Teams won and teams lost but sports reached beyond the field and court in 2008.



The death of two prominent sports legends in Pittsburg marks the top sports story in 2008 by The Morning Sun.

Teams won and teams lost but sports reached beyond the field and court in 2008.

The death of two prominent sports legends in Pittsburg marks the top sports story in 2008 by The Morning Sun.

State titles, new things, a Northeast icon steps down and the local flavor of a national bowl game are among the other top local sports stories from this past year.

1 — Don Gutteridge and Al Ortolani pass: Late in 2008, Pittsburg lost two of its sports legends with the passing of long-time Major League Baseball player Don Gutteridge and sports training figure Al Ortolani.

On Sept. 7, 2008, exactly 72 years to the day he began his Major League Baseball career with the St. Louis Cardinals, Gutteridge passed away due to complications with pneumonia.

Gutteridge was a member of the rough-and-tumble Gas House Gang Cardinals from 1936-1940 and logged four more years with the Browns from 1942-1945, spending his most productive years in St. Louis. He also played for the Boston Red Sox during the 1946 World Series and for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

A little over a month later, on Nov. 28, Ortolani, longtime athletic trainer and Hall of Fame baseball coach at Pittsburg State University died.

Ortolani was selected as a USA Olympic trainer spanning from 1973-1996, he was inducted into five different halls of fame including the National Athletic Trainer's Association Hall of Fame and the Pittsburg State Hall of Fame and he was a professor in the Physical Education Department at PSU.