Dunkirk Evening Observer

Al Muck Signs KC Baseball Contract For A Large Bonus

Al Muck, the fire-balling right-hander who has consistently mowed down opponents of the Forestville High School and Forestville Grape Belt League teams, has signed a baseball contract for a substantial bonus with the Kansas City Athletics.

He inked the contract about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, following his graduation from Forestville High School Monday night. Dan Carnevale, eastern territorial supervisor for the Athletics, made the proposal.

Muck, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Muck of Walnut Street, Forestville, will leave Buffalo airport Friday morning for Daytona Beach, Florida. He will report to the Athletics' Class D club there where he will be assigned for the rest of the season.

Accompanying Muck to Daytona Beach will be two other young players recently signed by Carnevale: Stan Wojcik, an outfielder, who played with McKinley Vocational High School in Buffalo; and Frank Binsack, a left-handed first baseman who played with Aquinas Institute in Rochester.

Muck, the 6-2, 170-pound all-around athlete, posted a 9-2 record during the last two years at Forestville High. He had five no-hit, no-run games and averaged 15 strikeouts per contest.

His mark in the Grape Belt League was 9-3 during the last two years. Two of the losses were by 1-0 and 3-2. He tossed a no-hitter against Ripley in the GBL in 1961. Hs last two victories were over the Dunkirk-Fredonia Rookies.

He also twirled Ellington into the finals of the County American Legion League last year.

A good student as well as athlete, Muck was quarterback on the football team and captain and high scorer on the high school basketball squad.

At Forestville graduation exercises, he was given a special sportsmanship and citizenship award for being the most outstanding athlete to graduate from that school.

Carnevale, former general manager and public relations director of the Buffalo Bisons, commented, "Al has a fine future in baseball. He has a tremendous spirit and gives 100 percent. We're pleased to have him in the Athletics' organization. I'll be with him at spring training next year."

Al, who originally had planned to enroll at Geneseo State University in September, said today that his college plans are indefinite for the time being.

He has been well-scouted by major league representatives the last two years.

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