The staff at PlayBall! would not consider the attire being sported by McKinley’s John Klune as optimum for baseball. Cleats and cut-off Levis were not a common sight on Alameda’s sandlots, but temperatures on this July day in 1970 may have warranted drastic measures. The question comes to mind, did John, the son of Vitus and Mary Klune of Buena Vista Avenue and a student at St. Joseph’s Grammar School, slide into any bases that day? No blood on those knees nor raspberries are visible on Klunes limbs.
The Bears would ultimately lose a close one to Krusi 3-1, notching their fourth “L” of the year. Meanwhile, Colt catcher Burt Soffiotto would aid pitcher Mike Cooper’s six-innings of shutout baseball by blasting a home run in the sixth. Host Krusi (4-0) would remain undefeated along with the other Midget League leaders, Washington and Godfrey. Bear hurler Raphael Cornejo would go down as the losing pitcher of record.
As for John, after this tilt he probably headed to Alameda’s network of saltwater lagoons for a refreshing dip in his drip-dry uniform.