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1970 - The Year in Review

Final Season Standings

Little League

 

Senior League

St. Mark

16

7

 

Denmark's Cafe

15

6

B.Y.M.C.

13

10

 

Miller Roofing

12

9

American Legion

11

9

 

J.J. McGaffin

12

8

Quaill's Cleaners

10

10

 

American Legion

10

10

Droz Steel

7

13

 

Spadafore Roofing

8

12

Manco's Pharmacy

6

14

 

DeBor Funeral Home

4

16

Senior League Ties: Miller and Denmark played to a 8-8 tie on June 15.


Second Half Standings

Little League

 

Senior League

St. Mark

8

2

 

Denmark's Cafe

9

1

Quaill's Cleaners

7

3

 

J.J. McGaffin

8

2

American Legion

6

4

 

American Legion

4

6

B.Y.M.C.

5

5

 

Miller Roofing

4

6

Droz Steel

2

8

 

Spadafore Roofing

4

6

Manco's Pharmacy

2

8

 

DeBor Funeral Home

1

9


First Half Standings

Little League

 

Senior League

B.Y.M.C.

7

3

 

Miller Roofing

8

1

St. Mark

6

4

 

American Legion

6

4

American Legion

5

5

 

Denmark's Cafe

4

5

Droz Steel

5

5

 

J.J. McGaffin

4

6

Manco's Pharmacy

4

6

 

Spadafore Roofing

4

6

Quaill's Cleaners

3

7

 

DeBor Funeral Home

3

7

Senior League Ties: Miller and Denmark played to a 8-8 tie on June 15.


* Playoff Summary *

Little League

Championship - St. Mark beat B.Y.M.C. in three game series, 2-1.

Senior League

Championship - Denmark's Cafe beat Miller Roofing in three game series, 2-0.
 

1970 Little League Champions - St. Marks

Picture of
 1970 St. Marks Little League Team

1970 Little League Champions

Front Row: Mark Schumacher, Steve Joyce, Toby Zugates, Kevin Walsh, Timmy Evans, Timmy Pillion, Tim "Crazy Legs" Schumacher, Skippy Livingston.
Standing: Coach Jack Johnson, Bob Johnson, Ronnie Cord, Jeff Buskirk, Brian Albert, Kevin McCarthy, Mike Taylor, Lou Giordano, Manager Walt Evans.

Click on image for a larger picture.

* Photo provided by Bruce Buskirk *

Some 1970 Season Highlights

Little League - St. Mark

JUNE 7 - BYMC, directed by the wise old owl, Joe Powers, moved back into first place with a 3-1 conquest of St. Mark. Denny Murrio drove in Mark Wenger, the winning pitcher, with the lead run in the 4th inning. Wenger rapped a single and double in two trips while Steve Sabina was rapping a pair of singles and drawing a walk for BYMC. Kevin Walsh batted 2-for-3 and Bobby Johnson drove in St. Mark's only run with a double. Bobby (Wheel) McNeil hurled one-hit ball for three innings and struck out five before Wenger took over in relief.

JUNE 12 - Kevin Walsh won his own game with a 5th inning single as St. mark, guided by manager Walt Evans, squeezed by Manco, 3-1. Walsh had a 2-for-2 record at the plate.

JUNE 28 - Bobby Johnson chucked a 3-hitter and double to drive in the winning run as St. Mark tripped Manco, 3-1. S. Mark manager Walt Evans, a pouting victim of Manco manager Poosh 'Em Up Tony Colangelo at The Meadows race track, out-maneuvered his baseball opponent by going with Johnson all the way. Colangelo divided the pitching between loser Jimmy Miserendino and Louie (Nino) Benvenuti.

JULY 1 - Rege (Li'l Elroy) Carver, limited to 4 innings by LL rules, shared an 8-0 shutout with Joe Lang as Droz knocked St. Mark from the unbeaten ranks in second half play. Mark Constantino, Vince Panucci and Lang swatted two hits each for Droz. Jeff Buskirk slapped two safeties for St. Mark.

JULY 7 - Walt Evans, obviously figuring that if it's good enough for Tony Colangelo "I'll give it a whirl," went to the two-pitcher routine and his St. Mark proteges drubbed Quaill, 10-4. Kevin Walsh hurled three shutout innings to get the victory. Bobby Johnson chucked the first three and was trailing, 4-2, when Walsh came on in relief. Brian Albert helped the St. mark cause with a two-run blast, his 2nd of the season. Johnson tripled and singled to drive in two. Ron Miller socked two hits for Quaill.

JULY 10 - Brian Albert kissed a knee-high pitch for his 3rd homer of the season, high in LL, but it wasn't enough as St. Mark bowed to Legion, 3-2, in eight innings. That shoved Legion into the second-half lead with a 5-2 record, a half game up on St. Mark and BYMC, both tied at 4-2. Jim (Little Jumbo) Wheeler drove in the winning run and had a 3-for-4 night at the plate. Albert and Kevin Walsh had 2 hits each for St. Mark.

JULY 21 - Kevin Walsh outdueled Regis (Li'l Elroy) Carver as St. Mark, managed by Walt Evans, toppled Droz, 5-3. Jeff (The Little Plumber) Buskirk stroked a single to drive in the clinching run in the 5th inning. Carver and Mark Constantino belted 2 hits each for the losers.

JULY 23 - Louie Giordano fanned seven and twirled airtight ball as St. Mark completed the regular season with a 2-0 conquest of BYMC. Tim Pillion drove in both runs with a double.

LL Playoffs - JULY 26 - BYMC, managed by the old fox, Joe Power, got the jump in the best-of-three series as Steve Sabina rapped a high-bounding infield single to drive in the winning run of a 4-3 victory over St. Mark. Only moments before, Vince Charamella singled to drive in the tying run in the bottom of the 6th and final frame. Mark Wenger, third pitcher for BYMC, was the winner. Bobby (Wheel) McNeil stroked 3 hits for the winners. The game marked the end of 20 years for Bud Auen in Little League service.

Note: St. Mark did go on to take the next two championship series games from BYMC, giving Walt Evans his seventh title in eleven seasons as a Little League manager, and Bud Auen, although no longer a league officer, did continue to umpire games until 1975. In my mind, there was no better umpire when I played Little League (1971-74) than Mr. Auen.


Senior League - Denmark's Cafe

JUNE 10 - Ron Baumiller and Gary Inerthal paved the way as Denmark's Amazin' Milts steamrollered McGaffin Construction, 19-2. Inerthal included two homeruns and three singles in his 5-for-5 assault, driving in eight runs. Baumiller, whiffing nine enemy batters, smashed a homer and three singles in five trips while teammates Buddy Brust and Dave Scharding collected three and two hits, respectively. Mike Boris had a 2-for-2 plate record to lead McGaffin's futile attack.

JUNE 15 - Ron (Bubbles) Baumiller, who arrived belatedly with the Denmark squad because of high school baseball, belted two more homeruns as his team played Miller to an 8-8 tie, called because of darkness in the seventh inning. Buddy Brust also homered for the Amazin' Milts. Johnny DelGreco boosted his Senior homerun leading total to nine by bombing a 3-runner for Miller. Brust had three singles in addition to his homer.

JUNE 16 - Tommy Baginski, the winning pitcher, and Denny Calabria rapped homers as Spadafore upended Denmark, 8-6. Calabria drove in the winning run with a single. Jim Weber had two hits for the victors. Ron Baumiller, although failing to homer, rapped three hits as did Ed Kovach for the Amazins.

JUNE 19 - Ron Baumiller had bubbles sprouting everywhere by belting his 5th homerun, striking out 14, walking nobody and allowing only a single to Joe Ehland as Denmark bombed lowly DeBor, 9-0. The story was almost completely Bubbles Baumiller as he also spanked two singles. Ed Kovach and Buddy Brust also hit two singles each for the winners. The addition of Baumiller to the Denmark squad and Billy Farrell with Legion promises to make the second-half chase an interesting one. Both boys missed the early first-half grind because of high school baseball participation.

JUNE 25 - Murray Farber, kid brother of Mike and nephews of Milt Denmark, sponsor of the Amazins, smacked his 1st homer of the season with a mate on base as Legion nipped Denmark's ace, Ron Baumiller, 5-4 in eight innings. Baumiller struck out 14 in a losing cause.

JUNE 29 - LL Prez Sam Bryen opened a box of the "K-5" balls and six of them disappeared over his fences as Denmark outslugged Spadafore, 11-7. Jim Weber smashed a pair of 2-run homers for Spadafore. Ed Kovach bombed one with the sacks packed. Other Denmark homers were hit by Ron (Bubbles) Baumiller, Kenny Winkler and Buddy Brust.

JULY 2 - Ron Baumiller rapped another homerun and struck out 10 as Denmark squeezed by DeBor, 7-4. Dom Parker also homered for Denmark. Bobby (Nice Guy) Kuhn smashed a 2-run homer for DeBor, his 3rd of the season.

JULY 7 - Ron (Bubbles) Baumiller, who missed five early season games, climbed into a tie for 2nd place in the homer derby by smashing a pair, both with two mates on base, as Denmark crushed McGaffin, 10-4. It was the first loss in six games for McGaffin. Denmark, with a 4-1 record, now trails by only a half game. Gary Inerthal homered and singled while Dom Parker slapped two hits for the winners. Johnny Molinda fanned 12 to get the pitching win.

JULY 21 - Ron (Bubbles) Baumiller smashed a grand-slam homer and pitched airtight ball as Denmark, unbeaten since Phil (Felix) Sciulli took over as manager, belted Spadafore, 9-5. Jim Weber continued in the homer derby with a 3-run blast.

JULY 23 - Denmark, with Ron Baumiller blasting another grand-slam, creamed Miller's first half champs, 16-4. Gary Inerthal and Dom Parker also connected for Denmark. Johnny DelGreco bombed his 13th homer to stay even with Baumiller in the home run battle.

JULY 26 - Ron Baumiller equalled the Senior home run record set in 1962 by Steve (Butchie) Kohut by blasting his 14th and 15th as Denmark clinched the second-half championship by beating Legion, 3-2. Denmark finished 9-1 in the second half, McGaffin 8-2. Denmark is booked to play Miller's first half champions in a best-of-three series. Baumiller collected his 15 homers in only 15 games while Kohut required 20 to get his 15 back in 1962.

NOTE: Denmark's Cafe went on to silence Miller Roofing in a two-game playoff sweep to win the 1970 championship. It was Milt Denmark's first Senior League championship (a Pony League title was earned in 1961) as a sponsor, and aging veterans like Moe Buskirk and Ronnie Baumiller remember fondly how the Amazin' Milts were feted by their loyal supporter.

"It was his first championship as a sponsor," Buskirk recalls, "and Milt went all out after the season. He was so excited that he took the whole team to the Holiday House to celebrate. I'll never forget it." Bubbles Baumiller echoed the same sentiments. "He took us out after the season for a huge banquet in Monroeville. It was something else."

Milt Denmark sponsored a team in the Brookline program for 22 years. Six of those years were with the Pony Prep League, and sixteen of them were with the Senior League program. The year 1970 was the only season his Senior Leaguers brought him a trophy, and it was a thrill he never let go of.

* All write-ups reprinted from the Brookline Journal *

Individual Leaders

Little League Home Runs

 

Senior League Home Runs

Brian Albert, St. Mark
Angelo Masullo, Manco
Joe Lang, Droz
Randy Camarco, BYMC
Ray Homer, Legion
Jim Wheeler, Legion
Jim Miserendino, Manco

4
1
1
1
1
1
1

 

Ron Baumiller, Denmark
John DelGreco, Miller
Tom McGrath, McGaffin
Jim Weber, Spadafore
Mike Farber, Legion
Buddy Brust, Denmark
Tom Baginski, Spadafore
Johnny Molinda, Denmark
Gary Inerthal, Denmark
George Kunzman, McGaffin
Bobby Kuhn, DeBor
Ray Korzenowski, McGaffin
Dom Parker, Denmark
Jimmy Marshall, Miller
Denny Calabria, Spadafore
Ray Doria, Spadafore
Paul Romano, DeBor
Jeff Bogdanski, DeBor
Opie O'Farrell, DeBor
Tom Rump, McGaffin
Jim Walters, Legion
Joe Tewell, McGaffin
Murray Farber, Legion
Ken Winkler, Denmark
Ed Kovach, Denmark
Bill Farrell, Legion
Jack Walsh, Miller
Don Paterni, Spadafore

*15
13
12
11
8
5
5
5
5
4
3
3
3
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1

* Ron Baumiller tied Senior League homerun record set by Steve Kohut in 1962.
Little League homerun record is also 15, set in 1957 by Freddie Luvara.


Little League Pitching

 

Senior League Pitching

Tim Evans, St. Mark
Jim Wheeler, Legion
Kevin Walsh, St. Mark
Bobby Johnson, St. Mark
Mark Wenger, BYMC
Louie Benvenuti, Manco
Lou Giordano, St. Mark
Bobby McNeil, BYMC
Denny O'Neil, Legion
Greg Phillips, Quaill's
Tim McCarthy, Legion
Johnny Szewczyk, Quaill's
Ray Homer, Legion
Ron Miller, Quaill's
Regis Carver, Droz
Randy Camarco, BYMC
Jim Andrews, Droz
Joe Lang, Droz
Jim Miserendino, Manco
Georgie DelGreco, Manco
Bill Carver, Legion
Mark Bazari, Legion
Bill Anderson, Manco
Skip Livingston, St. Mark
Kevin McCarthy, St. Mark
Paul Malloy, Quaill's

1-0
5-1
4-1
7-2
7-2
3-1
4-2
2-1
2-1
5-3
1-1
1-1
3-4
4-5
3-5
2-3
4-7
2-5
3-9
0-4
0-1
0-1
0-1
0-1
0-1
0-1

 

Kurt Vietmeier, Miller
Rusty Click, Denmark
Pat Connors, Miller
Buddy Brust, Denmark
Dave Seiler, Spadafore
Johnny Molinda, Denmark
Jack Walsh, Miller
Mike Farber, Legion
Ron Baumiller, Denmark
Tom Rump, McGaffin
Ray Korzenowski, McGaffin
George Kunzman, McGaffin
Bobby Gattuso, McGaffin
Tom Baginski, Spadafore
Tom McGrath, Miller
Jim Weber, Spadafore
Ray Doria, Spadafore
Billy Farrell, Legion
John DelGreco, Miller
Dom Parker, Denmark
Jimmy Flavin, Miller
Ken Winkler, Denmark

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

NOTE: For some reason the Legion and DeBor pitching stats were omitted from the final
record. I've added Mike Farber and Billy Farrell of Legion to the slate, but could not
find anything to help with the DeBor stats. (Sorry Sharkey).

So ... Here's One for Paul (Sharkey) Romano

JUNE 23 - For the second straight night, nary a ball left Prez Sam Bryen's ball park as DeBor squeezed by Spadafore, 2-0. Paul Romano bested Ray Doria in a tight slab struggle. Romano turned in what may be a Brookline Senior Circuit record, nine assists by a pitcher. Joe Brickner and Johnny Quinlan slapped 2 hits each for DeBor while Spadafore's Billy Taylor, Denny Calabria and Doria also rapped a pair apiece.

* Reprinted from the Brookline Journal - July 30, 1970. *

* All material for 1970 Year In Review provided by Ron Baumiller *

1970 All-Star Summary

Senior League All-Stars

Manager - Ed McGrath
Coaches - Sam LaCava and Tom Prex.

John DelGreco, Miller
Tom McGrath, Miller
John Walsh, Miller
Kurt Vietmeier, Miller
Bob Kuhn, DeBor

Ray Doria, Spadafore
Jim Weber, Spadafore
Mike Farber, Legion
Bill Farrell, Legion

Ray Korzenowski, McGaffin
Tom Rump, McGaffin
Ron Baumiller, Denmark
Johnny Molinda, Denmark
Fred Brust, Denmark


Senior and Little League All-Star Game Review

Brookline's Little Leaguer's and Senior Little Leaguer's (13 through 15) were eliminated in first-round state tournament competition.

Mark Wenger struck out 11 and Bobby Johnson stroked a pair of hits, including a double, but the McKeesport Nationals toppled the Brookline LL, 7-1, at McKeesport on July 25.

The Brookline Senior LL All-Stars pounded the ball hard at Moore Park the following night, only to lose to North Pittsburgh, 6-5.

Johnny Molinda rapped three hits, Tom McGrath belted a pair and drove in two runs while Johnny DelGreco and Mike Farber smacked two hits apiece.

* Reprinted from the Brookline Journal - July 30, 1970 *

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