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WHO IS ON THE MOUND
BAHAMIAN BASEBALL HISTORY
PRESERVING THE RICH HISTORY OF BASEBALL IN THE BAHAMAS
Henry “Hank” WilliamsHenry or Hank, as he was know is the only 20 games winner of a baseball pitcher in the Bahamas in 1972, Henry pitched 6 years in the minor league of baseball, starting in 1965 at the age of 18, in the Astros organization, then he went to the Pirates organization for the 1966 and 1967 season, then to the Dodgers, in 1968 to 1970, where he finish his pro baseball career, and in 1969 becoming the first Bahamian to pitch for a Major League team, in an spring training game right here in Nassau, Bahamas against the Chicago White Sox, before a full house, and the Country’s Prime Minister, Lyndan Pindling.
Roy Gibbons Bethell Jr.Roy Bethell spent more time in playing the Minor Leagues of baseball than locally here in the Bahamas, he spent ten years in the minors, signing at the young age of 18, in 1964, and finishing his pro baseball career in 1973, signed as an outfielder and played some first base, Roy started pitching in 1966 at the age of 20, he finished his pro career with a, 29-37 win lost record, 3 saves, 4.43 era, giving up 446 hits, 331 runs, 267 earned, 32 home runs, 455 walks and 439 strike outs, in 122 games, 75 as a starter, in 542 innings. Roy returned home and played with Paradise Island, where he played some outfield and pitched a little, i heard when he pitched against a certain team, no one wanted to pinch hit,
Wenty “Wentworth”FordThe first and only Bahamian to pitch in a regular season game in the Major Leagues of baseball, with the Atlanta Braves in 1973, beating the San Francisco Giants, 10 to 4 in his major league debut giving up five hits, for a seccess major league debut, he finished his major league baseball career with a 1 and 3 win/loss record, returning home to the Bahamas in 1975, and started coaching and later becoming the manager of his team locally, he also pitched a few games, as a manager, he lead his teams to five straight Pennants, and 5 League Championships and 5 National Championships, all in a row, he also won manager of the year, in 1976, 1977. 1979,1980. Wenty Ford died July 8th 1980 in a car crash, he was 33 years old. or
Frankie “Cinderella” SweetingIn 1969 the Bahamas had their best-evershowing on foreign soil winning three games and placing seventh among thepower-house of Amateur United States Teams, Frankie “Cinderella” Sweeting was the hero of the series winning three games and placing himself forever in National Baseball Congress record books,He Lead the Local League with wins three years in a row, 1975 19-6 win/lost,tied with Kirk Smith, 1976 12-6 win/lost and in 1977 12-4 win/lost record. Sweeting also had the most win in 1963 with a 6-2 win/lost record that year he the lead league in strike outs with 73 strike outs,He was name pitcher of the year in 1963 with a 6-2 win/lost record and again in 1977 with a 12-4 win/lost record..,,
Kirk “Stumper” SmithKirk The Stumper Smith, one of the Bahamas best local pitcher, the recorder for strike outs in a season, with 165 in 1975, he also hold the second most, 125 in 1974; In 1974 he won the league’s MVP, along with best pitcher, most wins, and most strike outs, as ,matter of fact he won best pitcher in 1974,1975 & in 1976, he won most wins in 1975 with 19, one of the league record, and most strike outs in 1974 7 1975, and in the years from 1977 to 1980, Kirk record a 26 & 7 win/loss record, with 202 ks,97 ERA in 2261/2 inning pitched. 224 hits and 165 runs, facing 906 batters, walking 84 and hitting 21 batters, and an ERA of 3.00.
Basil “Duran” HallBasil Hall, made a name for himself in the game of baseball in the Bahamas, after a tryout with the Baltimore Oriels in Florida Basil return home to start playing locally again, always wanting the ball against all of the top teams in the league, it was said in 1970, whiles pitching for the Nassau Mets, he said that he was going to strike all 21 batter in the game in a row, but then left the game in the 4th inning after striking 11 in a row, clutching his shoulder in pain, Duran Hall mean business that day against, the St. Bernards team, he also was a member of the Bahamas Baseball National team that played in the National Baseball Congress tournaments in Wichita Kansas.
Phil FrancisIt was said that Phil Francis had one of the nasties rainbow carve balls in the leaguewinning bast pitcher in the inaugural debut of organized baseball in the Bahamas.
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Bertram Bertie Murray SrBertie was one of the top pitchers in his day winning the best pitcher in 1965,1966 & 1967 then again in 1971 and in 1978, making him a five time best pitcher winner, he also had the most wins in the same five years time frame too, most strike outs in 1969 with 84, and tie with Michael Moss 1970 with 48, and winning the league MVP in 1974, he made many of the Bahamas Baseball National teams that played many game in the sixties, in the National Baseball Congress Tournaments in Wichita Kansas.
Kevin “Eyes” FordKevin Eyes Ford was very talented baseball player, and was a flame thrower from the mound, from his days in junior league baseball. in 1978 Kevin ste two junior league records that season, a 17 strike out performance against paradise and striking out 96 batter in the regular season, and 14 against St Bernards in a playoffs game, to finish a brilliant junior league career with 123 strike out, he won MVP and best pitcher that year. some believe had St Michaels & Schlitz did not drop out of the league that year, he would have strike out a lot more. and in his first year in senior league he won best pitcher, as he continued to dominate from the mound with a 9 and 1 win/loss record and 91 Ks in his rookie year.
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Sterling “Josh” WilkinsonSterling Josh Wilkinson stood about 6ft 4in on the mound, and he used every one of his inches on the mound, when Josh came to pitcher, you knew you was in for a game. In Big games Josh always wanted the ball, he loved the pressure games, Pitching out of the Bimini Baseball League with the Bimini Marlins, his team almost every year represented the north in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas national championships, so Josh Wilkinson did a lot of battles in some big game. those championship games draw the fans to the baseball stadiums and lived up to the billing.
Calvin JollyCalvin C.J Jolly was 6ft 3ins and made he senior league dabute in 1979 with Heineken St. Bernards. after 1980 season C.J parted ways with Heineken and took his talent to the Bimini Marlins in the Grand Bahama Ameteur Baseball League where pitched for that talented loaded Marlins team. well in the 1981 Commonwealth Championships C.J got to face his form team for the Bahamas National Crown, Calvin was able to hold his owned by winning two of three games for the Marlins, but he did make one mistake, that was trying to throw a fast ball pass his former junior league coach, who hit the ball for the longest home run out of Jim White Baseball Park history. The Marlins lost the series three games to four to St. Bernards
Eugene “Sissy” TaylorSissy Taylor they called him back in the day, but this tall lanky baseball pitcher, could throw the baseball, from his mid 90s fast ball, to the nastiest curve ball you would ever wanted to see, the earned him most wins in 1980 12, he had a 12 and 3 win/loss record, he also won most strike outs in 1979, with 116 strike outs, and in 1980 with 112 strike outs, he also had 75 strike out in 1978 for a total of 303 strike outs in three years., his win/loss record in 1978 was 10 and 5, and in 1980 his win/loss record was 8 and 8, what a baseball talent he was from the mound these days he sit in a wheel chair on Nassau Street,
Eugene “Sucky” ThompsonThey called him Daylight or Sucky Thompson, daylight was one of the most vocalist pitcher on the mound, when he throws the baseball, if it is inside he would shout watch out fella, or look out, that was very annoying to the hitter. Night after night when he came to the park, he want the ball, or he want to to be in the lineup because he always believed that he could also hit with the best in the league. His best pitch was his side arm slider down and in, and his big breaking curve ball that came with a shout from him ( watch out fella) he will always be remembered for that.
Everette “Nugget” NeelyNugget Neely, came into the game of baseball as a catcher and rarely used as a pitcher, but when he got into pitching he became a very good one for his team Heineken St. Bernards. his big moments on the mound came in the 1981 championship both in his league and the commonwealth national baseball championship. In game seven of the BBA championship he was masterful from the hill which saw Everette leading his team to 1 to 0 win over the St. Pauli Girls Baron, one of the toughest team in the Bahamas to beat. his team score the winning run in the top of the 7th inning on third baseman Jeff Francis single to center scoring Brad Wood for a 1 to 0 lead, and Nugget Neely when to the bottom of the 7th and finished a complete game for the win. He also won three game in the commonwealth championship against the Bimini Marlins.
Andy “Smudge” FordThe youngest of eight brothers of whom all played the game of baseball. with his older brother playing in the major leagues of baseball. Andy had a lot to look forward in the game of baseball and he didn’t disappoint. in the early 80s He pitched in some good duels against arch rival Everette Neely and Heienken St. Bernards; As a matter of fact those games was so critical that Andy Ford would pitch seven inning complete game on Wednesday, and would return on one day rest and pitch again on Friday. this guys had plenty heart and his teammate fed of his energy as he pitch his to championships on a days rest.
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Arther “Baldy” SeymourBaldy made his senior league debut in 1978 with the Old Spice team and was a instant impact with one of the leagues lowest team by winning the 1978 Rookie of the year leading the league with 96 strike out also. the following year Seymour left for Tuskegee University in Tuskegee Alabama, along with Mario Ford and Brad Wood. Arther played for Tuskegee from 1979 to 1981, where returned home and joined his big brother on the pitching staff of the Paradise Island team, The heart of a Lion. He pitched seven inning in a championship game whiles in pain from bone spur in his right hand.
Alfred “Linky” Brown Alfred Brown stood about 6’2’ on the mound, the young right hand pitcher who was now coming in to his own lead the 1977 season in most strike out with 112, innings with 111, games pitched in 34 and walks with 74, finishing that season with a 6 and 16 win/loss record. Although not playing on the league’s top teams Brown still manage to pitch some good games. The 1978 season he pitched in only 10 games finishing the season 1 and 9, pitching less innings 63 2/3 while striking out 55 batters and walking 43. So in two seasons Alfred Brown strike out 167 batters.
Ronald”Big Boy” SeymourBig Boy Seymour was a very calm pitcher that got the job done from the mound, he didn’t talk much, but you knew he was there, in 1979 he won the MVP, leading the league in wins with 13 and 4 losses, with a 1.82 ERA, second in the league, and 113 strike out, also second in the league that year topping his younger brother Arthur Seymour who won most Ks in 1978 with 93. Big Boy Seymour continued to play with the most dominating team in the league from 1994 to 2004 but he only pitched with it was necessary which wasn’t good for the apposing teams.
Larry “Solo” TurnquestThey called him Solo, because he was like the lone player on his team, the crafty left handers was masterful from the mound. his team would finish 1 and 42 one year, but he would make the all star team because of his era and strike outs, he just had bad defenses playing behind him, he did not process a high fast ball, he wasn’t a flame thrower, but his ability to hit spots with his curve ball, and little fast ball he had, made him hard to hit at times, he also had a very good pickoff move to first base being a south paw, his advantage was that he was left handed, and he only weighted a few pound but a heart of champion.
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Tyrone Master Spy Gardiner Master Spy Gardiner was the Ace of the staff of the Heineken ST. Bernards where he lead his team in some epic battles. in 1979 with his team having an 0 and 6 start and going up the league leading team at 6 and 0, Gardiner when to mound and dominated the game stunning the fans to the delight of his teammates and fans, his team went on to finish the season in second place thank to the pitching performance Tyrone “Master Spy” Gardiner big arm, he when on to finish his career with the Bimini Marlin as their Ace Pitcher.
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Dwayne DeanDwayne Dean started pitching in the early 80s and showed some promise as a starting pitcher. The young lefty worked along with veteran national team catcher Charles Chuck Markey who kept him in the game mentally and physically. And after a break in the league for baseball in 1986, the competition picked back up in 2004 which saw Dwayne really started to come into his own. and for the next twelve years he was able to dazzle hitters with his crafty pitching. the south paw helped both of the teams he played with to win championships after championships almost every year.
Marvin Toogie WoodMarvin Wood was born into the game of baseball. So it was no surprise that he played the game so well. He spent most of his time playing short stop and pitching which we saw him playing on many All-Stars and national team representing the Bahamas. Between 1994 and 2005 he was one of the top pitchers in the sport of baseball, and during that time he was apart 7 pennants, 6 championships and 4 national championship teams. He threw the baseball well from the mound and was the most outstanding player for baseball at the 1995 Bahamas Games. He also pitched against USA national at the Pan Am game in Mexico in 2000.
Niel Forsyth Neil Forsyth played locally and at the University level with Northwood University in Florida. playing in the local league Neil was exceptional from the mound. in 2006 He became the first pitcher from the Bahamas to beat a Cuban national baseball team, In 2006 at the 3rd World University games in Habana Cuba, Neil stunned the Cuban national team and the entire Cuban baseball fans world, pitching the Bahamas to 2-1 win. And for his effort he was name to the all tournament team.
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Steve HumesJust Steve Humes, no nick name just pure heart from the mound, he won best pitcher in 1970, and most strike outs in 1971, some other pitches may have had the number in stats, but Steve Humes held his own. With a good fast ball, he also had a nasty slider that wasn’t easy to pickup, most team knew that they had to bring their A-game when going up against Steve Humes because he had a well thought out game plan that he work almost to perfection every game. In the 70s he told a back seat to a younger Eugene Sissy Taylor who had a big arm at the time, But Steve still posted 5 and 5 win/loss record in 1977 and 8 and 6 win/loss record in 1978, but he was a strong pitch in the game of baseball up to the that he left the game around 1986.
Adrian RodgersAdrian was apart of the baseball league from its inception, winning best pitcher, in 1954,1955 & 1956, all three of the first years, of the BBA, in 1959 he won the league MVP with Penny Bankers, and in 1963 with I-Need- Laundry. and he won the Batting Crown in 1960, Adrian then followed his bigger brother Andre into professional baseball in 1956, where he pitched in 1956 in the Giants farm system, with Hasting, he had 3 wins & 2 losses. and them again in 1960 in the Cardinal farm system, with Billings, he was 0 wins & 1 losses . Adrian also pitch for the Bahamas teams that played in the National Baseball Congress games in Wichita Kansas.
Vincent StrachanVincent Strachan threw the baseball hard. with his ability to throw the baseball made Vincent Strachan a pitcher to reckon with. With cathers who called some good games for him he was able to just let the ball go and that he did. Hence hitter was afraid when he came up and in. plus he always had good defense behind him on the field, year after year Vincent made the mid-season classic all-stars, and was a starting pitcher all of his pitching career.