Naugatuck Daily News from Naugatuck, Connecticut on December 29, 1949 · Page 10
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Naugatuck Daily News from Naugatuck, Connecticut · Page 10

Naugatuck, Connecticut
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Thursday, December 29, 1949
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PAGE 10— XALGATCCK NEWS (CONN.), THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 194!) Foley Little League - - - Top Sports Story Of 1949 Community Spirit And Effort Bring About Minor Miracle Grassy Hillock Transformed into Marvelous Stadium By BILL SIMMONS Now is the time of the year when most of us pause to consider in retrod.--ect what has transpired within the past year—at least, it is a time when we should pause to take stock of what has passed. Herein is a review of Nau- year in sports. bad A good I of ter by Howie Thurston; walloped the Yankees 24-3 on a four-hitter oy Ted Kackowski and then upset the Braves, 10-2, to even matters j in the second round. Neither team lost after that during the second round and both finished with "records of five wins and one loss. In a-playoff for the round title, the Braves edged the R*d Sox, 3-2, on a masterful two-hitter by Kackowski, who- drove In al! three for gatucK s year for some—a bad year others but atoove all, an interesting year for every sports fan in the^borough. No matter what the interest—basketball, baseball, softball, football, bowling, golf, tennis, swimming, volleyball or "barnyard golf." Naugatuck had it. Foley little League The greatest happening in the •world of sports was. of course, the Peter J. Foley League Although the need was first planted in 1948, it was during 1949 that its. roots took hold and the league Vlos- somed into full flower. This was made possible throuh community spirit and effort in the interest of juvenile baseball, which were crystalized into (performance and achievement through the efforts of the Naugatuck Exchange Club, which picked up the idea of the Little League organisation and carried it to almost unconceivable heights locally. It was the Exchange Club, plus a few outstanding workers and many supporters, that brought about the miraculous transformation of a grassy hillock that was Hopkins Park, to the marvelous stadium wr.ich was used, during the past season. It has been e timated that the Little League Stadium as it stands today could not have been constructed on a contract basis for less than $50.000. And yet, the enthusiastic rea;onse of public spirited citizers made __ it possible to accomplish this seemingly hurcu- lean feat at a total expenditure of the year Tfor little more than $10,000. ' The- Little League became a community project, with more than r. dozen organizations actively in back of St. Jama* Sweetman was given the task of handling candidates for team berths and Ralph Statz was put in charge of the construction work at the Stadium. Both turned in marvelous jobs, getting the best out of what they found at hand. At first progress was slow. taams runs by doubling but then, as an avalanche gathers speed in its dizzy plunge from the height.-, the program gained momentum, and although it meant working late into the night for many, many nights, the June- 5 deadline was met, and on that day the Stadium was dedicated in ceremonies attended by 1.50C people, among whom were local and state figures and Carl Stotz, national organizer and founder of the Little League program. Opening Opening day was a huge sucess. The kid; put on a show which had the fans screaming for more and kept them comi^ back to the Stadium two and three nights a week for the next 10 weeks. Little League fans — and all who witnessed the opening day ceremonies became Little League fans from the moment the first ball wa.:- pitched — were treated to exhibitions of top notch hitting, fielding and batting which seemed almost unbelievable from youngsters the size of those performing on the diamond. The soon found that isuch performances were not just oipening day ballyhoo, tout could be witnessed every night the league was in action. The Pwed Sox got off to a flying start in the first round, and while the Dodgers, Yankee; and Braves wero scrapping among themselves, waltzed home -with the first round championship, winning, five games wail* losing -but one.. The crimson hose started oft' the' second round like they were going to make it a repetition of the first, routing the Braves, their close competitors. 22-1. on a one-hitter by LQU Farrar But ths- Braves soon proved they were not to be courted out. The Tribe came off the ropes to with the bases, loaded. Cnampions The squads then tangled in a best of seven scries for the league championship, which saw the Red Sox come out on top, four games to two. The Sox took a 3-0 edge in the series before the Braves could catch their breath and win a game, on a one-hitter by Kackowski The Tribe made it two in a row toy toppling the. Sox, 7-3, but class finally came to 'the fore, and the champs won the deciding game, 6-4, with Roger Quint's two- run' triple, climaxing a four-run rally, accounting for the winning runs. League coaches, Ziggy Baranowski of the Red Sox; Hootsie Marinello, of the Braves; Dan Walsh of the Yankees and Ed Fox of the Dodgers, in cooperation with Head, Coach Sweetman, phose an All- Star team to -represent Naugatuck in games with teams fromi other communities in the state tournament. Although the locals were eliminated in their first tourney game, they didn't fare too badly. They tied the Border League, 4-4 in a game called at the end of the fifth becaure of darkness and the next day- lost out, 2-1, when the youths from the border towns rallied for two runs in the last half of the sixth inning- Top Hurlers Farrar and ""Kackowski were definitely the two top hurlers in the ieague. Farrar turned in four no-run, no-hit games during the season, two in league competition and and two for the All-Stars, Kackowski hurled two. It was Farrar who turned in the tc^p mound performance of the year when, in tho llrst game of the league plnyolTs. lie hurled his mates to a 3-0 victory over the Braves, not giving up a single hit. He struck out 16 .men in the six inning game. The only inning which he failed to strike out the side was the second, when he walked a man who was cut down on a fielder's choice. The runner was then cut down trying to steal and Farrar struck out the next batter to retire the side. Minor League A "minor legaue" was also formed, with boys who couldn't quite make the majors taking part. The league was to give them experience so that next year they can move into the major;. The teams were named the Louisville Colonels, Montreal Royals, Newark Bears and Hartford Chiefs. The Colonels won the league title easily, winning 17 games in -egula-r league competition, one in a playUown and two series games for a total of 20 victories against only three losses. Last month the Little League 'icld its annual meeting and Paul Buckmiller, who as president guided the circuit through its first successful season, was reelected. Other officers elected were: Jerry Stopper vice-president: Al Benz, secretary; Ralph Stotz, treasurer; and Atty. Henry S. Marlor. Mr. Stopper, Norm Wood, Fred Wooster and Mr. Benz, members of the board of control. Vin Cuddy The next biggest happening in Naugatuck's world of sports was he_ appointment of James "Vin" t RESTRICTED AREA CHILDREN YEARS AUGATUCJC NfiUGOTUCK Junior Fishing Contest Entrants and Catches squad for the season. It appears that he has done his job well, for at present the Friars are riding the crest of a five-Kami; winning streak, not once having tasted the bitter fruit of defeat. Vin "arrived 1 at Providence two \veeks ago when his squad upset Rhode Island State. 50-57. It was the first victory for the Friars over State since 19-31, whic!i inade it all the sweeter. Vin has stated that he will feel lucky if his team splits even this yeitr, for the roughest part of the j 22-g,'U)ie larhoduU' is still bcl'ure | them. However, no mattrr what, transpires in the future, Vin has | served notice that to make his career basketball coach in 18 starts. The team finished fourth in the Naugatuck Valley League with a 4-6 record. The baseball team, although an improvement over the year before, had a sorry record. It finished in last place in the Valley League with only two wins in 1- games. The record for the sea.son was four wins in 16 games. Naugatuck defeated Seymour twice, Wilby once and scored an upset-win over Crosby. Football The football .season, although (lisasterou.'i ni-= fur a.s wins tinil an> considered, was not iie.l- I tinlly as bad as first glance would lead one to houndi3 won P.O. A. A. VIN CUDDY High School Athletics Coach George F. Goodwin's Xau- gatuck High sc-hoo! athletic teams were treated rather roughly during the year, with only 1ho basketball squad nblo to come out on the debit side of ledger. The Garnet and Grey cagers opened their believe. The Grey- only one game, tied three and lost five, but they proved that they are no longer doormats for every team on their schedule. The Garnet and G-rey gridders opened their season against Derby, and after outplaying the down- valley rivals throughout, lost 7-6 when the Haiders turned an intercepted pass -into a touchdown, making good on the extra point. After tying Wil'oy, 6-6, or. rather, being tied by Wilby on a last period touchdown, Naugatuck lost to Torrington, 19-7, and took their only beating of the year, a 28-0 trouncing at the hands of Shelton. The locals rebounded to outjplay i a heavily favored Crosby team, I having victory snatched from | their hands in the last 20 seconds, when the Ivy scored on a 40-yard ' ^creen pa_ c -s play, tying Nau t gr| tuck, 7-7. Naugatuck's stalwarts i ain showed their mettle by out' )1 i ing the Waterbui-y school all th» way. Wilbur Cross was next. Cross had been the only school Nauga. uick h?.d beaten the year before ] and the locals started out like they would take it two in a row, | buiidirg up a 14-0 lead at the half. j Cross was not to be counted out I however, and came back to score I tu-o TD's on long runs in the sec- I ond half, going home with a 14-14 tie. The next week Naugatuck jour- when they elected George Mitchell captain for 1950. George, a varsity guard last season, has been with the squad for two years. He is now president of the junior clasi;. The' High school swimming team also .gave a good account of itself, winning six of its eight meets and finishing in third place in the State Swimming League. The only looses were to Hartford Public, the state champions, 47-2S; and Crosby, the runnars-u)pi, 40-35. The Alex Sullivan coached crew Rave a good account of itself in all meets and served notice to all competitor)* thai It IM di'llnllrly u power to be reckoned with in the state scholastic swimming picture. In other high school sports, the Juniors tripped the Seniors. 34-26 to win the Inter-Class Basketball League crown J3B4S-49 season with four trai<;lu ncyec i to Waterbury to take on ] wins, before finally bowing to Ansonia, 48-43. Then came four more wins before Crosby durr;'.ed them 40-37 and Torrington eked out a. •iS-47 triumph. Tho locals added two more victories, over Leavenworth and Wil- *iap tho Dodgers, 8-1, on a two-hit- immediately began training his Cuddy as head basketball coach a. Providence College. A native of Naugatuck and former Naugatuck High three letter athlete! Vin .starred at the University' of Con- . . necticut. and after a tour of duty i by, boWed'to ~Anso~n:a and'"crn'sbv with the famed 82nd Airborne Division during World War II, received his Master's Degree in Physical Education at Columbia and was named head football, basketball and 'baseball coach at the Fort Trumbull branch of Conn. U. His appointment at Providence came during the summer. Vin as- i-umed his duties in the fall and i a pair of thrillers and then "feate-l Fair/ield Prep, -11-38. vi •locals. They lost 52-44, almost overcoming a 17- point deficit before bowing in a fame which eliminated them from qualifying for a state tourney berth, and finished the season by The being upset by Seymour. -17-11 record for- the ension was so-so Leavenworth team. Sloppy play in the tho opening period gave Tech two touchdowns, nnd although the locals rallied to take a 14-13 lead in the final quarter, tl'.ey couldn't hold it and Leavenworth scored on a 40-yard pass to win. 19-14. Seymour provided Naugntuck . with its only vi-tory. The" Wild- Thai was the vjclory for the | , nts went down beforp an arnuscd „„,,„,„ TV,,.,, ,„..» to Torrington, j Greyhound 11, 14-0 ,and were lucky that the score w,ai3i not two or three touchdowns greater. The season's finale, as always, brought the Greyhounds up against Ansor.ia. The Lavender | n - d nat the powerhouse team of 11 wins the year before which had routed th.> locals 59-7, and were only slight favorites. Naugatuck knocked on the home cl-b's f-'oal line througr'iout the first half, but . 'iTvphow couldn't manage to score and left the field at the half on the short end of a 7-0 count Ar,".onia ma- 1 :- ft 1.10 in 'the final period and then Bob r-ibt;oy. •i •-•••raptiy halfback who had rlav- <-••! in the shadow of Naugat.uck'g r-reat Charlie Alcgi all season brought the entii-e crowd to its' feet with an electrifying 89-yard return of the kiekoff on a beautifully executed fake handoff. Alegi i converted to make it 13-7— and local I Tans held out hop,,. The hope died. i hnwijvnr. when the Lavrnrler man{ aged to rim out the clock. Charl'e Alegi Alerri wn; definitely the outstanding star for the Grcvhounrl, HP accounted for more than ' 7 00 vnrd« gained frcm scrimmage dur- ir.'-r (he year. avera<rin"- almost s'x vnrd« p»r carrv. In t';e Lcaven- W'rth p-ame alone he accounted for Ifi2 vards an ave.-- i.rrc of ifi ynrrls each time he got Vs band-! on the ball. He sc- six- touchdowns -er! nine c-:;ri nnints in i a tc.tnl of .15 -no'nt converted .;, Fete* J. Foley Little League Officers nine tries for for tho sea _ -."•on. morr than hn'f of the team's entire output of 75. The Greyhound gridders bid adieu to 1949 early this month effort to regain a starting berth with the world's champions. Incidentally, although "Spec" was ineligible to take part in the World Series, he was voted a full series' share by hi? team mates. The News reported the incident a full two weeks before it was publicly released all over the country. News Tourney The Naugatuck News again sponsored its tournament to determine the bo|;ough'b official softball champion, and Luke Kane's, a team comiposed mainly of Naugatuck Chemical Co. players, won by downing a surprising Straitsville Spa combine in the finals*, two straight. Fifteen team's entered the tournament, the second to -be held. Thurstons Oilers, defending champion* and Local 45, the U. S. Rubber Co. team, were designated as pre-tourney favorites in the battle to win a leg- on the NEWS trophy and the special prize, a tri-pi to the Yankee Stadium to witness a c-ame between the Yankees and Boston as guests of the News. Otto Jensen, a member of the Committee during the initial tourney, was named tournament director, Russ Weaving, director tht first and year, was elected .secretary John Hurst treasurer. In the quarter-finals, Thurston's made their debut after a fi-st round bye, routing the Union City Vets, 15-1. In other quarter-final tilts the Strail'sville kids amazed by upsetting the Hi-T. 7-3; Kane's nipped Fuel in a thriller, 4-2; and Local 45 routed the Spongers, 145. Two upsets marked the semifinals, when the tourney co-favorites fell by the wayside. The Spa trfrect Local 45, 3-2 ,in an extra inning- tilt, sparked by the four- .hit pitching of Lou Schiller and Kans knocked off Thurston's, 6-3. Champions In the finals, Kane's won the first game, 9-1, scoring eight run;5 in a wild first inning. The winers capitalized on Schiller's wildr.ess and several fielding lapses to score their runs, while getting.only two hits. The second final game saw the Spa jump off to a. 3-0 lead in the first inning, but Kanes rallied to pull the game out, 13-3. The special prize turned out to to be a natural. The New.s provided tickets for the last game of the season, between the Sox and the Yankees and it turned out j to be the one which gave the Yanks the American League pennant. OTTO H. JENSKX vance to the cup finals n-_-a Watertown AC. Watertown had lost ''r.' game during the !..-L-::'.:I: that a 5-2' decision to the while winning 17. They a-!<l more wins in the j/iayd<r-.- mnde it 20 wins again-'- r.- lass by taking the fjr-t the cup finals, 6-3. That the last win of th<> for Watertown. however. : Grays came off rh«> flon: t the next two,. 6-5 and 4--. the masterful pitching of ii- niewski, and become (',• : CulP champions. The Giay- ed the season w;th a. i<,\:-.'. wins and 9 losses. Industrial Sports Naugatuck jndustri.-i; sports enjoyed a good :-••-•.-:: from spectator (=upp:>rt. • from the competition errand the results obtain'-';. Naugatuck Chemical. Cinderella team, rallied Risdon two game? t,, <,:.playoff, winning :'::<• • -:-..League title. Hisdon }-.:>.'.: ord by winning nine .'-• j ••.:_.'.• in the league before !•••.':• •••.. lose the second rour.d to O>. The Toolmakers won ::., game of the pl.-jyofl. •.•.:• 12-point lead in You: n-.::-.-: drop the second .^.nd :-. . halftime lead to 1-,--.:• ::-.<• , By winning th.f f-i -• ; Risdon won the ri^ht •• . •• the borough in ih ( . :-'•• •<. Tournament, at \V;-.:.-r .: -• I locals made one appou:;ir. were soundly trour.o-d ••" Gunners, 80-36. Ti-.e r;.-. r -;-'--:on to win the .n.v>. c~.- ; :: Chemical al?o v. ,r. :;,... Bowlinff League tit!.-. "•-.,- inta flipped tli,' Ami-ri'",!. I title anil then wl.ij,p..,! ;• > willing to give chance. He will be in .-(-ring training, him another .vith the team making 'every next two Grays The boroug-h another champion in the Naugatuck Grays, of the Western Connecticut Baseball League. The locals became the Ir.'iKiHVo ^;rclla" ; U-ain, by coming on I of the mcrjml divd-dun late in the season to go on n six--j her. National nivj~-:,.n game winning spree, finishing the | a rolloff. three i^.-.m. s ; season in second place and win- | So for this year. Ch nin,g a spot in the playoffs for the , won thr. first 'round t league's Governor's Cup. j American Division and The locals had a record of five j leading in the Na'.i^:-.. wins and seven losses when they I the first round not yc'. went on their spree, gaining the right to meet the Torrington Su- nocos, third (place finisher*, in the plus-downs. The Grays dropped tho opening playoff to the Sunocos. 8-3, but then rallied to take the 8-4 and 12-4, to ad- cided in that loop, The Dusty Sof;',:ri n ; to Risdon, the fir^t . » trial title to bi; v,-. ,n bv makers. Bill Sweent--.- one-hitter to pace Ris \' (Continued On Pau, CHARLIE ALOBGI "Spec" Shea Naugatuck's Frank "Spec 1 Shea hero of the New York Yankees American League pennant winner,; and World Series champions of 1947, was again unable to le- gain his freshman form during the past season. A recent examination by a noted doctor at Johns .Hopkins, in Baltimore, revealed that Spec's trouble was a chronic cold in his neck and ihpulder, le suiting from too much exposure to the elements while working outdoors during the off-season last year. "Spec" made a few starts early in the season, but eouldnt' last. He won one game, a 4-3, one-inning relief stint victory over the Boston Red Sox early in the sca.ion, when Tommy Henrich belted a ninth inning homer. •The Naugatuck Nugget was used sparingly after that, and on July 18 was sent down to Newark of the International League in the hope that he would be able to work out his trouble. Such was not the ca''e, however. "S|?ee" underwent treatments in New York ii? an effort to cure his ailuient and then joined Newark. He made several starts, but was shelled in each. The Yankees finally recalled him on Sept 6, and after that he made one two- inning relief appearance and then rode the bench for the rest of the season. In the relief appearance, he went in with a 1& 0 lead and gave up five runs. Married On Nov. 19, "S|p-ec' took as his bride the former Genevieve Martino, daughter of Mr. and Mrs ITmil Martino, of Phoenix avenue. The couple are now residing in their now home, on Johnson street. "Spec," after his recent examination at Johns Hopkins wa ; told to avoid exposing lii.s neck and shoulder to the cold. Ar'.huc "Rrd" Patterson., Yankee road secretary, has arrangements for employment for the loccl hurler in St. Petersburg, Pi a ., and "Spec" will leave for there Jan. 15. This indicator that the Yankees still have faith in him and arc Luke Kane's, News Softball Tournament Champions Committee For Proposed Union City Little League

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