Pictured are the Louisdale Baracos of the Richmond Amateur Baseball Association.

In 1977, the championship round was set: the Petit de Grat Red Caps versus the Louisdale Baracos, two very evenly-matched teams.

They had met twice during the season; Louisdale won the first meeting 10-8 and PDG won the second 9-7. The final standings had the Baracos at 24-2 and the Red Caps at 22-4. Both teams were offensive power houses and a high scoring series was anticipated.

Game 1 was played on September 17 and behind the four-run pitching of Allan Samson and Claude Boudreau’s four RBI, the Red Caps prevailed 14-4. The following day, September 18, was, for the most part, a repeat of game one. Doug Landry scattered four runs and helped his cause with a grand slam. Roy Boudreau had a home run, single and double, while Robert George added a homer and a single for an 18-4 victory.

The third contest was all Petit de Grat once more. Claude Boudreau smacked three home runs and drove in six to lead the Caps to a 15-8 win. At this point, the series was 3-0 for the Red Caps. The clichés were out in force, “backs to the wall,” “no tomorrow,” “do or die,” etc. The Baracos were a proud team that, more than any other team, had been consistently at the top of the RABA.

Game 4 was played in Petit de Grat and the boys from Louisdale came out swinging – literally! In a season marked by records set and records broken, this game was one of the most remarkable in the history of baseball in Richmond County.

Records set: most runs scored by one team in one game 37; most at-bats 73; most hits 29; most home runs 9; most home runs in one inning 15. The Baracos’ Darryl Jeffrey set four individual records: home runs 4, hits 6, RBI 12. In one inning he came to the plate three times. It would be remiss not to mention Louisdale’s Gerard Landry’s 7 runs batted in. Final score: Louisdale 37–Petit de Grat 16.

The momentum the Baracos built up by their massive victory continued in another lopsided win in game five led by the two home-run performance by Barry Marchand. The series stood at three games to two for the Red Caps. Game six would either mean a championship for the Petit de Grat team or tie the series forcing a winner-take-all game seven.

The pitching assignment for the Red Caps went to a confident youngster by the name of Valma Boudreau. The result remained in question for the early innings even with the two homers of Maurice Boudreau and the home run and two singles of Keith David.

But late in the contest, Roy Boudreau stroked an opposite field three-run homer to put the Red Caps ahead. Doug Landry relieved the starter and was able to put out a Baraco rally, striking out Barry Marchand and claiming the championship for Petit de Grat.

Since the RABA came into existence in 1970 it was the first time the league title had been won by an Island Division team.