South Jersey Baseball History:
Sunday, July 3, 2000
By Charlie Schick
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."
July 1, 1924. The great Babe Ruth visited South Jersey and played first base for the semi-pro Delanco baseball club against the Burlington County League All-Star team. The Babe went 2 for 3 with 3 RBI. His 5th inning tremendous 2-run home run led the Delanco team to a 4 to 2 victory over the league elite squad.
July 16, 1939. Millville New Jersey native Larry Milbourne, 1968 and 1969 All South Jersey Team, was traded by the Philadelphia Phillies to the New York Yankees. Milbourne would appear in just 31 games for the Yankees and hit .200 while he shared time playing second base, shortstop and third base.
July 17, 1998. Jeff Datz, Clearview New Jersey, manager for the Buffalo Bisons AAA ball club of the International League, collected his 300th win as a minor league manager. Now in his 5th year managing in the Cleveland Indians organization, Datz has guided the Bisons to a 50-43 record so far in 1998.
July 19, 1984. Cherry Hill East High grad right-hander pitcher Orel Hershiser, threw a 2-hitter and his third straight shutout to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers over the St. Louis Cardinals 10 to 0. Hershiser struck out 10 Cardinals while throwing his 2 hitter. He would go on to toss 2 more shutouts and lead the National League with 4 for the season.
July 21, 1975. In a Garden State League National Division contest, Pennsauken's Bob Gornowski produced 7 RBI in powering his team to a 12 to 1 victory over Cherry Hill West. Gornowski stroked 3 hits including a first inning 2-run homer and a grand slam blast in the 4th to help pick up his 7 RBI. The winners collected 12 hits and led 12-0 after 5 frames.
July 23, 1910. The Beverly baseball club's pitcher Jim Martin hurled a no-hit, no-run game to slip past the Medford team 1 to 0 in Burlington County Semi-Pro League play. Martin's masterful performance featured 10 strikeouts and he allowed only 2 base runners in hurling his near perfect complete game.
July 25, 1990. In a high scoring Garden State League contest, National Park's Mike Jabionski went 5 for 5 to help his squad slip past West Deptford 12 to 10. Jabionski's perfect day included a home run and 5 RBI. The winner's offense also featured Chris Lindsey's 3 for 5 with 3 RBI and Neal Houser's 3 for 4 and 2 RBI.
July 27, 1916. Bridgeton New Jersey's Rube Oldring, New York Yankee outfielder, hit his first major league grand slam home run. This would be his only home run of the 1916 season. Earlier in the year he had been traded by the Philadelphia Athletics to the Yankees.
July 28, 1936. Detroit Tiger outfielder Goose Goslin, Salem New Jersey, hit an inside-the-park home run, as the New York Yankee outfielders Joe DiMaggio and Myrit Hoag collided while chasing down his long fly ball. DiMaggio was not hurt, but Hoag was hospitalized with a concussion. Goslin would go on to hit 24 homers in the 1936 season.
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 our area.
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