Greensboro Colt Baseball at Stoner-White

Posted by Andy Durham on June 10, 2010 at 11:01 am under Amateur, High School | Comments are off for this article

Mr. Stowe, the man in the know, was out by the front doe or door last night as we walked into Stoner-White Stadium at Jaycee Park, and from that point on, you knew all was right with the world….

If a Stowe is by the doe/door, then it’s time for the show and the show was a little bit lopsided last night, but there was a nice peaceful, easy feeling, moving around the ballpark…

A cool breeze and it was so quiet at times you could hear the cicadas doing their noise-making dance out by the woods…

Speaking of woods, Joisel Colon(NEG) put one in the woods, to the deepest part of the park, in dead center field and the NEG Rams put the High Point Central Bison away early and Rams are on the run again in 2010….

Grimsley took on Jamestown(Ragsdale) in game two and the Whirlies became the earlies and they jumped on the Tigers right out of the gate, in the top of the first inning….

Grimsley had pretty much the same team they had together last summer and that is how you build your program, keep those same kids playing together for a few years and they will win for you down the road…

DJ Reader, “Little Chris” Harrelson, Ryan Stoneman, Seth O’Fallon, the Kearns kid, a young Massey(possibly Daniel’s younger brother) and a few more Whirlies are starting to become household names on the summer baseball tour…..

The Rams and the Whirles were the winners and I believe that takes Grimsley to (5-1) for the Summer season/session….

There was a fan/man up in the stands and he got to talking about the MLB Draft and he was talking about back in the day when the Atlanta Braves selected Bob Horner out college from Arizona State University(1978) and Horner, a third baseman, went straight to the Braves and never played a day in the minor leagues…

Horner went right to the Braves starting lineup and he went right to work after joinnig the team in late June, and by the time they got to mid-July, he already had 6 home runs and about 25 RBI’s….

I remember one game later on in July of 1986 when Horner hit four home runs in one game and he’s the guy that went to the major leagues right out of college at ASU and he never saw the lights of a minor league ballpark….

Later on Big Bob got bigger and some talkers referred to him as a “Big Tub of Goo”, but Bob Horner made a big bundle of money and he was laughing all the way to the bank…..

Those were the days back in the day and it’s time to play some more Colt Baseball and we will have to wait and see if the Whirlies will claim another regular season title this season…..

from www.wikipedia.org on Bob Horner:

James Robert “Bob” Horner (born August 6, 1957) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman/first baseman and right-handed batter who played for the Atlanta Braves (1978-1986) and St. Louis Cardinals (1988). Horner was hampered by assorted injuries for most of his major league career.

Horner was born in Junction City, Kansas but grew up in Glendale, Arizona, attending Apollo High School in Glendale where he set school records. His college career at Arizona State University included the first ever Golden Spikes Award. With his 9 home runs in 1976 he is tied with Ike Davis (2006) for third all-time by a Sun Devil freshman, 2 behind Barry Bonds (11, in 1983).

A second baseman for TSN’s College All-America team in 1977 and 1978, Horner set an NCAA record with 58 career home runs for Arizona State, set a 25-homer season record, and was selected the MVP of 1977 College World Series.

Horner was drafted by Atlanta as the first overall pick of the 1978 amateur draft and made his debut in the same year. He is one of only a handful of players ever to go directly to the starting lineup in the major leagues without spending a day in the minor leagues. In his first game, he belted a home run off Bert Blyleven of the Pirates. In 89 games, Horner batted .266 with 23 home runs, 63 runs batted in in 323 at bats, with an on-base percentage of .313 and a slugging percentage of .539. His 23 home runs led all National League third basemen in 1978. He won the National League Rookie of the Year honors over Ozzie Smith


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