Tuesday, May 31, 2011

This Day in Sports History - 5/31/1964

After a nine-inning 5 - 3 San Francisco win on a Sunday afternoon at Shea Stadium, the Giants and Mets play 23 innings in a game that lasts 7 hours and 23 minutes. The tally is 6 - 6 after 7 innings, but the next 15 innings are scoreless. Gaylord Perry pitches 10 shutout innings of relief (the 13th through the 22nd) for the Giants. Larry Bearnarth hurls 7 shutout innings for New York (the 8th through the 14th) and is relieved by Galen Cisco, who allows no runs for 8 innings before surrendering two to the Giants in the 23rd. San Francisco wins, 8 - 6.

Friday, May 20, 2011

This Day in Sports History - 5/20/1999

Robin Ventura of the New York Mets becomes the first player in major league history to hit grand slams in both ends of a double header. In the first inning of the opener, Ventura clears the bases with a homer off the Milwaukee Brewers' Jim Abbott to give his club a 4-0 lead and the Mets hang on to win, 11-10. Facing Horacio Estrada in the fourth inning of the second tilt, he belts grand slam number two and the Mets win again, 10-1. He'll finish his career with 18 grand slams in 188 at-bats with the bases loaded.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Happy Yom Ha'atzmaut

This Day in Sports History - 5/10/1987

Sleepy Floyd scores 29 points for the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter of a 129 - 121 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals. Golden State, down by three games, begins the fourth quarter trailing by 14 points. In the final 12 minutes, Floyd scores 12 field goals, including 9 in a span of 4:25, to finish the contest with 51 points. His 29 points in one quarter and 39 in one half both set NBA playoff records. Game 5 will go to the Lakers, 118 - 106.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

This Day in Sports History - 5/8/1968

Catfish Hunter throws a perfect game to give the Athletics a 4 - 0 win over the Minnesota Twins in Oakland. It's the A's first season in Oakland after transferring from Kansas City. And it's the first perfect game by an American League pitcher since Charlie Robertson of the Chicago White Sox blanked the Detroit Tigers, 2 - 0, on April 30, 1922.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Happy Birthday Johnny Unitas

The great Johnny Unitas will always be remembered for the 1958 NFL Championship game which has been dubbed "The Greatest Game Ever". Here is a video clip from ESPN's Sportscentury series about that game.

Friday, May 6, 2011

This Day in Sports History - 5/6/1984

Rookie guard Derek Harper of the Mavericks loses his focus in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Los Angeles Lakers in Dallas. With six seconds remaining and the score tied, Harper takes a pass from Dale Ellis. He thinks the Mavericks are up by one point and dribbles out the clock. The Lakers go on to beat the Mavericks in overtime, 122-115, and win the series four games to one. Harper shakes off the embarrassment and plays 17 seasons in the NBA.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Best by the Numbers - Atlanta Edition

  1. Jeff George
  2. Matt Ryan: Ryan was drafted 3rd overall by the Falcons in the 2008 NFL Draft
  3. Dale Murphy
  4. Jeff Blauser
  5. Josh Smith
  6. Ron Hainsy
  7. Jeff Francoeur
  8. Steve Smith: Smith played for the Hawks from 1995-1999 and made his only All-Star game in 1998
  9. Bob Pettit
  10. Chipper Jones: Only Eddie Murray has more RBIs as a switch-hitter than Chipper Jones
  11. Gary Sheffield
  12. Michael Jenkins
  13. Vyacheslav Kozlov
  14. Julio Franco
  15. Tim Hudson
  16. Brian McCann: McCann was MVP of the 2010 All-Star game
  17. Ilya Kovalchuck
  18. Marian Hossa
  19. Marty Reasoner
  20. Mark Lemke
  21. Domonique Wilkins
  22. Walt Weiss
  23. David Justice: Justice hit a solo HR in game 6 of the 1995 World Series
  24. Marcus Giles
  25. Andruw Jones
  26. Will Cunnane
  27. Fred McGriff
  28. Warrick Dunn
  29. John Smoltz: Smoltz recorded his 3,000 strikeout on April 22, 2008 against the Washington Nationals
  30. Horacio Ramirez
  31. Greg Maddux: Maddux, an 18 time Gold Glove winner won 10 of them as a member of the Atlanta Braves
  32. Jamal Anderson
  33. Brian Jordan
  34. Craig "Ironhead" Heyward: Heyward's son was a 1st round draft pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2011 NFL Draft
  35. Phil Niekro
  36. Gaylord Perry
  37. Dan Snyder
  38. Jim Acker
  39. Tobias Enstrom
  40. Jason Collier
  41. Eddie Matthews
  42. Kevin Willis
  43. Grant Long
  44. Hank Aaron: Aaron was a 25 time All-Star selection
  45. Terry Mulholland
  46. John Thompson
  47. Tom Glavine: Glavine was MVP of the 1996 World Series
  48. Bruce Chen
  49. Jair Jurrjens
  50. Edgerton Hartwell
  51. Pedro Borbon Jr.: Borbon's father was a member of the "Big Red Machine"
  52. Matt Stewart
  53. Mike Peterson
  54. Chris Draft
  55. Dikembe Mutombo
  56. Keith Brooking
  57. Jeff Van Note
  58. Jesse Tuggle
  59. Paul Assenmacher
  60. Tommy Nobis
  61. Maxim Afinogenov
  62. Todd McClure
  63. Roberto Garcia
  64. Bob Hallen
  65. Kynan Forney
  66. Warren Bryant
  67. Calvin Miller
  68. Calvin Collins
  69. Gene Williams
  70. Bob Witfield
  71. Travis Claridge
  72. Sam Baker
  73. Harvey Dahl
  74. Todd Weiner
  75. Tony Castillas
  76. Kevin Shaffer
  77. Pavel Kubina
  78. Mike Kenn
  79. Dave Widell
  80. Andre Rison
  81. Billie "White Shoes" Johnson
  82. Joe Zelenka
  83. Alge Crumpler
  84. Roddy White
  85. Brian Kozlowski
  86. Brian Finneran
  87. Bert Emanuel
  88. Tony Gonzalez
  89. Dez White
  90. Chuck Smith
  91. Brady Smith
  92. Lester Archambeau
  93. Sam Rodgers
  94. Peria Jerry
  95. Ed Jasper
  96. Antonio Edwards
  97. Patrick Kerney
  98. Jamaal Anderson
  99. Vance Walker

Monday, May 2, 2011

Cleveland Browns Draft Picks Greg Little and Owen Marecic

When the Browns traded down with the Atlanta Falcons so that they could draft WR Julio Jones the Browns received Atlanta's 2nd and 4th round picks (amongst others). With those picks the Browns selected WR Greg Little from UNC and FB/LB Owen Marecic from Stanford.

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