- “If people don’t want to come to the game, how are you going to stop them?” – Yogi Berra
- “If my uniform doesn’t get dirty, I didn’t do anything in the game.” – Ricky Henderson
- “He could throw a pork chop past a hungry dog.” - Buck O’Neill on Satchel Paige
- “They give you a round bat & throw you a round ball & tell you to hit it square.” – Willy Stargell
- “The key to winning baseball games is good pitching and three run homers.” – Earl Weaver
|Days Until 2014 Signups|
MARK YOUR 2014 CALENDARS!
It's not too early to start making plans for 2014. Here are the dates already planned;
January 18 and 19 - 2014 Player sign ups, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Pizza Como
February 22 - "All You Can Eat" Pasta Dinner, 3:30 to 8:00, Muhlenberg High School
May 17 - Dick Gochnauer Memorial Golf Tournament
July 19 to 23 - Sr. Legion Region 2 Championship Tournament
More items and details will be posted as they become available, but for now, "Mark those calendars!
December 1 - Jacob Miller
December 4 - Elijah Klick
December 10 - Christian Gamboa
December 10 - Mark Sandoval
December 14 - Andrew Levan
December 14 - Mike Yednock
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
A's FAN WEAR
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 1ballsports A's Fan Wear" 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.
2013 GOCHNAUER SCHOLARSHIP WINNER -
Catching gear is referred to in baseball as the "Tools of Ignorance". That certainly doesn't apply to the guys who use it on the A's as Austin Eppenstein became the fifth catcher to win the coveted award in its nine year existence. "Eppie" as he's effectionaly referred to by his teammates is the consumate team leader. The four year veteran learned his catching a,b,c's from the Raccuglia brothers. His passion for the game is second to none.
Austin's positive attitude and the work ethic he displays on the field carries over into the classroom, too. He will be using the $1,000 award to matriculate at Arcadia University in the fall.
The Gochnauer scholarship is awarded annually to an A who has graduated from high school and plans to further his education.
A's AND LADY MUHLS
"STRIKE OUT" AT CANCER
It started as an innocent challenge a year ago. Billed as a "Battle of the Sexes", the A's challenged the Lady Muhls to a softball game to determine baseball/softball supremacy in Muhlenberg. All proceeds would go to the American Cancer Society.
The game was a lot of fun, they did raise $500 for the Cancer Society but the Lady Muhls won. That did not sit well with the A's who demanded a rematch this year. The Lady Muhls obliged.
So on June 2, it was on! The pink bases were back. The pink and black tee shirts sporting the late A's coach Dick Gochnauer's 23 and the late Lady Muhls coach Tim Braun's 24 were back. And a commitment to top last year's donation was made.
Rick Gochnauer, Dick's son and Evie Braun, Tim's widow threw out the first pitch. Veteran umpires Joe Goda and Joe Kozlowski donated their services and the game was on.
Like last year, the game was fun. They played nine innings instead of seven because of that. The goal to beat last year's $500 donation. Done - big time! They doubled it $1,000.
As for next year, its already decided, "This will be an annual event!
Oh yeah, the Lady Muhls won again.
The A's and Lady Muhls prior to this year's Battle of the Sexes
To view more Photos click "Album" in the menu on the left, then "Battle of the Sexes"
To say the Babe Ruth A's, affectionately referred to as "the Ruthies", had an "up and down" year would be an understatement. They were clearly the Muhlenberg version of the Bad News Bears, first great then well...
All that changed at playoff time. Those loveable cubbies turned into rampaging elephants, stomping their way through the playoffs going undefeated to capture the East Penn Babe Ruth League championship.
The highlight was the championship game held at Gochnauer Field when the team took on the Brandywine Red Sox. Not only did they handle the Red Sox 7 - 3, they beat the weather man (who dogged the playoffs) by five minutes before a blinding storm hit the field.
The Ruthies join the list of championships the A's have won. Most recently, the 2011 Schuylkill-Berks South Division Champions, the 2009 City County Prep League Champions and the 2007 Berks County Jr. Legion Champions.
Love ya Ruthies!
With the ending of the 2013 season the following players, by virtue of their age, have completed their playing career with the A's. Mike Calvaresi, Austin Eppenstein, Jordan Jeter, Kyle Leibensperger and Cole Wixon join the over 200 member A's alumni. We thank you for your contributions to the club and wish you every success in the future. Most importantly, "Don't be a stranger!"
FOUR A's MAKE SCHUYLKILL-BERKS
ALL STAR & FUTURES TEAMS.
The Schuylkill-Berks and Lehigh Valley Sr. Legion Baseball Leagues will hold their third annual Show Case and All Star Game Monday June 24 afternoon and evening at 1st Energy Statium, in Reading. The A's are pleased to announce we will have four players participating on the Schuylkill-Berks teams.
The day starts with the Futures Showcase at 1:00. This allows underclassmen to showcase their talents in some skills events and a seven inning gamebefore college and major league scouts. The A's representatives will be Josh Kline and Eli Klick.
At 7:00, the Senior Players take over with a nine inning game. The squad for this game will include Mike Calvaresi and Tyler Sassaman. The game is dedicated to America's real All Stars - our veterans. All proceeds from the game will be donated to the Lebanon Valley Veteran's Hospital.
Congratulations guys! We're proud of you!
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.