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Any photos not otherwise credited are from the personal collection of Frank Passic, Albion Historian.


Morning Star, July 15, 2018, pg. 10

For many years the main summer sport activities for much of the 20th century were the various baseball and softball teams that played in several leagues in and around Albion. Iíve been looking through some of the team photographs I have in my archives and thought Iíd feature one of them this week.

One of Albionís well-known menís organizations is the Father Olk Council of the Knights of Columbus, located on 29 Mile Road just north of town, associated with the local St. Johnís Catholic Church on Irwin Avenue. The Knights once had a softball team which played in our local "Church League"during the summer months.

From our Historical Notebook this week we present a photograph of the local Knights of Columbus softball team taken at the side of the church, circa 1960. Their jerseys state "K of C Fr. Olk Council, Albion, Mich."Front row, left to right: Rocco Paniccia, Wilbur King, George McCullough, Dick Murray, Jim Bommarito, John King, Mike McAuliffe. Back row: Father Francis Zipple, pitcher; Roy Hoaglin, __Moran, Chuck Robinson, Richard Peoples, Carl Weiskittel, Lou Bachinski, Bill Walsh. How many of our readers recognize these men?

Knights of Columbus softball team in Albion, circa 1960.


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