Monday, July 22, 2019

The Week That Was: July 21, 2019

Welcome back to The Week That Was, where we hope you have a happy Reciprocal Pi Day on Monday. (Monday's date is 7/22, the reciprocal of which is 22/7, which is 3.14 to two decimal places.)

Milestones:

As sometimes happens in the summer when only baseball is adding to its list, there were no milestones to report this week. (In the proto-database stage, no MLS milestones of note, either.)

Database Updates:

Moved Broncos-Chiefs of October 6, 1974, forward from 4:00 ET to 2:00 ET based on the Montreal Gazette.

The analyst for the Broncos-Raiders game on December 26, 1982, has been corrected from Merlin Olsen to Gene Washington. 506sports user 49ersrock has the tape.

Made several updates to NBA sideline reporters, thanks to Classic TV Sports honcho Jeff Haggar watching YouTube:

  • May 7, 1989: Added Tim Brant to Sonics-Lakers
  • May 20, 1989: Replaced Pat O'Brien with James Brown on Suns-Lakers
  • May 21, 1989: Replaced James Brown with Lesley Visser on Bulls-Pistons
Added Canadiens-Islanders to the Canadian NHL listings on Jan. 30, 1988, per a promo on Penguins-Canadiens the previous week. It was a CBC regional telecast, in other words Hockey Night in Canada, with Dick Irvin and Brian McFarlane. 506sports user sew091472 with the find.

Added Canadiens-Penguins to the Canadian NHL listings on Oct. 14, 1989. The CBC regional telecast was called by Dick Irvin and John Garrett with Chris Cuthbert on intermissions. 506sports user garretta with the find.

The Mets-Reds game on May 28, 1990, was rained out. We have removed this from our database, subtracting one game each from Jon Miller and Joe Morgan.

The ESPN baseball doubleheader of August 3, 1990, was listed on August 2 in our database. This has been corrected.

The Expos-Mets game on Sept. 19, 1990, was rained out. Gary Thorne and Norm Hitzges are no longer credited with this game.

The Reds-Mets game on Aug. 20, 1991, was rained out. Bob Carpenter and Billy Sample were the scheduled announcers.

The Angels-Rangers game on Sept. 18, 1991, and the Red Sox-Orioles game a week later were both rained out. Paul Olden and Bill Robinson have been removed from the announcer listings.


This Date In History:

Thursday, July 25 will mark 15 years since Jon Miller passed Dizzy Dean for the most national MLB telecasts by a play-by-play announcer. Dean had held the record from 1953 until that day in 2004. Rick Sutcliffe and Sam Ryan rounded out the crew for that Yankees-Red Sox game on ESPN; Joe Morgan was at the Hall of Fame induction.

This Week in the Tennis Section:

The BB&T Atlanta Open, in exactly the city you'd expect to host the Atlanta Open.

This Week on the Playoff of Dreams:

The 1910 League Championship Series get underway with the Giants meeting the Cubs and the Athletics facing the Tigers.

The Week That Will Be:

Monday, July 22
7:00 -- ESPN -- Red Sox at Rays

Tuesday, July 23
12:30 -- YouTube -- Indians at Blue Jays

Wednesday, July 24
8:00 -- ESPN -- Yankees at Twins

Thursday, July 25
7:00 -- MLBN -- Red Sox at Yankees

Friday, July 26
7:00 -- MLBN -- Red Sox at Yankees
7:30 -- FS1 -- NYCFC vs. Sporting KC
10:00 -- ESPN -- LAFC vs. Atlanta United

Saturday, July 27
4:00 -- FS1 -- Yankees at Red Sox
7:00 -- FS1 -- Astros at Cardinals
10:30 -- FS1 -- Timbers vs. Galaxy

Sunday, July 28
1:30 -- TBS -- Dodgers at Nationals
7:00 -- ESPN -- Yankees at Red Sox

Sunday, July 14, 2019

The Week That Was: July 14, 2019

Welcome back to The Week That Was, where we'd like to remind you that you aren't supposed to eat the little packets of silica gel that come in your shoes.

Milestones:

A pair of ESPN commentators hit milestones this week on the same games as Matt Vasgersian and Buster Olney double-dipped (Thursday and Sunday) for ESPN. Thursday night, the Astros visited the Rangers, and Sunday night, the Dodgers met the Red Sox. Jessica Mendoza and Alex Rodriguez were the analysts in both cases.

Vasgersian called his 275th and 276th national MLB telecasts, passing Josh Lewin (274) for 15th place and Vin Scully (275) for 14th among known play-by-play men. (Please note that Matty V did not pass Vin Scully on the Being Vin Scully scale, just ... numerically.)

Olney handled field-reporter duties for his 240th and 241st MLB games, tying and then passing Bob Harwood of OLN and Versus for the 12th-most field reporter credits among the four major U.S. sports.

In between those appearances, Eric Karros pulled into a tie for 13th among MLB color commentators on Saturday. The White Sox-Athletics game he called with Justin Kutcher was his 223rd, matching Bob Brenly and Jeff Torborg on that list.

From the Department of Round Numbers: the Thursday game was the Rangers' 600th national TV appearance and the Saturday game was the Athletics' 700th.

Database Updates:

The Padres-Phillies game on May 21, 1983, was rained out. Bob Costas and Tony Kubek are no longer credited with this appearance.

The Royals-Yankees game on July 21, 1983, was also rained out. We have removed that from the database, but it does not affect any top-16 lists.

This Date In History:

Tuesday, July 16 is the 25th anniversary of Joe Buck's network telecast debut. He called a Cardinals-Rockies game on this date in 1994, pairing with Dave Campbell on an ABC regional game. His first NFL game was that fall.

This Week in the Tennis Section:

The Hall of Fame Classic at Newport, Rhode Island. (For the next two weeks, we're claiming home-court advantage and tracking U.S.-based tournaments that don't fit our usual criteria.)

This Week on the Playoff of Dreams:

The 1910 League Championship Series get underway with the Giants meeting the Cubs and the Athletics facing the Tigers. (This is last week's summary as well. We got sort of tied up watching tennis.)

The Week That Will Be:

Monday, July 15
7:00 -- ESPN -- Dodgers at Phillies

Tuesday, July 16
7:00 -- MLB Network -- Dodgers at Phillies

Wednesday, July 17
7:00 -- ESPN -- Rays at Yankees

Thursday, July 18
12:30 -- YouTube -- Dodgers at Phillies
7:00 -- MLB Network -- Rays at Yankees
8:00 -- ESPN -- FC Cincinnati vs. DC United
10:00 -- ESPN -- Timbers vs. Orlando City

Friday, July 19
10:00 -- ESPN -- Galaxy vs. LAFC

Saturday, July 20
4:00 -- FS1 -- Mets at Giants
7:15 -- FS1 -- Nationals at Braves

Sunday, July 21
1:00 -- TBS -- Rockies at Yankees
4:00 -- ESPN -- Atlanta United vs. DC United
7:00 -- ESPN -- Nationals at Braves
7:30 -- FS1 -- Orlando City vs. Red Bulls
9:30 -- FS1 -- Timbers vs. Galaxy

Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Week That Was: July 7, 2019

Welcome back to The Week That Was, where nothing is made up but you can still argue that some of the points don't matter.

Milestones:

Bob Costas
called the 450th national MLB telecast of his career on Tuesday, July 2, in a Subway Series game between the Mets and Yankees. He's the 11th person to hit that plateau. The mark also comes in his 442nd game as a play-by-play announcer, matching Dizzy Dean for fifth-most on record. Analyst Jim Kaat and reporter Tom Verducci were on hand for the historic moment.

Tom Verducci, meanwhile, made his 350th national MLB appearance on Saturday in the Angels-Astros tilt. He becomes the 20th person to hit that mark, doing it with 186 games of color commentary and 164 games as the field reporter. Play-by-play man Don Orsillo and reporter Jon Morosi rounded out the telecast.

(We may again have as many as four milestones in this space next week, despite the All-Star Break.)

Database Updates:

In the process of scrubbing our MLB database to remove games that were scheduled but never played, we have removed four rainouts.

  • August 21, 1954: Phillies-Dodgers on ABC (Dizzy Dean, Buddy Blattner) 
  • July 13, 1957: Reds-Dodgers on CBS (Dizzy Dean, Buddy Blattner)
  • September 23, 1961: Orioles-White Sox on CBS (Dizzy Dean, Pee Wee Reese)
  • May 6, 1962: Dodgers-Pirates on NBC (Bob Wolff, Joe Garagiola)
This drops Dean's total from 442 play-by-play games to 439 and from 445 total games to 442. Garagiola's figures fall by one, to 390 color and 645 total. Reese also decrements a single game to 335 appearances.


This Date In History:

Wednesday, July 10 saw two teams carry no-hitters into the seventh inning on national MLB telecasts in 2016. The Mets' Stephen Matz went 7.1 innings without allowing a National to reach safely on TBS; that evening, Madison Bumgarner blanked the Diamondbacks for 7.1 innings in Phoenix.

This week also has two no-hitters broken up in the ninth: Nolan Ryan on July 13, 1979, in a Yankees-Angels game on ABC, and five Padres pitchers against the Dodgers on July 9, 2011, on Fox.

This Week in the Tennis Section:

Second-week action at Wimbledon. The Big Three of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal lead the men's field, which is guaranteed an American in the quarterfinals. Six of the top 11 seeds are left on the women's side where the story has been 15-year-old phenom Coco Gauff.

This Week on the Playoff of Dreams:

The 1910 League Championship Series get underway with the Giants meeting the Cubs and the Athletics facing the Tigers.

The Week That Will Be:

Monday, July 8
No official national telecasts. Wimbledon round of 16 on ESPN and ESPN2. Home Run Derby on ESPN.

Tuesday, July 9
8:00a -- ESPN and ESPN2 -- Wimbledon: women's quarterfinals
10:00a -- ESPN and ESPN2 -- Wimbledon: women's quarterfinals
8:00 -- Fox -- MLB All-Star Game

Wednesday, July 10
8:00a -- ESPN and ESPN2 -- Wimbledon: men's quarterfinals
11:00a -- ESPN and ESPN2 -- Wimbledon: women's quarterfinals

Thursday, July 11
8:00a -- ESPN -- Wimbledon: women's semifinal
10:00a -- ESPN -- Wimbledon: women's semifinal
8:00 -- ESPN -- Astros at Rangers

Friday, July 12
8:00a -- ESPN -- Wimbledon: men's semifinal
11:00a -- ESPN -- Wimbledon: men's semifinal
7:00 -- ESPN -- DC United vs. Revolution
9:00 -- UniMas and UDN -- Dynamo vs. LAFC
11:00 -- UniMas and UDN -- Galaxy vs. Earthquakes

Saturday, July 13
9:00a -- ESPN -- Wimbledon: women's final
4:00 -- FS1 -- White Sox at Athletics
7:15 -- Fox -- Dodgers at Red Sox
7:15 -- Fox -- Giants at Brewers
7:15 -- Fox -- Nationals at Phillies

Sunday, July 14
9:00a -- ESPN -- Wimbledon: men's final
1:00 -- TBS -- Nationals at Phillies
4:00 -- ESPN -- Sounders vs. Atlanta United
6:30 -- FS1 -- Red Bulls vs. NYCFC
7:00 -- ESPN -- Dodgers at Red Sox

Monday, July 1, 2019

Wimbledon Schedule: July 1, 2019


32 men's singles first-round matches (88 hours)
32 women's singles first-round matches (53.3 hours)64 matches (141.3 hours) of tennis
17 initial warmups (2.8 hours)
47 changes between matches (15.7 hours)

159.8 hours of court activity
(Wimbledon does its post-match interviews off court.)

Men's singles: 16 seeds, 4 Americans
Women's singles: 16 seeds, 12 Americans

Weather: Sunny changing to cloudy by lunchtime. High of 70.

Sunset: 4:21 p.m. EDT

TV: ESPN, 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

My guesses as to ESPN's featured matches:

6 a.m. - Keys/Kumkhum
8 a.m. - Djokovic/Kohlschreiber
10 a.m. - Zverev/Vesely
(Osaka/Putintseva if needed to fill a gap here)
1 p.m. - V.Williams/Gauff

Sunday, June 30, 2019

The Week That Was: June 30, 2019

Welcome back to The Week That Was, where nothing is made up but you can still argue that some of the points don't matter.

Milestones:

Matt Vasgersian called play-by-play of his 274th MLB national telecast on Sunday when the Yankees beat the Red Sox in London. That ties him with Josh Lewin, who was working Red Sox radio that day, for 16th-most on record.

(We may have as many as four milestones in this space next week.)

This Date In History:

Tuesday, July 2 is the sixth anniversary of Homer Bailey's 2013 no-hitter, which aired nationally on MLB Network with Vasgersian, Sean Casey and Sam Ryan on the call.

This Week in the Tennis Section:

The year's third major begins at Wimbledon, with 10 hours a day of coverage (6 a.m. to about 4 p.m.) on the ESPN linear networks. Almost 160 hours of action each of the first four days!

This Week on the Playoff of Dreams:

Philadelphia leads New York 2-0 in the 1909 World Series after vanquishing the Tigers in the ALCS.

The Week That Will Be:

Monday, July 1
7:00 -- ESPN -- MLB: Cubs at Pirates

Tuesday, July 2
3:00 -- Fox -- Women's World Cup semifinal: USA vs. England
7:00 -- MLB Network -- MLB: Yankees vs. Mets
10:30 -- FS1 -- Gold Cup semifinal: Haiti vs. Mexico

Wednesday, July 3
3:00 -- FS1 -- Women's World Cup semifinal: Netherlands vs. Sweden
7:00 -- ESPN -- MLB: Yankees vs. Mets
9:30 -- FS1 -- Gold Cup semifinal: Jamaica vs. USA

Thursday, July 4
4:00 -- ESPN -- MLB: Cubs at Pirates
7:20 -- ESPN -- MLB: Phillies at Braves

Friday, July 5
This date intentionally left blank.

Saturday, July 6
11:00a -- Fox -- Women's World Cup third place match
7:15 -- Fox -- MLB: Cubs at White Sox
7:15 -- Fox -- MLB: Phillies at Mets
7:15 -- Fox -- MLB: Angels at Astros
10:00 -- FS1 -- MLB: Rockies at Diamondbacks

Sunday, July 7
11:00a -- Fox -- Women's World Cup final
1:00 -- TBS -- MLB: Rays at Yankees
2:00 -- Fox -- MLS: Atlanta United vs. Red Bulls
6:30 -- FS1 -- MLS: NYCFC vs. Timbers
9:15 -- FS1 -- Gold Cup final
No Sunday Night Baseball due to All-Star Break

Sunday, June 23, 2019

The Week That Was: June 23, 2019

Welcome back to The Week That Was, a feature that I do actually intend to run weekly.

Milestones:

Not much going on this front last week -- the slow season on this front is late June through Labor Day, and look where we are now. My best guess at this point is that we get our next milestone, defined as a round  number or someone passing someone else in a top 16, late next week.

John Farrell became the 514th commentator and 288th color analyst in the MLB database on Saturday, when he called Tigers-Indians with Justin Kutcher on FS1.

This Date In History:

Sunday, June 23, is the 35th anniversary of the Ryne Sandberg game, when two late home run from the Cubs second baseman and eventual Hall of Famer powered the Cubs to a 12-11 win over the Cardinals in 11 innings at Wrigley Field. Bob Costas and Tony Kubek called the game on NBC.

Monday, June 24 is the 57th anniversary of CBS cutting off a Yankees-Tigers game at 5 p.m. because the game's broadcast window was ending and CBS didn't want to delay its primetime lineup. The game went 22 innings and finished at 9:14 p.m. with Dizzy Dean and Pee Wee Reese on the call.

Tuesday, June 25: Next season's NHL schedule drops at noon EDT, according to a league announcement from Friday. Last year, the national TV schedule came out in mid-August.

Wednesday, June 26 is the 37th anniversary of the NBC truck losing power in the middle of the ninth inning at Fenway Park in Boston. The Brewers were playing the Red Sox and Joe Garagiola and Kubek were left to finish the game with one camera.

On Saturday, June 29, the Baseball and the Media Committee of the Society for American Baseball Research meets in San Diego. Good luck and pleasant wishes to all involved and I hope to join you in person the next time you're in a Central Division city.

That meeting will start at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time (5:30 Pacific), which places it squarely in the middle of ESPN's no-hitter doubleheader on that date in 1990. At 7:30 EDT, the Worldwide Leader in Sports showed Dave Stewart's no-no in an Athletics-Blue Jays game called by John Sanders and Tommy Hutton. At 10:30, it was Fernando Valenzuela's turn in a Cardinals-Dodgers game called by Gary Thorne and Norm Hitzges.

This Week in the Tennis Section:

At Eastbourne, England, the Nature Valley International is a WTA Premier event and an ATP 250 event.

This Week on the Playoff of Dreams:

Philadelphia and New York look to close out 2-0 leads in the 1909 MLB playoffs.

The Week That Will Be:

Monday, June 24
12:00 -- FS1 -- Women's World Cup R16: Spain vs. USA
3:00 -- FS1 -- Women's World Cup R16: Canada vs. Sweden
9:45 -- ESPN -- Rockies at Giants

Tuesday, June 25
12:00 -- NHL schedule release
12:00 -- FS1 -- Women's World Cup R16: China vs. Italy
3:00 -- FS1 -- Women's World Cup R16: Japan vs. Netherlands
9:45 -- ESPN -- Rockies at Giants

Wednesday, June 26
8:00 -- MLB Network -- Braves at Cubs
9:00 -- FS1 -- Gold Cup: USA vs. Panama

Thursday, June 27
3:00 -- Fox -- Women's World Cup quarterfinal: Norway vs. England

Friday, June 28
Wimbledon singles draws made today
3:00 -- Fox -- Women's World Cup quarterfinal: Spain/USA vs. France
8:00 -- UniMas/UDN -- Red Bulls vs. Fire
10:00 -- UniMas/UDN -- Rapids vs. LAFC

Saturday, June 29
9:00 a.m. -- FS1 -- Women's World Cup quarterfinal: Netherlands/Japan vs. Italy/China
12:30 p.m. -- FS1 -- Women's World Cup quarterfinal: Sweden/Canada vs. Germany
1 p.m. -- Fox -- Yankees vs. Red Sox at London
4 p.m. -- FS1 -- Nationals at Tigers
4 p.m. -- ESPN -- Minnesota United vs. FC Cincinnati
7 p.m. -- FS1 -- Gold Cup quarterfinal: Costa Rica/Haiti winner vs. Mexico, Canada or Martinique
8:15 p.m. -- Fox -- Mariners at Astros
8:15 p.m. -- Fox -- Dodgers at Rockies
8:15 p.m. -- Fox -- Pirates at Brewers
10 p.m. -- FS1 -- Gold Cup quarterfinal: Mexico, Canada or Martinique vs. Costa Rica/Haiti loser

Sunday, June 30
10 a.m. -- ESPN -- Yankees vs. Red Sox at London
5:30 p.m. -- FS1 -- Gold Cup quarterfinal: Jamaica, El Salvador or Curacao vs. USA/Panama loser
7 p.m. -- ESPN -- Braves at Mets
8:30 p.m. -- FS1 -- Gold Cup quarterfinal: USA/Panama winner vs. Jamaica, El Salvador or Curacao
11 p.m. -- UniMas/UDN -- Timbers vs. FC Dallas

Monday, July 1
6:30 a.m. -- First ball at Wimbledon

Monday, May 27, 2019

French Open Schedule: Tuesday, May 28, 2019



20 men's singles first-round matches (55 hours)
20 women's singles first-round matches (33.3 hours)
16 men's doubles first-round matches (44 hours)56 matches (132.3 hours) on the original schedule. 1 men's singles match (~0.1 match, 0.3 hour) held over from Monday
. 1 women's singles match (~0.4 match, 0.7 hour) held over from Monday
58 matches (133.7 hours of tennis)

15 initial warmups (3 hours)
43 changeovers between matches (14.3 hours)
  9 on-court interviews (0.75 hours)

150.9 hours of court activity
Men's singles: 9 seeds, 2 Americans, plus a seed held over
Women's singles: 10 seeds, 3 Americans, plus a seed held over

Men's #25 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime withdrew, so there are only 31 seeds. This is the day he would have played.

Weather: Cloudy, high 76, winds 6-9 mph

Sunset: 9:42 local (3:42 EDT)

TV: Tennis Channel, 5 a.m. to 3 p.m.