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Marlborough sports history

Marlborough sports history



The history of sport in Marlborough, Massachusetts, from 1660 to the present. Presented January 30, 2013, by Bob Kane, curator of the Marlborough Historical Society. More information on Marlborough ...

The history of sport in Marlborough, Massachusetts, from 1660 to the present. Presented January 30, 2013, by Bob Kane, curator of the Marlborough Historical Society. More information on Marlborough and on the historical society is at www.HistoricMarlborough.org.



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    • MarlboroughSports History
    • Researched and presented by Bob Kane,curator of the Marlborough Historical Society January 30, 2013 www.HistoricMarlborough.org
    • Early Times (1660 – 1860s) Puritans settle in Marlborow ‚Time was Money‛ Revolutionary War Types of Sports
    • The First Sport
    • 1860 – Present• Water Sports • Football• Snow Skiing • Baseball• Fish & Game • Marlborough High• Bicycling • Olympic Torch• Bowling • Lacrosse• Running • Ralph Grasso &• Boxing Louis Ghiloni• Wrestling• Harness Racing• Soccer• Hockey• Golf• Basketball
    • YACHT RACING Popular in the 1890s 1st recorded race was June 1891 with 3 boats Raced around Lake Williams 5 times and the winning boat was ‚Electric‛ with a time of 1 hr., 15 min., 17 sec.
    • WATER SKIING FT. MEADOW SKI CLUB• Organized summer of 1954 by 9 boys• Built a regulation ‚American Water Ski Assoc. ski jump in 1957• Sponsored ‚AWSA‛ official tournament• Hosted the New England Open Championship• Charles River expedition• Became the largest club in the East• Harry Belafonte water skied on Ft. Meadow in 1964
    • MEMORIAL BEACH• Purchased and built through the guidance of the ‚Recreation Dept.‛ and its new director ‚Louis Ghiloni‛ and dedicated in 1953 as the World War II Memorial Park
    • JERICHO SKI HILL & CLUB• Late 1930s constructed a ski jump
    • JERICHO SKI HILL• 1943/44 removed jump & constructed ski hill & tow
    • JERICHO HILL & • 1944 organized Ski Club • 1950s - One of first in country to make SKI CLUB snow • 1980-81 - Purchased by City
    • • Started in 1924 with a • Purchased 28 acres on very modest beginning as lower Elm Street ‚Marlboro Sportsmen’s • Developed indoor & Club‛ outdoor rifle & pistol• Formally chartered as ranges, archery course ‚Fish & Game‛ on July 27, and trout pond, etc. 1933
    • Marlboro Bicycle Club October 24, 1880
    • July 18, 1891 – First knownrace sponsored by theMarlborough Rubber Co. 7cyclists participated.Started in Marlborough,went through surroundingcommunities. Won by CliffWolcott.June 12, 1893 – Sponsored byMarlboro Rubber Companywith the same route of the1891 race but with 12cyclists, and Cliff Wolcottwon again.August 1990 – StratusComputer 20 mile bicyclerace (part of city’s 100thAnniversary)
    • • Bowling at Flynn’s Alleys - 1894• Bowling Alley opened in Monument Square –1899.• Pastimes Alleys on Rawlins Avenue o Became Allen’s Alleys in 1915.
    • Allen’s Alleys in Pastimes Building on Rawlins Ave.• Leo Ballard set world record at Pastimes• Over the years there were many different leagues
    • HIGHLAND HOUSE BOWLING TEAM SPORTING HAFFENREFFER SHIRTS • Bowling at Flynn’s Alleys/Six team league – March 6, 1896.
    • During WWII there were no bowling leagues for 3-4years.Ten pin bowling came when Maple Lanes opened.Maple Lanes destroyed by fire in 1989. Maple Lanes -164 Northboro Road
    • RICHARD BUSA (Age 83)• Amateur runner/Legendary trail runner• Has run in over 70 Marathons, 61 Ultra Marathons.• Ran the Vermont 100 at age 72.• Raced in over 60 Snowshoe Races.• Busa Bushwhack Trail• Runs in 25 +/- races a year.
    • RICHARD BUSA• Won 7 Gold Medals in his age group in the U.S. National Snowshoe Association Race.
    • ALEC D’ANGELO • 1900 – 1910 o Old Marlboro Theatre - Newton St o Local favorites Hookie Kane & Ed Stanton • 1915-1928 o Pastimes Hall o Sponsored by the Marlboro Driving Club o Local favorite Frankie D’Amico • 1928-1935 o Pastimes Hall – every other week o Vic Lotti & Alec D’Angelo leading lightweights in N.E.
    • GEORGE C. LIZOTTE• In 1908, he won the Boston Athletic Association Sparring Open.
    • • Many athletic events held at the Lyonhurst as well as dancing and roller skating.
    • KAPPY KAPETANOPOULOS• Professional wrestler in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. A total of 25 years.• Fought Killer Kowalski and Haystack Calhoun.• Also a body builder, winning the title of Mr. Florida.
    • • National Champion of CollarHENRY ‚MOSES‛ DUFUR and Elbow wrestling. • At age 17 defeated a 250 lb. wrestler • Moved to the Hudson section of Marlborough • 1863 moved to what is now Marlborough • 1878 issued a challenge in a New York paper. • 1880 battled John McMahan over 5 hours • He fought 127 matches and lost but one! Collar & Elbow Wrestlin g
    • Dacey’s stables started in 1896.Marlboro Trotting Park opened May 30, 1898Development of Pari-Mutual Harness RacingMany Marlborough people associated with Harness Racing BILL DACEY with Dr. Eugene
    • JOHN HOGAN Hall of Fame Trainer & Driver50+ year career as a professionalRanked among the top 100 drivers in thecountry3rd ranked in 1970Won close to 4,700 racesWon 6 driving titlesOne of Marlborough’s best horses o Royal Joseph
    • Some of Marlborough’s Best Horses over the years Tom Kyle’s ‚Highland Piper‛ Fred & Ruth Condry’s ‚Shadydale Judge‛ Carl Rowe’s ‚Justanuf‛ Jim Hogan’s ‚Shadydale Feather‛ & ‚Claude Lybrook‛ Ralph Seymour’s ‚Southern Boy‛ Dr. McGee’s ‚Newport Ali‛ Jim Hutch’s ‚Chief Canuck‛ Bill Dacey’s ‚Tommy Song‛
    • Jack Hogan on the right with his father, Jim, and Little Piper.Jack, driving Royal Joseph, at Hinsdale Raceway in 1973
    • ROCKINGHAM PARK IN 1964Jack Hogan driving Southern Boy, owned by Ralph Seymour. At Jack’s left is Ralph, at his right, Bob Kane, and far right is Mike Krysa
    • MIKE BURNSStarted at age 6High School All Stateteam 2 years4 Years at HartwickCollegeWorld Hockey playerOlympic GamesN.E. RevolutionSan Jose EarthquakesKansas City WizardsN.E. Revolution
    • ROBERT ‚BOBBY‛ BUTLERMarlborough High School YearsPlayed for Univ. of NewHampshire2010 signed with NHL’s OttawaSenators2012 Signed with NHL’s New JerseyDevils.
    • MICHAEL LANDERS• Was a talented 3 sport athlete at MHS• Was a standout player and captain of the 1993/1994 squad when at West Point
    • MARLBOROUGH COUNTRY CLUBOpened on June 3, 1922 with FrancisOuimet Exhibition matchGolf was played on New Year’s Day,1944Added second nine holes in 1970Bob Hope and National Champion,blind golfer, Joe Lazaro played hereOver the years has had many golfers& champions but one in particularstands out…
    • FAY DERUVOWon 28 ‚Women’s ClubChampionships‛ in 40 years.Won numerous statechampionshipsWhen she was 78 she shot her age!She was also an outstandingathlete in bowling and was StateArchery Champion for 2 years.The new walking bridge on the17th hole at MCC was dedicated inher name this past November.
    • MARLBOROUGH COUNTRY CLUB FAIRWAY• View from the #4 Tee, looking east
    • 1967 MHS GOLF TEAMFrom 1965 to 1967 had 41 Wins and 1 LossWon 1967 State Championship
    • One of the first PGATOUR SeniorTournaments, held in1981 o 1981 Tournament won by Bob GoalbyBrought toMarlborough some ofGolf’s All Time GreatsWon by Arnold Palmer,the ‚King‛ of Golf in its2nd year, 1982!
    • SamSnead Bob Kane Bob Goalby 1981 winner Arnold Palmer, 1982 winner & Mayor Ferrecchia
    • ‛WAS ONCE LEADING SPORT HERE‛The ‚GOLDEN ERA‛ 1894-1940 ‚Hotbed of Semi-ProBasketball‛o 1894 Introduced to Marlborough by a YMCA instructoro Team comprised of 8 playerso Part of a 7 team league
    • YMCA League folded o Same group form ‚Young Men’s Athletic Club‛ o N.E. Professional League
    • 1899 - The YMCA ceased o Replaced by the ‚BBA Team‛ o Marlboro Basketball Assoc. o Due to a lack of suitable halls, very little Basketball was played for 7-8 years o except for ‚Williams & Ryan Team‛ of 1906
    • 1899 o Games were played in the old City Hall until it burned down on Christmas Day, 1902, not that long after a game was played there!
    • 1910 - The Irish Americans (I.A.A.C.) organizedThe I.A.A.C. folded o Same group formed a new team called ‚Williams & Ryan‛1915 – Chris Ghiloni organizes ‚TD’s‛ (Totally Different) o Opens season with Northboro A.A. winning 67-21 o Broke up when World War I started
    • 1920 – Industrial League with 6 shoe factories formedo played for about 4-5 years1926 – ‚Marlboro Bears‛ played until 1934o Rated as the top team of the day in New Englando Won New England Championshipo Beat Bunker Hill K of C in quintuplet over time 23 – 22o Top notch professional teams came to play them
    • Early 1930s - Company K National Guard teamo Played against the best of themSt. Jean’s was playing about the same timeo Featured local stars1934 – popular WPA league with 16 teams formedo 2 classes, Class A & Class Bo Marlborough’s Navy Yard dominated the Class A loopo The Navy Yard had local starso The younger Crusaders beat out Navy Yard for title in 1938
    • World War II ended the WPA League & there was littlebasketball until after the war o The Crusaders & the Bears were re-activated o Played double-headers at St. Jean’s Hall o City league operated with a six team circuit during war1947-1957 o Marlborough Boys Club organized a team with local stars that dominated play for several years o Nucleus of group played for different teams such as the I.C. Senior CYO, Halon’s Jewelers, Ethier’s Motors & the Boys Club in city basketball league
    • 1960 o Boys Club organizes team that won 30 straight games Another top team was the ‚Central Auto Rebuilders‛1962-1967 o Central Auto Rebuilders, one of top Semi-Pro teams in MA  Former top high school players  Played in Lowell Town League  Played all the top teams in Boston & Worcester  Played Boston Patriots w/Larry Eisenhower, Nick Buoniconti  Top former high school players such as: Bill Miller, Pat Forresto Central Auto was last semi-pro team in city1968 – Present o Mostly city leagues & tournaments at the Boys Club & High School
    • 1880s – 1940s o Marlboro Tigers o Marlboro Redskins  Existed for 12 o Marlboro Yellow years Jackets  Lost only 4 games o Marlboro Trojans Marlborough Tigers
    • Two Marlboroughathletes were in theProso 1942 - Leo Brennan played for the PhiladelphiaEagles
    • Mike Long being tackled by Goose Gonsoulin 1960/61 Mike Long played for the veryfirst Patriot’s team
    • Formed 1965 Won National Championship 6 times Won Eastern League Championship 19 times Won 7 East Regional Titles Seven members in National Hall of Fame 460 Wins – 98 Losses – 2 TiesBOB KAYS
    • • 1865-1870 – ‚Fairmount Baseball Club‛
    • • 1869 – Fairmountranked 4th inthe country
    • • 1870 – Fairmount played Cincinnati ‚Red Stockings‛ June 10, 1870 1870 CINCINNATI ‚RED STOCKINGS‛ TOUR STATISTICSNo text
    • 1878-1879 – THE ‚MADDEN BROTHERS‛
    • • 1878-1879 – The Madden Brothers • Organized in 1878 • Nine brothers • Played on Stevens Field and Prospect Park • Played two years • Toured country • Played Chicago Cubs in 1880 – Lost 4-2
    • • OCTOBER 5, 1901 ‚THE GAME‛ BETWEEN o MARLBORO TEAM along with the Carters of Franklin Against o BOSTON RED SOX with Cy Young o Last game of Boston’s 1901 postseason o Played at Prospect Park o The Score was 4 to 3
    • • DUKE FARRELL o Major League Catcher o Played for 8 teams in 18 year career o Home Run Champion – 1891 o Won 1903 World Series w/Boston Americans o Ranks 94th on MLB All-Time Triples list o Ranks 4th on MLB All-Time Runners Thrown Out list
    • Duke Farrell
    • • Other Marlborough people who played in major leagues o Harry Bemis (Cleveland Indians – 1902-1911) o John Buckley (Washington – 1889) o Jack Quinn (Philadelphia – 1911)
    • • 1912 - Tris Speaker and Smokey Joe Woods visit Marlborough• 1948 TED WILLIAMS visitsMarlborough Ted Williams
    • • KEN REYNOLDS o 1970-1972 Philadelphia Phillies o 1973 - Milwaukee Brewers o 1975 – St. Louis Cardinals o 1976 – San Diego Padres o Player/coach Toronto Blue Jays o Coach for Chicago Cubs farm system
    • From the 1860s on, the High School has always beenrepresented in the Athletic Field in both Football & Baseball!
    • • 1869 – Prospect Park• 1898 – Trotting Park• 1898 – New High School built
    • • 1900 – 1928 Basketball was played on & off• 1900 – 1947 Hockey was played on & off• 1906 – Traditional Thanksgiving Day Game w/Hudson started 1906 MHS Football Team
    • • 1907 - Baseball lost glory of equaling ‚World Record‛• 1909 – Baseball one of best in state 1909 MHS Baseball Team
    • • 1909 – Controversial Thanksgiving Day Game• 1910 o Hudson would not play Thanksgiving Day Game. o Track added 1910 MHS Track Team
    • • 1914 – Midland League started • 1914 MHS Football Team
    • • 1921 – Girls Field Hockey started• 1924 – Ward Park built ARTEMUS WARD PARK
    • • 1927 – Jr. High w/gym added
    • • 1928 – Undefeated MHS Football Team
    • 1930 – Boys & Girls Basketball start 1939 – Ward Six (Kelleher Field) built 1941 – Tennis & Cross Country addedMHS 1941 Football Team with All State standout player Armand Allaire
    • 1944 – Undefeated Football Team o Outscored opposition 177-20 o Average weight was 150 lbs. o Midland League Champs o State Champs 1949 Hockey/Golf/Girls Softball added• 1953 – Roy Norden becomes coach of football o Beginning of football’s ‚Golden Era‛ o 6 Years o 1st year no wins, then went 36-6- 1 o ‘56, ’57, & ‘58 outscored its opponents 797 to 265 o 5 Midland League Championships o 2 Consecutive State ‚Class C‛ Championships
    • 1957 – 1st Norden Undefeated Football Team o 9-0 record/outscored teams 281-91 o Midland League Champs o State Champs o City raised $8,000 & sent team to Miami• 1958 – 2nd Norden Undefeated Football Team o 9-0 record/outscored teams 288-82 o Midland League Champs o State Champs o City raised $4,000 and sent them to NYC• 1958 – Rifle Team started Roy Norden
    • Paul Drummey - Raymond Richer - Walter Brennan – Libby Ginnetti • These four gentlemen captained an undefeated Marlboro High School football team.
    • 1963 o New High School on Union St. opens1964 o Undefeated Football Team  10-0 record  Midland League Champs  Class C State Champs1966 o Gymnastics & Tennis added1967 o Golf Team ‚State Champs‛  41 wins & 1 loss in 3 years o Football Team Midland League Champs1969 – Soccer added1970 – Dennis Zilembo scored 41 points in a singlegame1972 – Wrestling added1972 – Navin Rink Opens
    • • 1973 o Assabet Valley Reg. High School opens o Girls Tennis & Track added• 1976 o Girls Volleyball added o 1st girl to receive 4 yr. college athletic scholarship for Field Hockey from Syracuse University - Mary Beth Russo• 1977 o New High School on Bolton St. opens o Girls Hockey• 1979 - Football Team wins Super Bowl• 1985 – Girls Soccer Team State Champs• 1986 o Boys Soccer Team Midland League Champs & District Finalists 1987 Boys Soccer Midland League Champs & District E. Champs Girls Soccer Midland League Champs & District E.
    • 1988 – Girls Soccer Team State Champs 1990 – Girls Basketball Midland League Champs o ‚Eighth consecutive year‛ o Finalists in State Championship o New Mid-Wachuset League• 1991 – Girls Soccer Team State Champs 1995 – New England Sports Center opens 2003-4 – Girls Volleyball State Champs 2004-5 o Girls Volleyball State Champs o Boys Hockey State Champs 2008-9 – Cheerleaders State & National Champs 2011-12 – Girls Volleyball State Champs
    • RYAN KANEIn the 1996 Olympic Torch Relay • Ryan was one of several Community Hero Torch Bearers from Marlborough Ryan – Mark Bonin – Bill Fiske
    • • 2003 – Youth Lacrosse started• 2007 – Marlborough High School started• 2013 – ‚Boston Rockhoppers‛ o Playing at the N.E. Sports Center o January – March Season o Member of the North American Lacrosse League ?
    • Marlboro Enterprise & Hudson Sun Sports Editor RALPH GRASSO Marlboro Youth Baseball Pony League founderAND LOUIS GHILONI Little League Baseball coach 1960-1975 JV & Varsity Basketball coach, MHS 1940s semi-pro Basketball team, “Halon’s Jewels” founder Central MA High School Basketball League referee Marlborough Football coach Boys Club Board of Directors, Past President, and director 1984-1994 Launched the Boys Club’s Youth Basketball Program Started the Boys Club’s annual winter Basketball Tournament Boys & Girls Club of America Medallion Award and Man & Boy Award Boys Club’s Alumni Assoc. President Boys & Girls Club Teen Center dedicated in his honor Shamrocks football team Gen. Manager Harness Racing Assoc. National & Regional Director U. S. Harness Writers Assoc. President MHS Athletic Hall of Fame
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