Territorial Terrors: The Auke Bay Post 25 legion baseball team

The 1958 Auke Bay American League Post 25 baseball team lost to Fairbanks in the all-Alaska departmental best 3-out-of-5 series held at Juneau's Fireman's Field, at the site of the current Federal Building. Fairbanks was coached by Tony McCormick's older brother Dick. Auke Bay beat the Juneau legion team to advance into the series against Fairbanks. According to Roger Grummett, a 1st baseman on the team, Fairbanks had an illegal player on their team and 10 years after the series Fairbanks was disqualified. So, technically, Auke Bay should have been the team that represented the territory and traveled to the western regional playoffs in Billings, Mont. Pictured are, back row left-to-right: Coach Bill Palmer, right fielder Dennis Sperl, center fielder Dale Shuman, third baseman Andy Peckovich, left fielder Tom Blanton, first baseman Dennis Shuman, first baseman Roger Grummett, left fielder Dale Schmitz, center fielder Stan Hamlin, and manager Bud Cantillon. Front left-to-right: Pitcher Dave Gray, shortstop Dale Henkins, center fielder Winston Tolliver, pitcher David Pearson, catcher Dennis Cunningham, pithcer Chip Featherstone, pitcher Jim Trivette, and second baseman Alan Gray. The series between Fairbanks and Auke Bay went five games. Auke Bay won game four 5-2 behind the complete game pitching of David Gray who struck out 13 batters. The following day Fairbanks won the fifth and deciding game 7-3. If you have any information on this photo or any other early sports in the area or other historical tidbits please call the Juneau Empire Sports Editor, Outdoors Editor, or Online Editor. See daily historical photos on page A2 and in Sports. For more historical photos go to Juneauempire.com. The Juneau Empire is celebrating a "Century of the Empire" and is encouraging readers to submit old photos, comments or information on the areas rich history. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROGER GRUMMETT


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