Bleacher Echos – 1932

Bleacher Echos – 1932
(by A. Bleacherite, Coaldale Observer, August 27, 1932)

Saturday First Game – Greeks 7, Congies 4

The Congies played good baseball and deserved to win.

Chick Harris had his eye on the ball. Three hits and one run prove his value to the team.

Ben Williams seemed to find the delivery of Sam Zulick to his liking. Three hits were lined out by Williams.

Nick Zulick was not in uniform, but Manager Kohler was taking no chances and sent Zulick in “civies” to patrol right field.

Johnny Benyo was behind the bat for the Greeks. He caught a snappy game but his batting eye was closed.

The Greeks aren’t quite so strong on Saturday afternoons when Sofsky is behind a Lansford store counter instead of behind the bat.

The way Pete Zulick swung at Eddie Pascoe’s teasers you would think the ball was cut glass.

Paslowsky on second is a good pitcher.

Berry played another bang up game. His defensive work has been the feature of recent good games played by the Congies.

Eddie Pascoe twirled his first whole game and stood the best Greek batsmen on their ears. The score 7-4 does not tell the complete story of a well pitched game.

Minnick behind the bat could not hold the ball. Evan Sneddon being absent was a bad break for the losers.

The umpires on the bases were not as keen as the new Gillette’s.

Somebody was heard to say: “Charley Mantz is the best player ‘off’ the field in the whole league.”

Barney hadn’t a word to say and his silence was both deep and unusual.

Jabbo, as coach and umpire, don’t go in the league. Coaches should not decide the plays and attempt to call them for the umpires.

Saturday Second Game – Irish 4, Seek 2

Seek started out with a bang but the fireworks were all exploded in the first inning. They got two runs first time up and then quit flirting with the home plate.

Home runs by Petrie and O’Donnell paved the way for an Irish victory.

Jack Whyte fielded the ball like a No.11 miner. He looked like a fellow with nothing to do all day to do it in.

Ziegler’s poor toss helped a little in Seek’s defeat.

Clyde Filer looked in old time form at short. Time was when Clyde was easily the town’s best infielder.

Thursday – Congies 4, Liths 4

Berry was missed at short.

Eddie Pascoe set 13 Lith batsmen down on strikes. Nice pitching Ed.

Evan Sneddon should have been benched for his mixup with Korsak.

Umpire McHugh should get a pair of glasses. He was on top of the play, yet claimed he did not see it.

Ben Herring benched himself. Al Pascoe went out to assume the burden at first base but Ben fooled the crowd. He came back.

The prime boner of the year was pulled by Charlie Mantz. He lined one out to second and stood there looking at it. The second baseman booted it around and Charley who thought he was at batting practice lost a life.

Sneddon thought he was qualifying for the high hurdles at the Olympics the way he went into second. Such tactics are off color and should be frowned upon.

Grinder may be a better fielder than he is a catcher but as a pitcher he is a better catcher.

Walter Evans was sent out to right in place of Charlie Mantz.

Delby is back with a new line of chatter. An off night silenced him for a time and with a little patience he will again have an off night.

Pigeon went after a hard chance. He and the ball both took a roller.

We asked some time ago for Charley Mantz to wrap his suit in moth balls. Even Charley, himself, will admit we had the right prescription.

Saturday First Game – Russians 7, Seek 6

Yarosky was back in form and made it look like a night off suffered earlier in the week.

Four home runs featured the game. Jack Whyte had two; Punjab and Wilbur Berger, one each.

Clyde Filer’s boner gave the Russians two runs. He had an easy out at second but threw slow to first and everyone was safe.

Goosey Sotak had fourteen strike outs. For his first year in baseball he is unquestionably the most promising player in the league.

Barron is getting to be a better catcher each game.

Berger on first should take a little bit of exercise to reduce.