Saturday, April 5, 2014

Two Games In, Good So Far!

One win, one loss.
Not a bad start to the Skitz season, and I like what I see so far. If the bullpen can hold the opposition to a dull roar it appears the hitting is able to put a few runs on the board late in the game.
Mateo at work vs Barons

The starting pitching has struggled, though we know what Mateo is capable of and I suspect Floro is better than he looked against the Barons. In the field the early reports would be favorable, especially the outfield defense. In all, it could be an exciting season for the Montgomery fans!

I cant get away from these dates, there is so much great baseball having been played in Montgomery this week. Today we will take a look at the games that took place on April 4th and 5th.

APRIL 4 1935 

Dizzy Dean
The St Louis Cardinals face Auburn in an exhibition game at Cramton Bowl, but the story is in the players who aren't there - Dizzy Dean and Charley Gelbert... well, you can read it yourself!

APRIL 4 1936 
Bill "General" Lee

The Philadelphia Phillies vs Chicago Cubs in Montgomery for an exhibition game. Pitcher Bill Lee to start for Chicago intends to pitch all nine innings if the weather is warm. The weather was warm and so were the Cubs, who put on a show for the Montgomery fans.

APRIL 4 1941 

St. Louis Cardinals defeat Montgomery Rebels 4-0 in exhibition game at Cramton Bowl. Cardinals starter Newell Kimball tosses a three hitter against the Rebels

APRIL 4 1946 

Detroit Tigers 5 Boston Braves 3 in an exhibition game, future Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg homered and drove in four runs, missing a triple for the cycle.

APRIL 4 1952 

The Braves face the Dodgers in Montgomery in an exhibition game.

The Braves starter Dick Donovan beats Chris Van Cuyk of the Dodgers 7-0

April 5th brings as much or more history, plenty of exhibition games in Montgomery as we host the Indians, Phillies and a Reds-Tigers game that never takes place.

APRIL 5 1928 

The Cleveland Indians defeat the Montgomery Rebels 6-1 in exhibition at Cramton Bowl.

A heavy Alabama connection in the game with George Grant pitching and Luke Sewell catching, Joe Sewell at shortstop - all are Alabama natives in the big leagues with Cleveland.

APRIL 5th 1949 

Dick Sisler
Montgomery Rebels host the Philadelphia Phillies, who beat the Rebels 2-1 in rain shortened six inning match. The Rebels held the Phils to one hit, but somehow wound up on the losing end of the game.

APRIL 5 1969 
The Cincinnati vs Detroit exhibition game in Montgomery is rained out, the last time Montgomery hosted a big league team before Saturdays Rays-Biscuits game.

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