The Hastings Gazette, May 10, 1956
Bud Grant’s debut in Spiral uniform was marked by his noted coolness and daring under fire and the fine instinctive responses of a great natural athlete. Working carefully, and searching for the corners, Grant lost Ken Yackel on a walk, bringing up left hand hitting Ken Staples who had already poled two solid homers over the short right field wall. With the estimated 300 American fans yelling for blood, Grant fed Staples two way outside slow balls then offered up his hard fast one, with the change of pace, Staples in his timing lofted a high fly to deep center instead of hitting to right, his fly ball was easily gobbled up by Pinky McNamara.
Here they are- The ‘Apple of Hastings Ball Fans Eyes’, Manager Bob McNamara’s league leading undefeated Spirals, toast of the loop where their diamond antics have raised the question in seven cities and points around the state:” Who is going to stop then?” Above, a quartet which is a headache to all pitchers- The Big Four in the Hastings batting order, any one whom can put the ball out of the park and break up a ballgame. From left: Harry Bud Grant, ace Hastings hurler; slick fielding shortstop Alton Johnson; third sacker Roy Horsch, always one of the toughest hitters in the Suburban; and finally Manager Bob NcNamara, the loop’s leading slugger. Pinky McNamara, who makes it the Big Five, is on military duty. How would you like to be the pitcher facing these men in batting order?