A bad trip down memory lane.
I am an Orioles fan and don’t (well, almost never) call the Orioles the O’s. First, the apostrophe doesn’t make sense. If anything, it should be the Os (plural instead of possessive). Hardly any other teams do this. The only one I can think of is the A’s. We don’t call the Phillies the P’s. We don’t call the Yankees the Y’s.
That’s enough of an old man rant for today.
My favorite is Peter the Anteater from University of California – Irvine. I’ll post on him sometime.
Julio Franco had a long major league career starting with the Phillies in 1982. His last game was with the Braves in 2008. As I recall (and can’t find this online), near the end of his career, he was playing against the Phillies who were wearing retro jerseys. Franco had been around so long he had worn that jersey for the Phillies when he started out.
The first Yankee Stadium was used from 1923-2008.
Three important non-baseball events that took place there:
College football: “In the 1928 game, with the score 0–0 at halftime, legendary Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne gave his “win one for the Gipper” speech (with reference to All-American halfback George Gipp, who died in 1920); Notre Dame went on to defeat Army, 12–6. “
Boxing: “Perhaps the most famous boxing match ever held at Yankee Stadium was on June 22, 1938, when Joe Louis, an African-American, squared off against Schmeling, a German. Adolf Hitler followed the rematch carefully, imploring Schmeling to defeat Louis, whom Hitler publicly berated. This left some with what they perceived as a moral predicament: root for the black fighter, or for the Nazi. Schmeling had defeated Louis in 1936, but in defense of his title, Louis knocked out Schmeling in the first round. This was one of eight championship fights the “Brown Bomber” fought at Yankee Stadium.”
NFL Football: “On December 28, 1958, Yankee Stadium hosted the 1958 NFL championship game, frequently called “The Greatest Game Ever Played”. The Baltimore Colts tied the Giants, 17–17, on a field goal with seven seconds left. Led by quarterback Johnny Unitas, the Colts won in overtime, 23–17. The game’s dramatic ending is often cited as elevating professional football to one of the United States’ major sports.”
There have been 23 perfect games in baseball since 1901. A perfect game is when a pitcher pitches nine or more innings and doesn’t allow a baserunner.
The most famous almost-perfect game was pitched by Harvey Haddix of the Pirates in 1959. He threw 12 perfect innings but gave up hits in the 13th and lost the game.
In 1995, Pedro Martinez of the Expos threw nine perfect innings. He gave up a hit to the 28th batter in the 10th inning and was taken out of the game.
Armando Galarraga would have had a perfect game in 2010 if the umpire made a correct call in the ninth inning.
Dick Bosman is the only pitcher to miss a perfect game because of his own fielding error in a 1974 contest.
John Means of the Baltimore Orioles threw a no-hitter in 2021 that would have been a perfect game if the catcher had not dropped a third strike. He faced the minimum of 27 batters.
Carlos Rodon of the White Sox hit a batter in the 9th in a 2021 game. That was the only baserunner he allowed.
Here’s a list of pitchers who had perfect games through 8 2/3 innings. Here’s another list. It includes a 1917 game started by Babe Ruth of the Red Sox who walked the first batter and then was thrown out of the game. After he was replaced, the runner was thrown out trying to steal. Reliever Ernie Shore retired the next 26 batters.
Then there was today (4/13/22) when Clayton Kershaw was pulled after 7 perfect innings. I agree with Passan.