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1968 - The Year in Review

Our information here is at times incomplete, but we'll present what
we have up to this time. It's still an interesting look back at the 1968 season.

Second Half Standings
(through July 20, 1968)

Little League

 

Senior League

American Legion

6

0

 

J.J. McGaffin

6

0

B.Y.M.C.

4

2

 

Automatic Sales

5

3

Sam's Hardware

5

3

 

Spadafore Roofing

4

2

Manco's Pharmacy

3

5

 

DeBor Funeral Home

3

4

Quaill's Cleaners

2

4

 

Denmark's Cafe

2

6

Droz Steel

1

7

 

American Legion

2

7


First Half Standings

Little League

 

Senior League

B.Y.M.C.

10

0

 

Spadafore Roofing

8

2

American Legion

7

3

 

J.J. McGaffin

6

3

Quaill's Cleaners

5

5

 

Denmark's Cafe

4

3

Manco's Pharmacy

4

6

 

Automatic Sales

3

5

Sam's Hardware

3

7

 

DeBor Funeral Home

3

6

Droz Steel

1

9

 

American Legion

2

7

Senior League Ties: McGaffin-1, Legion-1, Denmark's-3, Auto Sales-2, DeBor-1.


* Playoff Summary *

Little League

Championship - B.Y.M.C. defeated American Legion in three-game series.

Senior League

Championship - McGaffin Construction defeated Spadafore Roofing in three-game series.
 

1968 Season Highlights
(reprinted from the Brookline Journal)

Senior League

MAY 22 - Jungle Jim Diethorn bombed a 2-run homer and struck out 11 while pacing Manager John "Stanky" Lombardi's Spadafore Roofers to a lopsided 9-2 conquest of DeBor. Bob O'Connor and Tony Miscamarra rapped solo homers for the winners. Ralph (The Sherman Tank) Spadafore collected two safeties for the losers.

MAY 26 - Tommy Eperthener and Ed Helbig dueled six innings as Automatic Sales and DeBor battled to a 1-1 deadlock before play was halted because of darkness.

MAY 31 - Jimmy Draper swatted a bases-loaded homer and fanned 14 as McGaffin squeaked by DeBor, 7-6. Rick Altimore homered with two on for the losers. Draper batted 3-for-4. Ray Korzenowski, Rich Winchell and Gary Van Briggle slapped two hits each for the winners. Rookie Joe Blobner was the losing pitcher.

JUNE 1 - Jim Diethorn ran his pitching record to 2-0 as Spadafore toppled Manager Bob Lerch's Legion, 3-1. Bill Decker twirled a 4-hitter for Legion.

JUNE 2 - Mark Donato flipped a one-hitter (a double by Ron Baumiller) as Spadafore boosted its record to 3-0 with a 5-2 victory over Denmark. Roy Stasny belted a bases-empty homer for the league leaders while Tony Miscamarra and Chuck Fascetti rapped 2 hits each. Joe Blobner was the losing pitcher.

JUNE 3 - Ron Baumiller, a 13-year old righthander, made his Senior LL pitching debut by chucking a 3-hitter while catcher Tony (Tiger) Colangelo was driving in all 3 runs with a homer and bases-full single in Denmark's 3-2 triumph over DeBor. Ed Helbig homered for DeBor.

JUNE 3 - Tony DelMastro's 2-run blast in the 8th backed the 17-strikeout pitching of Tommy Eperthener as Automatic Sales clipped McGaffin, 3-1. Losing pitcher Rich Kesich fanned 12.

JUNE 4 - Ralph (Tank Destroyer) Spadafore swatted a two-run homer and a single to spur DeBor's 3-1 conquest of Legion. Gary Miller whiffed 10 in a losing cause. Jim Sheridan was the winner.

JUNE 5 - Tony Miscamarra and Bobby O'Connor belted their 2nd homers of the season while Jimmy Diethorn was recording his 3rd straight slab triumph in Spadafore's 3-1 conquest of McGaffin. Jim Draper was the loser, his 1st. Manager John (Stanky) Lombardi's Spadafore sluggers held their Senior lead with a 4-0 record.

JUNE 6 - Bill Decker whiffed 12 and walked 5 as Legion hit the win column for Manager Bob Lerch with a 4-1 success against Automatic Sales.

JUNE 7 - Young Ron Baumiller, a rookie, stroked his first Senior homer after leading the LL list last season but DeBor nipped his Denmark team, 5-4. Ed Helbig was the winning pitcher, Tony (The Tiger) Colangelo the loser.

JUNE 9 - Rick Kesich twirled a one-hitter and struck out 11 as McGaffin carved Legion, 8-0. Rick Jordan hit 2-for-2 to pace Manager Ed McGrath's winners.

JUNE 9 - Southpaw Ron Magrini bombed a homer as teammate Joe Blobner was fanning 10 to lead Denmark's 4-0 breeze over Automatic Sales. Losing pitcher Rick Joseph struck out 13.

JUNE 11 - Manager John (Stanky) Lombardi's Spadafore Roofers rolled along unbeaten as Mark Donato fanned 9 while taming DeBor, 7-2.

JUNE 12 - Kerry Donato swatted a pair of homeruns, one with two on, and Rick Joseph smashed a solo round-tripper as Automatic Sales and Denmark's Amazin' Milts waged a 6-6 tie called because of darkness after 8 frames.

JUNE 13 - Gregarious Gary Miller and Bill Decker belted 2 hits each for Legion but Bob (Specz) O'Connor was tough in the clutch and twirled Spadafore to a 5-3 conquest. Decker whiffed 10, O'Connor 3.

JUNE 14 - Tommy Eperthener, fated to break his leg a few days later, bombed a three-run homer and Rick Joseph connected with one on as Automatic Sales thumped DeBor 16-2. Eperthener, who loomed as a likely All-Star, will be out for the season.

JUNE 15 - Bombing Tommy McGrath smacked a grand slam and Rick Joseph a solo homer as Automatic Sales spilled Spadafore from the unbeaten, 6-5, in a 10-inning game. Ed Gremba was the winning pitcher, Mark Donato the loser, his first after 3 victories.

JUNE 16 - Rick Kesich continued the homerun barrage over Commissioner Sam Bryen's sky-high fences by stroking a pair as McGaffin, behind the 11-strikeout chucking of Eddie O'Kain, continued in the first-half race with a 6-2 conquest of Legion. Gary Miller fanned 13 and Dick Smykla homered for the losers.

JUNE 17 - Manager Ed McGrath's McGaffin sluggers, sparked by Rick Kesich's pitching and hitting, toppled DeBor, 8-4. Kesich whiffed 12 and drove in four runs with three hits. Ralph (Big Tank) Spadafore and Georgie (Porgie) Mahfood hammered homeruns for the losers while Pete Bucci slapped a 3-run round-tripper for the winners.

JUNE 18 - Chuck (What's Up Doc) Blobner struck out 11 and Tony (Big Cat) Colangelo powered a homer as Denmark squeezed past Legion, 7-4. Glenn Swartz collected 3 hits for Denmark. Jerry Kail rapped a pair of safeties and Bill Decker accomplished almost the impossible in Senior Park by lacing a triple to right-center.

JUNE 19 - Ralph Spadafore drove in 7 runs with a pair of 3-run homers and a single to almost single-handedly pace DeBor to an 11-7 rout of Legion. Happy-go-lucky Ralph moved into the Senior homerun lead with his 3rd and 4th of the season. Mike Monte homered for Legion. Rick Altimore was the winning pitcher while Bill Decker, who fanned 11, was the loser.

JUNE 20 - Tony DelMastro smashed two homeruns as McGaffin, backing Jim Draper's 10-strikeout pitching, nipped Automatic Sales. Young Tony volunteered to give Commissioner Sam Bryen mouth-to-mouth resuscitation after he parked his second homer far over the left-center field fence.

JUNE 21 - Mark Donato (3-1) yielded a homer to brother Terry and walked 8, but he was backed by circuit clouts off the bats of teammates Tony Miscamarra (3) and Bob O'Connor (3) as Spadafore got back on the track with a 6-4 squeaker against Denmark. Ron (Bubbles) Baumiller was the losing pitcher.

Individual Leaders

Little League Home Runs
(incomplete: through June 21)

 

Senior League Home Runs
(incomplete: through July 20)

George Kunzman, Sam's
George Adamson, Legion
Jack Walsh, Legion
Matt Vietmeier, Legion

3
1
1
1

 

Ralph Spadafore, DeBor
Bill Decker, Legion
Jim Draper, McGaffin
Tony DelMastro, ASales
Pete Bucci, McGaffin
Rick Kesich, McGaffin
Bob O'Connor, Spadafore
Terry Donato, ASales
Rick Joseph, ASales
Tony Miscammara, Spadafore
Jim Diethorn, Spadafore
Tony Colangelo, Denmarks
Rick Dimarak, McGaffin
Tommy McGrath, ASales
John Diethorn, Legion
Ron Magrini, Denmarks
George Mahfood, DeBor
Ron Baumiller, Denmarks
Tom Eperthener, ASales
Rick Altimore, DeBor
Roy Stasny, Spadafore
Ed Helbig, DeBor
Dick Smykla, Legion
Mike Monte, Legion
Cy Pilarksi
P.J. Fisher, DeBor
Phil Majeski
Denny DeLuca
Kevin Seariff
Mark Donato, Spadafore

6
6
6
5
5
5
5
4
4
4
4
3
3
3
3
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1


Little League Pitching
(through July 20, 1968)

 

Senior League Pitching
(through July 20, 1968)

George Adamson, Legion
Tom Baginski, BYMC
Bob Gattuso, Legion
Hudgy Torcasio, BYMC
Rick Wachter, BYMC
Jim Walters, Quaills
Lou Giordano, Sam's
Murray Farber, BYMC
Jim O'Toole, Sam's
Jack Walsh, Legion
Ron Miller, Quaills
Bill McCarthy, Manco
Lou Benvenuti, Manco
George Molinda, Manco
Pat Connors, Legion
Jim Sacco, Quaills
Jimmy Flavin, Sam's
Nick Andrews, Droz
Gene Thomas, Manco
Jim Weber, Sam's
Ozzie Lereh, Manco
Bob Johnson, Sam's
Matt Vietmeier, Legion
Johnny Molinda, Droz
Skip Livingston, Sam's
Dave Likavac, Manco
Devin Bradley, Droz
Ray Abbondanza, Quaills
Kevin Kelly, Droz

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

 

Eddie O'Kain, McGaffin
Tom McGrath, ASales
Tom Eperthener, ASales
Tony DelMastro, ASales
Rick Dimerak, McGaffin
Bob O'Connor, Spadafore
Ed Gremba, ASales
Jim Draper, McGaffin
Jim Diethorn, Spadafore
Mark Donato, Spadafore
Rick Kesich, McGaffin
Joe Blobner, DeBor
Ron Baumiller, Denmarks
Ed Helbig, DeBor
Rick Altimore, DeBor
Chuck Blobner, Denmarks
Bill Decker, Legion
John Diethorn, Legion
Rick Joseph, ASales
Jimmy Sheridan, ASales
Scott Drummond, Spadafore
Glenn Schwartz, Denmarks
Kurt Vietmeier, ASales
Bill Farrell, Legion
Pat Mezyk, DeBor
Ralph Spadafore, DeBor
Regis O'Neil, ASales
Mike Monte, Legion
Tony Colangelo, Denmarks
Gary Miller, Legion

3-0
1-0
1-0
1-0
1-0
1-0
4-1
4-1
4-1
5-2
4-2
2-1
3-2
2-2
1-1
3-4
2-3
1-2
1-4
1-4
0-1
0-1
0-1
0-1
0-1
0-1
0-2
0-2
0-2
0-3

* Reprinted mostly from the Brookline Journal -July, 1968. *

1968 Senior League All-Star Summary

Manager - Jack Daurora <> Coach - Bob Hurley

Jim Diethorn
Tony Miscamarra
Bob O'Connor
Rick Dimerak
Rick Kesich

Jim Draper
George Mahfood
Ralph Spadafore
Bill Decker

Tony DelMastro
Rick Joseph
Tommy McGrath
Chuck Blobner
Ron Baumiller


1968 Senior All-Star Recap

JULY 15 - Bill Decker, a 15-year old righthander, pitched brilliantly as he limited Bon-Air Knoxville to 3 hits and struck out 10 as Brookline advanced to the second round of the Senior Little League district tournament with a 5-0 victory at Moore Field. Tony DelMastro, Jim Draper and Tony Miscamarra smacked three hits Each for Manager Jack Daurora's winners.

JULY 19 - Jim Diethorn was the losing pitcher as Brookline bowed out in the second round with Carrick capitalizing on errors and timely slugging for a 12-5 victory. Carrick is the Pennsylvania Senior Little League defending champion.

* All material for 1968 Year In Review provided by Ron Baumiller *

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