Monday, July 31, 2017

thirty years ago

hard to believe it's been 30 years since this:

possible double allocation

tomorrow is the possible announcement that L.A. will pull out of the 2024 Olympics and solely run for 2028, leaving Paris to have 2024.  both can be "officially" announced September 13 in Lima, Peru.  although rare, this has happened before.  infact a century ago.  and it also involved Paris and Los Angeles.  Pierre de Coubertin came up with the plan in Lausanne at the 1921 IOC session.  the world was still reeling after the first world war and sport was struggling.  de Coubertin came up with the plan of having to decide back to back hosts and wanted both hosts in Europe to keep travel costs down.  there were two different votes.  first one was for the double allocation announcement, the second was to announce the games announcement.  Paris was awarded the 1924 games, and it was Amsterdam was announced the 1928 hosts over L.A.  L.A. was eventually chosen to host the 1932 games unopposed at a later session.  if this years double announcement holds, two streaks will be kept alive.  1. it will be the second straight first-in-line dual award win for Paris, and 2.  2028 will be Los Angeles' third straight unopposed vote (1932 and 1984).  more info on

Sunday, July 30, 2017

three grand for Beltre

Adrian Beltre collected his 3000th hit with a double off of  Baltimore's Wade Miley, becoming the 31st player and first Dominican born player to reach it.  he is also the third primary third baseman to reach there (behind George Brett and Wade Boggs).

Friday, July 28, 2017

double the perfection on this day

1.  in 1991, Dennis "El Presidente" Martinez threw the Montreal Expos only perfect game in a 2-0 win at Dodger stadium. Chris Gwynn (younger brother of Tony) flew out to Marquis Grissom for the final out, to which Expos play-by-play guy Dave Van Horne uttered "El Presidente, El Perfecto."  was the last Expos no hitter/perfect game before moving to Washington.  catcher Ron Hassey became the first catcher to catch two perfect games (he caught Len Barker's perfect game in 1981).

2.  three years later Kenny Rogers became the next pitcher to throw a perfect game in a 4-0 Texas win over the California Angels. he threw 98 pitches and had struck out 8.  Rusty Greer preserved the game with a great diving catch on Rex Hudler for the first out in the 9th.  Greer caught Gary DiSarcina's fly ball to end the game.  Rogers was the third lefty to record a perfect game (Sandy Koufax in 1965 and Tom Browning in 1988).

Thursday, July 20, 2017

today in 1976

on this day in 1976, Hank Aaron hits his 755th and final home run in Milwaukee off of Dick Drago of the California Angels.  the Brewers won the game 6-2.  Jerry Augustine got the win, Danny Frisella picked up the save and Gary Ross took the loss.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

a grand Nik Lewis

in tonight's 24-19 loss to Ottawa, Montreal's Nik Lewis caught his 1000th pass in his illustrious career that started in 2004.  he joins Geroy Simon (1029), Ben Cahoon (1017) and Terry Vaughn (1006).  he finished tonight with 1003 catches.  and we are only into week 5 of the season.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

hot streak

the L.A. Dodgers are the 4th team to won multiple 10+ game winning streaks this century, joining the 2015 Toronto Blue Jays, the 2013 Atlanta Braves and 2001 St. Louis Cardinals.  crazy fact - neither of the previous three won a world series.  crazy eh.

today in 1976

at the 1976 summer games in Montreal, Nadia Comaneci scored the first ever perfect 10 score in gymnastics for her uneven bars routine. Omega believed that no one would ever get a perfect score in gymnastics, when they manufactured their scoreboards to go as high as 9.99.  when the score was posted, it came out as 1.00, the only way of judges could indicate that she had the 10, while confusing the spectators.  they then figured out that she scored the 10 and gave her an ovation.  she would receive six more 10's.  she left Montreal with 5 medals (3g 1s 1b).

Thursday, July 13, 2017

today in 1971

the 1971 all star game at Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Reggie Jackson hit a home run for the ages.  in the bottom of the third, Jackson hit a Dock Ellis pitch that ended up hitting one of the light towers that was on the right field roof.  it was estimated to go 520 feet.  the A.L. won 6-4.  Jackson was one of six players that homered in the game.  Frank Robinson was MVP of that game.  it was the only AL all star win between 1962 and 1983.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

on this day in

1.  in 1979, the most ill fated promotions happened.  Disco Demolition night was in between games of a double header between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox in Chicago.  Detroit had won the first game 4-1.  then came the promotion.  Steve Dahl headed the promotion, and the days leading to the promotion had invited radio listeners to bring their records they wanted destroyed to the ball park and they could get in for 98 cents (the radio station frequency of WLUP was 97.9).  the promotion ended up filling the ball park and an extra 15 to 20 thousand stuck out side Comiskey Park (some didn't stay out for long).  Harry Caray had even commented during the first game that there was "and odor of marijuana in the air."  first game ended, and soon afterwards Dahl, his broadcasting partner Garry Meier and Lorelei raced onto the field on an ATV with the box of records and a detonater.  after making a speech he detonated the box, blew up the records and destroyed part of the field in the process.  then came the people onto the field.  since all the security guards were at the gates, that left the field unprotected.  a bonfire was in centerfield, the batting cage was destroyed, the bases and home plate were stolen as well as some bats, some of the grass was ripped up.  eventually, Chicago police in full riot gear showed up to control the rowdiness.  second game of the double header was first postponed then eventually forfeited.   a wild night.

2.  in 1901 Cy Young of the Boston Americans wins his 300th game,  beating the Philadelphia Athletics 5-3.  in a career that started in 1890 and ended in 1911, won 511 games, still a record to this day.  the  Cy Young award was created - first as best pitcher of MLB, then as best pitcher in the A.L. and N.L.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

on this day in 1985

in a 4-3 win over the N.Y. Mets, Nolan Ryan strikes out Danny Heep to record his 4000th strikeout in front of a home crowd in Houston.  Ryan eventually finishes his career with 5714 - the only pitcher to record more than 5000 K's

Friday, July 07, 2017

an Edmonton no hitter from Tuesday.

this past Tuesday night in Brooks, Edmonton Prospects pitcher Zane Foth-Thomas threw the Prospects first ever no hitter in a 7-0 win over the Brooks Bombers.  he walked five and struck out four in the win.  congrats to Zane.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Ichiro with another milestone

with two hits today, Ichiro Suzuki passes Rod Carew for most hits by a foreign born player.  Ichiro now has 3054.  Carew - born in Panama - retired with 3053 in 1985.  wow.  considering he spent 8 years with the Orix Bluewave in Japan (1992-2000) before joining the Seattle Mariners in 2001.  impressive.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

happy 4th of July

to all of my friends in the U.S. happy fourth of July.  i hope it's a great day. and enjoy the fireworks tonight.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

today in 1963

on this day in 1963, Juan Marichel of the S.F. Giants and Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves were involved in a 16 inning pitcher's duel with the Giants winning 1-0 with Willie Mays winning it with a home run. Marichel went 16, striking out 10 and walking 4, while Spahn went 15 1/3 walking one and striking two out in the game.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Canada Day 150

happy Canada Day eh.  Canada's 150th birthday.  one CFL game later tonight as Winnipeg visits Saskatchewan.  got back from Edmonton beating Montreal 23-19 while B.C. beat Toronto 28-15.  both games ending June.  and on Thursday Calgary and Ottawa kicked off the weekend with a thriller with Calgary winning 43-39.  going to be some partying and fireworks across Canada.  enjoy the day eh!