Archive - Jul 24, 2012 - Sports Article
By the time the Bryan Packers played Tuscaloosaâ€™s Hillcrest on June 11, the season was almost two weeks old.
The Packers took a pair of games, winning 9-7 and 7-5. It was their first wins on the season.
â€śSome couldnâ€™t come at the beginning,â€ť Packers coach Frank Portera said. â€śThey came on a little later in the year. Youâ€™ve got graduation stuff, youâ€™ve got senior trips, youâ€™ve all this stuff. Thereâ€™s a couple of weeks in there before you can get everybody together where so much is going on that we didnâ€™t get together until a week or two until after the season had started.â€ť
It would be known in the baseball history books as the year there was no World Series. The Major League Baseball season was in trouble as early as June, 1994, with tensions between players and owners building before erupting with a strike in August, leaving thousands of angry fans in its wake.
That spring, someone approached Frank Portera about starting an American Legion baseball program in West Point.