After the disappointing 1950 season, the Detroit Tigers brought in another manager to lead their Class D club in Jamestown. 34-year-old Ulysses “Tony” Lupien, a former major-leaguer with the Red Sox, Phillies and White Sox, was given the charge of righting the Falcons ship.
Lupien, who was named Ulysses by his French-Canadian parents because of their admiration for former U.S. President Grant, was a tremendous all-around athlete who captained both the baseball and basketball teams at Harvard University.
Post-Journal sports editor Frank Hyde called the “easy going” Lupien a refreshing change from the stoic Bob Shawkey of the previous year.
Lupien helped his cause by playing first base and hitting .368 as he led the resurgent Falks to a first place tie with Olean before losing in a one-game playoff.
Jamestown fans responded to Lupien’s winning ball club. Paid attendance was 73,000, an increase of 13,000 from the previous year.
A top player for Jamestown in ’51 was second baseman Frank Bolling who had a 12-year MLB career and was a two-time all-star with the Milwaukee Braves in 1961 and 1962.
One final note about Tony Lupien – he is the grandfather of professional wrestler John Cena.