Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Historically Speaking: We Now Cover Cricket (Update: Except For That We Don't)

Well, then. Glad that the American League has continued its now 13-year-long streak of dominance. And McCarver/Buck said the N.L. was catching up. Anyway, one lone day off before some clubs get back to baseballin'. Your still-boring history, after the jump.

* Today in 1938, a cricket player for Kent scored a 244 and a 202 in the same game. I have absolutely no idea how to play cricket or what those scores mean, but I do know that dude's name was Arthur Fagg, which rules.

* All-Star Game stuff. Last day, I promise: National League won 6-3 in Milwaukee, 1975; the American League took it 3-2 in Houston, 1986; they also earned a 7-6 victory in 2003 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago; and again in 2008 with a 4-3, 15-inning affair at Yankee Stadium.

* The year was 1969 when Minnesota Twin Rod Carew stole home in a 6-2 win over the White Sox. It was the seventh time Carew had stolen home on the season, tying a mark some other dude set in 1946.

* Today in 1973, Californaheim Angel Nolan Ryan became the first pitcher in two decades to toss two no-hitters in the same season.

* And in 1993, White Stocking Tyler Bobby Yancy Thigpen became the fastest pitcher in history to reach 30 saves in a season with Chicago's 8-5 win over New York.

And your Sports Illustrated quote of the day came from the mouth of...

...former New York Ranger center Ulf Dahlen. In 1988, the Swede was asked his opinion on the possibility of Soviet players joining the National Hockey League the following season. His response: "I don't like it. We can't let foreigners take our jobs."