5/2/21 Brighton Town Supervisor William Moehle pitching at the Game at the Corners, left fielder Neal Rogachefsky, shortstop David Kramer [Photo: Brandon Davis]The Sunday Game at the Corners at the Twelve Corners Middle School has had its share of politicians dropping by to press the flesh and knock the horsehide. [FULL SERIES AT END] In 2018, Brighton Town Council Member Robin Wilt threw out the ceremonial first pitch. In 2016, now Rochester City Court Judge Melissa Barrett canvassed for petition signatures at the game and afterwards at the Brighton Farmer’s Market. As Melissa was wearing formal attire, she declined taking some swings.
The game is played every Sunday beginning at 9:30 and not lasting past 11:00. All are welcome. Players often combine the game with a trip to the adjacent Brighton Farmer’s Market. Contact David Esan at [email protected] with any questions.
Today was Brighton Town Supervisor’s William Moehle’s moment in the limelight as Bill arguably outdid Robin and Melissa. We all know about the hitting and pitching exploits of the Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei “Showtime” Ohtani, the contemporary Babe Ruth of baseball. Bill put on a Showtime, hurling three strong innings and knocking two singles with two runs batted in.On his third at bat with the bases loaded, Bill hit a shot just glancing off shortstop Kramer’s glove. Bill was worried because the play potentially had the makings of an unassisted triple play.
We actually know a fair amount about Bill’s baseball passion, especially for the Detroit Tigers. The May 31st, 2020, The Brighton Farmer’s Market is back. At the Game at the Corners, the boys and girls of summer hoping to play ball. anticipated this season’s event:
At today’s market was Brighton Town Supervisor William “Mauler” Moehle who plans to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the 2020 Game at the Corners season [unfortunately the season was cancelled].
Bill played his Little League ball in Plymouth, Michigan and is a lifetime Detroit Tigers fan. When growing up, Bill’s favorite players were Al Kaline and Willie Horton. Kaline # 6, recently passed away, exemplified Detroit. Going directly from high school to the major leagues, Kaline played his entire 22 year career with the Tigers, leading them to the 1968 World Series title and winning the hearts of all Michigan.
For Bill, Horton symbolized the spirit of Detroit. Raised in Detroit, Horton starred at Northwestern H.S., hitting a home run at Tiger Stadium at age 16 in an all-city high school game and winning a city championship in 1959. During the city’s riots in the summer of 1967, wearing his Tiger uniform, Horton visited 12th Street calling for peace.
In Iconic America at the Brighton Little League Parade, we learned more about the playing fields of Plymouth.
To keep sharp and to break in my new softball glove, I bounced balls off the wall of the Brighton High School’s Brick Monster. Photographer Mauler captured an over-the-shoulder grab reminiscent of Willie May’s iconic catch of Vic Wertz’ drive to center field in game 1 of the 1954 World Series.
Bill offered his recapitulation of this eventful Game at the Corners:
Brighton Town Supervisor Bill Moehle’s memory is philosophically tinged. The fields in the Plymouth, Michigan Little League were located next to a cemetery. Before the season started, the boys were told that about 5 or 6 times a season a funeral procession would pass by when games were played. The games were stopped as the crowd and players paid their respects.
At that age, many of the boys had not been deeply touched by death. But they sensed the contrast between the life-affirming game they were playing and the mournful procession. For Bill, this was one of his earliest lessons on mortality. So as we march forward, relish every game and every inning.
After some clutch work by the grounds crew to even make the field playable, the hitters were ahead of the pitchers in the first game of the season at the Corners. Line drives were whistling off the bats of both teams, and only some outstanding fielding prevented the score from getting out of hand.Fortunately, as the game went on, our team bonded and broke loose with 7 runs in the 3rd inning, but both teams notched a solid performance and had positive takeaways for the long season ahead
Bill departed early for a commitment at the Farmer’s Market, leaving him wondering, did we hold onto the lead? Yes. 13 – 6. Although normally a pitcher needs to log four innings to be awarded the win, Bill was granted the victory after three innings. As Witty In-Game-Banter said, that’s Supervisor Privilege.
Sunday was not the first time Bill was the master of opening ceremonies. In 2019, he tossed the coin at the 16th Annual Rustic Cricket Tournament in Rustic Village.
2015 Game at the Corners
2016 Game at the Corners
2017 Game at the Corners
2018 Game at the Corners
2020 Game at the Corners (almost)