By Diane Norek Harrison
WOODBRIDGE-Here are memories from readers:
Woodbridge Golden Bears
I received the following in an e-mail from Mark Curran: “Hi Diane, I am the son of Joe Curran # 76 in the photo of your Feb. 27, 2009 Atom Tabloid-Citizen & Gazette article about Woodbridge, New Jersey sports memories. The photo was taken during the 1952 season. My father Joe was in his senior year at Rider College playing quarterback. The Rider College football team went undefeated that year.
“My Dad would play his collegiate games on Friday night or Saturday mornings and if he was not too banged up after his Rider College game, he would drive up to Woodbridge and play for the Golden Bears on Sunday afternoons. He was chosen as the 1952 Most Valuable Player for the Golden Bears. He is now 82 years old.”
Woodbridge Center Mall
This part is from material given to me. In June 1974, Woodbridge Center had Pathway Bakery. It sold chocolate mold for $1.49, regularly $2.25. Anyone know what is chocolate mold? They also had “birthday cakes made while you wait.” The Black Bull Inn in the mall had Monday and Tuesday night specials with prime rib for $5.95. There you could “dine in old English atmosphere.”
Woodbridge Recreation Trips
Here are more memories from former Hopelawn section of Woodbridge resident Thomas Saboy who was born in 1935: “During the summer the Woodbridge Recreation Dept. would arrange occasional weekday bus trips to Yankee Stadium and the Polo Grounds (NY Giants) for the township kids. It would cost each kid 25 cents for the bus trip and the ball game. Seats were not the best (upper deck outfield) and the opponents were not the best, A’s, Tigers. Cubs and Pirates, but it was always a great time.”
A South Amboy note from Mr. Saboy: “Woodbridge Township sponsored a trip to Ruppert Stadium to see the International League Newark Bears Triple A, a farm team of the Yankees. Allie Clark from South Amboy hit a game winning pinch hit home run that day. I met Allie Clark, who still lives in South Amboy, years later and reminded him of that day. Allie went on to play in the Major Leagues for the Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox and the Philadelphia A’s.
“He was also the last Yankee to wear the number 3 before it was retired by the Yankees to honor Babe Ruth. Allie was called up in late 1947, the Yanks had Keller, DiMaggio and Henrich in the outfield so Allie was traded to the Indians in 1948. The Yanks won the World Series in 1947 and the Indians won in 1948.”
If you have your own memories or past information for Carteret, Edison, Metuchen, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy or Woodbridge you can email me at email@example.com or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503 , Elizabeth NJ, 07201.