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TWISP Notes #75

TWISP Notes
May 5, 2021

• Tigers second baseman Lou Whitaker returned from his 27-year suspension in Game 2 of a Detroit-Toronto doubleheader on August 23rd, and with his squad down by one in the last of the ninth, and the tying and winning runs on base, he stroked a triple to the gap to score both runners and win it for Detroit; it was his first hit of the game, and first since June 10th.

• Don Baylor of the Angels and Roy Smalley of the Twins went into their August 23rd games tied for the American League lead in RBI, at 99. With a solo home run off Rangers starter Dock Ellis in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Metropolitan Stadium, Smalley thus became the first AL player to reach 100; it was also the first time in his career he’d reached that milestone. Dodgers outfielder Reggie Smith still leads the major leagues, with 107.

• With a hit in both games of that Rangers-Twins twinbill, Texas designated hitter Al Oliver extended his hitting streak to 15 games, the longest current streak in the majors.

• After each sitting out a handful of days due to minor injuries, outfielder Steve Kemp of the Tigers, pitcher Larry Sorensen of the Brewers, and outfielder Juan Beniquez of the Rangers will return to action with their respective clubs on August 24th.

• While working on adding all SP78 player names to an Excel spreadsheet, so I could begin posting league leaders for every day of games played, I noticed the Montreal Expos had only three position players on their AAA team in Denver, and all three were catchers: Ed Herrmann, Bobby Ramos, and Jerry Fry. Ramos and Fry, who played only a few games between them in ’78, have horrible cards: Ramos strikes out 11-88 and Fry strikes out 11-76, while both are ‘E’ runners and have ‘C’ arms. The rest of the team is made up of five pitchers, all with PB ratings of 2-5.

• In a match-up between the Giants and Mets on August 23rd, SF pitcher Bob Knepper tied an SP78 record—shared with hurlers Tom Seaver of the Reds and Don Sutton of the Dodgers—for sacrifices in a game, with three.

• With its 146th game played, site AZ18 in Peoria, Arizona moved past site AZ7 into third place on the all-time SP78 games hosted list.

• Phillies slugger Greg Luzinski connected for his 30th home run—and first grand slam—of the season, in Philadelphia’s 7-1 win over the Padres on August 23rd.

• Also on the 23rd, Yankees outfielder Mickey Rivers drilled his first career grand slam, off Angels starter Chris Knapp, in a 6-0 New York win over California.

• In Kansas City’s 12-1 drubbing of Chicago on August 23rd, all nine KC batters who came to the plate in the ninth scored.

Fans! August 25th is Publix Back-to-School Night at Comiskey Park!

Jays Catcher Whitt Recalled From Syracuse

Due to an undisclosed family emergency, Blue Jays backstop Rick Cerone has been placed on the temporary inactive list by the team, effective yesterday, August 22nd. He departed for his residence in Newark late last night, and will miss this evening’s doubleheader against the Tigers in Detroit. It hasn’t been determined how many games Cerone will be absent, but manager Roy Hartsfield does not expect him back before the 25th.

To fill Cerone’s spot on the roster, and serve as backup to starting catcher Alan Ashby, the Jays have recalled Ernie Whitt from the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League. Whitt went 0-for-6 with two walks and two strikeouts in three games during his short stint with the parent club earlier this season, and will be available to start in either of the two games of tonight’s twinbill.

TWISP Notes #74


TWISP Notes

November 7, 2020

• Tigers second baseman Lou Whitaker makes his long-awaited return from the SP78 suspended list on August 23rd, and will start the second game of a doubleheader against the Blue Jays at Tiger Stadium that night. It will mark the first time in 64 games – since June 10, 1994 – that the Detroit rookie has seen major league action. Steve Dillard and Mark Wagner, the two utility infielders who took over for Whitaker during his suspension, will split second base duties in Game 1 of the twinbill.

• To make room for Whitaker on the team’s 25-man roster, the Tigers sent slumping third baseman Aurelio Rodriguez to their AAA club at Evansville. Rodriguez, hitting just .224 in 84 games this season, will return to the parent club on September 1st, when all clubs expand their rosters to forty players. Until then, Phil Mankowski will take over at third for Detroit.

• Mike Caldwell of the Brewers became the first pitcher this season to reach the 20-win mark, doing so August 22nd against the Indians at County Stadium. Caldwell (20-4)  topped the Tribe 9-1, and saw his ERA drop to 1.46.

• With an infield single in his fourth and final at-bat against the Red Sox on August 22nd, Seattle catcher Bob Stinson reached the 100-hit mark in a season for the first time in his 12-year career.

• A’s pitcher Steve Renko returned from the 15-day disabled list on August 22nd and started in that day’s match-up against the Orioles, where he pitched an outstanding game, allowing just four hits and one run over 6.2 innings, but came out on the losing end of a 1-0 O’s shutout.

• Tigers outfielder Steve Kemp was injured when he dove awkwardly for a fly ball off the bat of Twins hitter Hosken Powell in their August 22nd game at Metropolitan Stadium; the ball fell for a triple, and Kemp left the game with minor injuries. He’s expected to return to action in a few days.

• Bobby Murcer of the Cubs and Al Oliver of the Rangers will take 13-game hitting streaks into their respective games on August 23rd. Both are currently the longest active streaks in the SP78 season.

• The White Sox are the first SP78 team this season to lose 80 games.

• The Cubs activated outfielder Greg Gross from the 21-day disabled list, and sent outfielder Gene Clines to their minor league affiliate in Wichita.

• Despite his 6-3 win over the Padres on August 22nd, Phillies starter Jim Lonborg (5-9) is still the only pitcher on the squad who has a losing record.

Fans! August 24th is 7-Up Junior Padres Night at San Diego Stadium!

Inside the SP78 Vault: 40th Anniversary Program

Created for today’s 40th Anniversary game, and already destined for the vault, is this four-page program featuring a scorecard, starting lineups for both teams, a message from the Commissioner, a seating chart for Riverfront Stadium, game notes, and a scan of an actual ticket stub from the August 22, 1978 game between the Reds and Cards. Overall, a steal at 25 cents.