The Gastineau Channel Little League has crowned post-season champions after a weekend of rain, rain and more rain.
The Senior division Yankees held a 15-5 advantage in the fourth inning of their rain enhanced game against the Orioles for the title on Friday night. The Orioles battled back but fell short 16-14 (no stats were available for the newspaper by press time).
The Majors champion featured the Braves going undefeated in the post season tournament and topping the Mariners in the championship game 9-5 in a rain storm on Saturday. The Braves trailed 3-1 in the sixth and tied the score to force an extra inning (stats were not provided to the paper by press time).
The Minors division featured the other half of the rainstorm on Miller Field on Saturday and the Royals bettered the Indians for the title (stats were not provided to the paper by press time).
All-tournament teams from Juneau will play throughout southeast. The Minors will host a tournament in Juneau. Teams from Sitka, Prince of Wales, Ketchikan and Haines will be coming to town. Juneau selected two minor league teams to play and are calling themselves the Americans and the Nationals. In addition, five Juneau players not selected to either of those two clubs have been chosen to fill in the roster of the Haines team. There is no additional tournament after this play.
The Major’s baseball all-tourney selections will be traveling to Haines for District Tournament play July 15-22 (State is in Anchorage July 25-30, Regional’s in San Bernardino, CA Aug 3-11, World Series in Williamsport, PA Aug. 12-18).
The Juniors baseball all-tourney selections play in the District Tournament at Petersburg July 14-19 (State is in Anchorage July 22-27, Regional’s in Vancouver WA July 31-Aug 7, and World Series in Taylor, MI Aug 12-18).
Juneau will be hosting the Major and Junior softball State Tournaments. Majors is July 13-18 (Regional is in San Bernardino July 21-27, World Series in Portland OR Aug 9-15). Juniors State is in Juneau July 24-29 (Regional’s is in Marana/Tucson AZ Aug 1-8, World Series is in Kirkland WA Aug 12-18).
The 12 players selected to all-tournament teams are chosen in this fashion - Players in the division vote for five, managers in the division vote for five, All-Tournament team manager selects two. All these teams compete in official Little League International tournaments. Their layout and schedule for these tourneys is on the GCLL home page.
Major League Rule 301c says before every game, umpires must rub down 6 dozen balls to get the slick shine off of them. And we’re not just talking ANY mud! It seems the “best” mud comes from New Jersey.
For nearly three quarters of a century, a special variety of Jersey muck, Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud, has been removing the sheen from baseballs for just about every professional baseball team in the country. It all began in 1938 when an umpire complained to Lena Blackburne, a third base coach for the old Philadelphia Athletics, about the sorry condition of the baseballs used by the American League. Back then a ball was prepped simply with mud made of water and dirt from the playing field. The result? The ball’s cover was too soft, leaving it open for tampering. Something was needed to take off the shine but not soften the cover. Blackburne took on the challenge. Next time he returned to his home in Burlington County, he checked out the mud along tributaries of the Delaware River until he found some muck (the whereabouts of the mud hole is still a dark secret) with a texture he felt would do the job. Taking a batch to the Athletics’ field house, he rubbed some balls with the stuff. It worked like a charm! What’s more, it had no odor and didn’t turn the balls black. The umpires were happy, and Lena Blackburne was in the mud supply business.
Fan Submitted Trivia!!!:
Pitcher Virgil Trucks’ 1952 season with the Detroit Tigers is an example of remarkable success in the midst of remarkable failure. In 1952 Virgil Trucks finished with a record of 5 wins and 19 losses, one loss short of 20-loss ignominy. However, his five wins consisted of a 6-hitter, a 2-hitter, a 1-hit shutout, and two no-hitters, making him, at the time, only the third MLB pitcher to throw two no-hitters in a season, joining Johnny Vander Meer (1938) and Allie Reynolds (1951). But Trucks had a very successful 17-year career with the Tigers, White Sox, Athletics, Yankees, and St. Louis Browns. 1952 was his only losing season, he had one 20-win and two 19-win seasons, was a two-time all-star, won a World Series in 1945 with the Tigers, and compiled a 177 – 135 career record (a .567 winning percentage). He is now 95 years old and the oldest man living who has ever thrown an MLB no-hitter.
On This Date In Baseball History, July 1:
1910 — Comiskey Park — then known as White Sox Park — held its first major league game, with the St. Louis Browns beating Chicago 2-0.
1917 — Fred Toney of the Cincinnati Reds pitched complete-game victories in a doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Toney threw a three-hitter in each game for 4-1 and 5-1 wins, setting a record for the fewest hits allowed in a doubleheader by a pitcher.
1920 — Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators defeated the Boston Red Sox 1-0 at Fenway Park with the season’s only no-hitter.
1925 — Hack Wilson of the New York Giants hit two home runs in the third inning of a 16-7 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the second game of a doubleheader. Wilson also doubled twice during the game.
1941 — Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees singled off Boston’s Jack Wilson in the fourth inning, tying Willie Keeler’s hitting streak of 44 games.
1951 — Bob Feller of the Indians pitched his third career no-hitter, beating the Detroit Tigers 2-1 in the first game of a doubleheader at Cleveland.
1990 — Andy Hawkins of the New York Yankees pitched the sixth no-hitter in the majors this season and the third in less than 48 hours, but lost 4-0 to the Chicago White Sox on two outfield errors in the eighth inning.
1994 — Baltimore and California tied a major league record by combining for 11 home runs in the Orioles’ 14-7 victory. Jeffrey Hammonds hit two homers for Baltimore.
1997 — Detroit’s Bobby Higginson homered in the first inning against the New York Mets, tying a major league record by homering in four consecutive at-bats over two games. Higginson, who struck out looking in his next at-bat, became the 23rd player since 1900 to accomplish the feat and the fourth Tiger.
2002 — Los Angeles’ Eric Gagne picked up his 30th save in a 4-0 win over Arizona, reaching that mark in the Dodgers’ 82nd game — a major league record. The previous mark was 83 games by Bobby Thigpen with the Chicago White Sox in 1990 and Lee Smith with St. Louis in 1993.
2009 — One run was enough for a victory for three National League teams, the first time in 33 years there were three 1-0 games in one league on the same day. The Mets, Dodgers and Reds came away with 1-0 victories. The last time there were three 1-0 games in one league was Sept. 1, 1976, in the NL.
2009 — One day after succumbing to the greatest comeback in Orioles history, the Red Sox staged an improbable rally of their own. Boston used a four-run ninth inning to pull even, Julio Lugo singled in the tiebreaking run in the 11th and Jonathan Papelbon became the team’s career saves leader by closing out a 6-5 victory over Baltimore.
2009 — Hanley Ramirez extended his RBI streak to 10 games in the Florida Marlins’ 5-3 victory over the Washington Nationals. Ramirez hit a two-run double in the third inning to become the first shortstop in NL history with an RBI streak of double-digit games.
2011 — Atlanta’s Jair Jurrjens threw a one-hitter for his first career shutout and became the first NL pitcher with 11 wins with a 4-0 victory over Baltimore. Adam Jones ended Jurrjens’ no-hit bid with his single up the middle with one out in the seventh.
Today’s birthdays: Chris Perez 27; Nelson Cruz 32.