Saturday marked the end of the Gastineau Channel Little League regular season. Look for all-tournament player selections in the future when made available by the GCLL.
Ken Ash won a game on only one pitch. On July 27, 1930 Reds pitcher Ken Ash was brought into a game against the Cubs with two on and no outs. Facing what any reliever dreads (a runner in scoring position and no outs), he delivered the pitch and the Cubs promptly delivered a triple play.
Ash was pinch-hit for in the bottom of the inning, and the Reds staged a rally to win the game 6-5. Thus getting the no-name Ash into the history books as the only man to win a game on only one pitch.
Yeah, But Mom Liked Me Best!!!:
The Garbank brothers finished a season with the exact same batting average. If you’ve never heard of the Garbanks, don’t feel bad; 99.9 percent of fans haven’t, either. The year was 1944, and the brothers who would go down in history were Bob and Mike Garbank.
Mike played for the Yankees while Bob played for the Athletics, Mike played in over 80 games while Bob only got in 18, yet both posted a respectable .261 average.
The odd occurrences don’t stop there; they were both catchers in the American League, and they both threw out 39 percent of would-be basestealers in their careers!
Did I mention they almost had the same number of games played for their careers?
A Fact About False Teeth!!!:
Clarence Blethen injured himself with his own false teeth. In 1923, Clarence Blethen was a rookie pitcher for the Red Sox; he also happened to wear false teeth. When he was pitching, Clarence thought that he would look meaner if he took his teeth out, which he would place in his back pocket.
Running the bases one day, Clarence forgot about his false teeth in his pocket. As he he went to steal second, his teeth clamped down, thus making Clarence Blethen the only man to be injured by biting himself in the butt.
On This Date In Baseball History, June 25:
1934 — Pitcher John Broaca tied a major league record by striking out five consecutive times but pitched the Yankees to an 11-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Lou Gehrig had better luck at the plate, hitting for the cycle.
1937 — Augie Galan of Chicago became the first National League switch-hitter to hit home runs from both sides of the plate as the Cubs beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 11-2.
1950 — Chicago’s Hank Sauer hit two home runs and two doubles to pace the Cubs to an 11-8 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
1961 — Baltimore and California used a major league record 16 pitchers, eight by each side, as the Orioles edged the Angels 9-8 on Ron Hansen’s 14th-inning homer.
1968 — Bobby Bonds, in his first major league game, hit a grand slam off John Purdin to help San Francisco to a 9-0 win over Los Angeles.
1998 — Sammy Sosa broke the major league record for homers in a month, hitting his 19th of June leading off the seventh inning of the Cubs’ 6-4 loss to Detroit. Sosa passed the mark set by Detroit’s Rudy York in August 1937.
1999 — Jose Jimenez, a rookie right-hander having one of the worst seasons of any NL pitcher, threw St. Louis’ first no-hitter in 16 seasons, outdueling Randy Johnson in a 1-0 victory over Arizona.
2002 — History was made when Luis Pujols’ Detroit Tigers took the field against Tony Pena’s Kansas City Royals. Pujols and Pena became the first Dominican-born managers to oppose each other in a major league game.
2004 — Larry Walker hit three home runs — the third in the 10th inning — in Colorado’s 10-8 victory over Cleveland.
2007 — A fan charged at Bob Howry during the Cubs’ 10-9 win over Colorado, after the reliever helped blow an 8-3 lead in the ninth inning. Howry gave up back-to-back RBI singles to Garrett Atkins and Brad Hawpe and a three-run homer to Troy Tulowitzki. The fan then jumped onto the field from the roof of the Rockies’ dugout and made it a few feet from the mound before security guards tackled him. Howry earned the victory when Alfonso Soriano hit a game-ending two-run single in the bottom of the inning.
2011 — Cleveland’s Tony Sipp balked home the only run with the bases loaded in the seventh inning of a 1-0 loss to San Francisco. Sipp slightly flinched his left arm before throwing a pitch to Emmanuel Burriss, allowing Miguel Tejada to score and sending San Francisco to its fourth straight win. There also were two errors in the inning by second baseman Cord Phelps that spoiled a strong start by Justin Masterson.
Today’s birthdays: Daniel Bard 27; Paul Maholm 30; Aramis Ramirez 34; Luke Scott 34.
Yogi Berra Said:
“How long have you known me and you still can’t spell my name?” (Yogi’s comment after having received a check for $25.00 made out to “Bearer” from Jack Buck in payment for having appeared on Jack Buck’s radio show.)