Yankee Catcher Johnny Blanchard to Oufielder Albie Pearson


1951 – Future New York Yankee catcher Johnny Blanchard was playing for Amsterdam in the Can-Am League;  Gloversville’s William Sanford, Ed Sanicki, and Eddie Kasko were playing for the Schenectady Blue Jays.  Sanford, a pitcher, was 15-11 with an ERA of 3.58.  Sanicki hit .249, and Kasko had 50 RBI’s and batted .246.

1952 – The Albany Senators (82-54) became a Red Sox farm team and won the Eastern League pennant.  Haywood Sullivan, who later became the owner of the Red Sox, had 6 homeruns, 32 RBI’s, and a .295 batting average, and league personnel met at the Van Curler Hotel in Schenectady and voted to suspend Can-Am League operations.  This ended pro baseball in Amsterdam, Pittsfield and Gloversville-Johnstown.

1953Billy Harrell of Troy was playing for the Reading Phillies and was named the Eastern League Most Valuable Player;  Al Rosen, a former  third baseman for Pittsfield, was the American League MVP, and Schenectady Little League finished second in the Little League World Series.

1954 John Tudor, a future majot league player, was born in SchenectadyManager Mike Maietta directed Schenectady little League to a 7-5 win over Colton, California in a seven inning game before 7,000 fans in Williamsport, PA to win the Little League World Series on August 27, and 5’5 1/2″ future major league oufielder Albie Pearson was playing for Albany.  He had 38 runs batted in and a .269 batting average.

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