MAURY THOMPSON Special for The Post-Star
Of The Post Star in 1972 – 50 years ago
It was a good weekend for local semi-professional sports 50 years ago.
On August 13, the Hudson Falls Greenjackets defeated the Brooklyn Knights 29-26, bringing the home team’s season record to 2-0.
“Mike Schongar electrified over 1,200 fans with many brilliant catches, including a 35-yard strike from quarterback Dick Rosati,” The Post Star reported.
Joe Grasso scored two touchdowns for the Greenjackets and Bob Collins added one on the field at Hudson Falls High School.
Greenjackets head coach Art Cardi was unhappy with the narrow victory.
“We should have beaten them by three touchdowns,” he said. The Post Star for a report of August 17.
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In baseball, on August 12, the Woodbury Lumberjacks of Glens Falls, playing Schenectady, won a fourth consecutive Northern League title, beating St. Johnsbury 6-2.
St. Johnsbury tied the game 2-2 in the second set, The Post Star reported August 14.
In the fifth inning, St. Johnsbury walked Jack Trainer and Rick Bordo singled, before Tim Harrington hit an RBI single for the go-ahead.
Shane St. Clair hit a double to drive in another run, and a third run this inning was scored on a wild pitch.
Bordo stole home in the seventh inning to score the final run.
John Dier was the winning pitcher.
This is the 100th win in franchise history.
Glens Falls PO: The Glens Falls Board of Public Safety authorized the promotion of city police officers Stanley Wood and Donald Miner from the rank of patrolman to sergeants. “Both officers have excellent records. They are some of the most effective officers we have,” said Mayor Robert Cronin. – August 15th
On the track: Sixty-five horses sold at the 52nd annual Fasig-Tipton Co. Saratoga sale for a total of $1.87 million, an average of $28,770 per horse. Cromwell Bloodstock, a British-owned group, paid the highest price of $106,000 for Prince John. — August 11
Departmental fair: The Cossayuna Wild Cats 4-H group was scheduled to demonstrate hatching chicks from eggs at an “Eggucation” booth at the Washington County Fair. “They will inform the public that the egg, a most nutritious food prepared in multiple ways for meals, is also, scientifically speaking, the beginning of life.” — August 18
Trial winner: Margaret Connelly, a student at St. Mary’s Academy, won third place in the National Catholic Girls of America essay contest for her essay ‘1972 or 30 AD’, comparing past and present eras. — August 12
PSPC: Country singer Lynn Anderson, during a concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, called on Cossayuna’s “handsome man” Bud Lacy from the audience to come on stage as she sang “If I Kiss You, Would You Go to him away?” British progressive rock trio Emerson, Lake and Palmer were due to perform on August 13 at SPAC. Black Oak Arkansas was the first act. — 12 Aug 14
Editorial: “There is something reassuring about the story that journalist Don Metivier reported last weekend from the Mount Van Hoevenberg bobsleigh run. This is a boot-by-the-bootstraps story that proves the self-sufficient attitude of American pioneers is not dead. When the state decided to discontinue operation of the Mount Van Hoevenberg trail, the Lake Placid region saw its economy collapse. Jobs have disappeared for 55 people. Others also suffered, as visitors who had once flocked to the area to use the bob run now stayed away. Adversity may have bent the people of the region, but it hasn’t broken them. When their pleadings with New York State failed to get the decision overturned, people took a hitch in their pants and decided to do something about the calamity themselves. — August 14
Quoteable: “The flies were annoying when we reached the top of Lower Wolf Jaw, and my feet were twice normal size when we got home, but it was worth it. For one, the weather was perfect. – journalist Lee Coleman, writing about hiking in the High Peaks with members of the Adirondack Mountain Club. — August 18
Maury Thompson was a Post Star journalist for 21 years before retiring in 2017. He is now a freelance writer and producer of documentary films who regularly researches historical newspapers in the region.