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South Jersey Baseball History:
Dateline: June

Thursday, June 13, 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."

June 01, 1938 A 21-hit offense led Woodrow Wilson high to a 22 to 3 win over Camden High for the Camden City Series championship. Wilson's shortstop John McAlack collected 6 hits and second baseman John Bugowski added 5 hits to lead the offensive attack.

June 04, 1951 Howard Evans, Merchantville High star pitcher, used his blazing fastball to strikeout 19 Collingswood High batters and led his teammates to a 6 to 1 win. Evans allowed just 2 hits over the 9 innings he worked and picked-up his 7th victory of the season.

June 08, 1970 Audubon High's star southpaw hurler Mickey Lozanoff set a South Jersey record for strikeouts in a season with 173, when he fanned 5 Haddonfield High batters. He, however, was the losing pitcher as Haddonfield won the South Jersey Group II title game 4 to 0.

June 12, 1944 Mt. Holly High's undefeated baseball squad, with an 11 - 0 record, was awarded the South Jersey Group II championship by the New Jersey Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association. Mt. Holly set an all time school mark with their perfect record.

June 17, 1984 In Garden State League action, Gloucester Township's Bill Reiily put on a one-man show as he went 5 for 5 in leading his team to a 13 to 0 romp over Runnemede. Reiily's outstanding day included a double, home run and 5 RBI's. Anthony Adnolf was the winning hurler.

June 21, 1999 Audubon High grad Brett Laxton, right-hand pitcher for the Oakland A's, made his major league debut against the Detroit Tigers. In 1 2/3 inning of relief work on the mound, rookie Laxton surrendered 1 hit and no runs. Detroit won the slugfest 13 to 11.

June 23, 1957 Collingswood High star Ray Narleski, ace relief hurler for the Cleveland Indians, hit his only major league home run. His surprising 3-run blast came off the offerings of Washington Senators' Russ Camera. Ray went on to collect only 4 hits in the `57 season.

June 26, 1920 In Burlington County League competition, Bill Quigg of the Delanco ball club pitched a no-hitter, as his teammates pounded the Florence squad by a 20 to 0 score. Quigg was a little wild allowing 5 walks, but still managed to collect his shutout.

June 30, 1911 Boston Red Sox shortstop Steve Yerkes, Millville New Jersey, hit his first big league home run off New York Yankee right-hander Ray Caldwell. His initial 2-run homer would turn out to be the only round-tripper Yerkes would produce for the season.

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