Looking Back: Franklin County’s history July 26
Take a look back at Franklin County’s history through news and photos that appeared in local newspapers 25, 50, and 100 years ago on July 26th.
25 Years Ago
July 26, 1996 – Friday
“Player of the year White still waits to choose future”
The two weeks after he was cut from the U.S. Olympic team were hard on Matt White.
Considered the nation’s top high school player, White returned home to Waynesboro, haunted by memories of the Australian national team knocking him out in the first inning.
“It was a disappointment, but I knew going in it was a longshot,” White said of his June 12 start in which he allowed six runs, two earned, in two-thirds of an inning.
Still 17, USA TODAY’S 1996 High School Baseball Player of the Year has a rosy future as he a waits to embark on a pro career in the San Francisco Giants’ organization or attend Georgia Tech.
White practically was unhittable as a senior at Waynesboro Area High School, striking out nearly two batters an inning. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder finished 10-1 with a 0.66 ERA Matt White and 131 strikeouts in 74 innings.
Few high school players could cope with his size and command of three pitches. But White was a specter of terror on the mound for more than his 94 mph fastball.
Since he was 8, he refined pitches such as his curve and changeup, pitching Little League, Pony League, American Legion and high school ball.
He competed for the U.S. Junior National Team last summer and faced elite college hitters at Olympic tryouts. He is trying out for the Junior National team again this year.
He credits his improvement to physical maturity.
“Between my freshman and sophomore year, I grew four inches to 6-4 and 190 pounds and began throwing 89 miles an hour,” he says. “It was an added bonus. I got more height and more meat behind the pitch. Body development is a lot in pitching. It put me a step above.”
Since then, he has added one inch and 35 pounds.
His brother Greg is a 6-5, 195-pound star third baseman at James Madison University with pro aspirations. Greg was drafted out of high school by the Giants and should be drafted again next year after his junior season.
White has spent his life in Waynesboro.
His father owns George’s TV, a dealership and repair shop. His mother Debbie is a substitute teacher. White had the good grades to make her proud: a 3.62 GPA and 1020 SAT score.
His sister Kim, 33, is married and lives in Cumberland, Md.
Since coming home, White has been offered a $1.2 million signing bonus from the Giants, who drafted him in the first round of the free-agent draft. He has not decided whether to accept it or attend college.
He is eager to pitch again, to put his last outing behind him.
“I still take responsibility for my pitching,” he says of the Olympic experience. “I had the ball up a little bit, and they hit it solid. Part of pitching is you’ve got to battle through. I’ll learn from it and take to the next level.”
50 Years Ago
July 26, 1971 – Monday
“Fayetteville Couple Have Triplet Sons”
A Fayetteville couple became parents of triplet sons Sunday evening in the Chambersburg Hospital.
The former Miss Genevieve Crusey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley A. Crusey, 110 S. Main St., Fayetteville, who is married to Charles Newman, gave birth to three boys Sunday night, beginning at 10:10.
The first, born at 10:10, weighed four pounds, 10 ounces ; the second, born at 10:12, weighed in at five pounds, 11 ¼ ounces, and the third, born at 10:13, greeted the world weighing five pounds, one-half ounce.
Delivering the triplets was the obstetric team of Drs. Frantz, Burns and Swartz.
Mr. Newman is employed at Letterkenny Army Depot.
The Newman triplets join another set of Chambersburg triplets, who will mark their fifth birthday Aug. 26. The last triplets born in Chambersburg Hospital were Tina, Teresa and Tracy
100 Years Ago
July 26, 1921 – Tuesday
“BLUE RIDGE LEAGUE – Waynesboro Blanks Champs”
Waynesboro administered a nine to nothing defeat to Hagerstown here today, knocking Berry out of the box in the seventh when four hits and two errors netted six runs. Kimmick and Yordy both hit for the circuit in that session. Clarke was will at the start but was strong in pinches and was . given airtight support by his team mates. –
Waynesboro 9 10 0
Hagerstown 0 2 4
Batteries – Clarke and Fitzgerald; Berry, Bachman and Sharkey.