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Posted: June 21, 2012 - 12:09am
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A Velocity fielder throws to first base.
A Velocity fielder throws to first base.

GCLL news: The Angels battled the Velocity in a Minors Softball game at Melvin Park on Wednesday. While the action on the field was fast and furious, this reporter had to move on as the no-see-ums were too much.

Yogi Berra said:

“We made too many wrong mistakes.” (He said that won’t deny that he said it because it gave him such a thrill when former president George Bush quoted Yogi as having said it.)

And,

“He can run anytime he wants. I’m giving him the red light.”

And,

“A home opener is always exciting, no matter if it’s home or on the road.”

On This Date In Baseball History, June 21

1916 — Rube Foster of the Red Sox pitched a 2-0 no-hitter against the New York Yankees. Foster struck out three and walked three and pitched the first no-hitter at Fenway Park.

1941 — Lefty Grove’s 20-game consecutive win streak at Fenway Park ended with a 13-9 loss to the St. Louis Browns. The streak ran from May 3, 1938, to May 12, 1941.

1956 — In a rare double one-hitter, Chicago’s Jack Harshman outdueled Connie Johnson and George Zuverink of Baltimore as the White Sox beat the Orioles 1-0.

1964 — Jim Bunning of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched a perfect game against the New York Mets on Father’s Day. The no-hitter gave Bunning one in each league. The Phillies’ Gus Triandos became the first catcher to handle no-hitters in both leagues.

1970 — Detroit Tigers shortstop Cesar Gutierrez had seven hits in seven at-bats in a 9-8, 12-inning victory over the Cleveland Indians. Gutierrez had six singles and a double.

1989 — Carlton Fisk set an American League record for homers by a catcher and drove in three runs to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 7-3 victory over the New York Yankees. Fisk hit his 307th homer as a catcher to pass the Yankees’ Yogi Berra.

2000 — Eric Chavez hit for the cycle in Oakland’s 10-3 win over Baltimore. Chavez doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, tripled in the fifth and finished off the cycle with a homer in the seventh.

2002 — Luis Castillo singled in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 35 games, tying Ty Cobb and two others for the 10th-longest streak in baseball history.

2005 — Jeff Larish matched a College World Series record with three homers, and J.J. Sferra drove in the game-winning run with a bloop single in the 11th inning as Arizona State rallied for an 8-7 victory and eliminated hometown favorite Nebraska. Larish’s record-tying third homer tied it in the bottom of the ninth, and Sferra’s single in the 11th punctuated the 4-hour, 7-minute game.

2005 — The New York Yankees scored 13 runs in the eighth inning, sending 16 batters to the plate, to help overcome an eight-run deficit and defeat Tampa Bay 20-11.

2006 — Jose Reyes hit for the cycle in the New York Mets’ 6-5 loss to Cincinnati.

2009 — St. Louis’ Tony La Russa joined Connie Mack (3,831) and John McGraw (2,763) as the only managers with 2,500 victories following a 12-5 win over Kansas City. La Russa is 2,500-2,177 in 31 years as a big league manager with the Chicago White Sox, Oakland and St. Louis.

Today’s birthdays: Garrett Jones 30, Jeff Baker 30.

Did You Know???

In 1920 all freak deliveries, including the spitball, are outlawed, with a “grandfather clause”: each team is allowed to designate two pitchers as spitball pitchers for the 1920 season (it would take two decades for pitchers to compensate for these restrictions and to develop new legal pitches).

Babe Ruth, one of the most famous baseball players, used to place a leaf beneath his cap and change it every two innings.

300,000 to 1 is the chances that a fan can be hit by a baseball.

Fact:

Jimmy Piersall celebrated his 100th home run by running the bases backwards.

Jimmy Piresall was eccentric to say the least; his life became the basis for the book & movie Fear Strikes Out, which chronicles his battle with bipolar disorder.

Some of Piersall’s stunts include, walking up to bat wearing a Beatles wig, talking to the monument of Babe Ruth at Yankee Stadium, and climbing a grandstand roof to heckle an umpire.

The grandaddy of all his stunts occurred while playing for the Mets; in the fifth inning of a game against the Phillies, Piersall hit the 100th home run of his career, and promptly ran the bases in correct order...just facing backwards.

Needless to say, Mets manager Casey Stengel was not amused; Piersall was quickly given the pink slip.

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