Tri-County greats come
from "original, modern eras"
League's Hall of Fame gets six new
members at annual banquet.
From Morning Call
Tri-County League Baseball Hall of Fame added six new members last Saturday
at the league's annual banquet at the West End Youth Center.
the inductees are from what the Tri-Co calls "The Original Era," in the
1950s and '60s. Four others are from the "Modern Era."
brief recap of each inductee's career:
Buck (1954-1968): Buck played for the Quakertown Redlegs in the Tri-Co
League after a two-year stint in the Philadelphia Phillies organization at
Lima, Ohio, in the Ohio-Indiana League. Buck played on four straight
championship teams, always hit .325 or better and won two batting titles.
(Buzz) Way (1955-1966): Way played 11 of his 12 years with Quakertown after
playing a full season of pro ball in the St. Louis Cardinals organization in
Albany, Ga., in 1954. Way won the "Pitcher of the Year" award and a batting
title and also was a solid third baseman in his career.
Brader (1990-1998): Brader played nine seasons, mostly with East Texas. The
former Detroit Tigers' farmhand once struck out George Brett in a spring
training game. He finished his career striking out 9.95 batters per seven
compiled a 22-11 lifetime record and had an ERA of 3.22, mostly in relief.
He won a title with every team he played for -- three in all -- one for the
Allentown Angels (1991), East Texas (1994) and Limeport (1997). Although not
known for his hitting, he finished with a .324 lifetime batting average.
Emerick (1984-1999): Emerick started his Tri-Co career in 1984, playing all
of 16 seasons with the Coplay/South Whitehall franchise and won titles in
1988 and '98. He had a 70-30 career record and finished with three
undefeated seasons: 6-0 in 1987, 8-0 in 1988, and 8-0 in 1995. He had a
career best ERA of 1.93 in 1989. He tossed a one-hitter in 1986 and was
voted Most Valuable Pitcher in 1988.
finished his pitching career in the top five for wins (70), innings pitched
(633), and strikeouts (523).
Falco (1978-1999): Falco was a feared hitter and a dominating pitcher during
his 22-year Tri-Co career, mostly with Coplay/South Whitehall. Falco had a
.343 lifetime batting average. He won back- to-back batting titles in 1988
and 1989, batting .492 and .461, respectively. He compiled a career mound
record of 42-17.
was the Most Valuable Pitcher in 1985 with a 7-0 record. From 1985 to 1991,
he was 20-1 on the mound. His career ERA of 2.35 is fourth best in league
Pugh (1984-1993): Like Emerick, Pugh also played his entire career with the
Coplay/South Whitehall franchise. He was known as an outstanding defensive
first baseman and great hitter. He won a batting title in 1984 with a .486
average. He retired with a lifetime batting mark of .360.
From The Morning Call --
October 3, 2002
The Morning Call