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Posted: July 16, 2012 - 12:04am

Sports Quote:

“How can a guy win a game if you don’t give him any runs?” -
Robert Bo Belinsky,
after losing a game 15-0.

Might Be Of Interest!!!

A baseball team wins a game by scoring more runs than the other team and by recording 27 outs. Outs can be recorded in many ways (25, to be exact), the strike out being one of them. But has any pitcher ever struck out 27 batters in a game? Not in major league baseball play.

But on May 13, 1952 Ron Necciai (pronounced NECK-shy) was pitching for the Bristol Twins in a class-D Appalachian League game against the Welch Miners. The Twins were a farm team of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In spite of complaining to his manager of an upset stomach (he had continuing problems with stomach ulcers) Necciai threw a no-hitter at the Miners. Through the first eight innings he struck out 23 batters. Miner Bob Ganung had grounded out in the second inning. So in the 9th inning his catcher, Harry Dunlop, deliberately dropped a third strike on the 26th strike out, allowing the batter to reach first through the uncaught third strike rule, and allowing Necciai another batter to get his 27th strike out. While it was a no-hitter with 27 strike outs, and game was not perfect. In addition to that runner in the 9th, three others reached on a base on balls, a hit batsman, and a fielding error.

The feat was not an out-of-the-blue fluke for Necciai. He had struck out 19 batters and 20 batters in prior games. In his next start after no-hitting the Miners he threw a two-hitter against the Kingston team and struck out 24 batters, including five in one inning. After that game he was promoted to the Pirates’ class B team in the Carolina League. With the Bristol Twins he pitched 109 strike outs and just 10 hits surrendered in 43 innings and an ERA of 0.42. With Burlington he struck out 172 and gave up just 73 hits in 136 innings pitched and posted a 1.57 ERA.

He was promoted to the Pirates, and had his MLB debut on August 10, 1952. His MLB career lasted 50 days. With the big league club he posted a record of 1 - 6. It didn’t help that the Pirates were a 42 - 112 club that year, and no Pirate pitcher had a winning record. He struck out 31 and walked 32 in 54 innings pitched and had an ERA of 7.08. In preparing for the 1953 season he injured his rotator cuff. He tried to pitch in the minors in 1953, rested his arm for all of 1954, and played minor league ball in 1955, but that was the end of his professional baseball days. He never saw the major leagues again. He made a successful career as an executive with a sporting goods company. When asked about baseball he always emphasizes how blessed he feels by the experiences he had, rather than dwelling on what could have been but wasn’t.

Pirates’ General Manager Branch Rickey said of Necciai: “There have only been two young pitchers I was certain were destined for greatness, simply because they had the meanest fastball a batter can face. One of those boys was Dizzy Dean. The other was Necciai. And Necciai was harder to hit.” Rickey also said the three greatest pitchers he’d even seen were Dizzy Dean, Christy Matthewson, and Ron Necciai.

Sports Quote:

“Overwhelming underdogs.” - Yogi Berra referring to the 1969 New York Mets.

On This Date In Baseball History, July 16:

1897 — Chicago’s Cap Anson became the first major leaguer to reach 3,000 hits when he singled off Baltimore’s George Blackburn.

1902 — John McGraw was named manager of the New York Giants, a post he would hold for 30 years.

1909 — Ed Summers of the Detroit Tigers allowed only seven hits and pitched all 18 innings of a 0-0 tie with the Washington Senators, the longest scoreless game in AL history.

1913 - In a game against the Cubs, Dodgers’ second baseman George Cutshaw handles 14 chances without an error.

1920 — Babe Ruth broke his own season record of 29 homers with his 30th as the New York Yankees beat the St. Louis Browns, 5-2. Ruth would finish the season with 54.

1920 - After pitching 16 scoreless frames, Earl Hamilton and the Pirates lose to the Giants in the 17th at Forbes Field, 7-0. New York starter Rube Benton tosses 17 shutout innings to get the victory.

1933 — Red Lucas of the Cincinnati Reds pitched a 15-inning 1-0 win over Roy Parmelee and the New York Giants in the opener of a doubleheader.

1941 — Joe DiMaggio extended his hitting streak to 56 games with a 3-for-4 day as the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 10-3.

1948 — After 8½ years as Brooklyn manager, Leo Durocher stunned baseball by taking the helm of the archrival Giants in midseason.

1956 - The Detroit Tigers and Briggs Stadium are sold to a group headed by Fred Knorr and John Fetzer for a record $5.5 million.

1966 - Horace Clarke’s hits his second career home run, a tenth inning grand slam, giving the Yankees an eventual 9-5 win over the A’s at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium. The New York shortstop’s first-ever round-tripper was also hit with the bases full last season.

1968 - Jose Cardenal becomes first outfielder in 37 years and only the fourth fly chaser overall to record two unassisted double plays in one season. The Cleveland outfielder joins Socks Seybold (1907 A’s), Tris Speaker (1918 Indians) and Adam Comorosky (1931 Pirates) in accomplishing the rare feat.

1969 - Rod Carew steals home for the seventh time this season establishing a new AL record tying Pete Reiser’s major-league mark for swiping home in one season. After further research in 1991, the record is given back to Ty Cobb who had stolen eight bases in 1912.

1970 — The Cincinnati Reds beat the Pirates 3-2 before 48,846 in the first game at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium.

1975 - Commissioner Bowie Kuhn is re-elected to a seven-year term

1985 — Sparky Anderson became the first manager to lose an All-Star Game in both leagues. The National League won 6-1 for the 21st win in the last 23 games.

1988 - In the longest game ever played in Texas League history, the San Antonio Missions beat the visiting Jackson Mets in 26 innings, 1-0. The Keefe Stadium contest, which started on July 14, was suspended at 2:25 a.m. the following day and continued on July 16, took a total of 7 hours and 23 minutes to complete.

1990 - Steve Lyons slides head first into first base to beat out a bunt. The play becomes memorable when the White Sox first baseman drops his pants to brush away the dirt inside his uniform in front of 14,770 fans at Tiger Stadium.

1996 — Colorado’s streak of scoring seven runs in a game ended at 11. The Rockies beat the Giants 5-3 and tied the 1911 Pittsburgh Pirates, 1938 New York Yankees and 1976 Cincinnati Reds with 11 7-run games.

2000 - A 1919 Chicago ‘Black Sox’ autographed baseball is auctioned for $93,666 at eBay. The ball’s value, believed to be the most for such an item, was unusually high because the autographs included Shoeless Joe Jackson who was considered illiterate and usually just signed legal documents.

2000 - The Twins announce the possibility of playing a home series outdoors in a temporary stadium next season. The move away from the Metrodome, however, would require approval of major league baseball, the players’ association, the opponents, broadcast affiliates and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission.

2001 - Fred McGriff invokes his no-trade clause blocking a deal that would have sent him to the first place Cubs from the last place Devil Rays. Later in the day, the ‘Crime Dog’ homers helping Tampa Bay to beat the Braves 6-5.

2003 - At the age of 77, Minnie Minoso becomes the first player to play professional baseball in seven decades. The Cuban native, who played his last full season in 1963 with the White Sox, walks as the designated hitter for the St. Paul Saints against the Gary SouthShore RailCats in Northern League action, an independent minor league.

2003 - The Yankees send pitching prospects Jason Anderson, Anderson Garcia and Ryan Bicondoa to the Mets for hard-throwing embattled closer, Armando Benitez. The 30-year old All-Star reliever, slated to be the setup man for closer Mariano Rivera, blew seven of 28 save opportunities and became the object of much booing at Shea Stadium.

2005 - The idea of having fans watch the 16 by 24-foot video stadium monitor along with the Kansas City T-Bones and Schaumburg Flyers players looking on from their respective dugouts as two kids using an X-Box and the MVP Baseball 2005 software determine the outcome of the first two innings is initially approved by the Northern League for tonight’s scheduled game. The individual player statistics generated by the video game would not have counted, but league officials later decided against the promotion with the final two innings of the game being replayed on the game system instead.

2005 - In an effort to bolster their injured pitching rotation, the Yankees acquired recently released Al Leiter from the Marlins. The 39-year old $8-million southpaw, who posted a disappointing 3-7 record and a 6.64 ERA with the Fish, will quickly pay dividends limiting the Red Sox to one run and three hits in his first start back as a Bronx Bomber.

2006 — Chipper Jones hit a two-run homer in Atlanta’s 10-5 win at San Diego to give him an extra-base hit in 14 straight games, tying a 79-year-old major league record. Jones tied the record set in 1927 by Pittsburgh’s Paul Waner.

2006 — Mariano Rivera earned his 400th save, escaping two jams and getting six outs to preserve the New York Yankees’ 6-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Rivera joined Lee Smith, Trevor Hoffman and John Franco in the 400-save club.

2006 - The Reds honor perfect game hurler Tom Browning and slugging first baseman Lee May with induction into the team’s Hall of Fame. Tom Seaver, who spent five-plus seasons and hurled a no-hitter with Cincinnati and who is presently enshrined in Cooperstown as well as a member of the Mets Hall of Fame, is also included as an inductee.

2006 - At Wrigley Field, Mets outfielders Cliff Floyd and Carlos Beltran both hit grand slams during a franchise record 11-run inning in the sixth of the 13-7 defeat of the Cubs. It’s only the seventh time in baseball history; a team has hit two bases-full home runs in one inning.

2009 — Philadelphia Phillies slugger Ryan Howard became the fastest player in major league history to reach 200 career home runs, breaking the record previously held by Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner. Howard reached 200 homers in his 658th game, hitting his 23rd of the season in the sixth inning of a 4-0 win over Florida. Kiner hit No. 200 in his 706th game.

2009 - Beginning in 2011, the Diamondbacks and Rockies announce the teams will share an Arizona spring training home, believed to be the first major league facility located on tribal land. According to a 25-year agreement, the Pima-Maricopa Indian tribe plans to build an 11,000-seat ballpark and a complex that includes 12 practice fields.

2010 - In the first home game played at Yankee Stadium since the death of Bob Sheppard, the team honors his memory with the players donning commemorative patches on the left sleeve of their uniforms as a tribute. No public address announcements are made from the empty PA booth during the game against Tampa Bay.

2010 - Bengie Molina becomes only the eighth major leaguer, and the first backstop since 1900, to hit a grand slam and a single, double and triple in the same game. The slow-footed catcher, the eighth Ranger to hit for the cycle, legs out an eighth-inning triple to complete the feat.

And Finally, A Sports Quote:

“If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there are men on base.” -
Dave Barry.

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