Tuesday, June 22, 2010

McDaniels Starts Strong, But Loses Game To Bushwicks On Wild Pitch

Booker McDaniels cruised through the semi-pro Brooklyn Bushwicks line-up for the first seven innings. The Bushwicks were all white, one of the top semi-pro teams in the nation, and frequently hosted Negro leagues teams in exhibitions. The Long Island Daily Press reported McDaniels was "probably the fastest hurler the (Bushwicks) have faced this season" and that he "blazed his knee-high pitches past the batters with monotonous regularity." But things "went sour" in the eighth and ninth. The Monarchs yielded two in the eighth to create a tie, and in the ninth, McDaniels made a throw to first base while it was unmanned, and then allowed the winning run on a wild pitch.

Jackie had a fine day at the plate, but took a ball off the chin while playing the field. It must not have rattled him--He was the only batter with an extra base hit, chalking up two doubles to go with a single in four at-bats. He also knocked in two runs and scored one.

The game is also notable for being one of the very few that Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe ever played with the Monarchs.

(McDaniels and the Monarchs got another shot at the Bushwicks in August.)

June 23 Long Island Daily Press

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