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Sports Columns

Bebe Garguilo … walk on ballplayer

From 1937 to 1951 the Gloversville-Johnstown Glovers were a professional baseball team that entertained local fans at the former Glovers Park. The park sat at what is now the corner of Route 30A and Fifth Avenue in Gloversville (currently home to Runnings Outdoors/Hannaford Grocery/House of ...

UPSTATE N.Y. SPORTS LORE: Salerno part of Adirondack sports lore

In the 1950s, Adirondack baseball was put on the map when 23-year-old Mineville native Johnny Podres beat the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the 1955 World Series. Podres hurled a 2-0 shutout against the perennial World Champions and was named the World Series Most Valuable Player. From ...

Upstate N.Y. Sports Lore: Fulton County’s brush with perfection

When I was 10 years old in 1978, a project in Mrs. Clara Swarts fifth-grade class at Mt. Carmel School was a “10-minute oral presentation.” The topic I chose was “the history of the Baseball World Series.” It was during this project that I became enamored about the legend of Don ...

UPSTATE N.Y. SPORTS LORE: Bouton left his mark on baseball

This summer, both the sports and literary worlds lost a legend with the passing of former pitching great James Allen (Jim) Bouton. Bouton was drafted by the New York Yankees in 1959 and spent part of his first season in the minor leagues as a teammate of Fulton County Baseball Hall of Famer ...

Racing Around: Fonda set for busy weekend

One of the most anticipated events since it was announced last fall, the return of the Fonda 200, is finally here. The $53,000-to-win main event is being touted as the single richest event in the history of Fonda Speedway with the purse structure for the main event at a minimum of ...

Racing Around: Glen Ridge wraps up its season

Glen Ridge Motorsports Park wrapped up its racing season with one of the best overall nights of racing this season. The track, which tended to be locked down for most of the season, widened out for the modifieds and they responded with some passing on the high side. Josh Hohenforst came ...

UPSTATE N.Y. SPORTS LORE: Thank you for your service Mr. Hewes

For as long as I can remember I have been a Yankee Fan and my favorite place in the world to visit was Yankee Stadium. I vividly remember the feeling I got the first time I entered the stadium with my grandfather and father and how the colors and sights of the green grass and blue outfield ...

Racing Around: The Ridge returns with a Vengeance

The long-range forecast looks promising as the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park will again try for a third time to get the 50-lap, $2,500-to-win Vengeance for sail-paneled modifieds on the track this Sunday. The highly-anticipated show, sponsored by Palmer’s Service Center also carries a ...

RACING AROUND: Sitterly wins record ninth Oswego title

Otto Sitterly now stands alone atop a list of Hall of Fame drivers at Oswego Speedway. Last Saturday, after being sick all week, Sitterly drove the Nicotra Racing No. 7 to an eighth-place finish in the feature to lock up his record ninth Novelis Supermodified track championship at Oswego ...

Racing Around: Fonda wraps up point races

Is there a changing of the guard going on at Fonda Speedway? First, Brett Deyo takes over as the promoter at the Track of Champions, bringing fresh ideas trying to bring the fans, and drivers, back to Fonda Speedway. Looking back at the season there were plenty of nights that the crowds were ...

Racing Around: Warner set to make history

When Joe Kriss’ green flag drops for the start of the 30-lap modified main event Saturday night at Fonda Speedway, history will be made. With a 70-point lead over defending track champion Bobby Varin heading into the final night of points for the season at Fonda Speedway, Rocky Warner has ...

Racing Around: Glen Ridge set to add to hall of fame

August 18 is going to be a big night at the Glen Ridge Motorsports Park. Not only is the rescheduled Vengeance on the schedule, but it is also the night of the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at The Ridge. The Class of 2019 includes car owner and sponsor Bill Nelson, driver Butchie Irwin, ...

Racing Around: Bennett, Myrusky to be honored

It doesn’t seem that long ago that while walking home from Estee Middle School I always seemed to make a slight detour off Main Street. The trip took me behind a laundromat between Second and Third Avenues to a garage behind it to peer in through the garage door windows just to check on the ...

Racing Around: Thrilling finish at Fonda

If the finish of the Short Track Super Series Firecracker 50 at Fonda Speedway on July 3rd didn’t get your heart pumping, you better get it checked out. The drama started when the top two — Stewart and Jessica Friesen — went to the pits on lap 31. Stewart had a right-rear flat, while ...

Racing Around: Point races continue to heat up at area tracks

I know it is hard to believe school is out, the thoroughbreds take to the track at Saratoga Race Course in two weeks and there is only six more Saturday nights of racing remaining before Fonda Speedway crowns its 2019 track champions. After announcing at the car show at ViaPort Mall in March ...

Racing Around: Rain shuffles schedule at Fonda

Rain may have wiped out the local race program last weekend but it has led to some creative promoting. For the second time this season, rain ended the race program at Fonda Speedway early. This time knocking out the Bill Ag Elimination Match Races for the Sunoco Modifieds. The event has now ...

UPSTATE N.Y. SPORTS LORE: Pozefsky part of college baseball history

The game of baseball is one that is rich in history and its milestones are revered and commemorated. On June 19, 1846, the first officially recorded baseball game in U.S. history took place in Hoboken, N.J., between the “New York Nine” and Alexander Cartwright’s “Knickerbockers” of ...

RACING AROUND: The Ridge finally hosts season opener

The rain broke long enough that, after four-straight postponements, Glen Ridge Motorsports Park finally got its first racing event of the season in the books. Rocky Warner, who has been a supporter of racing at The Ridge since the street stocks were the feature class, got the season off to a ...

Racing Around: McGrew Jr. moving up this season

During Wednesday’s open practice session at Glen Ridge Motorsports Park, Derrick McGrew Jr. slipped into a junior slingshot for a test drive. Although he had plenty of success in the division as a competitor, he is not stepping back. Instead he was helping out Adrianna DeRocher by taking ...