“I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people’s accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man’s failures.” - Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States.
Minors Little League Tournament!!!!
Game times have changed in the Alaska District 2 Little League Minors Division Tournament hosted by Juneau. To accommodate the Ketchikan teams late arrival their games have been swapped about and the day’s play begins earlier. Please see the game schedules in Around Town Sports on page B2 and on the 9/10 LL Tourney schedule posted on page B3. “B” is the Sports section of course so you are already half way there. Tourney play begins today at noon with the Juneau Americans playing Prince of Wales, followed at 3 p.m. by the Juneau Nationals playing Sitka, and then Ketchikan taking on Haines. Don’t forget to check the daily weather reports to adjust your wardrobe to the conditions. Enjoy the games!
At right is the team photo of this year’s GCLL Major Division tournament team that will battle in the District 2 Tournament in Haines. Teams attending will include Ketchikan, Haines, Prince of Wales, Sitka and Juneau. A Major League schedule will be posted at a later date. The winning team moves on to the state tournament in Anchorage July 25-30. The Regional tourney is in San Bernardino, CA August 3-11 and the World Series is in Williamsport, PA August 16-26.
The sports department is still awaiting confirmation of the softball All-Tournament teams and photos. Juneau will be hosting the Major State Softball Tournament July 13-18 and the Junior State Softball Tournament July 24-29.
Famous Sports Quote:
“My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself: Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you’ll win.... Channel your energy. Focus.” - Carl Lewis, American athlete and winner 9 Olympic gold medals.
On This Date In Baseball History, July 6:
1929 — The St. Louis Cardinals scored 10 runs in the first and fifth innings in beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 28-6, in the second game of a doubleheader. The Cardinals had 28 hits and set an NL record with the 28 runs. The first two pitchers for Philadelphia never record an out, and before the home team comes to bat in the bottom of the first inning they are trailing the Redbirds, 10-0. The Cardinals tally ten runs in the first and fifth frames.
1933 — The first major league All-Star game was played at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The AL, managed by Connie Mack, defeated the NL, managed by John McGraw, 4-2 on Babe Ruth’s two-run homer.
1936 - After the first batter is thrown out trying to bunt, Bob Feller, a 17-year old farm boy from Van Meter, Iowa, strikes out 8 consecutive batters in three innings during an All-star break exhibition game against the Cardinals’ Gas House Gang. It is the Indian rookie’s first appearance in a major league uniform.
1938 — Johnny Vander Meer, Bill Lee and Mace Brown combined to limit the AL to one run and seven hits as the NL won the All-Star game 4-1 at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field. Lefty Gomez of the New York Yankees suffered his first defeat in four All-Star starts.
1941 - A center field monument dedicated to Lou Gehrig is unveiled by the Yankees. The memorial, similar to the honor bestowed on the team’s late skipper Miller Huggins in 1932, is a tribute by his teammates to their beloved captain who died last month of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
1942 — The AL beat the NL 3-1 in the All-Star game at the Polo Grounds on first-inning home runs by Lou Boudreau of the Cleveland Indians and Rudy York of the Detroit Tigers. York’s shot came with a man on base.
1945 - Tommy Holmes hits safely in his 34th consecutive game surpassing Rogers Hornsby’s modern National League record set in 1922. The Braves outfielder will extend the streak to 37 with the new mark lasting 33 years until broken by Pete Rose in 1978.
1949 — Walker Cooper of Cincinnati went 6-for-7; including three home runs and drove in 10 runs, against Chicago at Crosley Field. Cooper also had three singles and scored five times to lead the Reds to a 23-4 rout of the Cubs.
1953 - In his first major league start, Al Worthington blanks the Pirates, 6-0. The Giants’ rookie will repeat the feat in his next start blanking the Dodgers to tie a major league mark.
1956 - Jim Busby hits his second grand slam in consecutive days to beat the A’s, 4-2. Yesterday, in a 13-7 loss to Detroit, the Indians’ outfielder hit his bases-loaded home run off winner Frank Lary in the first inning.
1958 - A day after he walks outfielder Willie Kirkland with the bases loaded to give the Giants a 5-4 victory, Cardinal reliever Larry Jackson hits Jim Davenport with the bases full in the ninth inning to again force in the winning run.
1966 — Boog Powell of the Baltimore Orioles knocked in 11 runs in a doubleheader against the Kansas City A’s to tie an AL record. In the first game, Powell hit two home runs, including a grand slam, two doubles and a sacrifice fly to drive in seven runs as the Orioles won 11-0. Powell had four RBIs in the nightcap.
1970 - Felix Millan goes 6-for-6 and collects four RBIs in a 12-4 victory over the Giants. The infielder is the first Braves’ player to collect six hits in one game.
1970 - Ron Santo drives in ten runs helping the Cubs sweep a doubleheader against Montreal at Wrigley Field. The third baseman’s two-run homer in the opener gives the team a 3-2 victory, and his eight RBIs, that includes another two round-trippers, contribute to the club’s 14-2 rout in the nightcap.
1983 — On the 50th anniversary of the All-Star game, Fred Lynn’s grand slam off Atlee Hammaker, the first in All-Star competition, capped a record seven-run third inning. The AL also set a one-game record for runs scored in a 13-3 victory that ended an 11-game NL winning streak. Chicago’s Comiskey Park was the site, as it was for the first All-Star game in 1933.
1986 — Atlanta’s Bob Horner became the 11th player in major league history to hit four home runs in a game and it still wasn’t enough to win the game. The Montreal Expos pounded the Braves’ pitching staff for an 11-8 victory.
1989 - Mike Schmidt becomes the first retired player to be elected to start an All-Star Game. The Phillies third baseman, who announced his retirement on May 29, is hitting only .203 this season and decides not to play.
1991 - In a 9-7 loss to Oakland, Danny Tartabull hits three home runs, one off Gene Nelson and two off Bob Welch. The right fielder becomes the first Kansas City player to accomplish the feat at Royals Stadium.
1992 - Using his ‘in the best interest of baseball’ power, commissioner Fay Vincent mandates the National League be realigned next season, forcing teams to be more geographically correct in their respective divisions. The realignment, which was approved by the 12 of 14 NL owners in March, but blocked by Tribune Co., owner of the Chicago franchise, will send the Cubs and the Cardinals to the West Division with the Braves and Reds moving to the East.
2000 - Vin Scully, 72, is voted the No. 1 sportscaster of the 20th century by members of the American Sportscasters Association. The Dodger veteran broadcaster’s 51-year career has included play-by-play of 25 Fall Classics and 12 All-Star games.
2000 — Keith McDonald of the St. Louis Cardinals became the second player in major league history to homer in his first two at-bats, connecting in the second inning of a 12-6 loss to Cincinnati.
2001 - Playing in the 101st different park since 1876, the Cubs beat the Tigers in Comerica Park, 15-8. The Cubs win for the first time in Detroit in 56 years dating back to Game 3 of the 1945 World Series when Claude Passeau threw a 3-0 shutout in Briggs Stadium.
2002 - Daryle Ward becomes the first player in the brief history of Pittsburgh’s PNC Park to hit the Allegheny River on the fly. His fifth inning towering grand slam, which is estimated to travel 479 feet, helps the Astros to rout the Pirates, 10-2.
2002 - During Old Timers’ Day ceremonies at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers dedicate a plaque in Monument Park honoring Reggie Jackson. During his tenuous five-year tenure with the team, the slugging outfielder helped the club reach the post-season four times, including winning two consecutive world championships in 1977 and 1978.
2003 - Keeping his promise to dye his hair if his last-place Devil Rays won three in a row at any point this season, Devil Rays’ skipper Lou Piniella becomes a blonde. Last night’s 3-2 victory over the White Sox gave Tampa Bay their first three-game winning streak since last September.
2004 - Recently acquired outfielder Richard Hidalgo establishes a club record homering in five straight games for the Mets. In 16 games with New York, the former Astro has eight home runs compared to hit just four with Houston in 56 games.
2005 — Florida pitchers retired 28 consecutive batters from the third inning on and set a team record with 22 strikeouts in a 12-inning, 5-4 victory over Milwaukee. A.J. Burnett matched his career high and the individual club record with 14 strikeouts in six innings.
2007 — Justin Morneau homered three times in the second game of a doubleheader to help Minnesota sweep Chicago 20-14 and 12-0. The Twins won the opener behind Jason Kubel’s seven RBIs.
2008 - In the ninth inning of a tied game at Yankee Stadium, Manny Ramirez, appearing as a pinch-hitter, upsets the citizens of Red Sox Nation when he strikes out on three consecutive fastballs thrown by Mariano Rivera, without swinging the bat. Citing knee pains, proven to be baseless by MRIs ordered by the team’s management, Boston’s disgruntled outfielder had asked to be left off the starting lineup for the critical series with New York.
2009 — Chase Utley hit a three-run homer and Shane Victorino and Greg Dobbs each had two-run shots during a 10-run first inning, helping the Philadelphia Phillies rout the Cincinnati Reds 22-1. The previous dubious mark was a 20-run differential, which was established in 1892 when the Reds lost, 26-6, also to Philadelphia.
2009 — Jarrod Washburn tossed a one-hitter to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 5-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Nick Markakis had the only hit off Washburn, a two-out single in the fourth.
2009 - A federal lawsuit brought by a fan kicked out of Yankee Stadium by a police officer allegedly for leaving his seat to use the men’s room during the playing of “God Bless America’ is settled with Queens’ resident receiving $10,001 from New York City. The Yankees, who do not have to pay any money, claim patrons have always had freedom of movement, but ushers in previous years have blocked some exits with chains while the patriotic song was played due to complaints that spectators showed a lack of respect by not staying in their seats.
2010 - Down six runs in the bottom of the ninth, the Rockies score nine runs in the final frame to beat the stunned Cardinals, 12-9. Seth Smith’s two-out, three-run homer off Ryan Franklin is the fatal blow in Colorado’s amazing come-from-behind walk-off victory at Coors Field.
Famous Sports Quote:
“Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision.” - Muhammad Ali, American Boxer and three times World Heavyweight Champion.
On This Date In Baseball History, July 7:
1900 - By defeating the Cubs, 11-4, Beaneaters’ hurler Kid Nichols takes only nine seasons to get his 300th victory. The 30-year old righty will amass 361 victories during his 15-year career and will remain the youngest player ever to accomplish the feat.
1909 - In a 15-3 blowout of the Browns, the White Sox collect 12 stolen bases. The thievery at Chicago’s South Side Park includes the theft of home plate three times.
1920 - Benny Kauff, after appearing in 55 games this season, is traded by the Giants with cash to the Toronto Maple Leafs of the International League for Vern Spencer. In December, the New York outfielder had been implicated in a car theft ring, and although acquitted of the charges, he will still be banished from baseball for life by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis.
1923 — Lefty O’Doul, pitching for the Boston Red Sox, allowed 13 runs in the sixth inning to the Cleveland Indians, who won 27-3. In 1928, he was to return to the majors as a great hitting outfielder.
1931 - The White Sox outlast and outslug the Browns beating St. Louis in 12 inning, 10-8. During the Sportman’s Park contest not a single strikeout is recorded by the five pitchers who take the mound making it is the longest game in major-league history without a strike three.
1936 — The NL (senior circuit) won its first All-Star game 4-3 at Braves Field in Boston. The Junior Circuit (AL) had taken the first three contests of the Mid-Summer Classic.
1937 — Lou Gehrig drove in four runs with a home run and a double to pace the AL to an 8-3 victory over the NL in the All-Star game at Washington’s Griffith Stadium. In attendance was President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
1948 - On his 42nd birthday, Negro League star Satchel Paige signs a contract to play with the Indians. Though viewed as a publicity stunt, the crafty veteran will finish the season 6-1.
1951 - Hoot Evers goes 5-for-5 in the Tigers’ 13-3 rout of the Indians. The Detroit outfielder scores five times in the Cleveland Park contest.
1953 - The Dodgers set a major league mark for most home runs in consecutive games by a team with 24 games with a least one round tripper.
1953 - With a 6-3 loss to the Indians at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, the Browns set a major league record losing their 20th consecutive home game. The non-winning streak dates back to June 3.
1959 — At Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, the first of two All-Star games played that season went to the NL, 5-4. The NL scored the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the eighth when Hank Aaron singled in a run and scored on a triple by Willie Mays.
1964 — The NL beat the AL 7-4 in the All-Star game on Johnny Callison’s two-out, three-run homer off Dick Radatz in the bottom of the ninth inning at New York’s Shea Stadium. The win pulled the NL even with its rivals (17-17-1) for the first time since the series began.
1970 - Rico Carty, the National League’s leading hitter, becomes first player voted to play in the All-Star Game as a write-in candidate. The Braves outfielder name was left off the ballot that was drawn up by managers and general managers before the start of spring training.
1971 - Commissioner Kuhn and Hall of Fame president Paul Kirk announce former Negro League players will have full membership in the Cooperstown shrine, not a separate wing as previously planned.
1975 - During an 8-6 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium‚ Giants outfielders Gary Thomasson, Bobby Murcer, and Chris Arnold each nail a runner at home trying to score. The feat hadn’t been done since 1905 when Cubs’ flycatcher Jack McCarthy accomplished the feat with his three outfield assists.
1982 — Harold Baines of Chicago hit three successive home runs, including a grand slam, to lead the White Sox to a 7-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
1998 — Coors Field lived up to its billing as a hitter’s haven as the American League beat the Nationals 13-8 at Coors Field in the highest-scoring All-Star game in major league history. The 21 runs broke the record set in the AL’s 11-9 win in 1954.
1999 - The Rockies tie a 1903 major league record scoring in 15 consecutive innings. Phillies’ ace Curt Schilling ends the streak.
2000 - Drawing one of its largest crowds, the Butte Copper Kings newest promotion, ‘John Rocker Awareness Night’ is a huge success as the Angel farm club of the Pioneer League offers free admission to anyone belonging to a group insulted by the Atlanta reliever in his Sports Illustrated interview. The 672 fans in attendance include single moms with multiple children, people with purple hair, ‘foreigners’, as well as people with alternative life styles.
2003 — Shea Hillenbrand had his first three-homer game — tying a major league record by homering in three consecutive innings — and drove in seven runs as Arizona beat Colorado 14-6.
2004 — Kazuhisa Ishii pitched a one-hitter in Los Angeles’ 11-0 victory over Arizona. Ishii retired his first 12 batters before giving up a leadoff walk in the fifth to Luis Gonzalez and a line single by Shea Hillenbrand. No one else reached base against Ishii, who went the distance for the second time in 72 starts.
2004 - Blanking the Royals, 12-0, Twins’ hurler Kyle Lohse helps to establish a club record throwing the team’s third consecutive shutout. Johan Santana (Royals, 4-0) and Brad Radke (Royals, 9-0) started the streak of 27 scoreless innings, also a franchise record.
2006 — Cleveland Indians designated hitter Travis Hafner became the first player in major league history to hit five grand slams before the All-Star break when he connected in the second inning of a 9-0 win over Baltimore.
2006 - After Mark Kotsay doubles leading off bottom of the first inning on a 3-0 count, and the next batter, Nick Swisher, also gets to a 3 balls and no strikes count, John Lackey retires the next 27 A’s batters. The 3-0 Angel victory, which is completed in 2 hours and 1 minute, also marks the end of LA shortstop Orlando Cabrera’s streak of reaching base safely in 63 consecutive games, twenty-one shy of Ted Williams’s record of 84 straight games established in 1949.
2008 — Hiroki Kuroda of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitched seven perfect innings before giving up a double to Mark Teixeira in the eighth inning. Teixeira was the only baserunner allowed by Kuroda in his 91-pitch complete game 3-0 win over Atlanta.
2008 - The Brewers, in an effort to reach the post-season for the first time since 1982, trade four highly touted farm hands to the Indians to obtain, C. C. Sabathia. The Brew Crew send their first-round draft pick last year, Matt LaPorta, along with minor league pitching prospects Zach Jackson and Rob Bryson, as well as Taylor Green (identified as the player to be named later) , who was Milwaukee’s minor league player of the year to Cleveland for last season’s American League Cy Young Award winner
2009 — Paul Konerko hit three home runs, including a go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning, to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 10-6 win over Cleveland.
2009 — Alan Embree earned the win in Colorado’s 5-4 victory over Washington without throwing a pitch. He entered with two outs in the eighth and picked off Austin Kearns, who had singled off Joel Peralta. It was the first time a major leaguer had gotten a win without throwing a pitch since B.J Ryan for Baltimore at Detroit on May 1, 2003.
2010 - With the score tied at seven in the bottom of the ninth at Coors Field, Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta makes Evan McLane’s major league debut memorable when he leads off the inning with a game-ending home run off the 27-year old rookie. The Cardinals’ southpaw is the first hurler to surrender a game-winning homer to the first major league batter he faces since San Diego’s right-hander J.J. Trujillo accomplished the dubious deed in his major league debut by allowing Baltimore’s Tony Batista to end a game with a round-tripper in 2002.
2010 — Adam Dunn hit three home runs in a game for the first time in his career to lead Washington to a 7-6 win over San Diego. Dunn hit a three-run shot in the first inning, added a solo homer in the third and capped his power show with a leadoff drive in the eighth that landed in the seats above the out-of-town scoreboard in right-center field.
2011 — Travis Hafner hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning to cap Cleveland’s five-run rally for a 5-4 win over Toronto. Hafner hit the first pitch from Luis Perez deep into the right-field seats for Cleveland’s second game-ending slam of the season. Carlos Santana also did it to beat Detroit 9-5 on April 29.
2011 — Dustin Pedroia hit a three-run shot and Boston added three consecutive home runs in the seventh in a 10-4 win over Baltimore. Six different Boston players homered, including the three straight by David Ortiz, Josh Reddick and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
2011 — A Texas Rangers fan died after falling about 20 feet onto concrete reaching out for a baseball tossed his way by All-Star outfielder Josh Hamilton during a game. Shannon Stone, 39, was at the game with his young son, who watched as his dad tumbled over the outfield railing after catching the ball. The accident happened in the second inning after Oakland’s Conor Jackson hit a foul ball. Hamilton retrieved the ball and tossed it into the stands as players routinely do.
Today’s birthdays Brandon McCarthy 29; John Buck 32.
Famous Sports Quote:
“Doctors and scientists said that breaking the four-minute mile was impossible, that one would die in the attempt. Thus, when I got up from the track after collapsing at the finish line, I figured I was dead.” - Roger Bannister, After becoming first person to break four-minute mile, 1952.