John Barney Wyrostek was an American professional baseball player. He played all or part of eleven seasons in the Major League Baseball between 1942 and 1954 as an outfielder, most in right or center field, he batted left-handed, threw right-handed, was listed as 6 feet 2 inches tall and 180 pounds. Wyrostek was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals out of his East St. Louis high school, his contract was purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates late in the 1941 season, he played parts of the next two seasons with the Pirates as a reserve outfielder. On September 30, 1943, Wyrostek was traded back to the Cardinals. After a stint in the Army, his contract was sold to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1946, at which point he became an everyday player. Wyrostek averaged eight homers a year in his career, had only one season in which he hit over ten. In 1948, he had a total of 17 home runs with 76 RBIs, which he would tie later, his seven stolen bases on the year tied a career-high. In 1950, Wyrostek hit.285 with 76 RBIs with the Reds.
On September 4 of that year, Wyrostek drove in eight of the Reds' 13 runs in a doubleheader sweep of the visiting Cardinals. By 1951, Wyrostek was a good-hitting outfielder, but that year, his batting average skyrocketed to.311. While his power numbers went down, his batting average was good for sixth in the league and his 167 hits was 10th, he made his final All-Star team. In an 11-season career played with the Pirates and Reds, Wyrostek batted.271 with 58 home runs and 481 RBIs in 1221 games. He had 525 runs scored with a solid.349 on-base percentage. He had 45 triples in his 4,240 at bats. Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference Johnny Wyrostek at Find a Grave
A Drift Boat is an evolution of the open-water dory, converted for use in rivers. The design is characterized by a wide, flat bottom, flared sides, a narrow, flat bow, a pointed stern. A Rocker is used along an arc from bow to stern along the bottom of the boat, it is this constant rocker that allows the boat to spin about its center for ease in maneuvering in rapids. The earliest drift boats were made out of various types of wood. Boats were made with lower maintenance materials like aluminum, fiberglass, or plastic. In 1992 the film "A River Runs Through It" featured a wooden drift boat running "the shoots", a series of rapids; this portrayal of using drift boats in class I -IV rapids is only one application for this unique watercraft. Today river fishing is among the major uses of these boats. Innovation has changed the design from anglers sitting in the boat while fishing, to today's application of anglers standing in a leg brace to fish; the Rogue River dories are flat on the bottom with upward rakes under the prow and the stern unlike the McKenzie boats.
The Rogue River guides needed a boat with greater carrying capacity, the ability to hold the current. The Rogue River dory is not quite as responsive as the McKenzie River dory but is larger than the McKenzie dory and is used where many people and large amounts of gear need to be carried; the high prow, great carrying capacity, ease of rowing makes it the preferred dory for commercial use. The classic Rogue River dory with a nearly full deck is a favorite among guides on the Colorado River, while on the same river, the decked McKenzie River dory has a large following among do-it-yourself river runners. McKenzie dories are specialized to run rapids on rivers, first appeared on the McKenzie River in Oregon in the mid-20th century, they have a wide flat bottom for low draft, a narrow bow, flat mistaken for the transom, which instead is pointed. The reason for this is that the rower faces downstream, therefore the part of the boat which first hits the waves must be pointed or narrow to throw the water to the side.
The bow is widened so that a small outboard motor and/or anchor bracket can be attached. Those unfamiliar with the craft would say. McKenzie dories without a transom are called "double-enders". McKenzie River dories are used by recreational boaters who wish to operate a responsive boat. Like the Rogue River boats described below, the McKenzie River dory provides a much more responsive boating experience than that of a rubber raft. While the McKenzie River dory is a safe watercraft, operating any dory requires keeping river conditions in mind at all times. Fletcher, Roger. Drift Boats & River Dories-Their History, Design and Use. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. ISBN 0-8117-0234-0. Streeks, Neale. Drift Boat Fly Fishing-A River Guide's Sage Advice. Portland, OR: Frank Amato Publications. ISBN 1-57188-016-X. Historic photos of drift boat evolution from McKenzie River Drift Boats Drift Boat History from Clackacraft