- "That other team could make trouble for us if they win" - Yogi Berra
- “I’d walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball.” – Pete Rose
- “Baseball is like war. We batters are the heavy artillery.” – Ty Cobb
- “I watch a lot of baseball on the radio.” – Gerald Ford
- “Cricket is baseball on Valium.” – Robin Williams
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS STARTS SUNDAY, MARCH 9
The A's are proud to announce MARGHERITA'S PIZZERIA AND RESTAURANT, 3600 Kutztown Rd, Laureldale has joined our family of sponsors. The restaurant features authentic Italian cuisine, a banquet facility and catering for special events. Click on their sign in the column on the left and go to their web site to learn more about them.
UPCOMING A'S EVENTS
April 6, 12:00 to 4:00 - Tryouts, Gochnauer Field. Specific times to follow.
No applications will be accepted after this date.
April 13, 10:00 to 11:30 - Tryouts for ages 16 to 19
12:00 to 3:00(+/-) - Marathon Game (Tryout for ages 13 to 15)
April 27 - Rain Date for April 6 or 13
May 4 - Parents' Meeting. Specific times to follow.
May 11 - Uniform Issue and Team Pictures. Specific times to follow.
May 17 - Gochnauer Golf Tournament, Perry Golf Course. See "Tee Time".
A's SELECT 2014 COACHES
The A's have completed the selection of the head coaches for the 2014 season. General Manager Rick Frank's selections were approved by the A's board last Thursday evening. They are;
Phil Raccuglia will return for his sixth season as head of the Sr. Legion team. The A's made it all the way to the division playoff championship game before falling to eventual league champion Oley/Topton. In addition to regular season games, as host of the Region 2 Championship playoffs, the A's are guaranteed a slot in the tournament.
Chris Fidler will be returning as head coach of the Legion Youth (formerly Jr. Legion) team. Like Phil, Chris will be beginning his sixth season as head coach. Chris has plans for a deep run into the league this season.
Mike Wood will again be at the helm of the City County Jr. team. Mike is certainly no stranger to Muhlenberg sports. His coaching career, between MTAA and the A's spans over 20 years. Last year was a tough one for the team and Mike and he's anxious to get another crack at the league.
What can you say about John Fioravanti? As a first year coach last year of the Babe Ruth team, the "Ruthies" walked off with the league championship! The super enthusiastic John is dieing to go at it again.
Lastly, there's the newcomer. Scot Levan sure isn't new to old timers who remember him pitching for the A's and the Muhls during his high school days. Hopefully the Prep team kids will pick up the same hard work ethic Scot demonstrated in his playing days.
In the coming weeks, the head coaches will be selecting their staffs. All A's coaches are required to secure criminal and child abuse clearances before working with the boys.
The recent "All You Can Eat" Pasta Dinner was an unqualified success. Over 650 plates of pasta were doled out and no one went home hungry. The dinner is a major portion of the A's funding stream and depends largely on the support of the community for it to be successful, and the community didn't let us down.
This year we asked our players to sell 10 dinner tickets and be servers at the dinner. All but six boys of the five teams didn't make the goal and only two chose not to sell any. Great job guys! You showed the community you're committed to this program.
We also have to thank the parents who volunteered to cook and wash dishes. It was also great to see some of the A's alumni parents return to give it another go. You don't have to be a parent to participate.
Parents should also take pride in your sons' conduct at the dinner. There were many compliments on the boys' manners. They were perfect. You taught them well.
Lastly, and most importantly, "Thank you Community"! Your support is invaluable.
Now come on spring!
14 Xavius Eschleman
19 Owen Green
29 Cody Fidler
THERE'S STILL TIME!
If you're still interested in becoming an A, there's still time. All boys born between January 1, 1995 and April 30, 2001 can still apply and tryout. You must reside in the Muhlenberg School District territory with your parents or legal guardians. To participate on the legion teams, you must have established that residency by March 31, 2014.
Boys 12 years old as of April 30, 2014 must register with MTAA,see www.mtaasports.com for details. Any players with conflicts with the school season will be allowed to transfer to the A’s program in March.
Click here for an application and mail it with a check for $85 made out the Muhlenberg A's to the Muhlenberg A's, P.O. Box 338, Temple, PA 19560-0338. Any questions call Rick Frank at 610-921-3561.
The last day applications will be accepted is April 6 so don't wait till the last minutes.
SUPPLEMENTAL UNIFORM ARTICLES AVAILABLE!
The A's are again offering a supplimental uniform package for this year. These items are purely voluntary. They are NOT necessary to make the teams. However, they are sharplooking and economical. Look 'em over!
- BEANIES. Yellow, with an A's logo. One size fits all. Only $10.00!
- BATTING GLOVES. These are Mazzuno style ProG3. Major league quality. $17.00/Pair.
- SHORTS. They're knee length, with pockets. They're green with camouflage side panels (a perfect compliment to the camouflage shirt that comes with registration) and an A's logo on the left front. $20.00
- SWEAT PANTS. Dark green (or maybe black), with pockets. They have your uniform number on the right front and an A's logo on the left. $20.00.
- TEE SHIRT. Not to be confused with the shirt you'll receive with the sign up package, this is a dry fit (great for hot weather) and will include your name and uniform number. $15.00
See anything you like? Simply click here to order and either bring the form to Pizza Como, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday between 2:00 and 4:00 or after 7:00 or mail it to; Muhlenberg A's, P.O. Box 338, Temple, PA 19560-0338. Make the check payable to Muhlenberg A's.
ARE YOU OUR "XL" MYSTERY GUY
At our sign ups Jan 18 & 19, you signed up for and paid an XL tee shirt, a pair of XL batting gloves and XL shorts. You paid, but never signed your name or uniform number on the form! If these things sound like what you ordered, come out of the shadows and identify yourself! Stop in at Como Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday and see Phil.
GOCHNAUER GOLF TOURNAMENT RETURNS
After a year off due to schedule conflicts, the Gochnauer Golf Tournament is again on. This year it will be held before the start of the baseball season on May 17 at the Perry Golf Course, located just off Route 61 between Hamburg and Shoemakersville. Play will begin with a shotgun start at 1:15, food and drinks to follow.
The entrance fee will be $240 per foursome. Click here for an application.
Your organization or company are welcome to sponsor a hole. The cost is $50. The same application form can be used.
Make payment to "Muhlenberg A"s and mail, with your completed application, to "Muhlenberg A's, P.O. Box 338, Temple, PA 19560-0338". Any questions can be emailed to this website or call Don Sassaman at 610-926-7789.
Proceeds benefit the Dick Gochnauer Scholarship Fund and team operations.
We have a limited number, to be sold at our cost,
Size 9 1/2
The Deal of the Day! We have one pair of new black spikes, size 9.
They gotta go - ONLY $45.00
These are the same hats worn by the teams. We have
black, green, green with a gold brim and green with a gold front panel
We also have a limited number of fitted hats.
A's CAGE JACKETS
Most sizes available
A's TEE SHIRTS
Yellow and white, all sizes, with the A's logo
"BATTLE OF THE SEXES" TEE SHIRTS
Worn by the teams in the game.
Pink with Tim Braun's 24 and Black with Dick Gochnauer's 23, All Sizes
To order, email this website or contact Ed Lloyd at 610-929-3842
GET THE A's LOOK
The Muhlenberg A's have teamed with local Muhlenberg business, 1ballsports, to be the exclusive provider of Muhlenberg A's Fan Wear! 1ballsports will be giving a portion of all proceeds from A’s fan wear back to the Organization. Support your player’s team, The Muhlenberg A’s and a local business in your community while wearing the coolest fashions! In addition to donating a portion back to the A’s, 1ballsports has given us a free shipping code: MUHLA2012. That’s right, your A’s merchandise delivered right to your door step for free! Click http://1ball.mybigcommerce.com/muhl-as-baseball/ to get to the A’s fan wear page and begin supporting your team! Most orders will be to you within 7 days!
GOCHNAUER INFIELD GETS A "FACE LIFT"
Gochnauer Field has a long and storied career. Originally built as a WWW project in the Depression, the field has served as the regular season home of the Muhls and the A's. In addition, the field has been the site of untold high school and PIAA section and state playoff games over the years. The A's have also hosted many City/County and Legion region and state championship tournaments, most noteably is the 2000 Sr. Legion State Championship which the A's won.
However, the many years of use and the elements have taken their toll. Lips have developed around the edge of the infield. In addition to interfering with play, the lips have created safety issues when ball would sometimes hit players. In the words of longtime A and former Muhlenberg employee and board member Ed Lloyd, "The old girl needs a face lift."
In a collaborative effort between the A's, the Muhlenberg School District and the Muhlenberg Boosters, King Sports Turf Construction was contracted to replace the infield and install an irrigation system. Dan Douglas, head groundskeeper Dan "Dirt" Douglas is serving as project manager.
The new sod is blue grass similar to Lincoln Field. The field will also feature an all clay pitcher's mound and batters'/catcher's boxes. The other big plus will be the irrigation system, a real plus in avoiding the mid summer brown outs.
Go to "Photo Albums" on the left side panel, "Gochnauer Field Gets a Face Lift", for a pictorial view of the constuction.
DIETRICH PARK DEDICATED
This spring the Dietrich Park baseball field became fully functional with construction of the bull pens and the batting cage. The field will serve as the third field the A's desperately need for their five teams.
The project has been a joint effort on the part of the Muhlenberg Parks and Recreation Department and the A's. Both groups have shared in the cost and labor to make the project a success and are looking forward to utilize the partnership for further projects at Dietrich's.
The crowning jewel came Sunday, May 12, when the township commissioners unveiled a home plate shaped plaque in the walk at the foot of the field commending the A's on their efforts.
Also honored on the plaque was A's vice president Jim Sheipe Sr. who, in addition to contributing to the project financially, spent countless hours working on and manicuring the grass on the field.