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Stokes Hough and Baseball : A Sandlot Baseball Roundtable
August 12, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Baseball in Cleveland, at the amateur and professional levels, was in flux during the mid-1960s. Cleveland had been the “Sandlot Capital of the World”, but amateur baseball participation was declining and challenged by economic changes and new entertainment options. The Cleveland Indians were also coping with changes at the professional level after great success in the late 1940s and through the 1950s. These challenges mirrored the challenges faced by the City of Cleveland and new mayor Carl Stokes. Join us for a panel discussion with some of Cleveland’s sandlot stars. Preview our Panel and Historic Displays
Panelists scheduled to appear.
Norbert “Nobby” Lewandowski
“Nobby” initially exhibited his baseball prowess in the Class F league, earned four baseball letters at Benedictine High School (graduating in 1955), and earned the first baseball scholarship to Kent State University. AT KSU, he earned another four letters, graduating with a degree in accounting in 1959. After college, he pitched in the minor leagues with the Washington, Minnesota and Pittsburgh organizations from 1960-62. From 1963-1970, he pitched for the Class A Wenham Truckers, winners of several championships in the 1960s. Lewandowski was once described by a Plain Dealer reporter as “the most dominant pitcher in Ohio amateur baseball during the 60s era.” Along the way, he earned a M.B.A from Case Western Reserve University in 1964. Lewandowski was inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.
Gary played minor league baseball in the Cleveland Indians’ system from 1963 to 1967 in the Midwest (A), Carolina (A), and Eastern Leagues (AA) respectively. He was a right-handed batter who played shortstop, second base, and first base. During his entire minor league career, Oring collected 354 hits, 11 home runs, 125 RBI’s with a .237 batting average.
Frank was named manager of the Wenham Truckers of the PD-Class A League prior to the beginning of the 1966 season. The Truckers won multiple Cleveland Class A league championships during the latter 1960s under Petruno’s strong leadership. Prior to managing, Petruno broke into Class A baseball in 1950, when he was an outfielder with Knapp Wines while he was still attending East Tech. He played semi-pro ball in the Eastern Shore League 1952-54. His best year was in 1956, when he batted a robust .420 for Rosenblums.
Russ was a farm hand for the Cleveland Indians before turning to journalism. He went on to become the beat writer covering the Indians for The Plain Dealer 1964-1978 and to author numerous books about the Indians including The Cleveland Indians Encyclopedia. Russ was inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.
Garry was a pitcher with the Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox and Seattle Pilots during the 1960s. Born in Cleveland on April 16, 1940, he was inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. He was a star in baseball and basketball at St. Ignatius High School and the University of Dayton.
Rich was a star third baseman with the Minnesota Twins during the 1960s, appearing in two All Star Games and the 1965 World Series. He concluded his 10-year playing career with the Indians in 1970. He was a three-time All-Mid-American Conference team selection as a second baseman at Kent State University. Rollins was inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.
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