Tuesday, May 29, 2012

This Day in Sports History - 5/29/2010

Roy Halladay of the Phillies pitches a perfect game to defeat the Florida Marlins, 1-0, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. The lone run of the contest is scored in the third inning on a three-base error by Marlins CF Cameron Maybin. Halladay faces three pinch hitters in the ninth inning. Ray Lamb hits a fly ball to deep center field where Shane Victorino snags it. The final out is recorded when Ronny Paulino hits a grounder to third baseman Jaun Castro, who fires the ball across the diamond to first baseman Ryan Howard. Halladay throws 115 pitches and strikes out 11. It is the second perfect game of 2010, following the gem by Dallas Braden of the Athletics on May 9. It is the first time since 1880 that there have been two perfect games in a season.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

This Day in Sports History - 5/23/2002

Dodgers right fielder Shawn Green has one of the greatest games of any offensive player in major league history during a 16 - 3 drubbing of the Brewers at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Green hits a run-scoring double in the first inning and a three-run homer in the second off Glenn Rusch. Facing Brian Mallette, he homers in the fourth and the fifth. With Jose Cabrera pitching, he singles in the eighth and homers in the ninth. In all, Green ties the major league record for most home runs and another for most runs since 1900. His 19 total bases sets a big league mark. In a three game span from May 23rd through the 25th, Green collects 11 hits in 13 at-bats for 33 total bases. Among his 11 hits are seven home runs, the most ever by a player in three straight contests.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Look Alikes XVI

First off is ESPN's Adam Schefter and actor Paul Rudd

Next is QB Aaron Rodgers and actor B.J. Novak

Next up is former NFL player Tom Rathman & actor Woody Harrelson

Next is former MLB Pitcher Scott Erickson & actor Ted McGinley

Next up is actor Richard Mulligan & Muppet Sam Eagle

Next is Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri & Singer Joey Fatone

Next is Comedian Billy Gardell & Football Coach Charlie Weis

Finally we have Barry Gibbs & The Geico Caveman

Thursday, May 10, 2012

This Day in Sports History - 5/10/1970

Defenseman Bobby Orr scores 40 seconds into sudden death overtime to lift the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Blues at the Boston Garden to complete a four-game sweep in the Stanley Cup Finals. After scoring the goal, Orr raises his arms in triumph and is accidentally tripped by St. Louis defenseman Noel Picard. Orr, almost horizontal to the ice, appears to fly through the air. It is the first Stanley Cup championship for the Bruins since 1941. One of six expansion teams that began play during the 1967-68 season, the Blues reached the finals in each of their three seasons only to be swept on each occasion. St. Louis lost to the Montreal Canadiens in both 1968 & 1969.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

This Day in Sports History - 5/9/2010

Dallas Braden of the Athletics pitches a perfect game to defeat the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-0, at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland. The contest is on Mother's Day, a significant date to Braden because his mother died of cancer during his senior year of high school. Braden's only previous national exposure came two weeks earlier when he publicly criticized Alex Rodriguez for walking across the mound during a game. During the perfect game, Braden throws 109 pitches and strikes out six. In the tense ninth, Braden retires Willy Aybar on a lineout to first, Dioner Navarro on a fly ball to left field, and Gabe Kapler on a groundout. In a post-game interview, Braden's grandmother adds to the Braden-Rodriguez feud, saying: "Stick it, A-Rod."