Trappers’ 29-game win streak lives on in our memories

Jul 20 2012 - 10:11pm

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The Salt Lake Trappers no longer exist ... except in baseball record books.

And in our memories.

We're approaching the 25th anniversary of the Trappers' 29-straight wins during the 1987 Pioneer League season. The "29 in a Row" by the Trappers remains the longest winning streak in American pro baseball history.

Next Thursday, the Salt Lake Bees will wear authentic Trappers uniforms during their PCL game against the Sacramento River Cats. Then Trappers manager Jim Gilligan will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Select team members will be available for autographs on the concourse throughout the game.

Longtime local sports anchor Mike Runge will serve as public address announcer for the game, a position he held for the Trappers. Ogden Raptors general manager Dave Baggott was a member of the Trappers' front office.

The franchise eventually came to Ogden, and is now known as the Ogden Raptors.

A limited number of $5 general admission tickets are available for the game at Spring Mobile Ballpark.

For information, visit slbees.com or 29inarow.com.

Minus Kyle

Real Salt Lake will play the next game with rival Colorado Rapids tonight, as the teams battle for annual possession of the Rocky Mountain Cup.

RSL has won the Cup the past five years after the Rapids won the first two. Interestingly, Kyle Beckerman has been a member of the winning team for all seven Cups.

Unfortunately for RSL, Beckerman will not be available due to a one-game red card suspension.

Final giveaway

Bikes for Kids Utah has announced its intention to move in a new direction, having successfully provided bikes to more than 5,000 Utah children through years of annual giveaway events.

Now, the 7-year-old charity is redirecting its efforts toward developing ways to get young people on bikes and teach them how to ride safely.

The group did stage one final giveaway recently, delivering 20 bikes to the new Utah High School Cycling League.

More cycling

The annual Pedal Away Parkinson's charity bike ride is today at 8 a.m. at Gailey Park, 200 S. 300 West in Kaysville. The 10-mile family fun ride is organized by the family of Meredith Smith. There will be free activities, a silent auction, live music and prize drawings. All proceeds go to APDA Utah Chapter. To register visit: www.utahapda.org/pedalawayparkinsons.

Tidbits

The Wave Loch Flow Tour USA competition is coming to Flowrider Utah in downtown Ogden on July 26. Winners advance to the nationals in Florida, and could win up back in Ogden on Oct. 12-13 for the FlowRider International Championships. ...

Lost in all the men's golf tournaments across the state was the back-to-back victory by former Bonneville High golfer Lea Garner in the Mary Lou Baker Open Utah Women's Golf Association tournament. She won on the final hole with a birdie. ...

Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor made an appearance on NBC Sports Network's CNBC Sports Biz: Game On this past week. ...

Into stamp collecting? Today was the official first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Major League Baseball All-Stars Forever stamps at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees; Larry Doby of the Cleveland Indians; Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox are the first four honored.

Chris J. Miller is sports editor for the Standard-Examiner. He can be reached at 801-625-4261 or cmiller@standard.net.

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