One typed paged including team photograph; history of the 1955 Babe Ruth League baseball world champions.
ABASH VALLEY WP R O F I L E SA series of tributes to hometown heroes who have made a difference.1955 Babe Ruth League World Championsn August 20, 1955--50 years ago--Terre Haute became the world capital of Babe Ruth League baseball. On that night in Austin, Texas, one of the finest teams ever assembled in the city defeated Birmingham, Ala., 5-4, in the championship game of the Babe Ruth World Series before 5,500 people. During late July and early August, the Terre Haute All-Star team, composed of athletes 15, 14 and 13 years old, won the state cham(back) Glenn Staggs, Jerry Porter, Charlie Hall, Terry Dischinger, Bob Kehrt, Gary Cunning, Larry Rush, Jim Calvin, Donas Dischinger. (front) Bob Clements, Larry Lucas, Gene Jeffers, pionship Willie Cheesman, Gary Auten, Don Lanning, John Roshel, Marvin Haney, Luke Montgomery. and the Ohio Valley Regional, both held at Memorial Stadium, to qualify for the eight-team World Series. Managed by Glenn Staggs who was assisted by Donas Dischinger, the Terre Haute All-Stars defeated two-time national champion Stamford, Conn., 3-2, in the opening round Tuesday, Aug. 16, to earn the right to play Clarksburg, W. Va., which defeated Omaha, 5-0, on Friday night. Pitchers Charlie Hall and Bob Kehrt collaborated for the victory. Terry Dischinger recorded two RBIs on a squeeze play and Larry Rush singled home the winning run. Meanwhile, Birmingham edged Portland, Ore,. and Oakland, Cal., beat Tulsa, Okla. Rush knocked in two runs and limited Clarksburg to two hits in 6 1/3 innings Friday night as Terre Haute won, 4-2. With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, Gene Jeffers came in to retire the side with only one run scoring. Birmingham advanced to the finale by edging Oakland, 3-2. With sportscaster Darl Wible in Austin delivering the play-by-play over WBOW, Terre Haute citizens nervously listened as their team fell behind, 2-1, after six innings, though southpaw Kehrt had limited the opponents to only three hits. Birmingham pitcher Rod Gilbert was almost equally effective. With two out and the bases loaded in the sixth, Hall relieved Kehrt to secure the final out of the inning. Walks to Bob Clements and Gary Cunning, a sacrifice by Willie Cheesman and singles by Dischinger, Rush and Gary Auten were highlights in the top of the seventh when Terre Haute scored four runs to take a 5-2 lead. Birmingham rallied, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh before pitcher Jim Calvin was brought in to get the final two outs. Fire trucks and city officials awaited to honor the world championship team when it arrived at Terre Haute's Union Station early Monday afternoon, Aug. 22. A triumphant tour took the players through downtown streets and the 12 Points business area.OAlways Close to Home812-238-6000EQUAL HOUSING LENDER MEMBER FDICSign up now for FREE* online banking atwww.first-online.comEQUAL HOUSING LENDER MEMBER FDIC*One-time sign-up fee is $5.95File name: 1955 Babe Ruth World Champions profileDate Published: August 11, 2005
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