Nicely, Sorey not the only area baseball players to be No. 1’s

All recalled Sidney’s Tom Goffena being the No. 1 pick of the Blue Jays, also in 1977. And it gets better than that: It was Toronto’s expansion year, meaning he was the club’s first draft pick in team history.

A pitcher, Goffena rose to Class AA before back surgery derailed his career. He was omitted from a story last week about Vandalia-Butler pitcher Taylore Cherry signing with the University of North Carolina. Cherry will be a likely first-round draft pick next June.

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