Friday, May 24, 2019

1946-47 Utica Olympics (NYSL)

1946-47 UTICA OLYMPICS
NEW YORK STATE PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE
Western Division
Finished: 18-9 .667 (25-9 .735*), 1st place

Divisional  Semi-finals - Defeated Mohawk, 3-1
NYSL Championship - Defeated Cohoes, 3-0

The Utica Olympics, owned by Tommy Ruggiero and coached by Hod Nester, were loaded with talented players like Rob Dewey, Harold Anderson and Ted Wyberanec. They jumped out to a 10-2 start and fought with the Mohawk Redskins all season long for first place before finally taking the flag in the waning weeks of the season. They defeated the 'Skins in the semi-finals before sweeping Cohoes to win the New York League Championship.

 * Seven forfeit wins: six from Gloversville, one from Troy

Head Coach: 
  • Horage G. "Hod" Nester (November 5, 1899 - December 17, 1969)

PLAYERS:
  • Dick Ahrens (April 11, 1916 - April 2, 1983)
  • Lefty Allman (January 22, 1922 - February 13, 2006)
  • Harold Anderson (October 12, 1918 - June 14, 2014)
  • Rob Dewey (October 24, 1920 - February 18, 1988)
  • Pete Farina
  • Bill Griffin
  • Richard Jackson
  • Stan "Fat" Krause (June 22, 1917 - August 12, 2009)
  • Ben Maley
  • Nick Pole
  • Dick Rand 
  • Frank Soscia (April 10, 1918 - January 6, 1962)
  • Howie Steffens (b. September 8, 1921)
  • Joe Uvanni (April 8, 1917 - February 10, 2010)
  • Ted Wyberanec (April 11, 1920 - August 2, 1991)
  • Chuck Yund (December 12. 1918 - September 5, 1961)

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