Friday, May 11, 2018

Johnny Byrnes

John Michael Byrnes

September 14, 1920
Edelman, PA

December 28, 1992
Allentown, PA

1938-39 Nazareth High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1939-40 Nazareth High School - Pennsylvania (High School)
1940-41 YMCA - Nazareth, Pennsylvania (Independent)
1941-42 YMCA - Nazareth, Pennsylvania (Independent)
1946-47 Wilmington Bombers (ABL)

A pitcher and football player as well as a basketball player in high school, John lead his school to the 1940 state championship. In the 1938-39 season, his grades were not high enough to make him eligible to play on the school team, so he played in the local YMCA league with older players. Once his grades got back up, he returned to the school team but was declared ineligibile for the year due to his YMCA stint. He enter the USMC to serve his country in World War 2, seeing action in various battles in the South Pacific. After the war, he played semi-pro baseball

John's brother Henry also played with John in Nazareth.

Morning Call (Allentown), December 9, 1946
Morning Call (Allentown), December 30, 1992


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