Glory Days: Carl Cicogni |

Glory Days: Carl Cicogni

My name is Carl Cicogni and I surely remember the “Glory Days.” I remember back about 1927, Tom Griffet was the manager of Memorial Park and he organized the first and only sandlot league.

There were four teams: the Rovers, Aggies, Hornets and Rangers.

My brother Manuel Cicogni played second base for the Hornets, and I played left field. Pete Casey was pitcher, Dolph Verlod was first baseman, Manuel Gallino was catcher, and Frank Gallino played center field. I can’t remember the rest of the players.

Back in those days, all of us kids had a mania for catching monarch butterflies. I was at left field and a beautiful monarch flew by and I took off after it.

We were playing the Aggies and Bud Painter was at bat. He hit a fly in left field and got a home run.

That darn butterfly!

I never lived that down. Yes, I remember the glory days.

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