The 1947 Utica Blue Sox laid the foundation for the team that would go on to become the 1950 National League baseball champion, the Philadelphia Phillies.
A new book, The 1947 Utica Blue Sox: A Season To Remember (self-published, 2022) is a detailed account of the players and personalities that captivated Utica, NY, a slice of life that takes the reader back to a nearly-forgotten time, viewed through a lens of reverence, respect, and a genuine love of the game.
The book includes the stories of Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn, Stan Lopata, Granny Hamner, and other stars who took the field for both Utica and Philadelphia during the late 1940s.
Peter Pagliaro is a lifelong baseball aficionado and historian of the game. He produces a baseball podcast “The Pags & Pinstripes Baseball Podcast” and is the co-host of the Mohawk Valley Sportswatch, a local weekly Sports Talk Show on WKAL 1450 AM/103.3 FM in Rome, New York. Peter resides in Westmoreland, New York with his wife Jessica and three children.
The Oneida County History Center will host author Peter Pagliaro for a talk on his the book on Saturday, March 25th. This program will begin at 2 pm. There is a suggested donation of $5.
For more information, contact the History Center at (315) 735-3642, or visit their website.
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