Quigley Memorial Stadium
West Haven Connecticut
Former Home of the -West Haven Yankees
-West Haven A's
The star of the 1972 lineup was a future Cleveland Indians slugger named Charlie Spikes. Spikes had a great year in Quigley, hitting 27 2B, 5 3B, 26 HR and 83 RBI’s, along with 23 Stolen Bases, all while posting a .309 average. Future California Angles’ Tony Solaita (11 2B, 12 HR, .242) future White Sox’ Wayne Nordhagen (21 2B, 14 HR, .263), future Blue Jays’ Otto Velez (17 2B, 13 HR, .249) and Kenneth Bennett (19 2B, 15 HR, .250) provided some powerful bats while future NY Yanks/Texas Rangers’ Doc Medich was unhittable on the mound putting up a sterling 11-3, 1.44 record. Future Yankees’ Larry Gowell was superb in the 2 hole going 14-6 with a 2.54 ERA. The 3,4 and 5 pitchers were no less impressive with future Cleveland Indians’ Tom Buskey putting up a 9-5, 2.82, future Braves’ Dave Cheadle went 9-9, 3.57 and Richard Earle was 11-5, 3.88. In the pen future Red Sox’ Ken Poulsen was 9-8, 2.97 as a spot starter while future Yankee Loyd Colson was 4-3-13 Sv., 1.38 as the closer. Together this team forged ahead, capturing 1st place as Bobby Cox led the new West Haven Yankees to an Eastern League Championship in their very first season.