Hopedale History
    October 15, 2019
    No. 375
    Winning Pitch

    Hopedale in October

    I was recently given a large number of photos taken by the Draper photography department. Most of them
    are from inside the plant and show machines and workers. It appears that they were taken in the 1960s
    and early 1970s. So far I've scanned 45 of them. I'm putting them online with about 15 per page. Here's the
    first page. Each page has a link to the next one.


    Twenty-five years ago - October 1994 - The President of the United Nations Security Council says that Iraq
    must withdraw its troops from the Kuwait border, and immediately cooperate with weapons inspectors.

    After three years of U.S. exile, Haiti's president Aristide returns to his country.

    Iraq disarmament crisis: following threats by the U.N. Security Council and the U.S., Iraq withdraws troops
    from its border with Kuwait.

    Fifty years ago - October 1969 - A 1.2 megaton thermonuclear device is tested at Amchitka Island, Alaska.
    This test is code-named Project Milrow, the 11th test of the Operation Mandrel 1969–1970 underground
    nuclear test series. This test is known as a "calibration shot" to test if the island is fit for larger underground
    nuclear detonations.

    Monty Python's Flying Circus first airs on BBC One.

    In Chicago, the Illinois National Guard is called in to control demonstrations involving the radical
    Weathermen, in connection with the "Chicago Eight" Trial.

    The New York Mets defeat the Baltimore Orioles four games to one in one of the greatest World Series
    upsets in baseball history.

    Hundreds of thousands of people take part in Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam demonstrations
    across the United States.

    Willard S. Boyle and George Smith invent the CCD at Bell Laboratories (30 years later, this technology is
    widely used in digital cameras).

    The first message is sent over ARPANET, the forerunner of the internet.

    Wal-Mart incorporates as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

    News items above are from Wikipedia. For Hopedale news from 25, 50 and 100 years ago, see below
    this text box.


                                                   Winning Pitch at Hopedale

                                                               By Ken Hamwey
                                                      Daily News Correspondent

    Jim Stock was the starter and stopper during his senior year in 1963 for Hopedale High's baseball team
    He was also a workhorse, the center of attention for coach Roger Hebert's Blue Raiders.

    Hopedale went 14-0 and cruised to a second straight Tri-Valley League crown.

    And, as amazing as the 14-0 mark was, Stock's heroics were just as incredible. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound
    right-hander started 10 games and was used in relief once. He finished that season with a 10-0 record and
    averaged nine strikeouts a game.

    Stock, who also played outfield and second and third base, was on a roll in 1963. He wanted the ball and
    Herbert was very willing to hand it to him.

    "I was overworked but I didn't care," Stock said. "I loved to pitch and I thrived on being involved in every play."
    Stock paid a high price later. As a freshman on the University of Bridgeport's varsity, Stock's arm broke
    down and a promising career went up in smoke.

    "I literally heard a pop after I threw a pitch against the University of Hartford," Stock said from his home in
    Gaithersburg, Md. "On my next pitch, I couldn't get the ball to the catcher. My baseball career was just about
    over, although I finished the season at third base."

    Stock threw a fastball but his bread-and-butter pitch, especially at Hopedale, was a screwball.

    "My out pitch was a screwball," he said. "I delivered it sidearm and snapped it so I got backward spin. I think
    it broke inside and had a 4-5 inch drop."

    TVL opponents were mowed down in methodical fashion by Stock. H fired a pair of two-hitters but his most
    memorable game during the 10-0 run came against arch-rival Nipmuc.

    "I hit a groove that day," Stock said. "We won, 3-1, and it was my control that keyed the win. That was the
    only game I pitched where an umpire told me I did a great job. The ump was the late Charlie Brucato of

    Stock credits teammates like Don Lutz at shortstop, Jim Woods in the outfield, Chuck Espanet catching,
    and George Phillips at first for his success.

    "Don and Jim were good hitters and Chuck was a terrific catcher," Stock said. "Those guys made it easy for
    me because they got me about seven runs a game. Dave DiGirolamo was our other picture, and he did a
    fine job."

    As a junior, Stock posted a 4-0 mark, while left-hander Dave Calarese hurled a majority of the games
    during a season the ended with Hopedale at 12-2.

    "My best game as a junior came against Millis," Stock said. "I pitched a two-hitter and we won, 3-0. But I hit
    a home run that traveled 300 feet. I hit .330 during my four years on the varsity."

    Stock, who was a co-captain in his senior year, was named to the TVL all-star team during that campaign.
    A basketball player for two seasons, Stock averaged six points off the bench. While Hopedale went 15-2
    both years, Stock enjoyed a TVL title and a Clark Tournament championship his senior year.

    "I basically hit the boards and played defense," Stock said. "Lutz was the big shooter, easily averaging 20
    points a game. And players like DiGirolamo, Dave Heron, Steve Sardell and Calvin Mosher gave us a well-
    rounded team."

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Here's a hit from 1994 - I'll Remember by Madonna.

A big one from 1969 - Aquarius.