Twin City baseball returns


ScuttleBu(r)t …

With Iron Mountain and Kingsford back to playing baseball, many have been wondering how long it has been since Twin City high schools fielded teams.

Our latest research through the newspaper way-back machine indicates the Flivvers took to the diamond in May of 1965 while the Mountaineers last suited up in the summer of 1956.

Coach Rae Drake’s 1965 Flivvers opened the season with a 5-1 victory over Stephenson as Tom Johnson fired a two-hitter and Dwight Romagnoli knocked in a couple runs.

The 1956 Mountaineers of Coach Moon Molinari played in the Menominee Range with Crystal Falls and Niagara. I joked with somebody that a team with Ron Steiner, Al Spigarelli, Don Sericati, Ted Meagher and Bill Roberts probably never lost a game.

But those Mountaineers had to contend with a Niagara team that had Ron Buchanen and Leon Waitrovich. The legend of Leon continues as he once homered off Al Spigarelli and singled against Steiner in one of his better pitching performances.

“The ball was like it was on a tee,” Leon said of launching one off his buddy “Spig.”

Today’s Iron Mountain and Kingsford baseball teams will make more memories Monday afternoon at Ranger Field …

Chicago Tribune’s Steve Rosenbloom, on the Chicago Bears giving up plenty to draft North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky: “All along it looked as if the Bears were rebuilding. Turns out, it looks as if they’re hallucinating.”

Tough luck for Tim Schultz Jr. of Vulcan in the recent season-opener at Golden Sands Speedway in Plover.

Schultz, according to Green Bay Press-Gazette racing columnist Joe Verdegan, led 29 of 30 laps before tangling with another driver on the final lap and spinning. …

Wisconsin recently joined Michigan, Arizona and Montana in purchasing concussion insurance for all member senior and junior high school student-athletes. There’s zero out-of-pocket costs for those suffering a concussion …