Baltimore Sports History: Satchel Paige

Thursday, February 22nd, 2024 by The Professor

by Andrew Ciofalo, host of After The Whistle

In celebration of Black History Month this year, I’d like to look back at the history of Negro League Baseball in Baltimore and some of the stars that helped break the color barrier to the MLB alongside of Jackie Robinson.

In celebration of Black History Month this year, I’d like to look back at the history of Negro League Baseball in Baltimore and some of the stars that helped break the color barrier to the MLB alongside of Jackie Robinson.

Whenever Negro League Baseball comes into conversation, not far behind is the name Leroy “Satchel” Paige. After all, the right-handed pitcher might be the greatest player to ever play in the Negro Leagues. Satchel Paige played in the Negro Leagues for 20 years before he got a chance to play in the Major Leagues. His stats will vary depending on the source, but his story goes much deeper than just the numbers. (more…)

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Baltimore Sports History: Roy Campanella

Thursday, February 15th, 2024 by The Professor

by Andrew Ciofalo, host of After The Whistle

In celebration of Black History Month this year, I’d like to look back at the history of Negro League Baseball in Baltimore and some of the stars that helped break the color barrier to the MLB alongside of Jackie Robinson.

Many people may have heard the name Roy Campanella, after all he is a 3-time league MVP and Hall of Famer. But Campanella, much like many African American players, had to fight to even be in Major League Baseball.

The story of Roy Campanella starts 10 years before baseball’s color barrier was broken. Campanella was 15 when he got his first shot to play professional baseball. He played weekend games with the Washington Elite Giants while he was still in high school. Though, as soon as he turned 16, he dropped out of high school to chase his dream of playing professional baseball. (more…)

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Baltimore Sports History: Negro League Baseball

Thursday, February 8th, 2024 by The Professor

In our new series Baltimore Sports History, WLOY Sports Director Andrew Ciofalo will explore some of the great lost history in our Charm City.  People know about the O’s and the Ravens but maybe not so much the Elite Giants or famous players that passed through our teams.  In celebration of Black History Month, we are covering some of the too little known history of Black sports in Baltimore.  Check in every week for more. 

Baseball has a rich history in Baltimore, dating all the way back to the 1870s. Today we see the Orioles as the big team in town, but this wasn’t always the case. Before the birds landed in 1954, the only professional baseball Baltimore had was Negro League Baseball. Between 1900 and 1950, no white professional baseball team had seen more than 2 full seasons of baseball (and that’s being generous.) (more…)

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ATW Sits Down with Jay O’Brien (2005)

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 by WLOY Staff

On Nov. 15, WLOY’s After the Whistle team headed down to M&T Bank Stadium for an exclusive interview with Jay O’Brien, the VP of Broadcasting and Gameday Operations for the Ravens organization. O’Brien was a part of Loyola’s College class of 2005. He worked at WLOY and The Greyhound during his time at the college.

Below is the full interview with O’Brien. Check back to for more content from Loyola’s premier sports talk radio show, After the Whistle!

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After The Whistle: Loyola Men’s Soccer vs. Army

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 by WLOY Staff

On Friday, November 10th, the top-seeded Loyola Greyhounds men’s soccer team faced off against fifth-seed Army West Point in the Patriot League Championships. Kyle Wenning and Stefan Joyce, hosts of the After the Whistle sports show on WLOY, were at Ridley Athletic Complex to provide some commentary on the game and get fan reactions during the action. Although the Greyhounds didn’t come away with the win, Kyle and Stefan still had a memorable time on a rainy Friday night cheering on the Hounds.

Don’t forget to tune into After the Whistle with Stefan, Kyle, and Austin on Mondays from 12-1 p.m and Fridays from 2-3 p.m!

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Men’s Soccer Clinches 2nd-straight Patriot League Season Title

Thursday, November 1st, 2018 by WLOY Staff

The Loyola men’s soccer squad claimed its second straight Patriot League regular season title on Sunday and will host the upcoming Championships for the second-straight season as well. After their results from this weekend’s Patriot League play, the Greyhounds increased their point total to 19, further distancing themselves from second-place Lehigh (15) and third-place Colgate (14) with one game remaining. The Hounds will host the 2018 Patriot League Tournament at Ridley Athletic Complex. The team (11-3-1 overall, 6-1-1 Patriot League) will play in a 4 p.m semifinal on Friday, November 9th. The second semifinal will be at 7 p.m. The winners of the two semifinals will meet on Sunday, November 11th at 2 p.m. for the chance to raise the Patriot League title, and receive a bid to the NCAA Championships. The Greyhounds are currently on a six-game win streak as they head into the final week of the regular season. The team travels to Lafayette on Saturday to close out its season. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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WLOY Sports Director at the Winter Olympics

Friday, February 9th, 2018 by The Professor

WLOY Sports Director Bobby Trosset ’17 is no stranger to the Olympics and big events. While still a student at Loyola, Bobby worked for the Today Show as a runner at the 2017 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. He followed that up by helping to arrange the Guinness World Record Crab Walk at Loyola as part of the Rokerthon 2017. As the Sports Director at WLOY, Bobby did play-by-play of The President’s Cup city-wide high school baseball games and broadcast from the radio booth at Camden Yards several times. Now, out in the “real world” we find ourselves answering the question “Where in the world is Bobby?” with “South Korea”! Working for NBC Sports Washington, Bobby is covering the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Today we’re honored to have him tell us more about it during the 4-5pm (EST) weekly Sports Talk show with Stefan and Austin. Bobby’s joining us at 6am his time having just finished the first day of the 2018 Winter Olympics. We’re excited to hear more about it and continue the WLOY tradition of Sports Directors doing big things! Tune in today to catch the interview live from Korea!

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WLOY Sports Wrap 2/6

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 by WLOY Staff

Welcome back to the WLOY Sports Wrap! As February reaches its midpoint, that means the NBA trade deadline has passed and moves that changed the landscape of the league need to be dissected and evaluated.

Before we jump into the moves that were made on the actual deadline day, which featured many of the biggest names and surprises, let’s go over the trades that happened prior to February 8th. The biggest move happened before the month, as the Pistons and Clippers swapped three players and draft picks. In the end, the Pistons acquired All-Star Blake Griffin, Willie Reed and Brice Johnson, and the Clippers received small forward Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic. They also got the Pistons’ first-round pick (top-4 protected) and a 2019 second-round pick. This trade was a surprise to the league and its fans at first, but when one takes a longer look at it, the swap makes complete sense. The Clippers didn’t want to hold onto Griffin’s contract, as the departure of Chris Paul during the offseason has the Clips in a rebuild mode rather than in a hard push for contending for a championship. Dumping his salary opens up more possibilities of attracting free-agents, most notably LeBron James, as it is unclear if he intends to stay in Cleveland. As for Detroit, it’ll be interesting to see how Blake and dominant big Andre Drummond will work down low in Motor City, but the Eastern Conference got a little wake up call 12 days before the deadline. (more…)

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Stefan’s Sports Wrap

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 by The Professor

The NBA season is finally upon us! After months of crazy and unpredictable moves during free agency and through blockbuster trades, the squads have been finalized and ready to fight for a championship. Unless you are the Golden State Warriors of course, as you basically have nothing to worry about. Let’s jump right into some predictions and storylines for the 2017-2018 NBA season!

Let’s start with the lowly Eastern Conference. Despite the transactions made by the Cavaliers and Celtics to vy for the top spot in the conference, the Eastern half of the NBA is still leaps and bounds behind the Western Conference in talent and interest. The best overall player in the game, King Lebron James, is still with the Cavs, which automatically puts them in contention for a fourth straight Finals appearance. But, the #1 seed for a season ago, Boston Celtics, have made some monster moves themselves to try and catapult themselves into the discussion of teams who can take down the juggernaut that is Cleveland. The opening day roster for the C’s only has four…let that sink in…four returning players from last year’s 53-win team. This is unprecedented in the history of the NBA, but the players gained over the summer months may have made up for their significant losses. In the trade of the summer with the rival Cavaliers, the Celtics lost their leader and star point-guard Isaiah Thomas, small-forward Jae Crowder and the Brooklyn Nets pick for the upcoming draft pick (which will probably be a good
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Stefan’s Sports Wrap

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 by The Professor

Week 2 in the National Football League has come and gone, and only two things seem clear: the Jets are who we thought they were, and the Chiefs’ Kareem Hunt is spearheading the next generation of running backs.

The slate of games started on Thursday night, when the Texans took down the struggling Bengals in Cincinnati. Other than J.J Watt’s unbelievable charitable efforts for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, the pieces seem to be coming together for the team on the field. DeShaun Watson has taken his opportunity as the starting quarterback and run with it, racking up 67 yards and a touchdown on five carries in his first career start. But, for the Bengals, their field general, Andy Dalton. isn’t looking like the “Red Rifle” that led the team to playoff appearances in four out of his five years as a starter. Even rumors have popped up that if Dalton is benched in the near future for his subpar play, players are calling for the front office to sign the controversial ex-49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. Constant buzz about his political leanings and protests has steered many owners away from the possibility of adding him to their roster. But it is a storyline to keep an eye on as the season progresses, as Kaepernick is a viable option for Cincy if Dalton’s performance continues to disappoint. (more…)

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