History of three Gowanda track athletes
Saturday July 19, 2014 | By:Mark Benton | Sports
In the spring of 1964, three longtime friends and varsity baseball teammates at Gowanda Central School played an integral part as the Panthers posted their second-best record in school history.
Senior Chuck Twoguns, plus juniors Morris "Spike" Seneca and Robbie Jimerson, were top players on manager Frank Markell's squad that posted an overall record of 9 wins and 2 losses. Only the undefeated team in 1944 could claim a better slate since baseball began at Gowanda High in the spring of 1941.
Twoguns and Seneca were pitchers, but also contributed at other positions defensively when they were not on the mound. Jimerson was the catcher. All three players were good hitters.
When Markell retired from teaching following the 1983-84 school year, he stated his fondest memory of being the varsity baseball manager from 1960 through the 1973 season was the 1964 team. That team had qualified for the Section VI playoffs in which berths were only given to the top teams throughout Western New York to play in post-season competition.
Twoguns graduated from GCS in 1964 followed by Jimerson and Seneca the following year. All three players went on to play for the Gowanda State Hospital team under then manager Ed Urbank. The "Staters" were very competitive in the Lake Shore League in the mid-1960s and all three former Panther baseball stars again played a major role in that team's success.
Twoguns was a starting pitcher who once had a no hitter broken up in the ninth inning with two outs against Hamburg. Seneca was a steady middle infielder while Jimerson had replaced Dewey Golden and Arnie Brown as the team's catcher.
When player/manager Dave Robbins restarted the Gowanda Merchants Baseball Team in May of 1971, after a three-year hiatus from the Central League, Twoguns and Jimerson joined him. Both played several seasons for the Merchants that also challenged for the top spot each season. Twoguns was again on the mound throwing to Jimerson, who was behind the plate.
All three players have remained close friends since their competitive baseball playing days ended in the late 1970s. Twoguns laughs when manager Robbins, known for bringing players back well into their 40s, told him that he needed a short relief pitcher years after Twoguns had retired. Twoguns commented, "How short."
Jimerson and Seneca had sons who were very good athletes at Gowanda Central School back in the mid-1990s. In fact both of their boys were all-star football players on Gowanda's 1996 Sectional championship team. But it all began for three very well-respected athletes, Jimerson, Twoguns and Seneca in the 1960s on a baseball diamond in Gowanda.
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