Happy Birthday–March 22

Jack Boyle (1866)
Ernie Quigley (1880)
Goldie Holt (1902)
Bob Elson (1904)
Marv Owen (1906)
Billy Goodman (1926)
Al Schroll (1932)
Gene Oliver (1935)
Frank Pulli (1935)
Dick Ellsworth (1940)
Ron Wojciak (1943)
Jake Brown (1948)
Eddie Bane (1952)
Bob Costas (1952)
Eric Rasmussen (1952)
Scott Bradley (1960)
Matt Sinatro (1960)
Rich Monteleone (1963)
Glenallen Hill (1965)
Sean Berry (1966)
Ramon Martinez (1968)
Cory Lidle (1972)
Juan Uribe (1979)
Mike Morse (1982)
Joe Smith (1984)
Dexter Fowler (1986)
Ike Davis (1987)

Ernie Quigley was a National League umpire for twenty-six years and then became the NL supervisor of umpires.

Goldie Holt is credited with teaching Charlie Hough to throw the knuckleball.

Bob Elson was a baseball broadcaster for over thirty years, mostly in Chicago.

Frank Pulli was a National League umpire from 1972-1999.

Ron Wojciak helped the Minnesota Golden Gophers win the College World Series in 1964 and played in the Twins’ farm system in 1965.  He passed away from lung cancer in 1966.

Jake Brown was drafted by Minnesota in the thirty-third round in 1967, but he did not sign.

Scott Bradley was drafted by Minnesota in the twelfth round in 1978, but he did not sign.

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2002 Rewind: ALCS Game Two


Date:  Wednesday, October 9.

Batting stars:  Doug Mientkiewicz was 3-for-4.  Cristian Guzman was 2-for-4 with a double.  Corey Koskie was 1-for-3 with a walk.

Pitching stars:  Johan Santana struck out three in 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up no hits and no walks.  Mike Jackson struck out two in a scoreless inning, giving up two hits.

Opposition stars:  Brad Fullmer was 2-for-3 with a home run and a double.  Darin Erstad was 2-for-5 with a home run.  Troy Glaus was 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk.

The game:  Erstad hit a home run in the first inning to give the Angels a 1-0 lead.  Anaheim opened the second with a Glaus single, a Fullmer double, and a Scott Speizio double to make it 2-0 with men on second and third.  Starter Rick Reed retired the next two batters, leaving men on first and third, and it appeared the Twins might get out of the inning.  But then Spiezio and Adam Kennedy pulled off a double steal of second and home and David Eckstein followed with a single to make the score 4-0.  It stayed 4-0 until the sixth, when Fullmer hit a two-run homer to increase the lead to 6-0.  The Twins got back into the game in the bottom of the sixth.  Guzman led off with a double and scored on Koskie's single.  With one out, Torii Hunter doubled and Mientkiewicz followed with a two-run single to cut the lead to 6-3.  That was as good as it got, however.  The Twins put two on with two out in the eighth, bringing the tying run to the plate, but pinch-hitter Bobby Kielty was caught looking to end the threat.  The Twins went down in order in the ninth.

WP:  Ramon Ortiz.  LP:  Reed.  S:  Troy Percival.

Notes:  Michael Cuddyer again was the right fielder, going 1-for-3.

Reed lasted 5.1 innings, giving up six runs on eight hits and no walks, striking out none.

Ortiz also lasted 5.1 innings, giving up three runs on ten hits and one walk and striking out three.

The Twins were 2-for-3 with men in scoring position, which of course is good news and bad news.  It's a good batting average, but you're not going to win many games if you only have three at-bats with men in scoring position.

Record:  The best-of-seven series was tied one apiece.

Happy Birthday–March 21

Jack Herbert (1877)
Mysterious Walker (1894)
Bill McGowan (1896)
Shanty Hogan (1906)
Tommy Davis (1939)
Manny Sanguillen (1944)
Al Fitzmorris (1946)
Bill Plummer (1947)
Fernando Arroyo (1952)
Luis Leal (1957)
Shawon Dunston (1963)
Tim McIntosh (1965)
Cristian Guzman (1978)
Aaron Hill (1982)

Jack Herbert was a minor league manager in the early 1900s.  Among the teams he managed were the Pekin Celestials, the Cedar Rapids Rabbits, and the Cairo Egyptians.

Bill McGowan was an American League umpire from 1925-1954.  He worked the first all-star game and worked eight World Series.

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Happy Birthday–March 20

Bill Cammeyer (1821)
Mike Griffin (1865)
Joe McGinnity (1871)
Bob Connery (1880)
Walter Schmidt (1887)
Vern Kennedy (1907)
Clyde Shoun (1912)
Hank Izquierdo (1931)
George Altman (1933)
Pat Corrales (1941)
Rick Langford (1952)
Steve McCatty (1954)
Paul Mirabella (1954)
Si-jin Kim (1958)
Chris Hoiles (1965)
Manny Alexander (1971)

Bill Cammeyer was involved in the early days of professional baseball.  He is credited as a pioneer who put a fence around his ballpark so he could charge admission.  He built a clubhouse, graded the diamond, created a very primitive set of stands for fans, and put a saloon inside the fence.

Bob Connery is the scout credited with discovering Rogers Hornsby and Tony Lazzeri.

Paul Mirabella was drafted by Minnesota in the sixteenth round in 1975, but did not sign.

Si-Jin Kim was a top pitcher in the first decade of Korean professional baseball.

We would also like to wish a happy birthday to AMR’s daughter.

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Jace Clayton – .d.u.s.t..s.t.a.r.c.h..m.e.a.t.s.

Performed by Saul Williams and Mivos Quartet.

Jace Clayton did an album where he applied his electronic manipulations to music by Julius Eastman - The Julius Eastman Memory Depot.  I couldn't find any live performances from that album, but if you read this, you should give that album a listen.  Every time I do, I realize again how much I like it.

Eastman was a queer black radical in NYC in the '70's, so his piece titles tend to be provocative. Fair warning.

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2002 Rewind: ALDS Game Five


Date:  Sunday, October 6.

Batting stars:  Cristian Guzman was 3-for-5 with two doubles and a stolen base.  Michael Cuddyer was 2-for-2 with a walk.  Matthew LeCroy was 2-for-3.

Pitching stars:  Brad Radke pitched 6.2 innings, giving up one run on six hits and no walks and striking out four.  J. C. Romero pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and striking out one.

Opposition stars:  Ray Durham was 3-for-5 with a home run and a stolen base.  Mark Mulder struck out nine in seven innings, giving up two runs on nine hits and a walk.  Mark Ellis was 2-for-4 with a three-run homer.

The game:  The Twins got on the board in the second, but missed a chance for more.  LeCroy opened the inning with a single and Torii Hunter doubled, putting men on second and third with none out.  Doug Mientkiewicz lined to short, Cuddyer was intentionally walked, and A. J. PIerzynski popped up.  Denny Hocking singled in one run, but Jacque Jones fanned, leaving the Twins up by just 1-0.  They got another run in the third, as Guzman doubled and scored on a LeCroy single to make it 2-0.  The Athletics scored in the bottom of the third on a Durham homer, making it 2-1.  The Twins had men on second and third with one out in the fourth but did not score.  It stayed 2-1 all the way until the ninth inning.  Dustan Mohr led off the inning with a walk and Pierzynski homered to give the Twins a 4-1 lead.  With two out, Guzman got an infield single, stole second, and scored on David Ortiz' double to push the lead to 5-1.  The Twins needed every run.  Eddie Guardado came in to pitch the ninth.  Eric Chavez led off with a single.  Jermaine Dye popped up, but David Justice doubled and Ellis hit a three-run homer to cut the margin to just 5-4.  Terrence Long flied out, but Randy Velarde singled, bringing up the go-ahead run in Durham.  Durham fouled out to the second baseman to win the game for the Twins.

WP:  Radke.  LP:  Mulder.  S:  None.

Notes:  LeCroy started the game at DH.  Ortiz batted for him in the fourth inning.  The two combined to go 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.

Cuddyer again was in right field.  Mohr came in for defense in the eighth and, of course, got a key walk in the ninth.

Hocking started at second base in place of Luis Rivas.  He went 2-for-4 with a double.  He also caught Durham's foul popup for the last out of the game.  As you probably remember, he got his finger spiked in the celebratory dogpile after the game and missed the League Championship Series.

On a personal note, I was listening to the end of this game on the radio.  I was on my way to Rapid City, where the next day I would be arguing in front of the state Supreme Court for the first time.  As the bottom of the ninth wore on, and the Athletics came back to within one run and then brought the go-ahead run to the plate, I was prepared for the worst.  John Gordon was on the call.  Durham swung, and Gordo said, "There's a HIIIIIGH..." and I thought, "Oh, no, we've lost."  Then Gordo continued, "...pop up!"  And of course, Hocking caught the ball and the rest is history.

Record:  The Twins won the best-of-five series, three games to two.  They would next face the Anaheim Angels, who defeated the Yankees three games to one.

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