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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

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A Braves batter stands tall against the Mariners.

Major Minor:

The 2012 Gastineau Channel Majors Division All-Tournament selections headed for District Tourney play in Haines July 15-22 include head coach Spencer Storie and players Bryce Swafford, Corbin Neville, Donavin McCurley, Erik Kelly, Franklin San Nicholas, Jacob Dale, Kasey Watts, Luke Mallinger, Michael Cesar, Robert Cox, Sammy McKnight and Zeb Storie.

The 2012 Minors teams that will host a Southeast Regional tournament starting July 6 (teams will not move on to state) have been divided into an American and a National team. The Americans are head coach - Matt Dobson, coach - Paul Jones, coach - Jason Murdoch, and players Chris San Nicolas, Felipe Ogoy, Zach Biddinger, Steffen Jones, Luis Mojica, Eric Dobson, Brice Norton, Nathan Renkes, Austin McCurley, Stephen Lunceford, Bryson Echiverri, Cody Requa, and Maxwell McHenry. The Nationals are head coach - Gilbert Mendoza, coach - Jeff Hultberg, coach - Jeremy Ludeman, and players Gabe Storie, Brandt Hultberg, Christian Ludeman, Brennon Ludeman, Ethan Collins, Brock Mccormick, Oliver Mendoza, Tosh Robinson, Donald Scott, Garrett Gleaton, Cameron Eppers, and Chase Foster. Look for tournament game times and team photos soon.

The Junior baseball roster and softball rosters have not been made available to the sports desk as of press time.

Trivia Question (Thanks J&D!):

The 1960 World Series was a wild one. The winning team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, was outscored in the series by the team they defeated, The New York Yankees, 27 to 55. The Pirates won three of the first six games by scores of 6 to 4, 3 to 2, and 5 to 2. The Yankees won their three of the first six by scores of 16 to 3, 12 to 0, and 10 to 0 (Whitey Ford pitched both shutouts). The seventh game was equally wild. The Yankees lead 7 to 5 by the middle of the eighth inning. By the end of the eighth the Pirates were back on top 9 to 7. And after the top of the ninth the game was tied at 9 to 9. The Pirates’ first batter in the bottom of the ninth was second baseman Bill Mazeroski. He launched the second pitch he saw from Yankees’ pitcher Ralph Terry (a one ball, no strike fastball) over left fielder Yogi Berra and the left field wall to win the game and the series. It was the first, and still the only, World Series game 7 decided on a walk-off home run. (Toronto Blue Jay Joe Carter ended the 1993 Series with a 3-run walk-off home run to beat the Philadelphia Phillies in the sixth game, the only similar circumstance). Q: But that game 7 of the 1960 series was also singular in another way. Any ideas? The answer will be at the end of this column.

On This Date In Baseball History, July 3:

1912 — Rube Marquard of the New York Giants raised his season record to 19-0 with a 2-1 victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers. His winning streak ended five days later against the Chicago Cubs.

1939 — Johnny Mize of St. Louis hit two home runs, a triple and a double, leading the Cardinals to a 5-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

1947 — The Cleveland Indians purchased Larry Doby from the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League, making him the first black player in the American League.

1966 — Atlanta pitcher Tony Cloninger became the first National League player to hit two grand slams in one game. He added a single for nine RBIs in a 17-3 triumph over San Francisco.

1968 — Cleveland’s Luis Tiant struck out 19, walked none in a six-hit 1-0, 10-inning triumph over Minnesota.

1970 — California’s Clyde Wright used only 98 pitches to no-hit the Oakland A’s 4-0 at Anaheim Stadium.

1973 — Jim Perry of the Detroit Tigers and brother Gaylord of the Cleveland Indians faced each other for the only time as opposing pitchers. Neither finished the game. Gaylord took the loss, 5-4.

2001 — D’Angelo Jimenez hit San Diego’s fourth sacrifice fly of the game — tying the NL record — to lift the Padres over Colorado 6-5. Ryan Klesko, Wiki Gonzalez and Woody Williams also had sacrifice flies.

2002 — Cleveland Indians slugger Jim Thome homered in his seventh straight game, leaving him one shy of the major league record. Thome hit a solo shot off David Wells of the New York Yankees.

2006 — Manager Felipe Alou picked up his 1,000th career victory in San Francisco’s 9-6 win over Colorado.

2007 — Brad Wilkerson hit three homers and had six RBIs to help Texas beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-3.

Today’s birthdays: Tommy Hunter 26; Edinson Volquez 29; Juan Rivera 34.

Trivia Answer (Thanks again J&D!):

A: With a final score of 10 to 9 the game saw a lot of things happen. The two teams combined for 71 at bats, 19 runs, 24 hits, and 5 bases on balls. One thing that didn’t happen: that 1960 game 7 was, and still is, the only MLB post-season game in which no batter struck out.