Juneau’s American and National 9 & 10 year-olds will begin tournament play on Friday in the Alaska District 2 Little League Tournament at Miller Field.
The tourney is considered a “Special Games” event as little league does not send the minor division on to state or regional competitions.
Complete tournament schedules are on Sports page B3. Each team will also be treated to a special three hour ABC baseball camp. Fans should note that all games will be played at Miller Field located at 3400 Tongass Boulevard, behind Glacier Valley Elementary School. From downtown take Egan Drive out bound past the airport and McDonalds, turn right on Mendenhall Loop Rd heading toward the Mendenhall Glacier, turn right on either Trinity Drive or Haloff Way and you should be able to see the school. Enjoy the games and make noise!
Playing For Haines???!!!
Call them good samaritans, as well as good baseball players. Five of GCLL’s top Minors baseball players are helping fill out the Haines All-Star roster so the boys from farther north can battle in the Alaska District 2 tournament hosted here at Miller Field. Yay! Thank you to Juneau players
Lars Gifford, Gavin Gende, Frederick “Andrew” Norman, Dawson Hickok and Dylan Murdoch. Sorry you have to wear green though, red and black suited you well.
On This Date In Baseball History, July 4:
1905 — The Philadelphia Athletics scored two runs in the 20th inning, giving Rube Waddell a 4-2 victory over Cy Young of the Boston Red Sox. Both pitchers went the distance. Young did not allow a walk.
1905 - Armando Marsans and Rafael Almeida became the first Cuban born players to appear in a major league game.
1908 — George Wiltse of the New York Giants pitched a 10-inning, 1-0 no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies.
1912 — George Mullin of the Detroit Tigers celebrated his 32nd birthday by pitching a no-hitter over the St. Louis Browns.
1925 — Two of the great left-handers of their time — Herb Pennock of the Yankees and Lefty Grove of the Athletics — hooked up in a pitchers duel that New York won 1-0 in 15 innings. Pennock gave up four hits and walked none.
1939 — Jim Tabor of the Boston Red Sox hit three home runs, including two grand slams, in an 18-12 triumph over the Philadelphia Athletics in the second game of a doubleheader.
1939 - In front of a capacity crowd at Yankee Stadium, Lou Gehrig gave his now famous “Luckiest Man” speech.
1976 — The Phillies’ Tim McCarver lost a grand slam when he passed Garry Maddox on the base paths. The Phillies still beat the Pirates 10-5 at Pittsburgh.
1978 - Larry Doby convinced the White Sox to bring Tony LaRussa up from the minors to coach first base. LaRussa became a manager a year later.
1983 — Dave Righetti of the New York Yankees pitched a 4-0 no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.
1984 — Phil Niekro of the New York Yankees struck out five Texas Rangers to become the ninth player to pass the 3,000-strikeout plateau. No. 3,000 was Larry Parrish.
1984 — The New York Mets beat the Braves 16-13 in 19 innings at Atlanta. The game went until just before 4 a.m. on July 5, and was followed by a fireworks display for the 10,000 still left in the stands. The Braves tied the score 13-13 on a homer by pitcher Rick Camp in the 18th inning. The game lasted six hours and 10 minutes.
1992 - Atlanta’s Jeff Blauser hits a two-run homerun in the first inning. It’s the 1,776th MLB homer hit on the Fourth Of July.
2000 — St. Louis’ Keith McDonald homered in his first major league at-bat as the Cardinals defeated Cincinnati 14-3.
2006 — Victor Martinez went 5-for-6 and Jhonny Peralta and Travis Hafner each hit two of Cleveland’s six home runs, powering the Indians to a 19-1 rout of New York. The win was Cleveland’s largest at home in more than 56 years, since a 21-2 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics on June 18, 1950.
2006 — Jose Contreras tossed 6 2-3 scoreless innings to win his 17th straight decision and lead the White Sox to a 13-0 victory over Baltimore.
2006 - Against the Dbacks, Nomar Garciaparra ties the MLB record for being hit by a pitch three times in one game.
2008 — Colorado homered six times to rally from a nine-run deficit for the biggest comeback in franchise history and an 18-17 victory over Florida. Chris Iannetta singled home the winning run off Kevin Gregg in the ninth inning. The Rockies and Marlins combined for 35 runs on 43 hits, 21 of them for extra bases with eight home runs.
2010 — Drew Stubbs hit three of the Cincinnati Reds’ season-high seven home runs to lead a 14-3 romp over the Chicago Cubs. Stubbs hit a solo home run in the third inning, a three-run homer in the seventh and another solo homer in the ninth.
Today’s birthdays: Jared Hughes 27; Sergio Santos 29.
Quiz Fun (answers at end of column):
1 - Q: What hide was first used to cover baseballs in 1975?
2 - Q: What baseball announcer said Pope Paul VI’s death “puts a damper on even a Yankees win”?
3 - Q: What country’s first U.S. major league baseball player was Chan-Ho Park?
4 - Q: Who was the last American League baseballer to win the Triple Crown, in 1967?
5 - Q: What Pittsburgh Pirate had exactly 3,000 career hits before dying in a plane crash?
6 - Q: What major league baseball team did the Walt Disney Company assume operational control of in 1996?
7 - Q: What did Babe Ruth, Rogers, Hornsby, Ted Williams and Willie Mays all do in their first major league at-bats?
Famous Baseball Quotes:
Hank Aaron - “Guessing what the pitcher is going to throw is eighty percent of being a successful hitter. The other twenty percent is just execution.”
Early Wynn - “A pitcher has to look at the hitter as his mortal enemy.”
Bob Uecker - “If a guy hits .300 every year, what does he have to look forward to? I always tried to stay around .190, with three or four RBI. And I tried to get them all in September. That way I always had something to talk about during the winter.”
Mickey Mantle - “After I hit a home run I had a habit of running the bases with my head down. I figured the pitcher already felt bad enough without me showing him up rounding the bases.”
Jim Abbott - “Find something you love, and go after it, with all of your heart.”
Hank Aaron - “I don’t want them to forget (Babe) Ruth, I just want them to remember me!”
When asked if he would throw at his mom if she were batting, Early Wynn said, “”It would depend how well she was hitting, I would even on Mother’s Day if she were crowding the plate, and I would throw at her again if she were digging in.”
Quiz Answers (1 - Cowhide, 2 - Phil Rizzuto, 3 - South Korea’s, 4 - Carl Yastrzemski, 5 - Roberto Clemente, 6 - The California Angels, 7 - Strike out).