Rusty Wallace, Famed Car Midnight Headed into Hall
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Rusty Wallace will headline the fourth class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and his famed car "Midnight" will be part of his induction.
Wallace, winner of 55 races and the 1989 championship, will be inducted Friday night along with Buck Baker and Herb Thomas; car owner Cotton Owens and crew chief, mechanic and engine builder Leonard Wood.
Midnight will be part of Wallace's display. He drove the car to 13 victories from 1992-94, and led more than 5,000 laps. It ran as both a Pontiac and a Ford for Penske Racing South.
Midnight was restored last year by former crew members from Wallace's team. It will go into the Hall in race-ready condition as a 1994 Ford Thunderbird with the black and gold Miller Genuine Draft paint scheme.
Bob Gibson Statue Will Be Unveiled at Werner Park
PAPILLION, Neb. -- The Sarpy County Sports Commission will host an unveiling of a sculpture of Nebraska-born baseball great Bob Gibson.
The banquet is April 11 at Werner Park, the home of the Omaha Storm Chasers.
Creighton University artist-in-residence Littleton Alston was commissioned to design the sculpture, which depicts Gibson delivering a pitch. The project is being funded through private donations.
The 8-foot bronze sculpture will honor the Omaha native who pitched 17 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals during his Hall of Fame career. Gibson has lived in Sarpy County ever since retiring in 1975 after a 16-year career. He went 22-9 with a 1.12 ERA in 1968, and that fall's World Series featured he and Dennis McLain of the Detroit Tigers, MLB's last 30-game winner.
EX-SOX SIGN: Two players who spent 2012 with the Red Sox signed Thursday with new teams.
Seattle finalized a one-year deal with catcher Kelly Shoppach, while the Indians signed infielder Mike Aviles to a two-year deal.
Shoppach played for Boston and the New York Mets last season, appearing in 76 games. The 32-year-old also has a relationship with Seattle manager Eric Wedge, having played for him in Cleveland for parts of four seasons from 2006-09.
Financial terms of the Aviles deal were not immediately available. He spent last season as Boston's primary shortstop, batting .250 with 13 homers and 60 RBIs in 136 games.
Aviles also posted a career-high in doubles (28) last season and matched personal bests in extra-base hits (41) and steals (14).