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D-Backs’ 2B Hill gets second cycle of the 2012 season

Aaron Hill with Toronto (2009 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill last week hit for his second cycle of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers.

He became the second major-league player since 1900 to accomplish  the feat twice in the same season.

Hill also singled, doubled, tripled and homered on June 18 against Seattle.

Brooklyn Dodgers player Babe Herman had two cycles in 1931, according to STATS LLC.

Friday night off Brewers starter Randy Wolf, Hill doubled in the first inning for his 1,000th MLB hit; singled in the third; hit a home run in the fourth, his 11th of the year, a two-run balst.

In the sixth inning, Hill completed the cycle with a triple off Livan Hernandez.


Info compiled from MLB & Arizona Diamondbacks

Miami RedHawks baseball honors the late Walter Alston

Press release courtesy of Miami sports information


OXFORD, Ohio — Miami Baseball  honored a local legend on Saturday May 5, when it hosted Walter Alston Day at McKie Field, remembering the former Darrtown resident and Los Angeles Dodgers manager. The RedHawks played host to the Akron Zips that day.

Representatives of Alston’s family, still living in Darrtown,  threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game. Also before the game, the Walter Alston Room at McKie Field was opened, allowing fans to see several pieces of memorabilia on display at the stadium.

Walter Alston (L) with Tommy LaSorda (R) (file photo)

Born Walter Emmons Alston on Dec. 1, 1911, he lettered three years for Miami in both baseball and basketball. He played professionally for the St. Louis Cardinals organization, playing just one game at the major league level. After stints in the minors as both a player and manager, Alston returned to the big leagues with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954, then moved with the team to Los Angeles.

Alston won seven National League pennants in his 23 years tenure as Dodgers manager. The franchise won four world championships as well — in 1955 with Brooklyn and in 1959, 1963 and 1965 with Los Angeles. Named Manager of the Year six times, Alston also guided a victorious NL All-Star squad a record seven times. He retired after the 1976 season with 2,063 wins (2,040 in the regular season and 23 in the postseason) and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 1983.

Usually before his Los Angeles Dodgers teams played a series in nearby Cincinnati against the Reds, Alston would ask the schedule-makers to have a day off.

During the day off, “Smokey” as he was called, would invite all of his coaches, players and team personnel up to his small hometown of Darrtown. The local natives would provide food and fun for the team.

Alston is still remembered today as Darrtown has signs on Route 177 entering the town announcing it as the Home of Walter “Smokey” Alston.

The Dodgers will be honoring the late manager in July at Dodger Stadium.

The Miami University Athletic Hall of Famer lived in Darrtown until his death on October 1, 1984.

Darrtown, Ohio is a small town in Butler County near the Miami campus located in Oxford.


Portions of this article written by with info from Miami University, Los Angeles Dodgers, Radio & TV news


Former NY Giants outfielder Mueller dead at 84


Don Mueller of NY Giants (photo by Bowman Gum Cards in public domain via wikipedia commons)

New York Giants outfielder Don Mueller, who was best known for his ability to slap a base hit throught an infield hole to set up Bobby Thomson’s 1951 pennant-winning home run against the Brooklyn Dodgers, has died at 84.

Mueller died in Chesterfield, Missouri, six months after his wife, Genevieve.

Mueller played from 1948-1957 with the Giants and parts of two seasons with the Chicago White Sox.

An ankle injury kept Mueller out of the 1951 World Series. He hit .342 with a league-leading 212 hits in 1954 and hit .389 when the Giants swept the Cleveland Indians that season in the World Series.

He retired early in the 1959 season with a career batting average of .296 for 12 seasons.

Mueller was an All-Star in 1954 and ’55.

Nicknamed “Mandrake the Magician” for consistently putting the ball in play without striking out, Mueller hit 65 homers in his career with 520 RBI’s.


Info compiled from MLB, Radio & TV news

Barclays Center in Brooklyn looking to host many boxing events


Barclays Center in Brooklyn NY (promotional photo by Shop Architects via wikipedia commons)

Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers prior to their move to the West Coast in 1957, hosted almost 80 boxing events before it was torn down.

Coming in 2012, the Brooklyn area will be the site of several more boxing events with the help of a new arena, The Barclays Center.

Golden Boy Promotions has agreed to bring at least 12 shows each year to the home of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets. Brooklyn Sports Entertainment is also on board with the events.

The Barclays Center, which holds 18,000, will open in 2012. The center’s design can fit boxing, with several configurations for 4,000. There are also luxury suites as well.


Info compiled from Radio, TV, Boxing news & Golden Boy Productions news


We say goodbye to Hall of Famer Duke Snider; dead at 84

Edwin Donald “Duke” Snider, the Hall of Fame center fielder who was known for his home run power and excellence on defense, died at age 84 in Escondido, California.

Snider was born in LA, California in 1926 and was nicknamed “Duke” by his dad at the age of 5 after his first day of school.

In the 1950′s, the World Series was dominated by all of the New York teams and their star center fielders: Brooklyn Dodgers (Snider), New York Giants (Willie Mays) and New York Yankees (Mickey Mantle). Their ballparks received alot of publicity as well: Polo Grounds (Giants), Yankee Stadium (Yankees) and Ebbets Field (Dodgers).

Duke Snider's Dodgers' retired #4 (photo by Mghabwa via wikipedia commons)

Snider was a star on teams that won five pennants, in his nine full years with Brooklyn.

“The Duke” hit at least 40 homers in five straight seasons, 1953 to 1957, matching a National League record held by Ralph Kiner. He was the only player to hit four homers twice in a World Series.

Snider helped lead Brooklyn to its only World Series championship in 1955.

Playing 18 seasons in Major League Baseball, Snider hit 407 homers, had 2,116 base hits, hit at least .300 seven times, lifetime batting average of .295.

Snider belted the final homer in Ebbets Field on September 22, 1957 off of the Phillies’ Robin Roberts.

After playing 16 years, 11 in Brooklyn and five in Los Angeles, Snider was sold before the 1963 season to the New York Mets for $40,000, joining a terrible team in its second season that was obtaining former Dodgers, Giants and Yankees players to improve their attendance totals.

While with the Mets, Snider belted his 400th career homer, got his 2,000th base hit on a team that lost 111 games.

Info compiled from Los Angeles Dodgers & MLB news

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