If you can tear your eyes away from the prime physical specimen that was Krusi’s Gary Berti, take a closer look at what the photo below reveals about ARPD baseball in the summer of 1970.
As the ever swift Berti prepares to round first base, his left foot appears to be squashing a sack of flour. Back in the day, bases were indeed canvas sacks, usually filled with straw. Heavy duty canvas straps were sewn to the underside of the base and attached to a metal stake in the ground. The straps were then tightened to keep the base in place. You’ve probably heard the term “three-sacker” used for a triple. Now you can see why.
Also, if you look beyond the full crop of hair that once adorned the head of McKinley’s first baseman, Chuck Werk, you’ll notice something else. The old scoreboard on Diamond #3 at Krusi Park. These structures are a throw back to the bygone era of the Pacific Coast League. Painted Fenway green, many of these scoreboards sat atop elevated wooden platforms. To be honest, I don’t recall anyone ever using them for the intended purpose during my ARPD career, however, the scoreboard platforms added some flare to the program. They were also kid magnets. Park directors spent a fair amount of time blowing their whistles and hollering: “Hey! Get off of that scoreboard!“