June 17, 2010 in Sports

It was season of the LC Orphans

Vern Melvin Priest Lake
On deck

With the American Legion World Series coming to Spokane Aug. 13-17 at Avista Stadium, we asked readers to share some of their Legion memories. We have picked a few to run each week leading up to the World Series.

In the spring of 1958, I was a junior at Lewis and Clark High School. I played baseball and was looking forward to summertime American Legion ball.

However, LC had no sponsor for the upcoming season and we also had no coach. One of the kids on our team was Tom Hunton (now deceased) and the son of Puggy Hunton of Gonzaga Prep and Gonzaga University football coaching fame. Puggy learned about our situation and came out of retirement that year to be our coach.

Somehow we got a set of uniforms from the old “Georges Builders” team from the Spokane Twilight League and somebody named us the “LC Orphans.”

We played ball at Underhill Park and had a great time all summer with pinstripe uniforms that said “Georges” on the front.

I remember Puggy as a tough coach, but lots of fun. We won a few and lost some. No city title for the Orphans.

Mel Stanton (Marvelous Mel) played on the team and later was an All-American running back at Eastern Washington.

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