On this day 72 years ago, the baseball team topped Northport, 7-5. Below is the recap of the game from the May 10 issue of the The Blue and White. The team is referred to as the “Blue Jays,” which was a moniker scattered across several teams between 1945 and 1948. Click here for a deep dive into our muddled mascot history.
Blue Jays Trim Northport 7-5; High Strikes Out 12
Stony Brook traveled to Northport on April 16 to beat out the Northport High School team for its initial win of the 1946 season. Lefty Jim High struck out twelve opposing batters and limited Northport to six hits as the Blue and White belted Northport hurlers Cheesebrough and Haines for eleven hits.
Northport opened up with a two-run rally in the second inning on two hits, a fielder’s choice, and an error. However, Stony Brook struck back with a resounding four-run rally in the third frame. High and [John] Buyers singled and [Richard] Vurture doubled. [Alex] Brackenridge walked and Shorty Haff singled two more runs across the plate. Jack Swanson was safe on Braudsemer’s error to score Brackenridge with the fourth run of the inning. Two singles by Brackenridge and Buyers and a walk to Vurture gave Stony Brook two more runs and a six-five lead in the fourth inning. At this point Jimmy High coasted in with the victory.
Buyers finished with 3 hits and 3 runs while Vurture added 2 hits and 2 runs.