December 19, 2014 |
BEFORE THE SWOOSH came into his life, Michael Jordan wore Converse. Yesterday a powder-blue pair of leather hightops that he wore at North Carolina sold at auction for $33,387. ESPN.com reported that the sneaks - inscribed "Best Wishes, Michael Jordan" - were consigned to Grey Flannel Auctions by a high school teammate of Jordan's. The winning bidder, who chose to remain anonymous, purchased a nice piece of history. But they are far less valuable that some other Jordan memorabilia.
November 15, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Joe Paterno was still in high school, Joe DiMaggio hit safely in 56 consecutive games and World War II raged on in Europe. The year was 1941, and to many, that time in history holds special meaning. For old-timer Yankees fans, it's DiMaggio's streak. For film junkies, Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" premiered. But for longtime Penn State and Temple fans, they know 1941 for something else: the last time the Nittany Lions lost to the Owls. Anyone with fingers and toes or a calculator can tell you that Temple has gone 72 seasons without defeating Penn State.
July 10, 2014
An op-ed on Tuesday misstated the number of times the Yankees won the World Series while Joe DiMaggio played for them. It was nine.
October 11, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Babe Ruth never spoke to Lou Gehrig, because Gehrig's mom once criticized the way Claire, Ruth's second wife, dressed Dorothy, Ruth's adopted daughter. Mickey Mantle hated Joe DiMaggio, because Joe D called him off a fly ball he was tracking and Mantle veered away and stepped in a drainage hole and wrecked his knee. Thurmon Munson detested Reggie Jackson, because Reggie said he was "the straw that stirred the drink" and because Jackson made more money than he did, which broke a promise they'd made to Munson.
November 25, 2012
a. Andrew Carnegie, 1835. b. Carry Nation, 1846. c. John XXIII, 1881. d. Joe DiMaggio, 1914. e. Ricardo Montalban, 1920. f. Percy Sledge, 1940 (some sources say 1941). g. Ben Stein, 1944. h. John Larroquette, 1947. i. John F. Kennedy Jr., 1960. j. Christina Applegate, 1971.
October 5, 2012 |
SEATTLE - Angels rookie Mike Trout went 2 for 3 at the plate with a double leading off the sixth and a single in the eighth in Los Angeles' 12-0 loss to Seattle on Wednesday, finishing with a .326 average. That was good for second in the AL batting race but pretty much locked up the triple crown for Detroit's Miguel Cabrera. It was a rough night for Trout, who fell short of his 50th steal and was twice thrown out on the base paths. Trout, a Millville High product, was plunked in the back by Seattle starter Blake Beavan leading off the game and then was thrown out by Jesus Montero trying to steal.
September 3, 2011 |
Breaking news: The Yankees and Red Sox have wrapped up their three-game series. That's right - for the first time in modern memory, Boston and New York are not playing each other. OK, we exaggerate. But not by much. The three-game series took 11 hours, 36 minutes to complete, with the Bombers taking the series, two games to one, with a 4-2 win at Fenway that took 4 hours, 21 minutes on Thursday. (Comparison: On Monday, the Yanks put away the Orioles, 3-2, in a tidy 2:32.) The first two games of the series went 3:59 and 3:16, respectively.
July 18, 2011
Sunday was the 70th anniversary of the end of Joe DiMaggio's storied 56-game hitting streak, which captivated the nation in 1941. The feat is worthy of all the attention, and DiMaggio is certainly due all the respect given him the last seven decades. But there are actually two other streaks from that same era that might be more impressive than DiMag's 56-gamer. One was by the Yankee Clipper himself, who drew a walk in the game immediately preceding the 56-game hitting streak.
May 13, 2011 |
IT IS THE single-season record that stands above all others, what Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins referred to as the "Golden Grail. " No one has come close to breaking it, and yet each year before he has headed off to spring training, Rollins has told his brother, Antwon: "This is the season I'm going to break Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak. " Given the enormity of that goal, Rollins could just as easily have said he planned to swim across the Atlantic Ocean. That is how unlikely it is that anyone in major league baseball will ever again get a hit in 56 consecutive games.
June 7, 2010 |
Man of a thousand runs Meet Ichiro Suzuki, millennium man. Over the weekend, the Seattle rightfielder crossed the plate for his 1,000 time, becoming the eighth-fastest active player - and third Mariner ever - to reach the mark. Then for good measure, he made it 1,001 in Sunday's 9-4 home loss to the Angels. The day before, in the fifth, also against the Angels, he doubled for his second hit, then scored on Franklin Gutierrez's RBI groundout. The crowd stood and chanted "I-chi-ro!"