By Ray Schulte, Schulte Sports Marketing & Public Relations
It's been 15 years since the Baltimore Orioles beat the Seattle Mariners during the 1997 American League Division Series. Baltimore went on to play the Cleveland Indians during the American League Championship Series and lost after six games. Who would have thought it would be 15 years before the Orioles reached the playoffs again?
In addition to making the postseason in 2012, Orioles manager Buck Showalter is once again teaming up his wife, Angela, as race hosts to support the non-profit organization KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs of Maryland and Washington, D.C. The third-annual KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot 5K starts at O'Donnell Square in Canton on Oct. 27, and everyone is invited to participate.
Participants can wear their Halloween costumes and enjoy a post-race celebration. Visit KidsPeace.org to register for the race and/or contact Gina Seyfried via phone (410-964-9329) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more race information.
The Showalters, each wearing a specially made KidsPeace Orioles jersey, filmed a public service announcement at Camden Yards before the All-Star break to promote the race. Both signed the back of their respective jerseys and donated them to KidsPeace to auction on SchulteAuctions.com. All the proceeds from the online auction benefit KidsPeace locally. Bidding on SchulteAuctions.com will close at 9:15 p.m. Oct. 31.
Recent Anniversaries Celebrating Iconic Moments In MLB
1. MLB Triple Crown Winner (45-Year Anniversary): Boston's Carl Yastrzemski won Major League Baseball's triple crown in 1967. On Oct. 3, Detroit's Miguel Cabrera became the 15th player, and the first since Yastrzemski, to win the prestigious award.
2. Babe Ruth Called Shot (80-Year Anniversary): On Oct. 1, 1932, the Yankees were visiting the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field for Game 3 of the World Series. With a 2-2 count during the fifth inning, Ruth supposedly pointed to the outfield bleachers before hitting a home run that landed in the exact spot he had indicated. People are still debating about the Sultan of Swat's called shot 80 years later. Visit BabeRuthCentral.com for more in-depth accounts of Ruth.
3. Roberto Clemente's 3,000th Hit (40-Year Anniversary): On Sept. 30, 1972, Pirates great Roberto Clemente doubled to left-center field at Three Rivers Stadium off New York Mets rookie Jon Matlack. With the hit, Clemente became the 11th player to reach 3,000 hits during his career. Three months later, Clemente died in a plane crash while delivering relief aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
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Issue 178: October 2012