Gopher Big Bat
The July 27, 1970 edition of the Alameda Times Star’s weekly baseball supplement, Play Ball, declared Mark Regan the ARPD’s Midget League Player of the Week.
The one-paragraph article describing Regan’s heroics went on to read as follows: “Mark was the deciding factor in the Godfrey Gophers’ successful staving off of an upset-minded Woodstock Seal team and preserving their undefeated season mark. Going 2 for 4 at the plate, Mark produced a double and a grand slam homer while personally scoring seven times. With the Gophers leading in the sixth inning by a lone run 10-9, Mark totaled a pitch with the bases loaded and put Woodstock in a five-run hole with only one at bat left. Mark is currently batting at a .444 clip in Midget competition and is credited by Godfrey playground director Mel Arnerich as being one of the main reasons why his Midgets are leading the league. Mark is a fifth-grader at St. Philip Neri and both bats and throws left-handedly.”
Let’s did deeper into those numbers. Mark scored SEVEN RUNS?! We must conclude that Regan actually got to the plate seven times. In addition to his two hits in four official plate appearances, we can assume he also drew three base on balls and took advantage of two fielder’s choice plays or errors.
Nice work, Mr. Regan.