The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


August 1, 2013

AAABA essay contest centers on traditions

JOHNSTOWN — The AAABA Tournament is big on tradition, and after 68 editions – including 66 of them in Johnstown – the Flood City embraces many of them.

From the opening-night parade to the well-dressed ambassadors there are cherished images that have become timeless. Whether it’s milk-jug rattling Galliker’s fans or local bat boys becoming honorary members of the out-of-town teams, there’s always a

Johnstown flavor to the tournament.

And Point Stadium – old or new – is the venue where fans flock for the tournament’s biggest moments.

The Tribune-Democrat wants to know, what is your favorite AAABA Tournament tradition? Tell us, in 500 words or fewer, and you could win four passes for games at Point Stadium. It can be one of those mentioned above or one of your own. It can be known far and wide or be a family tradition that’s repeated year after year.

The winning entry, as selected by members of The Tribune-Democrat’s sports department, will receive two tickets to Saturday night’s AAABA Hall of Fame banquet and four passes for games all week at Point Stadium.

Deadline to enter is 5 p.m. today.

Essays may be sent:

  • By email to
  • By fax to 814-539-1409
  • Hand-delivered to The Tribune-Democrat, 425 Locust St., Johnstown.

Please include a telephone number. Winners will be notified by phone on Friday and winners will be announced on Saturday.

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