Obrey Brown, the former sports editor for Century Newspapers, is still alive and kicking, despite the email we received recently from Redlands East Valley High sports dad Bruce Cavarno.
Said Bruce, “Sorry to hear about Obrey’s passing. I knew him since the early 80s when I was an athlete at the U of R and stayed in touch with him as recently as last year.”
Brown, who retired in March after more than 40 years in these parts covering sports, has not died but merely moved out of state to be closer to his grown children. We’re sure Bruce’s son Timmy who is a two-sport star at REV, is glad to hear that. So is anybody who didn’t closely read the retirement tributes to Brown in the Century newspapers two months ago.
Brown, from his condominium in South Jordan, Utah, was surprised to learn of the confusion.
“He thought I died?” Brown said. “Oh no. Did you set him straight?”
Yes we did. The mix-up is reminiscent of the late 19th century fiasco when false rumors spread that author and humorist Mark Twain passed.
That prompted Twain to famously remark, “The report of my death was an exaggeration.”
Giving the Beaumont High baseball team a lift has been former San Gorgonio High and Cal Baptist University star Andy Crowley.
Crowley joined the Beaumont staff during the season after it had been shut out three consecutive times and the Cougars (10-9 overall) proceeded to have several double-digit hit games in winning three consecutive games.
“He’s on staff and he’s really helped our hitting,” Beaumont coach Jason Whittle said. “He’s a younger guy and relates to the players well, uses different wording or whatever. Most of baseball is mental, not physical so it’s good to have him talking to the players.”
Crowley is a San Bernardino County sheriff working out of Rancho Cucamonga and a Beaumont resident. He was recommended to Whittle by former San Gorgonio coach Bill Eatinger, the iconic ex-coach who recently retired from coaching and education. Originally, Whittle tried to coaxEatinger out of retirement.
When Crowley played at San Gorgonio his walk-up song to home plate was “Mr. Crowley” by Ozzy Osbourne.
WALKER, ANDRIESE NAB WINS
Two former area prep baseball pitchers won major league games on the same day last week.
Former Yucaipa High star Taijuan Walker pitched seven innings of one-hit ball and struck out eight batters to help lift the New York Mets past the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-1. The victory made Walker 2-1 with a 2.38 earned run average.
That same day — Thursday, May 6 — Redlands East Valley High grad Matt Andriese relieved in the eighth inning of the Boston Red Sox’s 12-9 victory against the Detroit Tigers and earned the victory. He yielded three hits and one earned run.
The win made Andriese 1-1.
AQUINAS GRAD SIGNS
Aquinas High graduate Niklas Gustav signed with the BC Lions Canadian Football League team last week.
Gustav, a defensive lineman, was picked in last month’s CFL Global Draft. A native of Hamburg, Germany, Gustav recently completed a successful career at Morningside University in Iowa where he recorded 23.5 career sacks.
ONE MORE DRAFTEE
In a recent story on the National Football League draft that included Redlands players, reader Jim Moffatt noticed that I omitted Brian DeRoo, a Redlands High and University of Redlands grad. DeRoo was drafted in the fifth round in 1978 by the New York Giants, so that’s a 15-yard penalty on me.
Alexa Duran, a senior transfer from Big Bear, has given Aquinas High softball a lift. The UC Riverside commit is hitting .667 with 12 home runs and 32 runs batted in for the 14-1 Falcons who are unbeaten in Ambassador League play.
STOCKTON PAYS IT FORWARD
Pacific High and USC grad Dave Stockton, a former PGA golfer, gave some pointers to the Redlands High girls’ golf team on Monday, May 3.
“The future of golf looks very bright indeed,” tweeted @StocktonGolf.
Stockton won two PGA Championships during his career and three tournaments overall in 1974 alone.
John Murphy may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org