July 6, 2002 |
When Tom Lasorda learned Friday of Ted Williams' death, he remembered one exchange that personified Williams' status as an American icon. Lasorda was making a speech in Toronto years ago when he saw Williams and Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins sitting unnoticed in the crowd. Lasorda introduced the two to a rousing ovation and afterward agreed to get together at Williams' hotel. "We started talking hitting and the next thing you know it's 3 o'clock in the morning," Lasorda recalled.
January 8, 1992 |
Last year when he didn't get elected to the Hall of Fame, Rollie Fingers partied into the night. This year when he made it to Cooperstown, he didn't get the chance. Fingers on Tuesday night celebrated his election to the Hall of Fame with family and friends at a Mission Valley sports bar not far from San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium, where he pitched for the Padres for four seasons in the middle of his 17-year career. But he had to cut short the revelry to catch a plane for New York.
August 3, 1991 |
Brian Bohanon got his first major league victory Friday night at Milwaukee, but it was another Texas Ranger pitcher, Mike Jeffcoat, who entered the record book. In the Rangers' 15-1 rout of the Brewers, Jeffcoat became the first American League pitcher to drive in a run since the designated hitter rule went into effect in 1973. Jeffcoat replaced Bohanon after the rookie had held the Brewers to three hits and a run in seven innings.
January 10, 2007
* 2007 -- Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken Jr. * 2006 -- Bruce Sutter. * 2005 -- Wade Boggs, Ryne Sandberg. * 2004 -- Dennis Eckersley, Paul Molitor. * 2003 -- Gary Carter, Eddie Murray. * 2002 -- Ozzie Smith. * 2001 -- Kirby Puckett, Dave Winfield. * 2000 -- Carlton Fisk, Tony Perez. * 1999 -- George Brett, Nolan Ryan, Robin Yount. * 1998 -- Don Sutton. * 1997 -- Phil Niekro. * 1995 -- Mike Schmidt. * 1994 -- Steve Carlton. * 1993 -- Reggie Jackson. * 1992 -- Rollie Fingers, Tom Seaver.
January 10, 2013 |
The annual "In the Spirit of the Game" gala, which raises money for baseball scouts who have retired or lost their jobs and need assistance, will be held Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. Increased focus on statistical analysis has resulted in the elimination of some scouting positions across baseball in recent years. "It absolutely cost scouts jobs," said Dennis Gilbert, chairman of the Professional Scouts Foundation, which is hosting the event. However, that trend could be reversed.
August 30, 2013 |
There is at least one Hall of Famer who is against pitch counts and innings limits for young pitchers: Tom Seaver. In an interview with the New York Daily News about Mets ace Matt Harvey, who has been sidelined with a torn ligament in his pitching elbow, Seaver said: “Naturally, I felt terrible for [Harvey]. He's got such a bright future. But at the same time, all I could think of was how it just goes to show how all this babying of pitchers - pitch counts and innings limits - is a bunch of nonsense.
January 13, 2013 |
Jim Palmer choked up when talking about his autistic son. Fellow Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins paid tribute to the Philadelphia Phillies scout who signed him. Tom Lasorda showed he could still make a room full of people laugh. But Vin Scully was the undisputed star on Saturday night at the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation's annual fundraising dinner. The 1,000-plus people who packed the banquet hall at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza stood and applauded when Bud Selig introduced Scully, who received a leadership award named after the baseball commissioner.
June 15, 2001 |
Randy Johnson likes to downplay his statistics. He will make an exception for the strikeout milestone he reached Thursday in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs. The Big Unit struck out 11 to move into 10th place on the all-time strikeout list with 3,199, seven more than Ferguson Jenkins. "The company I'm in, you can't say enough about--some of the greatest power pitchers and some of the greatest strikeout pitchers in all of baseball," Johnson said.
June 28, 1992 |
New York Met outfielder Vince Coleman will sit out at least three games after suffering a strained tendon in his left leg Friday night. Coleman left the game during the seventh inning after stealing a club-record four bases, including his 600th. Coleman has been on the disabled list twice this season. He was sidelined from April 10 to May 1 because of a strained left hamstring and from May 2 to May 28 because of an injured rib cage.
July 19, 1987 |
The New York Yankees' Don Mattingly: In his first 19 games since recovering from a back problem, Mattingly went 33 for 78 with 6 doubles, 10 homers, 22 runs scored and 31 runs batted in. The Texas Rangers' Charlie Hough: In his last two starts before the All-Star break, Hough set Ranger records for career victories and losses. His 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays at Toronto July 6 was No. 73 with the Rangers and his 6-2 win over Cleveland July 11 was his 94th with the Rangers.