THE SPORTSPAGE WEDNESDAY MARCH 3, 2021

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL SECTIONAL BASKETBALL TUESDAY Class 4A 1. Gary West Hammond Morton 68, Highland 45 2. Chesterton Portage 51, Hobart 45, OT Valparaiso 44, Chesterton 42 4. Elkhart Elkhart 64, Concord 52 Penn 57, Goshen 25 5. E. Noble Carroll (Ft. Wayne) 70, Ft. Wayne...

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THE SPORTSPAGE TUESDAY MARCH 2, 2021

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PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: No. 23 Purdue Hosts No. 25 Wisconsin in Key Late-Season Battle

(PURDUE RELEASE) WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 23-ranked Purdue basketball team aims to continue its late-season surge with a pair of home games to conclude the regular season. The Boilermakers will host No. 25-ranked Wisconsin on Tuesday night in search of their...

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THE SPORTSPAGE SUNDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2021

INDIANA GIRLS BASKETBALL STATE FINALS Class A State ChampionshipFinal | Pioneer 43, Loogootee 42 Class 3A State Championship  Final | Silver Creek 54, South Bend Washington 48 Class 4A State ChampionshipFinal | Crown Point 44, Brownsburg 34 BOYS...

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THE SPORTSPAGE SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2021

INDIANA GIRLS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Linton-Stockton 63 Tipton 25 INDIANA BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL Adams Central 83, Lakewood Park 43 Angola 82, Lakeland 64 Austin 71, Crothersville 56 Avon 87, Danville 75 Barr-Reeve 54, Bloomfield 41 Batesville 52, Union Co. 42...

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1953       Braves owner Lou Perini, citing territorial privilege due to their minor league club’s location, blocks the Browns’ attempt to move to Milwaukee from St. Louis. Fifteen days later, he will move his major league club from Boston to the Midwestern city.

1959       The winning entry in the Giants’ Name-the-Park contest is Candlestick Park, reflecting the shape of the rocks found in the area known as Candlestick Point. The ballpark, initially called Bay View Stadium, will be the first stadium built entirely of reinforced concrete.

1967       The White Sox are permitted to use a partially designated hitter in spring training. With the home club’s permission, each team will be allowed to use a designated pinch-hitter twice in the same game.

1969       The Washington Post reports the Global League has failed to reach an agreement with any television network. The lack of a TV deal appears to have derailed the reality of the proposed third major league coming into existence.

1984       Peter Ueberroth is elected baseball’s sixth commissioner, replacing Bowie Kuhn as the major league’s top executive. The former L.A. Olympic president will take office on October 1 and will receive compensation of $450,000, an amount that is nearly double his predecessor’s salary.

1987       Danny Kaye, the Mariners’ original owner, along with his partner Lester Smith from 1977 to 1981, dies of heart failure. The 74 year-old entertainer was a life-long fan of the Dodgers, recording a hit tune entitled The D-O-D-G-E-R-S Song, which detailed a fictitious encounter with the rivals Giants during the actual 1962 pennant race.

1988       Upset by a practical joke played by teammate Jesse Orosco, Dodger slugger Kirk Gibson walks out of camp for a day. The southpaw reliever had put eyeblack on Gibson’s cap.

1997       In a controversial deal, the Yankees sign a ten-year contract with Adidas. The licensing agreement with the popular sportswear company puts team owner George Steinbrenner at odds with the baseball establishment.

2006       Jae-Weong Seo and Chan Ho Park combine to blank Taiwan in the opening game of the inaugural World Baseball Classic, 2-0. The first game of the 16-nation tournament, featuring the duel between the two South Korean hurlers, is played before a disappointing crowd of only 5,193 fans at Tokyo Dome.

2008       Noah Lowry throws 24 pitches before a batter takes a swing in the Giants’ 6-4 loss to Texas. The 28 year-old right-hander, who issues nine bases-on-balls to the first 12 Rangers he faces, goes through the entire once without recording an official at-bat, thanks to a combination of walks and sacrifice flies.

2012       The Padres sign Cameron Maybin to a five-year contract extension. The new undisclosed deal for the 24 year-old outfielder is reportedly worth $25 million for five years, with another $7 million possible during an option year in 2017.

2015       Major League Baseball introduces its new pace of play initiatives, designed to make the games shorter in duration, during five exhibition contests played in Arizona and Florida. The new rules, which include having batters keeping one foot in the batter’s box after taking a pitch, and using a clock to make innings start more punctually, will be slowly introduced before penalties for the players are implemented.

2016       Experts announce they have verified the legitimacy of seven identical Ty Cobb cards from the printing period of 1909 to 1911, bringing the total number of the rare item known to exist to 22. The treasure, which features a picture of the ‘Georgia Peach’ on the front, with the words ‘Ty Cobb – King of the smoking tobacco world’ on the back, was found in a paper bag mixed in with trash by relatives, who were cleaning the dilapidated house that belonged to their great-grandfather.

1938 WORLD SERIES

After a six-year hiatus, the Chicago Cubs managed to top the National League, despite making it there by the slimmest of margins. After a ninth-inning, 6-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates (who had led the National League for 2½ months) on September 28th, the Cubs managed to hold onto first place while winning the pennant by a mere two games. Rip Collins led the team in homers with thirteen, and outfielder Augie Galan topped the Cubs in runs batted in with sixty-nine. Stan Hack batted .320 and led the National League with sixteen stolen bases, and Carl Reynolds hit .302. Bill Lee and Clay Bryant were the staff pitching aces with twenty-two and nineteen victories. Dizzy Dean, who tried to come back too soon after his All-Star Game toe injury of 1937 and hurt his arm, had been obtained from the St. Louis Cardinals in April and won 7-of-8 decisions.

Their opponents, the 2x-defending champion Yankees were still dominating things on the American League side. This time five New Yorkers compiled RBI totals over ninety, and those five; Joe DiMaggio, Bill Dickey, Lou Gehrig, rookie Joe Gordon and Tommy Henrich had home run totals ranging from thirty-two to twenty-two. Red Ruffing led the American League in victories with twenty-one, followed in the rotation by Lefty Gomez (eighteen wins), Monte Pearson (sixteen wins) and Spud Chandler (fourteen wins). The result was a 9½ game lead over the Boston Red Sox for the American League pennant.

Bill Lee got the call for the Cubs in the Series opener and while the big right-hander pitched well, he did not pitch well enough to win. Bill Dickey went four-for-four against him; scoring a run and driving home another as the Yankees pulled ahead with a “predictable” 3-1 triumph. Nothing changed for Game 2 although the Cubs’ Dizzy Dean appeared in control almost till the end. He contained the Yankees for seven innings at Wrigley Field and had given up only three hits while leading the contest, 3-2. George Selkirk added the Yankees’ fourth hit as the leadoff man in the eighth, but two force-outs left Dean in a position to escape with one more out. Frankie Crosetti (who was on the bottom of the Yank’s home-run list with nine) stepped up with Myril Hoag leading off of first base. Swinging at the first pitch, the unlikely hero sent a shockwave through the stands with a bomb over the left-field wall. Dean and his teammates stood in disbelief and were unable to answer the call in the ninth as the Yankees held on for the 6-3 victory.

Ahead two-games-to-none with the Series shifting to Yankee Stadium, the New Yorkers seemed to be a lock. Game 3 and 4 were quick (and painful) as the home team’s momentum carried them to 5-2 and 8-3 finales that featured solid hitting by Crosetti who added a double, triple and four runs batted in to his stats. On a somber note, the ailing Lou Gehrig, went four-for-fourteen (all singles) for his last Series appearance. The Yankees had completed their fourth Series sweep in their last six appearances and became the first team to win the World Series in three consecutive years. The American Leaguers appeared unstoppable and most felt that the Cubs never had a chance.

1992

Mike Bossy was a wing the way Tom Seaver was a pitcher, the way Walt Frazier was a guard. He played for the finest New York team in the past quarter century. It makes no sense at all to throw tickertape off the roof of a suburban ranch house, or the arches of a fast-food stand, but there are rafters at the Nassau Coliseum, and tonight Mike Bossy’s No. 22 was retired, hoisted into the eaves, alongside the No. 5 of Denis Potvin that was retired a month ago.

Forget the Yankees of Reggie, the Giants of Taylor, the Mets of Carter and Hernandez, even the Knicks of Reed and DeBusschere. The Islanders won like the old, old New York Yankees and they charmed like the old, old Brooklyn Dodgers, and Bossy often had the best statistics and the best insights on a glorious team. We need number-retirement ceremonies for players like Mike Bossy because they enable us to maintain standards, to keep some perspective, before we get too excited about the pheenom of the week. There is talk of the Rangers trying to win their first Stanley Cup since the famous year of 1940! 1940! 1940! as in the Long Island jeer of the same name. Let the Rangers win one. Then let them win three more.

It was a very nice thing for the Islanders to retire Bossy’s number with the Montreal Canadiens in town, because it meant the writers from Bossy’s hometown would be in attendance, and he could give interviews in both French and English. In his home province of Quebec, and in all of Canada, Bossy is a hockey legend, who retired five years ago, at the age of 31, because of a bad back. He knows the sport is still a minority taste south of the border, but he looked forward to returning to the Coliseum, which is rarely filled these days, nearly a decade after the great years. Even while the Islanders were winning four straight Stanley Cups from 1980 through 1983, he was wise enough to know how wonderful it was. He made good money for that time, he respected the franchise, he fit in well with the quiet suburbs, he admired his teammates, and he had a best friend named Bryan Trottier sticking elbows into people and flipping him passes.

“I always said we went into games one or two goals ahead,” Bossy said today. “The game was ours to lose. You could see it in the other team’s faces. Once we won the first Stanley Cup, we knew how to win.” That is what separated the Islanders from every other team in New York since the American League knuckled under to the Yankees in the first half of the 60’s. The Islanders just kept winning, and very often Bossy was the ultimate weapon, the coup de grace. He could have done without the back pain, but Mike Bossy does not mind the quick, neat career of 10 seasons, 575 goals, four Stanley Cups. For a career like that, they hang your number from the rafters.

ALSO:

1984: Peter Ueberroth, president of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, was elected the sixth commissioner of baseball, to succeed Bowie Kuhn in October. Ueberroth, who served through March 1989, was given broad power to fine clubs, which Kuhn never had during his 16-year term.

1975: Francie Larrieu, a 22-year-old Californian who remained the premier American women’s miler until the advent of Mary Decker in the early 1980’s, set world indoor records in the mile (4:28.5) and the 1,500 meters (4:09.8) in the annual United States‚Soviet track and field meet at Richmond, Va.

1968: Jean Beliveau of the Montreal Canadiens became the second N.H.L. player to score 1,000 career points when he netted a goal in a 5-2 loss by Montreal to Detroit at Joe Louis Arena. Gordie Howe of the Red Wings was the first to reach 1,000 points, in 1960.

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