Doug Kelly: Wondering what form baseball 2020 will take
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Doug Kelly: Wondering what form baseball 2020 will take

No one’s inquired, however …

* Baseball returns Thursday, though we sure don’t know what form it will take …

Sixty games, plus playoffs. No fans. No sunflower seeds for players. As much social distancing as can be achieved. A runner placed on second base without benefit of hit, walk or error at the top and bottom of every extra inning. And don’t even think about spitting or licking your fingers.

* Remember when you were a kid, you broke in a new ball glove with either Neatsfoot oil or Glovolium? (The latter is still sold over the counter.)

* When NBA play resumes later this month, Kings fans will be able to see and hear the games broadcast by Gary Gerould, Jason Ross, Doug Christie and Scott Marsh. All four will be in Sacramento, same as listeners and viewers, working off a video feed from Orlando transmitted into the Golden 1 Center. 

* Very saddened to read and hear of the Davis Sport Shop closing its doors.  Yet another downtown Davis landmark leaving before its time.

* Why does it seem like the 2016 general election happened 10 years ago?

* Annual rent on the Pac-12 offices/studios in downtown San Francisco: $8.1 million. You read that correctly.

* The words positive and negative have never been used in newspaper sports sections as often as they have the last few months. 

* Early Wynn, who pitched from 1939 to 1963, won exactly 300 games. His 300th came in July of ’63 for Cleveland at Kansas City. Asked which hitters gave him the most trouble, Burly Early said, “One was named Hillerich and the other was Bradsby.” In other words, anyone with a bat in his hands.

* Remember the sound of the stopwatch ticking when “60 Minutes” came on the air every Sunday? I can’t get that sound out of my head when I think of the 2020 college football season.

* From 1976 to 1993 (excepting 1985) a first baseman named Clark wore No. 22 for the Giants. It belonged first to Jack Clark from ’76 to ’84.

Jack was traded to St. Louis in 1985 and the four-man package coming to S.F. included 1B David Green, who wore the numeral before he was dumped after one year. In 1986, up came Will Clark, a Giant through the ’93 campaign. “The Thrill” took Nolan Ryan deep in his first big-league at-bat.

The Giants planned to retire Will’s No. 22 this year, but that has been pushed to 2021 due to the pandemic. 

* In the history of network sports television, no one has logged more airtime than Al Michaels. Michaels has broadcast the Olympics, World Series, Super Bowls, Monday Night and Sunday Night Football, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals, Triple Crown racing, just about every major sporting event ever.

His passion as a fan is watching Los Angeles Kings hockey games. “I don’t use a media credential when I go watch the Kings,” he wrote in his book “You Can’t Make This Up.” “I use a ticket.”

* Sixty years ago today, Juan Marichal made his Giants pitching debut. He no-hit Philadelphia for seven innings, ending up with a one-hit, 2-0 decision.  Marichal today is 82 years young and lives in his native Dominican Republic.

The Dandy’s largest salary — $140,000 — came in 1973, his last season in San Francisco. He won 238 games for the Giants and is still the team’s all-time winningest pitcher. If he had played in today’s baseball economy, he’d make $20 million a year, minimum.

— Questions? Observations? Contact Doug Kelly @ [email protected].

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