Marist Col­lege to drop mas­cot’s name: Shooter

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS -

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. » Mass shoot­ings across the na­tion have prompted Marist Col­lege in New York to drop Shooter as the nick­name for its sports mas­cot.

The Poughkeepsie Jour­nal re­ports that Marist Col­lege came up with a new name for the cos­tumed mas­cot for its Red Foxes men’s and women’s bas­ket­ball teams af­ter last month’s mass shoot­ing at a coun­try mu­sic con­cert in Las Ve­gas.

The school’s ath­let­ics depart­ment set­tled on Frankie, a nod to Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt, who was born in nearby Hyde Park.

The pri­vate col­lege in Poughkeepsie, north of New York City, de­buted the new nick­name dur­ing last week­end’s sea­son open­ers for both teams.

The orig­i­nal Shooter nick­name was used for years and re­ferred to shoot­ing bas­kets, not guns. NEW YORK » The bat Lou Gehrig used to hit his last two home runs, in an ex­hi­bi­tion game in 1939, is be­ing auc­tioned off again.

Once owned by ac­tor Kurt Rus­sell’s fam­ily, the bat is part of a Yan­kees Le­gends of­fer­ing by Her­itage Auc­tions. The en­tire col­lec­tion is from one owner and has mostly of Yan­kees-re­lated mem­o­ra­bilia, in­clud­ing a bat used by Roger Maris in the 1961 sea­son when he hit a then-record 61 homer. There’s also a glove used by Mickey Man­tle in 1965 and signed base­balls from var­i­ous Yan­kees cham­pi­onship teams.

The on­line auc­tion opened Tues­day and closes on Dec. 10 at 11 p.m. EST. The col­lec­tion, which can be viewed on Her­itage’s web­site , also in­cludes a Babe Ruth bat from his rookie sea­son with the Bos­ton Red Sox in 1915, and a bat used by Jackie Robin­son dur­ing his 1949 Na­tional League MVP sea­son.

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