Softball State Championship Today!!!
At Melvin Park the visiting Anchorage Nunaka Valley Little League juniors (13-14) softball team will meet our GCLL at 7 p.m. for game one of the Alaska State Little League Juniors Softball Championship. Nunaka Valley features Sierra Rosenzweig (number 1), Leilani Blair (2), Taria Page (3), Felila Manu (4), Hannah Peterson (5), Teighlor Rardon (6), Lauren Syrup (7), Morgan Hill (8), Nanea Tali (9), Jacynne Augafa (11), Alexis Joubert (12), and Ashton Jessee (13), manager is Richard Hill and coaches are Rick Peterson and Sean Syrup.
The GCLL juniors are Jordan Harris (12), Sophie Hultberg (11), Erica Maiquis (1), Maddie Johnson (15), Emily Lukshin (24), Makayla Harp (48), Maya Hayward (43), Maddie McKeown (27), Ashley Cunningham (55), Quincy Bates (44), Elle Gray (20), Meranda Frenzel (2), manager John Boucher, coaches Jun Maiquis, Mitch Harp and Chuck Jordan.
The series is a best-of-five scenario, see game times in Around Town Sports on B2 and Sports In Juneau on B3.
Oh My Poor Mariners!!!
On this date, in 2011, losing 12-8 in Boston, the Mariners establish a new team-worst losing streak with their 15th straight defeat. The Fenway contest features a milestone for BoSox starter Tim Wakefield when catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia holds on to Mike Carp’s foul tip to end the sixth inning for the knuckleballer’s 2,000th strikeout, a mark accomplished only once previously in franchise history by Roger Clemens.
On This Date In Baseball History, July 24:
1909 — At Washington Park, the Superbas (Dodgers) sweep a twin bill from the visiting Cardinals with identical 1-0 scores. Brooklyn’s southpaw Nap Rucker strikes out 16 Redbirds in one of the contests.
1911 - At the Palace of the Fans in Cincinnati, the Giants establish a club mark hitting four triples in one game. The plethora of three-baggers, including two legged out by Hall of Fame hurler Rube Marquard as well as one each from Larry Doyle and Chief Meyers, and nine other hits enable New York to beat the Reds, 8-3.
1926 - For the second time this season, Lou Gehrig swipes home on the front end of a double steal with Babe Ruth as the trailing runner. The Yankee first baseman will steal 102 bases during his career with 15 of the thefts being of home plate.
1931 — In an 8-7 loss to Pittsburgh, Babe Herman of Brooklyn hit for the cycle for the second time in the season.
1933 - After leading the team to the National League pennant in 1930 and 1931, skipper Gabby Street is fired mid-season by the Cardinals. Frank Frisch, the Redbirds second baseman, is named as player-manager of the fifth-place club.
1947 — Jackie Robinson stole home for the first time in his major league career in the Brooklyn Dodgers’ 4-2 win over Pittsburgh.
1948 - During a Northern League road trip, five teammates of the Duluth minor league club are killed and 19 others are hurt in a bus-truck crash near St. Paul. The injured include future major league manager Mel McGaha and Elmer Schoendienst, brother of Cardinals’ infielder, Red.
1949 — Cleveland pitcher Bob Lemon hit two home runs to lead the Indians to a 7-5 victory over the Washington Senators in the opener of a doubleheader.
1951 - At cavernous Forbes Field, Giants’ outfielder Willie Mays, unable to reach across his body to make a catch with his glove of Rocky Nelson’s sinking 457-foot blast to deep center, sticks out his bare right hand and grabs the ball on a full gallop to make the incredible final out of the inning. Venerable Branch Rickey, Pittsburgh’s general manager, sends a note to the New York dugout during the game to tell the 20-year rookie, “That was the finest catch I have ever seen, and the finest I ever expect to see”.
1968 — Hoyt Wilhelm of the Chicago White Sox passed Cy Young’s major league record when he made his 907th appearance. He retired with 1,070 appearances.
1973 — Bobby Bonds homered and doubled to lead the NL to a 7-1 rout of the AL in the All-Star game at Kansas City.
1983 — The “Pine Tar” home run was hit by the Kansas City Royals’ George Brett off New York pitcher Rich Gossage at Yankee Stadium. Brett’s shot came with two outs in the top of the ninth to give the Royals a 5-4 lead. Brett’s homer was ruled an out because the amount of pine tar exceeded what was allowed. After a protest by the Royals, the final out and the Yankees’ half of the ninth was completed on Aug. 18.
1993 — Anthony Young of the New York Mets extended his record-losing streak to 27 games when he walked in the winning run in the 10th inning for a 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
1999 — In their biggest victory in 46 years, the New York Yankees routed the Cleveland Indians 21-1 as Chili Davis went 5-for-6 with six RBIs.
2000 - Ivan Rodriguez (.347, 27, 83) breaks his thumb when it is struck by Mo Vaughn’s bat swinging on a third strike as the American League MVP attempts to throw out a runner stealing second base. The Texas Rangers’ all-star catcher will miss the rest of the season.
2004 - Another saga is added to the Red Sox-Yankee rivalry after Red Sox starter Bronson Arroyo hits Alex Rodriguez, last night’s hero with a game-winning homer, with a pitch. As A-Rod stares out at the mound on his way to first, Boston’s catcher Jason Varitek, after a verbal exchange, pushes his glove into the All-star third baseman’s face.
2004 - During the third inning at Warner Park, the approximately 5000 fans attending the minor league contest between the Wisconsin Woodchucks and the hometown Madison Mallards set an American record for most people brushing their teeth at the same time. Next season, in another Northern League promotion, Winnipeg sets the Canadian record for the most fans simultaneous tooth brushing in a game against Calgary.
2007 - At a press conference, an emotional Craig Biggio announces he will retire after this season bringing his 20-year career as the longest tenured player in Astro history to an end. The newest member of the 3,000 hit club, the only player in All-Star history to appear in the game as a catcher and a second baseman, played a major role in Houston’s four division titles and the team’s only National League pennant.
2009 - On the day he is traded by the A’s to the Cardinals for prospects Brett Wallace, Clayton Mortensen, and Shane Peterson, Matt Holliday collects four hits, drives in a run, and steals a base in his debut with St. Louis. Having hurried from New York, where his former team was continuing a series with the Yankees, the outfielder had to borrow a glove and shoes from his new teammate
2011 - Former Blue Jays, Orioles, Mariners and Phillies general manager Pat Gillick, lifetime .300 hitter Roberto Alomar, and Burt Blyleven, ninth on the all-time list with 60 shutouts, are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Gillick won two World Series rings (1992-93) in Toronto with Alomar as his second baseman, and Blyleven helped the Twins win the 1987 Fall Classic as well as playing for the Pirates team that won it all in 1979.
Today’s birthday: Barry Bonds 48.