One of the great joys of operating this blog is getting to meet the people around the game. One such person is Iowa's Ray Gilmore. It may be a bit strong to classify Ray as a legend, but it's probably safe to call him a Hawkeye baseball institution. Ray has served Iowa baseball in any number of capacities throughout the years including his current title as "Official Scorekeeper".
While I haven't known Ray that long, it was with sadness that I've learned of the passing of his mother, Rose. However, I was pleased to learn (via this article from Pat Harty of the Press-Citizen ) that the Hawkeye baseball program took the time to support the man that has spent a lifetime supporting them.
There is a laundry list of items wrong with college athletics today. Radio, television, newspapers and blogs -- including this one -- hang each offense out to dry where the public can get a clear view. Yet, perhaps in this moment of loss we still get a glimpse of what it really means to be a team.