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 Observations, notes, etc., on games I've seen during
and after the 2015 season . . . Plus some Tedbits.
my email . . . tedtee307@yahoo.com.
 

JULY 31
TEDBIT
 
The stats below show how products of Public, Catholic and Inter-Ac schools have performed for the Phillies. Don't prepare to be impressed. Well, except by Del Ennis' numbers in the position players category. The Olney grad's key numbers over 11 seasons were special -- .286 average, 259 homers and 1,124 RBI. However, his batting average was 714 points short of Bill Peterman's. In 1942, Peterman, also an Olney product, played in just one game (on April 26) for the Phillies and stepped to the plate just once. He singled and played for no other teams, so his career average is 1.000! In the pitching category, no one boasts a winning record and all of the total numbers are quite unsightly. Meanwhile, how wickedly bad were the Phillies in the field in the early 1920s? In 1922 and '23, only 157 of the 234 runs allowed by West Philly product Phil "Lefty" Weinert were earned. That's nuts. Were those teams ever investigated for throwing games? (smile) . . . All details below were researched on www.baseball-reference.com. If I missed anyone: tedtee307@yahoo.com. Thanks. Did some extra checking. In the 1922-23 seasons, the Phillies allowed a combined 1,922 runs. A ridiculous 399 were unearned. The error total was 442. By way of contrast, the 2014 Phillies allowed 68 unearned runs and committed 83 errors. 

STATS FOR THE PHILLIES' PUBLIC/CATHOLIC/INTER-AC PRODUCTS
POSITION PLAYERS                      
Name School Years G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR
Ruben Amaro Jr. Penn Charter 1992-93/96-98 421 821 89 196 86 .239 38 9 13
Benny Culp Northeast 1942-44 15 26 5 5 2 .192 1 0 0
Del Ennis Olney 1946-56 1630 6327 891 1812 1124 .286 310 65 259
Eddie "Itzzy" Feinberg Southern 1938-39 16 38 2 7 0 .184 7 1 0
Joe Kracher Roman 1939 5 5 1 1 0 .200 0 0 0
Harry "Hal" Marnie Southern 1940-42 96 222 19 49 15 .221 3 3 0
Joe O'Rourke Jr. Roman 1929 3 3 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Bill Peterman Olney 1942 1 1 0 1 0 1.000 0 0 0
Gene Schall La Salle 1995-96 52 131 9 33 15 .252 7 1 2
      2239 7574 1016 2104 1242 .278 366 79 274
                       
PITCHERS                      
Name School Years G W-L ERA IP H R ER BB SO
Elmer "Swede" Burkart Olney 1936-39 16 1-1 4.93 42 47 23 23 26 9
Frank "Lefty" Hoerst North Catholic 1940-42/46-47 98 10-33 5.17 348 381 230 200 175 105
Bill Hoffman Northeast 1939 3 0-0 13.50 6 8 9 9 7 1
Dick Koecher Gratz 1946-48 7 0-4 4.85 25.2 31 17 14 14 8
Walter "Wally" Masters Haver. School 1937 1 0-0 36.00 1 5 4 4 1 0
Jack Meyer Penn Charter 1955-61 202 24-34 3.92 455 385 225 198 244 375
Jim Poole La Salle 1999 51 1-1 4.33 35.1 48 20 17 15 22
Harry Shuman Central 1944 18 0-0 4.00 26.2 26  15 12 11 4
William "Bucky" Walters Germantown 1934-38 115 38-53 4.48 745 843 436 371 313 228
Phil "Lefty" Weinert West Phila. 1919-24 99 14-30 4.46 375.2 452 273 186 188 123
      610 88-156 4.52 2060.1 2698 1252 1034 994 875

JULY 26
TEDBIT
 
Yesterday, lefty Cole Hamels posted the Phillies' eighth individual no-hitter over the last 52 seasons. (Over 109 seasons, in all, because the previous one was way back in 1906). In his previous outing, Hamel experienced mighty struggles (and in the one before that, as well), allowing five runs, all earned, in just three innings. How had the other seven guys fared in their previous appearances? Mixed bag, as you'll see below. Hamels' ERA in his pre/no-no outing was 15.00. The other seven guys combined for 3.47. Interesting nuggets: Tommy Greene made his previous appearance in relief and pitched four shutout innings to earn the W in a 1-0, 16-inning triumph over the Cubs. Jim Bunning also took a journey on the bullpen trail. On June 18, 1964, three days before his perfect game vs. the Mets, he pitched two-thirds of an inning to earn a save in a 6-3 win over the Cubs. He pitched just twice in relief all season. All details below were researched on www.baseball-reference.com.

PREVIOUS OUTINGS FOR PHILLIES' NO-HIT PITCHERS, 1964-2015
(Combo No-Hitter Not Included)
Year Name Foe Decision Score #Days IP H R ER BB SO ERA
2015 Cole Hamels Marlins ND W, 8-7 Six 3 8 5 5 0 1 15.00
2010 Roy Halladay Nationals Win W, 8-0 Ten 9 2 0 0 0 6 0.00
2010 Roy Halladay Red Sox Loss L, 8-3 Six 5 2/3 8 7 6 2 1 9.52
2003 Kevin Millwood Rockies Win W, 5-2 Five 6 3 1 1 4 4 1.50
1991 Tommy Greene Cubs *Win W, 1-0 Six 4 3 0 0 1 5 0.00
1990 Terry Mulholland Expos Loss L, 4-3 Five 6 8 4 4 3 2 6.00
1971 Rick Wise Mets ND L, 6-5 Four 5 7 4 3 2 2 5.40
1964 Jim Bunning Cubs *Save W, 6-3 Three 2/3 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
*-relief                      
#-days before the no-hitter (Halladay's no-hitter vs. Reds occurred in postseason; start vs. Nationals occurred late in regular season)

JULY 15
TEDBIT
 
Not even one of "Our Guys" has participated in the MLB All-Star Game since 1989 and that's probably a good thing as far as position players are concerned. The in-the-field guys own just two hits in 31 at-bats and Roy Campanella (Gratz) had both of them. Meanwhile, no one has scored a run and an RBI has yet to be collected. Ouch. Pitching has been respectable. The combined ERA is 2.70 . . . Take note: A Philadelphian named Jimmie Wilson made all-star appearances at catcher in '33 and '35. He went 0-for-1, then 1-for-3 with a double. I can't find evidence that he attended a Philly high school. Meanwhile, if I missed any Public/Catholic/Inter-Ac products, you know the deal. tedtee307@yahoo.com. Thanks!  

PERFORMANCES BY "OUR GUYS" IN MLB ALL-STAR GAMES
POSITION PLAYERS                  
Name School Team Year AB R H BI Avg. Extras  
Roy Campanella Gratz Dodgers 1949 2 0 0 0 .000 walk  
    Dodgers 1950 6 0 0 0 .000    
    Dodgers 1951 4 0 0 0 .000    
    Dodgers 1952 1 0 0 0 .000 walk  
    Dodgers 1953 4 0 1 0 .250    
    Dodgers 1954 3 0 1 0 .333 walk  
    Dodgers 1955 DNP            
    Dodgers 1956 0 0 0 0 0    
      Totals   20 0 2 0 .100    
                     
Del Ennis Olney Phillies 1946 2 0 0 0 0    
    Phillies 1951 2 0 0 0 0    
    Phillies 1955 1 0 0 0 0    
      Totals   5 0 0 0 .000    
                     
Harold "Pat" Kelly Gratz White Sox 1973 1 0 0 0 0    
                     
Jeff Leonard Overbrook Giants 1987 2 0 0 0 0    
    Mariners 1989 1 0 0 0 0    
      Totals   3 0 0 0 .000    
                     
Eddie Stanky Northeast Dodgers 1947 2 0 0 0 0    
    Braves 1948 DNP            
    Giants 1950 DNP            
      Totals   2 0 0 0 0    
  OVERALL TOTALS   31 0 2 0 .065    
                     
PITCHERS                    
Name School Team Year IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Mark Gubicza Penn Charter Royals 1988 2 3 1 1 0 2 4.50
    Royals 1989 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.00
      Totals   3 3 1 1 0 3 3.00
                     
Walt Masterson North Catholic Senators 1947 1.2 0 0 0 1 2 2.00
    Senators 1948 3 5 2 2 1 1 6.00
      Totals   4.2 5 2 2 2 3 3.85
                     
Bucky Walters Germantown Phillies 1937 1 2 0 0 0 0 0.00
    Reds 1939 DNP            
    Reds 1940 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
    Reds 1941 2 3 1 1 2 2 4.50
    Reds 1942 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.00
    Reds 1944 3 5 1 1 0 1 3.00
      Totals   9 10 2 2 2 4 2.00
  OVERALL TOTALS   16.2 18 5 5 4 10 2.70

JULY 9
TEDBIT
 
Listed below are the top five city leagues schools for producing pros in the three major sports. As makes sense, all are very old. Northeast, originally located at 8th and Lehigh, leads the way with 22 guys. However, 24 guys are listed. Reason: Amazingly, Bernie "Bert" Kuczynski and Samuel "Mike" Wilson, reached the top level in TWO sports. Northeast is tops among all city leagues schools for football players (15) while Overbrook leads the way for hoops (12). Northeast and Southern share the lead in baseball (seven). The debut years are listed next to the players' names. For basketball, it's the second year of the season (1974 for 1973-74, for instance).

NORTHEAST 22     SOUTHERN 20     ROMAN 18     WEST PHILA. 17     OVERBROOK 14  
  Football       Football       Football       Football       Football  
Herb Adderley 1961   Ray Abruzzese 1962   Charlie Carton 1925   Bob Bell 1971   Tom Carr 1968
Howard Berry 1921   Jack Del Bello 1953   Marvin Harrison 1996   Ed Bell 1955     Basketball  
Angelo Coia 1960   Bobby Petrella 1966   Jim Katcavage 1956   Ollie Dobbins 1964   Wilt "Dippy" Chamberlain 1960
Bill Fielder

1938

  Steve Sader 1943   Joey Maxwell 1927   Bill Mackrides 1947   Mike Gale 1972
Brent Grimes 2007   John Sandusky 1950   Nick Moody 2013   Harry Seltzer 1942   Walt Hazzard 1965
Johnny Hendren 1920   Dwayne White 1990   Scott Paxson 2008   Fred Sweet 1925   Wayne Hightower 1963
Bernie "Bert" Kuczynski 1943     Basketball     Joe Tyrrell 1952     Basketball     Wali Jones 1965
Roger Mahoney 1928   Nate Blackwell 1988     Basketball     Gene Banks 1982   Rich Laurel 1978
John Papit 1951   Stan "Loady" Brown 1948   Mike Bantom 1974   *John Baum 1970   Hal Lear 1957
Bill "Reds" Pollock 1935   *Ollie Johnson 1973   Rasual Butler 2003   Nelson Bobb 1950   Lewis "Black Magic" Lloyd 1982
Walt Stickel 1946   Louis "Red" Klotz 1948   Dallas Comegys 1988   Frank "Watusi" Card 1969   Andre McCarter 1977
Joseph "Bud" Sutton 1949   Petey Rosenberg 1947   Matt Guokas Sr. 1947   Norm Grekin 1954   Jackie Moore 1955
John Tracey 1959   Lionel Simmons 1991   Eddie Griffin 2002   Ray Scott 1962   Angelo Musi 1947
Charles Way 1995   Isaiah "Bunny" Wilson 1972   Marc Jackson 2001   Art Spector 1947   Malik Rose 1997
Samuel "Mike" Wilson 1922     Baseball     Lari Ketner 2000   Hubie White 1963     Baseball  
  Basketball     Al Brancato 1939   Bob Schafer 1956     Baseball     Jeff Leonard 1977
Guy Rodgers 1959   Joe Cascarella 1934   Maalik Wayns 2013   Emmett McCann 1920      
Steve Smith 2007   Eddie "Itzzy" Feinberg 1938     Baseball     Bernie Snyder 1935      
  Baseball     Harry "Hal" Marnie 1940   Joe Kracher 1939   Phil "Lefty" Weinert 1919      
Benny Culp 1942   George Riley 1979   Joe O'Rourke Jr. 1929            
Bill Hoffman 1939   Joe Rullo 1943                  
Bernard "Bert" Kuczynski 1943   Eddie Silber 1937                  
Jesse Levis 1992                        
Eddie Stanky 1943                        
Alan "Inky" Strange 1934                        
Samuel "Mike" Wilson 1921                        
*-never played on varsity                          

JULY 3
TEDBIT
 
In all, seven guys have been starters for basketball champs AND first team All-City honorees in baseball. Baseball All-City teams were first picked in 1978. Ben Davis played in the majors and now serves as an analyst for Phillies telecasts. Dan Dougherty is the oldest son of Episcopal's former basketball coach, Dan Dougherty. David Miller is now Penn Charter's baseball coach. Dave Nanni, also a first team All-City honoree in football, was part of a very successful family. Two brothers, Tito (football/baseball) and Chris (football), also earned first team All-City honors and another, Paul, was a second-teamer in football.

School School Starter for
Basketball Champ
1st Team All-City
In Baseball
Al Baur Southern 1986 1986, P
Ben Davis Malvern *1995 1994-95, C
Dan Dougherty Episcopal 1979, 1980 1980, DH
Kris Dufner Judge 1998 1998, INF
David Miller Chestnut Hill 1992 1992, 1B
Dave Nanni Penn Charter *1988 1989, DH
Dave O'Brien Malvern *1995 1996, OF
*-shared championship

JULY 2
TEDBIT

  Like fathers, like sons. You gotta love plural . . . You also gotta love cool ties and website legend Randy Seidman brought one to light earlier this week when he named his Hometown Philly Player and Pitcher of the Year for the 2015 college baseball season. The winners were Newberry College first baseman Albert Baur (Neumann-Goretti) and Chestnut Hill College righthander Dominic Raia (Girard Academic Music Program). John Rex, for one, was excited to see those choices and he sent me an email to explain the reason. John pointed out that the winners' fathers, who grew up in his childhood neighborhood and were slightly older, were baseball teammates at South Philadelphia High (commonly known as Southern). Indeed! And good ones, too. In the '86 season, Al Baur, a senior, earned first team Daily News All-City honors for pitching (he went on to pitch in the Phillies' farm system -- his son, a recent draftee, is off to a good start in the Pirates' chain) after starting at forward for a championship basketball team that was headlined by future NBAer Lionel Simmons. Dominic, then a junior, started at third base and went on to earn first team All-City honors (infield) in '87. My scoresheet from an '86 Rams game shows Al and Dominic batting third and fourth, respectively. (Meanwhile, the No. 2 spot was occupied by Phil Cardella, who's now an assistant at O'Hara.) Both guys represented the Public League in the first Carpenter Cup and Al was very effective, spinning three innings of shutout ball with seven strikeouts. As for the sons . . . Albert was a first team Daily News All-City infielder in '09 and a second team DH in '10. Dominic Jr. earned second team honors as an infielder in '10 and '11. As for John Rex . . . He was a two-sport star at Neumann. In the 1992-93 school year, he earned second team coaches' All-Catholic honors for his exploits as a quarterback and outfielder. Thanks for the Tedbit fodder, John, and congrats to the fathers/sons!
  Click here for some scoresheets from that '86 season (Southern vs. Mastbaum, and Pub in the Carpenter Cup). Click on each pic for an explanation . . . Also on that Pub squad was Northeast catcher Jesse Levis, who reached the majors.


  Ryan Etsell warms up before NC's final game, ever, in 2010

JUNE 29
TEDBIT

  All minor league baseball players like to think they're headed for the majors and, once there, will be capable of doing amazing things. How 'bout this? Ryan Etsell is still in the minors, but this season he's posting a stat that would rank No. 1 in major league history. (Over a much longer time frame, admittedly.) Let me explain . . . Etsell, a 6-4 righthander out of North Catholic (final class, in 2010) and Hillsborough CC in Tampa, Fla. (drafted in 2013), is pitching for the Inland Empire 66ers, the Angels' team in the high-Class A California League. In 16 games, including four starts, he has recorded 53 strikeouts while issuing just eight walks. That makes his strikeout-to-walk ratio an amazing 6.63. How amazing? Consider this: The all-time MLB career record, for guys who have pitched at least 1,000 innings, is 5.04, and it belongs to a guy who finished his career waaaaaaaaay back. Ever hear of Tommy Bond? You're forgiven. He finished his career 131 years ago! Over 10 seasons (1874-82, 1884), the 5-7, 160-pound righty racked up 972 whiffs against just 193 free passes. According to baseball-reference.com, three spots in the Top 10 belong to guys with strong  Phillies ties -- Curt Schilling is No. 2 at 4.38, Cliff Lee is No. 7 at 3.93 and Cole Hamels is No. 9 at 3.72. Pretty amazing. In a recent outing, Etsell took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and finished with 12 strikeouts. This season he's 4-2 with a 2.40 ERA and an 0.95 WHIP. Ryan's dad, Jeff, a lefty, pitched North Catholic to the 1977 Catholic and City championships, and was drafted by Houston out of a Florida JC in the winder of '79. He was North's coach in that final 2010 season. Another son, Derrek ('07), also pitched for the Falcons.

JUNE 18
TEDBIT
 
Some schools don't offer all three major sports, and those that do are sometimes good/great in one or two but not too hot in the other(s). And then there's St. Joseph's Prep. Over the last three school years, at least one Hawk has earned first team All-City honors in all three sports. And this school year produced a city record -- EIGHT guys were part of the fun. All-City baseball teams first were named in '78. This was the 30th time a school produced at least one first-teamer in all three sports. Through '03, the record for most total guys was five. The Prep then numbered seven first-teamers in 2003-04. As you'll notice on the list below, some schools were able to make an appearance with help from a two-sport star.

Schools With All-City First Teamers in the Three Major Sports
In the Same School Year, 1977-78 to Present
Year School Football Basketball Baseball
1979-80 Northeast Karl Siegle, K Willie Oliphant, G Scott Vogel, P
    Steve Poole, DE    
1980-81 Frankford Eric Leak, OL Anthony Chennault, G Bruce Konick, P
    Bob Brett, DE    
1981-82 Frankford Brian Ramsey, DE Rico Washington, C Rich McKay, P
    George Heineman, DB    
  Bonner Dan Brodeur, OL Walt Fuller, G Dan Hirst, INF
    Jim Chupein, K    
    Tom Abram, LB    
1985-86 Bonner Pete Ruggieri, DL Ivan "Pick" Brown, G Mike Weber, INF
    Joe Gallagher, LB    
1987-88 Bonner Art Serano, DL Brian Daly, F Jon Schaffer, OF
    Dan Summers, DL    
1990-91 Roman Marvin Harrison, MP Bernard Jones, F Harry Carr, OF
1991-92 Dougherty Manny Gonzalez, DL Cuttino "Cat" Mobley, G Chris Dugan, INF
1992-93 Olney Kenyatta Carter, Rec. Jason Lawson, C Larry Abney, OF
  Roman Joel Rivers, DL Marc Jackson, C Bill Black, INF
1993-94 Penn Charter Mike Samuel, QB Steve Goodrich, C Mike Sposato, OF
    Brandon Shepherdson, RB   Mike Samuel, P
1994-95 Carroll Andrew Garchinsky, DL Rafal Bigus, C Frank DiMaggio, INF
    Greg See, LB    
1996-97 Carroll Sean Scott, DB Martin Ingelsby, G Jay Aquilante, INF
        Mike Fuchs, C
1997-98 Judge Joe Mahoney, OL Jim Reeves, F Kris Dufner, INF
    Jim Casey, RB    
1998-99 Northeast Dante Poole, RB Randy Dukes, G Pat Brady, INF
2000-01 Roman Joe McCourt, MP Tamal Forchion, F-C Joe McCourt, OF
    Scott Paxson, DL    
2001-02 Episcopal Joe Person, OL Terrence Mack, F Adam Murray, INF
2002-03 Penn Charter Matt Ryan, QB Sean Singletary, G Taylor Baum, 1B
    Tony McDevitt, LB    
2003-04 SJ Prep Mike Buscaglia, OL Chris Clark, G Mark Noonan, INF
    Matt Parkhurst, DL    
    Brian Tracz, LB    
    Dan Jones, DB    
    Greg Ambrogi, DB    
2003-04 Malvern Andrew Mackrides, K Brian Grandieri, G Will Romanowicz, P
    Dan Onorato, LB    
2004-05 Central Cornelius Bunch, DL Scott Rodgers, G-F Andrew Reynolds, INF
  Gtn. Academy Phil Azarik, K Ryan Ayers, G-F Tyler Stampone, INF
    Tyler Stampone, DB    
2007-08 Ryan Nick Ferdinand, Rec. Andrew Rogers, G Nick Ferdinand, OF
2009-10 Neum.-Goretti Will Huff, P Tony Chennault, G Mark Donato, P
      Tyreek Duren, G  
2011-12 La Salle Ryan Geiger, OL Eddie Mitchell, G Joe Forcellini, 1B
    Jamal Abdur-Rahman, RB    
    Connor Daly, LB    
    Kevin Forster, DB    
  Malvern Michael Mooney, OL Brendan Kilpatrick, G Joe Ravert, 1B
    Connor Mahoney, DL   Joe Poduslenko, INF
    Joe Nilan, LB   Nick Bateman, OF
2012-13 SJ Prep David Tracz, OL Stephen Vasturia, G Jawan McAllister, OF
    Paul Johnson, DL   Tom Mullin, P
    Todd Jones, LB    
    John Reid, DB    
  La Salle Sean Coleman, Rec. Amar Stukes, G Chris Melillo, 1B
    Ryan Winslow, P   Dominic Cuoci, P
    Tom Spiteri, DL    
    Zaire Franklin, LB    
2013-14 SJ Prep Jon Daniel Runyan, OL Chris Clover, G Jawan McAllister, OF
    Chris Martin, QB    
    Jake Strain, DL    
    Ryan McNulty, LB    
    John Reid, DB    
2014-15 SJ Prep Jon Daniel Runyan, OL Chris Clover, G Dino Cattai, OF
    Olamide Zaccheaus, MP   Colin Scanlon, P
    D'Andre Swift, MP    
    Jake Strain, DL    
    John Reid, DB    

JUNE 15
TEDBIT
 
Penn Charter product Kenny Koplove, a shortstop-reliever at Duke, was selected by the Phillies in the 17th round of last week's MLB draft. In time, of course, he hopes to make it to the majors and match the feat of his brother, Mike (Chestnut Hill Academy '95, seven-year stint as MLB reliever). As near as I can figure, five city-leagues brother combos have made it to the top levels of their sports. Some nuggets: Matt Guokas Sr.'s son, Matt Jr., also played (and coached) in the NBA. Matt Sr. did not play in the NBA (then known as the BAA) until the 1946-47 season, 13 years after he graduated from Roman. Later he was the Eagles' long-time PA announcer. Leroy Kelly, for his rushing feats with the Cleveland Browns, is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Marcus and Markieff Morris are the only twins on this list. Jerry Rullo's son, Jim, starred in hoops at Malvern and later coached the Friars. He's now the boss at Neumann University. Willie Sojourner played exclusively in the ABA. Mike Sojourner made his NBA debut after playing just two seasons of college ball.  

Philly Brothers Who've Advanced to the Top Pro Level
Surname First Name High School Sport Debut
Guokas Matt Sr. Roman Bask 1946-47
  Al SJ Prep Bask 1949-50
Kelly Leroy Gratz Foot 1964
  Harold "Pat" Gratz Base 1967
Morris Marcus Prep Charter Bask 2011-12
  Markieff Prep Charter Bask 2011-12
Rullo Joe Southern Base 1943
  Jerry Bartram Bask 1946-47
Sojourner Willie Germantown Bask 1971-72
  Mike Germantown Bask 1974-75

JUNE 14
TEDBIT
 
First baseman Tim Quinn and pitcher-outfielder Chris Butera have helped their school make history. Thanks to those guys, Malvern now holds the top spot on this list -- Most Players to Earn First Team All-City Honors. The first All-City baseball team was tabbed in 1978 and No. 38 was released this week. Twenty-seven Malvern players have earned first team honors and Penn Charter now ranks second with 26. Judge, La Salle (tied at 22) and Neumann/N-G (20) complete the Top Five. Penn Charter does own the lead over Malvern, 33-31, in this category . . . Most Total First Team Nods. Six Quakers have earned first team honors multiple times (Mark Adzick did so thrice). Four Friars have done so.  

Schools With the Most First Team All-City Honorees
MALVERN (27)   PENN CHARTER (26)   JUDGE (22)   LA SALLE (22)   NEUMANN/N-G (20)  
David Orr, of 1981 John Loughery, inf 1978 Marc Fleming, of 1978 Gene Schall, p 1988 Nick Martino, c 1982
Mike Laino, inf 1982 Frank DeSantis, c 1978 Dave Gallo, inf 1979 Jack Stanczak, 1b 1989 Anthony Grosso, 1b 1986
Mike DeNoia, p 1983 David Amaro, of-1b  1979-80 Mike Stankiewicz, inf 1980 Chris Massella, inf 1990 Rob Carfagno, p 1988
Bill Lockhart, of 1985 Mark Gubicza, p 1981 Cosmo Losco, of 1980 Roger Harrington, of 1992 Lou Spadaccini, of 1991-92
Tim Kerns, dh 1988 Ruben Amaro, inf 1983 Harry Murray, of 1982 Kevin Kline, dh 1994 Nick Del Percio, dh 1991
Matt O'Brien, of 1993 Steve Floirendo, dh 1986 Pat Waninger, p 1982 Drew Middlemiss, 1b 1997 Ray Russo, of 1993
Glenn Davis, 1b 1994 Dave Healy, p 1986 Mark Iacovelli, inf 1985 Ed Bongard, c 1998 Doug Rubino, p 1995
Ben Davis, c 1994-95   Jamie Dimond, inf 1987 Kerry Cahill, inf 1986 Jeff Pietrak, of 1998 Tom Daly, c 2003
Dave O'Brien, of 1996 Dave Nanni, dh 1989 Chris Gies, p 1987 Bryan Harvey, inf 2000 Mark Donato, 1b-p 2008-10
Josh McKinley, inf 1997-98 Courtney Batts, inf 1992-93 Ron Filippo, of 1988 John Reifsnyder, inf 2001 Al Baur, inf 2009
Ryan Edginton, of 1999 Mike Samuel, p 1993-94 George Beisel, inf 1990 Ryan Parfitt, of 2001 Mike "Zoom" Zolk, inf 2011
Derek Duclos, p 2001 Mike Sposato, of 1994 Bob File, inf 1994 Dan Waters, of/p 2002-03 Joey Gorman, p 2011-12
Will Romanowicz, p 2004 Frank Maletta, inf 1995 Kevin McGerry, p 1997 Matt Zielinski, p 2005-06 Jimmy Kerrigan, of 2012
Tom Grandieri, of 2006 Domingo Negron, 1b 1996 Kris Dufner, inf 1998 Sean Saverio, c 2007 Josh Ockimey, dh-1b 2012-14
Phil Gosselin, inf 2007 Pat Larkin, of 1997 Brian Kearney, c 1999 Shawn O'Neill, p 2009 Bay To, of 2014
Chris "Goose" Gosik, of 2008 Matt Arizin, p 1997 Eric Ruhland, of 2000 Joe Forcellini, 1b 2011 Pat Doudican, p 2014
John Gentile, p 2008 Joe Larkin, of 1999 Kirk Bucholski, of 2000 Corey Baiada, c 2012 Charlie Jerla, p 2014
Mike Lubanski, dh 2009 Kenny Devenney, of 2000-01 Dale Curry, dh-c 2003-04 Kevin Long, p 2012 Vinny Vaccone, inf 2015
Ty Young, inf 2010 Aaron Greenfield, c 2002 Matt Compton, p/dh 2005-06 Dominic Couci. p 2013-14 Matt McKeown, of 2015
Chris O'Brien 2011 Taylor Baum, 1b 2003 Ryan Kreider, 1b 2007 Chris Melillo, 1b 2013 Tommy Nardini, c 2015
Nick Bateman, of 2011-12 Ryan Nanni, of 2005 Kevin Conroy, 1b 2010 Jimmy Herron, cf 2014-15    
Joe Ravert, 1b 2012 Mark Adzick, p 2005-07 Mike McLaughlin, of 2011 Nick Dermo, c 2014    
Joe Poduslenko, inf 2012-13 Doug Fleming, c 2008-09            
Steve Robinson, c 2013 Mark Rhine, inf 2009            
Matt Maul, inf 2014 Kenny Koplove, p 2012            
Tim Quinn, dh 2015 Steve Cohen, inf 2014            
Chris Butera, p 2015                

JUNE 11
TEDBIT

  Neumann-Goretti has a chance to make some serious history tomorrow at 3 p.m. when it meets Neshannock, at Penn State (and on PCN), for the PIAA Class AA state baseball championship. Thus far, only three schools have captured major sports state titles in the same school year. N-G already owns a basketball crown (AAA level) in 2014-15. State baseball champs were first determined in 1977. NO schools have won baseball, and football or basketball titles, in the same school year. La Salle was in the neighborhood last school year. It lost in the hoops final, then captured the baseball title.

PIAA Schools With Major Sports State Titles in the Same School Year
School Yr. School Sport, Classification Scores in Championship Games
2006-07 General McLane (District 10) Football, AAA beat Pottsville, 28-23
    Basketball, AAA beat Greencastle-Antrim, 57-55
2007-08 Steelton-Highspire (District 3) Football, A beat Serra Catholic, 34-15
    Basketball, AAA beat Susquehanna Twp., 65-52
2007-08 Jeannette (District 7) Football, AA beat Dunmore, 49-21
    Basketball, AA beat Strawberry Mansion, 76-72 (OT)

JUNE 9
TEDBIT

  Here's the Pub version of the June 8 Tedbit. Twenty-four guys over 40 years have handled plate ump duties. John McArdle (his nephew, Frank "Five" McArdle, is Ryan's football coach) is the leader. Just two guys -- Art Chapman (his dad, also named Art, was a long-time area scout for the Phillies) and Jim Cronin -- have worked finals in both leagues. Jim Berghaier, who worked the '93 final, was a former Philadelphia policeman. In '85, he was the man who rescued the now-deceased Michael Moses Ward, then 13 years old and known as Birdie Africa, during the MOVE confrontation, thus earning worldwide respect. 

Plate Umps in Public Baseball Finals, 1976-2015
Name No. ------- Years -------
John McArdle 4 1991 1987 1985 1983
Gerry DiGiovanni 3 1998 1995 1994  
John Jackson 3 2004 2001 1996  
Ed Vogel 3 1982 1980 1979  
Nick Vacarino 2 2013 2009    
Jim Carpino 2 2012 2008    
Jim Scott 2 2007 2002    
Harry Greer 2 2000 1997    
Ron Burgis 2 1990 1989    
Charlie Allen 2 1988 1986    
Charlie McDowell 2 1984 1978    
Keith Fell 1 2015      
Denny Williams 1 2014      
Marvin Doughty 1 2011      
Art Chapman 1 2010      
Steve Kupsov 1 2006      
Joe Lieberman 1 2005      
Terry Moore 1 2003      
J.T. Melvin 1 1999      
Jim Berghaier 1 1993      
Ed Grove 1 1992      
Jim Cronin 1 1981      
Rocco Montano 1 1977      
Bill Sopchak 1 1976      

JUNE 8
TEDBIT
 
In the last 40 years, 19 guys have handled plate duties in Catholic League finals. Ed Kerrigan, who just completed his 52nd season as an ump, has worked the plate six times (though not since 2000). Next in line is Carlos Deno with five. And he boasts serious momentum, having worked three of the last four. Jim King, who ran the show in 1983, now assigns referees for Catholic League football.

Plate Umps in Catholic Baseball Finals, 1976-2015
Name No. ------- Years -------
Ed Kerrigan 6 2000 1985 1982 1980 1979 1976
Carlos Deno 5 2015 2013 2012 2003 1999  
Bill "Babs" Haines 4 2011 2008 2006 2002    
Jim Ricci 4 2001 1996 1991 1986    
Jim Cronin 3 1990 1984 1981      
Paul Fricker 2 2009 2004        
Tom Scartozzi 2 1998 1995        
Bruce Martin 2 1992 1989        
Steve Porrini 1 2010          
Jack Dabagian 1 2007          
Mike Finney 1 2005          
Art Chapman 1 1997          
Pete DeIuliis 1 1994          
Gary Brooks 1 1993          
Bill Lawrence 1 1988          
Bill Harris 1 1987          
Jim King 1 1983          
Greg Mills 1 1978          
Tony Focht 1 1977          

JUNE 6
TEDBIT
  Starring for Devon Prep this season is a senior catcher named Dominic Hardaway. When I saw that name and position, I had a suspicion. Hmmm. Is he the son of Vince Hardaway, a third team All-City catcher for King in 1981? Turns out he is! Very nice! Dominic has signed with Boston College (dad played at Shaw University, in N.C.), but is also being eyed by MLB scouts. Meanwhile, check out one of Vince's feats from '81 in a game against Central, whose franchise player that year was sr. C John Marzano (RIP), who advanced to the majors . . . Vince Hardaway, the Cougars' extra-impressive catcher, picked two runners off second and one off third. He also nailed one would-be thief at second and twice made quick recoveries at the plate on wild pitches to rub out hard-charging runners . . . Guess we know where Dominic gets his skills! And here's guessing Dad has told Son that story something close to a hundred times (smile). Meanwhile, one of Vince's teammates that season was soph Darryl Kelly. Darryl's sons, Marcus (Class of 2012) and Dimetri ('15), have starred at running back for Roman's football team in recent seasons.

JUNE 5
TEDBIT
 
To follow up the last two days' nugget . . . In this century, 38 graduates of Public League schools have been able to say they've earned first team coaches' All-Pub honors at least three times. (If I missed someone, you know the deal . . . tedtee307@yahoo.com. Thanks!)

First Team, Four Times
Name School Pos. Years
David Ashbridge Masterman P-C 2008-11
Manny Fernandez Boys' Latin C 2012-15
First Team, Three Times
Name School Pos. Years
Ron Kenney Bok C 1999-01
Dave Firth Northeast P-DH 2000-02
Michael Gibbs Roxborough P-OF 2000-02
Andy Godlewski Saul 1B 2001-03
Joe Farina Frankford P-DH 2002-04
Josh Williams Kensington P-OF 2002-04
Haneef Hill Germantown P-INF 2002-04
Carlos Rosado Olney/Frankford INF 2003-05
Edwin Burgos Olney/Frankford P-OF 2004-06
Felix Madera Olney  P-OF 2004, 2006-07
Juan Torres Olney/Frankford 1B 2004-06
Enrique Meletiche Saul P-INF-C 2004-06
Jared Farbman Central P-INF 2005-07
Esteban "Shortie" Meletiche Frankford INF 2006-08
Harry Davila Swenson P-INF 2006-08
Edwin "Tito" Rohena Frankford OF 2007-09
Tim Freiling Northeast DH 2007-09
Terrell "Mouse" Barringer Dobbins C 2007-09
Carlos Payano Overbook P-INF 2007-09
Chuck Fitzgerald Phila. Electric P 2008, 2010-11
O'Shane "O'Daddy" Black Germantown P-INF 2008-10
Christian Blackwell Overbook INF 2008-10
Dom Raia GAMP P-INF 2009-11
Daquan "Day-Day" Brown Dobbins P-INF 2009-11
Omar Ortiz Boys' Latin P-INF 2009-11
Augusto "June" Ortega Frankford OF 2010-12
Michael Borelli Prep Charter P-INF 2010-12
Steve King Southern P-INF 2010-12
Justo Rodriguez Randolph P 2010, 2012-13
Shafeeq Coleman C. Tech/Overbrook P-C 2010-12
Harry Taggart Masterman INF 2011-13
Kevin Montero Frankford INF-DH 2011-13
Khalil Coles Franklin P 2011-13
Kelvin Sabastro Bracetti P-INF 2012-14
Marshall Drummond Furness INF 2012, 2014-15
Brian Nieves Swenson INF 2013-15

JUNE 4
TEDBIT

  To follow up yesterday's nugget . . . In this century, 10 graduates of Catholic League schools have been able to say they've earned first team coaches' All-Cath honors at least three times. (If I missed someone, you know the deal . . . tedtee307@yahoo.com. Thanks!)

First Team, Four Times
Name School Pos. Years
Kyle McCrossen Wood INF-OF 2008-11
First Team, Three Times
Name School Pos. Years
John Price Ryan P 1998-2000
*Mike Costanzo Carroll INF 2000-02
Shawn O'Neill La Salle P 2007-09
*Christian Walker Kennedy-Kenrick INF 2007-09
Mark Donato Neumann-Goretti P-1B 2008-10
Brian O'Grady Wood INF-OF 2008-10
Mike Riverso Neumann-Goretti OF-DH 2008-10
Colin Pyne La Salle INF 2010-12
Jimmy Herron La Salle OF 2013-15
*-advanced to major leagues

JUNE 3
TEDBIT

  The Inter-Ac League includes just six schools, so very talented players are able to make early impacts. Thus, in this century, 17 graduates (now 18) have been able to say they earned first team coaches' all-Int honors at least three times. The info is below.
  UPDATED: With Gtn. Academy's Sean Coyle, Tommy's brother. Sorry! And thanks to Jon Cross for speaking up.

First Team, Four Times
Name School Pos. Years
Tommy Coyle Gtn. Academy INF 2006-09
Jon McAllister Chestnut Hill OF 2007-10
First Team, Three Times
Name School Pos. Years
Kenny Devenney Penn Charter OF 1999-01
Taylor Baum Penn Charter 1B-DH 2001-03
Sean Grieve Gtn. Academy P-OF 2002-04
Mark Adzick Penn Charter P-1B  2005-07
John Barr Gtn. Academy OF-P 2005-07
Anthony Cafagna Chestnut Hill P-INF 2005-07
Mike Galetta Haver. School P-INF 2005-07
Rob Amaro Penn Charter 1B-DH 2006, 2008-09
Steel Russell Chestnut Hill C-INF 2007-09
Doug Fleming Penn Charter C 2007-09
Sean Coyle Gtn. Academy INF 2008-10
Tyler Young Malvern INF 2008-10
Kenny Koplove Penn Charter P 2009, 2011-12
Nick Bateman Malvern OF 2010-12
Joe Poduslenko Malvern INF 2011-13
Kevin McGowan Haver. School INF 2012-13, 2015

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Kevin McGowan

JUNE 2
TEDBIT

  It's not too common for a guy to even PLAY four years of varsity baseball, let alone make strong contributions throughout his career. But at Haverford School, now-senior Kevin McGowan, a second baseman and lefty swinger, was a right-away mainstay and his career numbers, as you'll see below (as compiled by coach Bob Castell), were quite impressive. And in odd-numbered years, forget about it! (smile) The Fords racked up a 91-40 overall record in Kevin's four seasons. In this last campaign, Kevin fanned just three times in 109 plate appearances. Best of luck at La Salle University, Kevin!
Kevin McGowan's Career Numbers at Haverford School
Year Avg. G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR
2012 .310 38 87 21 27 19 3 1 1
2013 .438 34 105 30 46 41 15 3 3
2014 .329 28 85 18 28 26 5 0 5
2015 .451 30 91 28 41 24 8 2 5
  .386 130 368 97 142 110 31 6 14

JUNE 1
TEDBIT
 
Weather permitting, the PIAA state playoffs will begin today and six Catholic/Public teams will be involved -- three apiece from the Cath and Pub. Below are won-lost and runs for/runs against totals for each league, broken down by classification, since they began participating in state playoffs in 2009 and 2005, respectively. La Salle in AAAA has won two state titles ('12 and '14). SJ Prep ('09 in AAAA) and Neumann-Goretti ('09 and '12 in AAA, '14 in AA) have advanced to semis. In the Pub in '06, two AAAA teams participated. Central advanced to the semis. Overall, Catholic/Public teams are 22-51 and have been outscored, 507-188. The Cath is 18-14 and has been outscored, 127-112. The Pub has experienced outrageous struggles, going 4-37 while being outscored by 380-76.
  UPDATE: All six games were postponed. New schedule below under May 31.

Results for Catholic League Teams in State Playoffs (18-14, 112 RF-127 RA)
  CLASS AAAA   CLASS AAA   CLASS AA    
  W-L RF-RA   W-L RF-RA   W-L RF-RA      
2009 2-1 8-10   2-1 13-13   0-1 1-8      
2010 0-1 1-4   1-1 10-8   1-1 3-10      
2011 0-1 3-8   0-1 1-3     --