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1965 - The Year in Review

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Our information here is incomplete, but we'll present what we have
up to this time. It's still an interesting look back at the 1965 season.

Second Half Standings
(through July 22, 1965)

Little League

 

Senior League

American Legion

8

0

 

American Legion

8

1

Droz Steel

6

2

 

DeBor Funeral Home

5

2

Manco's Pharmacy

4

4

 

Automatic Sales

3

4

West Libety A.A.

4

5

 

Denmark's Cafe

2

4

Quaill's Cleaners

1

6

 

Spadafore Roofing

2

5

Sam's Hardware

1

7

 

J.J. McGaffin

2

6


* Playoff Summary *

Little League

American Legion claims unchallenged title by winning both halves.
First Half (9-1) - Second Half (10-0)
Final Season Record (19-1)

Senior League

DeBor Funeral Home won the first half title.
American Legion won the second half title.
Championship - American Legion beat DeBor Funeral Home in three game series, 2-0.
 

1965 Season Highlights
(reprinted from the Brookline Journal)

Little League

JUNE 21 - Ricky Kesich twirled a 3-hitter as Sam's toppled Quaill's, 6-0. Rege O'Neill was 2-for-2. Tony DelMastro tripled for Sam's.

JUNE 22 - West Liberty, sparked by Tony Luta's two-hit pitching, mauled Manco, 6-2. Luta struck out eleven.

JUNE 23 - Pitching continued to dominate play as Glen Schwartz twirled a two-hitter as Legion blanked Quaill's, 7-0. Tony Miscimarra doubled to drive in two runs for Legion.

JUNE 24 - Skippy Uhl's single drove in the winning run as Manco nipped Sam's, 6-5, in 7 innings. Ricky Kesich and Rich Dimarack had three hits each. Dimarack was the winning pitcher in relief of Denny Miller, who hurled the regulation six innings.

JUNE 25 - Jeff Mackewich went 3-for-3 as Droz drubbed West Liberty, 8-3. Johnny Diethorn fanned eight.

JUNE 27 - Manager Walt Evan's pulled another one out of the fire as Timmy Zugates smaked a 3-run homer in the 5th frame for a 4-3 thriller at West Liberty's expense. Jimmy Draper fanned 13 in running his pitching record to 7-0. Tony Miscimarra tripled and doubled for Legion while Ron Magrini spalled two doubles for the losers. Tony Luta, the losing pitcher, fanned eleven.

JULY 6 - Johnny Diethorn fanned nine to score his 5th pitching victory as Droz toppled Manco, 4-1. Denny A'Hearn had two hits for the losers.

JULY 7 - Glen Schwartz registered his 6th win against one loss as Manager Walt Evan's Legion league leaders nipped Sam's, 5-4. Gary Ryan collected two hits for Sam's.

JULY 8 - Gary Miller whiffed 10 and tossed a 3-hitter as Manco topped West Liberty, 5-3. Ron Magrini had two hits for the losers while Denny A'Hearn and Skip Uhl slapped a pair each for Manco.

JULY 11 - Tim Morrissey flipped a 3-hitter while Bill O'Hanlon, Jim Sheridan and Bobby McAdams sparked the offense in Manco's 11-3 romp over Sam's. O'Hanlon was 3-for-3.

JULY 12 - Manager Jerry Armento's Droz Steelers continued their pursuit of unbeaten Legion by toppling West Liberty, 4-1. Tommy Eperthener fanned 11 and Ralphie Spadafore drove in three with a pair of hits.

JULY 13 - The Little Leaguers suddenly found the homerun range as Legion squeezed by Quaill, 8-5, with Jimmy Draper collecting his 8th straight pitching victory. Draper, who fanned 13, homered for Legion. Jim Diethorn cracked his 2nd of the season. Tim Zugates went 3-for-3 and Dean Alberts 2-for-2.

JULY 14 - Ralphie (The Sherman Tank) Spadafore blasted a 3-run homer to spark Droz to a 5-2 conquest of Sam's. Johnny Diethorn ran his pitching record to 6-1.

JULY 15 - Denny A'Hearn slapped four hits and Billy O'Hanlon rapped a pair of doubles as Manco nipped Quaill, 7-5. Jim Diethorn had two hits for the losers.

JULY 16 - Jimmy Draper padded his homerun lead by smacking #4 in Legion's 10-2 romp over West Liberty. Glen Schwartz boosted his pitching record to 7-1 as Manager Walt Evan's first half champs ran their second half record to 8-0. Tony Miscimarra hit his first homer of the season for Legion.

JULY 18 - Catcher Rich Joseph turned pitcher and hurled West Liberty to a 7-2 triumph over Sam. Tony Luta belted three hits for West Liberty and Gary Ryan a pair for Sam's

Senior League

JUNE 21 - Mickey White bombed his 8th homer and Terry Sullivan his 6th as DeBor continued rolling behind Bob Hungerman's 5-hit pitching with a 4-3 squeaker over McGaffin. Frankie Marx was the hard-luck loser for the 3rd time this season.

JUNE 22 - Tony (Honey) Guarino smashed a 3-run homer as Automatic Sales clobbered Denmark's, 10-3.

JUNE 23 - Frankie Semplice whiffed 11 and Mickey White rapped a bases-loaded two-bagger to spur DeBor's 4-0 conquest of Spadafore.

JUNE 24 - Legion battled back to wipe out Automatic Sales early 3-0 lead as Earl Bellisario smacked his fourth straight single to score Paul Housley with the winning run in the last inning for a 4-3 victory. Danny McGibbeny was the winner, padding his relief pitching record to only one earned run and four hits in 15 2/3 innings. Chip Pesanka rapped his 6th homer and a pair of singles. Bob Ewing had two hits for the losers.

JUNE 25 - Danny Hurley swatted a 3-run homer while Bob Papariella and Bill Frey belted two hits each in McGaffin's 6-1 victory over Denmark. Young Don McMurtry yielded only four hits to win his second game.

JUNE 27 - Earl Bellisario scattered six hits and rapped a homer to spark Legion into first place in the second half race with a 3-1 thriller over DeBor's first half champs. Butch Miller also homered for Legion, his 4th, and Terry Sullivan rapped No. 7 for DeBor. Mickey White, currently the homerun leader, had two hits for DeBor.

JUNE 27 - DeBor clinched the first half pennant on Frankie Semplice's two-run homer in the 9th with accounted for a 5-3 victory over Legion. The game had been halted by darkness in the 8th inning on June 8. Semplice was the winning pitcher, running his season record to 5-0. Play resumed with DeBor at bat and one out in the 8th and the score tied 3-3. Earlier in that game on June 8 Mickey White had smashed two homers and Dave Calabria one for DeBor. Earl Bellisario had slammed a two-run shot for Legion.

JULY 4 - Chipper Pesanka moved into the homerun lead by smashing three and driving in five runs as Legion bombed Denmark, 10-3. That boosted Chipper's season total to nine. Earl Bellisario also homered for Legion while Mike Gremba slapped three singles. Johnny Torcasio rapped four hits to lead Denmark.

JULY 6 - Dave Dunbar twirled a 5-hitter and was backed by Charley Trescher's homer as Spadafore hit the win column with a 6-2 conquest of McGaffin. Frank Marx homered and Bob Papariella smacked two doubles for the losers.

JULY 7 - Terry Sullivan's 9th homer of the season, tying him with Chip Pesanka for the league lead, sparked DeBor's 5-3 triumph over Automatic Sales. Mickey White rapped four hits and Frank Semplice collected three and a walk for DeBor. Jimmy Spadafore socked two hits and walked twice for the losers.

JULY 8 - The Charley Trescher fan club cheered as the Spadafore slugger rapped his second homer in two games but it was in vain as Legion boosted its second half record to 6-0 with a 7-1 victory. Pete Malloy scattered five hits and fanned seven to notch his 3rd win.

JULY 11 - DeBor's first half champs moved into a virtual tie for the lead by handing Legion its first defeat of the second half by squeezing out a 3-2 thriller. Frankie Semplice ran his pitching slate to 7-0 by outlasting Earl Bellisario in a slab battle. Dave Calabria singled to drive in Semplice and Mickey White with the decisive runs.

JULY 12 - It was homerun of no count as Denmark forced Uncle Milt to "toss another party" by bombing McGaffin, 9-2, for its first victory of the second half. Cliff Wadas, Fred Wyrostek, Bobby Tokar and Paul Szymkowiak slammed homers for Denmark. Bobby Papariella finally found his swing and rapped his first of the season for McGaffin.

JULY 13 - Spadafore pulled the upset of the season by toppling DeBor's first half champs, 9-6, behind the pitching of 13 year old Steve Abbondanza. However, the "Jolly Green Giants" had their usual power as Terry Sullivan smashed his 10th homer of the season and Mark Maxwell socked his first.

JULY 14 - Bobby Papariella slapped another homer and Frankie Marx rapped one with two on as McGaffin continued the upset parade by spilling Automatic Sales. Jackie Klingensmith belted his 2nd homer of the campaign for the losers.

JULY 15 - Danny McGibbeny blasted a bases-loaded homer, his first of the season, to wipe out Automatic Sale's 5-4 lead and carry Legion closer to the second-half title with an 8-5 victory. Earl Bellisario smashed his fourth of the season with two on as Pete Malloy picked up his fourth pitching success. Bill Diethorn, the losing pitcher, also homered.

JULY 16 - Bob Tokar rapped a grand slam and Paul Szymkowiak twirled steady ball as Denmark continued on the victory trail with a 12-4 romp over Spadafore. Charley Trescher hit his 3rd homer of the season and Tom O'Connor contributed a long bomb for the losers.

JULY 18 - Legion clinched at least a tie for the second-half pennant with a 10-6 conquest of McGaffin. Bobby Papariella smashed a pair of homers (giving him 4 in 3 games) for the losers. But Chip Pesanka's 10th of the season, tying him with DeBor's Terry Sullivan for the league lead) and Earl Bellisario's fifth provided the winning power.

Individual Leaders
(through July 22, 1965)

Little League Home Runs

 

Senior League Home Runs

Jim Draper, Legion
Jim Diethorn, Quaill
Tony DelMastro, Sam's
Paul Martiere, Sam's
Tim Zugates, Legion
Tony Miscimmara, Legion
Ralph Spadafore, Droz

4
2
1
1
1
1
1

 

Chip Pesanka, Legion
Terry Sullivan, DeBor
Mickey White, DeBor
Earl Bellisario, Legion
Butch Miller, Legion
Dave Calabria, DeBor
Bob Tokar, Denmark
Bobby Papariella, McGaf
Charley Trescher, Spad
Tommy O'Connor, Spad
Mike Drake, Denmark
Jimmy Spadafore, Spad
Frankie Semplice, DeBor
Paul Szymkowiak, Denmark
Cliff Wadas, Denmark
Jackie Klingensmith, ASales
Bill Diethorn, ASales
Fred Wyrostek, Denmark
Jim Jackonic, Legion
Danny McGibbeny, Legion
Bill Frey, McGaf
Frankie Marx, McGaf
Milan Vukelich, Spad
Bob Ewing, ASales
Tony Guarino, ASales
Danny Hurley, McGaf
Mark Maxwell, DeBor

10
10
8
6
5
5
5
4
3
3
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1


Little League Pitching

 

Senior League Pitching

Jim Draper, Legion
Tony Griffith, Legion
Rich Joseph, WLiberty
Jeff Mackewich, Droz
Glen Schwartz, Legion
John Diethorn, Droz
Mark Donato, Quaill
Rege O'Neill, Quaill
Tom Eperthener, Droz
Gary Miller, Manco
Ed Gremba, Quaill
Tony Luta, WLiberty
Tim Morrissey, Manco
Rick Dimarack, Manco
Dave Smykla, Droz
Dick Kesich, Sam's
Jim Diethorn, Quaill
Ron Magrini, WLiberty
Tony DelMastro, Sam's
Denny A'Hearn, Manco
Bill Farrell, Sam's

8-0
2-0
1-0
1-0
7-1
6-1
3-1
3-2
4-3
3-3
1-1
4-5
3-4
1-2
1-2
2-5
1-3
1-6
1-7
0-1
0-1

 

Frankie Semplice, DeBor
Fred Talak, ASales
Danny McGibbeny, Legion
Jim Malloy, DeBor
Bob Hungerman, DeBor
Bob Ewing, ASales
Earl Bellisario, Legion
Pete Malloy, Legion
Terry Sullivan, DeBor
Bill Diethorn, ASales
Steve Abbondanza, Spad
Mike Gremba, Legion
Dave Dunbar, Spad
Al Cridge, ASales
Don McMurtry, McGaf
Paul Szymkowiak, Denmark
Joe Balestra, Denmark
Jack Laufer, McGaf
Mike Drake, Denmark
Frankie Marx, McGaf
Terry A'Hearn, Spad
Fred Wyrostek, Denmark
Danny Hurley, McGaf
Milan Vukelich, Spad
Tommy O'Connor, Spad

7-0
3-0
3-0
1-0
1-0
3-1
6-3
4-2
5-3
4-3
3-2
1-1
1-1
1-1
2-3
2-4
1-2
1-3
1-4
1-4
0-1
0-1
0-1
0-2
0-6

* Reprinted from the Brookline Journals - July 1/15/22, 1965 *

* All material for 1965 Year In Review provided by Ed McGrath *

1965 All-Star Summary

Little League All-Stars

Manager - Walt Evans <> Coach - Ralph Spadafore

Jim Draper
Glen Schwartz
Tim Zugates
Ron Magrini
Jimmy Diethorn

George Mahfood
Rich Joseph
Tommy Eperthener
Jeff Mackenwich

Ralph Spadafore
Rick Kesich
Tommy DelMastro
Richard Dimerack
Denny A'Hearn

Senior League All-Stars

Manager - Bob Vietmeier <> Coach - Jim Klingensmith

Mickey White
Frank Semplice
Dave Calabria
Terry Sullivan
Earl Bellisario

Chip Pesanka
Paul Szymkowiak
Mike Drake
Bob Tokar

Jack Klingensmith
Tony Guarino
Bob Papariella
Terry A'Hearn
Tommy O'Connor

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