Celebrating Bloodworth’s perfect game

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 01:36 PM.

The evening’s first game went poorly, with the Chief s losing 10-1. The nightcap brought the Chief ’s losing streak to a halt.

The following account of Bloodworth’s perfect game comes from Del Black, writing for the Lincoln Evening Journal.

“Thursday night’s action started in a dismal fashion when Green Bay whipped the deep left-center to open the second, only to find Pug Williams starting at the crack of the bat and hauling in the drive over his shoulder and near the fence.

“In the same inning, Fran Boniar, the winner of two minor league batting titles, hit a ‘frozen rope,’ to the left of second base where Don Bacon was moving, leaning and stretching to haul in the shot.

‘Tim Harkness brought the Shermantown crowd to its feet in the seventh with his screeching one-hopper, which was only inches foul. If fair, it would have gone for a triple.

“Pinch hitter John Osborne, batting with one out in the ninth, became the first man to run the count to 3-2 on Bloodworth. Cool Ronnie came in with a curve ball that Osborne fouled over the grandstand for new life. Osborne then looked at a called third strike.”

One sports writer praised Bloodworth saying, “(He) kept mixing up his multiple-speed curve and fast ball. His control was excellent. He ran the count to three balls on only three players.”

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