Looking Back: Franklin County’s history June 5th

Franklin County’s history

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 June 5th.

25 Years Ago

June 5, 1996 – Wednesday

“In Waynesboro, pride in White is intense”

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Franklin County's history June 5th

Waynesboro residents smiled proudly Tuesday when they heard hometown favorite Matt White had been picked seventh in the amateur baseball draft.

In recent weeks, townsfolk have chattered nonstop about the 17-year-old phenom pitcher at Waynesboro Area Senior High School. How high would he go? To which team?  And would he something good get the $2.5 million for a small town signing bonus he’s reportedly seeking?

“He’s the talk of the town,” said Denny Mummert, who owns a barbershop on Main Street.

White, a right-handed hurler, was drafted Tuesday afternoon by the San Francisco Giants. He was the second of three high school players selected in the top 10 and the only one from Pennsylvania.

“Matt White means a tremendous amount to Waynesboro,” said Chip Rice, during a break from his workout at Fitness Dynamics.  “I’m just really proud of him.

“Nobody has come close to what Matt White has accomplished.”  

As they do most mornings, old-timers gathered at the Waynesboro News Agency on Main Street to discuss politics, sports and the

Many local baseball fans have Watched the progress of Matt White over the last few years.

People watched him as a sophomore in 1994 when he helped lead the Waynesboro Indians to the PIAA Class AAA semifinals, and again last summer when he made the select Team One all-star baseball team and got a chance to pitch in Boston’s Fenway Park.

In a few years, local baseball enthusiasts may be watching White hurl his 90-plus mph fastball on ESPN’s Sunday Night Game of the Week.

Tuesday afternoon the San Francisco Giants selected White with the seventh pick in the Major League Baseball draft.

Chambersburg’s Bob Carter, one of the top scouts for the Kansas City Royals, said the Giants did well by choosing White.

“I think the Giants will treat him good.” Carter said. “They have a great ballclub, and how can you go wrong playing with Barry Bonds?  I think Matt will make out all right.  My feelings are Matt White will be the first high school player to ever make the Olympic baseball team unless something unforeseen happens.”

White is the only high school player who has made it to the final round of cuts for the U.S. Olympic team.  Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils baseball coach Chris Sellers first saw White pitch in a local fall baseball league prior to his sophomore hear.

“The biggest thing that impressed me about Matt was his attitude,”  sellers said.  You know then the potential was there.  His coaching ability was also very good.  He listened to everything you had to say and he wasn’t the kind of player that would just listen to one person.  He would take a little bit from everybody he came in contact with.

“He’s a great role model, person and just a bulldog on the field.  I think in two years, barring no injuries, we’ll see Matt White on TV somewhere.”

John Bartholow’s Shippensburg Greyhounds never got to play against White, but the Hound coach knew White was the real deal.  

“Matt is a very talented kid,” Bartholow said. “He’s a class act in himself. All of us around here wish him the best.”

Of the 30 players selected in the first round, 19 were high school players.  That there were so many high school players picked in the first round didn’t surprise Carter or White’s high school coach, Greg Chandler.

 “No way does that surprise me,” Carter said.  “The kids are that good, that the professional teams are signing them.  A majority of the professional teams are signing their high school draftees.

“Truthfully, if a player gets drafted in the first eight to 10 rounds they’re foolish for not signing.  They get the money and (a clause in the contract promising) a full scholarship for four years and there is no college that can offer you that.  We get started early working the kids.”

“I think these major league teams are seeing the caliber of ball high schools are playing,” Chandler said.  “Teams down south and on the West Coast are now playing 30 to 40 games.  The teams now have more complex schedules and are playing better competition.”

The major league draft will conclude Thursday.

Editor’s Notes: The following was taken from “Wikipedia” about Matt White:

Matthew Edward White (born August 13, 1978) is a retired professional baseball pitcher.

He attended Waynesboro Area High School from 1993-1996.  He had a 0.65 ERA in high school.  He was named USA Today’s Baseball Player of the Year.  He was also named Gatorade‘s Pennsylvania Player of the Year.

White was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 1996 amateur draft, but his agent Scott Boras found a loophole that allowed White to become a free agent after the Giants failed to offer him a contract in the required 10-day time allotted.  He received a $10.2 million signing bonus in 1996 with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Shoulder and back injuries limited White to 122 minor league games during his career.  He never played in the major leagues.

He was selected to the 2000 Sydney Olympic team but suffered an injury on the plane ride and was forced to return without participating.

50 Years Ago

June 5, 1971 – Saturday

“$2,500 Prize Money in Triennial Parade”

The Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Week Association is offering a total of $2,500 in prizes to participants in the 24th Triennial Old Home Week Parade, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5.

Paul R. Foust, chairman of the parade committee, is mailing notices to several hundred organizations, which have taken part in previous Old Home Week parades.  Rain date for the parade will be Saturday, Aug. 7, at 3 p.m.

First, second and third prizes in the major classifications will be as follows:

Best appearing high school band, $200, $175, $125; best appearing uniformed company, $175, $125, $75; best appearing senior band, $150, $100, $50; best appearing drum – corps $150, $100 $50; best appearing float, $150, $100, $50; best appearing 19 junior organization under years of age, $125, $75, $50.

Prizes of $50 each will be awarded for the best appearing truck, best appearing pumper, best appearing rescue or service truck and best appearing ambulance, and first and second prizes of $50, $25, respectively, for the oldest apparatus in line.

First and second prizes also will be offered for the most elaborate child’s vehicle, most elaborately dressed couple, most elaborately dressed individual, most comically dressed couple, most comically dressed individual, oldest boy and girl in parade, most elaborate horse-drawn and pony-drawn vehicles.

Trophies will be awarded for the oldest car in the parade, best appearing pre-1924 car and best appearing post-1924 car.  Winners will be announced on the square at 9:30 p.m. the night of the parade.

100 Years Ago

June 5, 1921- Sunday

“Waynesboro passes milk ordinance”

Waynesboro borough council in regular session Thursday evening passed an ordinance providing for the licensing of all milk and ice cream dealers in Waynesboro, the inspection of milk and ice cream, factories and dairies and the testing and analysis of dairy products sold in Waynesboro.

Starting at the dairy, milk and cream sold and consumed in Waynesboro will be under the inspection of the health authorities who will have power to inspect such places at any and all times.  

Milk and cream sold in town will be examined for butter fat and bacteria count at regular intervals by an expert chemist, and the same rules covering milk dealers will cover ice cream manufacturers, who sell their product in town.

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