The Houston Astros will be giving away a Jeff Bagwell 1997 throwback jersey to the first 10,000 fans through the door August 4th when they host the Toronto Blue Jays. The giveaway coincides with his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame on August 30th.
The American Hockey League schedule is out and it still has an uneven amount of games played. The Pacific division will again be at 68 games while the rest of the league will be playing 76 games.
The west coast teams got what they wanted when they wanted their minor league affiliates closer to home but actual games are still the best barometer of a players progression. The AHL needs to clamp down on this or let the left coast teams form a reincarnation of the WCHL.
Florida can add another professional sports team to their stable as the Evansville IceMen will be relocating to Jacksonville to begin play next season as the Ice Men. The team is currently non-active due to arena disputes. The Ice men will be filling a void left by the Lizard Kings, who operations ceased in 2000.
The Louisville Bats minor league baseball team will be hosting Muhammad Ali night on June 3, one-year after his death. They will be wearing these Ali themed jerseys that night. Following the game, all jerseys will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Muhammad Ali Center. It’s just one part of “I Am Ali” festival this summer.