ARPD umpire Steve Choy has a perfect view as Rittler catcher Leon Santos tries to apply a tag on the Krusi runner. It’s clear from this photo that “Cap Simpson” was safe, forever verifying that Choy made the correct call. Unfortunately for the host Colts, this run was not enough as Santos and his Rittler teammates would win the PeeWee League championship game 9-4.
But that’s not the whole story associated with this Acamar photo that first appeared in the Alameda Times Star on August 27, 1973. Although the runner in the photo was identified in the original caption as “Cap Simpson”, the Krusi Colts had no one by that name on their PeeWee roster, or in the official box score! It’s been widely rumored, and since verified by former park rat Gary Berti, that fictitious names were occasionally created to assist journalists in crafting the weekly PlayBall! supplement. A scandalous practice indeed!
Since the guiding principle of truth in journalism must be upheld, the dedicated staff of PlayBall! – Alameda’s Sandlot Blog have researched the matter to bring you, our loyal readers, the real answer. Here is what we have discovered:
Four runs were scored that day by the Colts. Two by shortstop Rick Murray. One each for Larry Delau and first baseman Scott Wisenbach. Additional research found photographic evidence that both Murray and Delau were wearing Oakland A’s caps that day… however, the runner in the photo was also wearing black Converse All-Star lowtops. Murray was wearing Adidas! Thus, Dr. Watson, we conclude that the mysterious “Cap Simpson” is actually… Colt rightfielder Larry Delau!