BY MIKE MASTOVICH
AND CORY ISENBERG
Johnstown Oldtimers President George Arcurio III made an impromptu presentation in the Point Stadium stands on Friday afternoon.
Arcurio learned that super baseball fan Frank Albert of Johnstown was in attendance.
Albert told Arcruio he is 99 years old and has been in attendance at every AAABA Tournament in Johnstown.
“He is 99 and he was sharp,” said Arcurio, who presented Albert an official baseball and a program from the 69th AAABA Tournament. “This guy was as sharp as if he was 20 years old again. He said he’s been to every tournament, he enjoys it and he loves it. That’s what this tournament is all about.
“He said after all of these years he finally got a baseball,” Arcurio added. “It was unbelievable. It was a touching moment.”
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Frankly hitting: Brooklyn’s Frank Torre “socked one of the longest hits seen at Point Stadium in years when he slammed out a hit that landed on the sidewalk in front of the right field wall, 417 feet from home plate,” the 1950 Annual Report of Tournaments noted. Torre was a member of the inagural AAABA Hall of Fame Class of 1994.
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Double honor: Buffalo’s Jim Monin became the first shortstop to earn the AAABA Tournament Most Valuable Player award in 1964. Buffalo finished as runner-up to Detroit, which at the time made Monin only the fourth MVP not to be a member of the championship squad.
Monin also won the tournament batting crown with a .586 average.
The University of Kentucky product had 17 hits, at the time a tourney record. The AAABA Hall of Fame induted Monin in 2007.
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Crowded house: A total of 5,726 people paid 50 cents each to see the closing doubleheader at Point Stadium in the 1953 AAABA Tournament.
At the time, it was the largest crowd to attend the finals in tournament history.
The estimated 15,200 fans who saw the 1953 opening night game surpassed the previous record of 13,500 fans estimated at the 1952 opener.