The Hippo


Jul 22, 2019








 The Numbers

.339 – batting average for Dalton Pompey when he has 4 homers and 13 RBI in his first 56 at bats with the Fisher Cats.  
1:18:42 – NH best female time for Denise Sandahl of Bow to hit the finish line in the annual Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race, good for sixth place overall. 
3 – consecutive wins to start the American Legion season for Sweeney Post after a 1-0 win over Bedford when Mason Gilmartin allowed six hits and walked four over six scoreless innings to get the win. 
21 – years of age of newly crowned U.S. Open Champion Jordan Spieth, which made him on Sunday the youngest winner of that championship since Bobby Jones did it at 20 in 1923. 

181 and 2 – feet and inches the javelin tossed by Manchester Central junior Jacob Stanko went as he was the winner in the Emerging Elite Division at the New Balance National Outdoor Track Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, last week.  
Sports Glossary
Shot Heard ’round the World: The three-run walk-off homer that ended the dramatic three-game playoff series that broke hearts all over Brooklyn in October 1951. It was hit by left fielder Bobby Thompson off classy to this day Ralph Branca at New York’s Polo Grounds where it was a mere 251 down the left field line. If it had been Fenway, it would have been a single off the wall and play would have continued. Instead the Giants had crushed the hopes of their bitter rivals. What’s lost in history is that Thompson knocked in the deciding run in Game 1 of the series with an earlier homer off — you guessed it — Branca

Ralph Branca: The Mike Torrez of Brooklyn, who surrendered game-winning homers to Bobby Thompson twice in the famous NL playoff of 1951. Beyond that he was a solid righty who won 21 games in 1947, 88 overall, and a three-time All-Star, not to mention a major Jackie Robinson defender/supporter when he integrated baseball in 1947. And, oh, by the way, he’s also the father-in-law of one Bobby Valentine.
Steve Blass: Solid Pirates righty hurler with six seasons of double-digit wins, including 19 when Pittsburgh won the World Series in 1971. But he mysteriously lost his ability to throw strikes the next year and after recording just three wins and back-to-back ERAs of 9.85 and 9.00 the career was over less than two years later. 

Berberian recovers at Open
Dave Long’s - People, places & other stuff

By Dave Long

  The Big Story: The 83 carded in the opening round of the U.S. Open was the stuff dreams are made off, but the story of Rich Berberian Jr. of Windham Country Club story didn’t end there. He came back to shoot 72 in Round II at the controversial Chambers Bay course in Washington State to finish at 155. And while he didn’t make the cut, he did gain experience that should prove of value going forward and showed an ability to get up after being knocked down. Not to mention he finished a shot ahead of three-time Open champ Tiger Woods. How many around here can say that?    

Sports 101: Who holds the major-league record for hitting the most home runs by July 1 in a season?
Witness Protection Program Moment of the Week: If anyone out there was worried over what ever became of Patriots running back Jonas Gray after he disappeared from the radar less than a week after running for 201 yards and 4 TDs vs. the Colts, you can stop worrying. He was on hand signing autographs on the concourse at the F-Cats game on Friday, where he clearly was alive and well.  
Giving Something Back Award: The question is, did the contribution to charity come after or before word leaked out that the nonprofit Foundation at Salem State College paid Tom Brady $170,000 to speak for one hour at the school last month? If you’re wondering, the award minus the $40,000 gained in ticket sales and sponsorships could pay for six and a half full scholarships and a half scholarship for needy students. 
Rest in Peace: WGIR Morning Buzz sidekick Andy Blacksmith, who was a good guy, went too soon at 49 while waiting for a heart transplant at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital on Sunday. 
Sports 101 Answer: All-time homer champ Barry Bonds hit an all-time best 38 homers by July 1 when in 2001 when he set the single-season record of 73. Mark McGwire is next with 37 in 1998. 
On This Date – June 25: 1932 – Soon to be New London, N.H., resident and Lake Sunapee CC member Gene Sarazen shoots a 286 to win the U.S. Open. 1967Muhammad Ali is sentenced to five years in prison for refusing induction into the army. 1988Cal Ripken Jr.’s consecutive game streak reaches 1,000. 1991Martina Navratilova wins her record 100th singles match at Wimbledon. 

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