Remembering the Past: South Amboy Sports Memories

by Diane Norek Harrison


On Jan. 5, 1925, The South Amboy Knights of Columbus basketball team went into action at St Mary’s gym against the South Amboy Holy Cross team. The Caseys took over the court with Seagrave, Moran, Gereghty, Barkey, Triggs, Gleason, Ryan and Mc Donnell. The Holy Cross team was Vail, Connors, Alex, Mullane, Meacham brothers, Delaney, Cox and several others.

The players on both teams were all former St. Mary’s High School players.

In Nov. 1930, St. Mary’s High School, South Amboy played a football game against St. Mary’s Perth Amboy. The end score was a scoreless tie.

This is from June 1933 material: For the second time since the sport was introduced at St. Mary’s High School in 1921, football will be eliminated from the sports program next year. It is understood that the reason is insufficient funds.

Football over a period of years has been the most expensive sport at St. Mary’s, with the least return, outside track. The authorities will concentrate on basketball and baseball, along with track.

When football started in 1921 it was continued for about three years and then was discontinued for two seasons. Since its return the sport met with much success so far as records are concerned, but the past two seasons saw the receipts at games drop off considerably.

If anyone would like to contribute any past sports material or memories for any of the towns, I would be glad to print it.

Here is an old South Amboy postcard from the early 1900s provided by South Amboy resident Rose Ann Pawlik. If anyone can identify the men in the picture, please contact Diane Norek Harrison.

If you have your own memories or past material for Carteret, Edison, Metuchen, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy or Woodbridge you can email me at or send “copies” of your material to me at CMD Media P.O Box 1061 Rahway, NJ 07065.

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