Days of Yore
as recounted by

Bill Day


An item in the tin box
When the cornerstone of the Post Office building was moved to enable the building of a ramp for handicapped persons, the tin box that was inside the stone had many interesting items.  One was a Haddon Gazette of June 13, 1935 that had a report of a baseball game in a style that was noteworthy.  Here it is:

Tuesday Night's Game
As seen by
"Barney Bowen"
Haddonfield A.A. 6
Black Eagles 4

Haddon A.A. clipped the wings of the Black Eagles of Gloucester on the Presby Grounds in a seven inning twilight fuss, score 6-4.  The Eagles did not fly so high in the first inning and our boys did all their scoring.

The Gloucester Brood collected a couple of runs in the initial stanza on a walk, an error, and a single by Johnson, the visitor's first baseman.  This same Johnson poled out a two-base blow in the fifth and scored on a wild peg.  The last alien run was scored in the sixth when Ganley, the second baseman, led off with a double and scored on a single by Barzel, the third baseman.

"Mose" Hayes led our boys out of the wilderness in the first when he planted a two-bagger in the bullrushes out in right field.  Hal Holloway walked.  Beau Brommell Burger, the Bambino busting-backstopper, bounced a beauty to left.  Buzz Sheridan walked, Bud Schaub singled, Shoeless Joe Brennan singled, Don Tees sacrificed and our side had six runs and the Eagles were all caged up.

The Birds of Prey collected eight hits off our Davvy's curve balls, big Ed whiffed eight, hit one of the Feathered Flock in the ribs and gave free tickets to six.  The Ebony Birds had two twirlers on the slab, Chubby Letzgus started but gave way to "Runt" De Lue in the first inning bombardment.

"Barney Bowen" did not win a Pulitzer Prize in 1935 for sports writing, but if there had been an Originality Prize that year "Barney" would have been a shoo-in for it. Homepage
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