- There are three things you can do in baseball – win, lose or it can rain.” – Casey Stengel
- “I was in control of the game until I let the ball go.” – Curt Shilling
- “A baseball game is twice as much fun if you’re watching it on company time.” – William Fisher
- “Baseball is good ‘cause it keeps the parents off the streets and kids out of the house”– Yogi Berra
- “They should move first base back a few feet to eliminate those close plays” – John Lowenstein
MUHLENBERG ATHLETICS BASEBALL CLUB INC.
GOOD BYE "MR. A's"
When the late Dick Gochnauer was made head coach of the team in 1970, his first move was to hire a coach to assist him in turning around the fledgling team. That coach was the head coach of the Hyde Park team in the old PAL league, Donnie Yerger.
Their first year was rocky. Donned in Phillies red and white flannel uniforms, the team struggled (and sweated) to a 4 - 14 record. The following year they dumped the flannels for the now famous A's green and yellow and the team produced its first winning season going 10 - 8. The new A's were on their way.
From there on, the two were as inseparable as salt and pepper. With Gochnauer calling the shots and the firey Yerger in the coach's box the A's and the Boyertown Bears were the scourge of the 70's, culminating with the A's winning their only Berks league championship in 1980.
Donnie remained as a coach for around 20 years until his health forced him to the sidelines - but not away from the A's. He moved to the press box, announcing, operating the scoreboard and occasionally belting out a chorus of "Take me out to the ball game" over the loud speaker. He is also a member of the A's board of directors.
Aside from the A's, Don serves as a commissioner for the Schuylkill-Berks League and was a commissioner in the Berks League. He is also enshrined in the Pennsylvania American Legion Baseball Hall of Fame.
His 45 year run with the A's will come to an end at the end of this year. Believe it or not, he feels he wants to spend more time getting to know his wife, Doris. (Isn't three kids enough?)
The A's, on behalf of the hundreds of boys who had the pleasure of being around Donnie, say "Thanks Donnie" and extend our best wishes to you and Doris for a long and happy retirement.
2 Anthony Harris
3 Dreyton Kipp
6 Austin Johnson
7 Ricky Bailey Jr.
12 Nathan Rivera
19 Elijah Kissinger
22 Tyler McGonigle
26 Nico Felber
28 Ethan Kopchak
MARK YOUR 2015 CALENDARS!
2015 PLAYER SIGN UPS
Saturday and Sunday, January 17 & 18,
"ALL YOU CAN EAT" PASTA DINNER
Saturday, February 28
Muhlenberg High School
16th GOCHNAUER GOLF TOURNAMENT
Sunday, May 17
Rich Maiden Golf Course
2014 PROGAMS & POSTERS STILL AVAILABLE!
This year's A's programs and the posters with pictures of the five A's teams are still available. They make great momentos. Contact this web site if you would like one.
Kutztown University Albright College East Stroudsburg University Immaculata University
These A's will be continuing their education at the college level this fall. Daulton Fidler received a baseball scholarship to Kutztown. Antoine Galloway is the recipient of the Albright Alumni scholarship. Stan Kuczawa received the Bunnell/Behrenhausen Family Scholarship, the Muhlenberg Boosters Club Sportsman Award and the Dick Gochnauer Scholarship. Tyler Sassaman received the Outstanding Physical Education Award and the Raymond J. Gaspari Memorial Award. All hope to be members of their respective baseball teams.
2014 GOCHNAUER SCHOLARSHIP WINNER -
Stan Kuczawa with A's VP Jim Sheipe
Stan Kuczawa became the eleventh receipient of the Dick Gochnauer Scholarship. The catcher is characterized as a strong leader and serious student by the faculty at Muhlenberg. His 3.4 GPA placed him near the top of the 2014 class.
Stan spent his entire baseball career in the MTAA and A's teams. Scholastically, he was captain of the Muhls team and was also a strong leader there.
The $1,000 scholarship will be used to further his education at East Stroudsburg University where he plans to become a math teacher.
BARTON, EBERHART, LIGHT AND RACCUGLIA SNARE PREP LEAGUE AWARDS
The City County Prep League announced the following A's were awards winners at their July 30 dinner; Matt Barton - Cy Young, Denny Eberhart - Silver Slugger, Dean Light - MVP and Sal Raccuglia - Gold Glove.
Barton, Eberhart and Light were also named to the league's All Star team.
7 A's EARN CITY COUNTY JRS LEAGUE AWARDS, 3 NAMED ALL STARS
At their Awards Dinner July 30, the City County Jrs. league announced the following A's received 2014 awards; MVP & Cy Young - Elijah Kissinger, Silver Slugger - Devin Keiper, Charlie Hustle - Joey Fioravanti and Gold Glove - Ethan Pizzo. Receiving Sportsmanship awards were; Derek Rivera, Tom Pietrowski and Evan McMullen.
Fioravanti, Keiper and Kissing were also selected for the All Star team.
3 A's MAKE WESTERN BERKS ALL STARS
Tony Aguayo, Mike Miller and Trent Yerger will be representing the A's in this year's Western Berks All Star Game. The game will be held at Shillington's Rulon Griffith Field at 7:00
LEGION YOUTH ALL STARS
The Berks County Jr. American Legion Baseball League unveiled its 2014 All Star team. The following A's made the team. They are; Alex Bohn, Dylan Gilar, Kohle Kershner and George Mendoza. They will compete in the league's All Star game July 22 at Shillington.
FOUR NAMED SCHUYLKILL-BERKS ALL STARS
The Schuylkill-Berks Sr. Legion Baseball League unveiled its 2014 All Star and Futures teams Sunday. The teams will play their counterparts from the Lehigh Valley Sr. Legion League on Monday June 23 at 1st Energy Stadium.
The Futures team is comprised of underclassmen. There will be a showcase preceding their seven inning game which will start at 4:00. The game provides scouts with the opportunity to see these kids for the first time. Making the team from the A's will be Cody Fidler and Eli Klick. Fidler has been selected as an outfielder and Klick as a catcher although both have filled in at multiple rolls for Coach Raccuglia.
The All Star Game will follow the Futures game at 7:00. These are the elite players from the league many of which will be moving on to college after the season ends. The A's will be represented by catcher Stan Kuczawa and third baseman Nick Wanner. Both players grew up in the A's/Muhls system. Wanner will be a senior in September while Kuczawa graduated in June.
All proceeds from the game are donated to the Lebanon Veteran's Hospital.
DANTE BUONO, DAULTON FIDLER, ANTIONE GALLOWAY, JOSH KLINE, STAN KUCZAWA, TYLER SASSAMAN and MIKE YEDNOCK.
Tonight marks the end of your learning experience at Muhlenberg. It seems like only yesterday you were running around with your hats over your eyes and tripping over your gloves which looked hugeon your hands.Everyone in the A's organization is proud to have been a part of your growing experience and wish you every success in your future endevors. Good Luck to All!
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