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Former Johnstown Oldtimers President and AAABA National President George Arcurio
(Photo: tribune Democrat; Johnstown, PA)
November 18, 1929 – May 9, 2013
One of the long time leaders of AAABA baseball and a beloved member of the Johnstown community has passed away at the age of 83.
George Arcruio Jr. “Junior” had served as President of the Johnstown Oldtimers for 28 tournaments from 1981 through 2008. He was president of the national AAABA board in 1994 and 1995. Mr. Arcurio was instrumental in making Johnstown the permanent home of the annual AAABA tournament in 1993. He was a passionate supporter and organizer for the tournament and worked tirelessly to make the tournament a success every year. Many local baseball figures credit him for saving the tournament on numerous occasions. Despite a major flood, financial hardships, and population shifts, Mr. Arcurio made sure that AAABA baseball would always remain in Johnstown. Joe Scheuermann, the former manager of the New Orleans franchise said “He was the lifeline to the AAABA, no doubt”. Perhaps the quote that Mr. Arcurio would be most proud of came from Mike Mastovich in the Tribune Democrat following his death; simply stated: “George Arcurio Jr. was a Johnstowner through and through”.
Mr. Arcurio loved the city of Johnstown and AAABA baseball and will be sadly missed.
Congratulations to the 2012 New Brunswick Matrix team on their First AAABA Championship!
Photo courtesy of Brian Varmecky - www.aaabatournament.com
Congratulations to the following 2012 Award Winners
|Runner-Up||Cleveland Chardon Blizzard|
|Sportsmanship Award||Chicago Satchel Paige All Stars|
|MVP||Jon Young - New Brunswick|
|Batting Champion||Dan Belliveau (Cleveland)|
To view the entire list of former AAABA Players that have advanced to play Major League Baseball click the link below:
This site is dedicated to preserving the history and tradition of AAABA Baseball
The city of Johnstown welcomes you to one of the finest amateur baseball tournaments in the country. Every August, Johnstown transforms into a baseball lovers paradise hosting numerous games from morning to night, every day throughout the week. Johnstown, Pennsylvania has played host to the event for over 60 years and in 1993 was voted the permanent home of the tournament. Johnstown is a special place to be in August... the smell of popcorn and hot dogs fill the air, fathers and sons talking baseball, the crack of the wooden bat, the roar of the crowd, and the booming sounds of cannons firing from the nearby hillside when the home team scores.
There is something special about the atmosphere – its old time baseball at its best. No big dollar contracts or egos here, just kids playing for the love of the game, hustling on every ground ball, and carrying the dream of someday wearing a major league uniform. Its this special atmosphere that has kept fans coming back for generations, not to mention the extraordinary level of talent. Although no official tally exists, over 400 former AAABA players have gone on to play in the major leagues with hundreds of others advancing to the professional level. Reggie Jackson, Al Kaline, Steve Garvey, Barry Larkin, Joe Torre, John Smoltz, and Manny Ramirez are just a few of the outstanding players that have passed through the AAABA.
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AAABA Quick Facts
Over 400 AAABA players have advanced to Major League Baseball
60 AAABA players have been Major League All Stars
4 AAABA players have been elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame (R. Jackson, R. Carew, A. Kaline, B. Larkin)
6 AAABA players have been named an MLB MVP (R. Carew, B. Larkin, S. Garvey, K. Griffey Jr, J. Torre, R. Jackson)
5 AAABA players have won the Cy Young Award (P. Vuckovich, S. Lyle, O. Hershiser, B. Welch, J. Smoltz)
6 AAABA players have been named MLB’s Rookie of the Year (J. Matlack, W. Weiss, R. Carew, M. Fydrich, T. Sizemore, C. Sabo)
7 AAABA players have been named MLB’s Manager of the Year (B. Showalter, J. Torre, J. Tracy, T. Kelly, J. McKeon, B. Bochy, B. Rodgers)
*The Washington DC, Baltimore, and Detroit franchises have each sent over 60 players to the Major Leagues
*Baltimore has played in 34 championship games and have won 28 AAABA titles, by far the most of any franchise
*Baltimore won a record 6th straight tournament with their 2008 championship
*Host Team Johnstown has participated in every tournemant and has never won the championship
*29 Baltimore players have been named the AAABA MVP
*Roger Bowman’s AAABA Tournament Strike-Out Record of 71 in 27 1/3 innings in 1945 may be one of the most impressive pitching performances of all time and will likely never be broken. Bowman recorded 24 strike outs in one game twice. The next closest to Bowman is 36 K’s held by three individuals.
*Mike Bradley of Chicago posted a tournament record .739 batting average in 1989, going an amazing 17 of 23. (minimum 20 at-bats)
*At Least five former AAABA players have went on to successful careers in the National Football League: Joe Theismann (New Brunswick), Jeff Hostetler (Johnstown), John Stofa (Johnstown), Paul Martha (Pittsburgh), and Tom Yewcic (Johnstown)