2020/05/16

DeafDigest Sports – – May 13-16, 2020

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— random deafsports thoughts

— Texas Tech bullpen catcher

— Gallaudet honors

— one of greatest athletes in a county (Washington state)

— great badminton player denied entry into Olymics (hearing)

— lopsided scores in one sport

— Purdue football trivia

— bullpen catcher

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Gallaudet honors

Gallaudet University student-athletes recognized in online awards ceremony

full story at:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/news/2019-20/awardsceremony

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Gallaudet athletics inducts 13 into Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society

full story at:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/news/2019-20/chialphasigma

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a newspaper in Washington state

BEST FEMALE ATHLETES IN CLARK COUNTY HISTORY

Brenda Bessner, State Deaf (track and field) – State’s only four-time
javelin champion was two-time Deaflympics runner-up (javelin, shot put).

note:
newspaper didn’t mention she was #1 in nation among all high school girls
in javelin, as compiled by USA Today.

She is the only national champion among all high school participants in
a track and field event on DeafDigest Sports editor’s watch (1986 and on)

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‘Deaflympian of the Century’ Rajeev Bagga

part of newspaper story

Against all odds: For ‘Deaflympian of the Century’ Rajeev Bagga, sound is
no barrier Not only did Bagga excel in the Deaf Games, he also made his mark in the
‘hearing’ category by becoming India’s national champion twice.

In the next decade and half, Bagga went on to win two senior national
singles crowns in 1991 and 1992, the men’s doubles title with Vinod Kumar
in 1997, became the first deaf player to qualify for the All England main
draw in 1990 and represented India in the Thomas Cup qualifiers, Asian
championships, the 1990 Commonwealth Games and reached the best world
ranking of 38.

And had it not been for the politics and ego of Badminton Association of
India officials, he could have also played in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics

note:
DeafDigest Sports editor covered 1996 Deaflympics at Sofia, Bulgaria on
behalf of the Silent News and had an opportunity to interview Bagga.

The interview did not go well – Bagga was bitter about not being able
to participate in the 1992 (hearing) Olympics despite his credentials.

It is for the reason why he moved to Great Britain, no longer living
in India

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USA deaf women’s soccer

from a tweet

Just a little throwback because we miss soccer ? Also we are 27-0-0 now,
have scored a few more goals, and added another World Cup to the
collection

21-0-0. 122 goals scored, 8 against. 3 Deaflympics Gold medals, World Cup
champs.

note:
Will the rest of the Deaf World catch up with USA deaf women’s soccer?

Hope so. Lopsided scores can get quite boring.

It was that way in USA deaf women’s basketball during the 1980’s and
1990’s. It was so bad that the American deaf women took a trip to
Europe to host clinics to teach deaf women how to play basketball!

Even the USA deaf women’s basketball coach Carolyn Wuertz said that
winning by such scores as 80-20, 90-10 is very boring.

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Purdue football trivia

from a tweet

Day 12: Purdue

“The only man in the territory with any knowledge of the game,” Albert
Berg became Purdue’s first football coach in 1887. He was 23 years old,
deaf, and was paid only $1 for each “lesson” he gave the new football
team.

note:
Territory? Meaning the only person in the immediate area of Purdue
that knows football!  He coached Purdue to one football game, a
defeat. Berg was one of these pioneering 11 football players
in the first game Gallaudet played, a win over Georgetown in
1883.

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Texas Tech’s bullpen catcher

part of posting, as edited

Texas Tech’s pitching staff this season showed Omaha potential. Cam Vega’s
contributions as bullpen catcher have helped the Red Raiders excel. It
hasn’t been an easy road for Vega, who is deaf.

note:
Bullpen catcher? DeafDigest Sports editor did some googling and came
up with this story –

As an NCAA rule, players wanting to be team managers must waive their
eligibility for any kind of college baseball in order to fill the role.

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random deafsports thoughts

DeafDigest Sports never laughs at lopsided scores, regardless
of the sport.

Do read women’s soccer again one more time!

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Gallaudet hall of fame

Nomination deadline extended for Gallaudet University Athletics Hall of
Fame until May 29

WASHINGTON – The nomination deadline for the next Gallaudet University
Athletics Hall of Fame class has been extended until Friday, May 29, 2020.
If you haven’t had a chance to nominate a deserving former
student-athlete, coach or honorary member you still have time to complete
your nomination form (see below) and e-mail it to
halloffame@gallaudet.edu.

If you are interested in nominating someone please review the guidelines
http://gallaudet.prestosports.com/hof/pdf/guhof-guidelines.pdf

before you complete the form at:
http://gallaudet.prestosports.com/hof/pdf/guhof-nomination-edit.pdf

It is important to fill out the form completely and include supporting
documents such as old newspaper clippings, statistics and/or old photos to
help the selection committee with their decision. Letters of
recommendation will also be acceptable to submit.

If you have a question or comment about the GU Athletics Hall of Fame
please send your e-mail to halloffame@gallaudet.edu.

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http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

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Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

The book made its debut back on February 15, 2020, at the annual Alumni
Madness Day. The Bison men’s basketball program held a reunion that
evening where Strassler signed copies of the book.

For those not in attendance, you can now purchase your own copy for $35
apiece and $8 for shipping. Please allow two weeks to receive the book.
Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

If you have any questions, please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head
coach Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.