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South Jersey Baseball History:
Dateline: April

Monday, April 8, 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."

April 1, 1964 Palmyra High right-hander Tom Bell tossed a no-hitter, but did not gain a victory, as his team and Merchantville High fought to a 0 to 0 tie. In the 9-inning game, Bell fanned 16 and walked 4 in his very first varsity pitching assignment. The Palmyra squad collected only 2 hits themselves in the scoreless contest.

April 4, 1971 Despite walking 18 batters, John Pizarro allowed just one hit in leading Eastern High to a 5 to 4 victory over Cherry Hill East High. Eastern won the contest with a big 5-run rally in the 5th frame. Pizarro and Tom Teall were the key hitters as they both knocked in 2 runs apiece.

April 8, 1952 Ace southpaw Bill Jones of Haddon Heights just missed a no-hitter when he defeated Gloucester High 1 to 0. Jones was over powering, fanning 16 while not issuing a walk. Heights won the tight battle in the 7th when they produce their only run thanks to a single by third baseman Vince Valente and a Gloucester throwing error.

April 12, 1980 South Jersey native and Milwaukee Brewer infielder Don Money of Vineland and Cecil Cooper both blasted grand slam home runs in the 2nd inning of a 16 to 1 rout of the Boston Red Sox. The twin grand slams in one inning tied an all-time major league record.

April 15, 1941 Pitcher Eddie "Gorby" Smith, Columbus New Jersey, of the Chicago White Sox serves up a single to future Hall of Fame outfielder Joe DiMaggio. The hit starts DiMaggio's history making 56-game hitting streak. Smith would go on to post a 13-17 record in the 1941 season.

April 19, 1930 In a big league doubleheader at Boston, the Red Sox swept the New York Yankees 4 to 3 and 7 to 2. Collingswood's Bill Narleski, Sox shortstop, hitting out of the 7 hole in the line-up, went 3 for 9 on the day with a double and 2 RBI's.

April 22, 1910 The Philadelphia Athletics shut out the Boston Red Sox 3 to 0 behind the clutch hitting of Bridgeton's Rube Oldring. The South Jersey center-fielder went 2 for 5 with a run scoring double and a 2-run triple to account for all of the Athletics scores.

April 25, 1925 The Washington Senators continued to dominate the New York Yankees with a hard-fought 8 to 7 victory. South Jersey's Goose Goslin, in the midst of a hot April hitting streak, went 3 for 3 at the plate. He also scored 2 runs in helping produce an early 8-0 Senators lead.

April 29, 1999 Williamstown High's Mike Malone went 5 for 5 including a double to lead his Bears to an easy 17 to 7 thumping of Kingsway High. Williamstown led 12 to 3 after just 3 frames and continued scoring in the 4th and 5th to end the contest after 5 innings via the 10-run rule.

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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