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Kiwanis Club sponsors Norwalk Queen Contest

By Don Hohler • Apr 25, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Here are highlights of some of things published in the Norwalk Reflector in 1953:

The Kiwanis Club, who sponsored the 1953 Norwalk Queen Contest, reasoned there are four queens in a deck of cards. Henceforth, four queens will reign over the Norwalk homecoming parade on Wednesday night and the festivities at Whitney Field Friday night. They are Rosemary Gies, Barbara Ann Meek, Sandra May and Mary Jo Ford.

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Forrest “Frosty” Keysor was elected president of the Norwalk City Softball League. His presidency means he has ran the gauntlet. Over the past 20 years, starting in 1933, he was a player, manager and umpire. The other officers for the 1953 season will be Irv Bragdon, vice-president, Carl Keller, secretary-treasurer and Ralph Lorko, umpire in chief.

Named managers of their respective teams were George Homerick (Shamrock Tavern), Jack’s (Vern Gordon), Norwalk Parts (Dick Rock), Ray Blinzey (Kubach Funeral Home), John Malcolm (Norwalk Merchants). Millie’s Tavern from Monroeville did not have a representative present.

A story later had Mayor Edgar Tucker throwing out the first ball to council president Delbert Crawford.

In the end, The Norwalk Merchants packed up and joined forces with The Gulf Inn to play in the Sandusky Softball League.

Monroeville Millie’s Bar and Norwalk Truck Line failed to field a team in the Norwalk League.

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The FFA pest hunt contest was won by Willard as they edged the Monroeville guys.

In a contest where local youths destroy pests so as to aid conservation in the county, 79 foxes were killed along with two great-horned owls, 12 hawks, nine crows, 43 rats, 140 starlings and 853 sparrows.

Roland Snyder from Monroeville led his team in points scored and received $10 from his captain, Ray Zimmerman.

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Major League baseball fans were still abuzz over the power of a 21-year-old New York Yankee rookie, Mickey Mantle. Mantle hit a ball 565-feet in Washington’s Griffith Stadium. Just one player in baseball hit one further. His name — George Herman “Babe” Ruth. He hit one out of Briggs Stadium in Detroit in 1926, a colossal 600-foot blast.

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The Norwalk Trucker baseball team posted a 7-4 win over Swanton in the first round of the district Class A Tournament played at Perrysburg.

Coach Al Flint sent his ace hurler Kenny Jameson to the mound. The latter gave up eight hits and also carried the big bat with three hits.

Key singles for Norwalk came off the bats of Dale Olcott, Jim Witter, Dick Rogers and Paul Pelham but the loudest poke came off the lumber of Lee Tyson, a 340-foot clout that had him scoring behind Dave Hunter.

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All good things came to an end for the Truckers as they lost in the district semi-final to Anthony Wayne, 11-2.

Too much John Bevacque for the Truckers as the Anthony Wayne pitcher fanned 14 batters while allowing two hits, a double by George Griffin and a single by Dick Rogers.

Lee Tyson and Karl Trace pitched for Norwalk.

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Less Zorge announced that he is leaving St. Paul after just one year. He was named the head football, basketball and track coach at Lorain St. Mary’s. He was chosen from a list of 12 applicants.

Zorge’s football team went 5-4, losing two of those games by a touchdown or less. His basketball team went 12-8, placing third in the Firelands Conference. They set a school record on offense, however, averaging 58 points per game.

William Mazzocco, who handled the football squad before going on active duty in the National Guard, will return and take the gridders in the fall of 1954.

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Justices Robert J. Vetter and Don J. Young will switch offices tomorrow morning, one by mandate of the people (Vetter) and one by appointment (Young) by Governor Frank Lausche.

Vetter will be the Common Pleas Court judge, a position he won by election after being unopposed. Young, who was the Common Please Court judge after being appointed after the death of Judge Luther Van Horn, will move to the judgeship of probate and juvenile court, a post held by Vetter.

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Heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano made quick work of Jersey Joe Walcott. Referee Frank Sikora counted him out in the first round of their title fight. Walcott’s manager claimed a “short count.”

Walcott did all right, purse-wise. He was guaranteed $250,000. Marciano, who got it done with just one punch, was contracted for 30 percent of the gate which was just short of $254,000. The bottom line is everyone “took a financial bath” except Walcott.

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The Huron County Elementary School baseball title went to an undefeated team from Bronson-Norwalk. Coached by their principal, Elmer Bell, the team went 7-0, stopping Townsend, 19-3, in the championship game at Ripley School. The players honored with new uniforms presented by Norwalk Truck Line were Paul Nease, Tommy March, Jim Carter, Bobby Sommers, Gary Tien, Russ Worcester, John Tien, Bob Jackson, Norman Sommers and championship game pitcher Roger Hamisfar.

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It read in an ad payed for by Portland Cement, that when the Ohio Turnpike Commission chose concrete over asphalt, it saved highway users millions of dollars. Portland Cement engineers claimed a saving of $2,803,000 by using cement.

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Dave Twaddle, a 1953 New London graduate, has been given a tryout by the Cleveland Indians. He will be assigned to a farm club next year.

Twaddle, a left-hander, hurled the Wildcats to the Huron County championship, the first time in 20 years the school fielded a team.

Twaddle caught the eye of Indian scouts last year when he pitched for Hartland in the Lake Erie League. He will pitch for the Sandusky Soldiers and Sailors Home this summer and then head for Kent State on scholarship payed for by the Indians.

Don Hohler is a longtime Reflector sportswriter.

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