1956 Garth Bray Baseball
Jerry Slack Sets Batting Record Possibly the highest, batting average for a full season ever rung up in Provo Pony League history was amassed during the 1956 season by Jerry Slack, young Provo Phillie infielder, who amassed a sensational .732 percentage percentage for the 15 game program. Jerry was' a definite threat every time he appeared at the plate, and only in the first game of the season did he fail to get a least one hit. On that occasion he walked three times and was .charged with only one officia trip to the plate. Slack, a member of last year's all star nine, and selected again Provo Timps Play Midvale Friday in Make-Up Contest The Provo Timps will play Midvale Friday at 8:15 p.m. at Timp Park in a make-up Utah State Baseball League game. The Timps will be shooting for their 13th straight league victory in the game, which was a scheduled first half game. The game was originally slated for July 8 but was postponed in order to allow Midvale to play in a Nevada tourney. Although the game will have no effect on the league's second half race, the Timps, who won the first half crown "and are leading in the second half titl chase, will be anxious to win the game in order to keep their winning streak going. They won their 12th straight league gam Tuesday night—a 6-1 triumph over Bingham. TVtanager Doug Hansen probably probably will call on Max Black ham, a righthander recently acquired from- Pleasant Grove to start on the mound for the Timps" Friday night. Provo Pony League Leaders TIMPANOGOS LEAGUE TOP HITTERS G AB Jerry Slack, Phillies ..15 38 Garth Bray, Pacific States Pipe '. 14 36. Alan Simons, Madsen Cleaning 5 11 Robert Johnson, 20-30 , ...15 31 Gary Clayton, Pacific States Pipe 14 32 Jim Griffith, TeUuride 14 33 Rickey Lamb, Dairy Queen.. 15 48 Shirl Cowley, Phillies: 11 16 George Brimhall, Telluride. 12 24 Kent Wilcox, 20-30 10 16 Garth Powelson, Pacific "Pipe .'. 14 35 "Wayne Clarke, Dairy Queen .15 38 Steve Spendlove, Phillies 14 36 Gordon Chatwin, 20-30 '.15 35 Roger Plamy, TeUuride 12 36 Kent Beck, Phillies 14 48 H Pet 24 .732 17 .472 5 .455 12 .419 13 .406 13 .394 18 .375 6 .375 9 .375 6 .375 13 .371 14 .368 13 .361 12 .343 12 .333 13 .302 ' Home Buns- this year on the Timpanogos Honor team, hit safely on 24 occasions occasions in running up his high total. Included in his timely blows were seven home runs, tops for the league in that .department; .department; one ' triple, and seven doubles, another top mark for extra bases. He went to the mound on several several occasions and won three games for the PhiUies while dropping two close and low scoring scoring encounters. He wiU be a definite definite help in the higher age group next year. Garth Bray, a husky portsider for the championship Pacific Pipe aggregation, was second to Slack in u the hitting department, with a mark of .472. His fast overhand baU tossing also made him one of the top throwers in the loop with a record of five wins and one lone loss. Garth hit possibly the longest home run of the season, a hard drive that practicaUy cleared the trees in the soft ball park to the north. Alan Simons, was a surprise entry i n the" top hitting group. He was acquired by Madsen Cleaning Cleaning late in the season, 'and appeared appeared in only five games, but he made his presence felt with five hits in 11 times at bat for a high percentage of .455. There were only 16 players in the League hitting above the traditional traditional .300 grade, the mark gen- eraUy accepted for the hitting average of a good batter. The margin between this group and the rest of the loop was wide, with 24 players, several of them semi-regulars, failing to get an hit during the season. PhU Hoskins of Dairy Queen, was the most effective pitcher, in the Timpanogos League with 7 victories against one defeat on his record.