Memories Of The Woodbridge Golden Bears

By Diane Norek Harrison

WOODBRIDGE—Here is some more information on the Woodbridge Golden Bears from former area resident Harold Miller. The year is not on the material but it is most likely from 1947 when Mr. Miller was named “Rookie of the Year.” In my Oct. 10 column, I wrote about the game between the Woodbridge Golden Bears and the Jersey City Pros. Here is more from that game.

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“Coach Tony Cacciola’s Woodbridge Alumni Golden Bears will try for their fifth consecutive win Sunday afternoon when they play host to the Jersey City Pros in a 2:15 p.m. game in the Woodbridge High School Stadium.

“The Bears’ management has proclaimed Sunday as Woodbridge High School Day. As an added feature, any student presenting a Woodbridge High School season ticket will be admitted free.

“A close battle is waged for individual scoring honors. Until last week’s encounter with Bloomfield, rookie Frank Markovics was the top scorer with 24 points. However, quarterback Joe Curran tallied once and converted four times to take the lead by two markers, 26-24. End Harold Miller is also tied with Markovics for the second slot.

“The starting line up will have Miller and Lee Kijula at the wing posts, Tony Santoro and Jack Peterson at the tackle slots, Jack Moskowitz and Bill Melnizek at the guard positions, and Don Ostrander at center.

“In the power-laden backfield, Curran will start at quarterback, Markovics and Bob Eppinger at the halves, and Spike Loftus at fullback. Johnny Matison, Jim Martin, Lee Straube and Pat Rinaldi will also see action in the backfield.”

The Woodbridge Golden Bears did win the game against the Jersey City Pros with a score of 39 to 6.

Other teams that the Woodbridge Golden Bears played at this time were: New York Rangers, Whitehorse Pros, Shore Yellowjackets, Granite-Smith League, Union Blues and Bloomfield Eagles. My thanks again to Mr. Miller for contributing to my column!

If anyone has their own memories or past material of the Woodbridge Golden Bears, the Hopelawn Greyhounds or other similar teams from Perth Amboy or the other towns listed below, please send it for my 2009 columns. Have any other sports material or memories? If possible please put the date from your memories or past material when sending.

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 or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, P.O. Box 1061, Rahway, N.J. 07065.

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