February 3, 1990 |
Relief pitcher Bob McClure agreed to a one-year contract Friday, moments before his arbitration hearing, paring a seventh name off the list of 12 Angels who had filed for arbitration last month. McClure, 6-1 last season with a 1.55 earned-run average, will be paid $825,000 in 1990, closer to the $880,000 figure he filed than the $650,000 figure the Angels had filed. The contract contains no incentive clauses. McClure was paid $200,000 last season plus $275,000 in bonuses.
August 20, 1989 |
Iron Man: Baltimore Oriole shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. played in his 1,208th consecutive game Thursday night, passing Steve Garvey to move into third place on the all-time list and bring the following perspective to Lou Gehrig's record streak of 2,130 games: If Ripken keeps going, he will not catch Gehrig until the 70th game of the 1996 season.
May 14, 1985 |
It is getting to be a recurring nightmare for the Minnesota Twins. They keep losing on dramatic ninth-inning home runs. Don Mattingly hit a three-run home run with two out in the ninth inning Monday at New York to climax an amazing Yankee comeback and give them a 9-8 victory. The Yankees fought back from an 8-0 deficit. It was the fourth consecutive game in which the Twins have given up ninth-inning home runs and the third time the blow has beaten them. Ron Davis has lost all three.
April 24, 1987 |
Kirk McCaskill came here to pitch, but all he wound up with Thursday was a lecture from Angel Manager Gene Mauch and a plane ticket back to Southern California, where surgery will be performed to remove the bone chip in his right elbow. "We talked a long time about it and decided to go ahead with the operation," Mauch said. "I know Kirk wanted to pitch, but we just ruled it out. We looked at every possible thing, studied it as long as we could and decided that it's just too logical not to do it."
April 16, 1987 |
When Jose DeLeon came up with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1983, he kept flirting with no-hitters. The young right-hander from the Dominican Republic seemed certain to have a bright future. But in 1985, DeLeon was a 19-game loser and he earned the tag of a hard-luck pitcher. Matters didn't improve too much last season when he was traded to the Chicago White Sox. Although he posted a respectable 2.96 earned-run average, he was only 4-5. Now 26, DeLeon may have found the solution.
May 9, 1986
John Pruett of the Huntsville, Ala., Times, interviewing Hall of Fame linebacker Sam Huff, noticed a scar across the bridge of Huff's nose and asked him if he remembered how he got it. "It happened in college," said Huff, who was an All-American at West Virginia. "We were playing Syracuse at Mountaineer Stadium, and I filled the hole against the Syracuse runner. "Unfortunately, the Syracuse runner was Jim Brown."
December 17, 1989 |
One thing was clear after the first Hot Stove Luncheon in the Diamond Club at Fenway Park Wednesday afternoon: Boston's stove is hot. Lou Gorman, the Red Sox general manager, spent the better part of three hours answering questions about various trade possibilities as the latest free-agent acquisition, right-handed pitcher Jeff Reardon, met the Boston media. Gorman's theme went like this: "If we're going to give up one player of value, we want to get two or three (in return) to plug some holes.
March 26, 1989 |
NBC, which has televised dramatic home runs by Carlton Fisk and Kirk Gibson in the World Series, didn't bother to stick around for Luis Rivera's moment of triumph. In its only "Game of the Week" telecast of spring training, the network switched to golf coverage after 11 innings Saturday, and viewers missed Rivera's three-run homer in the 15th inning, which gave the Boston Red Sox a 5-2 victory over the Dodgers. Though the telecast left the game, the teams kept battling.
July 12, 1985 |
Fred Lynn hit a three-run homer with two out in the ninth inning Thursday night to cap a four-run Baltimore rally and give the Orioles a 7-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Baltimore. Lynn's opposite-field drive came on a 2-and-1 pitch by Mike Stanton and was his third ninth-inning game-winning homer of the season. Stanton (1-3) became Chicago's fifth pitcher after relief ace Bob James twisted his ankle while making an 0-1 pitch to Lee Lacy with two out and none on in the ninth.
September 22, 1988
Hall of Fame defensive tackle Ernie Stautner, an assistant coach for the Dallas Cowboys, told Bill Utterback of the Pittsburgh Press that he volunteered for the special teams as a rookie with the Pittsburgh Steelers and started the season as a kicker. Of the opening kickoff, he said: "No ball was ever teed up as carefully. Then I measured off my 10 steps and stood there counting the men, to be sure we had the right number on the field.