|Posted by romeraiders on July 25, 2011 at 11:12 PM|
In chapter one it was mentioned that Dick Higbie may have hit Ken Brereton's garage. I spoke with Dick a few nights ago on the phone. He's 72 now and he lives in Illinois. Dick said he hit it twice, he said one time he only got a triple out of it because the fielder was playing him on the other side of the road. This of course was before the days of the fence.
Dick also said he also liked playing at Jones Park in Fort as one time he hit one over the road in left field. Dick also told me how Rome won the Lakes division in 57, the summer after he and Roger Boos graduated from high school together. He thought the Rome team folded in about 1967.
Some of the guys he mentioned that played for Rome while he played were Roger Boos, 2nd base, Donnie Boos, 3rd base, Donnie Barnes, first base, (he said that Donnie was good at pulling off the hidden ball trick), Chet Trebitowski, pitcher, Bobby Ley, pitcher, Vic Bente, Wayne Boos, and Babe Ley.
There were others too but the phone call caught him a bit off guard and he said his memory was a little fuzzy with the call catching him off guard. He seemed to enjoy talking about the memories though. I asked him if he remembered the 49 team that won it, he said he did as he was 10 years old at the time. He said Tine Ley was the best centerfielder that he ever saw play in the Lakes. Andy Holat also played in the Tine era. He said something about his dad Warren and the story of his dad throwing his spikes out the car window while passing through Sullivan after a game in 33. Warren Higbie and Tine Ley would be early players from Rome to be voted into the Land O Lakes Hall of Fame. As the years would pass by Commissioner Mike Trebitowski, Kent Hoffman, and Dennis Linse would follow.
Dick said the Rome diamond used to be behind the old Albert Sears home in Staude field before its present location. Dick also said Rome should have won it all in 57 as they had the bases loaded with none out and couldn't score. Dick ended up playing with Palmyra and also had some time with the team in Ixonia.