George Howard Brett is a retired American baseball third baseman and designated hitter who played 21 years in Major League Baseball for the Kansas City Royals. Brett's 3,154 career hits are the most by any third baseman in major league history and 16th all-time, he is one of four players in MLB history to accumulate 3,000 hits, 300 home runs, a career.300 batting average. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999 on the first ballot and is the only player in MLB history to win a batting title in three different decades. Brett was named the Royals' interim hitting coach in 2013 on May 30, but stepped down from the position on July 25 in order to resume his position of vice president of baseball operations. Born in Glen Dale, West Virginia, Brett was the youngest of four sons of a sports-minded family which included Ken, the second oldest, a major league pitcher who pitched in the 1967 World Series at age 19. Brothers John and Bobby had brief careers in the minor leagues. Although his three older brothers were born in Brooklyn, George was born in the northern panhandle of West Virginia.
Jack and Ethel Brett moved the family to the Midwest and three years to El Segundo, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, just south of Los Angeles International Airport. George grew up hoping to follow in the footsteps of his three older brothers, he graduated from El Segundo High School in 1971 and was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the second round of the 1971 baseball draft. He was high school teammates with pitcher Scott McGregor, he lived in Kansas when he moved to the Midwest. Brett began his professional baseball career as a shortstop, but had trouble going to his right defensively and was soon shifted to third base; as a third baseman, his powerful arm remained an asset, he remained at that spot for more than 15 years. Brett's minor league stops were with the Billings Mustangs for the Rookie-level Pioneer League in 1971, the San Jose Bees of the Class A California League in 1972, the Omaha Royals of the Class AAA American Association in 1973, batting.291.274, and.284, respectively.
The Royals promoted Brett to the major leagues on August 2, 1973, when he played in 13 games and was 5 for 40 at age 20. Brett won the starting third base job in 1974, but struggled at the plate until he asked for help from Charley Lau, the Royals' batting coach. Spending the All-Star break working together, Lau taught Brett how to protect the entire plate and cover up some holes in his swing that experienced big-league pitchers were exploiting. Armed with this knowledge, Brett developed as a hitter, finished the year with a.282 batting average in 113 games. Brett topped the.300 mark for the first time in 1975, hitting.308 and leading the league in hits and triples. He won his first batting title in 1976 with a.333 average. The four contenders for the batting title that year were Brett and Royals teammate Hal McRae, Minnesota Twins teammates Rod Carew and Lyman Bostock. In dramatic fashion, Brett went 2 for 4 in the final game of the season against the Twins, beating out his three rivals, all playing in the same game.
His lead over second-place McRae was less than.001. Brett won the title when a fly ball dropped in front of Twins left fielder Steve Brye, bounced on the Royals Stadium AstroTurf and over Brye's head to the wall. McRae, batting just behind Brett in the line up, grounded out and Brett won his first batting title. From May 8 through May 13, 1976, Brett had three or more hits in six consecutive games, a major league record. A month he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated for a feature article, made his first of thirteen All-Star teams; the Royals won the first of three straight American League West Division titles, beginning a great rivalry with the New York Yankees—whom they faced in the American League Championship Series each of those three years. In the fifth and final game of the 1976 ALCS, Brett hit a three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to tie the score at six—only to see the Yankees' Chris Chambliss launch a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth to give the Yankees a 7–6 win.
A year Brett emerged as a power hitter, clubbing 22 home runs, as the Royals headed to another ALCS. In Game 5 of the 1977 ALCS, following an RBI triple, Brett got into an altercation with Graig Nettles which ignited a bench-clearing brawl. In 1978, Brett batted.294 in helping the Royals win a third consecutive AL West title. However, Kansas City once again lost to the Yankees in the ALCS, but not before Brett hit three home runs off Catfish Hunter in Game Three, becoming the second player to hit three home runs in an LCS game. Brett followed that up with a successful 1979 season, he became the sixth player in league history to have at least 20 doubles and homers all in one season and led the league in hits and triples while batting.329, with an on-base percentage of.376 and a slugging percentage of.563. All these impressive statistics were just a prelude to 1980, when Brett won the American League MVP and batted.390, a modern record for a third baseman. Brett's batting average was at or above.400 as late in the season as September 19, the country followed his quest to bat.400 for an entire season, a feat which has not been accomplished since Ted Williams in 1941.
Brett's 1980 batting average of.390 is second only
Ken Griffey Jr.
George Kenneth Griffey Jr. nicknamed "Junior" and "The Kid", is an American former professional baseball outfielder who played 22 years in Major League Baseball. He spent most of his career with the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds, along with a short stint with the Chicago White Sox. A member of the Baseball Hall of Fame and a 13-time All-Star, Griffey is one of the most prolific home run hitters in baseball history. Griffey was an exceptional defender and won 10 Gold Glove Awards in center field, he is tied for the record of most consecutive games with a home run. Although popular with fans around the league, Griffey was unable to shake reports of his petulant demeanor throughout his major league baseball career. Griffey signed lucrative deals with companies of international prominence like Nintendo. Griffey is one of only 29 players in baseball history to date to have appeared in Major League games in four different calendar decades. Following his playing career, Griffey joined the Mariners' front office as a special consultant.
He was inducted into both the Mariners' Hall of Fame and the Reds Hall of Fame. In 2016, Griffey was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, receiving a 99.30% of the vote, breaking pitcher Tom Seaver's record of 98.84%. However, Griffey's record was broken three years by Mariano Rivera, who became the first player to be inducted unanimously. Griffey is the son of former MLB player Ken Griffey Sr. and the father of National Football League player Trey Griffey. Griffey was born in Donora, Pennsylvania, on November 21, 1969, his family moved to Cincinnati, where his father, Ken Griffey Sr. played for the Cincinnati Reds, when Ken Jr. was six years old. Ken Jr. was in the clubhouse during his father's back-to-back championships in the 1975 and 1976 World Series. As a young child, Ken Sr. would instill in his son the pride of a team accomplishment rather than the individual performance. "My dad would have bopped me on the head when I was a kid if I came home bragging about what I did on the field. He only wanted to know what the team did."
He attended Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, where he was the U. S high school baseball player of the year in 1987. Griffey was the number one overall selection by the Seattle Mariners during the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft held on June 2, 1987, he received a signing bonus of $16,000 from the Mariners. On June 11, 1987, Griffey joined the Bellingham Mariners of the Northwest League, a Class A Short Season minor league, he made his professional debut on June 16, 1987. During the 54-game season he hit.313. He led the team with 40 RBI and 13 steals. Baseball America magazine named him the league's number one major league prospect. In 1988, Griffey joined the San Bernardino Spirit of the Class A-Advanced California League. During his 58 games with the Spirit, Griffey batted.338, hit 11 home runs, drove in 42 runs, stole 32 bases. Late in the season, Griffey was promoted to the Vermont Mariners of the Class AA Eastern League, he played the final 17 games with the club, hitting.279 with 10 RBIs.
In his eleven seasons with Seattle Griffey established himself as one of the most prolific and exciting players of the era, racking up 1,752 hits, 398 home runs, 1,152 RBIs, 167 stolen bases. He led the American League in home runs for four seasons, was voted the A. L. MVP in 1997, maintained a.297 career batting average. In his first major league at-bat, he doubled, his defense in center field was considered the standard of elite fielding during the decade, exemplified by his streak of 10 straight Gold Gloves from 1990–1999. His impressive range allowed frequent spectacular diving plays, he dazzled fans with over-the-shoulder basket catches and robbed opposing hitters of home runs by leaping up and pulling them back into the field of play, he was featured on the Wheaties cereal box and had his own signature sneaker line from Nike, Inc.. On April 3, 1989, in his first MLB plate appearance, Griffey hit a line drive double off Oakland Athletics pitcher Dave Stewart at the Oakland Coliseum. One week in his first at-bat at the Kingdome, Griffey hit his first major league home run.
Griffey was a frequent participant in the All-Star Game during the 1990s. He led his league multiple times in different hitting categories. In 1990 and 1991, Griffey and his father became the first son and father to play on the same team at the same time. In his father's first game as a Mariner, on August 31, 1990, the pair hit back-to-back singles in the first inning and both scored. On September 14, the pair hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the first off California Angels pitcher Kirk McCaskill, becoming the first father-son duo to hit back-to-back home runs; the duo played a total of 51 games together before Griffey Sr. retired in June 1991. At the MLB Home Run Derby in 1993, held at Oriole Park in Baltimore, Griffey hit the warehouse beyond the right field wall on the fly and he is still the only player to do so; as with every home run that hits Eutaw Street, each feat is honored with a circular plaque, embedded horizontally onto the concourse's walkway, in the exact spot where the home run landed.
In 1994, he led the league in voting for All Star game selection. That season, which ended prematurely on August 12 due to the labor dispute, saw Griffey hit 30 home runs in the Mariners' first 65 games
Lake Elsinore Storm
The Lake Elsinore Storm is a minor league baseball team in Lake Elsinore, United States. It is a Class A – Advanced team in the California League, is a farm team of the San Diego Padres; the Storm plays its home games at Lake Elsinore Diamond, which opened in 1994. This team relocated three times and has been traced back to the Redwood Pioneers the Palm Springs Angels, the Lake Elsinore Storm; as the Palm Springs Angels and as the Storm, it had been the "high-A" affiliate of the Angels until the end of the 2000 season, when it and the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes switched affiliations. Some former members of the Storm became members of the Angels 2002 World Series championship team. On May 18, 2007, the Storm set a league record for most lopsided victory, beating the Lancaster JetHawks by a 30–0 score. Since the 2004 opening of Petco Park, the new home field of the Padres, the Storm has played one home game there toward the end of each season, as the second half of a doubleheader following a Padres daytime home game.
Its opponent has been the California League farm team of the Padres' same-day opponents. In 2011, Nate Freiman played for the Storm setting single-season club records with 22 home runs and 111 RBIs. Lake Elsinore Storm official site MadFriars.com San Diego Padres official site Palm Springs Angels
Ken McMullen (baseball)
Kenneth Lee McMullen is a former Major League Baseball third baseman. He threw right-handed. McMullen signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers upon graduation from Oxnard High School. After two minor league seasons in which he batted.285 with 42 home runs and 177 runs batted in, McMullen made his major league debut as a September call-up in 1962 at just twenty years old. He collected three hits in eleven at-bats, he was awarded the starting third base job out of Spring training 1963, but after committing five errors while batting just.205 with one home run and three RBIs through April, he was optioned to triple A Spokane. After Manager Walter Alston shifted left fielder Tommy Davis to third, tried several other players at third base, McMullen was brought back up from Spokane at the end of June, his first major league home run was a grand slam off the St. Louis Cardinals' Ernie Broglio on the Fourth of July, he raised his average to a far more respectable.236 by the end of the season while hitting five home runs with 28 RBIs.
He pulled a hamstring on September 26 against the New York Mets, thereby missing the World Series against the New York Yankees. He started the 1964 season with the Dodgers, but poor fielding and a.209 batting average landed him back with the Spokane Indians by the middle of June. At the end of the season, he was traded with Frank Howard, Phil Ortega and Pete Richert to the Washington Senators for John Kennedy and Claude Osteen. McMullen won an everyday job batting second for Gil Hodges' Senators. Though he led the American League with 22 errors in 1965, he soon earned a reputation as one of the slicker fielding third basemen in the AL. On August 13, 1965, he tied an AL record by starting four double plays against the Baltimore Orioles. On September 26, 1966, he set an AL record with eleven assists from third against the Boston Red Sox, he led AL third basemen in total chances over three seasons from 1967 to 1969, led AL third basemen in double plays in 1967 and putouts in 1969. McMullen had his first career multi-home run game on July 16, 1967.
In the same month, he embarked on a career-high 19-game hit streak, which saw him hit a game-winning home run to end a twenty inning marathon with the Minnesota Twins on August 9. He batted a career-high.272 while driving in a career-high 87 runs in 1969. In all, clubbed 86 home drove in 327 during five plus seasons with the Senators. Shortly into the 1970 season, he was dealt to the California Angels for Rick Reichardt and Aurelio Rodríguez. After a subpar first season in California, McMullen rebounded in 1971 to hit a career-high 21 home runs. On July 17, 1971, McMullen scored from third on a sacrifice bunt by Bruce Christensen, giving his rookie teammate his first major league RBI, he had a 17-game hit streak from July 23 to August 16, 1972. On November 28, 1972, McMullen was part of a blockbuster trade, as he and Andy Messersmith were sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Billy Grabarkewitz, Frank Robinson, Bill Singer, Mike Strahler and Bobby Valentine. McMullen was soon displaced by rookie Ron Cey.
From there, he served as a pinch hitter, going six-for-nineteen with a walk, two home runs and nine RBIs in that role. He spent two more seasons backing up Cey and pinch hitting in Los Angeles, clubbing a pinch hit grand slam against the San Diego Padres on April 24, 1975, he was released during Spring training 1976, but soon afterwards caught on with the Oakland Athletics. He spent one season in Oakland, serving as a designated hitter and pinch hitter, he spent his final season with the Milwaukee Brewers before retiring. He hit. Robbed of the opportunity to play in the 1963 World Series by an injury, McMullen returned to the post-season in the twilight of his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the 1974 National League Championship Series, he struck out against the Pittsburgh Pirates' Bruce Kison in his only post-season at-bat, his wife, died of breast cancer on April 6, 1974. They have three children; as of 2009, McMullen is a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization serving as a representative of the Dodgers Legend Bureau.
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Thomas Mark Harmon is an American television and film actor. He has appeared in a wide variety of roles since the early 1970s. Achieving fame as a college football player, his role on St. Elsewhere led to his being named "Sexiest Man Alive" by People in 1986. After spending the majority of the 1990s as a character actor, he discovered newfound fame for his portrayal of Secret Service special agent Simon Donovan in The West Wing, receiving a 2002 Emmy Award nomination for his acting in a four-episode story arc. Harmon was cast in a similar role a year later; the creator of both JAG and NCIS had seen Harmon in The West Wing and decided to cast him in NCIS. Harmon's character of NCIS special agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs was first introduced in a guest starring role in two episodes of JAG. Since 2003, Harmon has starred in NCIS as the same character. Harmon was born in Burbank, the youngest of three children, his parents were Heisman Trophy–winning football player and broadcaster Tom Harmon and actress and artist Elyse Knox.
Harmon has two older sisters, the late actress and painter Kristin Nelson, divorced from the late singer Rick Nelson, actress and model Kelly Harmon married to car magnate John DeLorean. His maternal grandparents were Austrian immigrants. After graduating from high school at Harvard-Westlake School, Harmon completed a two-year associate degree at Pierce College in Los Angeles. After his sophomore season at Pierce, Harmon received offers from major college football programs choosing UCLA over Oklahoma; the Sooners finished second in the nation in 1971, while the Bruins were a preseason top-20 selection and stumbled to a 2–7–1 record, placing last in the Pac-8. After transferring to the University of California, Los Angeles, he played starting quarterback for the 1972 and 1973 Bruins. During his first game, his UCLA team produced a stunning upset of the two-time defending national champion Nebraska Cornhuskers; the Bruins were an eighteen-point home underdog to the top-ranked Huskers but won 20–17 on a late field goal by Efren Herrera under the lights of L.
A. Coliseum. In his senior year, Harmon received the National Football Foundation Award for All-Round Excellence. During his two years as quarterback in coach Pepper Rodgers's wishbone offense, UCLA compiled a 17–5 record. Harmon graduated cum laude from UCLA in 1974 with a B. A. in Communications. He was inducted into the inaugural class of the Pierce College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. After college, Harmon considered pursuing a career in law. Harmon started his career in business as a merchandising director, but soon decided to switch to acting, he spent much of his career portraying medical personnel. One of his first national TV appearances was in a commercial for Kellogg's Product 19 cereal with his father, Tom Harmon, its longstanding TV spokesman. Thanks to his sister Kristin's in-laws, Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Nelson, he landed his first job as an actor in an episode of Ozzie's Girls; this was followed by guest roles in episodes of Adam-12, Police Woman, Emergency! in mid-1975. He performed in "905-Wild", a backdoor pilot episode for a series about two L.
A. County Animal Control Officers. Producer/creator Jack Webb, the packager of both series cast Harmon in Sam, a short-lived 1978 series about an LAPD officer and his K-9 partner. Before this, Harmon received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his performance as Robert Dunlap in the TV movie Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years. In 1978, he appeared in three episodes of the mini-series, Centennial, as Captain John MacIntosh, an honorable Union cavalry officer. During the mid to late 1970s, Harmon made guest appearances on TV series such as Laverne & Shirley, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries and had supporting roles in the feature films Comes a Horseman and Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, he landed a co-starring role on the 1979 action series 240-Robert as Deputy Dwayne Thibideaux. The series centered around the missions of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Emergency Services Detail, but was short-lived. In 1980, Harmon gained a regular role in the prime time soap opera Flamingo Road, in which he played Fielding Carlisle, the husband of Morgan Fairchild's character.
Despite good ratings, the series was canceled after two seasons. Following its cancellation, he landed the role of Dr. Robert Caldwell on the prestigious NBC Emmy-winning series St. Elsewhere in 1983. Harmon appeared in the show for three seasons before leaving in early 1986 when his character contracted HIV through unprotected intercourse, one of the first instances where a major recurring television character contracted the virus. In the mid-1980s, Harmon became the spokesperson for Coors Regular beer, appearing in television commercials for them. Harmon's career reached several other high points in 1986. In January, he was named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive. Following his departure from St. Elsewhere in February, he played the lead in the TV movies Prince of Bel Air, co-starring with Kirstie Alley, The Deliberate Stranger, in which he portrayed the real-life serial killer Ted Bundy. With his career blossoming, he played a role in the 1986 theatrical film Let's Get Harry and the lead role in the 1987 comedy Summer School, again co-starring with Kirstie Alley and alongside future JAG and NCIS alum Patrick Labyorteaux.
Returning to episodic television in 1987, Harmon had a limited engagement on the series Moonlighting, playing Cybill Shepherd's love interest S
Lodi is a city located in San Joaquin County, California, in the northern portion of California's Central Valley. The population was 62,134 at the 2010 census, its estimated population as of July 1, 2013 was 64,338. Lodi is best known for being a center of winegrape production, although its vintages have traditionally been less prestigious than those of Sonoma and Napa counties. However, in recent years, the Lodi Appellation has become respected for its Zinfandel and other eclectic wine varietals, along with its focus on sustainability under the Lodi Rules program. National recognition came from the Creedence Clearwater Revival song "Lodi" and continues with the "2015 Wine Region of the Year" award given to Lodi by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Nearby Woodbridge is the home of the well-known winery Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi. Mondavi grew up in Lodi, Mondavi Winery is considered one of the most influential in the American wine industry; when a group of local families decided to establish a school in 1859, they settled on a site near present-day Cherokee Lane and Turner Road.
In 1869, the Central Pacific Railroad was in the process of creating a new route, pioneer settlers Ezekiel Lawrence, Reuben Wardrobe, A. C. Ayers and John Magley offered a townsite of 160 acres to the railroad as an incentive to build a station there; the railroad received a "railroad reserve" of 12 acres in the middle of town, surveyors began laying out streets in the area between Washington to Church and Locust to Walnut. Settlers flocked from nearby Woodbridge, Liberty City, Galt, including town founders John M. Burt and Dan Crist. Called Mokelumne and Mokelumne Station after the nearby river, confusion with other nearby towns prompted a name change, endorsed in Sacramento by an assembly bill. Several stories have been offered about the origins of the town's name change. One refers to a locally stabled trotting horse that had set a four-mile record, but as the horse reached the peak of its fame in 1869, it is unlikely that its notoriety would still have been evident in 1873. Alternatively, Lodi is a city in northern Italy where Napoleon defeated the Austrians in 1796 and won his first military victory.
More than some of the earliest settler families were from Lodi and they chose to use the same name as their hometown. In 1906, the city was incorporated by voters, passing by a margin of 2 to 1; the fire department was established in 1911, the city purchased the Bay City Gas and Water Works in 1919. Additional public buildings constructed during this period include the Lodi Opera House in 1905, a Carnegie library in 1909, a hospital in 1915. Lodi gained international attention in 2005 when local residents Hamid and Umer Hayat were arrested and charged in the first terrorism trial in the state of California. In 2019, a judge recommended his conviction be overturned, citing an ineffective legal defense for Hayat -, defended by a lawyer that had never served in a criminal case in a federal court; the recommendation cites a coerced confession obtained by the FBI, which one former agent described as the “sorriest confession” he had seen. The 2010 United States Census reported that Lodi had a population of 62,134.
The population density was 4,494.5 people per square mile. The racial makeup of Lodi was 44,715 White, 517 African American, 560 Native American, 4,293 Asian, 105 Pacific Islander, 11,164 from other races, 2,833 from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22,613 persons; the Census reported that 61,457 people lived in households, 187 lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, 490 were institutionalized. There were 22,097 households, out of which 8,462 had children under the age of 18 living in them, 10,952 were opposite-sex married couples living together, 2,917 had a female householder with no husband present, 1,389 had a male householder with no wife present. There were 1,530 unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, 105 same-sex married couples or partnerships. 5,547 households were made up of individuals and 2,567 had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78. There were 15,258 families; the population was spread out with 17,282 people under the age of 18, 5,863 people aged 18 to 24, 15,931 people aged 25 to 44, 14,681 people aged 45 to 64, 8,377 people who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 34.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males. There were 23,792 housing units at an average density of 1,721.0 per square mile, of which 12,091 were owner-occupied, 10,006 were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 2.3%. 32,153 people lived in owner-occupied housing units and 29,304 people lived in rental housing units. There were 4,336 adults who hadn't passed ninth grade, 5,175 with some high school education, 8,910 who had completed a high school education only, 8,367 with some college, 2,777 with an associate degree. Seventy-nine percent of the population had higher; as of the 2000 census, 51,000 people or 14,339 families resided in 20,692 households. The population density was 4,657.9 people per square mile. There wer
NCIS (TV series)
NCIS is an American action police procedural television series, revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. The concept and characters were introduced in two episodes of the CBS series JAG; the show, a spin-off from JAG, premiered on September 23, 2003, on CBS. To date it has aired fifteen full seasons and has gone into broadcast syndication on the USA Network. Donald P. Bellisario and Don McGill are co-creators and executive producers of the premiere member of the NCIS franchise, it is the second-longest-running scripted, non-animated U. S. primetime TV series airing, surpassed only by Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, is the 7th-longest-running scripted U. S. primetime TV series overall. NCIS was referred to as Navy NCIS during season one. In season six, a two-part episode led to NCIS: Los Angeles. A two-part episode during the eleventh season led to NCIS: New Orleans. While slow in the ratings cracking the Top 30 in the first two seasons, the third season showed progress ranking in the top 20, by its sixth season, it became a top five hit, having remained there since.
In 2011, NCIS was voted America's favorite television show in an online Harris Poll. The series finished its tenth season as the most-watched television series in the U. S. during the 2012–13 TV season. On April 11, 2019, NCIS was renewed for a seventeenth season, Diona Reasonover joined the main cast in season sixteen, following the departures of Duane Henry and Pauley Perrette. NCIS follows a fictional team of Naval Criminal Investigative Service Major Case Response Team special agents based at the Washington, D. C. field office in Washington Navy Yard. In real life, the field office is based at the nearby Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling while the Navy Yard is home to the museum and several military commands within the Department of the Navy, it is described by the actors and producers as being distinguished by its comedic elements, ensemble acting, character-driven plots. The NCIS is the primary law enforcement and counterintelligence arm of the United States Department of the Navy, which includes the United States Marine Corps.
NCIS investigates all major criminal offenses —for example, crimes punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice by confinement of more than one year—within the Department of the Navy. Whenever a crime is committed involving Navy or Marine personnel, the Washington-based Major Case Response Team — an elite arm of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service — spearheads the investigation; the team, led by laconic investigator Leroy Jethro Gibbs, has included Caitlin Todd, Anthony DiNozzo, Timothy McGee, Ziva David, Eleanor Bishop, Alexandra Quinn, Nicholas Torres. Over the course of the series, they are further assisted by allies both foreign and domestic, including Medical Examiners Dr. Donald Mallard, Dr. Jimmy Palmer, forensic specialists Abby Sciuto and Kasie Hines, British intelligence officer Clayton Reeves, operational psychologist and senior special agent Dr. Jacqueline Sloane, successive NCIS Directors Jennifer Shepard and Leon Vance. Mark Harmon as Leroy Jethro Gibbs Sasha Alexander as Caitlin Todd Michael Weatherly as Anthony DiNozzo Pauley Perrette as Abby Sciuto David McCallum as Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard Sean Murray as Timothy McGee Cote de Pablo as Ziva David Lauren Holly as Jenny Shepard Rocky Carroll as Leon Vance Brian Dietzen as Dr Jimmy Palmer Emily Wickersham as Eleanor Bishop Wilmer Valderrama as Nicholas Torres Jennifer Esposito as Alexandra Quinn Duane Henry as Clayton Reeves Maria Bello as Dr. Jacqueline Sloane Diona Reasonover as Kasie Hines Prior to the launch of the first season, advertisements on CBS identified the show as "Naval CIS".
By the time of the launch of the first episode, NCIS was airing under the name Navy NCIS, the name it held for the entire first season. Since the "N" in NCIS stands for "Naval", the name "Navy NCIS" was redundant; the decision to use this name was made by CBS, over the objections of Bellisario, to: Attract new viewers, who might not know the NCIS abbreviation Distinguish between NCIS and the themed and spelled CBS series CSI and its spinoffs. From the season-two episode "Lt. Jane Doe" onwards, the series began showing two-second-long black-and-white clips; these clips are shown at the beginning of every segment depicting the last two seconds of that segment, a segment being the five or six portions of the show meant to be separated by commercials. In the season-three premiere, "Kill Ari", a freeze-frame shot was used with the end of most episodes turned into a freeze frame, as well, it was reported in May 2007 that Do