McGwire Comes Up Short In HOF Voting

The Cardinals will not be sending any inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame this year. Former Cards slugger Mark McGwire saw his voting total dip for the fifth consecutive year. McGwire hit 220 of his 583 career home runs in his five years with the Cardinals and later served as the team's hitting coach. His support for the Hall has waned, however, since admitting to steroid use. McGwire did receive enough votes to remain on the ballot for at least a ninth year.

One year after no one was voted in, the National Baseball Hall of Fame
announced the election of three players on Wednesday. Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine
and Frank Thomas all got in on their first appearance on the ballot, marking
the first time since 1999 that three first-ballot nominees were selected.
Maddux was the leader with 555 votes, which represented 97.2 percent of the
vote. Glavine received 525 votes (91.9 percent) and Thomas 478 (83.7). Craig
Biggio missed the 75-percent cutoff by two votes, tying Nellie Fox in 1985 and
Pie Traynor in 1947 for the smallest margin in balloting history. Also falling
short was right-hander Jack Morris, who received 351 votes (61.5) in his final
year on the ballot and will be eligible for the Expansion Era Committee
consideration in the fall of 2016.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

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The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Gus Kleekamp with the Washington Post 218 Junior American Legion Baseball Team. Gus pitches, plays shortstop and bats third on the Junior Legion team that won the state championship in Blue Springs over the weekend. He posted the save in a 4-3 win over Festus in the title game. His batting average is .400 with 47-rbi and 47 runs scored. As a pitcher, he's 5-0 with an ERA of 1.631 and a WHIP of .961.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

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What he also could not have conceived is how this phenomenon of pervasive media has actually stymied, not enhanced, the free speech expression of presidential candidates.

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SPORTS CORNER

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The Washington Seniors came back to life with a 14-2 route of Manchester Post 208 in the loser's bracket of the state tournament in Sedalia Friday afternoon. Matt Miller pitched a complete game for the win, as Washington improved to 35-4. The victory puts Post 218 in the championship game against Fike-Blue Springs today.