What Ervin Santana pulled off today in Cleveland was not only a bit unusual because the Indians scored a run but also because the Angels actually trailed in the game, 1-0, after the first inning and had to make a comeback to win it — while their pitcher was throwing a no-hitter.
Ever happen before? Todd Betzag of the Elias Sport Bureau has the answer:
On July 29, 1968 — 43 years ago this Friday — the Cincinnati Reds’ George Culver (linked here) no-hit Philadelphia in the second game of a doubleheader, 6-1, at Connie Mack Stadium.
The Phillies scored in the bottom of the second to take the 1-0 lead — Richie Allen reached first on an error given to Reds’ first baseman Tony Perez, and went to second when a second error was charged to second baseman Woody Woodward. Allen moved to third on a groundout and, one batter later, scored the unearned run on Cookie Rojas’ sacrifice fly.
FYI: Rojas is the father of Angels broadcaster Victor Rojas, who called Santana’s no-no today for FSW.
And whatever happened to Culver? He ended up pitching for the Dodgers in 1973, and until recently was the Dodgers’ spring training pitching coordinator in Glendale, Ariz.
A come-from-behind no-no also happened on Aug. 25, 1967:
== Dean Chance, a former Angels’ Cy Young Award winner pitching for Minnesota, no-hit Cleveland, 2-1. The Indians, as they did Wednesday against the Angels, scored a run in the first inning at home — but this time it was earned. It came on two walks, and error, and Chance’s wild pitch. The Twins came back with one in the second and one in the sixth. Chance walked five and struck out eight in that game.
== Three pitchers have thrown no-hitters and lost because they’re team couldn’t score enough runs. In 1967, Steve Barber and Stu Miller lost for Baltimore even while no-hitting Detroit, 2-1. In 1964, Houston’s Ken Johnson no-hit Philadelphia but lost, 1-0, on an unearned run at the Astrodome.
And in 2008, Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo combined on a no-hitter against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium through eight innings, but lost the game, 1-0, and were not credited for a no-no because they didn’t go at least nine innings since the Dodgers didn’t have to bat in the bottom of the ninth.
Big thanks to Paul Olden , the New York Yankees’ public address announcer and former MLB and NFL play-by-play man, for passing on that gem.
A day after implying during an interview at the conference’s annual media day in L.A. that an announcement about a Pacific-12 Network was still a ways off, commissioner Larry Scott told a New York press conference at an East Coast media day that it’s all been pulled together.
A deal that the conference calls “innovative” and “transformative” in its press release, the Pac-12 Network will begin in August, 2012 as a two-pronged entity — one nationally distributed, and six regional networks in Southern California, Northern California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, and the Mountain regions that are directly linked with Time Warner, Comcast, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks.
The Pac-12 would own the channels as Pac-12 Media Enterprises, which would also expand to wireless services.
Some 40 million cable TV homes will be in play here with about 850 conference events — 350 nationally, and 500 on the local channels that will be basic digital. The national channel would be available on a sports tier, charging viewers extra fees. DirecTV appears to be one of the national distributors of the channel, but that has not been announced.
“It’s such a unique opportunity,” Scott told the New York reporters. “We’ve had a national brand, but the tribal nature make college sports very local. So this is an attempt through the unique structure of our conference and the cable industry to super-serve fans in a hyper-local way.”
In the conference release, Scott also said: “As we explored the potential for a Pac-12 network, it became clear that we could customize programming towards local interests and provide our students, alumni, and many fans the widest possible range of events with the best opportunity to see the schools they care about most.”
This is all in addition the Pac-12′s previously-announced 12-year, $3 billion deal with ESPN and Fox to carry football and basketball games starting in 2012.
“Larry Scott and his staff have again done an outstanding job in showcasing the conference with this model for the Pac-12 Network,” UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said. “The idea of having both national and regional platforms, as well as multiple cable partners, will give fans a greater opportunity to follow the accomplishments of our student-athletes in all sports.
“There is obviously a lot to learn in the next few months but it is clear that the young men and women who compete at UCLA and other Pac-12 institutions will receive television exposure like never before and that is very exciting.
“In addition, the network will provide opportunities to highlight the academic success of our student-athletes as well as the overall academic accomplishments of this outstanding university. This will be a great showcase for UCLA.”
USC athletic director Pat Haden: “Kudos to commissioner Larry Scott and the Pac-12 staff for the work they did in putting together this visionary broadcasting opportunity. It will be an invaluable benefit to all 12 conference institutions.
“For us, the Pac-12 Networks will provide great exposure for our 640 student-athletes and will give us a unique platform to deliver our message about USC’s athletic and academic programs. Trojan fans across the country will be able to watch all of our 21 sports, not just football and basketball. If you are a parent of a Trojan student-athlete, no matter where you reside you will be able to watch your son or daughter compete. It’s a great boon for our Olympic sports, where so many more people will be able to witness our unparalleled tradition of producing NCAA champions and Olympic medalists.
“I’m also excited about the network’s academic component and I look forward to working with our provost in developing programming that tells the story of USC’s academic achievements.”
(Jason DeCrow/AP Images for Jose Cuervo) Kevin Love, right, and pro beach volleyball player John Hyden play on a beach court set up Tuesday in New York’s Times Square.
Kevin Love has decided to be a Manhattan Beach boy.
When the new Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series hits Southern California for a $200,000 event in Manhattan Beach on Aug. 26-28, the Oregon native who spent one season at UCLA before jumping to the NBA says he’ll dig himself out of the league’s lockout situation and try to spike it rich.
During a sponsor event where a beach volleyball court was put up in New York’s Times Square and attended by Olympic volleyball hopefuls Sean Scott and Encino’s John Hyden, Love, the Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star declared his new love for the beach game.
“I have always been a fan of beach volleyball and when I received the opportunity to play in the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series, I knew I wanted to be a part of it,” said the 6-foot-10 Love. “I’m tall, I’m quick, I can jump, and I’ve spent some time playing beach volleyball during my time in Los Angeles. Now that I have to start thinking about a backup plan with the basketball lockout, I thought ‘why not?’”
The son of one-time Lakers forward Stan Love (who played in some beach events with and against former Lakers center Wilt Chamberlain during the 1970s) and nephew of Beach Boys’ lead singer Mike Love admits he doesn’t have a partner yet and hasn’t played much lately before Tuesday’s promotional event.
But don’t throw him a pity party because of that.
“More than anything, I’m just going to be having fun with it, playing as much as I can up to that point and just working on my craft. I thought it was a great idea, a way for me to be out in the sun, be active and have fun during the lockout,” said Love. “It’s sport, it’s active, it’s a way to stay in shape, so I just thought it was a home run.”
FYI: There are no home runs in beach volleyball.
Love acknowledged other pros may target him as a weak link, but he’s “hoping to surprise them. … I’m not necessarily expecting to win, but I’m expecting to go out there and compete.”
Since the demise of the AVP in the middle of last summer, most Olympic-caliber beach players have been playing overseas in anticipation of the 2012 Games in London, or staying home and playing in smaller local events.
The Manhattan Beach Open next month comes before the tour stops in Miami on Sept. 16-18 and the national championships at Hermosa Beach on Sept. 23-25, to be shown on the Versus network.
The story that started out in early June with the discovery that Vin Scully’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star was not only in poor shape, but next to a theatre with a history of being haunted (linked here), continued to where a fan named Glenn Mingay stepped up to say he’d raise the money to fix it (linked here) and reached some kind of resolution when the soon-to-be bankrupt Dodgers said they’d pay for it (linked here) reached a neat and clean conclusion.
Mingay, a Southern California native who lives in Chicago, was back out here last week for his father’s surprise birthday in Camarillo, and was able to help put the finishing touches on Scully’s star restoration, the $2,500 of which was paid by the Dodgers.
“Having seen the pictures of it before all weathered and cracked, it was great to see the sealant we put on it really make it pop,” Mingay said. “I couldn’t believe they blocked off the sidewalk for us. It kind of created a whole scene where people walking by wondered what was happening, so they started talking pictures as well. I had one couple from Europe even ask me, ‘Who’s Vin Scully?’”
Ana Martinez at the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said Mingay was treated to a lunch at Mel’s Diner and given “the VIP treatment at the Hollywood History Museum. He is a good guy and had a great time.”
Historic Trust Board members Jeff Briggs and Donelle Dadigan, who are behind the upcoming facelift of the whole Walk of Fame beginning this fall, were also on hand to welcome Mingay.
The next night, Mingay got more VIP treatment: He went to Friday’s Dodgers-Nationals game and met with Scully in the press box, bringing along his wife, Lori, and two more friends.
“Friday was unbelieveable,” Mingay said. “First, I hadn’t been to the stadium in awhile, so I was surprised at all the updates made, and the collection of memorabilia on the club level. When we got to the press box and spoke to Mr. Scully, he was so kind to me and my wife and my friends, he thanked me again. He mentioned that he hadn’t been to his star since it was put in in 1982, but he said that ‘people walk on me all day anyway, so it’s no big deal.’
“Everything that people have said about Mr. Scully is true: He’s just such a kind and generous man. It was an awesome day. And after that, my wife had her first Dodger Dog.”
Mingay has kept his website, SaveVinsStar.com, up for another month in case people still want to make donations — which will be forwarded to the Bryan Stow Fund to help the San Francisco Giants fan who is recovering from being assaulted in the Dodger Stadium parking lot on March 31 Opening Day.
It’s logical to assume that with all her accomplishments, Long Beach native Billie Jean King’s induction into the Southern California Tennis Association Hall of Fame (linked here) would have happened years ago.
On Friday, Aug. 5, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, King will join seven others to be honored by the organization that is involved in promoting and developing the growth of the game locally.
King, who won a record 39 Grand Slam titles, help found the Women’s Tennis
Association, World Team Tennis and The Women’s Sports Foundation and already is a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, will go in along with former SCTA and USTA president Frank Johnson, players Dorthy Head Knode, Pat Canning Todd, Kathy Mae Fritz and Hugh Stewart along with former UCLA player and coach Billy Martin and USC player and coach Dick Leach.
The eight will boost the number of SCTA Hall members to 70.
Johnson, the current chairman of the ATP’s Farmers Classic that will be played this week at UCLA, led to the effort to rename the USTA National Tennis Center in New York after Billie Jean King.
Knode played in the 1940s and ’50s and was ranked as high as No. 5, reaching the final of the French Open in 1955 and ’57.
Todd, ranked as high as No. 4, is best known for her four Grand Slam championships, including the 1947 French Open singles.
Fritz once ranked No. 8 on the women’s pro tour in the late ’70s and was a fixture on the women’s tour for more than 20 years.
Stewart was an NCAA champion at USC, winning the doubles title in 1951 and the singles title in 1952.
Martin was an NCAA singles champion and has been on the UCLA coaching staff for 27 years. As the head coach for the past 18 years, he has a record of 383-79 with one NCAA title.
Leach, an All-American player at USC, spent 23 years as Trojan’s men’s tennis coach, winning three national titles with a record of 529-133.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Time Warner Cable customers in Nebraska will be able to watch Cornhuskers football games on the Big Ten Network, only after BTN threatened to withhold three Nebraska games from the service if they didn’t move the net to a standard service platform.
The cable company and BTN announced the network would move from the more expensive upper-tier service in Nebraska on Aug. 23.
BTN will be available on channel 24 for Time Warner subscribers. BTN is currently available to digital customers on channel 333 and in HD on channel 1333, and will remain on those channels.
Highlights of the week ahead in sports, both here and afar:
THIS WEEK’S BEST BET
X Games: Thursday through Sunday, at Staples Center, Nokia Theatre and L.A. Live:
The 17th annual action sports competition stays grounded, and consolidated, within the greater Staples Center local, with more than 200 athletes scheduled to avoid major medical health insurance claims while showing off their tricky moves.
Of the eight motocross events inside Staples Center, the new twist this year is an Enduro X event for the Sunday night climax — men and women riders plow through sand, dirt, mud, logs, giant tractor tires and two-foot-wide rocks, while trying to steer clear of World Metta Peace’s locker-room stall. “It takes the most well-rounded rider to win that series,” said 2008 champion Ricky Dietrich. “You can’t be just a trials specialist and win it, or just an off road specialist. You have to have the best of all backgrounds.” That includes a little mountain goat DNA as well.
There’s also a new downtown street circuit — no more tearing it up at the Coliseum or Home Depot Center in Carson — for the Rally Car racing on Saturday and RallyCross on Sunday. The six-turn, six-tenths of a mile run needs five million pounds of concrete barriers and 700 feet of dirt, including a 70-foot gap jump, to pull it off. They’ll have to close three streets, including Figueroa alongside the Staples Center, and 12th Street as it weaves around Gilbert Lindsay Plaza in front of the Convention Center. Think small-scale Long Beach Grand Prix. “Being in the car, ripping through streets, cranking the handbrake through intersections while door-to-door and jumping next to buildings is going to be truly epic,” said Tanner Foust, a three-time X Games rally gold medalist. Sounds a little carmagedden-ish all over again.
X Games favorite Shawn White is listed as competitor in the skateboard vert, although there were rumors he might try rally racing, having signed a strange promotional deal with BFGoodrich Tires. “Entering the X Games race (in rally racing) would be insane,” White said. “But I want to have time to prepare. Maybe next year. Then again, maybe I’ll get into MMA instead. Isn’t that what everyone’s doing now?”
Acting, too. He’s somehow in the new Justin Timberlake flick “Friends With Benefits” where he makes a pretty caustic cameo that will make the audience look twice to see if that’s really the same laid-back guy they’re used to seeing on TV. “They wanted me to lose it in this role, really flip out,” White told USA Today. “I was like, ‘OK, cool.’”
ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 will do 25 hours live over the four days, with 18 hours as well on ESPN’s 3D channel. So if White wigs out again, they’ll be all over it.
MLB: Dodgers vs. Colorado, Dodger Stadium, 7:10 p.m., Prime:
The Rockies, considered preseason contenders for the NL West title, may be sellers at the trade deadline this week, facing a Dodgers team in a similar situation. They’re separated by a couple of games in the NL West, but it’s a battle for third place, double-digits behind the leaders. Ubaldo Jimenez, a Cy Young candidate a year ago who didn’t get on track this season until he shutout the Dodgers with a complete-game effort on June 1, could be the first to go. He misses this series having pitched Sunday. Clayton Kershaw, who has struck out 29 and walked only five during his last three consecutive victories, is scheduled to throw on Tuesday during a Fernando Valenzuela bobblehead night giveaway (7:10 p.m., Channel 9) leading to the finale on Wednesday (7:10 p.m., Channel 9).
MLB: Angels at Cleveland, 4:05 p.m., FSW:
All-Star shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera has earned his keep, leading the Indians in every offensive category as they try to challenge Detroit for the lead in the AL Central. The Angels have already won four of six against Cleveland during two series in Anaheim back in April and May. This series includes Tuesday (4:05 p.m., FSW) and Wednesday (9:05 a.m., FSW).
WNBA: Sparks at Minnesota, 5 p.m.:
This game isn’t being televised. Instead, Prime Ticket has room for something on this day in the 9:30 a.m. slot. It’s called “Perkier Boobs!” an infomercial that promotes a product that has “no more wires, hooks and adjusting straps. Discover comfort, discover great looks.” It’s the Genie Bra for those who are out of the loop and into the latchless. Maybe that will spark some interest. The latest road trip for Joe Bryant’s team includes games in Atlanta (Thursday, 4 p.m., NBA TV), Chicago (Saturday, 5 p.m.) and Indiana (Sunday, 3 p.m., NBA TV).
MLB: San Francisco at Philadelphia, 4 p.m., MLB Network:
A day after visiting the White House as the defending MLB champs, the Giants head to visit the Phillies with Tim Lincecum putting himself in front of the taunting crowd. (Matt Cain faces Cole Hammels in Wednesday’s game on ESPN at 4 p.m.)
MLS: All-Stars vs. Manchester United, 5:30 p.m., ESPN2:
A year ago, Manchester United trashed the MLS All-Stars 5-2, with Federico Macheda scoring the game’s first two goals. An injured David Beckham didn’t participate, but he’s been named to the MLS team this year, with Galaxy teammates Landon Donovan and Sean Franklin. Chivas midfielder Nick LaBrocca is also on the MLS squad. Man U is the
reigning English Premier League champions and 2011 UEFA Champions League runners-up, having just polished off the Galaxy in one of those friendly things at Home Depot Center on Sunday.
MLB: Angels at Detroit, 10:05 a.m., FSW:
In a four-game series where three of ‘em are under the sun, the Angels can’t shade themselves and hide from Justin Verlander (13-5, 2.24 ERA), even though he actually took a loss in Anaheim on July 5, 1-0, on a night when Dan Haren threw a two-hitter. Verlander is slotted to go Sunday (10:05 a.m., Channel 13), after games Friday (4:05 p.m., FSW) and Saturday (1:10 p.m., Channel 11).
Golf: U.S. Senior Open Championship, first round, noon, ESPN2:
From the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, this comes less than a week after the Senior British Open wore the field out in Surry, England. Bernhard Langer defends his title. NBC has the final two rounds Saturday and Sunday (noon).
Note: The official X Games breakdown for Thursday (ESPN, 4-8 p.m.; ESPN2 highlights, 10 p.m.):
BMX Park elimination, L.A. Live Event Deck, noon; Skateboard Park elimination, L.A. Live Event Deck, 2:30 p.m.; Moto X Step Up final, Staples Center, 4 p.m.; Skateboard Park final, L.A. Live Event Deck, 5 p.m.; Moto X Best Whip, Staples Center, 5:45 p.m.; Moto X Best Trick, Staples Center, 6:15 p.m.; BMX Big Air final, Staples Center parking lot 7, 7 p.m.
MLB: Dodgers vs. Arizona, Dodger Stadium, 7:10 p.m., Prime:
With giveaway weekend upon us for many MLB teams, a Kirk Gibson bobblehead night sometime during this series would have been swell timing. The Dodgers did honor him once with a ceramic statue. Vin Scully laughed when he first saw it because he said it looked like actor Stacey Keach. This one continues Saturday (7:10 p.m., Channel 9) and Sunday (1:10 p.m., Prime).
Note: The official X Games breakdown for Friday (ESPN, noon-2 p.m.; 4-8 p.m.; ESPN2 highlights, 10 p.m.):
Skateboard Street Men’s Elimination & Womens Final, L.A. Live Event Deck, noon; 11 a.m.; Moto X Freestyle Round 1 and final, Staples Center, 4 p.m.; BMX Vert round 1, Nokia Theatre, 5 p.m.; Skateboard Big Final, Staples Center Parking Lot 7, 6:30 p.m.
Note: The official X Games breakdown for Saturday (ESPN, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Channel 7, 1-3 p.m. ESPN2, 6-7 p.m.; ESPN, 8-9 p.m. ESPN2 highlights, 11:30 p.m.):
BMX Park Round 1 and final, L.A. Live Event Deck, 11:15 a.m.; Skateboard Street Men’s Round 1 & Final, L.A. Event Deck, 1:30 p.m.; Rally Car Racing final, Staples Center lot 7, 1 p.m.; Skateboard Vert Elimination, Nokia Theatre, 3:45 p.m.; Skateboard Vert Round 1 and final, Nokia Theatre, 7 p.m.; Women’s Moto X Racing Round 1 and Moto X Speed And Style Final, Staples Center, 7 p.m.:
Tennis: Farmers Classic ATP tournament final, UCLA Tennis Center, 2 p.m., ESPN2:
When I ruled the world, we had a tennis tournament with a Coldplay concert breaking out. Consider it done. The plan is for the group to play Wednesday night to get Westwood buzzing, and that will be a needed boost to the Kramer annual bash. The local heroes, and defending champs, won’t be causing much of a racket this time. Two-time winner Sam Querrey is out recovering from elbow surgery, leaving Mardy Fish as the top seed, and only player ranked in the ATP’s Top 10 in the event after he won last week’s tour event in Atlanta. He has a bye in the first round here. And newly minted Wimbledon doubles champs Mike and Bob Bryan say they need a week of rest, having just played Davis Cup and World Team Tennis. ESPN2 has a Friday quarterfinal (4 p.m.) and a Saturday semifinal (7:30 p.m), while Jimmy Kimmel is supposed to have some of the Coldplay performance on his late-night show (midnight, Wednesday night).
NASCAR: Brickyard 400, 10 a.m., ESPN:
On the track, Jamie McMurray will try to defend his title. On the track infield, a Beach Bash hosted by a former Playboy Playmate AJ Alexander is planned, with all kinds of music, a bikini and “hot bod” contest hosted by Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee, go-go dancers, beer pong and volleyball. Rev it up. An attendance slump has hit this track like a ton of bricks. There were 280,000 at the 2005 event, but just 140,000 last year. Or, the number of fans at Dodger Stadium in July.
Note: The official X Games breakdown for Sunday (ESPN, 2-4 p.m.; ESPN2, 4-6:30 p.m., ESPN2 highlights, 10:30 p.m.):
Hometown Heroes skateboard street elimination and, L.A. Live Event Deck, 11 a.m.; RallyCross final, Staples Center parking lot 7, 2 p.m.; BMX Street Round 1 and final, L.A. Live Event Deck, 4 p.m.; Skateboard Game Of SK8, L.A. Live Event Deck, 5:30 p.m.; Moto Enduro X Round 1, last-chance qualifer, Womens Final, Mens Final, Staples Center, 6:15 p.m.
Former UCLA and Clippers guard Baron Davis returns to his high school alma mater, Crossroads in Santa Monica, for his second All-Stars Kickball Challenge on Sunday afternoon to raise awareness for the Rising Stars of American Foundation (linked here at the official website www.rsoa.net).
RSOA’s mission is to use athletics as a means of teaching ethical, social values and life skills through mentorship and positive role modeling to today’s youth. Davis found the program in 2004.
Those who’ll be part of the Kickball Challenge:
== Pro basketball players such as John Walls, Matt Barnes, Darren Collison, DeAndre Jordan, Craig Smith, CJ Watson, Al-Farouq Aminu, Dorell Wright, Jaron and Jason Collins, Pooh Jeter, Noelle Quinn, Ticha Penichiero and Samardo Samuels,
== Pro tennis player James Blake,
== Pro football players Ephraim Salaam and Ramses Barden,
== Pro beach volleyball players Kim Glass and Lindsey Berg,
== Actors such as Denyce Lawton and Regina King,
== TV personalities such as Ben Lyons, Eva Marcille, Guy Torry and Catt Sadler,
== Comedian Kevin Wu,
== Producer Cash Warren
The festivites begin at 1 p.m. at 1715 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404.