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Orioles force another title game against Yankees tonight

The Gastineau Channel Little League senior division Orioles took an early 2-0 lead against the number one ranked Yankees and held on for a 2-1 win at Adair Kennedy Field on Thursday in a championship title game. Since this was the Yankees first loss of the post season and the tournament is double elimination it forces an “if necessary” game tonight for all the marbles, err, baseballs. Game time is 6 p.m. Stats were not provided of the game.


Say It Ain’t So!!!!

A local senior division baseball fan stated they were missing last night’s championship game, and thus will be missing tonight’s game, because they are attending a sister’s wedding.

The fan did send in this quote - “There should be a law against having out of state weddings during little league season” - Yogi Berra fan.

Thanks Fans!!!

A reader submitted this tidbit - In the realm of trades, I didn’t know if you’ve been treated to the story of Harry Chiti. He was a catcher, in 1962 in his tenth MLB season and on the Cleveland Indians roster. He was traded to the New York Mets for cash and a “player to be named later” (a not uncommon arrangement). He played in 15 games for the Mets and performed so badly (8 for 41 for a .195 batting average, eight steals against, a passed ball) that the Mets sent him back to Cleveland as “the player to be named later”. Although, how he stood out for poor performance on the team that finished with a record of 40 - 120 and 61-1/2 games out of first place is difficult to imagine. But Harry Chiti became the only MLB player ever traded for himself. After leaving the Mets he never appeared in another MLB game, although he spent two more seasons playing triple-A ball.

On This Date In Baseball History, June 29:

1916 — The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds played a nine-inning game with just one baseball.

1923 — Brooklyn’s Jacques Fournier went 6-for-6 with a home run, two doubles and three singles as the Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 14-5.

1937 — Chicago Cubs first baseman Rip Collins played an entire game without a putout or an assist.

1941 — In a doubleheader against the Washington Senators, New York’s Joe DiMaggio tied and then broke the American League record of hitting safely in 41 consecutive games. DiMaggio doubled in four at-bats in the opener and singled in five at-bats in the nightcap to break the record set by George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns in 1922.

1968 — Detroit’s Jim Northrup hit his third grand slam in a week as the Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 5-2.

1990 — Dave Stewart of the Oakland A’s pitched the first of two no-hitters on this day, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 at the SkyDome. Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers duplicated Stewart’s feat by throwing a 6-0 no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals. It was the first time in major league history that two no-hitters were pitched in both leagues on the same day.

1995 — The Dodgers’ Hideo Nomo struck out 13 Colorado Rockies in a 3-0 victory, giving him 50 strikeouts in four games. That broke the Los Angeles record of 49 over four games, accomplished three times by Sandy Koufax, the last 30 years earlier.

2003 — Eric Byrnes hit for the cycle and matched a franchise record with five hits as Oakland beat San Francisco 5-2.

2004 — Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks became the fourth pitcher to record 4,000 strikeouts when he struck out San Diego’s Jeff Cirillo in the eighth inning of the Padres’ 3-2 win.

2007 — Barry Bonds hit his 750th career home run in San Francisco’s 4-3, 10-inning loss to Arizona.

2007 — Aubrey Huff hit for the cycle in Baltimore’s 9-7 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Huff tripled in the second inning — his 1,000th career hit — doubled in the fourth, hit a three-run homer in the fifth and singled in the seventh.

2010 — Whit Merrifield’s RBI single with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning gave South Carolina its first baseball national championship with a 2-1 victory over UCLA in the College World Series. The Gamecocks won the last championship played at Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium, the CWS’ home since 1950.

Today’s birthday: Jeremy Moore 25.

One Win, One Hit!!!

Warren Spahn had as many career wins as hits. Warren Spahn is one of the greatest pitchers in the history of baseball, winning 20 games 13 times to go with a Cy Young in 1957. ‘”Spahny” was no slouch with the bat, either, as he belted 35 career home runs with 189 RBI and a .194 lifetime average. Spahn recorded his first win in 1946; 21 years later he retired with 363 wins; his first hit came four years prior in 1942, and when he retired, his career number of hits was...363.

A Grand Debut!!!

Al Woods hit a home run in his first at-bat in the Blue Jays’ first game. Al Woods was a rookie for the expansion Toronto Blue Jays. On April 7, 1977, the Blue Jays played their first game, which they incredibly won. However, that was not the story of the game; in the bottom of the fifth with the Jays holding a 5-4 lead, Woods stepped up for the very first time and blasted a two-run home run. It was the only time a player hit a home run in his and his team’s debut.

On This Date In Baseball History, June 30:

1908 — At 41 years, 3 months, Cy Young of the Boston Red Sox pitched the third no-hitter of his career, an 8-0 win over the New York Highlanders.

1948 — Cleveland’s Bob Lemon pitched a 2-0 no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers for the first American League no-hitter at night.

1962 — Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers struck out 13 New York Mets en route to the first of four career no-hitters, a 5-0 victory at Dodger Stadium.

1970 — Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati was dedicated, but Henry Aaron spoiled the show for the crowd of 51,050 with a first-inning homer off Jim McGlothlin as Atlanta beat the Reds 8-2.

1978 — Willie McCovey became the 12th player in major league history to hit 500 home runs. His milestone shot off Atlanta’s Jamie Easterly wasn’t enough, as the Braves beat the San Francisco Giants 10-5 in the second game of a doubleheader at Fulton County Stadium.

1995 — Eddie Murray of the Cleveland Indians became the second switch-hitter and the 20th player in baseball history to reach 3,000 hits when he singled against the Minnesota Twins. Murray joined Pete Rose, the career hits leader with 4,256, as the only switch-hitters to get 3,000.

1997 — Bobby Witt of Texas hit the first home run by an American League pitcher in a regular-season game in almost 25 years, connecting off Ismael Valdes in the Rangers’ 3-2 interleague victory over Los Angeles.

1998 — Sammy Sosa hit his 20th home run in June, extending his own major league record for most homers in a month, with an eighth-inning shot for the Cubs against Arizona.

2005 — Chad Cordero earned his 15th save in June in the Washington Nationals’ 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. He tied a major league record set by Lee Smith in 1993 and matched by John Wetteland in 1996.

2005 — Kevin Mench hit a career-high three homers and Mark Teixeira homered twice as the Texas Rangers matched a club record with eight home runs in an 18-5 rout of the Los Angeles Angels.

2006 — Adam Dunn hit a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning off closer Bob Wickman to lead Cincinnati to a 9-8 victory over Cleveland.

2006 — The New York Yankees beat the Mets 2-0 as five pitchers combined on a one-hitter.

2008 — Nick Swisher homered from both sides of the plate, hitting his second grand slam in four games and adding a solo shot to lead the Chicago White Sox past Cleveland, 9-7.

2009 — Nick Markakis hit a two-run double off Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon to complete the biggest comeback in Baltimore Orioles history for an 11-10 win. Baltimore trailed 10-1 before scoring five runs in the seventh inning and five more in the eighth.

Today’s birthdays: Ryan Cook 25; Mike Carp 26; Mitch Maier 30.

Three Times Not A Charm!!!

Minnesota Twins turned two triple plays in the same game. On July 17, 1990, the Twins entered the history books when they turned the ultimate rally killer twice! Playing the Red Sox, the first triple-dip occurred in the bottom of the fourth inning, and they did it again in the bottom of the eighth. Incredibly, they both occurred in the same fashion of 3B-2B-1B; even more incredibly, the Twins actually managed to lose the game! The next day, the Twins and Red Sox set even more history: they combined for the most double plays ever, a game the Twins also managed to lose.


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