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Five Fun Facts About Chase Utley Of The Phillies

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on April 28, 2014

Chase Utley is one of the more reliable hitters of his era in Major League Baseball. His defense at second base is also stellar. Here is a look at five fun facts about this great baseball player.

Chase Utley In The Minors

Before making it to the big leagues, Chase Utley played minor league baseball with three different teams: The Batavia Muckdogs, Clearwater Phillies, and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons.

His First Game Ever

In his first career MLB start, a 9-1 Philadelphia win over the Rockies, Chase Utley went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored, a double, a home run, and four RBI.

First All-Star Game Appearance

In Chase Utley’s very first at bat in the All-Star Game, he hit a one-out single off of Kenny Rogers in the 2007 summer contest.

Ouch!

Chase Utley led the league in getting hit by pitch three years in a row when he was plunked 25 times in 2007, 27 times in 2008, and 24 times in 2009.

Hits x 20

The first pitcher Chase Utley would accumulate 20 or more career hits against was Derek Lowe.

New York Mets Fun Fact Infographic!

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on April 25, 2014

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New England Patriots Fun Fact Infographic!

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on April 18, 2014

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Five Fun Facts About Buffalo Bills Quarterback Jim Kelly

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on April 14, 2014

Jim Kelly is an all time great, without a doubt. His exploits in college, the USFL, and the NFL are legendary. Here is a look at five fun facts about the pro football career of this awesome quarterback.

Who Went Before Him?

The 13 players taken ahead of Jim Kelly in the 1983 NFL Draft were John Elway, Eric Dickerson, Curt Warner, Chris Hinton, Billy Ray Smith, Jimbo Covert, Todd Blackledge, Michael Haddix, Bruce Matthews, Terry Kinard, Tim Lewis, Tony Hunter, and James Jones.

The First 300 Yard Game

Jim Kelly’s first 300 yard game in the NFL came in his ninth career start in 1986, his rookie season, when he completed 29 of 39 passes for 342 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions in a loss to the Buccaneers.

What Team Did He Dominate

Jim Kelly threw more TD passes during his career in games against the Jets, a total of 33, than he did against any other team.

The Last One Of All

The last regular season TD pass of Jim Kelly’s career was a four yarder caught by Bills tight end Tony Cline in a win over the Chiefs. This was the only TD pass Cline ever caught from Kelly.

Undefeated!

Jim Kelly finished his career undefeated against six different NFL teams. He was 1-0 against the Panthers and Cowboys, 2-0 against the Cardinals and Rams, and 3-0 against the Packers and Giants.

Portland Trail Blazers Rookie Fun Fact Infographic!

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on April 11, 2014

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Five Fun Facts About Nolan Ryan

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on April 7, 2014

Nolan Ryan is one of the all time great pitchers in Major League Baseball history. He was truly impressive and was almost impossible to take your eyes off of when he was on the mound. His amazing fastball was one of the best that many players ever had a chance to swing at and miss. Here are five fun facts about Nolan Ryan.

High School Star

In one game during his senior year at Alvin High School in Alvin, Texas, Nolan Ryan struck out 21 players.

The Minor Leagues

The first minor league team that Nolan Ryan would play for was the Marion Mets in Marion, Virginia.

The First Of Them All

Nolan Ryan gave up 321 home runs during his career. The first player to ever homer off the future Hall of Famer was Atlanta Braves slugger, and future Hall of Fame manager, Joe Torre.

Nolan Ryan The Reliever?

Nolan Ryan won 318 games during his Major League Baseball career. He also accumulated three saves during his career, one each with the Mets in 1969 and 1970 and then one with the Angels in 1973.

Who Hit Him Best?

The player who would get more base hits off of Nolan Ryan than anyone else during the pitcher’s long career was longtime Royals star George Brett. Brett had 29 hits in 101 at bats against Ryan for a .287 batting average.

Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen Fun Fact Infographic!

Filed under: Sports Graphics — by Mark on April 4, 2014

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