Cooperstown’s Seamhead Notes: Age, Artifacts and Anniversaries
Before and after every game in the majors and minors, club PR staffs produce game notes. They provide media with stats about how this guy does against this pitcher in this situation on this date of the week in this month. If you want to know how reigning Cy Young and MVP Justin Verlander fares in the sixth inning on the sixth day of the sixth month of the year, they’ve got it.
So throughout the season, under a new title, I’m going to be compiling a cliff notes version of history made over the past week and how it relates to the Hall of Fame. Seamheads like me (read baseball fanatics)… enjoy.
By the way, Verlander has made two career starts on June 6th, going seven innings in each. In 2007 he faced the Rangers, retiring Kenny Lofton, Michael Young and Jerry Hairston in order with seven pitches inducing a pop fly followed by a pair of grounders. In 2008 on nine pitches versus the Indians, he recorded a David Dellucci pop fly, a swinging K of Casey Blake and a flyball from Franklin Gutierrez. Very economical.
Quick Hits: Despite Hall of Famers like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Reggie Jackson residing on the Yankees’ rolls, Curtis Granderson became the first Bomber to record a five-hit game with three dingers when he went 5-for-5 Thursday night with three home runs and a pair of singles…On Wednesday, Phillies ace Cliff Lee became the first Philadelphia pitcher to throw 10 shutout innings in a game since Steve Carlton on Sept. 21, 1981… During the Rangers’ drubbing of the Red Sox earlier in the week, Mike Napoli became the first opponent to collect three hits and four RBIs in back-to-back games at Fenway Park since Reggie Jackson with the A’s in 1969…Matt Wieters’ 10th inning grand slam on Monday is one of just five extra inning slams for the Orioles in the last 50 years, a list that includes Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson on July 7, 1970.
Young at Heart, Old on the Mound: On Tuesday, Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher to win a game in Major League Baseball history, besting an 80-year-old record held by the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Jack Quinn. Moyer, who has faced 8.9 percent of all batters to ever play in the majors, beat the Padres at 49 years and 152 days old – topping Quinn’s record by 82 days. Moyer’s cap and his glove are on the way to the Hall of Fame.
New Stuff to See: During this young season, the Hall of Fame has been busy collecting artifacts. First to come in were a few Florida Marlins artifacts including Giancarlo (Mike) Stanton’s batting helmet complete with the Marlins “F” logo and a ball from the final game at Sun Life Stadium. More Sun Life Stadium artifacts came earlier this week when a pair of “Batters Box” seats from the final major league game played there on Sept. 28, 2011 arrived at their final home.
Along with those two Marlins offerings was a special donation from the Astros, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this season. In March, a space helmet worn by the 1960s-era Houston groundskeepers made its way to the Museum.
Wicked Old: Fenway Park celebrated its 100th anniversary on Friday. For the team’s open house Thursday, nine artifacts from the Hall of Fame’s new FENtennial: Fenway Park’s First 100 Years exhibit as well as two Hall of Fame plaques – those of Carl Yastrzemski and Ted Williams – made the trek to Boston. Both the Yankees and the Red Sox wore throwback uniforms from 1912 on Friday.
Trevor Hayes is the editorial production manager at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.