Bob Hamman, founder of Dallas-based SCA Promotions, reached a deal in 1989 to cover a $1 million donation to Little League Baseball if Ryan, then 42, pitched a no-hitter.
Many baseball stories emerged from Apollo 11’s historic journey to the moon, including a prophetic one about Gaylord Perry’s first career home run.
As he rounded second base after hitting a walk-off home run, it occurred to 32-year-old Cody Decker that it probably wasn’t going to get any better than that. So when he got to home plate, he retired on the spot.
It was decided during a Pacific Coast League executive committee conference call that league members should consider extending safety netting to protect fans from foul balls.
Chicago Cubs TV analyst Jim Deshaies said there were only two ballplayers savvy enough to draw an obstruction or interference call — the Cubs’ Javier Baez and “the great Tommy Barrett.”
If ballplayers had written the obituary for the former Boston Red Sox first baseman, who died Monday at age 69, The Error would have been mentioned in passing.
The surprising journeyman on the mound who has made the most cash for bettors this season is Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Jordan Lyles, who is 5-1 with a 2.81 ERA.
The right-hander was traded by the A’s to the Blue Jays on May 11, ending his brief stint with the Aviators and helping him set a major league record by pitching for his 14th team.
Despite mentoring superstar Bryce Harper and other major league players, longtime Las Vegas High coach Sam Thomas is coaching in the state baseball tournament for the first time.
With average attendance of 9,034 at new Las Vegas Ballpark, the Aviators lead the Pacific Coast League and are on pace to set the league’s highest turnstile count since 2007.