Warren - The longest game of the year was a 19-inning affair between
Mt. Prospect and Potsdam, but there is no record of who won. No-hitters were
plentiful. South Starrucca’s John Matlack pitched a pair of no-no’s, while
Jim Busby (Potsdam), Wilbur Wood (Bradenton), and Doc Medich
(for Harbor Beach against So. Starrucca) each had
one. Bradenton’s Catfish Hunter was the only 20-game winner.
Bob Wood - I remember our first rookie draft. Freddie Lynn, MVP and rookie of the year, was going to be the prize. Bob Moore had the most money, but Red Sox fan Dick Gorney made a late trade to pad his bankroll above Bob’s. I’ll always respect Dick for calling all of us to let us know the situation BEFORE we sent in our bids.
Dan Warren - Fred Lynn went highest to Gorney’s Harbor Beach Combers for $131,000 in the rookie
draft, while John Montefusco cost Frank Tedeschi’s
San Francisco club $80,000. Marty Fiehl acquired Jim Rice for $70,000, and
the Norfolk Pilots obtained Dennis Eckersley for $52,000.
Fiehl Facts - Eckersley at $52K. That has to work
out to something like $2K a year. Sounds like a bargain to me.
The Second Trade: Fiehl sends Joe Ferguson to Mt. Greenwood for Milbourne and Moffitt.
5-28-75 - Marty Fiehl trades Mario Mendoza to Toronto (soon to be Long Island) for Wayne Garrett.
Marty Fiehl - This word of caution from our fearless Founder in Year 1 regarding trades: “Don’t offer the same player to two teams simultaneously.” Obviously Jim had no spirit of adventure back then. Heck, I’ve found you get a much better return if you not only OFFER the same guy, but if you can actually TRADE the same guy to two separate teams. Taking the art one step further, in 1994 I traded a player I never even owned! Don Mahley got to see about 3 good linescores from Andy Ashby before Jim McEneaney had to be a spoilsport and bring to light a small technicality in the fact that since I had never actually owned Ashby, it may not be advisable to trade him. Picky, picky, picky.
5-8-75 - Gerry Hobbs begins an extended leave of absence. It is reported that he will be vacationing in Paris.