HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA Centerville 21 Rushville 1 Connersville 12 Union County 1…PATRIOTS only 2 hits HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL-NCC/AREA Franklin County 9 Jac-Cen-Del 0 Shelbyville 13 Connersville 7 HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TENNIS Connersville 4 Centerville 1 HIGH SCHOOL...
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL SCOREBOARD-NCC/AREA McCutcheon 4 Harrison 0 McCutcheon 9 Harrison 0 Lafayette Jeff 13 Benton Central 3 Yorktown 8 Hagerstown 5…TIGERS: Kayne Ervin 2-4 2-4…Xavier Mathews 2-4 Wes-Del 11 Union City 2…INDIANS: Camden LaFuze 2-4 2RBI…Eric Terriquez...
INDIANA BOYS BASKETBALL ALL-STARS Shamar Avance, Lawrence North…17.3 points and 4.3 assists, along with 3.6 rebounds per game. He shot 48.7 % from the field, 32.5 % from the 3-point line and 74.1 % from the free-throw line. Brooks Barnhizer, Lafayette Jeff… 32.7...
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame has announced a home-and-home series with in-state opponent Indiana University. The first game will take place August 31, 2030 at Notre Dame Stadium, and the two teams will again meet September 27, 2031 with Indiana...
COLLEGE BASEBALL POLL 1 Arkansas 2 Vanderbilt 3 Texas 4 Mississippi State 5 Texas Tech 6 Tennessee 7 Louisville 8 TCU 9 East Carolina 10 Notre Dame 11 South Carolina 12 Ole Miss 13 Oregon 14 Louisiana Tech 15 Florida 16 Pittsburgh 17 Stanford 18 Arizona 19 Charlotte...
INDIANA SCHOOL SOFTBALL POLLS 4A 1 Indianapolis Roncalli 2 Lake Central 3 Crown Point. 4 Mooresville 5 New Palestine 6 Center Grove 7 Bedford North Lawrence 8 Decatur Central 9 Castle 10 Brownsburg 3A 1 Edgewood 2 Guerin Catholic 3 Benton Central 4 Yorktown 5 Danville...
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD Cleveland 6 Cincinnati 3 Tampa Bay 4 NY Yankees 2 Kansas City 2 Toronto 0 Chicago White Sox 3 Boston 2 Texas 1 Baltimore 0 (10) Minnesota at LA Angels postponed Oakland 3 Detroit 2 Seattle 7 Houston 2 Chicago White Sox 5 Boston 1...
(IU RELEASE) BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 3-ranked Indiana (9-1-1) defeated No. 14 Penn State (8-1-2) by a score of 1-1 (3-2) in the 2020-21 Big Ten Tournament Championship at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Saturday evening. KEY MOMENTS • Sophomore...
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The seventh-ranked Notre Dame baseball team had a tough day at the plate and dropped the middle game of the series 5-2 to NC State Saturday afternoon at Frank Eck Stadium. NC State (16-12, 9-11 ACC) jumped in front early with runs in the first three...
(PURDUE RELEASE) CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Evan Albrecht drove home the game-tying run in the ninth inning and game-winning tally in the 11th as Purdue baseball won in walk-off fashion for the third time this season, defeating Michigan State 2-1 Saturday at Illinois Field....
(IU RELEASE) EVANSTON, Ill. – The Indiana University baseball team fell to a late Northwestern rally, 8-5, on Saturday afternoon at Miller Park in Evanston, Ill. With the loss, the Hoosiers fall to 14-8 on the season overall and in Big Ten conference play. The...
Richmond Red finished 3rd with a 333 at RHS Invite Cate 81 Brown 84 LaFuse 83 Reising 85 Cornett 91 Richmond White finished 10th at RHS Invite 403 Weber 93 Rogan 106 Lady 103 Borgsdorf 101 Johnson 111 TEAM SCORES Westfield 324 Park Tudor 330 Richmond Red 333 New...
Marion 16 FW South 1 Kokomo 6 Leo 0 Munster 7 Kokomo 2 Lebanon 11 Lafayette Jeff 10 Lafayette Jeff 15 FW South 4 McCutcheon 11 North Newton 5 Harrison 4 Hamilton SE 2 Crown Point 12 Harrison 2 Centerville 10 Jay County 7….BULLDOGS: 14 hits…Shaellyn Bennett…Drew...
New Castle 3 Richmond 1 Richmond 3 New Castle 1 Lafayette Jeff 9 North Montgomery 6 Avon 7 Logansport 3 Peru 14 Marion 4 Peru 13 Marion 3 Hamilton SE 12 Kokomo 1 Hamilton SE 9 Kokomo 8 Seton Catholic 13 Bethesda Chrisitan 7…CARDINALS: scored 9 runs in the top of the...
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA New Castle 3 Richmond 1 Richmond 3 New Castle 1 Lafayette Jeff 9 North Montgomery 6 Avon 7 Logansport 3 Peru 14 Marion 4 Peru 13 Marion 3 Hamilton SE 12 Kokomo 1 Hamilton SE 9 Kokomo 8 Seton Catholic 13 Bethesda Chrisitan 7…CARDINALS:...
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-AREA/NCC McCutcheon 12 Twin Lakes 1 Lafayette Jeff 19 North Central 12 Frankton 6 Kokomo 4 Wabash 11 Marion 0 East Central 13 South Ripley 2 Brebeuf 6 Mount Vernon 0 HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL-AREA/NCC Greenfield Central 14 Scecina 4 New Palestine 5...
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Incoming freshman Caleb Furst has been named Indiana’s Mr. Basketball in voting conducted by the Indianapolis Star and media members throughout the state. Furst becomes the first Indiana Mr. Basketball to sign for Purdue since Caleb...
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA Harrison 11 West Lafayette 1 Anderson 9 Frankton 4 Northeastern 5 Union County 3… KNIGHTS: scored all five runs in the top third inning…. Peyton Lumpkin 2RBI…. PITCHING: Ben Deitsch 7IP 3H 3R 3ER 3K 5BB….. PATRIOTS: managed only two...
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA Harrison 11 West Lafayette 1 Anderson 9 Frankton 4 Northeastern 5 Union County 3… KNIGHTS: scored all five runs in the top third inning…. Peyton Lumpkin 2RBI…. PITCHING: Ben Deitsch 7IP 3H 3R 3ER 3K 5BB….. PATRIOTS: managed only two...
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue icon, College Football Hall of Fame member and two-time consensus All-American Marvin “Leroy” Keyes died this morning (April 15). He was 74. “Leroy was a two-way player in the way that matters most — a great athlete and a great...
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA Richmond Muncie Central (Richmond beat Muncie..no score reported. RHS now 4-0 in NCC) Kokomo 11 Lafayette Jeff 7 Logansport 8 McCutcheon 1 Oldenburg Academy 11 Lincoln 4….GOLDEN FALCONS: 3 HITS, 4SB….Gavin Sherwood RBI….Josh Miles 2R...
(IU RELEASE) COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Rising senior guard Grace Berger has been selected to participate in the 2021 USA AmeriCup Team Trials April 18-21, 2021 at the University of South Carolina. Berger will be one of 20 athletes competing for a roster spot on...
2022 commit TE Jack Nickel decommitted from the Notre Dame football program and reopened his recruitment. He made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday. Nickel, 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, is from Milton High in Alpharetta, Ga., and is rated the nation’s No. 34 player at...
Indiana football coach Tom Allen got an early gift in the recruiting game Wednesday when 4-star DB Daeh McCullough has made a verbal commitment to Indiana in 2023. McCullough is the son of former Indiana RB Coach Deland McCullough (2011-16). McCullough is a 6-2 195...
(ND RELEASE) NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The seventh-ranked Notre Dame baseball team scored early and often en route to an 8-4 midweek win over Central Michigan Tuesday night at Frank Eck Stadium. "I felt like our guys were ready to play today," said head coach Link...
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1903 In the first game of what will become one of baseball’s fiercest rivalries, the Pilgrims beat the Highlanders at Boston’s Huntington Avenue Grounds, 6-2. The teams will change their names, but the intense competition between the Red Sox and Yankees will become legendary.
1917 Red Sox left-hander Babe Ruth outduels Walter Johnson in the team’s 1-0 victory over the Senators at Griffith Stadium. The game’s lone run scores on an eighth-inning sacrifice fly hit by the Boston southpaw, who will turn out to be a fairly good hitter.
1922 Walter Mueller becomes the first player to drive in five runs in his major league debut. The 27 year-old rookie outfielder’s offensive output, which includes a double and home run, helps the Pirates beat Chicago at Cubs Park, 11-5.
1925 Pirates’ shortstop Glenn Wright catches Jim Bottomley’s line drive, doubles up Jimmy Cooney at second, and tags Rogers Hornsby coming from first to complete an unassisted triple play in a 10-9 loss to the Cardinals.
1933 The Cardinals trade Paul Derringer, Sparky Adams, and Allyn Stout to the Reds in exchange for shortstop Leo Durocher, Dutch Henry, and Jack Ogden. The deal, necessitated by Charlie Gelbert’s hunting accident, will be viewed as one of Branch Rickey’s biggest mistakes as Derringer will become a four-time 20-game winner for Cincinnati.
1941 Pirates’ outfielder Lloyd Waner, known as Little Poison, is traded to the Braves for pitcher Nick Strincevich. Boston will trade the future Hall Fame outfielder to the Reds on June 12th for right-hander Johnny Hutchings.
1957 Vic Power becomes the first modern major leaguer to hit both a leadoff and walk-off home run in the same game. The A’s first baseman, who went deep off Hal Brown leading off the contest, ends the tilt in the 10th frame with a round-tripper off the right-hander, giving Kansas City a 3-2 victory over Baltimore.
1957 After dropping their eighth straight decision, the Senators name Cookie Lavagetto to replace Chuck Dressen, who compiled a meager 116-212 (.354) record during his two-plus seasons as the team’s manager. Washington’s new skipper will not fare much better, finishing the year in last place, 43 games behind the first-place Yankees.
1957 Indians’ hurler Herb Score suffers a season-ending injury when he’s struck in the face by Yankee Gil McDougald’s line drive. The 1955 Rookie of the Year, who won 20 games in his sophomore season last year, never regains his winning form, although the southpaw will blame a torn tendon in his pitching arm, and not the horrific accident on the mound for his lack of achievement.
1958 Detroit third baseman Reno Bertoia’s first-inning grand slam, the first-ever hit by an Italian born player, proves to be the difference in the Tigers’ 5-1 victory over Washington at Griffith Stadium. The San Vito al Tagliamento native’s feat will not be equaled by a fellow countryman for another 54 years when Sanremo’s Alex Liddi goes deep with the bases loaded in the Mariners’ 5-3 win over Texas in 2012.
1959 In an exhibition game played at the Los Angeles Coliseum to benefit Roy Campanella, paralyzed in an auto accident before the team moved to the West Coast in 1958, the Yankees defeat the Dodgers, 6-2. The game, which draws the largest crowd ever for a baseball game, 93,103 fans with another estimated 15,000 turned away from the sellout, begins with an emotional ceremony in which Pee Wee Reese pushes the catcher who uses a wheelchair into the darkened stadium that is totally illuminated by fans holding candles or matches.
1960 The Sherry boys become the tenth pair of siblings to appear as batterymates in a major league game when Norm replaces John Roseboro behind the plate in the top of the eighth to catch Larry, who is starting his first inning in relief. The backstop will hit a two-out home run in the bottom of the 11th inning, assuring his brother of a victory in the Dodgers’ 3-2 walk-off win over Philadelphia.
1966 Twenty games into his second year as the Yankee skipper, Johnny Keane is fired by general manager Ralph Houk, who will return to the dugout to manage the team. After only four victories in the first 20 games, New York wins 13 of its next 17 games after the managerial change.
1969 Willie Davis, furious with the Wrigley Field Bleacher Bums because of their continual verbal abuse of him, tells his Dodgers teammates that he wants to hit a home run in the middle of the group, which he does in the sixth inning to tie the score. The LA center fielder exacts a bit more revenge on the heckling horde when his 12th-inning two-run round-tripper proves to be the difference in the 4-2 defeat of the Cubs.
1970 Wes Parker hits a two-run tenth-inning triple off Jim McAndrew in the LA’s eventual 7-4 victory over the Mets at Shea Stadium. The first baseman’s three-bagger completes the eighth cycle in franchise history and marks the first time the deed has been done by a Dodger since Gil Hodges accomplished accomplished the feat in 1949.
1991 Darryl Strawberry returns to New York as a Dodger with mixed results. A crowd of 49,118 mostly booing fans watches him hit a two-run homer, and they cheer when he makes the last out of the game with the potential tying and winning runs on base in the 6-5 Mets victory.
1996 The Devil Rays announce the team will play their exhibition games in St. Petersburg, the city being vacated by the Cardinals, who have trained there since 1946. The American League expansion team becomes the first club in the ‘modern era’ to host spring training games in their major league home city.
1998 The Mariners tie a major league record set by the 1994 Cardinals when they leave 16 men stranded on the bases without scoring. The Blue Jays take advantage of their opponent’s lack of timely hitting and beat Seattle at the Kingdome, 6-0.
1999 Carlos Lee becomes the first White Sox player in the 98-year history of the franchise to homer in his first major league at-bat. The 22 year-old rookie’s historic round-tripper comes off Tom Candiotti in a 7-1 victory over Oakland at Comiskey Park.
1999 In the biggest comeback in Jacobs Field history, the Indians score 18 runs in the final three innings to overcome a 9-1 deficit to beat the Devil Rays, 20-11. Tampa Bay’s first baseman Fred McGriff sets a major league record by homering in his 34th park.
1999 Bruce Aven hits the first pinch-hit grand slam in Marlin history. The 27 year-old rookie’s seventh-inning four-run round-tripper off Alan Mills proves to be the difference when Florida beats LA at Chavez Ravine, 6-3.
1999 Yankees right-hander Hideki Irabu opposes Mariner Mac Suzuki, also a righty, in the first matchup of Japanese starters in major league history. The Bronx Bomber hurler bests his fellow countryman, giving up four hits and a run in New York’s 10-1 victory over Seattle.
1999 The Rockies tie a National League record established by the 1894 Pirates and 1949 Giants when they extend their scoring streak to 14 consecutive innings, three shy of the major league mark of 17 set by the 1903 Red Sox. Before Larry Walker hit a two-out solo homer in the first inning of today’s 8-1 loss to Philadelphia at Coors Field, the team had crossed the plate in every inning in their previous game, after tallying in the last four frames the game before.
2000 On ‘Bob Sheppard Day,’ the Yankees pay tribute to “The Voice of Yankee Stadium,” honoring his 50-years of service with a plaque in Monument Park. With former Yankees on hand for the ceremony, former CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite reads the inscription, which refers to the legendary P.A. announcer’s clear, concise, and correct vocal style that has announced players, ‘both unfamiliar and legendary – with equal divine reverence”.
2003 Seventy-nine year-old Wayne Terwilliger, skipper of the Central Baseball League’s Fort Worth Cats, becomes the oldest manager in minor-league history. Only Connie Mack is ahead of ‘Twig” in being the most elderly dugout leader ever in professional baseball.
2003 A man wanted by the police on drug and parole-violations is apprehended at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. The 24 year-old Westwood man’s freedom ends when his parole officer sees him kissing his girlfriend on the stadium’s scoreboard during Kiss Cam.
2004 The Rangers announce a 30-year deal reported to be worth about $75 million with one of the country’s leading wholesale lenders to rename their ballpark in Arlington as Ameriquest Field. The agreement will be short-lived when a crisis in the subprime mortgage industry causes Ameriquest to relinquished its naming rights in 2007.
2005 At the age of 46 years and 257 days old, Julio Franco of the Atlanta Braves becomes the second-oldest player in big league history to homer. Jack Quinn, a pitcher who accomplished the feat when he was 100 days older, hit a home run for the A’s on June 27, 1930.
2006 With an 8-5 victory over the Rangers, Joe Torre joins Joe McCarthy (1,460), Casey Stengel (1,149), and Miller Huggins (1,067) as the fourth Yankee manager to win 1000 games. The Bronx Bomber skipper has compiled a 1,000-645 record during his 11-year tenure with the team.
2006 When Barry Bonds takes his position in left field, the Phillies fans in the stands behind him unfurl a section-long banner which leaves no doubt about their sentiments concerning the Giants outfielder’s pursuit of the Babe. The message displayed briefly during the first inning informs the unpopular superstar, “Ruth did it on hot dogs & Beer – Aaron did it with class.”
2006 At Princeton’s Hunnicutt Field, rain delays the semifinals of the WVIAC baseball tournament game between Ohio Valley and West Virginia State. Due to the final contest of the tourney having to start before midnight, with the winner of this game facing Concord for the title, players, fans, and media waited eight hours and 54 minutes for the contest to resume.
2006 Bob Wickman, obtained by Cleveland in a seven-player trade that sent Richie Sexson to Milwaukee, becomes the Indians’ all-time franchise leader in saves when he notches his 130th by tossing a scoreless ninth inning in the Tribe’s 2-0 victory over Seattle at Safeco Field. The right-hander surpasses the record previously established by Doug Jones, and he will extend the record to 139 saves before being dealt to the Braves next season.
2008 Carlos Gomez becomes the eighth Twins’ player to complete the cycle, and the first since Kirby Puckett accomplished the feat in 1986, when he beats out an infield single in the team’s six-run ninth inning of their 13-1 rout of the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. The Minnesota outfielder’s rare feat was only the ninth reverse natural cycle, collecting hits in reverse order of total bases: home run, then triple, then double, then a single.
2008 In the Reds’ 9-0 victory over the Cubs at Great American Ball Park, Jon Lieber joins Phil Norton (2000) in becoming only the second hurler in franchise history to allow four homers in one inning. Joey Votto, who will hit three round-trippers during the game, Adam Dunn, Paul Bako, and Jerry Hairston all take the Chicago starter deep in the second inning.
2008 In a matchup of undefeated pitchers, Cleveland’s Cliff Lee (5-0) bests Chien-Ming Wang (6-0) and the Yankees, 3-0. The Indians southpaw, who tosses seven shutout innings, lowers his ERA to a minuscule 0.81, best in major leagues.
2009 The Dodgers fail to extend their 13-game home winning streak to open the season, after surpassing the 1911 Tigers previously to set a new major league mark. The 11-9 loss to Washington comes on the same day the team learns about Manny Ramirez, the club’s most productive hitter, being suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a banned substance.
2009 Major League Baseball suspends Manny Ramirez for fifty games after he tests positive for the use of a banned substance. The 36 year-old Dodgers outfielder, who will not be eligible to return to the team until July 3rd, apologizes to the fans, explaining he did not take steroids but used a medication the doctor thought was okay to be prescribed.
2009 Ryan Zimmerman joins Sam Rice (1920, 1924, 1930), Heinie Manush (twice in 1933), and Goose Goslin (1928) in becoming only the fourth player in Washington D.C. baseball history to have a consecutive hit streak of 25 games or more. The 24 year-old third baseman kept his streak intact with a first inning single off Randy Wolf in the Nationals’ 11-9 victory over LA at Chavez Ravine.
2009 The Diamondbacks dismiss Bob Melvin and will name A.J. Hinch, their current vice president for player development, as the team’s new skipper. The 2007 NL Manager of the Year, who had one year left on his contract, compiled a 337-340 record during his four-plus years in the Arizona dugout.
2010 For the first time since 1980, rain washes out a Twins’ home game when steady precipitation forces the team to postpone their contest against Baltimore at Target Field. Minnesota, for nearly the past 30 years, played indoors at the Metrodome before moving to their new open-air ballpark this season.
2010 Jamie Moyer becomes the oldest pitcher in major league history to throw a shutout when he blanks Atlanta, 7-0, and the first to accomplish the feat in four different decades. The Phillies right-hander, who is 47 years and 170 days, easily surpasses the previous record established by Indian hurler Phil Niekro, who shut out the Blue Jays in 1985 at the age of 46 years and 188 days.
2010 Starlin Castro, the first major leaguer to be born in the 1990s, becomes the sixth Cub in franchise history to hit a home run in his first big-league at-bat, going deep off Homer Bailey in Chicago’s 14-7 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park. The 20 year-old rookie shortstop also becomes the first player to compile six RBIs in his first game in the majors when he delivers a bases-loaded triple in addition to his second inning three-run blast to deep right field.
2010 Lance Orton and Duane Jackson, who were instrumental in foiling a terrorist’s attempt to set off a car bomb in Times Square, are honored at Citi Field before the Mets game against San Francisco. The two street vendors alerted the police after they observed a parked car on 45th Street had started to fill with smoke and was making popping sounds.
2011 After a first-inning walk in the Dodgers’ 4-2 loss to the Mets, Andre Ethier goes 0-for-4, ending his 30-game hitting streak. The L.A. outfielder falls one game short of the franchise record set in 1969 by Willie Davis, who enjoyed a 31-game hitting streak that season.
2011 Appearing in his familiar chef’s whites, the Soup Nazi, played by actor Larry Thomas, makes an appearance at Citi Field. Although he mouths the infamous phrase, “No soup for you!”, when shown on the scoreboard screen, the character from the Seinfeld show generously gives away DVD prizes to Met fans who correctly answer trivia questions about the sitcom.
2013 Mets phenom Matt Harvey continues to dominate the National League when he throws nine frames of one-hit ball along with 12 strikeouts en route to a no-decision in the team’s 1-0 extra-inning victory over the White Sox at Citi Field. The 24 year-old right-hander, who retires the first 20 Chicago batters he faces, adds to his growing legend when he starts the game with a bloody nose and continues to pitch despite the blood oozing on to his face.
2014 In front of a sparse crowd of 558 at Burlington’s (IA) Community Field, the visiting Clinton (IA) LumberKings, after five innings, face a 16-run deficit in their Midwest League game against the Bees. The Class A affiliate of the Mariners will mount the largest comeback in the history of professional baseball when the team rallies to win the twelve-inning contest, 20-17.
2014 Adrian Beltre becomes the fifth player in major league history to hit 100 home runs for three different teams when he goes deep in the Rangers’ 9-2 loss to Colorado at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The 35 year-old third baseman, who joins Alex Rodriguez, Jim Thome, Darrell Evans, and Reggie Jackson in accomplishing the feat, hit 147 homers for the Dodgers (1998-2004) and 103 with the Mariners (2005-09).
2016 In the Mets’ 6-3 victory over the Padres at, 42 year-old Bartolo Colon goes deep off James Shields, becoming the oldest player to hit his first major league home run. The portly right-hander, who has now collected three extra-base hits during his 19-year career, surpasses Randy Johnson, who was two years younger when he cleared the fences in 2003 while playing for Arizona.
2018 “It’s something special. He’s going down in the record books, in the Wikipedia book, which is amazing. A little kid from Belfast done good.” – PATRICK CONLON, commenting on his son’s major league debut. Belfast native Patrick Conlon becomes the first Irish-born player to appear in a major league game in 73 years when he starts, going 3.2 innings in the Mets’ 7-6 victory over the Reds at Great American Ball Park. The 24 year-old southpaw, known as PJ, follows fellow countryman Joe Cleary, who was born in Cork and played one game for the Senators in 1945.
2019 Mike Fiers becomes the 35th major league pitcher to throw multiple no-hitters when he keeps the visiting Reds hitless in the A’s 2-0 victory at the Oakland Coliseum. The 33 year-old right-hander threw a no-no in 2015 against the Dodgers at Minute Maid Park in Houston as a member of the Astros’ rotation.
1950 WORLD SERIES
The Philadelphia Phillies climbed to the top of the National League thanks to a clutch performance down the home stretch by twenty-game winner, Robin Roberts. Roberts pitched three times in the last five days of the regular season and although he managed to nail down the National League pennant, the marathon had left him unavailable for a Game 1 start. Manager Eddie Sawyer was left with a limited rotation due to the late-season loss of Curt Simmons (seventeen victories) to the Army and recurring injuries to rookie pitchers Bob Miller and Bubba Church. The Philly skipper shocked everyone after nominating a thirty-three-year-old right-hander named Jim Konstanty, who had not made a single start during the 1950 regular season. He did however appear in seventy-four games and the standout reliever was 16-7 with a 2.66 earned run average. Konstanty was confident and certainly up to the challenge (and what a challenge it would be).
His opponent was none other than the defending World Champion New York Yankees who had swept six previous World Series (Pirates, Cardinals, Cubs, Reds) in twenty-four years and captured twelve World Series titles to date. Many felt that another sweep was a foregone conclusion, but Philadelphiaa was determined to prove their critics wrong. Konstanty rose to the occasion and pitched a superb outing against the American League champions while allowing only one run and four hits in eight-innings. Unfortunately for the Phillies, New York’s Vic Raschi spun a two-hit, 1-0 shutout for the opening lead.
By now, Roberts was well rested and more-than-ready for Game 2. The Philadelphia ace went up against New York right-hander, Allie Reynolds and neither blinked through a 1-1, nine-inning standoff. So far, through two regulation games, there had been a total of three runs scored as the pitchers clearly dominated the contest (much to the dismay of the crowds). Joe DiMaggio added a fourth to the total after launching a leadoff homer in the tenth for a 2-1 triumph. Now down two games to none, the Phillies were desperate for an advantage on the mound and called upon an unlikely hero named Ken Heintzelman (a seventeen-game winner for the Phillies in 1949 but a lowly, 3-9 pitcher in 1950). Despite his regular season stats, the lefthander started beautifully in Game 3 against Eddie Lopat and carried a 2-1 lead going into the eighth. After retiring the first two Yankees, Heintzelman stuttered and walked three consecutive batters in the inning. Sawyer saw that it was time to make a change and called for Konstanty who induced Bobby Brown to ground to Granny Hamner. Unable to get a break, the Phillies’ winced as their shortstop fumbled the ball, and the tying run scored. The Yankees continued their momentum in the ninth as Jerry Coleman stepped up to the plate and sealed the 3-2 victory.
Despite being on the verge of another Yankees sweep, the Phillies had kept pace with the perennial champs and only lost by three consecutive one-run decisions (the closest of any contender in any previous New York rally). Their efforts however, would be in vain, as Casey Stengel introduced a young up-and-coming talent in Game 4. His name was Ed “Whitey” Ford and the rookie went 9-1 during the regular season after being called up from Kansas City of the American Association. After teammate Yogi Berra led-off the Yankees’ attack with a run-scoring single and a bases-empty homerun, Ford breezed into the ninth inning with a 5-0 lead. A shutout seemed inevitable for Ford as he forced Andy Seminick to hit a textbook fly to leftfield. However, Gene Woodling dropped the ball and both Phillies runners scored. Reynolds came in to get the last out, making the New York Yankees 5-2 winners and repeat champions.
Woodling, who tied Granny Hamner for the World Series batting lead with a .429 average, was distraught over his failure to protect the shutout. Ford was less concerned and happy with the win (which would be the first of many in the Fall Classic). In fact, the Yankees newest ace would go on to set several World Series records. “The Chairman of the Board” as he would later be called still holds the World Series records for most wins (ten) and most strikeouts (ninety-four).
MLB PLAYER PROFILE- EARL AVERILL
There are few instances in baseball history of a player beginning his career at a late age and still going on to achieve Hall of Fame status. One of those to accomplish such a feat is Earl Averill who debuted with the Cleveland Indians a little over a month short of his 27th birthday and went on to become one of the top hitters of his era.
Averill began his career playing semi-pro ball and eventually signed with San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League in 1926. After three solid seasons in the PCL (he had one-hundred seventy-three runs batted in during 1928) he was signed by the Indians in 1929 and immediately became their starting centerfielder. Averill broke in with a flourish, homering in his first Major League at-bat (the second American League player to do so) and went on to hit .332. Although he didn’t possess a strong arm, he played solid defense and led American League outfielders in putouts.
In 1930, Averill followed up his brilliant rookie season by batting .339 and reaching the one-hundred runs batted in mark for the first time (119). In September of that year the small but compactly built slugger hit three homeruns in the first game of a doubleheader and belted another round tripper in the nightcap becoming the first Major League player to homer four times in a twin bill. In that same doubleheader he knocked in a still American League record eleven runs. The next two seasons Averill produced career highs of thirty-two home runs, one-hundred forty-three runs batted in, one-hundred forty runs scored, and he reached the two-hundred hit plateau for the first time in 1931 (209). In the 1932 season the Red Sox showed the ultimate respect for Averill by walking him five consecutive times in a game. “He was treated with the kind of respect usually reserved for imposing specimens like Foxx and Gehrig”, said Boston’s Ted Williams.
After six consecutive seasons of .300 or better, Averill slumped to .288 in 1935, but bounced back to rack up career highs in 1936 in average .378 (finishing second to Luke Appling’s .388) and hits (two-hundred thirty-two). In June of 1937 began being bothered by temporary paralysis in his legs. The final diagnosis was a congenital spinal malformation which forced Averill to alter his batting style in order to continue playing and be a productive player. He made the 1937 All-Star team (it was his line drive in that All-Star game that struck and broke Dizzy Dean’s toe that eventually caused Dean a sore arm and his career) but his overall numbers were below his normal standards. He came back in 1938 to hit .330 but managed just fourteen home runs and shortly into the 1939 season the Indians dealt him to the Tigers in a deal that enraged Cleveland fans. As a part-time player for Detroit he contributed to the Tigers pennant winning season of 1940. Averill’s playing days ended after a brief stop with the National League’s Boston Braves in 1941.
In his thirteen big league seasons Earl Averill batted .300 eight times, scored one-hundred runs nine times, and drove in one-hundred or more runs in five seasons. He led the American League in hits in 1936 (two-hundred thirty-two) and triples (fifteen). He had ten or more triples eight times and thirty or more doubles in nine seasons. He was the only American League outfielder named to their first six All-Star teams (1933-38). “He supports my contention that you don’t have to be a muscle-bound giant to be a great major league hitter”, said Ted Williams. Earl Averill was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the by The Committee on Baseball Veterans in 1975.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
“I was the worst hitter ever. I never even broke a bat until last year when I was backing out of the garage.” – Lefty Gomez
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA
UNION COUNTY 3 RICHMOND 2….Patriots scored 3 in the bottom of the seventh.
HARRISON 8 MONROE CENTRAL 3
MT. VERNON 5 NEW CASTLE 0
CHATARD 4 ANDERSON 2
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL-NCC/AREA
WINCHESTER 9 RICHMOND 8
NORTHEASTERN 10 RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 0….NORTHEASTERN RELEASE: The Lady Knights beat Randolph Southern 10-0 in 5 innings. Senior Madison Kinder pitched the shutout allowing only 2 hits. Madison also led the Knights with 3 RBIs with a single and double. Emma Neeley continued producing at the plate with her first HR of her high school career and scoring 3 runs. Kate Benjamin singled, doubled, and scored a run. Caylee Anderson crushed a double knocking 2 runs and senior Kelsey Cottongim scored twice. The Lady Knights return action Friday at Centerville.
LINCOLN 10 HAGERSTOWN 2…..LINCOLN: Kaleigh Lamb 2-3 RBI…Kaylee Gabbard 2-4 2RBI…Allison Frost 3-5 2R…..Jaela Patton 2-3 5RBI HR….Kaleigh Lamb 7K…..TIGERS: Heather Eales 2-3 RBI….Marissa Slagle 2-3….Hannah Pyle RBI
EASTERN HANCOCK 6 UNION COUNTY 3
YORKTOWN 14 SHENANDOAH 0
FRANKLIN COUNTY 8 BATESVILLE 2
EAST CENTRAL 12 GREENSBURG 8
NEW CASTLE 13 ANDERSON 1
LAPEL 12 KNIGHTSTOWN 0
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1935 ALL-STAR GAME
The third exhibition of what was soon to become known as the “Midsummer Classic” was played at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium on July 8, 1935. Due to the success of the previous two games, available tickets were in short supply and a crowd of 69,831 filled the ball-yard, setting an All-Star Game record that stood until 1981, when more than 72,000 attended the fifty-second All-Star Game in the same park. Unfortunately, after the initial excitement of the first game and the phenomenal pitching by Carl Hubbell in the second, the third was rather uneventful.
The American League won for the third straight year due to the performance of Jimmie Foxx. Once again, he was playing third in deference to Lou Gehrig and belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the first, giving the American League a lead it never relinquished. Making his third All-Star appearance, Al Simmons of the White Sox was the game’s top hitter with a six-for-thirteen showing and a .462 average. It would be his last All-Star showing. Unbelievably, the most frustrated hitter was Gehrig. A Triple Crown winner in 1934, he was hitless in nine at-bats.