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South Jersey Baseball History:
Dateline: June

Wednesday, June 6, 2001

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 1, 1945 Southpaw Franny Dale, Holy Spirit High, pitched a perfect 7-inning game in Philadelphia to defeat St. Thomas Moore High by the score of 3 to 0. Dale fanned 18 batters of the possible 21 outs in the contest. His flawless outing is believed to be South Jersey's first ever scholastic perfect game pitched in history.

June 3, 1977 In a Tri-County League night game, Maple Shade's Steve DeMay put on a one-man show to help spearhead his team's 21 to 7 pounding of an overmatched Pennsauken team. DeMay ripped 4 hits including a double and 2 home runs and knocked in 8 runs to lead Maple Shade's 16-hit attack.

June 6, 1950 In Camden Suburban League play, the Merchantville Tigers hammered the Haddon Heights ball club 9 to 0. The Tiger's Al Callender led the winner's 16-hit offense going 5 for 5 at the plate. Hurler Ace Parker picked up the win going all 9 innings, striking out 9 and allowing just 4 hits. Centerfielder Callender's perfect night included 5 singles.

June 9, 1938 In semi-pro Cape May League play, Woodbine's star catcher "Mux" Kurman went 5 for 5 in leading his club's 14-hit attack. Woodbine blasted the Court House Ball Club 20 to 1 mainly due to Kurman's outstanding day at the plate that featured a triple, double and 3 singles.

June 12, 1984 In American Legion action, Medford's Andy Kavulich hurled a no-hitter to defeat Haddon Township 6 to 1. Medford pulled off a rare triple play in the third inning, when left-field Mike Schick made a spectacular diving catch and throw to nail the runner at second base for a double play. Bob Dippi completed the triple play with a strong throw to first.

June 16, 1962 Outstanding hurler Ed Rieger became the first baseball player for St. James High School to be selected to the New Jersey All-State Team, when he was placed on the elite squad's third team. Rieger's fantastic pitching and clutch hitting led undefeated St. James to the Diocese B and the South Jersey Parochial C championships.

June 20, 1967 Lanky right-hander George Mickolas tossed a no-hitter to carry the Pat Pavers team to a 6-0 shutout over the Burlington Mets in the Rancocas Valley League. He fanned 12 batters and walked one in hurling his near picture perfect ball game. First inning singles by Guy Gaiser and Al Niederer accounted for the winning run in the top of the opening frame.

June 24, 1998 In Garden State League play, Pat Kane hit for the cycle, single, double, triple and home run, to lead Bellmawr past Gloucester Township 11 to 2. The winning Bellmawr ball club scored all their runs in the first three innings, as Kane lead the early offensive attack by driving in 5 of their runs with his hot bat.

June 27, 1979 In Tri-County Independent Baseball League action, Gary DiGiacomo went 5 for 5 with 2 doubles to lead his Wenonah ball club to a 13-3 pounding of Brooklawn. DiGiacomo's 5 hits accounted for 7 of Wenonah's 13 scores. The winner's ace hurler Norm Charlesworth gave up only 4 hits in pitching the complete game victory.

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