Archive | August, 2013

Today in Baseball History – August 25

August 25, 1891

The Boston Beaneaters of the National League shock the baseball world. They announce the signing of King Kelly away from the rival Boston American Association club. He signs for two years for a total of $25,000 and kills the peace talks between the two leagues.

August 25, 1922

The Chicago Cubs beat the Phillies 26-25 after leading 25-6 in the fourth inning. The game ended with the Phillies having the bases loaded.

August 23, 1983

The Louisville Redbirds draw one million fans. It is the first time a minor league team has done that in a season.

August 23, 1985

The Mets Dwight Gooden becomes the youngest player to win 20 games at the age of 20 years, nine months, and nine days. He was one month younger than Bob Feller who won 20 in 1939.

Born on this day:

1946 Rollie Fingers

1962 Oddibe McDowell

1966 Albert Belle

1970 Doug Glanville

Died on this day:

1965 Moonlight Graham

1984 Waite Hoyt

1987 Justin Upton

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Today in Baseball History – August 24

August 24, 1894

Pop Schriver, a catcher with Chicago, becomes the first person ever to catch a baseball dropped from the Washington Monument.

August 24, 1905

The Cubs beat the Phillies 2-1 in 20 innings behind a complete game performance from Ed Reulbach.

August 24, 1945

Bob Feller returns from serving time in the Navy to pitch against Detroit. Feller strikes out 12, gives up four hits, and wins 4-2 in front of more than 46,000 fans.

August 24, 1951

In another publicity stunt by Bill Veeck, a thousand fans behind the Browns dugout vote on decisions by Browns coaches in “Fans Managers’ Night”. The fans coach the Browns to a 5-3 win over Philadelphia.

August 24, 1971

Mr. Cub Ernie Banks hits his 512th and last career home run in the first inning off of the Reds Jim McGlothlin.

August 24, 1989

Commissioner Bart Giamatti permanently bans Pete Rose from baseball for his alleged gambling on MLB games.

Born on this day:

1887 Harry Hooper

1960 Cal Ripken Jr.

1968 Tim Salmon

1980 Rafael Furcal

Died on this day:

2001 Hank Sauer

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Vintage Baseball T-Shirts by Charlie Hustle

I’m a huge fan of vintage shits, especially old defunct baseball teams. I’ve long been a fan of the collection that Ebbets Field Flannels puts out every year.

I picked up one a few years back and still get a lot of people asking me about it when I wear it. They have a nice selection of old teams whether it be old Pacific League teams or some Negro League teams as well.

And now I’m happy to see another company getting into the mix, Charlie Hustle. Located in Kansas City, Charlie Hustle has just come to terms with the Negro League Hall of Fame to produce a line of Negro League tees. Looking at what they have already done, including some really good basketball and football ones, I know they are going to do a great job with their new line.

You can pick up a t-shirt before they are even released to the public by supporting the Charlie Hustle Negro League Collection Kickstarter campaign. I’ve already posted my pledge to the effort and I’m excited to pick up a shirt when they are released.

If you are a fan of old vintage team t-shirts, then check them out. You can view the Charlie Hustle current line here.

Check them out and let me know what you think. My favorite so far is one from the old Federal League:

KC Feds Tee

 

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LLWS: Rematch Between Mexico and Japan for International Championship

WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania – The International Championship Game is set and we will have a rematch of one of the better games in the tournament so far.

Mexico defeated Panama (Latin America) 4-2 in seven innings on Thursday to set up a rematch against Japan in the International Championship Game.

Jorge Romero had a huge game for Mexico. He pitched three innings in relief to earn the win giving up just four hits. He also had the biggest hit of the game. In the top of the seventh with one out, Romero hit a two-run home run to give Mexico a 4-2 lead.

Mexico’s bats were quiet until the fifth inning. Down 1-0, Brandon Montes (2-for-3) homered to tie the game at one. As the inning continued, Alexander Artalejo singled in the go ahead run.

Panama wouldn’t stay down for long. In the bottom of the fifth inning they tied the game. Jean Mar Sanchez (2-for-2) led off the inning with a single. He was quickly sacrificed to second base. Juan Crisp (2-for-2) singled putting runners at the corners with one out when Jordan Agrazal came through. On a 2-1 count, Agrazal hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Sanchez with the tying run.

And that is where the score would stay until the big Romero home run.

Panama fell short once again. In 2012, it made it to the International Championship Game after knocking out Mexico. However, this year Mexico got its revenge and will face off with Japan once again.

Japan defeated Mexico in their first match up 5-2 after getting three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to break a 2-2 tie. The two will play for a chance at the Little League World Series Championship Game on Saturday.

On the United States side, the Northwest and New England will play on Friday for a chance at the US Championship Game.  New England won the first match between these two teams 9-7 after holding off a late rally from the Northwest. New England led the game 9-1 but Northwest would come back late to make it a close game.

The winner will play the West in the US Championship Game on Saturday afternoon.

2013 Little League World Series Schedule:

Friday August 23
3:00 pm Northwest vs New England

Saturday August 24
10:30 am Challenger Game
12:30 pm International Championship – Japan vs Mexico
3:00 pm United States Championship – West vs Northwest/New England

Sunday August 25
11:00 am Third Place Game
3:00 pm World Series Championship

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Memorial Fund for Slain Australian Baseball Player Chris Lane Set Up

Recently we wrote about an Australian baseball player shot at random , Chris Lane, by three teens in a small town in Oklahoma.

Lane, a 22-year old student, was here in the USA to earn his college degree and play baseball. He was in Duncan, Oklahoma visiting his girlfriend and her family before returning to school to start the new semester when he was shot at random by three teenagers.

It was first reported that the three teenagers did it because they were bored. There is another story coming out speculating that it might have been a gang initiation for the three teens who will now be tried in an adult court. It is still not clear why they decided to shot Lee in the back while he was jogging.

A friend of the family set up a fund to help support the parents travel to the US to bring their son home. The goal of that fund already has been overwhelmingly surpassed. The fund now sits at $130,000 and had an original goal of just $15,000.

The story has obviously touched the heart of so many and the support has been great even though I’d love to see more in the media.

You can also donate to the cause. The money will go toward paying for funeral expenses with all leftover money put into a foundation that will make donations to organizations in need. You can find the donation page below. Every little bit helps and will go to those in need.

Chris Lane was only chasing his dream of playing baseball and getting his college degree. Now we can only hope that this story and the foundation that is created will help others make the correct decision and chase their dreams.

A reminder too that the Essendon Baseball Club is also holding a memorial game this Sunday. As well, Australian baseball player Glenn Williams and Baseball NSW have set up an online auction to raise funds as well to be donated to the Chris Lane memorial fund. Items include signed hats and baseballs and are being auctioned off on eBay (Australia) for the next 10 days. Links to the items are below.

Johan Santana Signed Hat

David Nilsson Signed Ball

Graeme Lloyd Signed Ball

Justin Huber Signed Ball

Glenn Williams Signed Ball

Glenn Williams Signed Helmet

Hideki Okajima Signed Glove

If you can, please donate to the Chris Lane Memorial Fund. All money will go toward paying for the funeral expenses and anything over those cost will be donated to charity in his name. Every little bit helps.

Chris Lane Memorial Fund Donation Page

 Photo by Reuters

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Today in Baseball History – August 23

August 23, 1936

Bob Feller, just 17 years old, strikes out 15 in his first start.  Cleveland beats the St. Louis Browns 4-1 behind Feller.

August 23, 1953

Former Boston Braves pitcher Phil Paine becomes the first ex-Major Leaguer to play in Japan. He pitches for the Nishitetsu Lions while being stationed in Japan with the U.S. Air Force.

August 23, 1970

Roberto Clemente becomes the first player in the century to collect 10 hits in two consecutive games when he picks up his second straight five-hit game in a win against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

August 23, 1980

Charlie Finley sells the Oakland A’s to the Haas family, owners of Levi Strauss, for $12.7 million. The move keeps the team in Oakland.

August 23, 1982

Gaylord Perry of Seattle is tossed for doctoring the ball. It is the first time in his 20 years in the big leagues that he is ejected for this offense.

August 23, 1992

Dennis Eckersley becomes the first player in MLB history to record 40 saves in four different seasons.

August 23, 1998

Barry Bonds becomes the first player in history to hit 400 home runs and steal 400 bases.

Born on this day:

1870 George Davis

1922 George Kell

1948 Ron Blomberg

1957 Mike Boddicker

1958 Julio Franco

Died on this day:

2002 Hoyt Wilhelm

2003 Bobby Bonds

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Japan Releases 18U National Team Roster

16 of 20 players on roster played and famous Koshien High School Tournament

Japan has announced its roster for the 18U National Team that will compete in the 18U Baseball World Cup in Taichung. The tournament will take place from August 30 to September 8.

Sixteen of the twenty players on the roster competed in the 95th Japanese High School National Championship, better known as the Koshien, that just finished on August 22. The championship featured 49 regional winners from all over the country playing in a 14-day tournament which is the most famous high school baseball tournament in the world.

The team will begin practice on August 25 in Osada. It will play a couple exhibition games against college teams before leaving for Chinese Taipei.

2013 Japan 18U National Team:

Position, Name, High School (Prefecture)
RHP, Harumi Iida, Joso Gakuin (Ibaragi)
LHP, Yuki Matsui, Toko Gakuen (Kanagawa)
RHP, Taisuke Yamaoka, Setouchi (Hiroshima)
LHP, Kazuto Taguchi, Hiroshima Shinjo (Hiroshima)
RHP, Yuya Takahashi, Iwakuni Commercial (Yamaguchi)
RHP, Kona Takahashi, Maebashi Ikuei (Gunma)
RHP, Tomohiro Anraku, Saibi (Ehime)
Catcher, Yasuhito Uchida, Joso Gakuin (Ibaragi)
Catcher, Kenya Wakatsuki, Hanasaki Tokuharu (Saitama)
Catcher, Tomoya Mori, Osaka Toin (Osaka)
IF, Satoshi Sonobe, Seiko Gakuin (Fukushima)
IF, Yusei Itsuzaki, Meitoku Gijuku (Kochi)
IF, Nobuyuki Okumura, Nihon University Yamagata (Yamagata)
IF, Takahiro Kumagai, Sendai Ikuei (Sendai)
IF, Haruki Takemura, Urawa Gakuin (Saitama)
IF, Ryo Watanabe, Tokai University Kofu (Yamanashi)
OF, Ryuma Mori, 3rd Junior High of Nihon University (Tokyo)
OF, Yuto Yoshida, Hokusho (Hokkaido)
OF, Seiji Uebayashi, Sendai Ikuei (Sendai)
OF, Akihito Iwashige, Nobeoka Gakuen (Miyazaki)

Photo: National Champion Maebashi Ikuei and Runners Up Nobeoka Gakuen at Koshien on August 22, 2013 by The Mainichi

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Today in Baseball History – August 22

August 22, 1917

Carson Bigbee of the Pirates sets a major league record with 11 at-bats in a 22-inning game against Brooklyn. A record he now shares with 13 other players.

August 22,  1926

After three straight rain outs, a court injunction is received to play the first Sunday game in Philadelphia. Lefty Grove bests the White Sox 3-2 and a court later rules that Sunday baseball is still illegal. It wouldn’t be until 1934 before the law is changed in Philadelphia.

August 22, 1961

The Yankees Roger Maris becomes the first player to reach 50 home runs before the end of August.

August 22, 1984

Dwight Gooden, at the age of 19, becomes the eleventh rookie to strike out 200 in a season.

August 22, 1989

The Texas Rangers Nolan Ryan becomes the first player in MLB history to strike out 5,000 batters when he fans Rickey Henderson in the fifth inning of a 2-0 loss to Oakland.

Born on this day:

1857 Ned Hanlon

1891 Happy Felsch

1939 Carl Yastrzemski

1956 Paul Molitor

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USA Announces 2013 18U National Team

Players will compete in the IBAF ‘AAA’/18U World Cup in Taichung, Taiwan

By USA Baseball

FULLERTON, Calif. – USA Baseball announced the 20 players named to the 2013 18U National Team immediately following play at the 2013 USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials in Fullerton, Calif. Players competed over five days for the final spots.

For the second consecutive year, the 18U National Team hosted trials at California State University, Fullerton near Los Angeles. Trials also included games at Long Beach State’s Blair Field, Dodger Stadium and the University of San Diego’s Fowler Park. The 2012 18U National Team that won the IBAF 18U World Championships conducted their final trials at Cal State Fullerton, as well.

These 20 players will compete in the 2013 IBAF Junior ‘AAA’/18U World Cup in Taichung, which begins on Aug. 30 with medal round competition on Sept. 8.

The 18U National Team will be managed by newly named Penn State head coach, Rob Cooper. Cooper served as an assistant coach on two USA Baseball Collegiate National Teams. He will be joined in the dugout by pitching coach Mike Maack, and assistants Eric Munson and Kevin Wilson.

The team administration will be overseen by 18U National Team director, Brant Ust, with the assistance of 18U National Team coordinator, Mark Dvoroznak. Steve Domzalski, from Wayne State University, will serve as the athletic trainer, and USA Baseball’s Cody Wilcoxson will travel as the team’s press officer.

For more information on the 18U National Team, please visit USABaseball.com.

The 20-man 2013 USA Baseball 18U National Team roster is as follows:

Name, Position, Hometown
Brady Aiken, LHP, Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.
Bryson Brigman, IF/OF, San Jose, Calif.
Joe DeMers, RHP, Martinez, Calif.
Alex Destino, LHP/OF, Weaverville, N.C.
Jack Flaherty, IF/RHP, Burbank, Calif.
Marvin Gorgas, RHP/IF, East Hampton, Conn.
Adam Haseley, OF/LHP, Windermere, Fla.
Scott Hurst, OF, Glendora, Calif.
Kel Johnson, OF, Palmetto, Ga.
Trace Loehr, IF, Milwaukie, Ore.
Mac Marshall, LHP, Parkview, Ga.
Keaton McKinney, RHP/IF, Ankeny, Iowa
Jacob Nix, RHP, Los Alamitos, Calif.
Luis Ortiz, RHP, Sanger, Calif.
Jakson Reetz, C/OF/RHP, Hickman, Neb.
Michael Rivera, C, Venice, Fla.
JJ Schwarz, C, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Justus Sheffield, LHP, Tullahoma, Tenn.
Lane Thomas, OF, Knoxville, Tenn.
Cole Tucker, IF, Phoenix, Ariz.

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Nashville Mayor Proposes Plan to Build New Baseball Stadium at Historic Sulphur Dell

The Nashville Sounds could have a new home in 2015. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean’s administration has proposed a plan to build an $80 million development on the old Sulphur Dell site. Included in the project is $30 million for a new Sounds stadium.

The development would also include a parking garage and a residential development. However, the team is cautiously optimistic.

Plans in the past, including one in 2007 to build a ballpark on the river downtown, blew up. However, under new ownership and with a new mayor perhaps the plan to bring baseball back to the historic site will come through.

Sulphur Dell is the original home of baseball in Nashville. Baseball was played on the site shortly after the Civil War. A field, called Athletic Park, was built in 1870 and a grandstand added in 1885 when the Nashville Americans of the Southern League called it home.

It wasn’t until legendary sportswriter Grantland Rice referred to the park as Sulpher Spring Dell that the name began to change. Eventually it was shortened to just Sulpher Dell.

The field was known for its sloping outfield that had a steep incline all along the outfield wall.

Minor league teams played at Sulpher Dell for years through 1963. The last team to play were the Nashville Vols who played in the Atlantic League in 1963. However, due to poor attendance and financial problems the team was forced to leave.

The stadium sat vacant without a minor league team until it was torn down in 1969. And Nashville was without a team from 1964 to 1977 until the Nashville Sounds came to town.

The talks for the new ballpark are still in the early stages, but the Sounds are in dire need of an upgraded facility who play in the outdated Herschel Greer Stadium.

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Inaugural WBSC Congress Set for 7-9 March 2014

The World Baseball Softball Confederation has announced the dates for its first ever meeting. The congress will take place from March 7-9, 2014 in a location yet to be determined. This will be the first time since the joining of both federations that the two will unite.

The International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and the International Softball Federation (ISF) agreed to combine in 2012. The combination of the two became known as the WBSC.

The combined group will continue to try and further the games across the world, including trying to regain status at an Olympic sport for the 2020 Games. 

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Bill “Spaceman” Lee to Play All Nine Positions in Game with San Rafael Pacifics

Bill “Spaceman” Lee is back at it again. The former MLB pitcher with the Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos who is known for being outspoken and at times with some “different” ideas will pitch once again for the San Rafael Pacifics.

Last season Lee broke his own record as the oldest man to win a professional game. He set the record in 2010 at the age of 63. Then last season at the age of 65 he threw a complete game win for San Rafael.

This year he is going to once again play nine innings, but in a different style. Lee will attempt to play all nine positions in Wednesday nights game finishing out on the mound.

Lee says it is a tribute to former Major Leaguers Bert Campaneris and Cesar Tovar. Campaneris did the feat in 1965 with the Athletics during the team’s 103-loss season. Tovar completed the feat two years late while playing with the Twins.

Lee was the designated hitter in last nights game going 2-for-4 with a RBI.

The Pacifics play in the Pacific Associaton, an independent baseball league.

Photo: San Rafael Pacifics

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Stadium Journey Ranks Japanese Baseball Stadiums

I love lists. I love to see people ranking things whether it’s movies, songs, or stadiums. And our friends over at StadiumJourney.com have released an interesting list Ranking the Stadiums of Japanese Baseball.

At the top of their list is Koshien Stadium the home of the Hanshin Tigers.

I have not visited any of the stadiums in Japan, but its very high on my list of baseball related things to do. I was still surprised to see that Koshien Stadium, which is the oldest stadium, at the top of the list.

But if  you read the full review, just click on each of the stadium names, you’ll see that the atmosphere and fans rank very high making the score of the stadium rise.

One thing I wasn’t surprised was that the Tokyo Dome ranked pretty low. Just from watching games on TV there, I’ve never thought much of it. It never really struck me as a must see place. Pretty much the only reason to go there, is to see the historic Yomiuri Giants.

I was also pleased to see that most of the domes ranked low. I’m not a huge fan of domed stadiums. I understand in some places its a must to have a dome, or at the very least a retractable roof. But domes are not as fun to watch games in. I’ve been to a few and I’d much rather see a game outside.

So head on over and check out the list. If you’ve been to a stadium or two, be sure to let us know if you agree with the rankings or not.

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Netherlands: DOOR Neptunus Sweeps L&D Amsterdam; Playoffs Start This Weekend

The Dutch Major League finished its regular season this past weekend. The top two teams, DOOR Neptunus and L&D Amsterdam played a three game series that would determine playoff spots. DOOR would wind up sweeping the series knocking Amsterdam down to the #4 seed heading into the playoffs.

Corendon Kinheim headed into the final week just a game and a half up on the Vaessen Pioniers. Both teams went into the final weekend playing some of the teams lower in the standings. And both would wind up sweeping their opponents to advance to the playoffs claiming the #2 and #3 seeds.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates 3, DOOR Neptunus 4
L&D Amsterdam Pirates 8, DOOR Neptunus 6
DOOR Neptunus 9, L&D Amsterdam Pirates 3

DOOR Neptunus set the tone of the series in Game 1 with a late inning walk-off comeback.

Both starting pitchers pitched well. Amsterdam’s Rob Cordemans started and pitching into the seventh inning. He finished 6.2 innings allowing just two runs on four hits while striking out seven. He left the game with it tied at two, but the Pirates came back after giving up the lead.

In the top of the eighth, Amsterdam took a 3-2 lead on a Percy Isenia (3-for-4) RBI single. That’s where the score would stay until the bottom of the ninth.

Pirates reliever Jurrian Koks came in to shut down Neptunus in the ninth, but the bats would get to him. Dwayne Kemp (2-for-4) led off the inning with a single. He was sacrificed to second but on the play Koks threw the ball away allowing both runners to be safe as Kemp advanced to third. Another error by the shortstop allowed a run to score and Gyenuar Lopez (0-for-3) to reach base.

And then the final stroke, the third error of the inning ended the game. Rudy van Heydoorn (0-for-4) reached on an error by the Pirates center fielder allowing the winning run to score from second.

Koks didn’t get an out but gave up two runs to take the loss.

Brenden Wise picked up the win in relief. DOOR starter Diegomar Markwell pitched well going 7.2 innings allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits.

DOOR would go on to take the next two games of the series setting up a rematch this weekend with Amsterdam in the first round of the playoffs. The top four teams in the standings advance to a round robin format. The two teams with the best record in the round robin will play in the 2013 Holland Series for the league championship.

Final Dutch Major League Standings:

1. DOOR Neptunus 34-8
2. Corendon Kinheim 31-11
3. Vaessen Pioniers 29-12-1
4. L&D Amsterdam Pirates 28-13-1
5. UVV 17-25
6. Mr. Cocker HCAW 14-27-1
7. Mampaey the Hawks 11-30-1
8. Ado Lakers 2-40

Dutch Major League Playoff Schedule:

Thursday August 22
7:30 pm DOOR Neptunus vs L&D Amsterdam Pirates
7:30 pm Corendon Kinheim vs Veaessen Pioniers

Saturday August 24
2:00 pm L&D Amsterdam Pirates vs DOOR Neptunus
2:00 pm Vaessen Pioniers vs Corendon Kinheim

Sunday August 25
2:00 pm DOOR Neptunus vs L&D Amsterdam Pirates
2:00 pm Corendon Kinheim vs Veaessen Pioniers

Thursday August 29
7:30 pm Corendon Kinheim vs L&D Amsterdam Pirates
7:30 pm DOOR Neptunus vs Vaessen Pioniers

Saturday August 31
2:00 pm L&D Amsterdam Pirates vs Corendon Kinheim
2:00 pm Vaessen Pioniers vs DOOR Neptunus

Sunday September 1
2:00 pm Corendon Kinheim vs L&D Amsterdam Pirates
2:00 pm DOOR Neptunus vs Vaessen Pioniers

Thursday September 5
7:30 pm Vaessen Pioniers vs L&D Amsterdam Pirates
7:30 pm DOOR Neptunus vs Corendon Kinheim

Saturday September 7
2:00 pm L&D Amsterdam Pirates vs Vaessen Pioniers
2:00 pm Corendon Kinheim vs DOOR Neptunus

Sunday September 8
2:00 pm Vaessen Pioniers vs L&D Amsterdam Pirates
2:00 pm DOOR Neptunus vs Corendon Kinheim

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Austria: 2013 Playoffs Start Friday

The playoffs get going this coming weekend in the Austrian Baseball League. The league finished its play this past weekend when the Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks and the Dornbirn Indians played the final two games.

With a sweep the Indians would have finished first in the standings, but that wasn’t meant to be. The Diving Ducks and Indians split the weekend series which resulted in a three-way tie for first place, while the Diving Ducks took the last spot in the playoffs.

Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks 6, Dornbirn Indians 4
Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks 1, Dornbirn Indians 9

With the win in Game 2, the Indians push the Ducks into the #4 seed while the Indians claim the #2 seed.

With the three-way tie for first, the Vienna Wanderers claim the top spot in the playoffs gaining home field and will take on the #4 seed Diving Ducks in round 1 of the playoffs. The other match up will be the #2 Dornbirn Indians against the #3 Vienna Metrostars.

The best-of-seven series begin this weekend.

2013 Austrian Baseball League Playoff Schedule:

Friday August 23
7:00 pm Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks at Vienna Wanderers

Saturday August 24
1:00 pm Vienna Metrostars at Dornbirn Indians
4:00 pm Vienna Metrostars at Dornbirn Indians
7:00 pm Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks at Vienna Wanderers

Saturday September 7
1:00 pm Vienna Wanderers at Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks
1:00 pm Dornbirn Indians at Vienna Metrostars
4:00 pm Vienna Wanderers at Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks
4:00 pm Dornbirn Indians at Vienna Metrostars

Sunday September 8
*12:00 pm Dornbirn Indians at Vienna Metrostars
*3:00 pm Vienna Wanderers at Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks

Saturday September 14
*1:00 pm Vienna Metrostars at Dornbirn Indians
*1:00 pm Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks at Vienna Wanderers
*4:00 pm Vienna Metrostars at Dornbirn Indians
*4:00 pm Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks at Vienna Wanderers

*if necessary

Final Regular Season Standings:

1. Vienna Wanderers 12-8
2. Dornbirn Indians 12-8
3. Vienna Metrostars 12-8
4. Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks 11-9
5. Stock City Cubs 9-11
6. Attnang Athletics 4-16

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Today in Baseball History – August 21

August 21, 1883

In the most lop-sided shutout in major league history, the Providence Grays were shutout by the Philadelphia Quakers 28-0.

August 21, 1926

The Chicago White Sox Ted Lyons pitched a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

August 21, 1931

Babe Ruth hits his 600th home run off of George Blaeholder of the Browns.

August 21, 1932

The Indians’ Wes Ferrell becomes the first player of the 20th century to win 20 games in his first four seasons. He would go on to win 193 total games winning 20 games in a year twice more.

August 21, 1947

The first Little League World Series tournament is held in Williamsport , Pennsylvania. The Maynard Midgets of Williamsport win.

August 21, 1972

The Phillies Steve Carlton had his 15-game winning streak snapped by the Atlanta Braves in a 2-1, 11 inning loss.

August 21, 1975

Rick and Paul Reuschel become the first brothers to combine for a shutout when they pitch the Cubs to a 7-0 win over the Dodgers.

August 21, 1982

The Brewers Rollie Fingers picks up his 300th save becoming the first player to reach that mark.

Born on this day:

1966 John Wetteland

1970 Craig Counsell

1978 Jason Marquis

Died on this day:

1937 George Wright

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Australian Baseball Player Chris Lane Killed by “Bored” Teens

In what was a senseless and uncalled for incident, three young men shot and killed Australian baseball player Chris Lane. Lane was just 22.

Lane was in Duncan, Oklahoma last Friday afternoon visiting his girlfriend and her family. He was out for a run on the streets of Duncan when he passed a house with three boys sitting on the porch. The boys then decided Lane would be their target and followed him in a car in order to shot him.

Why did they do it? They said they were bored.

The kids, and I do mean kids as the oldest was only 17, were in what was called a “wanna be gang”. Earlier they had killed an animal and stepped up their murder to people when they saw Lane jogging by.

Lane, a student from Melbourne, was attending college in the US on a scholarship at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. Lane was entering his senior year at the university where he started at catcher for 14 games last season.

Lane’s former club team in Australia is holding a memorial game this Sunday August 25th.

For more information on the Chris Lane Memorial Game or if you would like to donate to the Christopher Lane Memorial Fund, please visit the Essendon Baseball Club Website.

Photo: Essendon Baseball Club

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Today in Baseball History – August 20

August 20, 1915

The Chicago White Sox get Joe Jackson from Cleveland in exchange for Larry Chappell, Braggo Roth, Ed Klepfer, and $31,500.

August 20, 1919

Wichita (Western League) outfielder Joe Wilhoit doesn’t get a hit ending his 69-game hitting streak. Over the streak Wilhoit batted .505 picking up 155 hits in 299 at bats.

August 20, 1938

Lou Gehrig hits his 23rd career grand slam, still a record, in an 11-3 win over the A’s.

August 20, 1945

Tommy Brown of the Dodgers, 17, becomes the youngest player in MLB history to hit a home run when he homers off of the Pirates Preacher Roe at Ebbets Field.

August 20, 1958

Dale Long becomes the first left-handed catcher since 1906 when he catches the first game of a doubleheader when the Cubs run out of catchers.

August 20, 1961

The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Braves in the second game of a doubleheader to snap a 23-game losing streak.

August 20, 1980

Omar Moreno of the Pirates steals his 70th base of the season. With that stolen base, he becomes the first player of the century to steal 70 bases in three straight seasons. In 1978 he had 71, with 77 in 1979. He finishes 1980 with 96.

August 20, 1989

The Mets Howard Johnson hits hits 30th home run of the season. He joins Willie Mays and Bobby Bonds as the only players to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in two different seasons.

Born on this day:

1944 Graig Nettles

1960 Mark Langston

1973 Todd Helton

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Italy: Three Teams Fight for Final Two Playoff Spots with One Week to Play

The playoff race got a little more exciting over the weekend in the Italian Baseball League. First play Telemarket Rimini split a weekend series with Nettuno. The split cost both teams in the standings. Rimini is now only one game ahead of Unipol Bologna after they swept T&A San Marino. While Nettuno slipped into a tie for the fourth and final playoff spot with Parma, who swept Novara Baseball, and San Marino.

It is not looking good for T&A San Marino. Going into the final weekend they are tied with both Parma and Nettuno with only two of the three teams making the playoffs. And San Marino has a tougher final weekend. They will face league leader Telemarket Rimini in their final two games of the year while the other two teams have easier roads. Nettuno has the easiest final series facing off with the last place Toshiba Mastiff Grosseto who has won only three games all year. Parma has a bit tougher test, but not as tough as Rimini. They will face off with sixth place Palfinger Reggio Emilia.

Parma Baseball 1, Novara Baseball 0
Parma Baseball 12, Novara Baseball 2 (8)

In a must win series of the weekend, Parma swept Novara Baseball to pull into a tie for the final playoff spot.

Game 1 saw Parma starter Jose Sanchez shut down the Novara bats for 7.1 innings. He gave up just five hits while striking out ten to pick up the win. Marcos Tabata came in to pick up the save pitching the final 1.1 innings.

Offensively Parma picked up the only run of the game in the top of the second inning. After two quick outs, Sebastiano Poma (1-for-3) walked to get the rally started. Davide Benetti (1-for-3) then singled advancing Poma all the way to third. Then Benetti stole second base and moved to third on a wild pitch. And on that wild pitch, Poma scored the only run of the game.

Parma was actually out hit 5 to 4 with Cristian Leoni was the only hitter on either team to pick up more than one hit going 2-for-4.

Game 2 saw a little more offense, but only from Parma. However, Novara gave up seven unearned runs committing six errors in the game to allow Parma to blow it open big late.

Yomel Rivera pitched well for Parma. He went five innings giving up one run on three hits.

Alex Sambucci had a big day at the plate for Parma. He homered twice, drove in six runs, and finished the day 3-for-4 scoring three runs. The story was told through the days of Osman Marval and Stefano Desimoni at the plate. Combined the two went 1-for-6, but they scored three runs each.

To add to the six errors, Novara walked seven batters as Parma won big to pull into a tie for the final playoff spot.

In other Italian Baseball League action:

Filippo Bertolini pitched six shutout innings for Palfinger Reggio Emilia giving up four hits and striking out nine.

Lucca Ricco went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and two RBI for Emilia in Game 1 of the weekend.

Nibaldo Acosta pitched eight shutout innings in Game 2 for Emilia giving up just three hits and striking out seven.

Jesus Yepez struck out 12 in 5.1 innings for the New Black Panthers in Game 1 of the weekend. He gave up just one run on two hits.

Jokob Trobec scored four runs and stole three bases for the New Black Panthers in the first game of the series.

Roberto Corradini pitched five shutout innings for Rimini in Game 1 of the weekend. He gave up just two hits to earn the win.

Ramon Castro went 2-for-4 with a solo home run for Rimini in the first game.

Bologna’s Rosario Reyes homered in the first game going 2-for-4.

Jairo Ramos scored three times and hit a solo home run for San Marino in Game 2 of the series.

Lorenzo Avagnina went 2-for-6 with a home run for San Marino in the 10 inning loss.

Italian Baseball League Scores:

Toshiba Mastiff Grosseto 0, Palfinger Reggio Emilia 14 (7)
Toshiba Mastiff Grosseto 0, Palfinger Reggio Emilia 2

Godo Knights 2, New Black Panthers 12 (8)
Godo Knights 8, New Black Panthers 3

Telemarket Rimini 5, Nettuno 1
Telemarket Rimini 6, Nettuno 11

Unipol Bologna 6, T&A San Marino 2
T&A San Marino 11, Unipol Bologna 12 (10)

Parma Baseball 1, Novara Baseball 0
Parma Baseball 12, Novara Baseball 2 (8)

Italian Baseball League Standings:

1. Telemarket Rimini 27-7
2. Unipol Bologna 26-8
3. T&A San Marino 23-11
4. Nettuno 22-11
5. Parma Baseball 23-11
6. Palfinger Reggio Emilia 17-17
7. New Black Panthers 11-23
8. Godo Knights 9-25
9. Novara Baseball 8-26
10. Toshiba Mastiff Grosseto 3-31

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The North Conference Games of Iran’s 2013 Baseball Club Championship Tournament

By Iran Baseball Association

The North Conference games of Iran’s 2013 Baseball Club Championship Tournament kicked off last month in Mashhad with Qom Sports Association winning all 3 of its games and sitting at the top of North Conference standings.

Qom accomplished this by defeating last year’s North Conference winner, Tehran Azarakhsh Club, in a thriller of a game, 9-7. Other North Conference teams include Khorasan Sports Association and Fooladshahr of Semnan.

These 4 teams will square off again in September in Tehran to determine the two teams that will advance to the playoffs to face the top teams from the South Conference. The South Conference games which will also start in September will feature Isfahan Power pipe, Bushehr Sports Association, Adineh Kariman of Kerman and host Arak Sports Association.

Top players from these tournaments will be invited to join Iran’s national team when they travel to Pakistan to participate in the Asian Baseball Cup (Southwest) in December.

Iran’s national Baseball B team traveled to Georgia for 3 friendly games against Georgian national team this month. Although, Iran lost all 3 games to the stronger Georgian side, it was a great experience for Iran team which is preparing for the Southwest Asian games in Pakistan in December.

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Germany: Playoffs Start This Weekend

The playoffs are set for the German Baseball League after the South Division finished up its schedule this past weekend.

In the South Division, the Regensburg Buchbinder Legionaere finished on top of the standings once again. Heidenheim, who has made a late charge at the division title, finished just a game out of first place.

The other two teams to make the playoffs out of the South Division are the Mainz Athletics and the Haar Disciples.

The teams will face the playoff teams from the North Division. The Solingen Alligators won the North Division followed up by the Bonn Capitals, Paderborn Untouchables, and the HSV Stealers.

2013 German Baseball League Playoff Schedule:

Saturday August 24th
Game Times 1 pm and 3:30 pm
Solingen Alligators (1st, North Division) at Haar Disciples (4th, South Division)
Buchbinder Legionaere (1st, South Division) at HSV Stealers (4th, North Division)
Heidenheim Heidekopfe (2nd, South Division) at Paderborn Untouchables (3rd, North Division)
Bonn Capitals (2nd, North Division) at Mainz Athletics (3rd, South Divison)

Saturday August 31st
Game Times 1 pm and *3:30 pm
Haar Disciples at Solingen Alligators
HSV Stealers at Buchbinder Legionaere
Paderborn Untouchables at Heidenheim Heidekopfe
Mainz Athletics at Bonn Capitals

Sunday September 1st
*Game Time 2:00 pm
Haar Disciples at Solingen Alligators
HSV Stealers at Buchbinder Legionaere
Paderborn Untouchables at Heidenheim Heidekopfe
Mainz Athletics at Bonn Capitals

*if necessary

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France: Semifinals Kick Off with Series Splits

The semifinals have gotten underway in the French Division I playoffs with the Rouen Huskies taking on the Montpellier Barracudas and the Senart Templiers taking on Paris UC.

The first place Rouen Huskies fell in Game 1 to the Barracudas 4-1. They bounced back in Game 2 to split the first weekend games with a 3-2 win.

The series will head to Rouen for the final games this coming weekend.

In the other semifinal, Senart and Paris also split. Senart won Game 1 5-2 but dropped the second game 12-11. The series shifts back to Senart this coming weekend for the final games.

French Division I Playoff Schedule:

Saturday August 17th
Montpellier Barracudas 4, Rouen Huskies 1
Paris UC 2, Senart Templiers 5

Sunday August 18th
Rouen Huskies 3, Montpellier Barracudas 2
Senart Templiers 11, Paris UC 12

Saturday August 24th
Montpellier Barracudas vs Rouen Huskies
Paris UC vs Senart Templiers

Sunday August 25th
*Rouen Huskies vs Montpellier Barracudas
*Montpellier Barracudas vs Rouen Huskies

*Senart Templiers vs Paris UC
*Paris UC vs Senart Templiers

*if necessary

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Today in Baseball History – August 19

August 19, 1909

The Philadelphia Phillies have their 10th consecutive rain out. This is a Major League record.

August 19, 1921

Ty Cobb collects career hit number 3,000 becoming the youngest player ever to reach that mark at the age of 34.

August 19, 1931

Lefty Grove ties an American League record, held by Walter Johnson and Joe Wood, winning his 16th consecutive game.

 August 19, 1951

In a promotional stunt, Bill Veeck signs 3’7″ Eddie Gaedel to a contract and sends him up in the first inning against the Tigers. He is walked on four pitches. Gaedel is banned from appearing in any more games two days later by the commissioner.

August 19, 1957

The New York Giants owner announced that the board of directors has voted 9-1 in favor of moving the team to San Francisco.

August 19, 1969

The Cubs Ken Holtzman no-hits the Braves at Wrigley Field winning 3-0. Ron Santo provides all of the necessary offense in the first inning with a three-run home run.

August 19, 1990

Bobby Thigpen saves his 40th game of the season becoming the fastest to reach that mark.

Born on this day:

1935 Bobby Richardson

1955 Ned Yost

1958 Gary Gaetti

1960 Ron Darling

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Germany: North Wins All-Star Game 6-3

The German Baseball League held its annual All-Star Game yesterday in Bonn. For the first time in its history the game was streamed online through Legionaere TV.

The festivities started off with the home run derby where 10 players competed for this years crown. The weather wasn’t the greatest for a home run derby with light rain off and on, but the players slugged on as Brent Buffa of the HSV Stealers was crowned 2013 Home Run Derby Champion after blasting five.

After the North Division was successful in bringing home the home run derby crown, they continued up with a nice win over the South in the All-Star Game. The North took an early 3-0 lead and went on to a 6-3 victory.

North starting pitcher Charles Olson, of the host Bonn Capitals, pitched great holding the South at bay during his time on the hill. He would go on to capture the the Best Pitcher Award.

Florian Nehring, Bonn Capitals, was named the MVP. While the South’s Chris Beck, Stuttgart Reds, was named the Best Hitter. Beck had a good day despite being on the losing end of things. He finished third in the home run derby. He then scored the first run for the South after a double and later would drive in a run.

The North held onto the lead despite a late inning rally from the South to win.

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