At age 90 of complications from Alzheimer's disease, Homer Harris, a former
defensive lineman at Iowa and the Big Ten's first black football captain.
Harris (right) was a standout at Seattle's Garfield High in the 1930s and was
named the Hawkeyes' MVP as a junior in 1936. The following year he was voted
captain by his teammates. After college Harris had a dermatology practice in
Seattle for 46 years.
At age 83 of congestive heart failure, Twins radio play-by-play man Herb
Carneal. Carneal got his first radio job right out of high school and began his
big league career in 1954, calling games for the Philadelphia Athletics and
Phillies. In '62, the year after the Washington Senators moved to Minneapolis
and became the Twins, Carneal joined them, and his silky baritone and Virginia
drawl were synonymous with the team ever since. He was inducted into the
broadcasting wing of the Hall of Fame in 1996.
The ABA championship, the Vermont Frost Heaves, whose president and G.M. is SI
senior writer Alexander Wolff. The Heaves, who were a league-best 30--6 during
the regular season in their first year of existence, beat the Texas Tycoons
143--95 in the title game last Thursday in Barre, Vt. A victory parade was held
there the next day—complete with a potluck supper at the end of the route—and
Wolff toasted the team at a champagne brunch last Saturday. "When we began
this, we were asking each of you for your Social Security number," Wolff
told his players. "And here we are, asking for your ring size." For
more on the Frost Heaves and to see video highlights of their championship
season, go to vermontfrostheaves.com.