Barker played three seasons for the Syracuse SkyChiefs, 2005-2007, during which he launched 59 dingers. Last year, he played for the Dominican Republican team which won the Caribbean Series over Venezuela before Barker was named to the all-tournament team.
Big Apple digs Syracuse gal
Syracuse native Karen Oberlin has been named outstanding jazz vocalist in the 2011 New York City Nightlife awards.
Chosen by more than two dozen critics who cover cabaret, comedy and jazz, the winners will strut their stuff at Town Hall on Jan. 31.
Other winners this year include comedian Colin Quinn, saxophonist Harry Allen and the guitar-vocal duo John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey.
Mike memorializes Murray
Murray Bernthal, Syracuse's longtime theatrical impresario who died Dec. 9 at age 99, was memorialized by nationally syndicated radio talk-show host Michael Savage on Dec. 10.
Savage was particularly impressed by Bernthal's sports accomplishments and musical teaching career as well as his remarriage in his nineties. Savage made no reference whatsoever, however, to Murray's 65 years of Famous Artists bookings.