Around the bases

Our hope in the Juneau Empire Sports is to bring out more community sports news. This requires a lot of input from the community. I would love to hear from locals about little league tid-bits from their past, present and future to include. Such as:


This sports editor actually played for the Petersburg Little League Majors Divison All-Stars (it was year 19-something-something B.C.) and we got trounced 12-2 by Sitka at the district tournament in Haines. JDHS baseball state champion head coach Sheldon Winters was on that Sitka team. It was on that trip that my host family had recently waxed their kitchen floor and I, in baseball cleats, found out that my feet could actually go over my head without warning if moving too fast through a kitchen.

That’s it, this is all involved. All input will go in under the above headline.

Did you know???

An “action pitch” is the pitch thrown when the count is full (three balls and two strikes) with two outs and men on base. The situation calls for the base runners to start running just before the ball is delivered (MLB, rules vary in various leagues/levels). The catcher and infielders must be ready for quick defensive actions and error-free play.

“Right down Broadway” is a pitch that is delivered in the middle of the strike zone.

“Fence buster” is a heavy or power hitter.

“Texas Leaguer” is a bloop hit that drops between an infielder and outfielder.

“Tater” is a home run. Also known as a homer, blast, dinger, dong, four-bagger, four-base knock, moon shot, and tape-measure blast.

“Leather” refers to how good a player playes defensively or handles the glove, “He flashed some leather on that play.”


A GCLL sanctioned coach, score keeper or parent who can provide a very brief accounting of games for print (no glory here, this is non-byline stuff). An example would be, oh, such as:

Ruth Electronics 47, Abe’s Car Rental 9

Herman Ruth III and Babe Ruth JR each drove in a pair of runs and Ruth Electronics scored at least five times in every inning as the Mariners won a Major League Friday at Cope Park, 47-9, against Abe’s Car Rental Cardinals.

Jay Ruth and Bobby Ruth each had an RBI. Martha Ruth pitched for the Mariners and struck out one. James Ruth made a nifty catch in centerfield to stop a come back in the ninth.

Abraham Lincoln hit for the cycle for the Abe’s Car Rental and had four RBI. George Washington started on the mound for the Cards, striking out one and walking eight.


GCLL will host the minor division (age 9-10) Southeast all-star tournament July 6-9.The minors do not advance to a state tournament. The Major and Juniors District Softball Tournaments will also be hosted in Juneau in mid to late July. The 2012 Major, Junior and Senior League Baseball All-Star Tournaments are away (Major district Haines, Junior district Petersburg, Senior district Sitka. State tourneys are in Anchorage).


1885 — The American Association allowed pitchers to throw overhand.

1906 — The Chicago Cubs scored 11 runs in the first inning off New York Giants aces Christy Mathewson and Joe McGinnity and went on to a 19-0 victory.

1931 — The Philadelphia Athletics left 18 base runners on base and still beat the Detroit Tigers, 12-2.

1936 — The New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians played 16 innings without recording a strikeout. The Yankees won 5-4.

1938 — Cleveland pitcher Johnny Allen walked off the mound in the second inning and didn’t return after plate umpire Bill McGowan wanted Allen’s dangling sweat shirt sleeve to be cut off because it was distracting Boston Red Sox hitters. Allen was fined $250 by manager Ossie Vitt and the shirt ended up in the Hall of Fame.

1946 — Chicago pitcher Claude Passeau won his own game with a two-run game-ending homer in the ninth inning against Brooklyn. The Cubs won 2-0.

1950 — The Boston Red Sox collected 42 total bases, including six home runs and 23 hits in a 20-4 rout of the St. Louis Browns.

1968 — Oakland’s Blue Moon Odom lost his bid for a no-hitter when Davey Johnson singled with two outs in the ninth inning. Odom settled for a 6-1 win over Baltimore.

1970 — Vic Davalillo of the St. Louis Cardinals got a pinch hit in the seventh inning — twice — in the same game. The Cardinals beat the Padres, 10-7.

1972 — Gene Alley’s bases-loaded walk gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a 1-0, 18-inning victory over the San Diego Padres.

1982 — Steve Garvey of the Los Angeles Dodgers became the fifth major leaguer to play in 1,000 consecutive games.

1983 — Philadelphia’s Steve Carlton struck out Lonnie Smith of the St. Louis Cardinals in the third inning for career strikeout No. 3,522, overtaking Nolan Ryan as the career strikeout king. St. Louis, however, beat the Phillies, 2-1.

1989 — Ernie Whitt had three hits and drove in three runs as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 in the first game in major league history played indoors and outdoors on the same day. With the threat of rain, the SkyDome’s $100 million retractable roof was closed.

2006 — Pitcher Jason Grimsley was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks, a day after his home was searched by federal agents following his admission he used human growth hormone, steroids and amphetamines.

2006 — Colorado tied a major league record with five sacrifice flies in a 16-9 win over Pittsburgh. Seattle set the mark against Oakland on Aug. 7, 1988.

2007 — Curt Schilling came within one out of his first career no-hitter, losing his bid when Shannon Stewart lined a clean single to right field in Boston’s 1-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Schilling retired Mark Ellis on a foul pop to end the third one-hitter of his career.

2007 — Joe Torre became the 10th manager in major league history to get 2,000 victories as the New York Yankees defeated the Chicago White Sox 10-3.

2008 — Johnny Damon went 6-for-6 with a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning, rallying the New York Yankees to a wild 12-11 victory over Kansas City.

2009 — Mark Reynolds hit a three-run homer off infielder Josh Wilson with two outs in the 18th inning, sending Arizona to a 9-6 win over San Diego. The Padres were held hitless through nine extra innings by four relievers. Their only baserunners in extras came on three walks. Jon Rauch pitched one inning, Esmerling Vasquez two, Clay Zavada 2 2-3 and Leo Rosales 3 1-3.

Today’s birthday: Mark Lowe 28.


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