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Friday Flakes: Turner Gill Played Some Shortstop for Nebraska and Ernest Schackleton

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Did you know that Turner Gill played baseball at Nebraska? This was news to me. I feel like his might be something that most Nebraska fans already knew but maybe it depends largely on the age demographic.

Turns out he was good enough to play minor league baseball and was drafted twice by MLB teams. From

Gill was a skilled baseball player who played three years of minor league baseball in the Detroit and Cleveland organizations after his football career at Nebraska. In his lone year on the Husker baseball squad, 1983, Gill was an All-Big Eight shortstop who hit .284 while ranking second on the team in hits (48) and triples (five) in his first baseball action since high school. Gill was drafted twice by MLB organizations. After his high-school career, Gill was a second-round pick of the Chicago White Sox in 1980. Gill also was drafted in the 17th-round in 1983 by the New York Yankees, though he announced before the draft that he would not sign a professional baseball contract.

Am I alone in now knowing this? Please roast me in the comments.


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I recently listened to the audiobook of “The Endurance” by Alfred Lansing. It about an amazing story. Here is the book description.

In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on foot. In January 1915, after battling its way through a thousand miles of pack ice and only a day’s sail short of its destination, the Endurance became locked in an island of ice. Thus began the legendary ordeal of Shackleton and his crew of twenty-seven men. When their ship was finally crushed between two ice floes, they attempted a near-impossible journey over 850 miles of the South Atlantic’s heaviest seas to the closest outpost of civilization.

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Then this week I found a free documentary on youtube (narrated by Liam Neeson) on the journey and it is so much better with the pictures and videos. It’s an incredible story.