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Bethel Park PA:  Pittsburgh Post Gazette article by a young Bob Smizik detailing Bethel Park's extra-inning win against Canon-McMillan.  Bob Purkey Jr was an incredible pitching talent; during his career at Bethel (1970-1972), he was 36-3. His father, Bob Purkey was an accomplished Major League pitcher for the Pirates and Reds. From 1969 thru 1971, Bethel Park played in two WPIAL championship games at Forbes Field and a WPIAL semi-final game.  Including American Legion and Colt League summer leagues, Bethel had a combined record of 76 - 14.  Ken Hodgson Coached the Bethel Park High School Team and Bob Colligan Sr coach the Colt and American Legion teams.