Category Archives: Notre Dame

Samardzija joins short list of Opening Domers

When Jeff Samardzija delivers the first pitch of the Cubs’ season on April 1 in Pittsburgh, he’ll be the fourth pitcher to come out of Notre Dame and make an Opening Day start in the Major Leagues. And he’ll be the first to do so in 99 years. The last Domer to toe the rubber

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From ND to MLB: Aaron Heilman

Aaron Heilman during the 2000 Big East Tournament in Bridgewater, N.J. This post is about 11 months too late. I won’t bore you with the details of why — basically a combination of a vacation that followed the interview and the lack of a deadline (this is why I don’t freelance; I can be a

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From ND to MLB: Brad Lidge

Brad Lidge is one of two baseball players whose time at Notre Dame coincided with mine. He pitched from 1996-98, putting together a 13-5 record and 4.86 ERA, with 143 strikeouts in 129 2/3 innings. Though he’s worn No. 54 throughout his Major League career, in South Bend Lidge donned No. 20, the same digits

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From ND to MLB: Jeff Samardzija

I’ve fallen way behind on my Notre Dame to MLB project, so it’s time to pick it up again. In an effort to move things along, I’m going to do something I don’t generally like to do — post a Q&A or two. It’s just a personal thing. I don’t do that much writing anymore,

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From ND to MLB: Billy Burke

One hundred years ago today — Tuesday, Sept. 26, 1911 — the Boston Rustlers arrived at Chicago’s West Side Grounds for a getaway day doubleheader against the Cubs. It would be the 11th and 12th games in the last nine days on the Rustlers’ current road trip, one that would last another 12 games and

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