Thursday, June 2, 2011

Today in Baseball, June 2nd

Today is June 2nd, 2011

Happy Birthday to my Uncle Paul, who turns 69 today, and to my late father, Tommie Sharp, who would have been 74 today.

Here are some of today's Happy Happy Baseball Birthdays...Jim Maloney of the Cincinnati Red Legs, Horace Clarke of the New YorkYankees, Detroit Tigers infielder Darnell Coles, California Angels pitcher Bryan Harvey, Mike Stanton of the Atlanta Braves, and current Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Raul Ibanez.

One year ago, on June 2nd, 2010, Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers threw a perfect game against the Cleveland Indians, only to see first base umpire Jim Joyce blow the final out call...One year later it's still a game of perfection.

June 2nd is a day of remembrance in baseball history.

It was on this day in 1941 that Lou Gehrig passed away from the disease ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, now known to all of us as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Only 37, Gehrig had played in a then record 2,130 consecutive baseball games, when he took himself out of a game in Detroit after playing the first 8 games that year.

Gehrig would never play another game in the big leagues.

To learn more about Gehrig, and ALS, visit The Official Lou Gehrig Web Site

Also on June 2nd, in 1935, another legendary Yankee, Babe Ruth, announced his retirement, taking a then record 714 home runs with him.

And on June 2nd, 1990, in Seattle, Mariners pitcher Randy Johnson no-hit the Detroit Tigers, and the Mariners won, 2-0.


  1. His exit speech "Today I am the luckiest man in the world" is and will be forever a classic moment from a truly classic man who also happened to play baseball

  2. I just posted this and wanted to be sure you saw it
    "I can assure you that you will be proud of our young people in the classroom, in the community and most especially in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the football field."
    --Jim Tressel, in his 2001 Opening Press Conference at Ohio State