- Aug 15, 2011
HOOPS HITS: Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim took in his first Little League World Series, settling in with his family about 10 rows up from behind the plate for Saturday's doubleheader.
Sons Jimmy, 13, and Jack, 11 both played as all-stars in their Syracuse-area league, Boeheim boasted. But Boeheim is purely a proud parent and spectator.
"I don't coach," the basketball Hall of Famer said. "I coach enough."
Boeheim himself played shortstop and outfield growing up. He said he his team reached the New York state finals when he was 12.
A Yankees fan, Boeheim said he has a slight allegiance to the Montana team at the World Series because his daughter, Elizabeth, lives there.
"I watch it every year," he said about the Little League World Series. "The baseball has been spectacular this year. It's special."
The next day he announced he had prostate cancer. My phone call had interrupted his talk with Jim Boeheim, a cancer survivor himself, who was offering Calhoun his support.
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