The 1933 East Greenville High School baseball team posted a perfect 6-0 record to win the Montgomery County League crown.
With springtime finally in the air and the professional combatants of "America's Pastime" in the final stages of spring training in the warmer states, it's a good time to reflect on an era of a local baseball and one of the glory teams of days gone by.
It was 1933 and East Greenville High School's "Old Main" wasn't quite 20 years old when the boys of summer were readying themselves for another season on the diamond.
Coach Clarence "Barney" Roth prepared his team as best he could. Back then, the East Greenville nine took on the moniker of "The Pine Trees."
At the beginning of the season, Roth was facing a dilemma; the pitching duties would be anchored by left-handed sophomore Clyde Reeder but there was nobody experienced to do the catching duties.
Roth called on the talents of senior infielder Karl "Haps" Winch to don the mask and step behind the plate. It was the position he would play in every game.
The first game of the season, against local rival Pennsburg, was a hard-fought 3-2 win for East Greenville. It took an extra inning for the Pine Trees to top the Bulldogs.
Pennsburg hurler Emra Shenberger put on a show as he struck out 14 batters walked no one and scattered seven hits in the losing effort. Reeder had a fine game himself by striking out four, walking no batters and allowing only six hits. It was an eighth inning single by Al Bauman, followed by his clean steal of second base and Melvin Schultz's double to right field that scored the winning run.
More than 400 fans showed up for the opening game.
East Greenville would go on to defeat Collegeville, Hatfield, Lower Moreland and North Wales. Against Hatfield, Reeder just missed pitching a perfect game when the Hatter's "Moonie" Krause led off the top of the seventh with a "bloop" single into left field that fell between shortstop Alton Bauman and left fielder Ed Kleinbach.
The team traveled to Lakeview Park in Royersford for the final game of the season and their attempt to wrap up their perfect season.
Reeder (5-0), who pitched every game in the 1933 season, was on the mound again for East Greenville and he turned in another fine performance giving up one earned run, striking out seven, allowing four walks and scattering just five singles over seven innings.
The game wasn't without a fair amount of anxiety for the Pine Trees. East Greenville went into the top of the seventh inning leading by a slim score of 2-1; both runs were unearned coming as the result of Royersford errors in the early innings. Then the champion swagger came out.
East Greenville erupted for five runs in the top of the seventh, highlighted by a bases-loaded double by Reeder that plated three runs. Winsch led all batters that day going 3-4 with two singles, a double, a sacrifice and oen run scored.
It was the second time East Greenville High School won the championship. The first one came in 1929, 25 years after the school was built.