Regional Digest: Manuel to help launch baseball program at William Jessup University

Published: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 - 12:00 am

William Jessup University is adding baseball as its sixth men’s sport, and former major-league player and manager Jerry Manuel will help launch the program.

The university announced Wednesday that it will begin playing baseball in spring 2015. William Jessup also fields men’s teams in basketball, golf, soccer, track and cross country.

Manuel, who helped in the selection of Mike Hankins as the baseball team’s first coach, is expected to help oversee the program. Manuel, the No. 1 pick in the 1972 baseball draft out of Cordova High School, played seven major-league seasons. He later managed the Chicago White Sox (1998-2003), where he was the American League Manager of the Year in 2000, and New York Mets (2008-10). He also established the Jerry Manuel Foundation, which operates a magnet charter school in Elverta that combines the principles of baseball with academics.

Hankins played six minor-league seasons in the New York Yankees and A’s organizations and coached five seasons at Lincoln High School.

The Warriors will play games at Whitney Ranch Community Park in Rocklin.

Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame to induct 6

The Sacramento Sports Hall of Fame will induct its newest members Jan. 25 at Thunder Valley Casino.

Linebacker Tedy Bruschi, who played at Roseville High School and Arizona before 12 seasons with the New England Patriots, heads up the second class of inductees. Bruschi, who played for three Super Bowl champions, was the NFL’s 2005 Comeback Player of the Year after returning from a mild stroke.

The other inductees include: former baseball players Steve Sax and Leron Lee and Olympic swimming gold medalists Debbie Meyer and Jeff Float.

Donald Schendel will be the hall’s first Special Olympics inductee.

Tickets to the event can be purchased at the casino or at

Eight to enter running Hall of Fame

Tim Twietmeyer and seven others will be inducted into the Sacramento Running Association’s Hall of Fame on Jan. 25.

Twietmeyer, 55, won the Western States 100-mile race five times (1992, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1998) and has finished the race 25 times. His personal-best time is 16 hours, 51 minutes.

The other 2014 inductees are Al Baeta (former track coach), Lindsay Hyatt Barr (Placer High, Stanford), Patti Gray (UC Davis), Harold Kuphaldt (Bella Vista), Heike Skaden Mansoor (Encina), John Mansoor (California International Marathon co-founder) and Michael Stember (Jesuit, Stanford).

The event will be held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento. Tickets can be ordered at

– Bee Sports staff

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