Rockaway Boys Of Summer
Sixty-five summers ago, a group of boys from Rockaway decided to forego fun on the beach and play baseball.
Under the tutelage of Patrolman George Lorenz and later Patrolman Joe Blutrick, they played for the 100 Precinct Police Athletic League team.
After a spotty start, the 100 Precinct beat the 112 Precinct for the Queens Championship. They now faced the 9 Precinct from the Lower Eastside in Manhattan, which had previously eliminated the boys from The Bronx.
Someone said, “They look like pretty tough guys,” to which a kid from the Beach replied, “Oh yeah, we’re pretty tough too!” The 100 Precinct easily won 4-1.
The stage was set now for the City Championship game to be played at YANKEE STADIUM. They had to face a formidable team from the 78 Precinct in Brooklyn – which had beaten the 121 Precinct from Staten Island.
At 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 17, 1946, the game was played under overcast skies. Rain washed it out after 5 innings with the score tied at 5-5.
A week later at the Parade Grounds in Brooklyn, the dream came to an end.
Brooklyn won 7-3.
Some of the team survive and reminisce about our days of Glory at that “Big Ball Orchard in The Bronx.”
The 100 Precinct Team 1946:
1st Base: Jack “Dutch” Ebert
2nd Base: John O’Keefe
3rd Base: George Cavooris
SS: Pete Iadenza
Outfield: Gene “Eutch” O’Brien
Geoff Hayden; Otto Stridiron
Catcher: John McEachern
Pitchers: John “Goff” Hayden;
Batboy: Tony Hayden