Altoona baseball fans enjoy initial night game
Fifteen thousand, including record turnout of youngsters, see Homestead Grays win 6-1 from Kansas City – Fans able to follow every play.
Fifteen thousand baseball fans jammed the Pennsy Cricket field baseball park last night as Altoona staged its first night baseball game.
The sport audience was the largest at the field in several years and was the biggest single baseball audience in this city since the appearance some years ago of two major league ball teams for an exhibition.
Perfect Altoona weather, ideal lighting arrangements for the field, a spirited baseball game with plenty of feeling and a mighty appreciative crowd combined to make the Altoona night game a real big success.
Homestead Grays, the classy Negro League team of manager Cumberland Posey, opposed the Kansas City Monarchs, five-time Negro League champions. And that the two teams are real rivals goes without saying. They put up a great battle, and several times during the play the players were ready to mix it.
Homestead won the nine-inning battle 6 to 1, victory coming in the first inning. Stringbean Brewer, a 6-foot-7 hurler wearing No. 10 on his back, was the Caseys hurler, and he had some real slants to worry the Homesteaders. Britt, veteran ace of Homestead, had perfect control, and he kept out of danger most of the time.
The lights didn’t bother the ball players one bit, and fielding plays were many. The crowd was appreciative, and players were roundly applauded for their performance.
Evans, right field star for Homestead, pulled the feature catch in the seventh inning when he backed to the ropes that supported the right field lights and made a leaping catch of Mothell’s drive. Earlier in the round, White in center backed to the canvas fence in deep center to rob Turner of a home run.
More than 3,000 kids, all under 15 years of age, made merry out in the “free bleachers,” and they didn’t hear no curfew ring last night. The Works management retained the free stands for the kids, and the section was jammed to capacity. Taylor, Casey midfielder, had the crowd happy as he tossed a brand new ball into the stands for a scramble. Fans in right center also got a new ball as Evans, who made the final out, tossed the ball to the crowd as a souvenir.
More than four dozen baseballs were used in the game. Foul balls were lost in the darkness back of the field.
A total of 75 lights, in clusters of three each, were placed around the playing field. Not all the lights were needed for the game, six lights, including a cluster in left field, being turned off. Fans followed everything perfectly.
Homestead won the game in the first inning. Stevens pasted one down the right field foul line, and he reached third before the ball was returned. Harris walked. Charleston singled to score the runner. Johnson forced a runner at second, Turner to Allen. A double steal was engineered, and Harris scored. Johnson scored on White’s two bagger.
In the second, the Caseys got a run. Harris muffed a fly ball to start. After a whiff and an out at first, Scales muffed a roller at second to let a run in. The Caseys had two on in the fourth with a walk and two bagger, but no trouble resulted. Two were on in the fifth. In the sixth with two down, a single through short threatened trouble, but a catch in right saved the run. In the eighth, Caseys had the bases full on two walks and a single, but Britt fanned the final out.
Homestead got a run on a single to the box and a two bagger and wild pitch in the second. In the fifth, Turner’s error, a hit by pitched ball and infield out scored a run. The final tally came in the eighth on a single, error at third, single and fielder’s choice.
The two teams play at Scottdale tonight, Beaver Falls, Youngstown and Pittsburgh on successive nights. Lineups:
AB R H O A E
Stevens, ss 4 2 2 0 2 1
Harris, lf 3 1 1 1 0 1
Charleston, 1b 3 1 0 10 3 0
Johnson, 3b 3 1 1 0 2 0
Scales, 2b 4 1 0 4 4 1
White, cf 4 0 2 2 0 0
Ewing, c 3 0 1 9 0 0
Evans, rf 3 0 0 1 0 0
Britt, p 3 0 0 0 4 0
— — — — — —
Totals 30 6 7 27 15 3
AB R H O A E
Harding, rf 5 0 1 0 0 0
Mothell, 2b 4 0 1 3 6 0
Allen, ss 4 0 1 1 4 0
Young, c 3 1 0 4 0 1
Redus, lf 4 0 0 0 0 0
Taylor, cf 4 0 1 2 0 0
Joseph, 3b 3 0 1 0 0 0
Turner, 1b 4 0 0 14 1 2
Brewer, p 3 0 0 0 8 0
Dunkin, x 1 0 0 0 0 0
— — — — — —
Totals 34 1 5 24 19 3
Kansas City 010 000 000 – 1
Homestead 310 010 01X — 6
X–Batted for Brewer in 9th.
RBI, Joseph, White, Charleston, Harris. 2B, Harris, Mothell, Joseph, Taylor. 3B, Stevens. ER, Grays 3, KC 0. LOB, Grays 6, KC 7. SO, by Britt 8, by Brewer 4. SB, Charleston, Johnson, Young. BB, Britt 3, Brewer 2. HBP, by Britt (Brewer, Mothell); by Brewer (Johnson). PB, Young. DP, Allen, Mitchell, Turner. Time, 2 hours. Umpires, Schlegel and McNally. Scorer, “Os” Figard.