Tuesday, May 19, 2009

2009 Giants Still Need some This Day inBaseball to create an interest

All Giants' fans have to be liking how Matt Cain has busted out of the gates with a 4-1 record. And in watching Matt, you have to know,(by now) he takes a while to get warmed up. Announcers are always pointing towards the pitch-count with #18 on the hill, but #18 has worked on his conditioning in the off-season, so it takes about 50 game-tosses to get him warmed up for the critically acclaimed strike zone of that game's umpire.

Sorry, but, Eugenio Velez is "No-brainy-oh" until he proves me wrong.

Very interesting stat in Sunday Night's ESPN telecast. As of that game the Giants were 14-0 when they scored first. Make it 15-0! Oh by the way, they are the only team in majors to do that.

This Day in Baseball ('cause I just love the feats)

In the merry month of May...

May 5, 1935: At Braves Field, young pitcher Dizzy Dean of the St. Louis Cardinals faces Boston Braves and a 40-year old Babe Ruth. Dean walks Ruth his first 2 times up, then with 2 strikes on the Bambino, waves his outfielders back and throws a fastball by the big guy for strike three. Dean wins 7-0, and in his first at-bat, hits a homer over Ruth's head in right field.

May 6, 1915: Babe Ruth, pitching for the Boston Red Sox, collects 3 hits, including his first major league home run when he connected off of Jack Warhop of the NY Yankees at the Polo Grounds.

In 1931, on May 6, Willie Howard Mays, Jr. was born in Westfield, Alabama. Mays would make his major league debut in 1951. And hit his first homer at the Polo Grounds.

May 7, 1917: Babe Ruth of the Boston Red Sox allows only 2 hits and he outpitches Walter "Big Train" Johnson of the Washington Senators, 1-0, at Griffith Stadium. Ruth helps his cause by driving in the only run with a sacrifice fly .

May 10, 1967: In the 8th inning, with Jim Bunning of the Philadelphia Phillies on the mound, Hammerin' Hank Aaron drove a ball to deep center field and scores ahead of the relay. It will be the only inside-the-park home run among his 755.

May 12, 1932: Carey Selph of the Chicago White Sox collects his ninth (9) strike out. But it won't happen again. Selph will go another 89 games without striking out. Selph's record will last until 1958 when Nellie Fox sets a new mark with 98 consecutive games without a whiff.

May 20, 1919: Babe Ruth won a game pitching and batting as he hit his first career grand slam versus the St. Louis Browns (would later become the Baltimore Orioles) at Sportsman's Park.

(to get more of these Days in baseball log on to: baseball-reference.com)

Kevin Marquez