|I was friends with their star, Doug Haney. Doug had taught me how to hit home runs instead of the Punch & Judy variety
of hits that I was known for. He also let me in on a big secret. He told me, "Without fail, if Ricky Shearn gets ahead of
you no balls and two strikes, he will throw you a change-up."
So it is with this backdrop, that the Dormont Little League World Series of 1974 started. In the first inning, Police jumped
ahead of Hardware 3-0 after scratching a couple of hits and errors off of Perry. In the bottom of the first, Perry hit a
homerun to make it 3-2. Bubba Staab hit a two-run homer in the fourth, making it 5-2. After Perry's single and a
screaming double off of Nagy's bat, we had men on second & third when I came to bat.
I stepped into the box and began my Willie Stargell wind-up. I heard the umpire yell, "Strike one!" before I had finished
winding up. I thought to myself, "Wow, I didn't even see that pitch! I better start swinging earlier if I want to catch up
with Shearn's fastball." I swung at the next pitch as hard as I could. The ball was already being thrown back by the
catcher by the time I had completed my swing! "Strike two!" So now, Shearn had me by the count of 0-2.
I smiled a knowing smile...
|LITTLE LEAGUE DYNASTY
|Photos Donated By Douglas Haney
|1974 DORMONT POLICE LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM
First Row : M. Anzelone, K. Cato, D. Macellaro, P. Diven, L. Harden, D. Caputo
Second Row: B. Shearn, J. French, K. Ottaviano, C. Loerlein, P. Tortarella, B. Good
Third Row : R. Shearn, B. Staab, D. Haney, J. Loerlein, L. Ottaviano
Coaches: Mr. Luebbe, Mr. Perl, Mr. Tortarella, Mr. Shearn
|The 1974 World Series Introductions
|World Series Stars
Doug Haney &
|Coach Harry Luebbe
& Star Pupil - Douglas Haney
|Police Celebrating Another
World Series Win!
|My Date With Destiny vs. The Dormont Police Dynasty
|The Dormont Police, their name had become synonymous with the word "Dynasty." This Little League baseball team
in Dormont had won the World Series as far back as anyone could remember. Fielding an every changing squad of
supernatural players that, year in and year out, would crush the dreams of aspiring talent relegated to other lesser
teams, they wouldn't just beat you but send you home crying to your mother. Their Coach, Harry Luebbe, had a unique
talent for drafting kids with raw skills and churn out Babe Ruths & Lou Gehrigs that dominated the field of twelve-year
olds. We used to make fun of Harry, with his pulled up to the sternum pants that ran short of his ankles. We used to
call him "High-Waisted Harry" and ask him when he was going back to Johnstown. But as one of his star pupils,
Doug Haney, had said, "Harry was a great guy. He wasn't like the rest of the Little League coaches, he taught baseball."
|So, as it was, when I hit 12 years old, I had the chance to
change all of that. My team, Potomac Pharmacy, had
battled through the seasonal campaign and won a
chance to play the vaunted, hated Yanke...Dormont
Police team. We had the "Golden Boy," Greg Perry,
as our starpitcher. Greg threw a baseball like a BB
through anatom smasher. And, he was just wild enough
to put thefear of life into opposing batters. If Greg hit
you with a pitch, you were out of the game, and the next
one too! We had power from both sides of the plate
with Rich Nagy (10 Homers) from the right and yours
truly (6 Homers) from the left.
The Police, of course, had the Little League version of
Murder's Row and the Lumber Company combined.
Haney (47 Homers), Bubba Staab (22 Homers), Larry
Ottaviano (16 Homers), along with two or three others
that would have batted clean-up for most any other
team. Their 3-4-5 hitters had more homers than the
rest of theleague combined! On top of that, they had
a 1-2 punch of pitchers that shut out more teams(ters)
than the Pinkertons! Ottaviano had a stellar year,
winning everygame he pitched! However, it was Ricky
Shearn that dominated the league. Ricky's pitches
rivaled Perry'sfor speed but, he also had incorporated
the Luebbe approach of using mind games to cheat a
hitter into swinging at junk.