Juneau’s Gastineau Channel Little League Juniors (13-14 year old) All Star baseball team defeated Ketchikan 12-0, winning by the mercy 10-run rule in five innings, in their opening game at the District 2 Championships in Petersburg on Saturday. Jared Markovich got the start, and the win, on the mound and threw 48 pitches in three and two-thirds innings. Tim Christenson threw 20 pitches in one-and-a-third innings and Matt Cunningham let loose one pitch in a third of an inning. Grant Ainsworth went 2-3 with a double, single and walk. Markovich was 1-3 with a double and two RBIs. Alex Muir went 2-2 with a walk; Jake Tanner 1-1, walk and hit by pitch; Brendan Pietz 0-1, two hit by pitches; Christenson 0-1, walk and hit by pitch; Cunningham 0-1, two walks, hit by pitch; Devin Williams, Guy Bean, Finn Collins 0-1; Mo Bullock 0-2; and Kaleb Tompkins 1-1 with one walk. “The boys were positive and they stayed positive,” Juneau manager Joe Tompkins said. “It took the whole team to get that many runs.” Juneau next plays at 6 p.m. tonight and the games are broadcast online at Petersburg radio station www.kfsk.org. In other action Sitka topped Petersburg 6-5 in seven innings. The Petersburg team features five girls on the roster and according to Tompkins the Petersburg team is to be considered dangerous.
“For the parents of a Little Leaguer, a baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown into innings.” -
“MONDAY, n. In Christian countries, the day after the baseball game.” -
Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary.
On This Date In Baseball History, July 15:
1901 — Christy Mathewson of the New York Giants pitched his first of two career no-hitters, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0.
1939 - National League president Ford Frick orders two-foot screens affixed inside all foul poles after Billy Jurges of the Giants and umpire George Magerkurth spit at each other after a foul ball call down the left field line is disputed at the Polo Grounds. The American League will soon follow the Senior Circuit lead and will also install foul ball screens.
1950 - Citing the competition of television and radio, the Colonial League ceases its operation. The four-year old circuit of Class B clubs was established in 1947 and featured teams from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
1952 - Trailing in their final turn at bat trailing by six runs, Eddie Joost’s walk-off grand slam off of Satchel Paige gives the A’s a dramatic 7-6 victory over the Browns at Shibe Park. ‘Old Satch’, who yielded a game-ending bases full round-tripper to Sammy White two weeks ago at Fenway Park, becomes the first hurler in major league history to give up two walk-off grand slams in the same season.
1960 - Giants first baseman Willie McCovey’s ‘invisible triple’ causes the umpires to call a twenty-four minute fog delay at Candlestick Park, but the Dodgers go on to win 5-3.
1960 - Brooks Robinson becomes the first Oriole to hit for the cycle. The third baseman’s 5-for-5 performance contributes to Baltimore’s 5-2 victory at Chicago’s Comiskey Park.
1962 - In the seventh inning of the nightcap of a twin bill split with the Pirates at Forbes Field, Cardinal left fielder Stan Musial establishes a new National League record with his 10,428th time at bat. ‘Stan the Man’ who will finish his 22-year career with 10,972 plate appearances, surpasses Honus Wagner’s mark set in 1917. (Two more at-bats will be credited to the The Flying Dutchman upon further research).
1967 - Cardinals’ pitcher Bob Gibson’s right fibula is fractured by a Roberto Clemente line drive during a 6-3 loss to the Pirates. The injury will sideline the Redbird right until Labor Day, but he will recover well enough to allow only three earned runs in three complete World Series game victories over the Red Sox.
1969 — Cincinnati’s Lee May hit four home runs in a doubleheader split with the Atlanta Braves. May had two home runs and drove in five runs in both games as the Reds lost the opener 9-8 but came back to win the second game 10-4.
1969 — Rod Carew stole home off Chicago’s Gerry Nyman in the Minnesota Twins’ 6-2 victory. It was Carew’s seventh steal of home for the year and tied Pete Reiser’s 1946 major league mark.
1969 - Richard Nixon becomes the first president to witness a triple play. In a 7-3 Senator victory at RFK Stadium, the Tigers pull off the around-the-horn triple killing on an Ed Brinkman grounder in the bottom of the fifth inning.
1973 — Nolan Ryan of the California Angels struck out 17 batters and threw his second no-hitter of the year, beating Detroit 6-0.
1980 — Johnny Bench broke Yogi Berra’s record for home runs by a catcher as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Montreal Expos 12-7. Bench hit his 314th homer as a catcher off David Palmer. Bench had 33 home runs while playing other positions.
1985 - During he first day of the All-Star break before the Midsummer Classic to be played in Minneapolis, the Players’Association sets an August 6 strike date. The union will keep their word, but the season will resume two days later.
1985 - At the Metrodome in Minnesota, a new tradition is started the day before the All-Star game as an official format is used for its Home Run Derby. Although these types of hitting exhibitions have occurred in the past, it is the first time the contest is acknowledged by Major League Baseball.
1986 - The 1986 All-Star Game, a 3-2 American League victory played in the Astrodome, is the last contest Dick Howser will manage in the major leagues. The Royals skipper, who has some obvious mental lapses during the game, admits he felt ill and later will be diagnosed with a brain tumor.
1988 - For the second time this season, Red Sox fireballer Roger Clemens strikes out sixteen Royals. The doubleheader sweep over Kansas City marks Joe Morgan’s Boston managerial debut.
1990 — Chicago’s Bobby Thigpen became quickest to reach 30 saves in a season as the White Sox beat New York 8-5.
1993 - Breaking Cub Hall of Fame Ernie Banks’ previous record of 277, Cal Ripken hits his 278th homer as a shortstop, the most ever hit by a major leaguer playing that position.
1994 - After being confiscated in the first inning of the Indians-White Sox contest at Comiskey Park, Albert Belle’s bat, suspected of being corked, is placed in umpire Dave Phillips’ locker for further examination. The attempt to take and replace the suspected bat by a bungling burglar, who gains access to the umpire’s room by squirming through the stadium’s overhead crawl space, a thievery Jason Grimsley will confess to five-years later, is immediately uncovered with the discovery of pieces of broken ceiling tile on the floor, and a new name on the ‘clean’ bat which now reads, Paul Sorrento.
1996 - After making 2,216th consecutive starts at shortstop, Oriole Cal Ripken returns to third base for the first time since June 30, 1982. The 2,216 straight starts is a major league record at any position.
1997 — The San Francisco Giants scored 13 runs to set a modern NL record for runs in a seventh inning en route to a 16-2 rout of the San Diego Padres. The Giants set the NL record for the most runs in a seventh inning since 1900.
1999 — After 22½ years in the dreary Kingdome, Seattle finally played a home game outdoors, moving into a $517.6 million ballpark with a retractable roof. Jose Mesa wasted a ninth-inning lead by walking four batters and the Mariners lost 3-2 to the San Diego Padres in Safeco Field’s opener.
1999 - The Brewers postpone their game against Kansas City as a gesture of respect for the three workers who died when a huge crane collapsed lifting a portion of the roof for the team’s new stadium, Miller Park. The crane broke in half as it lifted the 400-ton load damaging the partially completed stadium.
1999 - At the Oakland Coliseum in the fifth inning of an 11-9 win over San Francisco, A’s hurler Brad Rigby puts Barry Bonds on first base with a free pass giving the Giants left fielder the major league record for intentional walks with 294. The previous mark was set by Hank Aaron.
2000 - The American Tobacco Company’s near-mint condition 1909 Honus Wagner card goes for $1.1 million in an eBay online auction. The high bidder will pay $1.265 million including a 15 percent buyer’s premium for the 91-year old card of the Hall of Fame Pirate shortstop.
2003 — Anaheim’s Garret Anderson went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a double as the American League beat the National League in the All-Star game 7-6. Hank Blalock of Texas hit a go-ahead, two-run homer as a pinch-hitter in the eighth off Los Angeles’ Eric Gagne.
2004 - Eric Gagne surpasses Jeff Shaw for the most career saves in franchise history collecting his 130th save in a Dodger uniform. The 28-year old right-handed closer pitches a perfect ninth, striking out the side, in the team’s 5–2 victory over Arizona at Bank One Ballpark
2005 - The Royals establish the longest losing streak by any big league franchise to play in Kansas City. Their 16th consecutive loss, a 11-3 decision to the Mariners, is one more than the 1884 Unions, the first team play professionally in the City of Fountains.2005 — Baltimore’s Rafael Palmeiro became the 26th player to reach 3,000 career hits, curling an RBI double into the left-field corner off Joel Pineiro in the fifth inning of a 6-3 win over Seattle. Palmeiro joined Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Eddie Murray as the only players with 3,000 hits and 500 homers.
2005 - At Miller Park, Mike Stanton’s first appearance in a Washington Nationals’ uniform is a memorable one as the southpaw balks home the winning run. Chris Magruder scores from third base in the bottom of the tenth giving the Brewers a 4-3 victory thanks to the call made by Paul Schrieber, the first base umpire.
2006 - Vladimir Guerrero knocks in his 1000th career RBI plating Orlando Cabrera with a two-out single in the first inning as Los Angeles beats the Devil Rays at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, 9-2. The 30-year old Dominican outfielder becomes seventh-fastest player ever to reach the milestone.
2006 — For the first time in nearly three decades, a full day of major league baseball games were played without a save recorded. There were six blown saves during 15 games, including two each in Pittsburgh’s 7-6 victory over Washington, and in Cincinnati’s 3-2 win against Colorado. The Nationals and Reds both won with ninth-inning rallies.
2007 — The Philadelphia Phillies lost their 10,000 game, 10-2 to St. Louis. The franchise, born in 1883 as the Philadelphia Quakers and later called the Blue Jays in the mid-1940s, fell to 8,810-10,000. During the ninth inning, the hometown fans cheer, as the much-heralded milestone becomes a reality.
2007 - Chone Figgins steals his 187th base in an Angel uniform to break the franchise record. The previous mark was set in 1987 by Gary Pettis, who is in the ballpark as a coach for the visiting Rangers.
2008 - Lou Gehrig ‘s wool warm-up jacket, given to Marion and Ray Parker in 1941, friends of the Yankee first baseman and his wife Eleanor, is won with a $325,000 bid at Hunt Auctions site at the All-Star Fan Fest at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. The heavy team jacket, most likely, is the one he wore to bring out the Yankee lineup card at Detroit’s Briggs Stadium in 1939, on the day his streak of 2,130 consecutive games ended.
2008 — Justin Morneau slid home just in time on Michael Young’s sacrifice fly in the 15th inning, giving the American League a 4-3 victory in the All-Star game at Yankee stadium. The AL extended its unbeaten streak to 12. The AL improved to 6-0 since the All-Star game began determining home field advantage in the World Series. Boston’s J.D. Drew, who hit a tying two-run homer in the seventh inning, took home MVP honors.
2008 - Dan Uggla becomes the first player in the history of the All-Star game to make three errors. The Marlins second baseman, who has two miscues in the 10th and one in the 13th in the American League 4-3, 15-inning victory at Yankee Stadium, doesn’t fare much better at the plate going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and grounding into a double play with runners on first and third in the 10th inning.
2009 - The Phillies and Pedro Martinez finalize a one-year deal, reportedly worth $1 million. The three-time Cy Young winner, who was immediately placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a shoulder strain, has compiled a 214-99 record during his 17 seasons in the big leagues.
2011 — Atlanta earned the 10,000th win in franchise history with an 11-1 rout of Washington. Tim Hudson gave up one run and seven hits in seven innings and had two hits for the Braves, which played in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta.
Today’s birthdays: Chris Denorfia 32; Miguel Olivo 34; David Carpenter 27.
“If my uniform doesn’t get dirty, I haven’t done anything in the baseball game.” -