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1922 – Charlie Robertson (Chicago White Sox) threw a perfect game against the Detroit Tigers.
1939 – Lou Gehrig played his last game with the New York Yankees. He had played in 2,130 consecutive games.
1940 – Belle Martell was licensed in California by state boxing officials. She was the first American woman, prizefight referee.
1961 – Willie Mays (San Francisco) hit four home runs against the Milwaukee Braves.
1970 – Billy Williams (Chicago Cubs) became the first National League player to play in 1,000 straight games.
1971 – The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Baltimore Bullets in the fourth straight game of a championship series. They were only the second team in major league history to take another team out in four straight games.
1989 – Bill Shoemaker won his 1,000th stakes race.
1993 – Monica Seles was stabbed by Gunter Porsche. Porsche had run out onto the court after her match and stabbed Seles in the upper back.
1996 – The New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles played the longest nine-inning game in major league baseball history. The game took four hours and 21 minutes.
1997 – Riddick Bowe announced his retirement from boxing to pursue a career with the HBO cable network. His career record was 40-1 with 32 knockouts.
1997 – The Atlanta Braves set a major league record when the got their 19th win in the month of April.
2002 – Alex Rodriguez became the second youngest major league player to reach 250 home runs. He was 26 years and 277 days old.

Posted: April 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

HardballTalk

Detroit removed Delmon Young from the 25-man roster and placed him on the restricted list following his arrest Thursday night and now Andy Soltis of the New York Postreports that MLB “has decided to suspend” Young.

Young was charged with assault and an aggravated harassment hate crime for an altercation in which he allegedly attacked a group of tourists and made anti-Semitic remarks to a panhandler in New York.

Young’s arrest came exactly six years to the day after he was suspended for throwing his bat an umpire while playing at Triple-A for the Rays as a prospect.

No word yet on the length of the suspension, but according to the newspaper an official ruling could come as soon as today. Young, who’s making $6.75 million this season, was released on $5,000 bail and the Tigers have said he’ll undergo alcohol and anger counseling.

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Posted: April 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

ProBasketballTalk

After years of watching the Atlanta Hawks operate within a zone of improbability, you’d think we might be better prepared to see them again best a sure favorite.

Yet here we are, as dumbstruck as the now 0-1 Boston Celtics. Atlanta didn’t stumble into a revelation of efficiency or make a crucial late-season addition. They merely played the same illogical brand of basketball that has marked the franchise for the last half-decade, and by way of talent, energy, and flat-out good fortune, they pounced on a Celtics team that wasn’t quite ready to begin their playoff run. I won’t submit into cliché and say that the Hawks “just wanted it more,” than the Celtics, but they certainly wanted to work more than their breathless opponents; Boston practically began the game hunched over, while Atlanta started their night with a 31-point rampage. That contrast speaks for itself, and although the game…

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Posted: April 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

ProBasketballTalk

Before the Lakers opened the playoffs at home against the Nuggets on Sunday, George Karl was asked at the beginning of his press conference if he thought his team had a chance. He responded by saying, “The first question and the arrogance of L.A. comes forth,” which was followed by laughs all around.

It turned out to be a legitimate question.

Denver looked completely over-matched in Game 1, and thanks to a triple-double effort of 10 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 blocked shots from Andrew Bynum, the Lakers cruised to a 103-88 victory that was truly never in doubt.

If Bynum brings anywhere close to the focus and intensity he did in this one on the defensive end of the floor, the result of the series won’t be in doubt, either.

Denver’s strength offensively had been using Ty Lawson and Aaron Afflalo to get into the paint and create open…

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Posted: April 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

HardballTalk

Giants 4, Padres 1: Madison Bumgarner keeps rolling (7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 6K). After the game he explained his recent success by saying “I’m just trying to make pitches.”  I’ve heard that for 30 years and I’m still not quite sure what it means but I always like hearing it for some reason. It’s a satisfying answer to me on some level. I think I’m going to start using it in everyday conversation:

Mookie: Dad, why do you keep putting strawberries in my lunch. You know I don’t like strawberries.

Me: Hey, I’m just trying to make pitches.

Dodgers 2, Nationals…: Chris Capuano outpitches Gio Gonzalez as the Dodgers sweep the Nationals. They’re now 0-2 with Bryce Harper. Let’s pretend that’s a thing because it will probably annoy the hell out of him.

Twins 7, Royals 4: Single, double and a triple for Josh…

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