joseph kenny

FAITHFUL FAN | Author gives plenty of reasons to embrace Blues hockey

Have faith, St. Louis sports fans. The Houston Astros baseball team began in 1962, and it took them 55 years to win the World Series. That brings hope for the St. Louis Blues, which became an NHL franchise in 1967.

Despite the lack of a Stanley Cup championship, the Blues have missed the playoffs only eight times and have a plethora of highlights throughout their 50 seasons.

FAITHFUL FAN | Catholic guys help resurrect a colorful baseball team

It should come as no surprise that a couple Catholic guys believe in a resurrection.

In this case, "resurrection" refers to the St. Louis Browns baseball team. The Browns played in St. Louis from 1902 through the 1953 season before moving to Baltimore to become the Baltimore Orioles.

FAITHFUL FAN | Good sportsmanship requires cultural awareness

The student representatives of 13 schools in the Archdiocesan Athletic Association (AAA) got the message. There's plenty of reasons to play high school sports and, with apologies to Vince Lombardi, winning isn't the only thing — it ranks far down the list. And there's no excuse for racist remarks or gestures, on or off the field, or insults from fans.

FAITHFUL FAN | Coach: Players respond to focus on a greater purpose

When Amanda Pirih started coaching, her focus was on winning. But that left her unsatisfied. She asked herself if there were more to it, then recognized that there was a purpose greater than herself.

FAITHFUL FAN | Cardinals players are a hit for outreach to children

Baseball and softball combined to rank as the team sport with the most participation in 2016, according to the annual report by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association.

FAITHFUL FAN | Boxing coach was cantankerous, compassionate, Catholic

Joseph Kenny

"Like Mick the trainer in Rocky, St. Louisan Kenny Loehr could be cantankerous, yet compassionate. Loehr trained Olympic and world champion brothers Leon and Michael Spinks and bantamweight champ Harold Petty. Like Rocky, Leon Spinks shocked the world in 1978 when he took down The Greatest, Muhammad Ali. Leon and Kenny (who passed away last February) go into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame Sept. 17."

St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame

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