Citizens' Voice from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on August 17, 1991 · 54
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Citizens' Voice from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania · 54

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Burgos holds Columbus to just 1 hit as Red Barons win 0 Jim Lohman -1 Baron Bits When players really played The "Whiz Kids." The once famous Philadelphia "Whiz Kids" of 1950 who were swept four straight by the New York Yankees during the (Joe) DiMaggio and (Mickey) Mantle era. The "Whiz Kids," managed by Eddie Sawyer, who beat the Brooklyn Dodgers and Don Newcombe on the final day of the season, 4-1, when Dick Sisler belted a threerun homer in the 10th inning giving the Phils the National League pennant The day Richie Ashburn made perhaps the finest throw of his career by nailing Cal Abrams at the plate as he tried to score the winning run for the Dodgers. Ah, I can recall those days as a teenager when I was a die-hard Phillies' fan. And so can Russ (Monk) Meyer., jnore so. Those were the good oT days. Days when the superstars didn't earn anywhere near the megabucks that today's players do. The days when teams only had a four-man rotation and a pitcher was handed the ball and told to go out there and go as long as he could unless he was getting his brains beat in. The days when more ball players were '"players" and weren't pampered like a lot of today's players expect to be. When Columbus was here last week, I had an opportunity to sit down with Meyer, who at 68 is in his first year as the Clippers' pitching coach. We reminisced about the '50 Phillies and his 17-year career. ''That was the year (1950) when we battled the Dodgers for the pennant," Meyer recalled. "After I had a great year in 1949 (17-8, ERA 3.08) I hurt my shoulder in June 1950 in a game in Cincinnati and slipped to 9-11. 1 didn't get to pitch again until the first week of September but I beat the Dodgers twice within 10 days which was a big help. It was a shot in the arm for the team." While Meyer didn't start any series games against the Yankees he did see action in two games including the third game in which he was tagged with the loss. "I came in with the score tied 2-2 and pitched the last three innings," Meyer continued. "Jerry Coleman hit a popup behind shortstop and Jack Mayo, who was playing leftfield, didn't pick the ball up right away and it dropped in between him and Granny (Hamner) and we lost 3-2 in the ninth." Meyer also worked the ninth inning of the opening game in which Cy Young Award Winner Jim Konstanty was a surprise starter after a league-leading 74 relief appearances during the season and lost 1-0 on a DiMaggio home run. Meyer remained with the Phillies through the 1951-52 seasons (21-23) before he was involved in a two-club trade and wound up with the Dodgers. First, Meyer was traded to the Boston Braves for first baseman Earl Torgeson. The Braves in turn dealt him to the Dodgers to Rocky Bridges and Jim Pendleton. Meyer had another outstanding season as he was 15-5 and helped Brooklyn to the 1953 NL pennant and another trip to the World Series against the Yankees - again. Unfortunately for Meyer and the Dodgers they lost in six games as the righthander once again failed to get a starting assingment "Well, as it turned out Podres got in trouble in the first and third innings before they brought me in with the bases loaded to pitch to Mantle. WelL I hung a breaking ball to him and be hit it into the upper deck in left centerfield for a grandslam and they went on to win tne game." While that's not Meyer's most memorable moment of his career , he noted it's one that's most often thrown up to him. "Hell, Clete Boyer (Columbus coach) often asks me, "what was that pitch you threw Mantle in the "53 series?" Meyer would much rather perfer talking about his effort against the Braves in 1952 when he tossed a one-hitter. He allowed a lea doff single to Sibby Sisti and then proceeded to hurl perfect baseball the remainder of the way rearing the last 27 batters be faced. : ; The second greatest moment in Meyer's career hadto be in 1955 when the Dodgers went on to win the World Championship when Podres burled a 2-0 shutout at the Yankees in the seventh and final game. During his three years with the Bums he posted a 32-13 mark. After the 55 season be was dealt back to the Cubs and finally kicked around between there, Cincinnati, Boston. (Red Sox) and Kansas City before closing out his career in 1959. By JIM LOHMAN Qlfnm Vole Stall Writer MOOSIC - It was an outing that John Burgos won't forget for a long time. It was nearly a masterpiece. Friday night Burgos pitched the game of his career at Lackawanna County Stadium by tossing a one-hit shutout against Columbus as ScrantonWilkes-Barre unleashed a 10-hit attack, including a three-run homer off the bat of Rick Schu, in an 8-0 win over the Clippers before a paid crowd of 10,262. "He was in complete control out there the entire game," a surprised manager Bill Dancy said. "He stayed ahead of the hitters all night They (Columbus) just never seemed to make an adjustment after the first-time around the order. Even when they did hit the ball off him we were there to catch it "He just went out there with a lot of confidence tonight and kept getting all his pitches over. He spotted the ball well and Columbus just never guessed right." Royal Clayton, 8-7, was tagged with the loss after giving up six runs and six hits in six innings. Jerry Rub mopped up. The only hit off Burgos, 1-2, who picked up his first AAA victory, was Jim Lusader's double leading off the third inning. The hit extended Lusader's bitting streak to 13 straight, bis second of the season. He was on a 13-game hit streak prior to bis current one when he had it snapped. Burgos threw 108 pitches and retired 13 men in a row before walking Mark Humphreys with two down in the ninth. He struck out four and walked three. "I'm mighty happy," the southpaw, a native of Puerto Rico, said. "It was the best game of my career. I just went out there and tried not to hit anybody after last night. Whatever happened last night (Thursday) is over." On Thursday, a hit batter emptied both benches and a brawl broke out on the field. It was only the fifth start for Burgos who had not pitched a complete game victory last year. X - jr . fit Red Baron catcher, Damn Fletcher is safe d second cs Clipper second basemen Andy Stankiewicz bobbles the ball His longest outing this season was six innings (2 hits) against Louisville on June 12. The only other Columbus hitters to reach base were Tory Lovullo, who walked in the first, but was picked off, and Keith Hughes who drew a leadoff walk in the fifth only to be doubled up on Don Sparks' groundbalL The one-hitter by Burgos also put him in the one-dub along with AndyAshby The Red Barons' most productive inning of the night came , in the fifth when they put a four-spot on the scoreboard to open a 64 lead. : RED BARONS abrhM BatMtjs COLUMBUS IbrhM Humphrmcf Jilt LowHo,3b-lb 3110 Ramos 1 1 1 1 Snclb 1111 Jontvdh wtimnndtrjb MM HugtetH MM Sparta llll Lusadorvrf 1011 Wado.K SrtntewtaJb llll Cimpuunof Rodrtouaus llll Scsrsonojb Totals Hill Totals Ataxandoridh Sch,lb Fktthave 512 0 4111 Sill 1111 mi mi mi 4111 1111 mi 14IM7 columbus mm Ml -I RED BARONS CtMCx-l E -StsnMewla. DP -Red Barons 1. LOB -Columbus I Rod Barons t IB -Lusadsr; IB -Ugg; HR -Schu U); $b -wado (3), Schu (7). COLUMBUS IP H R ER BB SO Clayton (LIT) 411 Rvb 14 111 RED BARONS Burgos (W 1-2) f llll' T-1:12. A -1111. (See BARONS, page 56) Castillo heading for greener pastures MOOSIC - ScrantonWilkes-Barre's Braulio Castillo is flying off today into the "Wild Blue Yonder' ' for the second timeinalittleovertwo weeks. (tiUo.v joined the Red Barons in Tidewater Aug. 1, Friday was called up by the PMladel-phia Philllies and will join the dub today in Chicago where they opened a weekend series against the Cubs last night "I was really surprised," a happy Castillo said. "I never expected something like this to happen so soon. I was thinking more along the lines of September when I thought I would be called up. "But, rmreafly happy. I just hope that I can 1 m WOrthvnf hotna in fu mnv.1..w. it uiajw league. Castillo caught the fancy of Red Baron fans with me pop be displayed with the bat, his speed and nayeplayinhis brief, seven-day stint Castillo was batting .350 in 16 games. He was 21rwimnme(ioublesandattple. - Castillo joined the Phillies via a deal which sent andMikeHarUeytoPhiladelpmamexchange ,-"5 McDowelL Castillo was batting .302 with San Antonio (AA) prior to the trade. -JIM LOHMAN

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