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Long­time Giants pitcher Mike McCormick, who won the Cy Young Award in 1967, has died. He was 81.

The Giants say McCormick died Satur­day at his home in North Carolina af­ter a long bat­tle with Parkin­son’s dis­ease.

McCormick played 16 years in the ma­jors from 1956-71 with the Giants, Orioles, Sen­a­tors, Yan­kees and Roy­als. He had a 134128 record with a 3.73 ERA and his great­est ac­com­plish­ments came with the Giants.

“We are deeply sad­dened by the loss of Mike McCormick, a true gentle­man and for­ever Giant,” Giants Pres­i­dent and CEO Larry Baer said. “Like many Giants fans, I have many fond child­hood mem­o­ries of watch­ing Mike pitch at Can­dle­stick Park and then was blessed to call him my friend these past 30 years. As a mem­ber of the in­au­gu­ral San Fran­cisco Giants team in 1958, Mike helped es­tab­lish base­ball on the West Coast and then went on to play a ma­jor role in the leg­endary Giants teams of the 1960s, be­com­ing San Fran­cisco’s first pitcher to win a Cy Young Award.”

McCormick signed with the Giants as a 17-year-old “bonus baby” in 1956 for $50,000, re­quir­ing him to forego the mi­nors at the start of his ca­reer. He recorded 50 wins be­fore turn­ing 23 and was the youngest player to reach that mile­stone un­til Dwight Gooden broke that record in 1986.

He made his big­gest im­pact on the fran­chise af­ter the move from New York to San Fran­cisco in 1958. He recorded at least 10 wins each year from 1958-61 and led the Na­tional League with a 2.70 ERA in 1960 when he was named an All-Star for the first of two times in his ca­reer.

McCormick was traded to Bal­ti­more fol­low­ing the 1962 sea­son and strug­gled for four sea­sons in the Amer­i­can League with the Orioles and Wash­ing­ton.

Col­lege foot­ball

CAL STARS ON HALL OF FAME BAL­LOT » For­mer Cal foot­ball stand­outs Tony Gon­za­lez and Ron Rivera are among 78 play­ers on the 2021 bal­lot for in­duc­tion into the Col­lege Foot­ball Hall of Fame, the Na­tional Foot­ball Foun­da­tion and Col­lege Hall of Fame an­nounced.

Ge­or­gia cor­ner­back Champ Bai­ley, Syra­cuse de­fen­sive end Dwight Freeney and Kansas State run­ning back Dar­ren Spro­les will ap­pear on the bal­lot for the first time. The Col­lege Hall of Fame class of 2021 will be an­nounced early next year.

Among the other no­table play­ers on the bal­lot for the first time is for­mer Raiders kicker Se­bas­tian Janikowski of Florida State and for­mer Mi­ra­monte High-Orinda quar­ter­back Ken Dorsey from Mi­ami.


SABRES FIRE GM BOT­TER­ILL AF­TER 3 SEA­SONS » The Buf­falo Sabres fired gen­eral man­ager Ja­son Bot­ter­ill in a dra­matic change-of-course three weeks af­ter co-owner Kim Peg­ula said his job was se­cure.

In an­nounc­ing the de­ci­sion, the Sabres pro­moted se­nior vice pres­i­dent of busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion Kevyn Adams as Bot­ter­ill’s suc­ces­sor.

Bot­ter­ill was fired three sea­sons into his ten­ure and af­ter the Sabres failed to show any signs of im­prove­ment in ex­tend­ing what’s now a nine-year play­off drought. The drought is the NHL’s long­est ac­tive streak and one short of ty­ing the league record.

CANADA ‘OPEN’ TO HOST­ING NHL HUB CITY » Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau said he was com­fort­able hav­ing a hub city in Canada for teams com­pet­ing in the Na­tional Hockey League’s planned restart amid the COVID-19 out­break as long as lo­cal health au­thor­i­ties ap­prove.

Van­cou­ver, Ed­mon­ton and Toronto are all be­ing con­sid­ered by the NHL to serve as one of the two 12-team hub cities for the Stan­ley Cup Play­offs, which could be­gin in early Au­gust.

Trudeau also said the bor­der with the United States will re­main closed to non-es­sen­tial travel through at least July 21. The bor­der clo­sure, how­ever, does not af­fect NHL play­ers and some have al­ready been trav­el­ing to their teams.


NUGGETS COACH MALONE SAYS HE HAD CORO­N­AVIRUS » Den­ver Nuggets coach Michael Malone re­vealed Mon­day that an an­ti­body test showed he had the coro­n­avirus. He told CBS4 in Den­ver that he had symp­toms soon af­ter the NBA halted play on March 11. He said he be­lieved he had COVID-19 but was un­able to get tested.

“I’d say around March 20, I started not feel­ing well, and we be­gan reach­ing out to team doc­tors to see if I could get a test,” Malone said. “Un­for­tu­nately, at that time, there was no test­ing avail­able.”

That month, the Nuggets said a dif­fer­ent em­ployee tested pos­i­tive but didn’t dis­close the per­son’s name.

Mo­tor sports

NASCAR WILL RUN ALL-STAR RACE AT BRIS­TOL WITH 30,000 FANS » With coro­n­avirus cases on the rise in North Carolina, NASCAR an­nounced that it is mov­ing the All-Star Race to Ten­nessee. The event will be con­tested the evening of July 15 at Bris­tol Mo­tor Speed­way in front of a crowd of up to 30,000 fans. The fa­cil­ity can seat around 160,000.

The in­au­gu­ral All-Star race was held at Char­lotte Mo­tor Speed­way in 1985, and the sec­ond edi­tion was run at At­lanta Mo­tor Speed­way in 1986. It moved back to Char­lotte in 1987 and has been held there ev­ery year since.


WORLD TRADE OR­GA­NI­ZA­TION FINDS SAUDI LINKS TO SPORTS PIRACY » The World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion has ruled Saudi Ara­bia failed to stop a broad­cast­ing op­er­a­tion pi­rat­ing sports cov­er­age and blocked moves to shut it down in a proxy of the Gulf eco­nomic and diplo­matic dis­pute with Qatar.

The Qatar-owned beIN Sports net­work, which is banned from op­er­at­ing in Saudi Ara­bia, holds the Mid­dle East rights that are be­ing pi­rated by be­outQ.

“The panel con­sid­ers that Qatar has es­tab­lished a prima fa­cie case that be­outQ is op­er­ated by in­di­vid­u­als or en­ti­ties sub­ject to the crim­i­nal ju­ris­dic­tion of Saudi Ara­bia,” the WTO said on Tues­day.


For­mer Giants pitcher Mike McCormick be­fore a 2012game against the Pi­rates in San Fran­cisco. McCormick, who won the Cy Young Award in 1967, died Satur­day at his home in North Carolina af­ter a long bat­tle with Parkin­son’s dis­ease. He was 81.

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