Team Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano had very different reactions to the crash that cost them both a win at the famed Daytona 500 on Sunday.
Logano led the pack as they headed down the final stretch of the final lap of Sunday’s rain-delayed season opener. But an aggressive move from Keselowski in the No. 2 position — he tried to pass Logano on the inside, but caused the both to spin out — caused a massive fiery crash that cost both a win in the 2021 NASCAR season opener.
Instead, Michael McDowell took advantage of the situation and won his first ever Daytona 500 under caution (he was also first to cross the finish line). It was the only lap he led in the 200-lap race. Logano finished 12th, and Keselowski finished 13th.MORE: Full results, winner from NASCAR’s 2021 season-opening raceSaid Logano after the race:“Pandemonium, I guess. Chaos struck,” he said. “(Keselowski) kept trying to back up, trying to get a run. I was trying to back up to him to keep the runs from being too big and just, I guess he got to the back of (McDowell) and it ended up being a really big run coming at me and it seemed like we all just collided in one spot. It’s a real bummer that none of the Penske cars won, but at least a Ford won and I’m really happy for McDowell.”I hate that we didn’t win with our Shell/Pennzoil Mustang. I feel like we had a great shot being where we were and leading on the last lap, but if we couldn’t win I’m really happy to see McDowell win this thing. He’s a great guy, a great person, a good leader in life and has helped me a lot in my life, so it’s very cool to see him win the Daytona 500.”Keselowski was clearly frustrated following the crash, tossing his helmet and gloves at his No. 2 car.That said, he didn’t regret the move that cost his teammate a win and himself a top-two finish.“I don’t feel like I made a mistake, but I can’t drive everybody else’s car, so frustrating,” he said following the race. “The Discount Tire Ford was not the fastest, but (crew chief) Jeremy Bullins and the whole team did a great job of keeping us in position and right then we were in position. It’s exactly where I want to be running second on the last lap at Daytona with this package and had the run, made the move and it didn’t work out.”
MORE: Daytona 500 purse, payout breakdownThe two spoke out on Twitter following their post-race interviews, again with very different tones. Logano, who was aiming for his second Daytona 500 win, was “bummed.” Keselowski, who caused the crash in his bid to win the race for the first time — and become only the second active driver to win all four of NASCAR’s crown jewel events — said his “heart is broke.”
HeartbreakerMy body is fine but my heart is brokeMonths of studying, months of tremendous car prep from the #2crew & in the perfect position at the end…Yet, Another #DAYTONA500 slips away…What else can you say?What else can you do but be grateful for the opportunity?
— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) February 15, 2021Both drivers will have another chance at a win in Daytona next week, albeit at the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253, a road race.
We recap some stories you may have missed including a huge PKO event and how much of himself is Landon Tice playing for?
KidPoker vs the Poker Brat?
We hinted at it last week and now it seems confirmed that Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth will play heads-up.
Given both men are traditionally live players it seems inevitable that it will be face to face and streamed on PokerGO.
The early betting markets have suggested Hellmuth is the favourite, which seems ludicrous given how much Negreanu improved in his heads-up challenge against Doug Polk.
Happy to play anyone on @PokerGo App’s “High Stakes Duel.” Looks like they are bringing me the GREAT Daniel Negreanu @RealKidPoker, the guy that studied heads up for months w coaches I respect, so be it. It will be a great challenge for me! Hoping I don’t look like THIS photo!! pic.twitter.com/EpE1BqRMWP
— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) February 13, 2021
Tice has skin in the game
The other big heads-up match in the works is Landon Tice vs Bill Perkins, and it has been the subject of a lot of debate this last week.
Namely, how much does the poker wunderkind Landon Tice have invested in himself? Rumours circulated that he is playing for just 10% of himself in this challenge where he is already paying Bill Perkins $720,000 to play.
Tice confirmed that he has sold a lot of action for this event but while his percentage is low, it still means he has a lot of his net worth on the line:
Let me make something clear that I’m sure everyone cares about regarding my challenge with @bp22 I’m selling a lot of action for it. A lot.I’m not rolled to battle at nosebleeds. However, I am putting a very large amount of my relative net worth on myself winning it.
— Landon (@LandonTice) February 11, 2021
MicroMillions the biggest PKO ever?
The MicroMillions Main Event was a PKO for the first time in its history and it (probably) automatically became the biggest field ever for a progressive knockout tournament.
49,487 entries for the $22 Main Event, which was not quite enough to hit the $1 million guarantee.
It did lead to one player bagging almost $60,000 for their troubles including $18,651.13 in bounties alone:
The final table
Table stakes only
OK, so this week’s meme classic from Reddit beats all those ‘toilet roll poker home game’ jokes from last year:
When Polaks Play Poker from r/poker
Will we see Hellmuth vs Negreanu heads-up? Let us know in the comments:
Barry Carter is the editor of PokerStrategy.com and the co-author of The Mental Game of Poker 1 & 2, Poker Satellite Strategy and PKO Poker Strategy
Long before Joe DiMaggio earned the Joltin’ Joe nickname, he was just a kid from San Francisco who wanted to play shortstop. Dan Daniel — himself a Hall of Famer who built his reputation, in part, with his unforgettable reporting on Yankees legend Babe Ruth — was there for DiMaggio’s first spring training with the Yankees.
It’s safe to say Daniel was impressed, comparing the 21-year-old rookie to legendary batsman Joe Jackson in a column that introduced the budding star to the American public. Unfortunately, the nickname “Shoeless Joe DiMaggio” never stuck. Fortunately, TSN used a picture of DiMaggio showing off his biceps as the art. Outstanding.
MORE: 23 rare photos of Joe DiMaggio from TSN’s archivesOriginal publish date: March 26, 1936
Daniel, Sizing Up Joe DiMaggio in Camp, Calls Him a Throwback to Joe JacksonBy Daniel M. DanielJoseph Paul DiMaggio, Jr., faces no easy task with the Yankees. Hailed as the greatest minor-league star of 1935, flattered with the announcement that but for having been sold to New York, the Red Sox would have paid $60,000 for him, confronted with the fact that Yankees fans regard him as the Moses who is to lead their club out of the second-place wilderness, in which it has wandered for three years, he is more in the limelight than any other major league recruit. In fact, Giuseppe, as Bill Duncan pointed out in his comparison of highly touted phenoms from the Coast, in a recent issue of THE SPORTING NEWS, is decidedly on the spot, but from early indications, it appears he will live up to his boosters’ predictions. DiMaggio certainly created a furore in his first two games with the Yankees, against the Cardinals. Sam Breadon and Frankie Frisch went into ecstasies over Giuseppe, and so did John O. Seys of the Cubs. In the pair of contests with the Redbirds, DiMaggio got six hits for .666, smacking a tremendous triple in each. At Bradenton, the three-bagger went to the 420-foot mark on the right-center field fence. Joe followed this performance by getting four hits in a game against the Reds, March 20, giving him a total of ten hits in 16 times at bat, for the impressive mark of .625 for three games. During that period he faces three right-handers and three southpaws, getting five hits against each style of flinging, and his drives went to all fields. In his next appearance, against the Braves, Joe made two hits in four times at bat, running his total to 12 hits out of 20 trips to the plate. Then he went on the shelf for tendays, with a burn on the left foot, suffered when the diatherma treatment was applied to an injury received in a game.The Yankees bought DiMaggio at the minor league meeting in Columbus in November, 1934. Joe had injured a knee getting out of a taxicab the previous summer, and this left his future in doubt. The New York club purchased an option to take DiMaggio for $25,000 in cash and five players. DiMaggio was left with the Seals. Last summer, the deal was closed—much to the chagrin of the San Francisco flub, which had that offer from Eddie Collins before it. DiMaggio was born in Martinez, Cal., November 25, 1914, which makes him just past 21. He weighs 190 pounds and stands half an inch over six feet in height. He hits right-handed and throws right. Joe is one of nine children. He has four sisters and as many brothers. Dominic, 19, plays bush ball around San Francisco and Joe says he is a comer. Vincent is an outfielder with the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League. Vince is Joe’s senior and was with the Seals when Joe broke in. When Joe was only a year old, the family moves from Martinez to San Francisco. Joe’s dad was a fisherman. Now, at 67, he is retired, and a close student of baseball, about which he knew nothing until a couple of years ago, when he became a hot fan. Joe began playing ball when he was ten. He was a shortstop then. In fact, DiMaggio did not become an outfielder until 1933. At 14, Joe lost interest in baseball. He went in for tennis in a big way, and played basket ball, and “touch” football. When his brother Vince hooked up with the Seals, and made good, Joe began to think things over and went back to baseball intensively. He joined the San Francisco Boys Club, then played for the Mission Red A’s, all at short. With his brother on the Seals, Joe began to haunt the knotholes at the San Francisco park. However, he had aroused the interest of Spike Hennessey, scout, who hauled Joe into the Seals’ office, where Charley Graham told him there was no need of his peeking through knotholes, and handed him a bunch of passes. Graham asked Joe to work out for a few weeks with the Seals. Near the close of the season, Augie Galan got permission to go to Honolulu, so Joe played in Augie’s place in three games. That was 1932. Joe got two hits in nine tries, and remembers that his first safety, off Ted Pillette, was a triple. In 1933, the Seals asked Joe to attend their school. Then Joe signed and went to camp. He was given his chance at short, but proved a failure. About that time a young man by the name of Stewart had developed into something of a sensation in right field, when suddenly he stopped hitting. One day Manager Caveney sent DiMaggio in to bat for Stewart. Joe got a base on balls. The following day Caveney sent Joe to right right. Young DiMaggio was amazed. His own brother, Vince, and Prince Oana both were on the bench. But Joe got the call over the pair. And he remained in the outfield from then on. In his second season with the Seals, DiMaggio set a Coast record by hitting in 61 consecutive games. Buck Newsom, who was the toughest pitcher for Joe, almost stopped that streak right in the middle. Young Ed Walsh was the pitcher finally halting DiMaggio. In 1935, DiMaggio and Oscar Eckhardt, now with the Dodgers, had a great battle for the Coast batting title. Ox won with .399. Joe hit .398. In the first half, DiMaggio batted only .320. He hit over .500 the second half.
Joe reminds one of Joe Jackson at the plate—standing with one foot back, with his feet 12 inches apart. He swings a 40-ounce bat, 36 inches in length—one of the biggest bats used by any major league player, even heavier than that of his teammate, Lou Gehrig, whose club weighs 39 ounces. Al Simmons, who was induced by Mickey Cochrane to lighten his bat to 33 ounces, uses a 37-inch length. The average mace weighs 36 ounces and is 35 inches long. Joe meets the ball at the last possible fraction of a second. Most of his hits are pulled. He has a remarkable arm, as evidenced by his 36 assists last season. That total was achieved in spite of the fact that for the last month of the campaign he was handicapped by a cold in his arm. His throwing and fielding has measured up to expectations in exhibition work this spring. Among his 1935 feats was a drive over the 420-foot left field fence in San Francisco—the longest in Coast league records. He scored 171 runs and drove in 151. Joe got 34 homers and was voted the most valuable player in the league. Joe likes movies, but hasn’t much use for books. He also likes spaghetti, even though his new teammate, Tony Lazzeri, doesn’t care much for Italy’s favorite dish. Although DiMaggio regards Joe Cronin, another Californian, as his baseball hero, he credits Frank O’Doul, his manager at San Francisco last year, with giving him his greatest help in the game.
Intelitics, the leading performance marketing and analytics platform provider, has been granted a licence by the Colorado Division of Gaming allowing it to work with licensed sportsbook operators in the state for the first time.Intelitics already holds licences in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, with Colorado the third with more to follow in the coming months.Intelitics provides online sportsbook and casino operators with a single platform that allows them to track, analyze and grow all acquisition partnerships and campaigns across web and mobile through access to real-time data which in turn allows them to unlock hidden revenue and boost ROI.Intelitics’ real-time data hub keeps media buyers, analysts and executives on the same page about spend and results. Operators can use one set of metrics to “slice and dice” media performance to discover what activity is delivering the best results.Powerful, streamlined reports provide full visibility into cross-channel interaction and the customer journey. A holistic view of costs v player value means operators can easily determine the most valuable media sources which improves revenue allocation modelling and inform media investment.CasinoAffiliatePrograms, the premier standalone iGaming specific Ad Network, which is powered and run by the Intelitics team, has delivered more than $70m in net game revenue through 150,000+ new depositing customers.Armed with its Colorado licence, Intelitics is now looking to work with licensed online sportsbook operators in the state in order to help them unlock the greatest value from their marketing activity.Allan Stone, CEO at Intelitics, said: “We are delighted to have secured a licence from the Colorado Division of Gaming allowing us to work with licensed sportsbook operators in the state for the very first time.”“As legal online sports betting continues to roll out across the US, there is a tremendous first mover advantage to be had but operators must ensure they are acquiring players at the right cost and through channels that deliver true value.”“Our cutting-edge platform provides the real-time data, insight and reporting that operators need to do just that across all of the channels they use to market to players. We look forward to working with sportsbooks licensed in the state of Colorado.”
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09:1116 FebOnline sportsbook Bovada likely won’t be paying out the largest supposedly winning wager on whether a streaker would disrupt the Super Bowl LV game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the site discovered the streaker was part of a group having placed a large bet on such an event occurring during the game.Yuri Andrade, the 31-year-old Florida man who briefly disrupted the game with his run in a pink leotard and black shorts, announced in an apperance on a Florida radio station Wild 94.1 talk show that he was part of a group that had bet $50,000 that a streaker would appear. Andrade told the show’s audience that his group had locked in the bet at +750, resulting in the high would-be payout.However, Bovada, a grey-market betting site offering services to many US states, quickly learned of Andrade’s admission. The site had already been aware of “suspicious activity” on the prop line, likely the overly large $50,000 wager. As a result, Bovada has already announced it will refund the wagers of all “no” bettors, while also screening for legitimacy all “yes” wagers made before officially grading them.The episode will likely do no publicity favors for Bovada, however, despite the site’s willingness to take a moderate financial hit. Bovada’s lines appear prominently throughout the US’s sports-betting world, on broadcasts and in live and online publications, and as a consequence the site remains under considerable pressure from the US’s growing licensed and regulated markets. At the very least, the event is likely to make Bovada reconsider offering prop bets of this nature, ones that have the potential to disrupt larger sporting events.“Our players have always trusted us to ensure the integrity of all props offered in our sportsbook,”Bovada stated. “We will continue to make sure that any publicity stunts or ill-intended behavior cannot adversely affect the outcome of a player’s wager.”It’s not the first time that streaking has figured into an online gambling story. Nearly 20 years ago, online casino site GoldenPalace.com garnered publicity by investing in all sorts of bizarre activities, including sponsoring serial streaker Mark Roberts’ dashes at events including Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004. Roberts sported a temporary GoldenPalace.com tattoo during his runs, which were just a small part of the site’s bizarre guerilla marketing campaigns.Did you like this article?Tweet
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No one in the industry can underestimate the old fashioned values of building trust amongst customers. Richard Downey, Senior VP for Connections by the Specialist Works, understands that more than most. He sat down with Calvinayre.com’s Becky Liggero Fontana to share his insights on the U.S. sports betting market.Downey emphasized leveraging relationships from prior careers. “I was publisher of a magazine called Poker Player and I moved from there into the agency. I’ve been able to maintain an involvement in the gaming industry by having clients in the space,” Downey said.Downey is a firm believer that operators still require a that branding plays an integral part in building trust with customers in the highly competitive U.S. sports betting market. “In the gaming sector there is an element of credibility and trustworthiness that exists everywhere, but especially in the U.S. market. Getting access to online gaming in the U.S. market for the past period of time has not been completely legitimated. Gaming is being rebranded as mainstream entertainment and it’s really important that the brands that come through with it do a good job for the customers.”Downey pointed out that new operators have to consider the Vegas perceptions of gaming when it comes to brand marketing and alignment.“For a long time gaming has been synonymous with Las Vegas and therefore it’s completely logical that a lot of the Vegas gaming companies are using their brands to do that job of legitimization and credibility. If a gaming operator is trying to break into the mainstream market in the U.S. then I think having a credible brand behind you, either through brand recognition or through marketing is a good way of making people believe that you know that their gaming environment is a safe one,” he said.In the full interview, Downey gives advice for new operators for developing brand strategy in the U.S. sports betting market. And if you haven’t yet, watch all of our videos as they go up by subscribing to the CalvinAyre.com YouTube channel.
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โพสต์เมื่อ: 15 ก.พ. 2021,10: 00 น. Last updated on: 16 ก.พ. 2021,12: 50 น. อ่านเพิ่มเติม Steve Bittenbender จาก Michigan ได้เพิ่มตัวเลือกการเล่นเกมออนไลน์อีกตัวหนึ่งเมื่อวันจันทร์ที่ผ่านมาขณะที่ Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians ประกาศเปิดตัวแพลตฟอร์ม Matt Wesaw ประธานกลุ่ม Pokagon ของ Potawatomi Indians และซีอีโอของผู้มีอำนาจในการเล่นเกมของชนเผ่าพูดกับสื่อเมื่อวันที่ 20 สิงหาคม 2019 ก่อนที่จะนำเสนอเช็คมูลค่า 127,500 เหรียญให้กับโรงพยาบาลเด็ก Beacon ใน South Bend, Ind เมื่อวันจันทร์ที่ผ่านมาการขนส่งประกาศว่าได้รับการอนุมัติจากมิชิแกนให้เปิดตัว iGaming และการพนันกีฬาบนมือถือในรัฐนั้น (ภาพ: พีอาร์นิวส์ไวร์) Pokagon เปิดให้บริการคาสิโน Four Winds สามแห่งทางตะวันตกเฉียงใต้ของคาบสมุทรมิชิแกนตอนล่าง Pala Interactive LLC จะทำหน้าที่เป็นผู้ให้บริการแพลตฟอร์มออนไลน์ของชนเผ่า “การให้การเข้าถึงออนไลน์จากโทรศัพท์มือถือแท็บเล็ตหรือพีซีเป็นการเพิ่มมิติใหม่ให้กับประสบการณ์การเล่นเกมและการเดิมพันกีฬา” Frank Freedman ซีโอโอของ Four Winds Casinos ใน Michigan Gaming Control Board กล่าวในแถลงการณ์ว่า Pokagon เป็น ผู้รับใบอนุญาตรายที่ 11 ให้บริการพนันกีฬาออนไลน์และเกมคาสิโน ใบอนุญาตมีเป็นโหล อย่างไรก็ตามชนเผ่า Lac Vieux Desert สามารถเสนอการพนันกีฬาบนมือถือได้ในจุดนี้เท่านั้น Richard Kalm ผู้อำนวยการบริหาร MGCB กล่าวในการเปิดตัวเส้นทางการเล่นเกมจะช่วยสนับสนุนการศึกษาการพัฒนาเศรษฐกิจและความต้องการของ Pokagon Matthew Wesaw ประธานสภาเผ่า Pokagon และผู้มีอำนาจในการเล่นเกม Pokagon กล่าวว่าหัวหน้าเผ่าได้วางแผนที่จะสามารถนำเสนอเกมออนไลน์ได้ในระยะหนึ่ง OVID-19 ได้เพิ่มความสนใจในการให้บริการทางออนไลน์และเพิ่มความสะดวกสบายให้กับลูกค้าในอุตสาหกรรมและเกมที่หลากหลาย ไม่ต่างกัน” เขากล่าว ใบอนุญาตของ MGCB ทำให้ Pokagon สามารถนำเสนอแพลตฟอร์มเกมออนไลน์ให้กับทุกคนที่มีอายุ 21 ปีขึ้นไปในมิชิแกน เกมออนไลน์เพิ่งเปิดตัวในเดือนที่แล้วในมิชิแกน และด้วยแอปพลิเคชั่นพนันกีฬาออนไลน์ 12 รายการและตัวเลือก iGaming 11 รายการทำให้รัฐได้กลายเป็นหนึ่งในตลาดที่มีกำไรมากขึ้นในสหรัฐอเมริกา ในช่วงสุดสัปดาห์แรกของการดำเนินงานวันที่ 23-25 มกราคมการติดตามข้อมูลจาก GeoComply ระบุว่ามิชิแกนมีการเข้าชมการพนันกีฬามากกว่ารัฐอื่น ๆ ที่มีการพนันตามกฎหมาย ซึ่งรวมถึงรัฐนิวเจอร์ซีย์ซึ่งเป็นตลาดการพนันกีฬาที่ใหญ่ที่สุดในสหรัฐอเมริกาด้วย Indiana Senate OKs Pokagon Compact Pokagon เป็นอีกก้าวหนึ่งที่ใกล้จะนำเสนอเกม Class III ในรัฐอินเดียนาเช่นกัน ตลอดทั้งสัปดาห์วุฒิสภาของรัฐอินเดียนาลงคะแนน 36-11 ให้ผ่าน Senate Bill 356 ร่างกฎหมายดังกล่าวระบุรหัสเกมขนาดกะทัดรัดที่ได้รับการรับรองการขนส่งกับเจ้าหน้าที่รัฐอินเดียนาเมื่อเดือนที่แล้ว ตอนนี้อยู่ในการพิจารณาของสภา Pokagon ดำเนินการคาสิโน Class II Four Wind ใน South Bend ใกล้กับรัฐมิชิแกน ขนาดกะทัดรัดเป็นแห่งแรกในรัฐอินเดียนาช่วยให้คาสิโนสามารถเสนอเกมกระดานแบบแถเช่นแบล็คแจ็คและรูเล็ต นอกจากนี้ยังเคลียร์ช่องทางให้คาสิโนเสนอการพนันกีฬา นั่นเป็นผลิตภัณฑ์ที่ Pokagon ต้องการเมื่อการพนันกีฬากลายเป็นสิ่งที่ถูกกฎหมายในรัฐอินเดียนาในเดือนกันยายน 2019 สิ่งหนึ่งที่การเรียกเก็บเงินไม่อนุญาตคือคาสิโนให้บริการพนันกีฬาบนมือถือทั่วทั้งรัฐ ใบเรียกเก็บเงินระบุว่าลูกค้าสามารถร่วมทุนออนไลน์ได้ก็ต่อเมื่อพวกเขาอยู่ที่คาสิโนเมื่อพวกเขาร่วมทุน
Ted Williams wanted to be known as the Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived, and he made an excellent case to own that moniker. His 1941 season was when he officially put the baseball world on notice that his skill with a bat would be hard to match, in large part because of his season-long chase to finish with a batting average of .400 or higher, which hadn’t been done in the AL at that point since 1923. Heading into the season’s final stretch, The Sporting News was among the many news outlets watching with awe and anticipation to see whether Williams, then 22 years would, would remain at or above the hallowed mark at season’s end. He did, of course, finishing the season at .406. In the Oct. 9, 1941, edition of The Sporting News, writer Jack Malaney recounted the late surge that propelled Williams over the .400 mark on the season’s final day.
Original publish date: October 9, 1941
Thumping Ted tags all bases for .406Could have sat out to protect average, but refusedBy Jack MalaneyBOSTON, Mass. — Though the Red Sox long since has clinched second place and could not go any higher, interest in the final week of the scheduled games was as keen as it had been in any week of the season. And as high as it had been all week, it reached its peak Sunday, September 28, the final day of the American League season. Teddy Williams was the reason!Every member of the Sox from Owner Tom Yawkey down to the batboy and clubhouse attendants, every baseball writer in Boston, and we say without fear of contradiction, every baseball fan in New England, was pulling for Teddy to finish the season batting .400 or better.TSN ARCHIVES: Mike Schmidt | Ken Griffey Jr.He did, unless the unofficial figures are off. But he had a narrow escape, and he had to make six hits in eight times at bat in the double-header played on the final day to get where he finished — .4057, which will be recorded as .406.When that double-header at Shibe Park started, Teddy was batting .3995, and that would not have been .400, if it had been his final mark. He had lost a little more than six points in four games, and it was the first time he had been under .400 since July 24.Ted had left Boston a week before that final game possessing a mark of .406. There remained three games at Washington and a like set a Philadelphia.The three games at Griffville threw him for a loss. He made only two hits in ten times at bat. That Washington park, with its long, spacious right field territory, is a tough one for Williams.There were a couple of off-days and then play was resumed at Philadelphia, September 27. Connie Mack had brought up a young righthanded knuckle-ball pitcher from Wilmington named Roger Wolff and sent him against the Sox in the first game. Teddy saw knuckle-balls every time he went to bat and the best he could get was one hit in four times at bat. That was when he fell below .400.There was tenseness in the Sox quarters on Sunday morning. Would Teddy be able to come back and regain that lost ground? Would he be stulted by other young pitchers attempting to make an impression? Would he play out the string if he managed to get up over the .400 mark?He answered all the questions and he answered that last one first. He would stay in the game and in the lineup to the bitter end, even if his last couple of times at bat dropped him to .398. He was adamant about that and Skipper Joe Cronin back him up, although Joe declared he was willing that Williams should protect his mark, if he so desired. Ted did not so desire.It did not take long after the first game of the double-header started to relieve everybody’s mind. Teddy got a single his first time up, a homer over the right field wall the next and then two more singles in successive times at bat. He finally failed to make a hit his fifth time up, although reaching first on an error and no attempt was made to change the miscue and credit him with a hit. It was a plain, everyday error.When that game was over, Ted was well above .400. he had nothing to worry about, because he could go hitless in four more times at bat and still be over .400 and there was little chance he would go four times at bat. It was almost sure to be too dark to complete the second game and that was true.However, Ted mad hits in his first two times up in the nightcap, the second of which was a terrific double that cut a hole in the loud speaker horns which hang from the top of the right-center field wall at Shibe Park. So he made doubly sure of his position.
It was one of the finest exhibitions of batting Philadelphia fans have seen in a long time. Later on, Boston writers were asked if Ted got real legitimate hits, or did the Philadelphia pitchers lay it in for him to wallop? The Philadelphia pitchers did not attempt to prevent Teddy from hitting by deliberately passing him or keeping the ball so far away or so far inside that he would not be able to get hold. But they did NOT toss the ball up to him. They pitched, and hit as few others can hit.Teddy was as delighted as a child with a new toy at having accomplished what so few other great batters have been able to do. He was the first American leaguer to bat .400, or better, since Harry Heilmann did the trick in 1923, when Teddy was a kid of five. Ted is the youngest man ever to do the stunt in the Big Show, also, and there are those who believe he is only starting as a great batter.As delighted as Ted was, Tom Yawkey was equally pleased. The fact that Ted, as a .400 batter, will be able to demand a higher salary next year than if he did not make it, did not disturb Yawkey. If Tom had his way, he would have four or five .400 batters and all would be paid their due. That’s the kind of baseball sportsman he is.
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The head of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is rejecting recent comparisons of the stock market to casino gambling.
Stacey Cunningham, president of the New York Stock Exchange, is seen here on the trading floor in 2018 after becoming just the second female to assume the position. She says recent connections between casinos and stocks are misguided. (Image: Reuters)January’s volatility surrounding such stocks as GameStop and AMC Entertainment led to some politicians lambasting how markets operate. They argue that stock trading has essentially been billionaire hedge fund owners’ personal casinos.“Investors big and small are treating the stock market like a casino,” argued Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Ma.). Her comments came after a forum on Reddit titled “wallstreetbets” successfully manipulated the stock prices of GameStop and AMC.Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) took pleasure in what was seemingly a large group of small fish taking on Wall Street’s powerful sharks. The Reddit investors purchased large volumes of GameStop and AMC shares to target hedge funds that heavily shorted the stocks.“Gotta admit it’s really something to see Wall Streeters with a long history of treating our economy as a casino complain about a message board of posters also treating the market as a casino,” declared Ocasio-Cortez.Market Leader Dismisses AssertionsIn an interview with “Axios on HBO” that aired Sunday night, New York Stock Exchange President Stacey Cunningham dismissed the links of stock trading to gambling.The markets are not a casino. They are highly regulated and they’re highly overseen,” Cunningham stated.“We are running a market that provides opportunities for investors to come in, invest in the companies they believe in, they believe that are going to grow, and then share in that wealth creation,” she added.Cunningham has warned state lawmakers in New York that if the state passes the financial transaction tax that’s been proposed in Albany she would consider relocating the NYSE to another state. The financial transaction tax aims to better level the investor field.She does, however, support stock market regulators taking a “fresh look” at short selling, especially surrounding hedge funds that take large positions in betting against a company’s success.Differences Outweigh Similarities There are many similarities between a casino and a stock market. Like the NYSE, a commercial casino in Las Vegas is highly regulated. Legal gambling is one of the most controlled and scrutinized industries in the country.People who gamble, and also those who purchase stocks, are additionally doing so in the hopes of making their money grow. Each involves elements of risk, and skilled gamblers and investors study odds and a company’s financials to look for an edge.But that’s really where the similarities end, says one expert.“Equating the stock market to gambling is a myth that people on the internet and television pundits have perpetuated for years. And it’s simply not true,” says Hank Coleman, founder of Money Q&A, an online financial advice website.Coleman points to the fact that buying a stock is ownership. He also says gambling, unlike investing, is a “zero-sum game” where there is always a winner and loser. In investing, Coleman argues, there can be varying degrees of winners and losers, including in the same stock.Coleman also explains that value is never created in gambling. Instead, it’s simply money that is transferred between gamblers, or casinos and gamblers.
Few rookies have captured the nation’s attention quite like Ken Griffey Jr., the lefty with the sweet swing, huge smile and incredible all-around talent when he was a 19-year-old kid playing in the majors. Instead of giving you just one Junior Griffey story, we’re going to give you a glimpse at how a weekly publication like TSN covered a phenom like Griffey in the world before social media.
Every issue of TSN included hundreds of little notes on players and teams, in every sport. There were plenty of features and in-depth stories, of course, but lots of the pages read like a compilation of Twitter-size news bytes. With his dad already a TSN regular, Junior had name recognition and the talent that intoxicated the baseball-loving country. We’ll start with the first mention we could find of Junior and go all the way up to his first (of many) TSN cover — which came out right when he made his MLB debut. And then, for fun, we’ll add one entertaining tidbit from his rookie season.
TSN ARCHIVES: TSN introduces Joe DiMaggio to America♦♦♦♦♦June 8, 1987The first mention of Ken Griffey’s son in the pages of The Sporting News magazine was actually in the team notes section. In the team notes for the Pirates, written by Bob Hertzel. Scouting director Elmer Gray was responsible for Cincinnati drafting Ken Griffey when he was with the Reds. The Pirates hold the second pick in June’s amateur draft, and Gray could have a hand in the drafting of Ken Griffey Jr.♦♦♦♦♦June 15, 1987On the left side of Page 2, the table of contents, is the first picture of a smiling Ken Griffey Jr., to grace the pages of TSN. Junior’s wearing a Braves uniform and cap; the picture was taken before the draft in the Atlanta dugout, where his dad was playing in 1987. The story of the MLB Draft results — mostly about Griffey Jr. — is on Page 22. Here’s an excerpt, from the article written by Seattle-based contributor Jim Street.Griffey kept the comparisons within the family, saying he saw himself as a copy of his father. “We do basically everything the same,” he said. “We hit, run and throw the same.”But Ken Griffey Sr. disagreed. “To me, he’s got more power than I will ever have. He’s a lot better than I was at the same age.”As a senior at Moeller this season, Griffey batted .478 with seven home runs and 28 RBIs in 24 games. He was 13 for 13 in stolen bases. “I can’t compare him to other players around the country because I haven’t seen them,” said Moeller coach Mike Cameron. “But he’s the finest, ability-wise, I’ve seen in 20 years.”Among the current major leaguers Cameron coached are Barry Larkin and Buddy Bell of the Reds. ♦♦♦♦♦June 22, 1987Longtime TSN staffer Stan Isle wrote a weekly notes column in the magazine for more than a decade, and he led off his column this week talking about Griffey Jr. At age 17, Ken Griffey Jr. signs a $150,000 contract with the Mariners as the No. 1 selection in major league baseball’s amateur draft. Contrast that with the circumstances 18 years ago, when Ken Griffey Sr. — now an Atlanta Braves outfielder in his 15th major league season — signed his first professional contract with Cincinnati. As the elder Griffey recalled, Cincinnati game him “a jock strap, a pair of sanitary hose and a Reds warmup jacket” before dispatching him to Bradenton (Gulf Coast) with a contract that called for $500 a month. He was selected in the 29th round of the 1969 draft, perhaps the 700th player chosen. Young Griffey is a power-hitting outfielder like his father and a heralded product of Cincinnati’s Moeller High School. “He runs like I did when I was chasing his mother,” said the proud father. Griffey has reported to Seattle’s rookie league team at Bellingham (Northwest), where he can look forward to bus trips into Oregon and Idaho. “If he has any problems,” said Ken Sr., “he can give me a call. I’ll call him every day, too, to make sure he’s alright.”♦♦♦♦♦Aug.10, 1987Griffey items, such as this one on Bob McCoy’s “Keeping Score” page, quickly became regulars in pretty much every issue. Ken Griffey Jr., the No. 1 pick in the June free-agent draft, on life with the Seattle Mariners’ farm club in Bellingham, Wash., in his first summer away from his Cincinnati home: “I kept thinking about things I’d be doing back at home, you know, running around the house with my brother, being at the pool, just things like that. I got real down … I didn’t know what to do. All I knew is I wanted to go back.”♦♦♦♦♦Sept. 7, 1987Of course the Mariners entry on the “Around the Minors” page is about Griffey. Bellingham outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., the first player selected in this summer’s draft, was batting .301 on August 25 and was tied for the Northwest League lead in home runs (13). “He started out very, very slowly,” manager Rick Sweet said. “Basically, he was overmatched. But now he’s one of the better hitters in the league.” Sweet predicted that Griffey, 17, would be in the majors by the time he is 21 or 22.♦♦♦♦♦Sept. 21, 1987In the era before social media, the “Voice of the Fan” letters page was a big deal. It was a way to have your opinion broadcast to the entire nation. This fan, Eddie Cannon Jr., of Owensboro, Ky., has an issue with the “phony” NCAA system. The more things change, eh? Eddie’s letter to TSN:I am tired of hearing everyone from congressmen to college coaches wanting to protect the amateur athlete. First of all, they don’t need to be protected from anyone but themselves. They are the ones who accept the money. They want the money. In baseball, the players who want the money sign a minor-league contract and play. The players who cheat are the ones using the college system. They want to refine their athletic skills for the pros and college is the only place for them to do so.It’s funny how everyone made such a big deal when Herschel Walker left Georgia after his junior year, but when Ken Griffey Jr. signed a contract out of high school no one was complaining that he was going to miss out on a college education. What’s really needed is an honest farm system for the NFL and NCAA, not the phony system that now exists in the colleges.♦♦♦♦♦March 21, 1988From Stan Isle’s notes column again. Seriously, TSN was Twitter before Twitter. Think of the RTs this anecdote would have generated.Outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., behind the wheel of the Mercedes he bought after receiving a reported $175,000 signing bonus from the Mariners last summer, drove all around Tempe, Ariz., trying to find the Seattle club’s spring training hotel. In exasperation, Griffey swung into a parking lot and used his auto phone to call Bob Porter, the Mariners’ public relations director. Griffey listened intently, jotted down Porter’s directions and started his engine. He drove about 100 feet before he looked up and realized he had called Porter from the lot at the Mariners’ hotel ♦♦♦♦♦April 25, 1988Senior was playing for the Braves to start the 1988 season, which meant the Braves team notes were a great place for this Junior tidbit:Ken Griffey Jr. had two homers in his first three games with San Bernardino, Seattle’s California League affiliate. His father had only two hits in his first 17 at-bats with the Braves. “I’ve got to get some of those bats Junior is using,” the father said. Griffey, who turned 38 during the first week of the season, still hopes to play at least one game in the majors at the same time as his son. ♦♦♦♦♦May 25, 1988Yep, the Griffey Jr. excitement was real, folks. Ken Griffey Jr. is so popular in San Bernardino (California) that a Ken Griffey Poster Night promotion May 6 was a sellout. On May 17, Griffey and two teammates addressed 2,500 sixth-graders in the “Safe at home, not out on drugs” program. ♦♦♦♦♦July 4, 1988Ugh. Bad news, in the “Around the Minors” page. Outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., the first player selected in last year’s draft, probably will miss the rest of the season because of a stress fracture in a vertebra. He was batting .338 and had 11 homers, 42 RBIs and 32 stolen bases for San Bernardino (California) when he injured himself diving for a ball June 9. ♦♦♦♦♦Aug. 8, 1988More bad news for the Griffey duo. For a couple of months now, pretty much every Braves team note talked about Senior’s struggles and the Braves’ attempts to trade him. Eventually he was released, promoting this note in Moss Klein’s “A.L. Beat” page.
For Seinfeld fans … the Ken Phelps-for-Jay Buhner (and his rocket for an arm) trade might not have happened if the Yankees had just waited a couple of days to get Ken Griffey.We would have been robbed of a classic sitcom quote. pic.twitter.com/nQ5xvYkQZt
— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) August 6, 2018♦♦♦♦♦Aug. 29, 1988He’s back! The injury wasn’t as bad as first thought. From the Around the Minors page.Ken Griffey Jr., in his first appearance since being sidelined for two months with a stress fracture in a vertebra, went 2 for 4, scored a run, stole a base and had one RBI as Vermont (Eastern) lost to Williamsport, 4-3. ♦♦♦♦♦March 6, 1989Neither Griffey had a great start to spring. In the Reds team note, it was mentioned that Senior was hit in the chin by a ball that glanced off a protective screen near first base. And then this, from the Mariners team note. Ken Griffey Jr. was a first-day casualty when a thrown ball hit his glove and then slammed into his right eye. The eye was swollen shut. ♦♦♦♦♦March 27, 1989Junior is still just 19, but it’s become obvious during the spring that his arrival in the majors will be sooner than later. A short stand-alone story written by Jim Street on Page 28 is headlined “A Father-Son ‘First’ For the Griffeys?” An excerpt:Ken Griffey Jr. is making a serious bid to become the youngest player in the major leagues this season. The Seattle Mariners’ 19-year-old center fielder, drafted No. 1 in the country in 1987 out of Moeller High School in Cincinnati, went to spring training as a non-roster invitee. But after 12 Cactus League games, he was batting .429 (15 for 35) with one home run, two triples, two doubles and a team-high 12 runs batted in. “He can run, he can hit, he can throw and he can make things happen,” said M’s pitching ace Mark Langston. “I don’t care if he’s 19 or whatever, this guy can make the club and help us.” ♦♦♦♦♦
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April 10, 1989The Griffeys make the cover of The Sporting News. The cover story, written by Griffey regular Jim Street, is on Page 12. The headline screams “Clock Strikes Griffey Time.” An excerpt … Griffey rushed himself into the picture, and the outlook for the Mariners changed almost overnight. In his spring-training prospectus, (manager Jim) Lefebvre didn’t even mention Griffey’s name among those battling for outfield positions.By the time the Cactus League schedule began, Griffey’s status already was on the rise. And there was no stopping him. Lefebvre had decided to play the youngster almost every game. “I want to take a good look at him,” he said. “We’ll see how it goes.”It went better than anyone expected. Even Griffey. “I didn’t expect to be playing this well,” he said when he was midway through a 15-game hitting streak that was the longest in Mariners’ history for spring training.And when the Cactus League pitching got better, so did Griffey’s hitting. Skeptics were waiting for him to be overmatched, but he went through a three-week stretch in which he never went more than four at-bats without a hit.♦♦♦♦♦April 10, 1989Legendary Dayton sportswriter Hal McCoy was a TSN regular, and he crushed his story on what it was like for Ken Griffey, member of the famed Big Red Machine and now back with the Reds, to become Griffey Senior in the blink of an eye. An excerpt:As a Grapefruit League game was in progress at the Reds’ spring training facility in Plant City, Fla., Griffey and fellow outfielders Paul O’Neill, Eric Davis and Kal Daniels sweated throuhgh 50-yard wind sprints along the outfield warning track. O’Neill, Davis and Daniels completed their work, but Griffey plodded on, perspiration dripping off his chin in the 80-degree heat.When Griffey finished, Davis leaned against a bullpen chain link fence and asked Griffey, “Hey, ol’ man, need some air? If you do, I’ll go to the clubhouse and fetch some.”Griffey walked slowly to the clubhouse and equipment manager Bernie Stows greeted him with, “Hi, Senior.” Griffey feigned anger and Stowe said, “I could have called you senior citizen.”Cincinnati restaurateur Jeff Ruby, who was in the clubhouse, added his comments, saying, “It’s the Other Griffey.”The elder Griffey quickly corrected Ruby, saying, “I’m the Original Griffey.”♦♦♦♦♦May 29, 1989With all of 14 MLB games under his belt, Griffey Jr. rattled off a stretch of eight hits in eight consecutive at-bats (with a couple of walks mixed in), and he batted .625 in the final week of April, his first month in the bigs. That stretch was covered in a short article by Jim Street in the May 15 issue. So, yes, the hype jumped up a notch. Another Street short, titled “Griffey Bars Gobbled Up” told the story.SEATTLE — Demand for the Ken Griffey Jr. Milk Chocolate Bar far exceeds the supply and shows no signs of letting up. “It has gotten out of hand,” said Mike Cramer of Pacific Trading Cards Inc. of Edmonds, Wash., two days after the candy bars became available. “I had no idea the demand would be this phenomenal. We have more orders than we have bars being made.”MORE: 10 times Ken Griffey Jr. invaded pop culture in the ’90sThe 13-ounce candy bars resemble chocolate baseball cards, with wrappers showing the Seattle Mariners’ rookie center fielder at bat. The sale of the 95-cent bars began May 17, but some stores had been sold out before the candy even reached the shelves.“We had been taking phone orders for about two weeks before they actually were available,” one store manager said. “Out first shipments were sold out before they got here.”Cramer said his company was working two shifts and producing about 12,000 bars a day. He initially had planned to test market 2,500.“We weren’t ready for this,” he said. “I swear to God, we have to crank them out like Hershey bars.”
He said only local orders were being filled and he was not sure if the bars would be available nationally.“I have a large order from Cincinnati (Griffey’s father plays for the Reds), but I don’t know when, or if, I will get them out,” Cramer said. “At some point we may say, ‘We’re done’ and shut it down.“We’ll produce them until we get tired. I’d say we’ll do this another three or four weeks. But the time we’re done with this, we’ll have had our fill of chocolate. The crew is dragging and I am dragging right along with them.”