The Gastineau Channel Little League Minors Tournament ends tonight with a title on the line for one of two Juneau teams. Juneau American and Juneau National will meet for the championship at 6 p.m. Sitka will play Ketchikan for third and fourth place at 3 p.m.; and Haines will go against Prince of Wales for fifth and sixth place at noon.
Famous Sports Quote:
“It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.” Muhammad Ali, American boxer.
On This Date In Baseball History, July 9:
1902 — Rube Waddell beat Bill Dinneen 4-2 in 17 innings when light-hitting Monte Cross hit a two-run homer for Philadelphia.
1903 - In a Tri-State League contest against York, Pennsylvania, Dan McClellan throws a perfect game. The Philadelphia Giant hurler is the first black pitcher to accomplish the feat in professional baseball.
1932 — Ben Chapman of the Yankees hit three homers, including two inside-the-park, as New York beat the Detroit Tigers 14-9 at Yankee Stadium.
1937 - Joe DiMaggio hits for the first of his two career cycles as he hits two home runs, a triple, double and single helping the Yankees maul the Senators, 16-2. The ‘ Yankee Clipper ‘ will accomplish this feat again in 1948.
1940 — The NL recorded the first shutout in All-Star play, with a 4-0 win at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. Five pitchers — Paul Derringer, Bucky Walters, Whit Wyatt, Larry French, and Carl Hubbell — held the AL to three hits. Max West hit a three-run homer.
1946 — After a one-year break due to war travel restrictions, the Americans trounced the Nationals 12-0 at Fenway Park, the most one-sided of the All-Star games. Ted Williams of the Red Sox didn’t disappoint the hometown fans, hitting two homers and two singles for five RBIs.
1953 - At Philadelphia’s Connie Mack Stadium, Phillies reliever Bob Miller replaces Robin Roberts ending the starter’s consecutive complete-game streak at 28. The future Hall of Famer (1976) had finished every game he started since beating the Cardinals last season on August 28.
1956 - The BBWAA, by a narrow margin of 14-12, vote to establish the Cy Young Award to honor the major leagues’ most outstanding pitcher. Commissioner Ford Frick initiated the idea because he felt hurlers were not recognized in the MVP voting, but ironically the first recipient of the Cy Young Award, Dodger Don Newcombe, also won the Most Valuable Player Award.
1958 - On Capitol Hill, Casey Stengel and Mickey Mantle appear in front of a Senate sub-committee investigating baseball’s antitrust exemption. After ‘the Old Perfessor’ gives 45 minutes of rambling and confusing testimony, Sen. Estes Kefauver laughs when he asks ‘the Mick’ to respond to his inquiry about the issue and the slugger answers, “My views are just about the same as Casey’s.”
1963 - The Indians host their third Mid-Summer Classic in front of a disappointing crowd of 44,160 fans at Cleveland Stadium. The 5-3 loss to the National League does not feature any players from the Tribe.
1968 — Willie McCovey hit into a double play, scoring Willie Mays with the only run of the 39th All-Star game, played at the Houston Astrodome. It was the first game of this series played indoors and the first 1-0 contest in All-Star history.
1969 - Tom Seaver’s near perfect game, which will be immortalized as “The Imperfect Game”, is broken up when Cubs’ outfielder Jimmy Qualls, a lifetime .223 hitter, singles into center field. The 24 year-old right-hander, who will take a no-hitter into the ninth inning three times for the Mets, will finally get his no-no in 1978 against St. Louis pitching for the Reds.
1970 - At Tiger Stadium against his former team, pinch hitter Dalton Jones slugs an upper deck grand slam ‘single’ against the Red Sox. Passing teammate Don Wert between first and second base he is called out resulting with the round tripper being ruled a three-RBI single.
1971 - In the longest shutout in American League history, the A’s beat the Angels, 1-0 in a 20-inning game. Oakland’s Vida Blue fans 17 batters in the first eleven innings.
1971 - Royals’ Fred Patek hits for the cycle off of Jim Perry. The 5’5” Kansas City shortstop’s efforts help defeat the Twins, 6-3.
1972 - Striking out three Red Sox batters in the second inning en route 16 K complete game performance against Boston, Nolan Ryan becomes the third pitcher in baseball history to have struck out the side on nine pitches twice during his career. The Angels fireballer, who first did it with the Mets in 1968, joins Lefty Grove (twice in 1938) and Sandy Koufax (1962 and 1964) as the other hurlers who have accomplished the feat
1976 — Houston’s Larry Dierker pitched a no-hitter as the Astros beat Montreal 6-0. Dierker struck out eight and walked four.
1986 - Dale Murphy’s consecutive-game streak comes to an end at 740 games. The Braves’ outfielder hadn’t missed a game since September of 1981.
1988 - At Candlestick Park, Chris Speier hits for the cycle as the Giants maul the Cardinals, 21-2. The 21 runs scored establishes a San Francisco record.
1988 - Notching his 100th victory as an Astro, Nolan Ryan becomes only the second hurler to win a hundred games with a team in each league when Houston beats New York, 6-3. The 41-year old right-hander, who also won 134 games for the Angels, joins Cy Young who reached the plateau with the Cleveland Spiders (NL) and the Boston Pilgrims (AL), who will become known as the Red Sox.
1991 — Cal Ripken hit a three-run homer to lead the AL over the NL 4-2 in the All-Star game for the AL’s fourth straight victory in the contest.
1996 — Mike Piazza launched an upper-deck home run in his first at-bat and lined an RBI double next time up, leading the Nationals to a 6-0 victory in the All-Star game in Philadelphia.
1998 - Brewer owner Bud Selig, who served as acting commissioner for nearly the last six years, is named by the owners to be baseball’s ninth commissioner. To avoid conflicts of interest, his ownership of the Milwaukee’s franchise will be placed in trust.
2000 — Tyler Houston hit three home runs, tying his career-high with six RBIs, in Milwaukee’s 10-2 rout of Detroit.
2002 — Despite Barry Bonds hitting a home run and Torii Hunter making a spectacular catch, the All-Star game finished in a 7-7 tie after 11 innings when both teams ran out of pitchers. Despite chants of ‘Let them play!’ from the sellout crowd of 41,871 at Milwaukee’s Miller Park, Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig declares the 73rd All-Star Game a 7-7 tie after 11 innings. No player is selected to receive the first Ted Williams Most Valuable Player award, named in honor of the late Red Sox legend that died five days ago.
2005 — It took 847 regular-season games at Coors Field, the most any stadium needed, before hosting its first 1-0 game. The lowest total runs scored in a game at Coors Field before Colorado’s 1-0 win over San Diego was 2-0. There had been three 2-0 games at the 11-year-old stadium.
2005 - Mike Sweeney’s 5-for-5 performance helps him tie a franchise record collecting 8 consecutive hits. With knocks in his last three at-bats yesterday, the Royals designated-hitter’s streak includes three doubles and five singles.
2005 - On the first pitch of his only big league plate appearance, 24-year old Adam Greenberg, entering the game as a ninth-inning pinch-hitter for the Cubs, is struck in the back of the head by a 92-mph fastball thrown by Marlin hurler Valerio de los Santos. The Guilford High School (CT) standout, the first player in history of the state to be named to four all-state teams, sustains a concussion and will experience positional vertigo as a result of the beaning.
2007 — Los Angeles Angels slugger Vladimir Guerrero won the Home Run Derby, hitting 17 homers and beating Toronto’s Alex Rios 3-2 in the final round of the All-Star competition.
2011 — Derek Jeter homered for his 3,000th hit, making him the first player to reach the mark with the New York Yankees. Jeter hit the milestone with a drive to left field with one out in the third inning off Tampa Bay’s David Price, his first at Yankee Stadium this season. He tied a career high going 5 for 5 and singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning for a 5-4 win. Jeter became the 28th major leaguer to hit the mark and joined former teammate Wade Boggs as the only players to do it with a home run.
2011 — The Los Angeles Dodgers got their first hit with two outs in the ninth inning and still beat the San Diego Padres 1-0 when Dioner Navarro singled in Juan Uribe for the unlikely victory. Uribe was down to his last strike when he drove a pitch from Luke Gregerson over the head of left fielder Chris Denorfia for Los Angeles’ first hit and only the second hit of the game for either team. Navarro then looped a 3-1 pitch into short right-center to give the Dodgers three consecutive shutout victories for the first time since July 1991. San Diego’s Cameron Maybin had the first hit of the game in the fifth, a clean single through the box. It was the Padres’ only hit against rookie right-hander Rubby De La Rosa and three relievers.
2011 - The Dayton Dragons have a sellout for their 815th straight home game, surpassing the record for North American professional sports team previously held by the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. The Cincinnati Reds affiliate in the Midwest League has sold out for every game it has played at Fifth Third Field since its move from Rockford in 2000.
Today’s birthday: Miguel Montero 29.
Famous Sports Quote:
“Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.” Roy Keane, Irish soccer player and English football club manager.
“The more I practice, the luckier I get.” Gary Player, South African golfer generally regarded as one of the greatest players.