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BASEBALL TEAM, 1946
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The Central High baseball team of 1946,
under the guidance of Vernon J. Bradburn.
had a fairly successful season. Starting this
year again in the Public High School League
each school plays every school twice, making
a total of 14 games to play.
The season opened on March 26 in a non-
league affair, with the Redwings losing a close
hard-fought game to McBride, 3-2.
Another non-league experimental game was
played with U. City in which the Tigers won
9-6, I-Iousher doing a fine job of relief
The next non-league game was with South
Side Catholic and resulted in the first victory
for Central. It was an extra-inning ball game,
with Don Kopfensteiner hurling a fine game.
The hard-hitting Bill Mirth won the game
in the ninth inning by slugging out a home
The following day South Side visited Cen-
tral and the Redwings won 4-2, with Elmer
Roberts pitching and with help from Bris-
lane, lVlcRoberts, and Talghader at the plate.
The first league encounter was with South-
west and resulted in a 3-2 victory, Kopfen-
steiner doing the pitching and also driving in
two of his team's three runs.
The next league game was with Roosevelt,
in which Central pounded out 15 runs to
Cleveland visited Central for the next
league game, which Cleveland won, 6-5.
In another non-league game, East St. Louis
had an ll-8 victory over the Redwings, Jess
Bell and Elmer Roberts sharing plate honors.
A few days later the East Siders again proved
too strong for the Central nine and won the
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In one of the more exciting and close games
of the season, Soldan handed Central its
fourth straight league defeat, 34-33, in an
overtime thriller. Ackerman's 19 points were
too much for the Central cagers, as they failed
to hold a one-point lead in regular time, and
lost a three-point lead in the overtime session.
Beaumont trounced Central in a non-league
game, 44-22. Leading at the half, 24-6, the
Bluejackets played their second team in the
majority of the second half and breezed to
Central traveled to Cape Girardeau for its
next game, as they avenged a previous defeat
at the hands of the Cape five, and ended a
six-game losing streak. lt was the first time
a Central live had defeated Cape Girardeau on
its home floor since 1940. Final score was
25-23, as Al Potolsky forced the Central at-
tack with 10 points.
An improved Central five pressed a strong
U. City team throughout, before they finally
succumbed to a 32-28 defeat. Failure to
make free throws was the major cause of
defeat. Jack Howell led Central scorers by
hitting the net for 10 points.
Central continued its fine play against the
No. 3 ranked team in the district, Roosevelt,
as they lost their fifth consecutive league game,
45-33. Skewes' l0 points was high for Cen-
tral, but Lum Edwards' 18 points for Roose-
velt proved to be the margin of defeat.
Central went on to win its first league game
against a hapless McKinley five. After a close
first half the Midtowners pulled away and
won by a decisive score of 35-28. Jack How-
ell's 13 points paced Central. 3
Beaumont was the last regularly scheduled
and last league game for the Central Red-
wings. In this game the Bluejackets won
their 18th straight game of the season. How-
ever, this game was in direct contrast to the
previous meeting of the two schools. The
Central cagers jumped off to an early start
and battled the mighty Jackets on even terms
for three and a half quarters, when the fight-
ing Redwing squad finally let up and Beau-
mont scored 15 of their total points. Final
score read 44-26, an injustice to the close
play of the game. Skewes' ll points paced
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Central was again entered in the sub-
regional tournaments. For our first opponent
we drew Normandy, strongest team in the
County and ranked second only to Beaumont
in the district. This game marked again the
improved playing of the Central squad. The
Redwings battled on even terms throughout
the whole game except for a lapse in the
second quarter, when Normandy scored 16
points. Inaccuracy of shots caused the Mid-
towners to lose a very well-played game as
the Redwings outshot the mighty Normandy
team at least two to one. Jim Brislane led
Central scorers with seven, as a valiant Cen-
tral team lost 42-30.
Central wound up its season by winning
only three of their eighteen games. The Red-
wings landed in seventh place in the Public
High League, with a one and-six-record,
while winning only two of its eleven non-
league games. The prospects for a successful
season is bright, as three regulars are return-
ing for next year.
Al Mirth Bill Skewes
Jack Howell Earl Lawrence
Jim Brislane Jim Patterson. Manager
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In the next league encounter Blewett won
from Central 9-4. The defeat was caused
mostly by errors and not hitting in the clutch.
In the next league game Soldan's rally was
cut short in the seventh inning and the Red-
wings came through again with an 8-7 vic-
tory. Kopfensteiner was the winning pitcher.
In a free-scoring league game, Central wal-
loped McKinley 10-3.
In a race for Iirst place, Beaumont defeated
Central 6-2, with Beaumont's ace hurler.
Loeser, only allowing three hits.
Next, Central visited Roosevelt and the
latter outscored Central 6-5. Tough breaks
in the late innings decided the defeat. Mc-
Roberts, Mirth and Central's ace hurler.
Kopfensteiner, were the big guns at the plate.
Central won from Cleveland 3-O in the
first shutout of the season. This game was
pitched by Talghader, who was helped out
at the plate by lVIcRoberts and Humphreys.
The next league game was a reversal of
form as the Redwings defeated McKinley by
a score of 7-2. This was a game in which
Central's hitting and pitching, combined.
proved too strong and was a disaster for Mc-
Kinley. McRoberts, Bell, Mirth, and Bris-
lane were the batting leaders in the game.
Again in a league game Central walloped
Soldan 1 l-1, with Kopfensteiner again pitch-
ing a masterful game. Murray was Central's
big gun at the plate.
The next game Beaumont won by the score
of 6-O, with Beaumont's pitcher allowing
only two hits and no runs.
In the last game of the season the Red-
wings outscored Southwest 8-6. This was
Central's eighth league victory against six
defeats. This game put Central in third place.
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The leading hitter of the regulars was Mc-
Roberts, and the best pitcher was Kopfen-
steiner, who had six victories. With a little
more support on the defense and some more
good hitting the record would have been much
Richard Woods. Manag r
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