Memories Of The Woodbridge Golden Bears

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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.

The Golden Bears Play Hudson 11 In Sunday Tilt

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


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0 comments for “Memories Of The Woodbridge Golden Bears

  1. Jaylene
    January 14, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Thanks for writing all that information on the Golden Bears.I am doing a project on them and I can’t find any more information on them. If you have more information or picture please put them in your writing. Thanks for the help.

  2. Diane
    November 24, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    John,

    Please email me at dianenorekharrison@juno.com

    Diane

  3. john Trosko
    November 23, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    I recently read your articles about the Golden Bears and
    Greyhounds football teams. My father played for both
    teams in the 40″s. He played center and linebacker. He
    was also on the 1938 and 39 Woodbridge HS state
    championship teams. He was selected to the All Middlesex
    County first string team in 1939. I have his scrapbook
    with newspaper articles and game coverage of his high
    school and semi-pro days. Very interseting reading. Some
    list the lineups, game coverage and pictures. In paticular
    a 6-0 game between the Bears and Greyhounds played in the mud at Legion Stadium. 1500 people attended. I
    would like to know what year it was , as the date is not
    with the write-ups. My father played for the Greyhounds
    then. I still have his 1939 woodbridge jacket and the
    remains {moths} of his golden bear sweater. It was
    yellow-gold and had two black bands on the left sleeve
    with a golden bear logo and black embroderd star with
    the number 1 on it. If you are interested in copys or photos
    of these things let me know. Or if anyone wants to
    correspond concering this subject let me know. I would like to know more about them. My fathers name was John Trosko. He passed away in 1991. Thank you John Trosko III.

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