Comments Hyde Park and Long Island played a 21-inning game won by the Islanders, 3-2.
Ed Hebscher The Newmarket EH's have announced the retirement of ace pitcher Ferguson Jenkins. Fergie, who was the heart and soul of Newmarket's only championship season in 1971 has thrown his last pitch.
Fergie was acquired prior (after) to the 1971 yesterday season, from Long Island, in a blockbuster deal for Gaylord Perry. This deal landed Canadian Jenkins back north of the border and brought the TCBA championship with him. Jenkins pitched in Newmarket for 6 seasons winning 91 games during that time. Jenkins owns almost all EH's single season records.
In all Jenkins pitched 19 seasons with Newmarket, Toronto and Long Island winning a total of 241 games against 192 loses. He won 20 games twice in 1970 and 1983 and had a sub 2 ERA in 1967.
Jenkins retires as one of the greatest pitchers in TCBA history and most certainly the greatest Canadian ever to wear a TCBA uniform. Would you not agree, eh?
Bob Braun - Reports of Jesus sightings that circulated wildly throughout Hyde Park early this morning turned out to be more than just rumor. A righteous stir was created when Jesus appeared during Hyde Park's annual Easter Pageant at the town square. The VitaFaithful seemed wholly unconcerned by the fact that it was not Jesus of Nazareth, but rather Jesus Alou that made his appearance in town today.
As Jesus stood in the square autographing Easter Eggs, he addressed the multitudes:
"Blessed am I for having escaped the darkness of Cleveland. I feel like a new man!"
Hyde Park GM Red Braun stood nearby and commented that HP reliever Gary Wagner was already on his way to Cleveland in exchange for Jesus. "I wish Gary a lot of luck. Cleveland can be a tough place to play, although that Shifflett guy ain't a bad sort."
As the crowd gathered around Jesus, reaching out to touch his garments, this reporter managed to get close enough to ask Jesus the one question that was on everyone's mind: "What Would Jesus Do?"
Jesus stopped signing, gazed calmly around, leaned forward on one of his shiny bats, and said:
"I'd call my father."
Marty Fiehl - Bob Gibson's thoughts on Jesus: "Lets see him call his father when I put one underneath his chin! Maybe he'll turn the other cheek and bat lefty! That'll give me a chance to breeze one past his 'other chin'!"
"Heck, next time he comes up I'll put one so deep in his ribs it'll give him some spare parts should he want to start building a woman for himself."
Tony Oliva was seen quickly making the sign of the cross and walking away from Gibson as fast as possible to avoid being hit by the lightning bolt that was sure to be coming any second now.
Bob Braun - Acknowledged VitaLeader Willie Stargell didn't hold back his laughter when he heard of Ainspan Gibson's threatening words: "When ya' got Jesus AND Law on your side, there ain't no cause for concern. Until they add Janet Reno to their roster, then I'll worry. Shoot, they don't even have no Moses on their squad. How they gonna find their way home?"
Stu McCorkindale Lefty Pulls the Pin
The veteran lefthander had been nursing a sore pitching arm the past two seasons and by all accounts had lost much of his past effectiveness. After being used sparingly the past month, Carlton made two relief appearances against South Starrucca this past week, picking up a win in a five inning stint in Saturday's game. After returning to the mound in Sunday's 9-1 trouncing, Carlton complained after the game of numbness in his fingers.
Always a private man, Carlton was examined by both team doctors and his own personal physician, Dr. Rice R. Roni, before deciding to call it quits. Neither the Barflies nor Dr. Roni have released any information concerning their findings but Carlton is rumored to have suffered nerve damage to his throwing arm that affects the velocity of his pitches.
Carlton spent eleven of his seventeen TCBA years in a Bergen uniform and managed a 126-97 record with a 2.98 ERA in 284 starts for the Barflies. Overall Carlton's record was 219-139 while toiling for five TCBA teams including a 29-5 mark for the Rockford Patriots in 1978.
The Barflies have recalled Wally Bunker from an injury rehabilitation stint to take Carlton's place on the roster. Bunker will most likely see action in next week's series with Cleveland.
Marty Fiehl - The Ainspans finally get their name on the Yesterday plaque, joining the Pilots there. We tip our caps to them; they were consistently great throughout the year, getting the hits just when they needed them. Bunning putting in one of the finest pitching seasons of all time in the TCBA. He just needed to get 8 more innings out of his arm; but it wasn't to be. Both teams are looking forward to 1965. Neither has time to rest and kick back, looks like they'll both be in a race in each of their divisions. Bunning will have to 'shake it off' and come out smoking for another 40 starts. Gibson is already talking about Opening Day in Waukesha.
One season ends, and another begins. Doesn't get any better than that.
1966 Free Agent Draft: