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Posted: July 11, 2012 - 11:08pm
Juneau American batter Cody Requa tries to avoid a pitch as Juneau National catcher Brandt Hultberg moves to retrieve it during their championship game in the Alaska District 2 minors division tournament at Miller Fields on Monday.
Juneau American batter Cody Requa tries to avoid a pitch as Juneau National catcher Brandt Hultberg moves to retrieve it during their championship game in the Alaska District 2 minors division tournament at Miller Fields on Monday.

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The Juneau Juniors All Star games in Petersburg will be broadcast by www.kfsk.org. So go online to kfsk.org and check them out. Petersburg has an award winning radio station so coverage will be outstanding!

Famous Sports Quote:

“The fewer rules a coach has, the fewer rules there are for players to break.” John Madden, American broadcaster, football coach and analyst.

On This Date In Baseball History, July 12:

1890 - Appearing in his only major league game, Mr. Lewis (first name unknown) yields 13 hits, walks seven batters and allows 20 earned runs during the three innings of his major league debut at Brooklyn’s Eastern Park. The rookie’s performance contributes to the last place Buffalo Bisons 28-16 loss to the Wonders in the Players’ League contest.

1897 - Louisville’s Tom McCreery hits three home runs, providing the difference in the Colonels’ 10-7 victory over the Phillies at the Baker Bowl. Each of the outfielder’s round-trippers are of the inside-the-park variety and all are given up by Philadelphia right-hander Jack Taylor.

1901 — Cy Young of the Boston Red Sox won his 300th game with a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia A’s.

1906 - At Robison Field, Sherry Magee establishes a franchise record by swiping four bases in the Phillies’ 7-6 loss to St. Louis. The Philadelphia outfielder’s mark, a feat he will repeat next month, will be equaled by Garry Maddox (1978) and Jayson Werth (2009).

1910 - The legendary verse detailing the Cubs’ double play combination of Tinkers to Evers to Chance, entitled That Double Play Again, is published for the first time. When the ‘New York Evening Mail’ republishes the same poem six days later it will use the title by which it is best known today, Baseball’s Sad Lexicon.

1911 - For the second time in his career, Ty Cobb completes the stolen base cycle in one inning when he steals second, third and home in the first frame of the Tigers’ 9-0 Bennett Park victory over Philadelphia. The ‘George Peach’ will accomplish the feat four times, establishing a major league mark shared with Honus Wagner.

1931 - After setting a major league record in the first game with nine doubles, the Cubs and Cardinals combined to hit another twenty-three two-baggers in the second game for an incredible total of thirty-two doubles in their doubleheader.

1943 - An Armed Forces All-Star team managed by Babe Ruth and featuring Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams play a fund-raising game against the Braves in Boston. The All Stars win on a Splendid Splinter’s’ home run, 9-8.

1945 — Tommy Holmes of the Boston Braves went hitless to end his consecutive-game hitting streak at 37 games, an NL record that stood until Pete Rose broke it in 1978.

1949 - The major league owners agree to install warning tracks made of cinder in front of outfield fences prior to the start of next season. The origin of the concept is credited to Yankee Stadium where an actual running track, used in the ballpark’s track and field events, helped fielders know their proximity to the outfield fence when attempting to make a play.

1949 — Larry Doby of the Cleveland Indians and Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe of the host Brooklyn Dodgers became the first black players to appear in an All-Star game as the AL took advantage of five NL errors to win 11-7 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn.

1951 — Allie Reynolds of the New York Yankees beat Bob Feller of the Indians 1-0 with a no-hit game at Cleveland. Gene Woodling’s home run was the difference.

1955 — St. Louis’ Stan Musial hit Frank Sullivan’s first pitch of the 12th inning for a home run to give the NL a 6-5 victory over the AL at Milwaukee’s County Stadium. The AL had led 5-0 after six innings. Musial comes to bat leading off the bottom of 12th inning of a 5-5 All Star deadlock. After Yankee catcher Yogi Berra complains about his feet hurting, ‘The Man’ tells him, “Don’t worry, I’ll have you home in a minute”, then promptly hits a game-winning home run off Frank Sullivan on the next pitch.

1966 - In St. Louis, the National League All-Stars edge the AL, 2-1, in a game played at Busch Stadium in 105-degree weather. Giants’ hurler Gaylord Perry gets the victory tossing a scoreless ninth and tenth inning.

1970 - n the second inning of an eventual 7-3 win over the Orioles, the Tigers lay down a record tying three sacrifice bunts and score a run on a sac fly. Detroit muffs Cesar Gutierrez and Mickey Lolich’s attempts to give themselves up resulting in both players advancing a runner and reaching first base without making an out.

1979 — In the most ill-fated promotion in baseball history, thousands of fans overran the Comiskey Park field during “Disco Demolition Night” and caused the Chicago White Sox to forfeit the second game of a doubleheader after losing to Detroit 4-1 in the first.

1988 - Terry Steinbach homers in his first at-bat as an All-Star. The A’s catcher becomes the first major league to have homered in his first major league at-bat (9/12/86) and also in the Midsummer Classic.

1989 - Ron Guidry retires from baseball. During his 14-year career with the Yankees, ‘Louisiana Lightning’ compiles a 170- 91 record with a 3.29 ERA.

1990 — Melido Perez pitched the record-tying seventh no-hitter of the season as the Chicago White Sox beat the New York Yankees 8-0 in a game shortened to six innings by rain. That was one inning longer than the rain-shortened no-hitter pitched in 1988 by Melido’s brother Pascual, who watched from the Yankees’ bench.

1992 - In the Braves’ 7-4 victory over Chicago at Wrigley Field, Jeff Blauser becomes the fourth shortstop to hit three home runs in a game‚ joining the ranks of Ernie Banks (Cubs, 1955)‚ Barry Larkin (Reds, 1991)‚ and Fred Patek (Angels, 1980). The Atlanta infielder had hit only 39 homers in the past six seasons.

1994 — Tony Gwynn barely slipped past Ivan Rodriguez on Moises Alou’s double in the 10th inning to give the NL an 8-7 victory and end its record six-game losing streak in the All-Star game. Fred McGriff’s two-run homer in the ninth off Lee Smith had tied it and earned him MVP honors.

1996 - In a scene reminiscent to yesteryear, the first basemen leave their mitt in the field between innings throughout Montreal’s 3-2 victory over the Cubs. The Expos’ first baseman David Segui is really sharing his glove with Chicago’s Mark Grace, whose equipment did not arrive at Olympic Stadium due to a shipping error.

1997 — Francisco Cordova and Ricardo Rinco combined for a 10-inning no-hitter as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Houston Astros 3-0. Cordova pitched nine innings, walking two and striking out 10, before being removed with the score 0-0. Rincon pitched the 10th and got the win when Mark Smith hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the inning.

1997 - Pitching for the first time in Fenway not wearing a Red Sox uniform, Roger Clemens strikes out sixteen as the Blue Jays defeat Boston, 3-1. During the game, it appears the ‘Rocket’ is continually glaring up at Dan Duquette in the general manager’s suite.

1998 - Mark McGwire becomes the second player to hit 40 home runs in both leagues. The Cardinals’ first baseman, who accomplished the feat three times with the A’s, joins Darrell Evans who hit 41 with the Braves (1973) and 40 with the Tigers (1985).

2000 - In a six-player deal, the Reds trade Denny Neagle (8-2, 3.52) and outfielder Mike Frank to the Yankees for minor league third baseman Drew Henson, outfielder Jackson Melian and pitchers Brian Reith and Ed Yarnall.

2000 - The Phillies trade hurler Andy Ashby to the Braves for pitcher Bruce Chen and Jimmy Osting. Atlanta gets the better of the mid-season deal when Ashby wins eight games for his new club compared to only three victories posted by Chen and none for Osting, who will never make the parent club.

2001 — Mark McGwire hit his 563rd homer to tie Reggie Jackson for sixth on baseball’s career list in a 7-5 loss to the Tigers. It was also McGwire’s 200th homer since joining the Cardinals at the trade deadline in 1997, making him the third player in history to hit 200 homers in both leagues.

2005 — Miguel Tejada and Mark Teixeira led the American League to a 7-5 win over the National League 7-5 in Detroit for its eighth straight win. Tejada, the game’s MVP, homered off John Smoltz to start the scoring and Teixeira added a two-run drive off Dontrelle Willis.

2005 - At the Home Run Derby in Detroit, Bobby Abreu shatters the records for a single round, the championship round and the grand total for all three rounds of the derby by hitting 41dingers into every part of Comerica Park. The Phillies outfielder, who was representing Venezuela in the event’s new international format, goes deep 24 times in the first round, tacks on six more in the second round and finishes with 11 more in the championship round.

2005 - During the All Star game Town Hall discussion, Bud Selig, believing the designated hitter is a big part of the game, states the rule remain in use for the foreseeable future. The commissioner however makes it clear the National League will never adopt the 1973 addition to the American League rulebook.

2006 - The offensively challenged Astros obtained Aubrey Huff from the Devil Rays in exchange for two minor league prospects, RHP Mitch Talbot and infielder Ben Zobrist as well as cash. The team hopes the 30-year old third baseman can provide some pop in the Houston lineup, which is tied for the worst batting average in the league.

2008 — Greg Maddux became the oldest pitcher in big league history to steal a base at 42 years and 89 days in San Diego’s loss to Atlanta. Jim Kaat had the previous mark. It was the 11th stolen base of Maddux’s career.

2009 - The Red Sox dedicate the center-field flagpole to Dom DiMaggio by raising a banner just below the stars and stripes with the former center fielder’s name on it. After the ceremony, his widow, Emily, throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Fenway Park contest against Kansas City.

2011 — Prince Fielder hit a three-run homer and Roy Halladay and his relief combined on a six-hitter to lead the NL over the AL 5-1, giving the senior circuit its first two-game winning streak in the All-Star game since the mid-1990s. The game drew a record-low rating for the second straight year. The game on Fox earned a 6.9 rating and 12 share. That was down 8 percent from the 7.5/13 in 2010. Before last year, the previous low was an 8.1/14 in 2005.

2011 - A half-hour after the Mid-summer Classic is completed, the Mets send former All-Star reliever Francisco Rodriguez and cash to the Brewers for two players to be named later. K-Rod, an outstanding closer for the Mets and Angels, will be used primarily as a set-up man for Milwaukee’s John Axford.

Today’s birthdays: Howie Kendrick, 29; Tony Sipp, 29; Tom Gorzelanny, 30.

Famous Sports Quote:

“Every single day I wake up and commit to myself to becoming a better player.” Mia Hamm, American female soccer star.

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