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1947 UNION STEEL SOFTBALL TEAM

Morning Star, October 12, 2008, pg. 12

If you get this issue on Saturday, don’t forget my Riverside Cemetery tour on Sunday, October 12. We’ll meet at the Veteran’s Memorial Stage on the south side of the Cemetery at 1:30 pm. Copies of my latest Riverside Cemetery tour booklet are available from yours truly, or at the Albion Chamber of Commerce. Is your collection complete?

Here’s another sports photograph this week for our Historical Notebook, courtesy of the family of the late Victor Buinowski. It is of the Union Steel Products fast-pitch softball “B” team from the year of 1947. That year Union Steel’s two teams dominated the local softball league, and the “A” team defeated the “B” team for the city championship by a score of 5 to 3. This photo was featured on the cover of the September, 1947 issue of the Union Steel Messenger, along with a photograph of Team “A.”

“B” team, front row, left to right: Kenneth Dowding, Donald Snell, team manager Darrell Romans, (below) mascot Mike Cvitkovic, Carl “Hoagie” McCullough, Victor Buinowski, and Sam Markovich. Back row: Don Sibal, John Markovich, Charles Cox, Stanley Tautkus, George Pollman, Mike Romanowski, and Thomas Zasucha.

Next week we’ll feature a harder photograph to identify: a Gale Manufacturing Company softball team from the same era.


The Union Steel Products Fast-Pitch Softball “B” Team

Next: GALE MFG. COMPANY SOFTBALL TEAM


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