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Lyrical Baseball Tournament, Round of Frishberg, Game 3: Near-immortality

There’s a reason he’s the title of the song.

Van Lingle Mungo and Casey Stengel Stooping on Baseball Field
I already used the leg-kick picture.

Because of the game’s scheduling, I managed both third games and neither fourth game. Just a heads-up.

Mungo League Semifinal (mgd.)

Filial Fungoes 1
Paternal Fungoes 3
PFS leads 2-1

Harry Brecheen may have won the pitching Triple Crown, but Van Lingle Mungo shined even brighter today.

Mungo pitched a complete game one-hitter, allowing only three baserunners as Paternal took a one-game series lead with a 3-1 victory.

Lou Boudreau’s fourth-inning home run was the only thing keeping a cipher out of the Filial hit column. George McQuinn (sixth inning) and Johnny Mize (eighth) also reached on walks, but neither made it beyond first base.

His counterpart Brecheen allowed five hits and one run over five innings, but saw his pitch count at 103 after five. (Mungo threw 121 for the entire game.)

That one run came half an inning after Boudreau’s longball, as Paternal loaded the bases with no outs before Rube Walker brought home Bob Cerv on a sacrifice fly. But Brecheen struck out Mungo and got Augie Bergamo to ground out to limit the damage.

Paternal broke the tie off Vic Raschi in the bottom of the seventh; Walker singled, advanced to second on Mungo’s bunt, and scored on Phil Cavarretta’s single. They would expand their lead in the eighth when Cerv tripled and came home on Pinky May’s fly ball.

But the insurance run was unnecessary with Mungo throwing a gem.

Cashman League Semifinal (mgd.)

Filial Cashmen 3
Paternal Cashmen 7
PCM leads 2-1

As opposed to the Mungo League’s pitching duel, Game 3 in the Cashman League was decided on home runs.

Ted Williams and Henry Aaron bookended the scoring with two-run jacks as Paternal topped Filial 7-3 to take a series lead.

Paternal’s strong hitting was complemented by seven innings of three-run ball (one earned) thrown by Sal Maglie, the sole earned run a George Brett solo shot in the sixth.

After Filial halved their deficit, scoring their first run in the third on a Maglie throwing error, Paternal expended their lead in the fourth and fifth. The fourth saw Bobby Thomson lead off with a walk, steal second, and come home on Granny Hamner’s double; one inning later, Williams walked and came around when Frank Robinson clocked a Gaylord Perry offering over the wall.

Filial scored their final run on a passed ball in the seventh before Aaron concluded the hit parade with his pinch-hit blast.

Round of Frishberg, Game 2 | Round of Frishberg, Game 3 | Round of Frishberg, Game 4