Dog Days of Summer

Every wonder how that moniker came to be?  I would assume that it’s because some animals, especially dogs, do not sweat like we humans do.  Dogs get rid of their body heat by sweating through their tongue.  That’s why you see them hassling when they spend a lot of time out in the heat.  But how did baseball come to use this term?  One of the secrets of baseball, in my opinion, is that you play virtually every day.  Therefore, you do not have to wait very long to redeem yourself if you played poorly.  But 162 games in 180 days can get pretty tiring, especially in the heat of August.  This is the time of the year where players are grinding to stay healthy and push to keep their team in contention.

So, here lie the story of baseball and the dog days of summer.  On August 22, 1886, in a game between the Cincinnati Red Stockings and the Louisville Colonels, a fellow by the name of “Chicken” Wolf, who played shortstop for the Colonels, hit a long fly ball that did not clear the outfield fence.  Red Stockings outfielder, Abner Powell, tried to run the ball down but was interfered with by a large dog that happened to be sleeping next to the fence.  This dog was disturbed by all the commotion and proceeded to chase Powell, eventually biting him over and over and then he would not let go.  Wolf continued to circle the bases and scored what was ruled a game-winning, inside-the-park home run forLouisville.  The dog days of summer had become a reality.

Chicken Wolf’s real name was William Van Winkle Wolf.  He was born inLouisville,Kentucky, on May 12, 1862.  He was a terrific player who played eleven years with the Colonels and won the American Association batting title in 1890, by hitting .363, in a 134 game season.  His salary that season was said to be 216 dollars.  The Louisville Colonels eventually became the St. Louis Browns of the American League.

Interestingly, we now have a day for fans to bring their dogs to the park for a game.  The dog days of summer live.


Andy Purvis


KRISTV News department,

Hey, folks,

Just wanted to drop you a line and ask you what is actually going on?  I’m Bill Doerner of Corpus Christi and along with two other individuals are the ownership of Sportsradio Corpus Christi, 1230 AM (KSIX) and 96.1 and 103.3 FM here in Corpus Christi. We have been a sports station since 2002.  KSIX has been a supporter of sports for decades.  In fact KSIX has been an Astros affiliate since they were the Colt 45’s.  We are hesitant to claim the title,  but both us and the Astros believe we are the longest continuous affiliate of any team in major league baseball.

We have run the Texans since their second year (After being chosen over a KEYS raid attempt last year) and have been a long time Houston Rockets station as well.  We have steadfastly moved to superserve our audience for the last 13 years by adding 2 FM frequencies as well as carrying Texas A&M Kingsville football, Corpus Christi Fury indoor football and 6 1/2 hours of local programming every day.  We used to be an ESPN affiliate but would not agree to having them programming our mornings, so therefore we changed our local offerings and said adios to ESPN.  We don’t make a living playing Britney Spears and spend the proceeds sitting around claiming we’re great like they do with KZFM.  We program live sports and fight hard to succeed.  In the past, Tyler Garrett was a regular guest on our station and we routinly have Alan Harwell as an announcer for Javelina football.  We regularly archive our local shows at and do 17 hours a week of local sports each week including the “Quick 60” racing show and Dennis and Andy’s Q&A session.

I’m writing you to ask for a little perspective.  1440 ran No Pro Baseball, No NFL Football, but did run UT Football via satellite and the Spurs. They are not on FM.

1230 runs The Astros, The Texans, The Javelinas and the Rockets.  Did I mention we also do Monday Night, Thursday Night and Sunday Night football as well as select additional NFL games on Sundays.  We also do live select college games as well as full coverage for days on end of the
NCAA Basketball tournament in March.We’ve never tried to slobber to you folks to get exposure from you on your air, and while we are always willing to look at parnerships, we have never asked for anything from you, nor do we want anything now.  However if you could find your way clear to not basically run a commercial for
the station which has the worst arbitron ratings available to the public for days in a row it
would be nice. We (Along with KKTX and others) work hard every day to provide coverage of virtually every major sports event as well as talk about it.  All KEYS has done is fail in that mission and run a loop of how they are off the air.   Is that really news?

Bill Doerner
Managing Partner Sportsradiocc, LLC
Licensee of
1230 KSIX
96.1 K241AT