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David & Elliott round the bases with baseball Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner and White Sox Great Billy Pierce. Plus, Yoga expertKimberly Fowler, creator of Yoga For Athletes and founder of YAS Fitness centers.
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Sports & Torts: Kimberly Fowler
From attorney to Yoga guru! Kimberly Fowler has a lot to say about the benefits of yoga, and why you don’t need to be in top shape to get started.
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Sports & Torts: Ralph Kiner
Ralph talks about his career on the field, particularly, and making the transition to the broadcast booth with the expansion Mets. We’ll also get some stories about Bing Crosby, and his thoughts about some of the other famous baseball announcers of his era.
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Sports & Torts: Billy Pierce
The White Sox have retired his number, given him a statue, and put his face on the outfield wall? So why isn’t the lefty in Cooperstown? Billy gives his thoughts. We also get his take on the problems the White Sox are having this season, Ozzie Guillen, and why Willie Mays was the greatest player ever in baseball.
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Kimberly Fowler's YAS
YAS Fitness Center was founded in 2001 by Kimberly Fowler, a triathlete and health and fitness expert, looking for a way to make yoga more relevant to athletes. YAS attracts strong, powerful and capable people looking for another way to strengthen and push their physical bodies.

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Kimberly Fowler
Fowler is founder and CEO of YAS Fitness Centers, a chain of innovative yoga and indoor cycling studios that's currently expanding across Southern California (and soon, NYC). She also heads YAS Yoga & Sportswear, YAS Productions and YAS Franchise Inc. Fowler's pioneering YOGA for ATHLETES Her her YAS Fitness Centers have received widespread media coverage on TV, in print and online from CNN Health, ABC's Good Morning America and FOX Business to The New York Times, Glamour, Shape, Yoga Journal, Prevention Magazine and many more. Author of The No OM Zone, A No-Chanting, No-Granola, No-Sanskrit Practical Guide to Yoga and creator of three DVDs, YOGA for ATHLETES®, The No OM Zone Yoga Workouts and Overcoming Obstacles, Kimberly and her pioneering work at YAS are the subject of regular press.

Kimberly's Website

 
Billy Pierce
Billy Pierce won 211 games during a stellar major league career that began in 1945 and ended in 1964. The left-hander, affectionately known as "Billy the Kid", pitched for the Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, and San Francisco Giants. He made it to the World Series in 1959 and 1962, and appeared in five games with a record of 1-1. Pierce overcame a slight build to become one of top pitchers of his era. The White Sox retired his number, 19, in 1987 and his larger-than-life image is annually displayed on the outfield wall at Comiskey. Pierce has said that the best pitches in his repertoire were the fastball and slider. The White Sox have remained an important part of Pierce's life. He lives in the suburbs of Chicago and makes public relations appearances for the Sox. His name appeared in a number of newspaper articles after Mark Buehrle pitched a no-hitter, as Pierce tossed four one hitters and once lost a perfect game in the ninth inning. The lefty was named to the White Sox "Team of the Century", and is applauded for his work both on and off the field.

Billy's Career Stats

 
Ralph Kiner
In a relatively brief 10-year career, which was shortened by a back ailment, Ralph Kiner hit 369 home runs, winning or sharing the National League home-run title in each of his first seven seasons in Pittsburgh. He topped 50 twice, with 51 in 1947 and 54 in '49. His ratio of 7.1 home runs per 100 at-bats trails only Mark McGwire, Babe Ruth and Barry Bonds among retired players. Kiner averaged better than 100 RBIs a season as he led the National League in slugging percentage three times. In 1961, Kiner entered the broadcast booth for the Chicago White Sox. The following year, Kiner, Lindsey Nelson and Bob Murphy began broadcasting the games of the expansion New York Mets on WOR-TV in New York. The trio rotated announcing duties. Kiner also hosted a post-game show known as "Kiner's Korner" on WOR-TV. Kiner was known for his occasional malapropisms, usually connected with getting people's names wrong, such as calling broadcasting partner Tim McCarver as "Tim MacArthur". He even once called himself "Ralph Korner".[8] Despite a bout with Bell's palsy, which left him with slightly slurred speech,[9] Kiner is still broadcasting, entering his fiftieth year of doing Mets broadcasts as of the start of the 2011 baseball season, though only as an occasional guest analyst.[10] He is the only broadcaster to survive all of the Mets history; Nelson had left the Mets for the San Francisco Giants in 1979, and Murphy retired in 2003. (Nelson died in 1995 and Murphy in 2004.) Kiner's traditional home run call -- "it is gone, goodbye" or "that ball is gone, goodbye" -- is a signature phrase in baseball. Kiner appears occasionally on SportsNet New York (SNY) and WPIX, which currently broadcast Mets games. During these visits (usually once a week), the booth of Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling make room for Kiner as he shares stories of old-time baseball, as well as the current state of the game.

Ralph's Career Stats