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Albion Saints reigned as county baseball champs in 1920s

By Matthew Ballard, Orleans County Historian Posted 5 December 2015 at 12:00 am

Vol. 1, Issue 37

ALBION – In the spring of 1934, the St. Mary’s Athletic Club players posed for this team photograph on opening day at the club’s home field on Moore Street in Albion.

The 1933 and 1934 seasons would be some of the worst seen by the team in the two decades prior, bringing about an end to their run as league champions.

Mayor Jacob Landauer threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The organization was established just 10 years prior in February 1924 amidst the height of Prohibition. It was in the spring of the same year that the club’s first baseball team was organized and consisted of Chester “Chisep” Avino, Frank “Peppy” Avino, Ted “Charcoal” Avino, Tony Button, Stanley “Flip” Furmanski, Ed “Wimpy” Furmanski, Casimer “Guz” Friday, John Lewandowski, Max Lubawy, John Mager, Max “Showboat” Mager, Stanley “Panama” Radzinski, Joe “Crow-foot” Rice, Stanley “Sandy” Sadowski, Casimer “Spizek” Stucko, Stanley “Sea Dog” Telga, John Wieczorek, and Stanley “Kuba” Wieczorek. Many of these men remained with the team when this photograph was taken.

It was in 1926 that the organization took home their first championship and following another league victory in 1929, the club rewarded themselves with the new uniforms seen in this image.