TWISP Notes #50

TWISP Notes
December 28, 2003

Rookie catcher Reggie Baldwin of the Astros tied an SP78 record—held by eight backstops—with three baserunners caught stealing in a game, against the Dodgers on July 7th. Houston catchers Luis Pujols and Bruce Bochy are among the eight who share the record…

Yet another SP78 site saw its last game as ‘ESC11’—the record-holder for most Statis Pro games hosted—was abandoned in favor of a new location in Peoria, Arizona. The former site, located on Sheridan Avenue in Escondido, saw its final contest on September 26, 2003, an AL matchup between the Mariners and Angels…

Montreal utility player Pepe Frias took advantage of the Veterans Stadium power alleys by launching three triples for the Expos on July 8th, establishing an SP78 record. Frias, who in five previous seasons had collected only two triples total, now has seven for the season, and becomes the first NL player since Tony Taylor of the Phillies in 1968 to knock three triples in one game…

Hard-luck Cubs third baseman Steve Ontiveros returned from his second stint on the disabled list on July 8th, after having been out of action since 1994. Ontiveros, who in 23 games this season is hitting .328, will not play until July 11th, when he’ll represent the NL as a backup to Mike Schmidt in this year’s All-Star Game at San Diego…

The Astros tied their own SP78 record for stolen bases in a game, with seven, in Game 1 of a July 8th doubleheader at the Astrodome; coincidentally, the Dodgers were once again the victims, as catcher Joe Ferguson allowed all seven thefts…

The St Louis Cardinals, looking for some backup for Keith Hernandez at first base, called up Roger Freed from Springfield of the American Association…

The original red rubber bands used to hold the SP78 NL and AL team card sets were finally replaced, after 24 years of use, with new tan bands. The original bands were acquired in 1979 in Bellevue, Washington…

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