TWISP Notes #51

TWISP Notes
All-Star Game Program Edition
August 22, 2004

The 49th All-Star Game will be played tonight at San Diego Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm…

This marks the sixth time that games have been played on August 22nd; Opening Day in 1980 saw four games played, the 10th, 15th, and 20th Anniversary games took place on this date, and the Billy Smith Tainted Bat game at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore was played on this date in 1992…

Of the 56 players chosen to participate in this year’s game, 26 are making their first-ever All-Star appearances: 16 in the AL, and 10 in the NL…

The starting pitchers for tonight are Gaylord Perry of the Padres and Ron Guidry of the Yankees. In the actual 1978 game, the starters were Vida Blue (Giants) and Jim Palmer (Orioles)…

The AL has not won an All-Star Game since 1971, a 6-4 victory at Detroit…

The SP78 All-Star Old-Timers Game, originally scheduled for July 10th, was cancelled…

With a double in his last at-bat of the game, Dave Parker of the Pirates became the first SP78 player to hit for the cycle, doing so July 9th in a 23-2 romp of the Cardinals at St Louis. Parker’s 6-for-7 day also tied an SP78 mark for hits in the game, shared by Jack Clark of San Francisco and Bob Bailor of Toronto…

Braves pitchers threw consecutive shutouts at the Padres on July 8th and 9th, allowing only one hit in each game…

Oakland’s 3-2 extra-inning win over Minnesota wrapped up the July 9th slate of games and brought an end to the first half of the SP78 Replay season. After the All-Star Game on July 11th, the regular season will resume July 13th. More than one thousand games have been played since August 22nd, 1980…

The St Louis Cardinals, hoping to turn around what looks to be an already lost season, called up three players from their AAA affiliate in Springfield: Roy Thomas and Rob Dressler, both pitchers, and first baseman Roger Freed. To make room on the roster, the Cards sent pitchers John Urrea and Pete Falcone, and third baseman Wayne Garrett, to Springfield…

Angels second baseman Bobby Grich is currently suffering through a seven-game hitless streak, during which time his average has dropped to .223…

Listen to tonight’s All-Star Game on CBS Radio!

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