passed away last week, succumbing to his battle with brain cancer at the age of 57. Carter was featured in Sports Spectrum multiple times… (Read more inside)

Jeremy Lin Controversy

Over the weekend, ESPN Mobile published a headline with a racial slur in regards to Jeremy Lin. ESPN has fired that editor who claimed that it was an “honest mistake” and had used that headline “at least 100 times” in other headlines. The editor apologized for the headline and said he is a big fan of Lin, especially because Lin is outspoken about his Christian faith, like himself. More on the story inside…

Josh Hamilton undergoing a makeover

Josh Hamilton appeared on Glenn Beck TV last week in an interview with pastor Dr. James Robison to talk about his relapse with alcohol, battling demons, and how he is undergoing a makeover with the help of Christian counseling. Watch the Interview inside…

Christian Athletes in the Headlines

NY Mets great Gary Carter, dead after bout with brain cancer, got to say goodbye on Palm Beach Atlantic University baseball field (NY Daily News)

Kevin Durant scores career high 51 points in an overtime win vs. Denver (NewsOK.com)

New York Yankees sign DH/1B Raul Ibanez (MLB.com)

Josh Hamilton undergoing “makeover” Continue reading

From the Archives: David Robinson

Some people seem to have been born knowing just what they want to be when they grow up.

David Robinson isn’t one of them.

The possibility of a career in professional basketball didn’t even occur to Robinson until he was nearly through the Naval Academy.

It’s hard to believe that Robinson—one of the 50 greatest NBA players ever—never played on a school basketball team until his senior year in high school. Unlike many of his peers in the NBA, he didn’t spend countless hours of his childhood playing pick-up games at the playground or signing autographs for imaginary fans. The thoughts of being a basketball superstar never entered his mind… Continue reading

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