Thursday, September 29, 2016
on this day in 1954, Willie Mays makes "the catch" in game one of the world series against the Cleveland Indians. he tracked down a fly ball hit by Vic Wertz. Mays had the presence of mind to turn and throw the ball back into the infield after catching it, preventing Larry Doby from scoring. Monte Irvin said years later, had Doby tagged up, he would of scored from second. game one was in the Polo Grounds and the ball was hit over 460 feet away in deep centerfield (in today's ball parks that would be a home run. Sal Maglie had been the New York Giants starter, and he went into the 8th inning and was pulled after giving up singles to Doby and Al Rosen. in came Don Liddle, who was to pitch to one batter - being Vic Wertz. Mays makes "the catch." in comes Marv Grissom to take over pitching for the Giants. Liddle hands Grissom and says with great humor (and with a straight face) says "well, I got my guy." Grissom shut down the Indians the rest of the way and in the 10th, the Giants hit a three run homer to win game one 5-2 and the series in four straight.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016
Sunday, September 25, 2016
by winning 4-3 in 10 innings over Colorado, the L.A. Dodgers are National League west champions for the 4th year in a row. also Vin Scully's last home game doing play by play. don't know if he will be calling the playoffs. he goes back as far as the days when the Dodgers were in Brooklyn. (Dodgers moved to L.A. after the 1957 season, along with the Giants moving from New York to San Francisco). all that is left is the wild card spots in the N.L.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016
autumn began at 8:21am this morning Edmonton time, although the trees would tell you we're already in fall. the leaves have already changed color and we have had some cooler days. even a couple of frost advisories. there will be a few frosty mornings here. the amount of daylight hours will continue to get shorter. not enjoying it getting dark at around 8pm. jots of fall eh.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Aurelie Rivard was named flagbearer for the closing ceremonies tonight. she owned the pool at these games, winning three golds and a silver to go with the silver she won four years ago in London. she is 20 years old and has a heck of a career ahead of her. she will carry it proudly.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
the 4X100m wheelchair relay team of Brent Lakatos, Curtis Thom, Tristan Smyth, and Alex Dupont have claimed Canada's 11th bronze of the games on a re-race. the original race they had finished 4th. they had appealed and was succesful in getting a re-race. they got the bronze. that, now brings Canada to 8g, 10s and 11b for 29 medals. where will the next medal come from? stay tuned.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
two more medals. Aurelie Rivard won her third gold of the games (and 4th overall) in a world record time in the women's 400m freestyle S10 event. wow. meanwhile Benoit Huot won his 20th paralympic medal winning a bronze in the men's 400m freestyle S10 event. that is now 7g 9s and 7b for 23 medals. making a slash again.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
three more medals so far today. 1. a gold from Tristen Chernove (his third of the games) in cycling. he won it in the time trial C2 event. 2. a silver from Ross Wilson (his second), also in cycling in the time trial C1 event. 3. a bronze from Charles Morneau, also in cycling. again it was in the time trial - this one in the H3 event. that is now 5g 9s and 3b for 17 medals. not bad so far.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
both medals in the pool. first the gold. from Aurelie Richard in the 100m freestyle S10 class. it is her third medal of the paralympics. the second medal is a silver from Tess Routliffe in the 200m individual medley SM7 class. that is now 4g 8s and 2b for 14 medals. more to come.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
two silvers and a bronze so far. Brent Lakatos got a silver (his second medal) in the men's 400m T53 event. Liam Stanley also got a silver in the 1500m T37 event. both medals in track and field. the bronze came in rowing. Victoria Nolan, Meghan Montgomery, Andrew Todd, Curtis Halladay and Kristen Kit got the bronze in the mixed coxed four event. that is now 3g, 6s and 2b for 11 medals.
Saturday, September 10, 2016
got one of each today so far. the gold came from Michelle Stillwell on the track. she won the 100m T52 event. the silver came from Stefan Daniel in the paratriathlon PT4 event. the bronze came from Tristen Chernove - his second medal - in the cycling time trial C 1-3 event. that is 3g 4s and 1b for 8 medals. more to come.
Friday, September 09, 2016
second day of the paralympics produced two medals - both in 3000m cycling and both silvers. the first one was from Ross Wilson in C1 3000m. the second was from Tristen Chernove in C2 3000m. not too bad so far.
Thursday, September 08, 2016
Monday, September 05, 2016
you know its the end of summer when you have reached the end of the Labour day weekend. plays it has been in the mid teens here and cloudy most of the weekend. hear this weekend was the fourth coolest weekend since 1991. wow. that surprised me. the leaves here have already started changing color. they will be on the ground before anyone knows it. the river valley will be pretty though.
Sunday, September 04, 2016
the final qualifying for the last three spots for the men's tournament is set. Norway, Germany and Slovenia will be going to the 2018 winter Olympics. this also decided which groups at these games they will be in. Norway and Germany will be joining Sweden and Finland in group C, and Slovenia will be joining Russia, the U.S. and Slovakia in group B. group A has Canada, Czech Rep., Switzerland and South Korea. the women's tournament will be decided next year.
Friday, September 02, 2016
the year - 1951. the site - New York. happening - best of three tiebreak between the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers. the Dodgers and Giants had tied for first in the National League, so they had to play a best of three playoff to determine who would play the New York Yankees. the Giants had won the first game 3-1, while the Dodgers won game two 10-0. set up game three at the Polo Grounds in New York. the Dodgers had built up a 4-1 lead going into the bottom of the 9th. Alvin Dark started the inning with a single. Don Mueller hit a base hit through a defensive gap sending Dark to third. Monte Irvin fouled out. Whitey Lockman hit a double scoring Dark and sending Mueller to third. Mueller hurt his ankle sliding awkwardly into third, and thus replaced by Clint Hartung to pinch run. Dodgers manager Chuck Dressen pulled Don Newcombe for Ralph Branca. Bobby Thomson came to the plate. Branca threw two pitches to him. the first was called a strike on the inside corner. the second was sent into the left field seats. the Giants win 5-4. the only recording was from Russ Hodges. "There's a long drive ... it's gonna be, I believe ... The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! Bobby Thomson hits into the lower deck of the left-field stands! The Giants win the pennant and they're going crazy! They're going crazy! I don't believe it! I don't believe it! I do not believe it! Bobby Thomson hit a line drive into the lower deck of the left-field stands and this blame place is going crazy! The Giants! Horace Stoneham has got a winner! The Giants won it by a score of 5 to 4, and they're picking Bobby Thomson up, and carrying him off the field!" as the story went, Lawrence Goldberg had asked his mother to record the bottom of the 9th while he was at work. in later year. Russ Hodges said that Goldberg was a Dodgers fan who made the tape "to hear the Giants weep when the Dodgers won." Red Smith of the New York Herald Tribune titled his column "the miracle at Coogan's Bluff" (Coogan's Bluff was where the Polo Grounds was located) and this is how he started it: "Now it is done. Now the story ends. And there is no way to tell it. The art of fiction is dead. Reality has strangled invention. Only the utterly impossible, the inexpressibly fantastic, can ever be plausible again." the Giants eventually lost to the Yankees in the world series.
Thursday, September 01, 2016
today marked the first day of school for the kids. some of them already started last month, while any that is left start after Labour Day. of course with the Labour day weekend is the "real" start of the CFL season with some rival games and key games. Edmonton vs Calgary and Winnipeg vs Saskatchewan have their home and home series starting this weekend. pennant races in baseball will heat up this month. with the baseball a little bit of history. 1941 season - just before the U.S. got involved with WWII - had two key events. a long games hit streak and the last man to hit .400. Joe DiMaggio hit in an incredible hit streak where he had at least one hit in 56 games. it began on May 15 against the Chicago White Sox, going 1 for 4. the streak ended July 17th in Cleveland. after that streak ended, he hit safely in 16 straight game. he hit safely in 72 of 73 games. he told teammate Phil Rizutto after the first streak ended "if i had a hit tonight i would have had $10,000. the Heinz 57 group was here." the second one was Ted Williams being the last player to hit .400, finishing at .406. he had been over .400 for most of that season and eventually started getting lower towards the end of the season. last day of the season was a double header against the Philadelphia Athletics on September 28th. he was sitting at .39955 (which rounded up to .400). Joe Cronin - Boston manager -tried to get Williams to take the day off to preserve the record (he tried this more than once), Williams told him "no way. i don't deserve it if i don't go all the way. he ended up going 6 for 8 in the double header, finishing at .406. Pete Rose in 1978 (and Willie Keeler in 1897) was the closest for consecutive hits, while Tony Gwynn, in 1994 was the closest to .400, with a .390 average at the beginning of the players strike. 75 years ago. wow.