Standing in the dugout waiting for a player a lanky left-hander player in a St. Louis Cardinals uniform walked by, read my credential and asked “hey can I throw a name at you?”
“You’re from Toronto, ever hear of a guy named Henry Andrulis.”
Yep, never saw him play, but know he played on our Olympic Team and was a heck of a hitter.
“Well, he hit the longest homer I ever gave up.”
And who might you be?
“I’m Barry Frank.”
Frank, a left-hander, throws batting practice for the Cardinals when not teaching school at The Principia, a St. Louis private school.
And in 1983-84 Frank pitched for the Black Rainbow Challenge, run by a musician named John Tapscott in the original Labatt’s Metro Senior League formed by Alex Stanley.
“One night at Bishop’s Cross he hit a ball to right field off me that kept travelling and travelling,” Frank said.
Tapscott was a very accomplished guitarist and songwriter.
Frank, who was dating a woman in Toronto at the time and working at the Etobicoke Olympian, recalls playing for manager Jim Liness and coach Bill Davies.
Teammates included Ken Cuthbert, shortstop Willie Galarraga and Tom Batcher, both studying to be a doctors, lefty Roger Simpson, who attended Indiana State and big Cec Koslowski.
Montreal Expos scout Terry Steeves drove Frank to Longuiel, Que. for a tryout but the Expos didn’t sign him.
Memories of a tryout, pitching for the Black Rainbow Challenge, ex-teammates he had not though of in years, but when Frank saw the word Toronto the first image that came to mind was that of Henry Andrulis, an Etobicoke Indian, who took him deep.