Thursday, October 4, 1956 Vol. C678



East Farewell - On September 29, 1956, at the peak of his baseball career, Joe Nagy took the mound against fellow lefty Bob Murray of the Albany Senators, and a pitcher’s duel for the ages ensued. Nagy has had an excellent season racking up a 20-5 season, but this game, a perfect game, will standout not only in the record books but in town history. Nagy faced the minimum 27 batters and threw his final fastball as fast as his first.  The Travelers came to finish of the season on a strong note with no chance of moving up in the standings but with a loss possibly moving down into third place. The win cemented their second place finish but the last game was a splendid history making gem that will be remembered for a long time. There has been only one other perfect game pitched in the league and that was back in 1930, long before any current player was even in the league. Nagy has pitched a no hitter back in 1952 but this was his masterpiece. The Senators were held scoreless, while the Travelers scored just one run, in the fifth inning. Traveler Dale Dunham walked to lead off the inning, and then advanced to second on a sacrifice. He stole third and then scored when the Senators catcher fumbled one of Murray’s throws. As it turned out, one run was all Nagy needed to bring home the victory. His fastballs, which seemed to rise as they reached the plate, whizzed past batters. His curveball was typically devastating, buckling batters at the knees, almost always crossing the plate as a strike after following its parabolic path. As he closed in on a perfect game, Nagy faced the middle of the Senators order. He struck out Chuck Thompson and Bob Franks in the eighth before striking out the side in the ninth to secure his first perfect game.

            The only unfortunate side of this stellar accomplishment would be that the attendance for the game was not the usual sellout crowd that the Travelers have enjoyed almost all season. Due to the conflicting schedule with the opening of the Regional High School football Cougars the attendance was only about half of the usual crowd, too bad for the football crowd. This game will go down in Travelers history and in a few years everyone in town will probably say they were in the stands.



East Farewell – The Cougars opened their season against their arch rival Slate Mountain on Saturday with a win, 27-24. The Cougars had a couple of new faces this year, most prominently at QB. Bill Dolan played behind Jimmy O’Conner for two years and took the reins this year. The rest of the backfield is intact, just a year older and a year more experienced. Reilly, Wilson and Brown are all back and they came to the game ready to play. The only other new face was kicker, Dave Galloway, a freshman trying to fill the huge shoes of the legendary Charlie Cox who holds every record for kicking in the school’s history.

The sold out crowd was evenly divided between Miners and the Cougars and the noise was constant. Whenever either team approached the line a roar erupted from the stands and several times both quarterbacks had to back away from the line and regroup before calling the play. The Cougars tried to go to a quick call offense in the third quarter but abandoned that after two quick illegal procedure calls cost them ten precious yards.  The Miners came out in the first half showing an aggressive run oriented offense that focused on fullback, James Docket, who carried the ball fifteen times and scored two touchdowns. Miners quarterback, Morton Quigley, only took to the air six times in the first half but was able to complete four, all to end Frank Luccassi. In a complete contrast the Cougars came out throwing the ball and focusing on senior wide receiver Mitch “Merc” McMaster who was running long routes and making his trademark catches on the edge of the field. The Cougars were able to score two also but freshman kicker David Galloway missed his second extra point attempt. The first half ended, Miners 14 Cougars 13.

            The second half started with a bang as Cougars returned the kickoff back to the Miner’s 23. Junior running back Doyle Richardson ran 100 yards back and forth across the field, evading Miners, back tracking and sprinting forward finally getting corralled by three Miners and brought down at the 23. That set up another Dolan to McMaster connection for a quick score with a straight down and out with McMaster leaping for the completion in the end zone. Young kicker, Galloway, kicked his second extra point starting a new streak. He has a long way to go to break the one the former kicker Charlie Cox set with a total of 68 extra points in a row over three years. 

            The Miners came right back and marched down the field on the back of Docket with a time consuming drive that ended with a Docket center plunge for a score. The drive ate up almost seven minutes and most of the third quarter. With the score tied and the fourth quarter beginning Dolan took to the air again but this time focused on sophomore tight end, Richie McGee. Dolan worked the middle of the field while the Miners tried to double team McMaster. McGee is new to the team this year but has been quickly accepted and put on the first team thanks to his 5’11” frame and 165 lbs weight not to mention his magnetic hands. He was able to haul in five quick passes and move the team down the field to the 18. Dolan then changed things up and sent “Tank” Brown through the middle twice ending with a five yard run in for the score. Galloway completed his extra point. The Miners were not going to go down easy though. After a strong Galloway kickoff the Miners marched down the field and were in position to score again but senior defensive end, Pat McKean stopped Docket in the backfield that forced the Miners to try a 30 yard field goal. Miner’s kicker, Al Cappelli, booted a beautiful kick, straight and true. The Miners hoped they would be able to get the ball back for another try but the Cougars stayed on the ground and ate up the remaining clock with runs by Brown, Wilson and Reilly.  

            The fans did not learn of Nagy’s perfect game until after the football game ended and there were some mixed emotions. “Wow, I am sorry I missed that, it was historic. Oh well, I had to see the Cougars on opening day, it’s what I do,” said sports fan Tim Harrison after he got the news.

            The stay at home next week and face the Riverview Wildcats on Saturday. They will meet on the High School field beginning at 1:45.



President Eisenhower is hailed by big crowds in Pittsburgh. In Seattle, Adlai Stevenson tells his audience that the “undue delegation of responsibility and authority by the President” is hazardous” in this Atomic Age and “diminishes the office of the presidency.”

Vice President Nixon says that insofar as his campaign schedule permits, he intends to “nail personally on the spot every distortion and every misrepresentation of the Eisenhower record” by Adlai Stevenson.

President Eisenhower defines the central issue of the 1956 campaign as “the management of America’s affairs at home.” He said foreign policy has not become a basic issue. In lighter news October 14 - the President’s birthday is “National Ike Day” and will be climaxed by a TV show. He’ll be 66.


Capt Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the French undersea explorer who helped set off a world-wide wave of enthusiasm for skin diving by co-inventing the aqua lung and by writing the new film “The Silent World,” warns youngsters against buying diving gear and going under water without instruction. “Silent World” is a film covering the undersea explorations of Cousteau’s oceanographic expeditions aboard the converted French minesweeper Calypso. It won the highest honor at the 1956 Cannes film festival.


British papers are having a field day with Prince Charles’ haircut, which now includes bangs. The Daily Express remarked “the Prince’s hair was even closer to his eyebrows than usual.” The young Prince, who is (7), gets his hair cut from a barber named Crisp, who calls every two weeks at Buckingham Palace. Price is four shillings sixpence (62 cents).


Published by JD Carroll