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Former Linton High two-sport star (1964) Rusty Vitallo pitched for the Jaycee Little League in 1958 and the people in Williamsport, PA, home of the LL World Series, said he was the fastest little league pitcher they had ever seen. Vitallo was a good 6′ tall and he overwelmed batters. His catcher was a kid named Rosetti, and I think he went home with a black and blue mitt hand after games. Vitallo played in the Oakland A’s organization, and at one point he roomed with Vida Blue in the minors.

Pete Rose was the player of the decade of the 1970s, and he was often the target of some kidding. Broadcaster Joe Nuxhall’s comment was, “I’ll tell you how smart Pete is, when they had the blackout in New York City, he was stranded 143 hours on an escalator.” In high school, Pete’s history teacher asked the class to write down the 9 greatest Americans, but Pete could only think of 8. When asked why just 8, Pete replied, “I can’t think of a third baseman,”

The Carman Little League Competed in the World Series in Williamsport in 1977. Many Players from That Squad were also on the Rotterdam Babe Ruth League Team that Won the Babe Ruth World Series in Williston, North Dakota in 1980. Tom Franceski, David Hartman and Randy Strijek Made the All-Tournament Team. Other Members of That Squad were Fred Saccocio, Joe Milazzo, John Marco, Bob Esposito, Bob Anderson, Ben Schroll, Wrandy Seaburg, Bob Frank, Joe Ziobrowski, Joseph Sacilia, Paul Caulkins, and Scott France. Fred Saccocio Senior was the Manager.