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Laura Callaghan

With a weighty string of commissions to her name, including fashion heavy hitters such as Nylon Magazine, Urban Outfitters and Refinery 29 to name just a few, South-East London based Illustrator Laura Callaghan takes fashion illustration to new heights. Elevating the medium through a conceptual cocktail of 80’s graphic novel style visuals and bold, feminist imagery.  Bringing women to the forefront of her work in a celebration of femininity, female strength and sexuality. Using a range of artistic media such as watercolour, Indian ink and isograph pen to create visions that both seduce and empower the viewer.

Addie Joss*, the last pitcher to no-hit the same team twice. Joss threw 74 pitches in his October 1908 perfect game against the White Sox and then shut down the Sox again in April 1910.

Tim Lincecum threw two no-nos against the Padres in 347 days (July 13, 2013 and June 25, 2014)

* Joss died in April 1911 from meningitis and held a career record of 160-97 with a 1.89 ERA, second best ever behind “Big Ed” Walsh, 1.82. Joss holds the record for career WHIP, .97. The National Baseball Hall of Fame waived the ten playing seasons requirement for Joss in 1977 and he was elected to the Hall in 1978.

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Sports Rant!

In my quest to change some words:

Enough of the term “no-no” for no-hitters in baseball.  They’re no-hitters.  F'ing call it what it is.  That term makes me cringe, like the words moist and panties do to a girl I know.

And hey, have you ever heard of something called of a four-run homer?  It exists.  Doubt that the term has ever been used.  So the first ESPN asswipe that uses this, I’m taking full credit.

On an unrelated note, I haven’t had any alcohol today…

May 17, 2004

At the age of 40, Randy Johnson becomes the oldest pitcher to ever throw a perfect game when the Diamondbacks beat the Braves, 2-0. Johnson joins Cy Young, Jim Bunning, Hideo Nomo and Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers to throw no-hitters in both leagues, and creates the longest time span between no-no’s, having first accomplished the feat against the Tigers in June of 1990.
One's an anomaly, two's a pattern

Justin Verlander came one walk short of a perfect game. He’s got two no-nos, and when dialing down means throwing 98 mph instead of his usual 101 mph, he just might have it in him to do his legacy a solid and throw a perfect game.

Verlander possesses freakish arm strength, blowing a 100 mph fastball past Rajai Davis on his 106th pitch.

It’s easy to forget how young, or how good, Verlander is. I remember meeting him in the elevator of the Adams Mark hotel in St. Louis in 2006, a day before giving the World Series away to the Cardinals with an error-prone outing. Him, Nate Robertson and Jeremy Bonderman were all giddy goose asses, clutching a brown paper bag and snickering. He was too young to party with veteran lefty Kenny Rogers, a true nice guy despite his cameraman incident in Texas. Rogers was old enough to meet and greet fans with a nice glass of whiskey in the hotel lobby.

Verlander shook our hands and said, just a sec, I need to call my mom and tell her I’m OK. He was 23, two years removed from being the second overall pick of the 2004 draft.

Look at him now, all grown up, and still without a Cy Young. With his power fastball, a sharp curve and durability, we may have found the heir to the Ryan Express. Five more no-no’s to go and we’ve got ourselves a future Hall of Famer.