1. A U.S. Marine vet and his daughter both just graduated from the same community college in Virginia at the same time. She’s only 17 and still a junior in high school.
2. Speaking of veterans: A soldier from Maine who died in the Civil War 158 years ago finally just got a gravestone. His great-great-great grandsons petitioned the Veterans Administration to make it happen.
4. In March, an 11-year-old named Elyjah Blankenberg got some baseball cards signed at a Yankees spring training game. Then someone stole the binder they were in. But ESPN just did a big follow-up after random people sent him THEIR signed stuff.
It took four hours to open all the packages. He got baseballs signed by Nolan Ryan, Sammy Sosa, and Greg Maddux . . . the Orioles sent him a game-used third base signed by the whole team . . . and his favorite player DJ LeMahieu signed some stuff.
But the best thing he got was a ball signed by Mickey Mantle and the 1968 Yankees. A guy named Steve Sample got it 54 years ago after he was attacked by a SHARK as a kid. He says it helped with his recovery, and he thought it was time to pass it on. Elyjah’s parents say they’ve caught him sleeping with it in his bed a few times.