Remembering when Mays Rams captured state baseball crown

Remembering when Mays Rams captured state baseball crown

Pictured are the 1957 Mays Rams Baseball Champions (l-r, kneeling) Lee Andrew Waters, L.J. Bohler, Jimmy
Edgecomb, Emory Collier, Wilbert Bryant and Dennis Bohler; (standing) assistant baseball coach Rufus Tribble;
Carl Hanna, business manager; Curtis Baker, Curtis Young, Nathaniel Russ, Bob Cunningham, Herbert Pratt, James
Rolle, Harvey Cooper and head coach Earl Dinkins.

In the annals of Miami-Dade County sports history, Mays High School in Goulds (now Arthur and Polly Mays 6-12 Conservatory of the Arts) holds a special place.

Under coach Earl Dinkins, with coach Rufus Tribble assisting him, the Rams won the school’s first and only state baseball championship in 1957.

With the effective pitching of the Bohler Brothers — Dennis and L.J. — the Mays High Rams won the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Association State Baseball Tournament at Daytona Beach.

In the first game, the Rams eliminated Cocoa Monroe High Wildcats by a score of 11-2 and in the second game the Rams defeated George Washington Carver High Fighting Eagles of Delray Beach by a score of 7-6. This was a tense moment. Emory Collier saved the day by hitting a two-run triple in the bottom of the 11th inning. It ended in a bunt by James Rolle, who was thrown out.

The final game in which the opponent was Stanton High Blue Devils, was won by the Rams. The score was 12-1.

In this game, Jimmy Edgecomb hit a double and a single, James Rolle hit a single, Herbert Pratt hit a double and L.J. Bohler a double. Excellent defenses were displayed by Harvey Cooper, Curtis Young, Nathaniel Russ and Wilbert Bryant.

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