OTD: Salem vs Schuylerville Baseball

#onthisday in 1921, the Saratogian reported “SALEM HIGH SCHOOL DUE HERE SATURDAY

 (Special to The Saratogian.) 

Schuylerville, May 19.—Saturday afternoon at 3:30 the Schuylerville High school will cross bats with the Salem, Washington County nine, at Scully Park. This should be one of the best games on the local schedule as the Washington county boys have always had a good fast ball team. It is expected that they will furnish plenty of opposition to the locals. 

The locals have been practicing hard for the past week under the direction of Coach Williamson and pitting much of their time into base running and base sliding, as this seems to be one of the weak spots in the armor of the team. Battery practice was held Tuesday afternoon and both hurlers seem to be right in mid-season from. It is not known who will be Captain McCarty’s pitching selection since “Lefty” Milligan was hit by a pitched ball in the Ballston game. Milligan has been pitching stellar ball all season and it would be too bad If he were not able to pitch against the old rivals from the neighboring county. 

The lineup of the locals will be as follows: Milligan or Rugg, Pitcher; Rfuiiff, catcher; Capt. McCarty, 1b; Doran, 2b; Sullivan, 3b; Jaquith, ss. In the outfield will be Milligan, Russ or Ruff, If; Bolvln, cf; Hitchcock, or “Clem” Clark, in lf; With Ruff. Bolvin and Clark, the locals have one of the smallest outfields in northern New York. 

The Salem boys are to bring a large crowd of fans with them and the local students, it is expected, will not be a bit behind them when it comes t supporting the home team. Cheer Leader Walenta has been busy all week getting the local rooters in shape for the game Saturday afternoon and he expects to have a large representation at the grounds to help the home team. Tickets may be purchased from any member of the team. 
Photo credit: John “Lefty” Milligan. Milligan is one of the finest athletes in the history of Saratoga County and the only man from this community to gain pitching berths with both major leagues, having hurled for the Philadelphia Phillies of the National League shortly after graduating from Cornell University in 1928 and for the Washington Senators of the American League in 1934. Milligan played professionally with Newark, Baltimore, Buffalo, Albany and Toronto in the International League; Syracuse of the New York – Penn League; Nashville of the Southern Association; Dayton of the Central League; Wilkes-Barre and Scranton and finished his baseball career with Albany in 1934. He was a typical “southpaw” with plenty on the ball but inclined to be erratic. After retiring from the diamond, Milligan took over the Broadway Theater in the village.

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