Tue July 16, 2013
Around the Nation

Baseball League Creates 'Islands' Of Refuge For Camden Kids

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 6:00 pm

Angel Ramirez, a North Camden Little League player, walks through the Sixth Street drug corridor, known as "Heroin Highway," on his way home from practice in Camden, N.J. The Little League program is aimed at keeping kids in the struggling city engaged in a sport after school.
Gabe Dinsmoor for NPR

At a small park in Pyne Poynt on the north side of Camden, N.J., kids take practice cuts on the infield dirt and adjust their hats. A small but enthusiastic crowd shouts words of encouragement, but the cheering parents and playful bench-side scuffles only momentarily disguise the troubles in the city. Baggies, vials and hypodermic needles litter the same field where practice is being held.

"Each day, our kids walk past drug sets and open air drug use," says Bryan Morton, the North Camden Little League president.

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Tue July 16, 2013
Around the Nation

Zack Hample Makes Baseball Catch Of A Lifetime

Since 1990, Zack Hample has been snagging baseballs from the stands — nearly 7,000 at 50 different Major League stadiums. This past weekend in Massachusetts, a ball dropped from a helicopter 1,200 feet in the air. From that height, a very fast ball, so Hample was decked out in catchers gear.


Mon July 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Is This The Worst Ceremonial First Pitch In History?

Singer Carly Rae Jepsen smiles with pitcher Matt Moore just before the start of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Houston Astros on Sunday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Mon July 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Cleveland Fan Grabs 4 Foul Balls At Indians Game

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 11:36 am

Greg Van Niel, a season-ticket holder who wasn't sitting in his usual seat, grabbed four foul balls Sunday during the Indians' 6-4 win over the Kansas City Royals. He reportedly kept the first three balls and flipped the fourth to nearby fans.

Greg Van Niel is a Cleveland Indians season-ticket holder. But curiously, he wasn't sitting in his usual seat when he grabbed four foul balls at Sunday's game at Progressive Field against the Kansas City Royals.

He accomplished his feat by the fifth inning while sitting in Row FF, Section 160, Seat 3.

"Three of them were catches, and one was a ball I picked up off the ground," Van Niel told the team, according to tribevibe on

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Sun July 14, 2013

Jeter's Back ... Then Injured Again

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 10:12 am

Derek Jeter was back in the Yankees lineup last week after breaking his ankle in the 2012 playoffs. A few at-bats later, he was out with a strained quadricep. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Mike Pesca about how much difference this one player can make on the baseball diamond.