A Trip Down Memory Lane!

 Before there were Blogs, the HDL had a Newsletter Titled:  Inside The HDL.

 INSIDE THE HDL

October 1999

Play-off Fun!  You Can’t Beat It.

Championship series at McCarver.

The 1999 HDL Play-off games were played at Tim McCarver Stadium.  Last year we held the final game at Tim McCarver but this year the entire tournament was played there.  The first round double-elimination games were played Sunday October 10, 1999. 

The Peterbilt Reds team who defeated the Teamsters Local 667 team by a lopsided score won the opening game.  Strong pitching and steady hitting carried the Peterbilt Team to the opening round victory.  The Gold Team was hitting the ball hard off of Reds starting pitcher, Jerry Weaver but the Red defense consistently made the routine plays.  Tim Hanna of the Red Team hit a three run homer in the first inning to propel the Red Team offense to an early lead that was never challenged.

In the second game, the Razor’s Edge Teal Team outscored the Cupboard Blue team by a sizeable margin.  The Teal team also had strong pitching from the “Cuban Connection”, Jorge (Figaroa) & Ramon (Luna).  Ramon had to relieve Jorge in the third inning due to a rules technicality.  Ramon worked the Blue team hitters for some easy outs made by his defense.  Mike Dunavant had an exceptional day showing good glove work and some key base hits that produced some RBI’s for the Teal.

The opening round games were in jeopardy of being delayed due to the weather because it had rained the previous day.  Thanks to the hard work by Steve Horn of the Memphis Redbirds Staff, the first game started at 10:30 AM when the morning clouds started to clear.  By the mid afternoon, the sun was shining and it turned out to be a great day to play baseball.  The cookout boys were turning out some scrumptious food for the players and fans that stayed to watch the Blue vs Teal game.  There were Chicken Kabobs, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Chicken breasts and Rib Steaks plus corn-on-the-cob….Yum! Yum!

Next Week watch for another excerpt from Glory Days of the HDL.

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