Monday’s winner is Kirt Manwaring- he will go on to face Steve Finley in the next round.
Greg Pryor vs. Wayne Comer: Two guys who won a title…
- Greg Pryor played in Harrisonburg somewhere in the late 1960’s or early 70’s- he attended Florida Southern. Drafted by the Washington Senators in the 6th round in 1971, he made his major league debut in 1976 for the Texas Rangers. The versatile player saw time at every position in the infield in his decade in the majors. He slashed .250/.291/.327 in about 2,000 plate appearances, and won a title with the 1985 Kansas City Royals. (He appeared in one game in that World Series, but did not bat.)
- Those who live in the Shenandoah Valley probably already know about Wayne Comer. A native of Page County, Comer played for the Shenandoah Indians in 1961, and was signed as a free agent by the Washington Senators before the 1962 season. He was traded to the Detroit Tigers in March, 1963, and saw time in Detroit in 1967 and 1968- and winning a title with the ’68 squad. Like Pryor, Comer saw action in “only” one World Series game, but got a hit in his only at-bat. Just following the series, Comer was scooped up by the Seattle Pilots in the expansion draft. He hit 15 home runs for the Pilots in 1969. He also spent time in the majors with the Milwaukee Brewers and Senators in 1970, and back in Detroit in 1972. He hit .229/.331/.336 in over 800 plate appearances. He returned to the Valley after his career, and was a basketball referee in the winter for many years- many times sharing the duties with his brother, Buddy. Wayne also coached high school baseball for several years at Spotswood and Page County. He was elected to the VBL Hall of Fame in 2017. (And by the way, his grandson, Seth, played for the Woodstock River Bandits in 2019.)
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And by the way, if you want to read much, much more about the 2019 VBL season, be sure to check out the 2019 Valley League Annual!