The Oberlin Review

Chief Wahoo Logo Overhaul Long Overdue, Despite Fan Disappointment

Alexis Dill, Sports Editor

February 9, 2018

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Jan. 29 that Cleveland baseball will stop sporting the Chief Wahoo logo on uniforms after the 2018 season. The cartoon caricature, first featured on players’ caps and jersey sleeves in 1948, has sparked controversy since the 1970s. The statement, which read, “the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball,” appeared to have split baseball fans and others into two categories: “racists” bummed by the news and “soft liberals” offended by the fact that the logo ever existed in the first place. Neither side is more correct than the other, and being able to understand and appreciate both sides of an argument is a skill that most of us need...

Perspective: A Thank You to Baseball

Alexis Dill, Sports Editor

November 17, 2017

The other day, I passed a young father playing catch with his son in the driveway, and as I drove off, tears gathered in my eyes as I reminisced about the times when that little boy was instead a little girl, and the father was my dad. Between school, work, and softball, not many things grab my attention and stick with me, but this did. Call baseball what you want — boring, too slow, outdated — but never deny its ability to form a bond between father and child in a way that few other things can. The year is 2004, the girl is six years old, and her mom has tied a pink bow in her hair to match her pink dress. She’s in the backyard on a summer afternoon, holding a bat that’s certainly too heavy, and her dad has a ba...

Moses Fleetwood Walker, 6, was a member of Oberlin’s first varsity baseball team in 1881. His brother Weldy, 10, was also on the team. They went on to become the first and second African Americans to play in the major leagues, respectively.

State Honors Famous Baseball Alum

September 29, 2017

A bill honoring the late Moses Fleetwood Walker, the first African-American man to play under contract in the major leagues and a member of Oberlin’s first baseball team, was signed by Governor John Kasich Tuesday after its first two failed passage attampts. Walker’s birthday, Oct. 7, will be recognized annually as “Moses Fleetwood Walker Day” in Ohio beginning in 2018. House Bill 59 was sponsored by Democratic Representatives David Leland and Thomas West and was approved unanimously by...

MLB’s Departure From Traditional Values Detrimental to Culture

Alex McNicoll, Sports Editor

September 8, 2017

From Aaron Judge’s 500-foot blasts to Aroldis Chapman’s 103 mile-an-hour fastballs, there’s something about Major League Baseball that departs from its place in the bedrocks of American society for over 100 years. While baseball, like all sports, is constantly evolving, its growing overreliance on statistics is rapidly changing the sport’s foundation. Baseball has always been a game whose allure lies as much in the time between actions as it does in the actions themselves. Since there is no game-clock, before each pitch there is a building anticipation, and until the final out, there is potential for something great to happen. All of the life that exists between plays has given the MLB the character and quirk...

Junior Sean Kiley has been a staple of the Yeomen pitching staff this season. The Studio City, CA, native was named the NCAC Pitcher of the Week for striking out 13 hitters in Oberlin’s 6–2 win over Kenyon College last Saturday.

On a Hot Streak, Yeomen Sweep Kenyon

April 28, 2017

The Yeomen’s offense exploded for 25 runs in a four-game series sweep last weekend against North Coast Athletic Conference rival Kenyon College. In the team’s first home series against a conference opponent, the games helped secure sole possession of second place in the NCAC East Division with 6–2 and 10–7 wins on Saturday and 6–2 and 3–1 victories on Sunday. With their six-game win streak on the line, Oberlin split the doubleheader against Division III powerhouse Marietta College Pioneers...

Sophomore Zach Steer pitches for the Yeomen. Steer is currently 3–1 and has struck out 18 batters in 29.2 innings this season. The left-handed pitcher led Oberlin to a 14–4 win over the Hiram College Terriers last Saturday.

Baseball Rebounds to Split Weekend at Hiram College

April 21, 2017

Oberlin’s offense turned from cold to scorching hot over a four-game series with the Hiram College Terriers. The Yeomen bounced back from two tough losses Friday to bury the Terriers 14–4 in Saturday’s game one and 13–4 in the nightcap. Oberlin’s North Coast Athletic Conference record now stands at 3–5. Head Coach Adrian Abrahamowicz said he was proud of how the team responded in Saturday’s games. “We played a little bit tight on Friday, but we were much more relaxed on Saturday,...

First-year outfielder Amari Newman rounds the base during a game against the Luther College Norse on March 19 on the team’s spring break trip in Tucson, AZ. The team will head to Granville, Ohio, tomorrow to play the Denison University Big Red.

Oberlin Goes 1–3 in Wooster Series

April 7, 2017

Baseball had its hands full with a four-game series against the College of Wooster Fighting Scots doubleheader last weekend, dropping three-of-four games to the nationally sixth-ranked team. Coming off of a 9–1 non-conference loss against Otterbein University earlier in the week, the Yeomen hoped to hit the ground running against Wooster but could not muster the hits. The Yeomen started the weekend off with a bang, scoring four runs in the first inning off of Wooster’s ace Michael Houdek....

Senior Brian Carney drills a three-run home run in Oberlin's 12–1 season-opening win over Berea College Wednesday. The Yeowomen were also victorious in game two of the doubleheader, winning 17–0.

Baseball Sweeps Berea in Doubleheader

March 10, 2017

With 31 hits and 29 runs, the baseball team opened up the 2017 season in style by defeating the Berea College Mountaineers in a doubleheader 12–1 and 17–0. After a disappointing 2016 campaign, the Yeomen are looking to build off their current 2–0 start to recapture the magic of 2015, when they claimed the first conference championship in program history and made a deep run into the NCAA Regionals. “The disappointment from last year has left our guys extra hungry for success this season,...

Baseball Revitalizes Cleveland

Darren Zaslau, Sports Editor

September 9, 2016

For 52 years, Cleveland sports fans have agonized over the “Cleveland sports curse,” the city’s inexplicable inability to win a championship in any professional sport. From 1964 to 2016, Cleveland’s baseball, basketball and football teams had never reigned supreme in their respective leagues. As a result, a combined 147-season championship drought diminished hope for the city to return to its winning ways that dazzled the sports world in the 1950s. But on June 19, that all changed. The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals to win the team’s first title in franchise history, ending Cleveland’s championship drought in an unbelievable fashion. Inside Quicken...

Feature Photo: Baseball Champs

Feature Photo: Baseball Champs

October 9, 2015

Members of the 2014-2015 baseball team unveil their North Coast Athletic Conference Championship banner alongside College President Marvin Krislov and Director of Ath­letics Natalie Winkelfoos. The baseball team defeated The College of Wooster in the NCAC championship tournament to earn both their first NCAC championship title and Oberlin’s first NCAC championship title for a men’s team. The Yeomen finished last season 21–28 overall and 3–2 in the NCAA Championships. Automatically qualifying...

Sophomore Justin Cruz waits for a pitch against the Hiram College Terriers on Friday, April 24. The Yeomen advanced to the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament this week, besting Allegheny College in the first round 7–6 and defeating The College of Wooster 11–6 to advance to the conference championship this Friday, May 8.

Baseball Upsets Gators, Fighting Scots

May 8, 2015

After splitting the first two games of its series against the DePauw University Tigers, Oberlin baseball emerged victorious in the rubber match on Sunday, winning 11–1 to earn a spot in the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament. This is the team’s second ever appearance in the tournament, with the first coming in 2013. In that appearance, the Yeomen won their second game against the Denison University Big Red but were eliminated from the tournament after falling to both the College of Wo...

Junior catcher Blaise Dolcemaschio readies his bat in the first game of
a doubleheader against the Kenyon College Lords last Sunday. Dolcemaschio
went two-for-three with three runs scored in the contest as
the Yeomen dominated the game from the outset, ultimately winning

Inconsistency Keeps Baseball .500 Against Lords

April 17, 2015

The baseball team played back-to-back doubleheaders last weekend against the Kenyon College Lords, splitting both sets to push its season record to 11–16. On Saturday, the Yeomen struggled out of the gate as junior pitcher Harrison Wollman allowed six runs in the first inning, putting the team in a hole before it could take its first swings of the game. The Yeomen bullpen picked up the struggling starter thereafter, allowing just one run on three hits in 6.1 innings after Wollman’s departure. T...

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