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Discussion: HOF Pitcher

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Oct. 31, 2011
VINNY LV
Men's 50
178 posts
HOF Pitcher
HOF pitcher Louie DelMaestro passed away today in Pittsburgh PA.. Louie pitched for Jim's Sport Shop back in the 60's when they would win championships regularly.. I got to know Louie after his heyday and played a few tournaments in the Burgh with him as the pitcher.. What a character he was to play with.. I'm sure quite a few guys out there have played against/with Louie.. If you did please tell a story about him cause I know there's got to be plenty of them..I was just in the Burgh recently and asked a cousin about Louie and now I feel bad that I didn't get to see him one more time.. He will be missed..
Oct. 31, 2011
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
I was just a kid when he would come to Parma regularly in the 60s for the Worlds. Yes, he was truly a character. Used the "Utrip" style of pitching in ASA loooong before anyone else thought of pushing those limits.

Watching him pitch to Galloway was a treat.
Oct. 31, 2011
DoubleL10
Men's 65
833 posts
Hey, Harry (Birdie), I know you must have some stories from back in the day when you played with Louie (LOL)...- or DID you??
Nov. 1, 2011
birdie
Men's 60
683 posts
Larry, I played one year with Jim's Sport Shop back in 75 or 76 and Louie was not playing then. I heard that he played some later but do not know for sure. They said that he would run at batters and pitch his glove at them but he could play. The year I played he might have been hurt. He will be missed. He was a legend in Pittsburgh. Thanks Harry
Nov. 1, 2011
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
birdie, I saw him do those things to Galloway and probably others in the 60s for sure.
Nov. 1, 2011
hitman
Men's 65
306 posts
Birdie,

I played against him several times when he pitched for the STEELERS as we always had a celebrity charity game at the SOKOL camp. The STEELERS always picked up a pitcher to make sure the the game would be close. Man he was a card and I guess he would have been designated the JOKER with all his motions actions and jestures.
Many memories from those games.
I struck John Banasak out and the STEELERS were all over him, well the next time up he hit a piss rocket that hit the plyword fence and knocked a hole in it and then per quote said "NOW LAUGH"!!!!!!!
Sure glad he didn't hit it at me.

The Hitman
Nov. 1, 2011
VINNY LV
Men's 50
178 posts
1st time I played with Louie he had to be around 50.. our pitcher got killed 1st game of tourn and then my uncle(his best freind) put l Louie in to pitch and of course we made it tto Sun.(3rd place). Tourn. started Fri. nite.. I'm playn LF and LOuie keeps telln me move in, next thing I know I'm playn rite behind SS..Thing was that he knew what & where he was goig to pitch the Batters.. nothing was hit over my head the whole tourn.

Hitman, Louie even looked like the Joker and that personality..Never did get to see him pitch earlier but my uncle (Harry Gratton) used to travel with them guys and he told me alot about Louie..He was a good man..
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