Port Henry, NY, Aug 09, 2011 — Over the weekend, the town of Moriah held its first-ever "Johnny Podres Day." Local fans celebrated the life of the legendary pitcher, who grew up in the Adirondack foothills in the 1940s and 50s. Podres went on to lead the Brooklyn Dodgers to their victory over the New York Yankees in the 1955 World Series.
On Saturday, a temporary museum opened on the main street of Port Henry. It was filled with memorabilia collected by Pat Salerno. He's a mason and a contractor who grew up in Moriah during Podres's heyday in major league baseball. Brian Mann took a tour of the exhibit with Pat Salerno and sent this audio postcard. Go to full article
Johnny Podres honored in Port Henry in 2005 (Photo: Nancie Battaglia)
Jan 18, 2008 — For a few short hours on Thursday, Essex County was the center of the baseball world. Icons of the sport traveled to St. Patrick's church in Port Henry to pay their respects to Johnny Podres. Podres was the son of an Adirondack ore miner who climbed to the pinnacle of major league baseball. He passed away on Sunday after a lengthy illness. As Brian Mann reports, Podres was remembered as a family man, an athlete and a coach. Go to full article
Jan 15, 2008 — Witherbee-native Johnny Podres passed away on Sunday at the age of 75. Podres may be the most famous athlete ever to emerge from the Adirondacks. His left-handed pitching helped the Dodgers capture their first World Series in 1955. Brian Mann has this remembrance.
Update: A public remembrance will take place on Thursday, January 17, at St. Patrick's Church in Port Henry from 11 am until noon. A funeral service will be celebrated. Go to full article