JACK DEMPSEY WITH JOHNNY AND JIMMY HIGHLAND
ANOTHER SHOT IN THE TAP ROOM
RED PLUMADORE A/K/A "THE MASKED MARVEL", A CHAMPION WRESTLER AND A CHAMPION SARANAC LAKER
THE SARANAC LAKE RED SOX OF THE THIRTIES
In 1936, Doc Gautreau, former Philadelphia Athletics and then Boston Braves second baseman was named skipper of the Saranac Lake Red Sox. Walter Paul "Doc" Gautreau was also Montreal Royals/player-manager, Sherbrooke QU/manager, Montpelier, VT, manager; Norton Co, Worcester, MA/manager, Hudson High School, MA ., coach/athletic director. Boston Braves scout, California Angels scout.
An outstanding college career at Holy Cross had made Doc Gautreau a popular figure in Boston, even though he never achieved major league stardom. When Boston fans gave the Braves second baseman a “Day,” he responded by tying a Major League record.
On September 3, 1927, the Beantown fans awarded him a car on “Hogan/Gautreau Day.” (Shanty Hogan, Boston catcher, was also honored that afternoon.) Doc acknowledged the gift by stealing home twice and also scoring on a hit, accounting for three of Boston’s four runs in a 4-3 victory. The two steals of home tied a Major League record, and would not occur again until 1958.
LOOKING DOWN BERKLEY HILL ON "BASEBALL DAY"
Thanks to Robert Reid
SARANAC LAKE BASEBALL CLUB 1895
Thanks to Rudi Snyder PLAYER NAMES: Rossen, Bird, Kingman, Pasho, DeLisle, Morgan, Becker, Mosher, Carr, Ammot(?)
THE BALL PARK LOCATED ON LAKE STREET HILL WHERE PETROVA SCHOOL NOW SITS--1900s
JACK DEMPSEY (WEARING TIE AND HAT) AND THE SARANAC LAKE BASEBALL TEAM
LARRY DOYLE PIC
LARRY DOYLE AND LITTLE BRIAN FINA
A LITTLE INFO ON LARRY DOYLE
1950 Pine Room softball team
Here is the 1950 Pine Room softball team, thanks to Dave Munn. First row: ZIGGY LANGOIS, HAROLD MORGAN, BOB ROBERTS, "BUNNY SCHEEFER. Second row: JOE MUNN, DAVE MUNN. Third row: BOB STRINGER, ART RYAN, "DEW DROP" MORGAN, WALLY GAY. The Pine Room was located where the Rusty Nail is now.
1950 PINE ROOM SOFTBALL TEAM
WINTER IN SARANAC LAKE
SKATING RACES AT THE PONTIAC BAY RINK
The next four photos are of Ed Lamy, the world's greatest speed skater and barrel jumper.
Of course, as a Saranac Laker I'm prejudiced. Ed could jump 14 large barrels at the age of fourteen, covering a distance of 27 feet 6 inches. These were REAL barrels not the small ones used today! Note the ninth barrel in the third pic. He was just building himself up then. Ed was accidently shot in the lungs with a .22 rifle when he was twelve and came very close to dying. This was expected to slow him down but obviously it didn't. Ed also was a great baseball player and played in the Canadian League for the London, Ontario Club with a batting average of better than 300. He was wanted by the St. Louis nationals and the Detroit and New York clubs of the National League. In 1912 he broke his collar bone in two places in a collision with another player. Besides his skill as a skater and baseball player, Ed was also a pretty good basketball player.
In 1922 Ed was shot at, this time by lawmen. He was transporting 21 cases of booze to New York City when he broke through a roadblock, which put out his headlights. Police fired three shots into the back of his car and pulled him over. Things must have gotten boring for Ed in between skating and baseball season.
In 1932 Ed fell 15 feet from a ladder onto a cement floor while he was working at the Mountain Gas Company gas plant on Payeville Road. He was taken to the Saranac Lake General Hospital and examined by Dr. Warriner Woodruff and Dr. Julius Cone. He had broken his left hip,left femur and splintered his left wrist and had lacerations of the shoulders. The doctors said his skating and baseball days were over. Ed melted down his hundreds of medals around this time.
Ed worked as locktender at the lower locks from the late forties to the late fifties. Ripley's first Believe it or not cartoon featured an article on Ed and he was chosen king of the 1962 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. He died seven months later, September 5, 1962. Saranac Lake officially mourned Ed Lamy on Monday September 10, 1962 by lowering all village flags to half mast.
ED LAMY JUMPING EIGHT BARRELS
ED LAMY JUMPING EIGHT BARRELS WITH THREE STACKED
ED LAMY JUMPING NINE
ED LAMY JUMPING TEN
JUNIOR WALSH AT 19,SKATING AT THE PONTIAC BAY RINK
WINTER CARNIVAL AT THE PONTIAC BAY RINK
THE OLD SKATING RINK AT PETROVA
THE OLD SKATING RINK AT PETROVA WITH BING KUNATH AND GEORGE BEDORE, CARETAKERS
The following five pics were contributed by Patricia Fina Simpson in memory of her brother, Tommy Fina, who died June 27, 1954 at the age of 21. Tommy was fatally electrocuted while serving with the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department when he was accidently touched by a fallen power cable as he was trying to move it aside.
At the age of nineteen Tommy was chosen to try out for the Olympics as a speed skater but injured his knee in St. Paul during the tryouts and couldn't continue. Tommy was Outdoor National Champion Speed Skater in 1952 and held the record for the 880. This record stood until 1957! If he hadn't been cut short in life he may well have been an Olympic medalist. Patty also had the potential to be a speed skating champ but with Tommy's tragic death and the passing of her father six months later, she may have lost some of the drive needed to continue. This was also a loss for Saranac Lake.
This first pic is of the Lake Colby Skating Club and was taken in 1950.
LEFT TO RIGHT: "Red" LaFountain, Jimmy Hoyt, Billy Baker, Patty Fina, Jimmy LaFountain, Tommy Fina, Linus Fobare and coach, Phil Daniels.Here are Linus Fobare and Tommy Fina displaying some of their speed skating medals and trophies. Quite a collection!
LAKE COLBY SKATING CLUB
BERKSHIRE HILLS RACE
ST. PAUL RACE
TOMMY FINA'S HIGH-SPEED WIPEOUT AT PETROVA RINK
This one was taken a couple of years earlier. It was sent in by Nance Walsh. From left to right, TOP: Francis Walsh Sr (coach), Jim Daniels, Bo Smith, Linus Fobare and Phil Daniels (coach). BOTTOM: Malcolm Fobare, Francis Walsh Jr., Tommy Fina.
SENT IN BY DENNIS AMBROSE.
BACK ROW: Lloyd Clark, Bill Paye, C. Stickney SECOND ROW: John Liscomb, Charlie Duquette CENTER: sitting: Captain James Duquette FRONT: Billy Duquette
THE 1900 SARANAC LAKE HOCKEY TEAM.
OLD ARMORY AND CURLING CLUB
CURLING CLUB OF SARANAC LAKE
SKI JUMPING ON BLOOD HILL IN SARANAC LAKE-1918
SKI JUMPING ON BLOOD HILL IN SARANAC LAKE
MORE SKI JUMPING IN SARANAC LAKE
SKIING AT BETTER'S HILL SKI AREA IN SARANAC LAKE
FOR MORE WINTER SPORTS VISIT THE BOBSLEDDING PAGE, HOT RUNNINGS
HUNTING IN SARANAC LAKE
MOUNTAINSIDE GUN CLUB
FOX HUNT ON MT PISGAH
GOLFING IN SARANAC LAKE
RAY BROOK GOLF LINKS
FUTURE BIG LEAGUERS? 1962 "MATTY'S"--BOB GRIFFIN AND CLARENCE McCORMICK COACHING--
MATTY LEAGUE -- LIMEY LAWRENCE AND BOB NELSON COACHING-- THANKS TO DAVE MARTIN
"Limey" Lawrence, Tommy Scheefer, Ernie "EJ" Colella, ?, Dave Utterback, Gary Nelson, Steven Nelson, Edward Muflur, Dave Martin, Ray "cocky" Rock, Thomas Jordon, Michael Nelson, Deny Elliothorpe, Wendall Naegele, Bob Nelson
1948 LAKE COLBY ASSOCIATION PEE WEE HOCKEY TEAM
JUST PLAIN FISHIN'
LEE TURNER FISHIN' ON A SUNNY SUMMER DAY IN ONCHIOTASubmitted by Lee's Granddaughter, Doris Romano
1965 14 YEAR OLD BILLY ALLEN AND A BATCH OF FISH--BACK WHEN IT WAS SAFE TO EAT THEM!
Below, is a crowd of SARANAC LAKE folks watching a skating event at THE PONTIAC RINK. This was located near where the ICE PALACE now resides. Look closely and maybe you'll recognize someone you know.