On June 15, 1969, Gazette paperboys got a nice bonus -- a free baseball game. They boarded a Wade Tours bus with Gazette chaperones at 8 a.m. and rolled south to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx for an afternoon appointment. The sports fans would have had a lot to talk about during the 21⁄2-hour ride, which included a stop for lunch. The Yankees would be playing the Seattle Pilots, who had just joined the American League. And just the day before, New York had traded longtime shortstop Tom Tresh to the Detroit Tigers for rookie outfielder Ron Woods.
Paperboys might also have thought it was a great day for the road trip. The Yanks were running their annual Bat Day promotion, and every youngster would receive a free wooden souvenir.