Local baseball standout recalls career highlights
By Gene Fix
I recently read the article about Patrick O’Connell pitching a perfect game last spring. I was given this article by Ron Tweedie. My name is Gene Fix and I graduated from Margaretville Central School in 1963. I played baseball under Coach Glen Reither.
What prompted me to write this was where Coach Rick Funck said that in his 25 years he had never seen a perfect game or even a no-hitter. Ron had asked me to research my old clippings and see if I had pitched a perfect game. I did and couldn’t find any definite evidence that I had. I came very close on several occasions. One of the clippings says that “on his way to a perfect game Gene Fix strikes out four batters in one inning. There were a total of 18 strikeouts in a seven-inning ball game. That means it couldn’t have been perfect because a man reached first base. It was against Andes. There were no runs, no walks and one error when the catcher dropped the ball and the runner got to first. We beat them four to nothing.
After reading through several newspaper clippings I decided to elaborate on the article. He mentioned no-hitters. In that year I pitched four no-hitters. One against Andes (4-0), one against Treadwell (11-0), one against Fleischmanns (3-0) and one against Delhi (7-0). I went on that year to strike out 136 batters in 71 innings. My ERA was 2.25. I had several one-and two-hitters. I posted an 11-1 record only losing to Downsville. My fastball was clocked at 94 miles per hour. We won the division that year by beating Downsville 10-9 and I struck out 17 batters. It was a great year. I was voted to the high school all-stars and I was slated to pitch in Cooperstown that year but it got rained out. It was called the Shrine game.
I also had a very successful Legion career. I struck out 19 against Delhi and we won the championship in 1960. The trophy is still in the Legion hall.
I was scouted that year by the Mets (twice) and also by the Giants. I was offered a minor league contract to pitch for the Mets. I turned it down to go on to college to get the experience and education. I also tried out at Shea Stadium twice and once in Kingston for the Yankees.
I had a very successful college career. I had 12 wins and four losses over a three-year period pitching with a 3.2 ERA and I struck out 35. I pitched a one-hit shutout against New Paltz. I played against and for the Milford Macs which was a semi pro team outside of Cooperstown.
Thanks for my moment of glory and my memories.