December 31, 2014
• With Game #1427 between the Twins and Angels in the books, site AZ14 in Gilbert, Arizona passed site RAM in Ramona, California for 9th on the all-time games hosted list, moving up 75 spots in just five months. AZ14 has now hosted 44 games in that five-month span, dating back to August 1st, 2014.
• In the sixth exhibition game of the SP78 season, the Charleston Charlies of the American Association defeated their parent club, the Houston Astros, by a 3-1 count. Charlies third baseman Rob Sperring was the star of the game, collecting three hits in three at-bats; two of the hits were good for a triple and a home run. Reliever Gene Pentz went two innings for the win, with Oscar Zamora working the final frame for the save. The next SP78 exhibition contest is scheduled for August 7th, the annual Hall of Fame Game at Cooperstown, with the Mets squaring off against the Tigers.
• The Dodgers lost two outfielders to injuries on August 3rd when Dusty Baker and Billy North collided in the eighth inning of Game 2 of a twinbill against the Giants. Baker was placed on the 15-day disabled list, while North’s injuries required a 30-day stay. Albuquerque Dukes outfielders Rudy Law and Joe Simpson were called up to replace them on the LA roster.
• The Baker-North collision occurred with Giants pinch-hitter Willie McCovey at the plate, resulting in the second inside-the-park home run of McCovey’s career; he belted his first off Steve Blass of the Pirates in 1967. The HR was also the 498th for McCovey, two shy of his landmark 500th.
• Cubs utility infielder Mick Kelleher returned from the 30-day disabled list on August 1st, after 12 long years out of action. On the same day, Chicago placed starting pitcher Dennis Lamp on the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 31st. Lamp was hurt July 30th against the Giants, after slipping on the mound during a pitch and injuring his left knee.
• Seattle Mariners speed demon Julio Cruz has 81 steals through August 4th, and with 51 games left on the M’s schedule, he needs 38 more steals to break Lou Brock’s major league record of 118, set in 1974, and just 16 more to break Ty Cobb’s AL mark of 96, established in 1915.
• Montreal’s 8-game winning streak was snapped August 2nd with a 2-0 loss to the Pirates at Olympic Stadium.
• Kansas City’s Dennis Leonard became the second pitcher this season—joining Yankees ace Ron Guidry—to face the minimum 27 batters in a game; after allowing three baserunners via two base hits and a walk, all three were cut down trying to steal by backup catcher Art Kusnyer. It was the second time this season Kusyner has been credited with three runners caught stealing in a game, tying his own SP78 AL record.
• Check out the SP78 Museum, where four historical game tickets and a ticket order form have been added—along with their histories—to the Tickets page.