A weekly look back at sports in the Lehigh Valley, in anniversaries of multiples of five years.
1984—Mike Collier collects three hits, including a home run, and Allentown beats West Bethelhem 5-3 for its fifth straight Blue Mountain League championship.
1959—After a two-day rain delay, and a site switch from Reading's Municipal Stadium to Max Hess Stadium when the Eastern League's Reading Indians return home from a road trip, Coplay wraps up its fifth American Legion state championship under Sam Balliett with a 5-2 win over Morrisville before a crowd of 1,672. Lefty Ed Folk tosses a three-hitter and strikes out nine for Coplay, which ends the season with a 36-9 record.
1979—The Pennsylvania Stoners close out their first regular season home schedule by beating the Cleveland Cobras 3-1 before the season's second-largest crowd — 6,224 — at Allentown School District Stadium.
1959—Bob Heffner, sidelined most of the season by arm trouble, gets his first win in an Allentown uniform when he allows two hits over seven innings of a 1-0 Eastern League win at Albany. The Boston Red Sox farmhand, a 1957 Allentown High graduate, strikes out nine and walks three in his first Eastern League start.
2004—Michael Andretti, who won the first race on a paved Nazareth Speedway 16 years earlier, watches three members of his racing team (Dan Wheldon, Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti) finish one-two-three in the final major event at the track, the IRL's Firestone Indy 500. A crowd of 21,000 and a national ABC TV audience say farewell to the track.
1979—Christian Nwokocha sets up goals by Ormand Cummins and Paul Desbois, the latter with 6:35 left, to lift the Pennsylvania Stoners to a 2-1 win over the New York Eagles in Albany, N.Y., and into the American Soccer League's Eastern Division championship series against Columbus.
1994—Miami, which returned nine players from a team that finished fifth in the 1993 national tournament, beats Salem, Ore., 5-3 and Chico, Calif., 9-0, on the final day of the American Legion Baseball National Tournament at Bears Stadium in Boyertown to win the championship.
1964—Mickey Mantle strikes out against Allentown native Bob Heffner in the fourth inning of Boston's 9-3 loss to the Yankees to break Babe Ruth's record for most career strikeouts (1,331).
1964—Ty Stofflet's 3-hitter and John Groller's RBI single in the eighth inning give the Allentown Patriots a 1-0 win over East Moline, Ill., and the organization's first win ever in the ISC World Softball Tournament. Stofflet also strikes out 14 in the game, held in Rock Island, Ill.
1989—Allentown College names Kutztown University's pitching coach Tim Neiman as its head baseball coach. In 25 years through the 2013-2014, Neiman — who was also a successful American Legion coach at Quakertown — led the school to a 627-349-5 record, 10 conference championships, nine NCAA Division III regional appearances and a berth in the 2003 Division III World Series.
1984—Jamie Watson's 27-yard touchdown run and Tony Lewis' conversion kick with 8:31 left lifts Parkland to a 7-6 East Penn Conference victory over Dieruff, the Trojans' first-ever win over the Huskies. Dieruff's bid for victory ends when Matt Felegy, who earlier missed a first-quarter extra point, comes up a few inches short on a late 39-yard field goal attempt.
1969—Ty Stofflet hurls a one-hit shutout to lead Sal's Lunch of Philadelphia to a 1-0 win over Rock Island Sports Shop and the ISC World Tournament championship in Rock Island, Ill. The 29-year-old Stofflet is named the tournament's MVP for the second time in three years (he won with the Allentown Patriots in 1967) by striking out a record 86 batters in 52 innings while going 5-0. Stofflet also had a two-strike, two-out single in the second inning to set up the only run in the title game.
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