Retif Oil fifth Series champ
Photo by Ron Brocato | CLARION HERALD
Kenneth, left, and Milton Retif, whose fuel distribution company sponsors Jesuit High School’s American Legion baseball team, share a moment with players from their namesake team during a ceremony on Aug. 24 to honor the American Legion World Series champions. Retif Oil became the fifth team from New Orleans to win the national tournament. They did so by defeating Brooklawn, N.J., 4-0, in the championship game at Shelby, N.C.
Retif Oil joined two previous Jesuit-based teams (1946 and 1960) on Aug. 22 to win the American Legion World Series baseball championship when it defeated Brooklawn, N.J., 4-0, at Shelby, N.C.
Emerson Gibbs pitched a complete-game shutout to capture the win on the mound and was named the tournament’s Player of the Year. Matt Robert added a three-run RBI home run and Armand Daigle had a single RBI, helping their team defeat Brooklawn (59-5) twice on consecutive days. The Mid-South regional champs ended their season 41-7.
Two more New Orleans-based teams have been crowned American Legion World Series champions: the Zatarain Papooses in 1932 and Archbishop Rummel’s Nationwide team in 2006.