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The players usually lived in rented rooms, though, for one season at least,
a group of players rented their own house. Jim Ehrler, who was Catholic, lived in the
parish house with the local priest. They were generally responsible for their own meals,
but could charge any meal they ate at Raphael Veselka's cafe to the team. In 1950, Ella
Cernosek fed all the unmarried Truckers, family style, at St. Michael Catholic Church's
dining hall. The players were invited to eat lunch and dinner there. On nights there was
a home game, dinner was served at 4:30.
The players were driven to most road games in private cars by fans who
attended the games, but of course, in cases of special need, like the national tournament
in Wichita, Kansas, other accommodations were made. Sometimes, players took their
own cars, for which they were duly reimbursed by the team.
For all their effort, interest, and expense, the fans got to see baseball played
at a high level. Four of the Truckers eventually made the major leagues. As has already
been mentioned, Murray Wall debuted in the majors in 1950. Seven years later, he began
a three year run in the American League, mostly with the Boston Red Sox. In his most
successful season, 1958, he won eight games and saved fifteen coming out of the Red
Mike Blyzka pitched for the St. Louis Browns in 1953, the last year of their
existence, then moved with the team to Baltimore, where he concluded his brief major
league career with the Orioles in 1954. Charlie Gorin's career was even briefer. He
pitched in a total of seven games for the Milwaukee Braves in 1954 and 1955, losing
his only decision.
Segrist flitted onto the major league scene in 1952, getting just one hit in
23 at bats for the New York Yankees. He had to wait three years to make his next and
last appearance in the majors. In the interim, he and Blyzka, were, one might say, traded
for each other. In one of the biggest deals in major league history, the New York Yankees
traded ten players, among whom was Segrist, to the Baltimore Orioles for seven players,
one of whom was Blyzka. The next year, 1955, Segrist got three hits in only nine at bats
for the Baltimore Orioles. He neverappeared in another major league game. He and Al
Ogletree later became college baseball coaches, Segrist at Texas Tech and Ogletree at
Pan American. Ogletree's Broncs won more than 1000 games in his career as head
At least two of the Trucker's opponents went on to distinguished major
league careers. Wally Moon, who played with Columbus in 1951, was the National
League Rookie of the Year in 1954. He hit .304 with 12 home runs for the St. Louis
Cardinals that season, and went on to compile a lifetime .289 batting average in 12 major
league seasons. Bob Turley, who burned down the Truckers for Brooke Army Medical
Center in a 1952 game, went on to win 101 games in the majors. He actually had made
his major league debut with the St. Louis Browns in 1951, the year before he faced the
Truckers. He resumed his career in 1953, becoming a star after being traded to the
Yankees before the 1955 season. His 21 wins led the American League in 1958.
Two of the Truckers and one of their opponents made their marks in football.
Yale Lary, who, like Moon, played with Columbus, became a star with the Detroit Lions
of the National Football League. He was All NFL four times and played in nine pro bowls
in his eleven seasons as a safety and punter for the Lions. He was elected to the Pro
turned up, but it is likely that the Truckers, with many well paid players and few tournament victories, did much
worse. Still, one can readily see that a company or organization could, with proper management and a good
enough team, turn a profit on the semipro circuit, especially if local businesses could be induced to pay some
of the team's salaries.
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