JDHS graduate Dylan Baker, who just completed his sophomore college season as a pitcher for the Western Nevada College Wild Cats, has been named a Junior College First Team All-American, making him the school’s first baseball player to earn such recognition. The Region 18 Pitcher of the Year was 13-0 with a 1.91 earned run average this season. He struck out 126 batters in 84.2 innings and surrendered held opposing hitters to a .155 batting average. “Dylan had the best season of any pitcher we have ever had,” said Western Nevada coach DJ Whittemore. “He may have had the best year of any pitcher in JUCO baseball.” Baker last week was drafted in the fifth round by the Cleveland Indians.
Yogi Berra said:
“How did yours come out?” (Yogi’s question after finishing a comic book one night to roommate/teammate Bobby Brown about the book he was reading - a medical textbook).
On This Date In Baseball, June 20:
1912 — The New York Giants outslugged the Boston Braves 21-12 with the teams scoring a total of 17 runs in the ninth inning. The Giants scored seven runs to take a 21-2 lead and the Braves scored 10 runs in the ninth.
1951 — Bobby Avila hit three home runs, a double and single in the Cleveland Indians’ 14-8 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
1980 — Freddie Patek, one of baseball’s smallest players at 5-foot-5, hit three home runs and a double to lead the California Angels in a 20-2 rout of the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park.
1982 — Pete Rose became the fifth major leaguer to appear in 3,000 games and extended a personal consecutive-game streak to 523 in a 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium.
1992 — Kelly Saunders became the second woman to serve as a public address announcer at a major league game when she filled in for Rex Barney in Baltimore.
1994 — The Detroit Tigers’ string of 25 straight games hitting a home run ended in a 7-1 loss to Cleveland. The streak matched the major league mark set by the 1941 New York Yankees.
1998 — Sammy Sosa hit two home runs for the second straight day to set a major league record with 16 homers in June as the Chicago Cubs beat Philadelphia 9-4.
2001 — Barry Bonds broke two major league records with his 38th homer, including one set by Babe Ruth in 1928, as the Giants beat San Diego 8-3. Bonds hit a two-run shot in the eighth inning to break out of a tie with Reggie Jackson (1969) and Mark McGwire (1998) for the most homers before the All-Star break. And he became the quickest to 38, doing it in his team’s 71st game. Ruth hit 38 in 88 games in 1928.
2004 — Ken Griffey Jr. hit the 500th home run of his career, off Matt Morris, to help the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0.
2006 — Jason Jennings and two relievers combined on a one-hitter as Colorado beat Oakland 6-0. It was the first one-hitter in team history and the third time there has been one hit or less at Coors Field.
2007 — Sammy Sosa hit his 600th home run, making him the fifth player to reach the milestone. Sosa, playing for the Texas Rangers following a year out of baseball, hit a solo homer off Jason Marquis. It came in the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs, the team he played for from 1992-2004.
2009 — Two games ended on wild pitches in extra innings. Nate Schierholtz scored the winning run for San Francisco on a wild pitch by Jason Jennings with two outs in the 11th inning and the Giants beat the Texas Rangers 2-1. Earlier, the Chicago Cubs beat Cleveland 6-5 in 13 innings when Andres Blanco came home on Kerry Wood’s gaffe.
Today’s birthday’s: Kendry Morales 28; Kevin Gregg 33; Carlos Lee 35; Juan Castro 39.
Here You Go Kid (answers at end):
1 - This player had the longest career in baseball history which lasted from 1966 to 1993 and carried him through four teams where he struck out the most batters by sneaking balls past 5714 players.
2 - This player hit a 643 foot home run in Detroit Brigg’s Stadium in 1960, for the longest home run ever recorded.
3 - This player has the highest lifetime batting average of .367
4 - This player from the Tokyo Giants holds the world record for the most home runs in a career, with 868 homers during his 22 year career.
5 - This player is the King of grand slam homers, hitting 23 in the span of his career.
Answers: 1 - Nolan Ryan; 2 - Mickey Mantle; 3 - Ty Cobb; 4 - Sadahara Oh; 5 - Lou Gehrig.
“I will get it when I die!” (Yogi’s somewhat heated reply to a teammate in the clubhouse telling him that he was foolish for buying life insurance.)