Morning Pixels: D.C. sports and Sandy

October 31, 2012

Having already gone to the “Loosen up, Sandy” well, here are three more famous D.C. sports stories involving that cursed name. I’ll stop now, I promise.

Sandy Koufax

Did you know that Koufax pitched in D.C., during the exhibition finale for the Dodgers and Nats in 1965?

It was actually a momentous game, played at then-D.C. Stadium on April 11 in front of a crowd of 6,346. Ten days before that game, Koufax had been sent home from spring training, suffering from “a traumatic arthritic condition of his left elbow,” according to The Post’s account. And after not pitching from a mound for nearly two weeks, Koufax was aces against the Nats, facing 10 batters in three innings, striking out five and allowing just a single.

“Cautiously delighted,” Dodgers Manager Walter Alston said.

Koufax would later return to the city for yet more meaningless baseball, as part of the Cracker Jack Old Timers Baseball Classic, also held at RFK.

“All the hitters say, ‘Don’t throw it too hard. The fans came to see us hit,’ ” Koufax told The Post before the 1984 game. “Well, some of us pitchers like to feel that they came to see us pitch.”

Sandy Consuegra

Sandalio (Sandy) Consuegra, described by Shirley Povich as a “spindly Cuban righthander,” was a mainstay on the mound for several Senators teams in the ’50s. Due to injuries and rain, Consuegra actually wound up starting the 1951 home opener at Griffith Stadium against the Yankees — Mickey Mantle’s D.C. debut.

“President Truman threw out the first ball but Griffith Stadium’s 27,331 fans yesterday reserved their cheers for bandylegged little Sandalio Consuegra, who tamed the Yankees with four hits and delivered the Nats a 5-3 victory in the delayed-action opener,” Povich wrote. “Indifferent to the booing of the crowd as he presided at the opening ceremonies, the President sat happily through the afternoon like a man come primarily to see a ball game. And indifferent to the game of the World Champion Yankees, Senor Consuegra outlasted four wild New York pitchers who issued 13 walks, and saw the Nats home.”

Sandy Sanford

Described in a Post headline as a “field-goal artist,” Hayward (Sandy) Sanford joined the Redskins out of Alabama in 1940. The Post called him a “210-pound Crimson Tide star,” and noted that he “almost literally lifted Alabama into the [1937] Rose Bowl with his talented right foot,” and “does the 100 in 10 flat”

A later Post profile described Sanford as “a rugged country boy” who was 24, unmarried, 6-feet-1-and-a-half-inches and 215 pounds, “which is plenty of beef for an end.” And indeed, The Post’s season preview said that Sanford had shown “marked ability” as an end.

Alas, Sanford suffered a “painful knee injury” midway through his rookie season, forcing him out of action for a month. He was 0-for-2 on field goal tries, and 3-for-5 on extra points. Sanford was back for the 1941 preseason, but was farmed out to the Long Island Indians. By 1942, he had enlisted in the armed services.

BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER

* The Wizards lost in Cleveland. I wouldn’t be able to pick many of their rotation players out of a lineup.

* Boz on baseball: “No team in baseball is going to improve as much [as the Nats] simply by being one year older.”

* Caleb Rowe talks about his ACL injury. Every week, there is a Maryland quarterback talking about his ACL injury.
 

TWEET OF THE NIGHT

Kevin Seraphin is sad he isn’t out helping his Wizards teammates. Too shame.

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT

DeAngelo Hall, explaining to LaVar and Dukes that the official was equally at fault on Sunday.

“ It looks like I’m just out there giving him a piece of my mind and he’s smiling and walks away. And that’s not the case at all. He’s dishing it out just as much as I’m dishing it out.

 

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY

Houston plays Chicago at 9 on ESPN2 in the MLS Eastern Conference playoffs. Possible future D.C. United opponent there. All TV/Radio listings are here.

 

JUST ONE GAME

Bullets Forever starts breaking down Bradley Beal’s NBA debut like this: “It’s just one game. It’s just one game. It’s just one game. It’s just one game. It’s just one game. It’s just one game. It’s just one game. It’s just one game. It’s just one game. It’s just one game. It’s just one game. It’s just one game. It’s just one game. It’s just one game. It’s just one game. It’s just one game. It’s just one game. It’s just one game. It’s just one game.”

Ted Leonsis, meantime, broke it down like this: “There were a lot of positives in this game for us as a team. We work hard, we have depth – we need to close out games with more efficiency.”

 

FAKE HURRICANE REPORTS

Buzzfeed has an amazing story of a weirdo posting fake, false updates about Hurricane Sandy’s damage.

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Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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