Frederick American Little League: Welcome

Monday, July 21
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FREDERICK AMERICAN LITTLE LEAGUE MISSION
Frederick American Little league is an all volunteer organization that provides a fun, safe environment for the youth of Frederick to experience the game of baseball. Our focus is to encourage participation, develop character, promote teamwork, and develop league and community pride. We strive to provide age appropriate instruction in the development of baseball skills, sportsmanship, competitiveness and fair play. Frederick American Little league is committed to fostering a love of the game as well as teaching respect of all players and officials. We follow the principles of the Positive Coaching Alliance in support of this mission. 

 

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THIS WEEK IN 60TH ANNIVERSARY HISTORY PRESENTS . . .

Chapter 7: “ 1977! ”

In the words of our own hometown newspaper in 1977, Frederick American had a reputation of being a patsy in 11/12 All-Star play. In our first five years of existence, we never made it past the first round and had only reached the finals twice since. In those years of moderate success, we lost to Brunswick in the 1960 final on a passed ball in the 7th inning and again the following year when Brunswick pitcher Paul Barker threw a one hitter. So it was no surprise that by the time 1977 rolled around, nobody took Frederick American seriously. In fact, after we beat Frederick National in round one, our second round opponent, Sykesville, showed up on game night at the wrong field, believing there was no way we could have beaten Frederick National in round one. Then they started their second best pitcher figuring they’d save their ace for the District II title game. By the end of that night, Sykesville had fallen also to the big bats of Frederick American and nobody was laughing anymore.

Going into the title game against East Frederick, Frederick American fans realized they had used up a lot of the good fortune and their nine lives to make it to the title game. Their past history weighed more in favor of another loss than in walking home as district champs. The stats told the story. Our pitching was average, our fielding below average, but our hitting had brought the all-stars to Max Kehne Park and a possible date with destiny. In 1977, Sertoma alone averaged 16.1 runs a game and had 252 hits in just 18 contests and one batter, Troy Wilson, batted .683 on the season. In both Frederick American’s first two all star wins, the team had scored in double digits.

But season statistics aside, there was that past dismal history hovering over the Frederick American All Stars and when East Frederick scored 5 runs in the 5th to take a 9-6 lead, the clouds of past defeats began to darken the Frederick skies above Max Kehne Park. But the Frederick American All Stars wouldn’t go quietly and drew two bases on balls to start the 6th with the lead runner scoring on a passed ball. It was 9-7 with one out when catcher Robbie Naylor stepped into the box. Fans remember the crack of the bat to this day, the ball rising, and some will even say the exact place in center field where it cleared the wall. Naylor had hit a home run and tied the score! After scoring three more runs in the 7thinning and shutting down East Frederick in the bottom of the 7th, fans rushed the field and Frederick American celebrated their first district title in history!

Although Frederick American would fall to Hagerstown National in Division play on Aug 3, 1977, the 5-4 score showed they never stopped fighting their opponents or their past. There would be other all star teams in later years that succeeded in great ways, but the 1977 11/12 All- Stars deserve credit as the first to bring home a district title!

Stay tuned for more next week . . .

 

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