Another look at the teams of Waveland baseball
Sunday, July 27, 2014 10:00 PM
Dean Miller, a 1969 graduate, played on a championship baseball team from Waveland in 1967. They won the County and Big Four championships that year.
Bill Boone is a 1956 graduate of Ladoga High School and played baseball and basketball at Wabash College. He is an historian of Montgomery County sports and will contribute a column each Monday focused on looking back at what sports in the county once were.
By that time, the Whitecotton family had loaned the school a part of their farm to use as a baseball field. Dean recalls that it was one of the nicer fields in the county with a good backstop and everything. This field was farther east of the old cow pasture field and out in the country. Dean recalls that they played Little League baseball at the City Park and then Pony League and high school at the field outside of town. He recalls a very emotional moment before the Championship game in 1967. Waveland was scheduled to play Darlington for the championship at New Market. Earlier in the week, two outstanding County athletes, Don Evans, of Waveland and Joe Mahoy of Darlington had been killed in an accident at the Cherry Grove elevator north of Crawfordsville. Dean recalls that they lined the teams up on the baselines and had a short memorial and moment of silence for the two boys. He said that it was really tough to play baseball that day.
In the 35-year history of the Montgomery County baseball championships, Waveland won or shared the crown four times.
They won in 1961, shared it with Coal Creek in 1963, won the playoffs in 1966 after Darlington had won the regular season crown and won the last County title before the Sectional format began in 1967.
Keep in mind that there were years when the coaches crowned a Summer League champion and also a Fall League champion after school started.