Emory Shaffer

In the 1940s, when men’s fast-pitch softball drew large crowds to Baker Park, several county teams excelled and began attending post- season invitational tournaments. Pitching was the key. Emory “Reds” Shaffer compiled a remarkable win-loss record, including numerous no-hit games. One of his most memorable performances occurred at the Washington, D.C., two-day, post-season tournament, featuring nine state championship teams. Shaffer won the first five games, giving up only four hits. In the sixth and final game, he lost 2–1 in the tenth inning. Shaffer was the Dr. Pepper team’s only pitcher that weekend. He was considered by opponents and teammates alike to be a gifted athlete.