case 'Jesse Baker':
January 10, 1942, Tony was a star athlete at Stadium High School
(Class of 1960). He was part of a league championship football team,
state championship basketball team (1959) and was also chosen to
play in the all-state baseball game, in which he had two hits.
Tony was a left-handed hitter who was a star for the St. Rita's
Church fastpitch team for seven years. He played shortstop and St.
Rita's had only one loss in church league play over Tony's first
four seasons. Later, Tony played fastpitch for the Longshoremen,
adding more league and tournament accolades.
According to coach John Messina, in 130 games
over 10 years, Tony made just 15 errors at shortstop. He had good
range, sure hands and a strong arm. Tony batted .301 with 67 RBIs.
Tony played slowpitch into his 40s with Pete Lovely VW, Sons of
Italy, and St. Rita's and attended three national tournaments in
Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama with St. Rita's.