Forest Park Review, 2012
By JEAN LOTUS
This year is the 60th anniver-sary of Little League baseball inForest Park. A diamond anniver-sary — on the diamond.In April 1952, The Forest ParkReview reported that LittleLeague was coming to ForestPark.“A chance for local boys under13 years old to play organizedbaseball with uniforms and allthis summer has loomed up,” de-clared the Review’s front page.By May, Emery A. Parichy, own-er of the Parichy Bloomer Girlsbaseball team, was elected president of ForestPark Little League, along with officers RobertDowd, Roger Williams and Otto Roeder. Some250 boys tried out for four teams at Parichystadium, with Parichy vowing to create moreteams the next year so more boys could play.The first coaches for the Yankees were GlennSchlicting and Bob Fowlie. The Cubs werecoached by Art Schwie and Bill Schloman.John and Tony Zaphel coached the Phillies and“Boots” Becker and Mike Red led the White Sox.Names of those first boys from the past popup in sports coverage from the era, includingBob Marema, Jim and Terry Hora, Ed Clapsad-dle, Eddie Vince, Phil Barnes, Bob Feller, KenRodeck, Arnold Siegert, Bob Murphy, FrankSible and Philip Wolfe, James Lienhardt,Micky Herman, Wallie Notlin, Ken Hicks, EllisMills, Richard Lolli, Gary Exler, Ron Havorka,Bob Dowd, Billy Rose, Ron Buchanan, Paul Ta-gliola and Paul Johnson.The first season lasted nine weeks, end-ing in a heartbreaking 4-0 loss in an All Starbattle with the longer-established Oak ParkLittle League. But congratulations were had allaround as Oak Park’s coach admitted that, “theForest Park team is better than the River For-est, Maywood, Franklin Park and some of thestate teams he has seen.”In 1952 Forest Park Review Editor ClaudeWalker wrote, “I notice that the sponsors of the Little League are doing a good job trainingnearly a hundred youngsters under twelve tobuild healthy and strong bodies and inciden-tally good minds.”We believe the same can be said of our LittleLeague coaches today — for both boys and girls.
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