Mt. Vernon Register-News

June 5, 2013

Sports Briefs


The Register-News

---- — Pitino unveils special bourbon bottles

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Nearly two months after winning an NCAA championship, Louisville coach Rick Pitino is giving fans a way to toast the Cardinals’ success while raising money for the school.

Pitino unveiled commemorative Maker’s Mark bourbon bottles on Tuesday bearing his face and achievements including Louisville’s third national title and his upcoming induction into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.

Calling the recognition from the Kentucky-based distiller “exciting,” Pitino said he was pleased to help the effort toward building a planned $8 million academic center. Maker’s Mark will begin selling 12,600 bottles on Friday to benefit the project that it has also pledged $500,000 toward.

Pitino also took a shot at Ohio State President Gordon Gee, who has made disparaging comments about Notre Dame and Roman Catholics.

Now at Little League — Babe Ruth jersey

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Little League Baseball’s museum is now home to a jersey worn by Babe Ruth, considered one of the most expensive sports memorabilia items worldwide.

The gray wool jersey — a red “3’’ stitched on the back — dates to 1934, when Ruth donned the uniform for a barnstorming tour of Japan.

Little League says the precious threads are on loan from a donor who is remaining anonymous. It arrived Tuesday in an armored truck with police officers watching nearby.

Little League vice president Lance Van Auken declined to disclose the uniform’s current value, but did say it was insured for a “seven-digit” amount. It was sold at an auction in 2005 for roughly $771,000.

The uniform will be a centerpiece of Little League’s soon-to-reopen museum.