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Sports Columns

RACING AROUND: Sprint cars won’t appear at Fonda Saturday

Looks like it will continue to be an improvise on the run season. The Rapid Tire USAC East Coast Sprint Cars were scheduled to make their first appearance at Fonda Speedway Saturday night after competing at Afton Speedway on Friday. That has now changed. The wingless sprints will not be ...

Racing Around: Racing returns to area tracks

After a three-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic a sense of normalcy returned last weekend. Fonda Speedway opened its gates for a Saturday night of racing, albeit without fans cheering from the iconic covered grandstand, with a solid field of sportsman, pro stock and vintage modifieds ...

UPSTATE N.Y. SPORTS LORE: Sonju brought the NBA to Speculator

Forty years ago, Upstate New York’s Adirondack Mountain Region was put on the International sports map when the 1980 Winter Olympics took place in Lake Placid. American speed skater Eric Heiden won five gold medals, while setting four Olympic records and one world record on the Lake Placid ...

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 ...