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Native Son, Brooklyn Dodger Won World Series vs. Yanks 50 years ago

Last week, Elizabethtown paid tribute to a native son, former major league pitcher Johnny Podres, the man known for finally bringing the World Series title to Brooklyn. The year was 1955. It was the 7th game of the World Series. The Brooklyn Dodgers faced the Yankees, just as they had 5 times before. The Dodgers had always lost.

But this time, the pitcher was 23 year old Johnny Podres. Newspaper reports say that when the Dodgers won that day, all the 62,000 fans in Yankee stadium gave them a standing ovation. Gregory Warner spoke with Podres. He asked him, while thousands were cheering his team in New York City, how was the reaction in his hometown of Witherbee?  Go to full article
Jack Phillips (at right) with Joe DiMaggio
Jack Phillips (at right) with Joe DiMaggio

A World Series Ring in Potsdam

The Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals are back at it tonight with Game 4 of baseball's 100th World Series. One man in the North Country will be watching with an insider's perspective. 83 year-old Jack Phillips of Potsdam was a New York Yankee when the Yankees beat Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers for the championship in 1947. Phillips played with the Yankees, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Detroit Tigers in 9 major league seasons. He shared the field with the biggest of legends: Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Honus Wagner. In the North Country, he's best known for his role as a coach at Clarkson University for 24 years. David Sommerstein stopped by Jack Phillips' home to watch a playoff game and talk baseball.  Go to full article

The History of Baseball in the North Country

Dave Sommerstein talks with baseball historian Robert McGrath. He researches and writes on the history of baseball in the North Country, especially the teams from Lyon Mountain in Clinton County.  Go to full article

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