Salem’s talent included lefty Doug Canney, who went 7-1 that season while hitting .338; he wound up playing professionally in the California Angels’ minor league system. Doug Chouinard was the team’s No. 3 pitcher, while junior Mike Giardi, the coach’s son, played shortstop and was one of the batting leaders. (Giardi also played minor league ball). Dave Angeramo, who became an All-Ivy League player at Dartmouth and is now a Salem High principal, was also on the club.
Juden was one of 11 seniors on the 1989 Salem High baseball team, which won 23 of its 26 games. Remarkably, they gave up only 29 runs all season while scoring 172.
Now 42 years old and living in Florida, Juden made it to the majors, pitching mainly as a reliever for eight teams in nine seasons and finishing with a 27-32 career mark and 4.81 ERA. Allison never reached the bigs; substance abuse problems derailed his career. He is now 28 years old, has been clean and sober for more than six years and gives talks to high schoolers about the dangers of drugs while working as the lead pitching instructor for Show Baseball.
Striking fear into batters
Allison still remembers seeing Juden pitch when he was only four years old, never dreaming that one day baseball fans would speak his name in the same breath.
“He was unreal and I remember thinking I wanted to pitch like him one day,” said Allison.
“My senior year was something you don’t have too often; I realize that now. I went into the season with the idea of just doing well because there was so much hype building. I really tried to break each hitter down and throw strikes. I always had speed on my fastball, a good breaking ball and movement on my changeup. I worked hard all the time and had trust in the other eight guys on the field, but I liked taking the ball, taking the reins. I gave them a reason to trust in me.”