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On This Day In History | 1945

April 17, 2015
The 1945 baseball team. Medd (1st row, 4th from right), Swanson (right of Medd) & Downey (right of Swanson)

The 1945 baseball team.
Medd (1st row, 4th from right), Swanson (right of Medd) & Downey (right of Swanson)

On this day 70 years ago, Charlie Medd was the hero for the baseball squad, ending a game with Patchogue on a walk-off, extra inning home run.

Here is the recap from Newsday:

Charley Medd gained revenge for the 1-0 beating he received at the hands of the Patchogue Red Raiders last Friday by personally batting Stony Brook school to a 4-3 extra inning victory, here, yesterday afternoon. Medd homered in the eighth frame off the servings of Bill Kaznowski, his conqueror in the pitching duel last week.

Earl Downey was on the mound for the Brook and proved himself in his first varsity start, allowing just 3 hits while striking out 7 Red Raiders. Trailing 3-1 in the sixth inning, the “Blue Jays”–as they are referred to in Res Gestae 1945–rallied when Medd struck a double and was chased home by a sharp Dave Swanson single to left field. Swanson advanced to second on a throwing error and to third on a passed ball, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Downey to knot the game at 3-3. Medd provided the final margin in the eighth by launching a shot into the left field woods.

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