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South Jersey Baseball History:
Dateline: May

Wednesday, May 1, 2002

By Charlie Schick
South Jersey Baseball Historical Society

Dateline is a diary of South Jersey baseball that highlights area players, games, events, and outstanding accomplishments in the past history of the great game of baseball. The June dates and facts listed below are taken from the manuscript entitled "A Day's Walk Through South Jersey Baseball."

May 1, 1930 Burlington Semi-Pro League alum Socks Selbold, Boston Braves pitcher, defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates by the score of 4 to 3. He allowed 11 hits in picking-up his hard fought victory. Selbold went 2 for 4 at the plate but the Brave left-fielder Walt Berger won the contest with an 8th inning home run.

May 4, 1923 In Chicago, the White Sox shutout the Detroit Tigers 4 to 0. The Sox 10-hit offense featured a 2 for 4 performance by left-fielder Roy Elsh, of Penns Grove New Jersey, who also scored one of the winner's runs. Red Faber was Chicago's winning pitcher.

May 9, 1940 South Jersey's George Case stroked 3 hits in the Washington Senators 8 to 4 win over the Chicago White Sox. He had 2 singles, a double, 2 runs scored and a stolen base in his 5 trips to the plate. The Senators 5-run 7th inning featured Tommy Bloodworth's 3-run homer.

May 14, 1981 In an unbelievable display of hitting, Pennsville High's Eagles defeated Salem High 44 to 0. The victory gave the Eagles their fourth consecutive Tri-County title. Mike Lloyd led a 38-hit offense with a 4 for 4 day. Pitchers Bernie Dean and Shaun Sutton combined for a no-hitter.

May 18, 1973 Gloucester Catholic High pounded St. Thomas Aquinas 9 to 1 behind a 17-hit attack. Center-fielder Mike DiGiacomo led the offense with a 5 for 5 day the included 4 runs scored, RBI's and 2 solo home runs.

May 21, 1956 First baseman Joel McKenxie stroked 5 singles in 7 trips to the plate as Vineland High destroyed Camden High 20 to 7. The winners pounded out 23 hits off two Camden hurlers. The win gave Vineland the south Jersey Group 4 Conference championship.

May 24, 1990 Bryan Ward ace southpaw for Rancocas Valley High, threw a third no-hitter of the year when he led his teammates to a 1 to 0 victory over Lenape High. The Burlington County Liberty contest was won in the 4th when Pete Holcroft drove-in Ward with a RBI single.

May 28, 1925 Washington Senators center fielder Goose Goslin, Salem New Jersey, had an outstanding day at the plate going 5 to 7 in a doubleheader split with the Philadelphia Athletics. He went 3 for 4 in the opener's 11-3 loss and 2 for 3 triple in the nightcap's 9 to 4 win.

May 30, 1960 Hard-hitting Joe Strippoli went 6 for 6 in leading Atco to a 20-0 victory over Vincentown in Rancocas Valley League competition. Strippoli's 6 hits included a grand slam home run and 7 RBI's. Atco's 20-hit offense also feaggtured 2 home runs by catcher Don Wells.

This is just a small sample of South Jersey's baseball history, but I hope you enjoyed it half as much as I did researching these outstanding scholastic, college and major leaguers from out area.

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