The Glenwood Baseball League dates back to the early 1920's amid a rich history of neighborhood and traveling
teams. It is still unclear to the exact date and circumstance that the league formed (one report says 1920 and
another 1924), although serveral different reports point to the GBL forming to compete with the very stong Erie
Municipal and Federal Leagues. I have several more hours of pouring through microfiche but I will dig it up
eventually. Several different eras have been identified in the league's long history. Wood bats were used up until the
'76 season, when they were replaced by aluminum. In 2003 the league returned to it's wood bat roots.
Andy Krivonic patrolled the Glenwood outfields and terrorized Muny hurlers for
a quarter of a decade, earning a reputation for towering blasts and timely hits. The
heavy hitting southpaw started his career as a sixteen year old kid in the late
thirties, and earned his first Glenwood Championship with the Fulton Club in
His GBL career was put on hold after joining the Army and serving in Burma during
the 2nd World War. During his four year tour Andy helped organized a baseball
league to boost morale during non-combat times. After the war ended he returned
to Erie and resumed his Glenwood and Fast-pitch softball careers.
The hard hitting lefty joined the Moose Club upon his return and helped secure
league titles in 1946 and 1948 and was invited to play for Jerry Uht's Semi-Pro
Team the Erie Lakers. Krivonic also anchored Mehler's and Ararat Cigar's line-ups
during his GBL tenure. In addition to twenty five years making opposing hurlers
sweat, Andy was the only hitter, other than Babe Ruth, to slam a baseball over the
Roosevelt School Smokestack.
During his Glenwood tenure Andy also coached the Erie Skippers, a women's
softball club, where he met and eventually married his lifelong partner Audrey.
The Krivonic team of Andy and Audrey with the Erie Skippers captured state Titles
in 1949 and 1950.
Andy coached baseball and softball up until 1990, and added several Coaches of
the Year and league titles to his trophy case, including the City Rec Championship
in 1964 with D.J. Electric. He also started Legion baseball on the city's East side
and was honored in 2003 as the "Carpettowne Man of the Year." He was honored in
2007 with a Legacy Award for a lifetime's dedication to baseball and was
recognized at the 2007 City County All Star Game.
Andy passed away in 2008, but Audry still comes to Glenwood games and watches
today's athletes roam the same hallowed ground that Andy Krivonic tread those
many years before.
The 1950's were a time filled with strong talent, dedicated sponsors and a great deal of interest from local baseball fans. Local Clubs
developed intense rivalries and found great financial support from the income produced by the club's slot machines. The fifties also saw
the very tough Erie County Baseball League merge into the Glenwood League in 1952 challenging the traditional city center for baseball
One of the most dominant teams during the beginning of this period was the Moose Club or "The Herd" as they were known around the
Muny loop. The dominance they established at the end for the previous decade continued well into the 50's. I had the opportunity to speak
with a wonderful lady, Jean Theis, about her recollections of the league and about her late husband Jim Theis. Jim was a hard hitting Third
Baseman from Nashville and was ready to ink his first Pro contract when the Korean War broke out. Instead of signing the contract he
volunteered for the Coast Guard ultimately being stationed at Presque Isle.
Jim took the Moose Club's managerial reigns from longtime skipper Jimmy Dornhoefer in 1948, leading the Herd to the regular season
titles in 1948 and 1950, as well as the coveted Shaughnessy Post-Season Championship Title in 1950. His bat was well known throughout
the circuit winning the Batting Crown in 1948 & 49. In addition to his excellent career on the diamond, Jim also started the Glenwood "Old
Timers" an organization dedicated to the promotion of High School Baseball in Erie. The organization started a scholarship for outstanding
student/athletes and hosted an annual All-Star Game during the Old Timer's tenure. Jim Theis was universally respected for his amazing
talent as a player, and was generally considered one of the all time good guys of the Glenwood League.
Jean talked about the Sunday crowds at Cannavino Field and the great rivalries between the local clubs. As the Moose Club rose to the top
of the standings they were always neck in neck with Frank Serfozo's Fulton Club (1948 and 1949 League Champions) and the 1946
Champs from the Calabrese Club. She spoke fondly of Jim's teammates and the great times she had following the Herd during their standout
Jean also recalled a young Paul Foust and how he looked like a kid during his first year with the Herd. Paul was a hard throwing
Righthander from Strong Vincent when he joined Jim Theis's Moose Squad in1949. I spoke with Paul about his Glenwood Memories from
his rookie year with the Foresters in 1948 through his final year in 1958, excluding the four years he served in the Korean war. Paul played
with three different teams including the 1950 Moose Club Championship squad. During this era Baseball was truly America's pastime. This
was before cable television, video games and the internet. Soccer was still quite rare leaving Baseball the undisputed king of Summer.
Many Sunday games at Glenwood Field (later named Cannavino Field) saw standing room only and "Moon" patrolling the stands.
Benjamin "Moon" Mooney was generally recognized as the best "pass the hat" collector of all time with his trademark "and I thank you."
Mooney was a first baseman for the Erie Black Diamonds until his retirement when he joined the umpire corps. After a few years he began
passing the hat full time at Glenwood games, and quickly became a fan favorite. Moon would slowly patrol the entire grandstand, and if
someone would not contribute a coin or two for his hat he would repeatedly clear his throat and repeat "Thank You" until a coin found his
hat. A game wasn't complete until Moon had passed by collecting for the league.
The league was full of ex-professional athletes, and soon to be famous ball players including Sam Jethroe, Willie Grace, George
Jefferson, Walter Crosby and Lovell Harden. The Pontiacs were an all black team filled with players from the nearby Negro League Team
The Cleveland Buckeyes and although they never won the title, were generally considered one of the powers of this period. Sam Jethroe
went on to a legendary Negro League Career, and finally earned his due in the Major Leagues by earning the National League Rookie of the
Year in 1950 with the Boston Braves.
Paul recalled his first Glenwood win was against the Pontiacs in a head to head match up with the legendary Lovell "Big Pitch" Harden.
Harden was a member of the Cleveland Buckeyes from 1943 to 1945, setting a record in 1944 with a 14-1 record. Foust tossed a three hitter
to Hardens four hitter. After the game and a well earned congratulations from Harden, Foust was informed by his teammates about the man
who had just shook his hand.
Foust also recalled Big George Bradley from the North East Athletic Club. The enormous catcher earned the Batting Title in 1950 and was
Foust's hardest out during his Glenwood career. Erie native Eddie Klep was another storied pitcher in the Glenwood League during this
period. Eddie was the first white player to play in the Negro Leagues for the Cleveland Buckeyes, and after a brief pro career returned to the
Pontiacs and finished his career. Although his personal problems were well publicized, Paul Foust remembers what most kids and baseball
fans did about Eddie Klep - he was always eager to share stories, jokes and ice cream. The lefthander was one of the most successful
pitchers in this time.
Foust points to the 1950 Championship Moose Club Squad as the best Glenwood line-up in his opinion. He contributed a 5-1 record in 1950
in addition to the 7 & 2 mark posted by teammate Paul Gangemi. After his Glenwood Career Foust coached at Harborcreek High School for
many years. A lifelong baseball man, and fellow Yankees fan, Paul is a Seawolves season ticket holder and still watches an occasional
Glenwood game. His son Kevin is an ECBUA umpire.
This period continued the strong competitive tradition established in the earlier eras. When a young professional was released by nearby
farm clubs, sponsors had jobs ready as well as spots on their summer rosters.
This decade was dominated by one of the greatest squads in Glenwood history - Girard's Ferraro Ford Nine. For over a decade this team
remained on top of the Glenwood standings, and was generally recognized by mostly everyone I've spoken with as the most formidable
club in the league's history. Starting as the humble Girard Merchants in 1952 the team began its climb up the Glenwood standings until
1959 when they won their first Shaughnessy Playoff Title, and they never looked back. As the squad prepared for the 1963 state
tournament Al Ferraro agreed to sponsor the team, only to become the team's full time sponsor up to 1974. During this span the Fordmen
garnered ten League Championships, five Gateway Tournament Championships in Dubois('64, '66, '68, '69 & '70) and two N.B.C. State
Championships in 1964 & 1971.
Maynard Saunders managed the club through the formative years up to their first title (1952 through 1959) until Dick Bowen took over
in 1959. Dick was the teams player manager until the team's longtime skipper Bob Bowen took the reigns full time in 1962. I've had the
opportunity to spend a good bit of time speaking with Bob recently and it didn't take long to see his passion for his beloved club and our
Bowen described the many factors that came together to build the Girard Empire. Perhaps the foremost ingredient was the unwavering
support from sponsor Al Ferraro. As mentioned Al took over full time in 1963 and made it known from the beginning that he would
provide anything that was needed to be competitive. Not only did he provide new equipment and uniforms, but he supported the team
from the stands as their biggest fan. He picked up the tab for all travel expenses, and even paid for a plane ticket for Dallas Haight to
attend the 1964 State Tournament as he was on call for his first child's impending birth. Universally respected by his team and
community, Al takes his place among the greatest contributors to the great history of the Glenwood Baseball League.
Another undeniable factor was the great core of talented athletes that held the team together during their rise to power and set the tone as
the Fordmen dominated year after year. From start to finish the Bowen and Stubbe Families were found in the Girard lineup and
management. The Bowen family included Dick, Jim, John, Bob and George "Tud" Bowen, their father and team's business manager. The
Stubbe family consisted of Larry, Ronnie and Roger all of whom contributed greatly to Ford's success through the years. These families
created a winning atmosphere that was sustained every year with Bob Bowen's excellent recruitment of young talent and strong veteran
experience to the lineup.
Another longtime fixture in the Ford lineup was hard throwing lefty Ed Smrekar, probably the best pitcher to ever throw in the Glenwood
League. For nearly a decade Smrekar led the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts along with several individual tournament honors including
the 1964 N.B.C. State Championship Most Valuable Player. After a strong seven year career in the minors Ed settled in Erie and found his
home with the Ferraro Ford Nine. In addition to Smrekar the Fordmen boasted some great arms through the years including Paul
Gangemi, Dick Holiday, John Brumfield & John Lesco.
Through the years the lineup boasted some of the greatest local players and ex professionals. Great players like Larry Stubbe, Dan
Woitovich, Virgil Wright, Larry Senneta, Dallas Haight, John Lesco, Ted Lesco, The Bowen Brothers, Ron Stubbe, Roger Stubbe &
Dave Hickok formed the nearly decade and half long offensive attack. Manager Bowen also credited some of the teams success to the
close proximity to the Girard Baseball Field. The team could practice whenever they wanted, which was often.
Bob Bowen led the team to a 250-37 record during his ten years at the helm. This includes 8 Glenwood Championships, 5 Gateway
Tournament Titles and 2 N.B.C. State Championship titles. It is safe to say that Bob has earned the honor as the most successful coach in
the Glenwood League's long history.
Larry Seneta shared his memories of the Muny Loop with me recently. The current Girard Girl's Basketball Coach was once a standout
player at Youngstown State University looking forward to ripping it up in the local summer league. His first game at Cannavino field ended
with three strikeouts and new appreciation for the league's competitiveness. Larry described the league as being as competitive as it ever
was with even the unsuccessful teams have three or four ex-professionals on the roster.
The first year he played was for Security Peoples, but after college he spent three years in the Tigers and Senators organizations. When his
professional career had ended he signed with Girard's Ferrarro Ford where he played to the end of his Glenwood Career. Larry recalled the
great runs the team enjoyed not only in the Loop, but also as state tournament and Gateway tournament competitors.
There were several individuals that impressed Larry, the first being pitcher Ed Smrekar. The smoke throwing lefty dominated the League
through the sixties and even when age seemed to catch up to the slight man, he was still effective with a great blend of control, off speed
pitches and composure. He also was one of the team's best hitters. The Stubbe Brothers always found their way to the top of the league
hitting charts, and on defense ranged with steady hands to effectively close the middle of the field. (Larry roamed Center joined by Roger
on the left or right, and Ron played Shortstop.)
Another standout was Homberto Sama, an infielder from the Washington Senators organization who had what Larry described as a major
league glove. Not only was his own play impeccable, but the veteran was eager to share his knowledge with his younger teammates.
Homberto joined the club towards the end of the sixties.
Larry recalled a close game at the old Bayview Park against Koehler Beer. At this time the park had no outfield fence and Charlie
Heidleberg hit a rocket to Seneta in center that ended up in the playground. Charlie was rounding second with a clear path to home when
Seneta yelled to one of the kids to pick the ball up and throw it to him. To this day the two joke about the ensuing ground rule double due
to spectator interference.
During the 2007 season I was able to spend some time with Glenwood Great Ed Smrekar. Born in Fryburg Pennsylvania, Ed moved to
Erie after 7 years in Professional Baseball. The hard throwing leftie advanced all the way to the A League Ball with the Phillies in
Schenectady NY. After his pro career came to a close in the mid 1950's, he hooked up with Ivan George and the UE506 squad, until Tud
Bowen arranged a construction job to secure his spot in the rotation in Glenwood's Greatest Squad - The Ferraro Ford Nine.
Ed fondly recalled the time he spent with teammates Dallas Haight, Ed Hickock, Brian McGowen (one of the best hitters Ed recalled
from the league) and of course the Bowen and Stubbe families. Amid all the success and individual honors the Fordmen earned, Ed
insisted that it was the team that always came first. "You don't win anything by yourself," was the mantra Ed used to describe the
incredible success the Girard team enjoyed for two decades. He also credited the Girard faithful for their unwavering support - "They were
behind us 100%. Girard was Great!"
The N.B.C. State Tournament Titles were Ed's favorite accomplishments in his GBL Career. He was named the Tournament MVP in the
Fordmen's first State Title in 1964. Ed credited his wife as a tremendous help in being able to play as long as he did while raising a young
family and traveling to tournaments throughout the Summer. She was by his side as he threw out the first pitch in the 2007 All Star Game.
Starting in 2006 the pitcher that had the best season was awarded the Ed Smrekar Award for the league's outstanding Pitcher.
Ed credits Pete Oates and the great West Springfield teams as the toughest opponents in the GBL as well as the short lived Paris
Steakhouse squad. Out of all the heavy hitters in the Muny Loop, Ed recalled Jerry and Robbie Puffer as his toughest outs in his long
career. He still competes on the golf course with longtime friends and teammates Dallas Haight and Dick Holiday.
It was a great honor to spend as much time as I did in the 2007 season with Ed. The lean lefty battled such monsters as Johnny Blanchard
and Roger Marris in his professional career, and settled into the Glenwood History Books as our greatest pitcher ever. It was something
else to dig into the batter's box, get ready for a pitch and hear Ed Smrekar, one of our greatest players ever, cheering for me from the
Rich Matlak began his GBL career began in 1961 as a pitcher for the last place Erie Merchants. Rich's playing days started at Cathedral
Prep and continued at Gannon University. His first GBL game pit him on the mound against the dreaded Ferraro Ford Nine. Even though the
young man was scared to death of the legendary line-up he managed a great initial performance limiting the Fordmen to a handful of runs
in a close loss.
Matlak recalled the great Ferraro Ford Teams in the 60's and 70's as well as the outstanding 1967 Warren Beverage Championship team
that challenged the Fordmen for supremacy both in Erie and in the regional and State Tournaments. The Warren squad boasted such greats
as Pitcher Ted Sadowski (freshly released from the Pittsburgh Pirates), Guy Conti, Nick Creole, Bill Larosa, Jim Cipalla and Ken
McGowen. Rich credits both teams as the best he saw in his 23 year Glenwood Career. He also pointed to Harold Shiley, the great West
Springfield sponsor, as a great supporter and character in the league's continuing story.
Matlak's strong career on the mound continued as the sixties gave way to the next decade.
The late sixties and early seventies saw the rise and fall of some of the league's most legendary squads including the great Girard Ferraro
Ford & West Springfield rivalries and packed crowds at Cannavino Field. Slowly the crowds thinned as more entertainment options became
available, and the once crowded Sunday games faded to memory. The competition remained strong as the league ushered in the new decade.
The seventies started right where the sixties left off with Ferraro Ford in control. The Fordmen ran the league in 1971 en route to the club's
second State Championship. Dick Holiday took the reigns in 1972 only to add another League Championship trophy to Al Ferraro's
showroom. The following year the team failed to win the pennant and Ferraro refused to let his empire end on a losing note. He handed the
reigns to Mina George who brought home the tenth and final Championship in 1974. The most successful franchise in Glenwood history
disbanded after the season.
When I came into the league in 1993 two particular players made an impression on me because of the way they played and represented the
game. Kent "Hawk" Williamson and Tom Krawiec were nearing the end of their storied Glenwood Careers, but even though they and their
Pro Comm teammates were older than the other players in the circuit, they played hard smart baseball, and won.
Hawk began his Glenwood memories watching his Brother Louie play for Kurtze Crawford, until his own Career started in 1969 against the
legendary Ferraro Ford Nine. Kent led off against hard throwing Dick Holliday and was welcomed to the Glenwood League with a fastball to
the ribs. He described his first couple seasons as a boy playing against men. The teams were solid and the competition was fierce.
The mid seventies seemed to be a turning point in many ways. The league was long characterized by a strong presence of ex-professional
prospects amid the local talent. Many of the top teams recruited these pros to boost their squads to the top. The player's average age was
much older than the athletes that take the field in today's contests and most teams in this era had a pitching staff two or three quality
starters deep. The games were generally very close. Most days even the last place team was able to upset the favorites, and much more
traveling was involved as teams played in Girard, Warren, Waterford and all around Erie and Crawford Counties.
Hawk described the seventies in two distinct eras, with 1976 being the turning point. The first part had the established teams, players and
rivalries with close games being normal. It was in his recollection baseball the way it was meant to be.
The shift towards the modern game started in 1976 with the introduction of Aluminum bats. This ushered a new offense focused chapter in
the league's long history. The West Springfield teams retired, Cannavino field was eventually torn down and the action shifted to the offense
friendly confines of Ainsworth and Bayview field at 2nd and Cherry. The level of competition remained very high, however, the focus
slowly shifted away from the traditional Glenwood game.
Tom Krawiec began his career a few years after Hawk and the two were teammates in four separate decades. Tom recalled a growth in the
number of teams during the end of the decade as the loop grew to twelve teams during the '76 and '77 seasons. Although there was an
unavoidable dilution of talent, Tom described the top teams in much the same light as the great ones that came before. He first won the
League Championship with a strong Lake Erie Insulation Team in 1978.
As the years passed both men noticed a slight decrease in the quality of pitching, but as always the Glenwood Bats remained healthy and the
overall scores climbed.
Several outstanding teams kept the strong Glenwood tradition alive as the seventies turned into the eighties, with offense taking center
One of the best teams of the era was the Elmwood Beer Nine and although the squad never won the league title under the Elmwood banner
they were consistently at the top of the standings. Before Jack Hiegel and the Heigel family, the owners of Elmwood Beer, took over as
sponsors the team's close core won the title as Johnaton's in 1977. Boasting the likes of Former Major Leaguer Tom Lawless, Pat Hiegel,
Rich Matlak, Pete Freed, Harry Evanoff, Mike Folga, Ron Neitupski, and Chuck Thomas the core led the GBL standings for the next decade.
Pete Freed, who coached the 2006-2010 Knox Law teams and now acts as the league commissioner, looked back to his own playing career
with me recently. Walt "Slim" Porter gave Pete and a couple of his Strong Vincent Teammates a chance to play for his ACT Center team
back in 1968. At that time the league circuit consisted of: Bihler Tires, Union Bank, 1st National Bank, ACT Center, Kohler Beer and the
powerhouse Ferraro Ford. The ACT Center didn't have a great season but Pete was introduced to the new level of competition the GBL had
As the years passed Freed and a few of his teammates formed the core that would soon be one of the forces in the league as the 80's
arrived. The team' names changed from Presque Isle Porsche Audi, Super Sport, Cubby Hole and Johnathon's before the squad settled into
their Elmwood Beer Uniforms. Freed's playing career lasted from 1968 up to 1984 retiring in an Elmwood Uniform. He recalled the great
camaraderie the team enjoyed over their many years together, and the changes he saw in the league over his seventeen year tenure. Pete
arrived in the league during the Ferraro Ford days and the great Sunday afternoons at Glenwood Park, and although the teams and tradition
remained strong the crowds thinned and the old fields were abandoned.
Both Freed and Harry Evanoff recalled the great times they had on the field and afterwards celebrating the victories and nursing their
wounds at local pubs. One of the favorite activities was the traditional game summary for the Time's news. The winning team has always
been responsible for turning in the game summary to the Times and since the Elmwood gang won quite a bit, the write-up became an
event in and of itself. The gang was admittedly brutal in making fun of both teammate and opponent in the write-ups, made only more
potent by the addition of post-game beverages. Even decades later the two chuckle at the comical light in which they painted their
unsuspecting teammates. The reporters at the newspaper looked forward to the Elmwood games because a win would guarantee a
hilarious recap of the night's contest.
Harry Evanoff recalled his seventeen year career with a wide smile as he described his Elmwood Beer Teammates. Surrounded by a
talented core the team stuck together through most of their playing career. Evanoff also describes the strong line-up anchored by Pat
Heigel, Freed and Neitupski as one of the best line-ups in his playing days. In addition to Harry's outstanding contributions at the plate, he
joined Greg Breske in the team's strong pitching rotation.
Rich Matlak ended his 23 year Glenwood Career in 1983 as the Elmwood Beer manager. Rich had mowed countless batters down in his
years throwing from the Glenwood hilltops, and looked back at his days with the Elmwood Beer squad with particular fondness. He
described the close group as friends that all got old playing ball together. Even though they were an outstanding squad and saw
considerable success in the eighties, they did not replace friends with younger recruits. Instead the group opted to stick with original
players for as long as they wanted to play.
In his long Glenwood run Matlak noted several changes. When he started the league drew big crowds, especially on Sunday afternoons,
and the teams gave them great shows. Even the last place teams had outstanding athletes and were capable of upsetting the big boys. The
pitching was particularly solid with most staffs boasting a pair or trio of capable wings. By the time his career was winding down Rich
still saw the outstanding talent and teams, but to a lesser degree. Only the top teams had the same spirit that the old squads did and the
crowds dwindled as baseball lost its popularity. The games, however, were still competitive and when the top teams battled the
Glenwood tradition was alive and well.
Everyone I spoke with agreed that Rich Matlak was an outstanding pitcher throughout his career, and more importantly a class act and
great representative of the Glenwood League. His love for the game and dedication to playing it right sustained an impressive 23 year
Anthony Arcabascio contacted me during the 2007 season with fond recollections of his time spent in Erie and his four years in the
Glenwood League while he attended Mercyhurst College. Between 1978 and 1982 the New York City native played for Bickel Construction
and the Erie Sports Store, including a spot in the pitching rotation on the 1981 Erie Sport Store Championship Squad. During Tony's time in
Erie he described the great times he had with teammates and competitors Tim Bickel, Tom Hansen, Butch Herman, Tom Barringer, Kent
Williamson, Mike Corbet, Jim Hogan, Joe Rocco, Tony Palermo, John Boyle, and Dick White.
During his stint with Bickel Construction Tony recalled playing the fierce UTEK team in the playoffs. In one of the lonliest placest in Erie -
the pitchers mound at Ainsworth in August - Tony gave up a two out two run homer to Tim Antolik to lose the playoff series. The fence at
Ainsworth was just put up in preparation for the Erie Cardinals, otherwise the long fly may have been just a long out. Tony also described
the high level of competition and a good deal of Camraderie between all the players. Another not so fond memory was the 95 degree
doubleheaders over the Forth of July weekends.
"I enjoyed the people I met and loved being in Erie during that time while I attended Mercyhurst College." In addition to the 1981
ChampionshipTeam he was a part of, Tony recalled the great Elmwood Beer Squads, and Mike Corbett, Jim Hogan, and the Cacchione
Brothers from the Stadium Lounge as the great teams of the time. "Being from NYC I never imagined that I would always have a place in
my heart for Erie, PA but I have to tell you , I miss it all the time. It was a great time with great people."
The main characteristic of this period was offense. Strong line-ups armed with light aluminum bats ruled the day with scores
commonly reaching well into double digits. The league started to wane as this period began with only five participating teams, and
for a couple years it looked as if the venerable old league may fold. As the years went on the number of teams and interest increased.
Several excellent squads stood out during this period.
The Sport's Page Nine won titles in 1992 and 1993 with a balanced offense and an overwhelming pitching staff. With only five
participating teams the talent level at this time was quite high, with strong pitching staffs dominating a period characterized almost
solely on offense. The best staff belonged to the Sport's Page team. Former minor leaguers Jim Smith and Pete Nyari ruled the 1992
and 93 season only to be joined by former Major League right hander Mark Corey in 1994. These strong arms were guided by
standout catcher and 1993 league MVP Chris Marchini. After their second Championship in 93 the team lost a close series with
Puffer Roofing in 1994, and although they remained toward the top of the standings for the next couple years they never regained the
The 94 season was a turning point in that the league grew to eleven teams in two divisions. There was an unavoidable dilution of
talent as many line-ups split to form new squads, and there were fewer over powering arms in the circuit. The overall scores grew
and the new era of Glenwood baseball was in full effect.
The veteran squad of Professional Communications won the title in 1995 with a strong line-up, a balance of young arms and veteran
savvy in the pitching staff and experience. Former Commissioner and head Coach Ron Loader led the team of Glenwood Vets to the
teams first and only title together. Kent Williamson described the '95 title as his favorite Glenwood Prize as it was the first time he
won the honor with a team that was not completely stacked with talent. He described the season as a team coming together with
every member contributing to the team's wins. Veteran Tom Krawiec led the hurling staff filled with youngsters, and the support
came from the strong bats of Brian Hower, Rick Skonieczka, Williamson, Ron and Chris Loader.
The great Mercyhurst College Team of the mid nineties made its presence felt in the Glenwood League as Alex Roofing. The team
boasted most of the Laker line-up in addition to several local Standouts, fighting their way to the top of the standings and earning
Championship Titles in 1996 and 1997. Team members included: Casey Crawford, Jason Knight, Jeff Benedict, Dana Dresser,
Kurt and Mike Dombrowski, Brian Fuller, Bill Mamourieh, Al Rush and Shawn Wallace.
Braendel Painting started their run in 1996 finishing the season with a loosing record. The next year the team managed a .500 record
setting the stage for the next two years of Championship runs. Veterans Jim Smith and Chris Marchini joined Coach Matt Orlando
as the team ruled the league in 1998 and 1999.
Harrington Industrial Laundry was the most dominating squad of this era, earning top spots in the standings nearly all decade long.
Formed in 1989 The team won its first title in 1991 in a league wide tournament format under Coach Dick Moser. Head Coach Tom
Gardner and Rick Iacobucci took over in the Early '90s and led the team to a decade of dominant regular season runs and returned
to the Championship ranks in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004. The team boasted some of the strongest line-ups in recent history with no
lead being safe from the relentless Harrington Attack.
1990 to 2003