The Sports Archives – The Player Who Hit For Opposing Teams In The Same Game!

Minor league baseball in the Americas consists of a list of leagues that compete at various skill levels.  The minor leagues prepare players for the major leagues by providing for further maturity and talent development.  The leagues are divided into three league types: Class A, Double-A and Triple-A, with least experienced players competing at the Class A level.  Some of the other countries besides the U.S. that supply players to the minor leagues are Canada, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Puerto Rico.

Minor League BallgameBeing a minor league player in any sport is a very challenging and exciting experience for an athlete. Those that work hard and maintain complete focus on the finish line are usually the ones that make it to the major leagues. Sometimes it also takes a bit of luck and just plain being in the right place at the right time. If you can’t get that lucky break, you may get well-traveled throughout the minors. This was the case of Dale Holman, a minor league baseball player who is at the center of a very odd coincidence in baseball.

An International League BallparkThe story goes like this:

On June 30, 1986, Holman was playing for the Triple A club, Syracuse Chiefs. The Chiefs were playing another Triple A club, the Richmond Braves in an International League match.   Early on in the game, Holman doubled in two runs for the Chiefs. Later on, however, the game was suspended and postponed to be completed at a later date.

Soon after the game was suspended, Holman was released by the Chiefs and traded to the Richmond Braves. After several days passed, the suspended game was rescheduled and Holman was penciled in to play outfield for the Braves in the same game where he already doubled in 2 RBIs for the Chiefs!

Dale Holman Holman wanted to show up his former team, so he promptly hit a single and a double in his first 2 at-bats for the Braves. The suspended game was completed and when the statistics were tallied up, the box score showed something that never occurred before in minor or major league play – the same player listed on both sides with hits in the same game!

 

I don’t think SportsBettinginfo.com would give you the odds on the frequency of this event ever happening again, however, you can look them up for other probability data with regard to baseball.

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The Sports Archives – Tiger Woods vs. Rory Mcilroy

There is not a lot more that can be said about 2 of the most successful golfers of all time: Tiger Woods and Rory Mcilroy. They are the only golfers to win The Silver Medal and The Gold Medal at The Open Championship and have joined only one other golfer, Jack Nicklaus, in winning three majors by the age of 25. So how do they compare to each other?

At the time of this writing, Mcilroy is 25 years old and is currently ranked first in the world. Woods is 38 and currently ranked tenth. Turning back the clock, Woods was ranked first in June 1997 when he was 21 years old – one tally for Woods. The point here is that you can compare achievements when Woods was the age Mcilroy is now or you can just compare total accomplishments by each golfer. Either way, no one can argue that we are looking at two of the best golfers in the history of the game with Rory Mcilroy on his way to potentially become one of the highest money-makers in terms of sports deals and endorsements as long as stays on the right path.

The Sports Archives would like to present to you an infographic that illustrates Tiger Woods versus Rory Mcilroy head-to-head brought to you by Aford Awards, a UK manufacturer of golf trophies.

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The Sports Archives – Stadiums Of The World!

There are a now a large number of sports venues which are built from precast concrete. Precast concrete is a cement product which is precast in a mold and then cured in a controlled environment for primary use in construction. The finished shape is transported to the construction site and lifted into place by a crane. Contrast this method with standard concrete which is cement that is poured and cured at the site.

Some of the advantages of using precast concrete are that it is much easier to mass produce certain types of molds and shapes and that curing in a precast concrete plant allows for a more environmentally controlled process with sophisticated monitoring systems. Production is usually performed at ground level which affords higher safety standards. All of these benefits allow for lower production costs. The disadvantage is planning the transport and placement of large precast concrete structures.

Aviva Stadium, located in Dublin, Ireland holds a capacity of 51,700 and is an example of a stadium built using precast concrete. The stadium, located next to the Lansdowne Road railway station, opened on 14 May 2010 and is home to the Republic of Ireland football team and the Irish rugby union team.

The following infographic is brought to you by Banagher Precast Concrete and showcases some interesting stadiums from around the world!

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The Sports Archives – Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Auto-Racing as a Sport!

Nascar Green Flag and  Sonoma Raceway 2 photo D Ramey LoganPeople drive cars; this is an irrefutable fact of 21st Century America. As time progresses, we can only expect to see more automobiles – for transportation, for recreational purposes, and even competition. While it lacks the longevity of a sport like baseball or football (predominantly due to the need of an automotive vehicle) auto-racing officially began its record as a sport as early as the 1800’s in Europe. From there, it quickly spread to the United States, slowly and steadily developing in popularity until it had become the iconic sport that it is today. With so many forms of auto-racing and popular franchising companies auto-racing can be a bit difficult for many people to understand. Like any sport, however, the roots of auto-racing can be easily understood by analyzing the fundamental rules, mechanics, and history of the sport.

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, known more popularly by its abbreviated name, NASCAR, was founded in 1947 by the dream to unify the world of competitive car racing. Incidentally, the movement to bring NASCAR to life was not originally conceived by the United States, but rather, one of the first European nations to endorse the sport: France. This proud country would assist the program’s kick-off in its earlier years, providing financial assistance with many projects, including the implementation of the Daytona International Speedway. Time and investing has only resulted in a dramatic increase in auto-racing’s international popularity.

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The Sports Archives – Football (Soccer) Superstars!

The 2014 World Cup has come and gone and Germany will defend her title in 2018. We saw many of the well-known veterans like Argentina’s Lionel Messi , Germany’s Thomas Muller, and Netherland’s Robin van Persie display their talents on the pitch. We also saw many younger players such as Columbia’s James Rodriguez and Brazil’s Neymar, who will attempt to shine once again in 2018.

Soccer has had many famous names and continues to have shining stars. We would like to present to you, the infographic below which briefly describes a few of the great names of football (soccer) and a few interesting facts about some of the players.

For instance, did you know that Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer was nicknamed Der Kaiser because of his elegant style? Perhaps, you did not know that England’s Wayne Rooney was the youngest scorer in Premier League history. At age 11, Argentina’s Lionel Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency that required expensive treatment.   Finally, as of the present, Argentina’s Diego Maradona holds the record for suffering the most number of fouls in a World Cup – 53!

This infographic is brought to you by www.sport4kids.biz, a Children’s Soccer Coaching Academy.  Enjoy!

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The Sports Archives – The 10 Commandments Of Surfing

  1. Don’t Drop In

One wave, one surfer. When you paddle for a wave, always look inside before you take off, just in case someone else caught it before you.

  1. The Surfer on the Inside has the Right of Way

Once a surfer is up and riding on the inside, he has the right of way.

  1. Wait Your Turn

If someone has been waiting longer than you, they have first choice for the next wave. At a pointbreak, the surfer who has been waiting longest usually paddles closest to the first possible take-off spot, which is called “the inside” of the wave. On a beach break he/she waits their turn at “the peak”.

  1. Don’t Snake

If someone’s already paddling for a wave and it’s their turn, don’t paddle inside them and try to claim the wave out of turn. That’s called “snaking”.

  1. Don’t Paddle Out Through the Break

Do not paddle out through the line-up or where the breaking area/impact zone of the waves are. By paddling around the breaking or surfable part of the wave, you will not interfere with another surfers ride.

  1. Don’t Hog The Waves

Don’t try to catch every single wave that comes through. You will only create animosity amongst the others in the line-up and will be seen as a wave pig or hog.

  1. Communicate

In case you are one of two surfers sitting in the middle of the peak and the wave opens to both sides, you should tell the other surfer if you are going right or left.

  1. Keep Control of Your Equipment

Never attempt a maneuver that will cause you to land or smash into someone else and always keep an eye on crew paddling out.

  1. Check Your Equipment

Always check that your equipment is in good shape. Try and get all dings (damage) fixed on your surfboard that has fiberglass protruding to avoid damage to yourself and others.

  1. Respect the Beach and the Ocean

Never leave garbage in the sand and water and respect all sea creatures.

The Infographic below adds more about Surfing lingo and is brought to you by www.totalsurfingfitness.com.

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The Sports Archives – Famous Yacht Races To Watch!

Cabo_San_Lucas Race Start 2013 photo D Ramey LoganThere are hundreds of yacht races taking place all around the world every year; many of them take place on different courses and waters. Each race represents the high quality of sailors and exciting courses with participants from racing families, sailing schools and yacht clubs taking part. Offshore yacht racing is strictly controlled with regards to safety regulations. Below is a list of the most popular races to watch, or if you are looking for a thrilling race, you should consider taking part. You do not need to be a professional to take part, just have the skill and determination to be the very best.

Olympic Games

As one of the greatest sporting events in the world, the Olympics have produced great sailing legends such as Ban Ainslee, Ian Percy and Torben Grael. It is also a great spectacle as the entire world watches the heart racing competition.

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