East baseball continues its storied tradition

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 05 Jun 1940

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 05 Jun 1940

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 4/17/19

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 4/17/19

As reported by James Johnson in today’s, Section V baseball: Eight storylines for 2019 (D & C), this season the East High School baseball team aims for its 15th consecutive appearance in the RCAC conference tournament final, a run that included reaching the sectional finals in 2016.

This year’s squad is both talented and very young. At the same time, Coach Kyle Crandall says his teams youth is counterbalanced by their coachability and cohesiveness.  Don’t ever count out the Eagles.

In fact, the Eagles — previously the Orientals — have been a baseball powerhouse for well over 100 years with the first games played in the early 1900s.

A non-comprehensive review of articles from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle shows that along with the current successful run, the other most storied decade was the 1950s.

The early years of the program were also ones of success.  A 1910 article extolled the overall dominance of East athletics, including baseball.

Democrat and Chronicle, Oct 16, 1910

Democrat and Chronicle, Oct 16, 1910

In 1925 and 1926, the baseball squad won the Rochester and Vicinity baseball championship. The trophies are still displayed at the school.  See Displaying East’s glorious past

East Coach Pete McKay in is 49-50-51 City Champs jersey. East also won in 1952.

East Coach Pete McKay in his 49-50-51 City Champs jersey. East also won in 1952. Democrat and Chronicle, May 29, 1954

In 1940, East defeated Jefferson for the Interscholastic League Crown. East would advance to play Lyons in the sections, coincidentally, the same team East played today in the East Tournament.

Beginning in 1949, East was on a hot streak, winning championships in ’49, ’50 ,’51 ’52 and ’59 and running off a 27 game winning streak that ended in June 1951.

In 1952, East was undefeated before falling to Corning in the sectionals on a no-hitter.

Democrat and Chronicle, Jun 02, 1951

Democrat and Chronicle, Jun 02, 1951

Coverage of East from the Democrat and Chronicle, May/June 1952

Coverage of East from the Democrat and Chronicle, May/June 1952

At Cobb's Hill. Democrat and Chronicle Apr 30, 1960

At Cobb’s Hill. Democrat and Chronicle Apr 30, 1960

On Tuesday and Wednesday, East hosted its annual tournament with Greece Olympia, Waterloo and Lyons participating. The field looked great as was the baseball.

East optic teacher Paul Conrow

East optics teacher Paul Conrow, father of pitcher Michael Conrow. 4/17/19

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Lyons won the Wednesday game, 5-2. 4/17/19

Lyon's twins Andrew Norris and Scott Norris, 4/17/19

Lyon’s twins Andrew Norris and Scott Norris, 4/17/19

Frank Padalino and Mike Wilkins from the Rochester District Umpires Association. Frank and Mike were getting ready for the championship game, Greece Olympia vs. Waterloo. 4/17.19

Frank Padalino and Mike Wilkin from the Rochester District Umpires Association. Frank and Mike were getting ready for the championship game, Greece Olympia vs. Waterloo. 4/17/19

PREVIOUS CITY BASEBALL ARTICLES

2019

The RCAC is back at Cobb’s Hill (where Johnny Antonelli struck out 20)

2018

Keeping score at Cobb’s Hill

Adding a SOTA baseball game and the Air Horn guy to the Cobb’s Hill series

New Press Box scoreboard keeper coveteth a coveted microphone

2017

East falls just short. And views from the press box

No longer undefeated, East bounces back nicely

Eagles (8-0) win East Tournament; pizza for all

East beats Lyons to stay unbeaten; Crandall retrieves balls and sweeps home plate

Bundled up loyalists at Cobb’s Hill watch East stay undefeated.

Joel Alicea throws second straight no-hitter; three generations celebrate at East

Excitement grows on Culver Road as East wins third straight. Bishop Kearney is next.

Following a historic season, East baseball opens with back-to-back no hitters.

2016

City baseball opens. Defending champion East’s Coach Crandall previews season. And Cruz Control is back.

East baseball takes the show on the road. Destination Cincinnati

East’s sun still shining

A coach who cares. And wondering if East won

Congratulations East on a magical season. So Jefferson and Rocky DiPonzio’s 1980 mark still stands.

SOTA’s Kenny Cruz awaits call from the big leagues. Bill Pucko “borrows” Talker’s nickname: Cruz Control

2015

City baseball opens; East set to defend title

The Kenny Cruz watch: highest ranked outfielder in NYS, 22nd in the nation

East baseball triumphs again; SOTA’s Kenny Cruz named RCAC player of the year

“Rochester Promise” kept: Wilson’s Owen Gabbey, three time RCAC player of the year, gains scholarship to the University of Rochester

SOTA’s Kenny “Cruz Control:” from a Silverhawk to a Scarlet Knight

2014

Wilson’s Owen Gabbey; two time baseball player of the year whose family believes in city schools

No off season for SOTA’s rising baseball star. Oh, Kenny also currently has the highest GPA in the entire RCSD.

2013

East baseball takes the show on the road. Destination Pittsburgh