Baseball Items July

Things I came across: Christian Yelich’s great-great grandfather was a running back in the NFL. His name was Fred Gehrke and he is the man who designed the logo for the L.A. Rams.

The son of actors Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon is named Deacon and that was done to honor a relative of Ryan’s–Deacon Phillippe who was the first pitcher to win three games in a World Series. In fact, he did that in the first modern World Series ever, the 1903 best-of-nine Series won by the Pirates over the Boston Pilgrims.

Coincidentally, 57 years later, a man with the nickname of the Deacon, Vernon Law, came very close to winning three in the Series versus the Yankees. The 1960 World Series was the most lopsided, wildest one ever in the opinion of many. The Bucs lost three games by scores of 16-3, 10-0, and 12-0 (two shutouts by Whitey Ford) but won it all in seven thanks to the famous walkoff homer by Bill Mazeroski. The Yanks’ stats destroyed those of the Pirates which led Gino Cimoli of the Pirates to quip after the deciding contest, “They set all the records and we won the game.”

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