Charlie Manuel: State Marbles Champion in Sixth Grade

Charlie Manuel: State Marbles Champion in Sixth Grade

During Charlie Manuel's regular pregame powwow with reporters this afternoon, the topic of ballplayers with the best arm arose. Mark Whiten, Dave Parker, and Ichiro were all mentioned.

"Roger Maris had a good arm," Manuel said.

Charlie was then asked if he ever remembered anyone in particular throwing him out going from first to third.

"Naw, I was so fast," Charlie joked.

This prompted one writer to break out his iPhone and Google players throughout history with the most outfield assists.

Charlie saw the iPhone and suggested while the writer was Googling meaningless baseball stats, why not also look up Virginia State Marble Championship results from… oh… 1955 or 1956 or so.

According to Manuel, he won the Virginia State Championship in Marbles as a sixth grader. Apparently it rained that day, and instead of playing on grass outdoors as usual, the contest was moved inside and was played on concrete, a surface Charlie had never played on before.

Didn't matter. Winners win no matter the circumstances.

And I don't believe anyone followed up by asking Charlie if he knew where his marbles currently were.


We attempted to Google the results of the State Championship of Marbles in Virginia but our limited research proved unfruitful. If you have any information on marble champions, we'd love to hear it.

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake


SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.