We’re glad you’re here.
There is spectacular photography hereabouts. Tourists drive hundreds of miles to be right here, now, camera at the ready.
If you’d like to enjoy some of the best local photography, the timing is good. Tomorrow, the third annual SAGE Community Arts juried photography show opens at the gallery, 21 W. Brundage St. (website: artinsheridan.com) The show will run through July 26. Thursday, there will be a reception at the gallery from 5-7 p.m. The public’s welcome and there’s refreshments.
One of the photographers whose work will be featured is Justin Sheely of The Sheridan Press.
There’s a lot of yakking going on via ESPN about batters getting hit by pitches. Press sports editor Michael Pruden wrote of it recently and how Hunter Strickland had held a three-year grudge against Bryce Harper. Pitchers are sending “messages,” so it goes.
Old timers recall how guys like Nolan Ryan, Bob Gibson and Don Drysdale would serve up “chin music” without much compunction. Drysdale once hit a batter to load the bases on manager Walter Alston’s direction. “I told you to walk him,” Alston said to Drysdale after a double-play ended the inning. “I didn’t want to waste three pitches,” Drysdale replied.
• Ron Hunt holds the career record for hit by pitch. Hunt retired in 1974, getting plunked 243 times while at bat over 12 seasons. In 1971, he set the single season record of getting hit by 50 pitches. In comparison, Brandon Guyer, an outfielder for the Cleveland Indians, led MLB in the last two seasons with 55 HBP.
• Early Winn, a hard-nosed guy, resented how a hitter singled off of him. He threw at him while the hitter was standing at first base.
• Mickey Mantle homered off Drysdale in spring training. Spring training, the only time when teams faced each other before returning to their own leagues for the season. During the off-season, while at the same banquet, they ran into each other socially. Drysdale was greeted warmly by The Mick. Drysdale, however, couldn’t forget the home run from months earlier. “Next spring, Mick,” Drysdale told him, poking his ribs with a finger, “right here.”
• Nolan Ryan was pitching for the Houston Astros in Atlanta. Jeff Dedmon came on in relief to face Ryan. The day before, Dedmon had told the local newspaper how Ryan had “lost” his stuff. Dedmon apparently had forgotten he was in the National League, where the pitcher bats. Facing Ryan, he went down on the first pitch. Ryan still had his “stuff.” After the game, Braves owner Ted Turner told his pitcher, “Dedmon, don’t wear plaid,” a sly reference for a comedy film of a few years earlier of the same name.
• Jimmy Piersall, a “colorful” all-star outfielder with five teams over 17 seasons, died recently. He came up against Ralph Terry of the Yankees in the early 1960s. Yogi Berra was catcher. Piersall told Berra, “if you tell Terry to throw at me, I’ll rip his (expletive) head off.” Berra replied, “We don’t throw at .200 hitters.”