In 1970, four Franklin Eagles moved across the island to join a band of baseball mercenaries playing in the ARPD Police League.
The combined McKinley-Godfrey entry saw Bill Leitz, Ray Ratto, Jr., Mike McCollum and Steve Chavez break away from their traditional sandlot to join a heavy hitting lineup.
During the week of August 20, they faced off against their former Eagle teammates, and pummelled the Franklin Nine by a score of 11-2. Leading the way were the Gang of Four who each contributed two hits including a two-sacker per man.
What were the circumstances behind this Gold Coast treason? Was this an isolated incident or was recruiting widespread in the high school circuit? Perhaps this defection was the result of being 86’d from their native park or the B&M Market.
Stay tuned while our team of crack PlayBall! reporters comb the archives and gather witnesses for waterboard interrogation.