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Tim Kurkjian’s Baseball Fix – ‘Trying to hit Sandy Koufax was like drinking coffee with a fork’

[ad_1] You love baseball. Tim Kurkjian loves baseball. So while we await its return, every day we'll provide you with a story or two tied to this date in baseball history.ON THIS DATE IN 1962, Sandy Koufax threw his first no-hitter.He would finish with four no-hitters -- only Nolan Ryan had more. One of Koufax's no-hitters was a perfect game. In Koufax's first no-hitter, he struck out 13, including the
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Tim Kurkjian Baseball Fix – Black-and-blue marks, nausea and all the other fun parts of being hit by a pitch

[ad_1] You love baseball. Tim Kurkjian loves baseball. So while we await its return, every day we'll provide you with a story or two tied to this date in baseball history.ON THIS DATE IN 2005, Craig Biggio was hit by a pitch for the 268th time.That broke the modern (since 1900) record set by Don Baylor, who, when asked which one hurt the most, replied, "None of them.'' Biggio would
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Tim Kurkjian’s Baseball Fix – Two Bobos, eight walks and a spot start all part of the no-hitter story

[ad_1] You love baseball. Tim Kurkjian loves baseball. So while we await its return, every day we'll provide you with a story or two tied to this date in baseball history.ON THIS DATE IN 2015, the Giants' Chris Heston pitched a no-hitter.He won 12 games that year, 13 in his career, but he did what Grover Alexander, Roger Clemens and Greg Maddux, who won 1,082 games combined, never did. So,
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Tim Kurkjian Baseball Fix – Trevor Hoffman was a failed shortstop but a Hall of Fame closer

[ad_1] You love baseball. Tim Kurkjian loves baseball. So while we await its return, every day we'll provide you with a story or two tied to this date in baseball history.ON THIS DATE IN JUNE 2007, Trevor Hoffman recorded save No. 500.Seventeen years earlier, Hoffman was in his first season as a shortstop in the Reds' system. After 103 games at Class A ball, "I had 35 errors, and I
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Tim Kurkjian Baseball Fix – ‘Well, God gave me that’

[ad_1] You love baseball. Tim Kurkjian loves baseball. So while we await its return, every day we'll provide you with a story or two tied to this date in baseball history.ON THIS DATE IN 1995, Pedro Martinez pitched nine perfect innings.Martinez faced 27 Padres, retired them all, then joined Harvey Haddix (1959) as the only pitchers ever to take a perfect game into extra innings. Martinez gave up a hit
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Tim Kurkjian’s Baseball Fix – There was Mariano Rivera, and there was everybody else

[ad_1] You love baseball. Tim Kurkjian loves baseball. So while we await its return, every day we'll provide you with a story or two tied to this date in baseball history.ON THIS DATE IN 2004, Mariano Rivera saved his 300th game.He would save 352 more games, yet at 300, he probably was already the greatest closer ever. Rivera's rise to superstardom was unforeseen when the Yankees signed him in 1990.The
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Tim Kurkjian’s Baseball Fix – Harvey Haddix pitched 12 perfect innings and lost

[ad_1] You love baseball. Tim Kurkjian loves baseball. So while we await its return, every day we'll provide you with a story or two tied to this date in baseball history.ON THIS DATE IN 1959, the Pirates' Harvey Haddix pitched 12 perfect innings.Thirty-six batters up, 36 batters down. It is one of the most incredible pitching performances in baseball history; there has been never been anything like it. It also
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Tim Kurkjian’s baseball fix – Stan Musial and a called shot to end an All-Star Game

[ad_1] You love baseball. Tim Kurkjian loves baseball. So while we await its return, every day we'll provide you with a story or two tied to this date in baseball history.ON THIS DATE IN 1958, Stan Musial recorded his 3,000th hit.Thirty years later, a disgruntled teenager on a hotel escalator was complaining to his friend about being too late to get Pete Rose's autograph at a card show."I got a
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Tim Kurkjian Baseball Fix – The history of the sacrifice fly is fascinating

[ad_1] You love baseball. Tim Kurkjian loves baseball. So while we await its return, every day we'll provide you with a story or two tied to this date in baseball history.ON THIS DATE IN 1986, Don Mattingly became the sixth player ever with three sacrifice flies in a game.They are fascinating. You don't have to hit a ball in fair territory to get credit for a sacrifice fly.The full "On