Three things I didn't know before July 18, 2009:
--MLB umpire Jim Wolf is Los Angeles Dodgers' hurler Randy Wolf's older brother. Having lived around Philadelphia for so long, I figure I should have known this by now, but it was gleaned from an FSN Prime Ticket show called Before the Bigs which aired after the Astros-Dodgers game tonight.
--According to his official PGA Tour dossier, the American tied for 8th at Turnberry with 18 holes left to play; namely rising star and former NCAA golf phenom Bryce Molder, was born with no left pectoral muscle (which makes that side of his chest concave), and also with Poland Syndrome, a fairly rare defect that made his left hand much smaller than his right. He underwent two surgeries before he was 5 years old because three fingers on his left hand were webbed together up to the knuckle.
--And finally from the "This Date in History" files: On July 18, 1980, Tom Watson held the 54-hole lead at the Open Championship and an odd thing happened to the Baltimore Orioles; for the ninth straight game they faced a left-handed starting pitcher, which set a Major League Baseball record. Well, yesterday, 29 years later to the day, Tom Watson held the 54-hole lead at the Open Championship, and, oh, by the way, the Baltimore Orioles tied their own record when they squared off against a left-handed starter for the ninth straight game.