When West Virginia University announced around noon on Thursday that it was retiring Rod Thorn’s basketball No. 44, it was meant to honor one of the greatest players of all time at the state university. But it went much further than that.

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Princeton Rays General Manager Danny Shingleton spoke to the Rotary Club of Princeton Friday at the Chuck Mathena Center about what is going with Major League Baseball's plans to eliminate 42 minor league baseball teams — including all but one team in the Appalachian League. 

For a quarter century, children have played on the hill next to the right field fence while neighbors chat in the stands and watch future major league stars. But Major League Baseball has proposed a contraction plan that could end those summer nights at Dodd and other parks across the natio

Bluefield Blue Jays General Manager Rocky Malimasura says he’s as uncertain as anyone with regard to the future of the Appalachian League, which is under threat of being eliminated under current negotiations between Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball.

A total of 41,504,077 fans passed through the gates at Minor League Baseball games in 2019, marking the 15th consecutive season that Minor League Baseball’s 176 teams in 15 leagues drew more than 40 million fans.

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11 a.m., at Roselawn Funeral Home in Princeton. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton.

2 p.m., at Mercer Funeral Home in Bluefield. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens.

11 a.m., at the G.E. Davis Chapel of Fredeking Funeral Service in Oakvale. Burial will follow at the Neely Family Cemetery, Princeton.

1 p.m., at the Fairview Christian Community Church near Princeton. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Princeton.