Southern California final in NHSI
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Southern California final in NHSI

USA Baseball's NHSI in Cary, N.C.: Left-handed pitcher's maturity includes calling his own games at NHSI

Photo: Blake Rutherford of Canoga Park Chaminade Prep

National High School Invitational stories from USA Baseball

CARY, N.C. -- The dozen-plus Major League Baseball scouts that pointed radar guns at senior Braxton Garrett jotted down notes more detailed than the speed of his pitches. They also saw his mental command on the mound.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound left-hander from Florence High in northern Alabama, who is on the cusp of hearing his name called in the first round of the MLB Draft, is a rare high school pitcher who calls his own game. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer,, and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."