Towne Tavern Has the Par-Troy East Spirit

Fans are cheering on the Parsippany 11 at the Lake Hiawatha bar.

Fans wearing scarlet red "One Team One Goal" shirts are gathered around the bar at to cheer for Parsippany's boys of summer. The East Region champions have just started , against the West Region champs from Petaluma, Calif.

Bar owner Gene Mount told Patch the tavern has seen a boost in business since the series began.

"It's good, 'cause the whole town comes out," Mount said.

The 2012 World Series has been particularly exciting for Mount, who was a pitcher for Par-Troy East more than four decades ago.

"I was on the All-Star team in 1966," he said. "Back then we played at Huston Taylor Field, the first Par-Troy East field. We had to pick up rocks [from the ground] to prepare the field. It was fun."

He recalled being a so-so pitcher.

"I gave up a ton of home runs at that field," he said. "They went flying out of there!"

Mount said he took a walk down Memory Lane by paying his first visit to the PTLLE complex on Eileen Court Sunday.

"Nobody there except one guy who gave me a tour. It's a great place for the kids," he said.

The bar owner's passion for the team is high. Once he got word of the team's success, he went to Modell's Sporting Goods and purchased PTLLE Mid-Atlantic champion shirts for his entire staff.

"We gotta root for them," he said. "This sort of thing doesn't happen every day."


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