Click on the link below to hear the Missouri Tiger Press Conference with Gary Pinkel, Chase Daniel, Lorenzo Williams, Tony Temple, and Martin Rucker in it’s entirety
The short life of Darryl Kile was remembered at Busch Stadium on Wednesday, as friends and former teammates remembered him publicly. Mike Matheny, Dave Veres, Woody Williams, Doug Drabek, and Pete Harnisch spoke to a gathering of around 5,000. Kile died on June 22nd of heart failure at the age of 33. All agreed that Kile was generous with anyone who needed help, advice, or just needed someone to talk to. He was also remembered for his keen sense of humor and love of pranks. His many exploits in the club house and golf course were re-told. The 12-year veteran joined the Cardinals staff in 2000, winning 20 games and leading them to the N.L. Central Title. It proved to be his best season ever. The personal highlight of Kile’s career was on September 8, 1993 when he no-hit the Mets. Darryl Kile left behind his wife, Flynn and three children Kannon, Sierra, and Ryker. Fans are encouraged to send their memories of Kile to Busch Stadium. They will be compiled in a scrapbook for the children. Send stories to: DK 57 Memory Book, c/o St. Louis Cardinals, 250 Stadium Plaza, St. Louis, Missouri, 63102
Audio excerpts from the Darryl Kile Memorial at Busch Stadium, courtesy of the Cardinal Radio Network:
Houston teammate Doug Drabek (3:30 mp3)
Cardinal catcher Mike Matheny (3:00 mp3)
Cardinal reliever Dave Veres (2:00 mp3)
Cardinal starting pitcher Woody Williams (1:00 mp3)
Houston teammate Pete Harnisch (3:00 mp3)
For nearly a decade Blues fans have been asking, “Why isn’t Bernie Federko in the Hall of Fame?” It was a legitimate question. Federko, who spent 13 of his 14 NHL seasons in St. Louis, was the first player to record 50 or more assists in 10 consecutive seasons. He was the 22nd player to reach the 1,000 point plateau. Federko is the Blues all time leader in points (1,073), assists (721), and games played (927). In 1991 the Blues retired his #24 sweater. “Why, why, why?”
On June 19th, Blues fans stopped asking the question. Federko, along fellow former All-Stars Rod Langway and Clark Gillies and coach Roger Neilson were elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame . Eight other Blues have been inducted, but Federko is the only one who started his career in St. Louis. He would have finished there as well, but Federko was traded to Detroit in 1989. calling it the move one of his greatest disappointments. His NHL career spanned from the ’76-’77 season through the ’89-’90 campaign. Bernie Federko is now the Blues color commentator on television. Federko may not have had the opportunity to finish his playing career in St. Louis, but he’s spending his “retirement” watching the team as close as anyone. True Blue, indeed.
Despite some tough breaks, Wizards midfielder Chris Klein is keeping his head up. Maybe it’s because he’s tasted success. The St. Louis native was voted the teams’ MVP last year. Soon after, he tore an ACL in his knee ending his hopes of making the 2002 World Cup squad. Klein says it was “a little disappointing”, but didn’t let it get him down. His attitude was, “Hey, those things happen.” He says the U.S.’s 3-2 win over Portugal in the opening round of the World Cup was “…one of the biggest days in U.S. soccer history,” adding he watched “every second”. Klein’s teammate, Tony Meola is on the squad making his thrid World Cup appearance. Back home without their star goalie, the Wizards are struggling with a mark of 2-3-4 for 10 points. That’s tied for the worst record in the MLS. But Klein isn’t too worried saying, “There’s really no sense of desperation,” yet. The Major League Soccer season is long and he hopes they can regain the team atmosphere that helped them capture the 2000 MLS Championship. Klein assisted on the game-winning goal.
No matter what you call her, Katie A. Henderson is thrilled to be the new head coach of the SMS Lady Bear basketball team. She has always gone by Katie Abrhamson-Henderson, but decided to shorten it. She let her players decide what they wanted to call her and chose Coach Abe. This is Henderson’s first head coaching job, after spending two years as an assistant and six years at Iowa St. as an assistant. At both locations, the staff she was a part of helped to turn things around. Henderson told Missourinet Sports, “I’ve always been a part of winning programs and I’ve always been a part of programs that have a lot of…pressure to win.” Even if Henderson finds early success, don’t blame SMS fans if they get a little nervous. Cheryl Burnette, who resigned in April, left looking for a bigger program. Fans also remember the departure of men’s coach Steve Alford who left for Iowa. So is Springfield the kind of place Henderson would want to plant her roots? “Yes, absolutely”, and she added, “I’m very loyal and hate jumping around.” Henderson has won applause from Lady Bears fans. Now she’s hoping for their cheers. Just win, Coach Abe, just win.
On May 9th, former Missouri football coach, Dan Devine passed away at the age of 77. Devine left behind thousands of fans in the Show-Me State. From 1958-1970, he compiled a record of 93-37-7 at Mizzou, leading the Tigers to a 4-2 record in bowl games. He also coached the Green Bay Packers and led Notre Dame to the 1977 National Title. Hall of Fame sportwriter Bob Broeg covered the Tigers for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He’s also authored books on Missouri football and was a friend of Devine’s. He said the late coach, “…looked like a family pharmicist, innocuous sized, but a very competitive man.” Devine almost universally commanded the respect and attention of both players and coaches. Former Mizzou assistant and current color commentator on the Tiger Network, John Kadlec says, “When he walked in a room, he could silence the room.” His players were always prepared, according to former Missouri All-American Roger Wehrli, “I don’t ever remember going into a game where people said the teams at Missouri were not ready to play.” Devine also served as Mizzou’s Athletic Direc tor on two occasions. He was responsible for hiring basketball coach Norm Stewart. Devine passed away at his home in Tempe, Arizona. Photo by Bill Greenblatt, UPI
After a 4-7 campaign in 2001, Mizzou head football coach Gary Pinkel is expecting much more from his 2002 squad. The Tigers’ second year coach is promising improvements in both offense and defense. There’s certainly a lot of work to do. Last year MU scored 240 points and gave up 330. They were 10th in the Big XII in both categories. Pinkel believes the spring practice session which culminated with the Black and Gold Game on April 20th, was very productive. It certainly produced some controversy as Freshman Brad Smith beat out Senior Kirk Farmer for the #1 spot at quarterback. Pinkel believes that kind of competition will make both players better in the long run. Mizzou opens up the 2002 season on August 31st in St. Louis against Illinois.
April 20th and 21st passed unceremoniously for former Mizzou football player, Dwyane Blakely. The 6-4, 250-pound tight end wasn’t amongst the players taken in this year’s NFL draft. Blakely took it in stride. Earlier in the week he’d had discussions with the Chiefs and they expressed interest in the possibility of signing him to a free agent contract if he wasn’t taken. That’s what happened. Blakely has agreed to a two year free agent deal. It doesn’t guarantee him a spot on the roster, but it does give him a shot at making the team. If he makes the cut, St. Joseph native will get to work close to home. Blakely, who’s still taking classes at Mizzou, will spend the summer getting into better shape. In his career in Columbia, Dwayne Blakely caught 69 passes for 767 yards and ten touchdowns. He averaged just over eleven yards per catch.
New Saint Louis University basketabll coach Brad Soderberg knows turning the Billikens into a powerhouse will be a challenge. He recently told Missourinet Sports that it will be difficult keeping California recruit Ryan Hollins. Soderberg has spoken with the 6-8 prep star and gets the feeling that Hollins is reluctant to move east since Lorenzo Romar took the vacancy at the University of Washington. Their top recruit, Nick Kern of St. Louis Vashon has already decided not to come to SLU, despite signing a letter of intent. Nonetheless, Soderberg is confident that his squad will be good. Every player is returing, including leading scorer Marquee Perry. At his press conference on April 12th, Soderberg said that his goal is to win the C-USA title.