JCB Journal: 1953

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Jamestown Falcons 1953 Program
Jamestown Falcons 1953 Program
Contributing Writer Randy Anderson
Contributing Writer Randy Anderson

Following two successful seasons, manager Tony Lupien surprised the Jamestown faithful by accepting a job with the rival Corning Independents. His replacement for the 1953 season was Buffalo-born Danny Carnevale. Falcon fans last saw Carnevale in 1949 when he managed the Bradford squad to the PONY League title while also leading the loop in hitting that season.

Carnevale quickly had the Jamestown rooters forget all about the popular Lupien as the Falcons started strongly and never took their foot off the gas. They finished with an 88-37 record, the most dominant team in league history to date, and roared to the Governor’s Cup championship.

While playing a game in Hamilton, Ontario during the playoffs, the Jamestown bus was burglarized. Jovial Falcons bus driver Jerry Klein reported that over $3000 in valuables and cash were stolen. For once, Klein had nothing amusing to say.

Jamestown outfielder George Alusik led the PONY with a .384 batting average while Vince Trakan was the workhorse of the pitching staff posting 19 victories.

Swat Erickson & Frank Hyde
Swat Erickson & Frank Hyde

A highlight of the season was the induction of the first two honorees of the newly formed Jamestown Sports Hall of Fame sponsored by the Retail Merchants Association of the Greater Jamestown Chamber of Commerce with assistance from Post-Journal sports editor Frank Hyde. New York Yankee outfielder Irv Noren, a Jamestown native, was the “modern day” selection while former MLB pitcher Swat Erickson, a Swedish immigrant to Jamestown, was the “old-timers” choice.

The Jamestown Sports Hall of Fame existed 1953-1957 and made a brief comeback in 1961-1962. Other inductees of that hall of fame were Ray Caldwell, Frank Bolling, Hugh Bedient, Sam Hammerstrom, Tommy Moore, Johnny Newman, Rollie Taft, Toby Lyons, Harold Blaisdell, John Levin, Slats Nicosia and Russ Diethrick.