Sunday, September 30, 2012

This Day In History: September 30, 1951

via Joy of Sox

On September 30, 1951, Harley "Jim" Hisner was a 24-year-old right-handed pitcher making his major league debut in the final game of the season against the New York Yankees.  

The Yankees' lineup featured five future Hall of Famers - Mickey Mantle, Phil Rizutto, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, and Johnny Mize - but Hines did quite well.

He faced Mantle to start the game and struck him out. Hisner pitched six innings and allowed seven hits and three runs. He walked four and struck out three. He also had a single in two at-bats.

In the seventh inning, Johnny Pesky pinch-hit for him and that was the end of his day. Spec Shea and Johnny Sain pitched a combined shutout and the Red Sox lost 3-0.

It was Harley Hisner's only major league appearance. You can read more about his career here.

Hisner, now 85 years old, was one of the former Red Sox invited to the Fenway Park's 100th Anniversary celebration earlier this year.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Take Me Out To The Ball Game!

Last night my son was among some students who were recognized for a summer reading program at an on-field, pregame ceremony  at our local minor league farm team, the Vermont Lake Monsters!


We met up with The Armchair Squid, Wikes and their daughter for a pleasant evening of baseball and good conversation.

They arrived with a puzzler....apparently they play a license plate game where one takes the letters found on a plate (Vermont starts with 3 letters and then a space before 3 numbers) and try to think of a word that contains those letters in the same order (but not necessarily consecutively).  They arrived having seen a plate like this:

Any guesses?  It took us a while....and some help from the lady sitting in front of us, but I eventually got TWO and the flood gates opened!

(On the way home we spotted a plate with ZXF.  However, it was from Quebec which raised several questions around foreign plates and foreign languages!)

Now the two highlights of the night were BOTH baseball related!

First, we found out that the first 500 ticket holders each received an AJ COLE bobble-head!  I'm still not sure why I should be excited about that!  Cole was a member of the Lake Monsters in 2010.  He pitched in one game, facing 4 batters, walking one, striking out one and giving up one hit.  If you think about it, that's only one more inning than I have pitched for the team!  Where's my bobble head!?!?

Second, when I looked at the team's website before the game I was underwhelmed.  The Monsters were coming off a losing streak, were 11 games under .500, and the starting pitcher, JC Menna, sported a 0-9 record with an ERA north of 5!

However, he threw a gem!  He walked a few and had an error behind him in the field when he gave up his first hit in the 5th.  The Squid and I debated the ruling but didn't linger on it.  Shortly, we noticed the call had been reversed....the hit was gone and there was a second error on the board!

Menna gave way to Deyvi Jimenez, who kept Tri City hitless in the 7th and 8th before Ryan Dull came in for a perfect 9th! It was rather exciting and the first no-hitter in the history of the Vermont Reds/Mariners/Expos/Lake Monsters!

I have been to probably 50 major league games....and maybe the same amount of minor league games and this was one of the most exciting nights at the park for me!  It was cool to be a part of "history".

Ken Griffey Jr. game through our system for 17 games back in 1988.  The number of people who claim they saw him here continues to grow to near impossible numbers....I wonder if the 2,800 in attendance last night will swell in the same way?!?1

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Hey, Captain America, which site should we use this year for our Fantasy Football League?

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