A weekly look back at sports in the Lehigh Valley, in anniversaries of multiples of five.
1999—Former Northampton High School quarterback Jim Druckenmiller, the San Francisco 49ers 1st-round in 1999 out of Virginia Tech, is acquitted of rape charges stemming for a March 4 incident in Blacksburg, Va.
1994—Lehigh University baseball coach Skip Schultz steps down after 28 years to accept another position in the university's athletic department. Schultz compiled a 326-386-6 mark but had failed to lead the Engineers to a winning season in any of his final 10 seasons.
1959—Boston promotes 21-year-old Allentown A-Sox pitcher Tracy Stallard , an Eastern League all-star with a 9-4 record and a league-best 1.65 ERA, to Triple-A Minneapolis of the American Association. Two years later Stallard throws one of the most famous home-run pitches in baseball history when he serves up No. 61 to the Yankees' Roger Maris, and is 1964 is the losing pitcher when the Phillies' Jim Bunning throws a perfect game against the Mets. .
1989—Michael Andretti snaps a 23-race winless steak by winning the Molson Indy race in Toronto, but not without controversy. Andretti holds off Emerson Fittipaldi after the two bump tires on the next-to-last lap, sending Fittipaldi sliding into the run-off area while Andretti roars on to take the checkered flag.
1999—For the first time ever the Northampton County Legion Baseball League names co-champions when Banko's and the Birches play to a 9-9, 10-inning draw in what is supposed to be the third game of their best-of-three championship series. The decision is made to spare pitching for both teams, who will enter the Region II tournament in three days.
1994—Released five days earlier by the New York Giants over salary cap concerns despite catching 92 passes for 1,091 yards and seven touchdowns in his first three seasons, Central Catholic graduate Eddie McCaffrey signs with the San Francisco Giants.
1994—Lehigh loses its second varsity coach in three days and third overall over the past year when wrestling coach Tom Hutchinson steps down after six seasons to become the head wrestling coach at Warren Hills High School. Hutchinson's decision comes after the university decides not to rehire assistant coach Sergei Beloglazov. Although the Engineers failed to produce a winning dual-meet record in any of Hutchinson's six years he coached one national champion (Matt Ruppel in 1990), seven All-Americans and five EIWA champions. Hutchinson's move comes after baseball coach Skip Schultz is reassigned to other duties in the athletic department and after football coach Hank Small steps down earlier in the year to pursue other opportunities.
1984—Mountainville clinches its first-ever Lehigh Valley League Legion championship with a 10-3 playoff victory over seasonal champion East Side Rams. Jack Goddess' two-run single and Mike Schmick's two-run double key a five-run first inning that sends the Mud Hens into a playoff against Balliet Legion titlist Coplay for a berth in the Region II tournament.
1989—Scott Miltenberger's two-out RBI single in the top of the seventh lifts the East Side Rams to a 2-1 win over Lower Macungie in the finals of the Lehigh Valley League Legion baseball post-season tournament and the Rams first Legion crown ever.
1984—By an 8-1 vote the Allentown School Board approves a one-year trail to attempt to bring Thanksgiving Day football back to the city in 1985 when Allen and Dieruff would meet on the holiday.
1964—Future major leaguer Dave Schnick hits a solo homer and a two-run triple in an 11-run first ining that powers Coplay to an 18-0 Lehigh Valley League Legion baseball victory over Southern Lehigh.
2004—Denver releases former Kutztown University All-American linebacker Jon Mobley because of a lingering neck injury which would keep him from playing in the upcoming season. Mobley, the team's first-round pick in 1996, suffered the injury while making a tackle the previous Oct. 26, and a physical before training camp reveals the bruise is still present. The Broncos leave the door open for Mobley, who had started 102 of 105 games during his career and helped them win two Super Bowl titles, to return when healthy, but the injury ulimately forces him to retire.
1999—Jay Rothenhauser hits three homers for Martins Creek in a 13-5 Blue Mountain League victory over Lower Nazareth.
1974—After using a City vs. Suburban format for its first three seasons, the LARC football classic changes to an East-West match-up for the first time, and Allen quarterback Mark Smith leads the West to a 21-6 win before 10,000 at Bethlehem Area School District stadium. Smith completes 9-of-14 passes for 95 yards in the first half to set up two touchdowns, then scores himself in the second half.
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