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MAURY THOMPSON Special for The Post-Star

Of The Post Star in 1947 – 75 years ago:

Norman R. Gourley, “the oldest and most enthusiastic baseball fan in town”, upped the ante in the annual City Series baseball series between Glens Falls High School and St. Mary’s Academy, The Post Star reported March 26, 1947.

The 81-year-old retired Glens Falls Insurance Co. executive donated a traveling trophy to the winner of the annual three-game series, the first trophy in all of City Series sports.

The trophy was to be displayed in the next few days in the window of the Erlanger department store in the city center.

Gourley had long been a local baseball propeller.

He was founding president of the Glens Falls Indoor Baseball League, which played its first season in the winter of 1926 and 1927.

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Gourley in 1927 congratulated the Knights of Columbus, the league’s indoor league champions, at the season-ending banquet at Fitzgerald’s Hotel.

“Mr. Gourley was particularly entertaining when reciting a poem from the pen of James Whitcomb Riley,” The Post Star reported April 20, 1927.

At 87, Gourley still followed baseball.

“Although he was forced to reduce some of his activities following a serious illness last year, Mr. Gourley still plays his favorite sports, in particular baseball, and sometimes stays awake to watch football games. wrestling on Saturday night”, The Post Star reported on December 1, 1951, the morning of Gourley’s 87th birthday. “He reads and plays cards and takes short walks. From time to time he goes to lunch at the Queensbury.

In the 1947 City Series, the “Rain Gods” appeared to compete with Gourley for attention.

Rain canceled the scheduled opener and grand pre-game ceremonies scheduled for May 6 at the Sherman Avenue field.

At the next attempt on May 15, a downpour in the second inning postponed the rescheduled May 15 game at Recreation Field.

“Although rain threatened all afternoon, more than 500 die-hard fans turned out to watch the colorful pre-tilt ceremonies.”

Ceremonies included the traditional City Series parade of coaches and players to the flagpole where local scouts Eric Schmidt and Erwin Spear hoisted the American flag while musician Richard Robillard played “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Mayor John Bazinet threw the first pitch.

A Post Star The sportswriter joked that the coaches, “hoping to catch the rain gods by surprise”, were keeping a secret when the rest of the match would be played.

The rain gods eventually cooperated and Glens Falls won all three games to sweep the series and claim the trophy, thanks in large part to the exceptional throwing of “Big Ray” LaPointe.

Time: “Glens Falls and area residents were wondering yesterday if the ghost of Old Man Winter who rode on May 10, 1946, laying down enough snow to call for snowplows, was not trying to achieve the same kind of performance This year. Low temperatures and cold winds marked the day’s deals with light snow showers in the morning and afternoon. – May 9

Downtown: Charles L. Allen opened Allen’s Donut and Sandwich Shop at the corner of Ridge and Warren streets. – May 15

Downtown: Margaret Aronson purchased inventory from women’s clothing store Brenda Norris and opened Margie’s Style Shop at 227 Glen St. – May 22

Son of the country: The Massachusetts Catholic, Protestant and Jewish Committee honored US Secretary of War Robert Porter Patterson, a native of Glens Falls, with a citation for encouraging tolerance and diversity. “Vavalant soldier, brilliant jurist, skilful statesman, he knew how to combine action with ideal in the service of his fellow citizens and his country. Above all, he devoted himself to the task of erasing the virus of hatred and promoting cooperation and respect among all peoples,” the quote reads. – May 16

At the movie theater: Gene Autry and his horse Champion starred in the movie ‘Trail to San Antone’ which opened at the State Theater in Glens Falls, paired in a double feature with ‘Bringing Up Father’, based on the syndicated comic by the same name. – May 16

Editorial: … “The consumer is outraged to pay current prices for eggs, for example, on the grounds that the scarcity justifies the price, and at the same time to read that the government’s massive purchases of eggs are a support measure. Nor does he see much sense in potato prices, which become a physical embarrassment to the government. … “Farming is unlike any other activity. It cannot expand or contract easily; he cannot convert to new products in a few weeks; it cannot ramp up production in response to an unexpected need. It cannot protect itself from climatic disasters. Thus, there is ample justification for special efforts in this time of great global need. – endorsing President Truman’s farm grant proposal – May 26

Quoteable: “Oh, I know the world is turned upside down. But the streams are still rippling, and the flowers are blooming, and the bees are in the hive. – Edgar A. Guest, “Just Folks” column, May 21

Maury Thompson was a Post Star journalist for 21 years before retiring in 2017. He is now a freelance writer and producer of documentary films who regularly researches historical newspapers in the region.

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