September 30, 2010 Volume CXXVIII Issue 4

Looking back on this day in sports history

By ANDY RUSSELL
News Editor

Mets fans hid their faces after the team’s 1962 loss.

Sports have a rich history: one full of glorious plays, heartbreaking errors and old fashioned hotdogs. In order to understand how the game has progressed, one has to understand where the games have come from. This is the first of my weekly column, “This Day in Sports History.” Hopefully this little bit of information will provide the average reader with a bit of insight into some great events in sports history and the avid sports fan with a bit of a refresh course.

1659- Tennis comes to America for the first time and by word of mouth no less. Peter Stuyvesant of the Netherlands forbids tennis matches during religious services for the first time. Now we have Breakfast at Wimbledon on the final day of Wimbledon. It’s funny the way things work.

1904- A left-handed pitcher for the White Sox named Doc White pitched his fifth shutout in 18 days.

1915- Red Sox clinch the AL Pennant by beating Detroit. This is the last time the Red Sox would make any noise in the postseason until 2004.

1934- This is a day known to many Yankees fans: “the day the Babe died.” This was Babe Ruth’s final game in the pinstripes. The Babe is one of the most famous and, according to most, the best baseball player of all time. However, his graceful walk away from Yankee stadium was ruined with his 0-3 performance at the plate.

1937- The 6th Ryder Cup took place on this day, and the Americans won 8-4 at Southport and Ainsdale in England. The Ryder Cup is a special event that takes place in October. It pits the USA against Europe in a winnertake- all contest made up of different golf “games” such as alternate shot, four ball and stroke play.

1939- The first televised college football game took place on this day. The game was Fordham vs. Waynesburg and took place in New York City.

1947- The largest crowd in World Series history came together on this day to watch two historic franchises play: the Yankees and the Dodgers. The Yankees pulled out the 5-3 victory in front of 73,365 people. The game was also the first televised World Series game.

1956- The youth movement was alive in professional sports in the mid- 50’s and it started with White Sox pitcher Jim Derrington. Derrington was 16-years-old when he made his major league debut and despite the hype, he lost the game.

1962- Mickey Wright wins the LPGA San Diego Golf Open. Mickey Wright was one of the most successful women golfers ever, totaling 91 career victories.

1962- One of the worst teams in baseball history took the field looking to get the monkey off their back and fend off baseball futility. The Mets lost to the Cubs on a triple-play in the 9th inning, handing them their 120th loss of the season.

1971- Mel Gray, a wide receiver for the St. Louis Cardinals, caught his first ball in his 121 game receiving streak.

1979- The Milwaukee Brewers did something truly amazing: they played 213 straight games without being shut out. This streak came to an end with a 5-0 loss.

1980- The New York fans are at it again. The Mets played the visiting Phillies on this day and the stadium was full: of empty seats. 1,754 fans turned out to see the team play, an all-time low.

1992- George Brett of the Kansas City Royals gets four hits to become the 18th person to get 3,000 hits in baseball history.

1994- The NHL lockout begins. The lockout didn’t last the entire season, but shortened the season to 48 games.

These things are just a few of the great and not-so-great moments in American sports. I want to provide insight to people that don’t know as much as they should about the rich and full history of sports in America. Make sure to get out and play. Who knows, maybe one day you will be on this great list of American sports moments.

 


 

Volleyball notches 1,000th victory

On Monday night, the volleyball team earned their 1,000th match victory.

Georgetown College’s volleyball team came into the season 11 wins shy of 1,000, and Monday night, they became only the fourth NAIA team to reach that plateau. A straight-game win, 25-19, 25-13, 25-19, over Mid-South Conference opponent University of Virginia College at Wise gave the Tigers another milestone.

Tigers’ coach Nick Griffin helped celebrate the moment by giving everyone a chance to play.

“It was great that everyone could take part in this historic moment,” Griffin said.

Georgetown has had volleyball since the fall of 1976, including two seasons coached by current women’s basketball coach Susan Johnson. However, it was not until Donna Hawkins came on as head coach in 1980, that the program truly started to flourish.

The Tigers are 1,000-316 since 1980. They have made 14 NAIA Tournament appearances, five times in the Elite Eight, and they were national championship runners- up in 2009. Hawkins returned to her alma mater 30 years ago and after going 16-13 that first year, never could have imagined the program would be what it is today.

“It was just a really raw program when I took over,” Hawkins said. “But we were really allowed to do what we could and grow by Dr. Ben Elrod, Morgan Patterson and Dr. Bill Crouch. But back then I could have never envisioned this program becoming what it has.”

Hawkins alone coached 797 of those 1,000-match wins. GC went to 10 NAIA National Tournaments under her and made four Elite Eight appearances. She never lost a Mid-South Conference tournament title and only once tied for the regular season crown. From 1985-1994, Georgetown won 65 straight Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matches (the conference the Tigers were in before MSC).

But it was not just about success on the court; Hawkins also valued the student part of her athletes. Along with 30-plus All-Americans, Georgetown has had 30-plus NAIA Academic All-Americans. She had two A.O. Duer Award winners (Trina Schimmoller and Cynthia Searcy), which is an honor given to juniors that takes into consideration community service, academic success and athletic success. Hawkins also coached a Fulbright Scholar, Chris Schimmoller, who was almost a Rhode Scholar as well.

“The volleyball program at Georgetown College has always represented excellence, both athletically and academically. This collective achievement is a testament to the many years of hard work it took for us to reach this significant milestone,” said GC Director of Athletics Eric Ward.

The Tigers are averaging 33.33 wins a season, have never had a losing season, have eight seasons of 40-plus wins and one season of 52 wins.

“It’s special being part of a program like this,” Griffin said. “To reach 1,000 wins is a testament to the volleyball program started by Donna Hawkins and the ongoing commitment from Georgetown College. I think this milestone also solidifies the fact that Georgetown remains one of the premier programs in the NAIA.”

Georgetown College News Bureau
Press Release

 


 

Tigers fall to Shorter College in overtime

By ANDY RUSSELL
News Editor

This past Saturday the GC Tigers football team hit the road for the third straight week against Shorter College. The game was an unlikely matchup between these two Mid-South Conference opponents, but ended up being a barn burner. The series has been lopsided since the start in 2005 with the Tigers outscoring them 13-8. The team knew that this game would be different, however. They have been on the road for consecutive weeks and are getting tired. However they would fight to the very end.

The game didn’t start in the Tigers’ favor as they fell behind early. The teams battled on throughout the entire regulation period with the lead going back and forth. However, the Tigers found themselves on the short-end close to the whistle and needed some magic from their star quarterback, Kaelin Ammons. He was able to orchestrate and execute a 94-yard drive to tie the game at 40 all.

Starting overtime, Shorter was on offense first and needed just a few plays to punch the ball in. The Tigers possession was much easier: a 25-yard strike from Ammons to Chris Gohman. However the Tigers still had to make the extra point, which is where the game ended. The snap was mishandled and the Tigers failed to convert. Even though the Tigers lost, there were several good things in the game for them. Kaelin Ammons had a huge day, completing 24 of 40 passes for 396 yards and five touchdowns. The offense executed well and was able to get in a rhythm that sustained them throughout the game. Gohman was Ammons’ go-to man in the end-zone, catching four passes, three of which were touchdowns.

Although they lost, the Tigers will have time to regroup, get in a few practices and come back to Toyota Stadium for their home opener tonight against Kentucky Christian. The Tigers have had a rough road stretch and need the support of their fans now that they are home. Come out and support the Tigers tonight as they start their first of six straight MSC games. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.

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