Monday, October 15, 2007

Mr. October

The Mid-Atlantic Wrestling softball team was alleged to have been unbeatable in the summer and fall of 1973. That's their story and they're stickin' to it.

Actually, this photo of the team appeared in an issue of Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Magazine published that year and was taken June 10, 1973 in Mooresville NC at a benefit to raise money for medical expenses for a brave 10-year old kid named Mike Atwell. The Mid-Atlantic All-Stars battled the Mooresville Policemen and Firemen to a 23-23 tie after 8 innings!

From left to right -
Front row: Nelson Royal, Johnny Weaver, Scott Casey, Klondike Bill
Back row: Jack Reid (coach), David Royal (coach), Les Thatcher, Big Boy Brown (in back), Angelo Martinelli, Bob Roop, Jerry Brisco, Ronnie Garvin, and Sandy Scott.
Not pictured: Big Bill Ward, John Ringo and Jackie Crockett. Jack Reid worked for Nelson Royal at his ranch and Western Store in Mooresville. Photo by Gene Gordon

Some highlights from the game included "Mr. October" Johnny Weaver making what was described as a "diving, rolling, Willie Mays catch" on the foul line in left field, as well as 4 hits and several R.B.I.s. Catcher Les Thatcher had the only home run of the afternoon, and Big Bill Ward pinch-hit and scored the eventual tieing run. But there were lots of funny moments as well, and I will be printing the text of the article that accompanied the photo above which will give the complete run down of the game. That will appear in a future post; October just seemed like a good time to post this photo. -D. Bourne