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1925-1926 Bergen/Passaic High School Sports Review
« on: November 02, 2010, 12:58:33 AM »


A Look at the Best in North Jersey Sports Teams--1925-26 "High School Sports Review," a review of winning sports teams, male and female, in Bergen and Passaic Counties, NJ (New Jersey).  States that it was the first time published--not sure if there was a second year.  Softcover, 87 pages.  Published by New Jersey Scholastic Publishing Company.  Great 1920s football scene on the front cover.

Colorful, cut-to-the-chase writing style: "During the 1925-26 seasons Tenafly High School increased its athletic standing nearly 100%.  No longer is this school ridiculed by its opponents."

Lots of text, lots of (full-page) photos of winning teams.  Photos: Ridgefield Park Men's Basketball Team (State Champs, Class B); Bogota Men's Basketball Team (BCL Section B Champs); Hackensack Men's Basketball Team ("Passaic's Nemesis"); Park Ridge Women's Basketball Team; Hackensack 1926 Men's Basketball Team; Bogota Baseball Team (Bergen County League Champs); Ridgewood Men's Basketball; Maureen Orcutt, "champion girl golfer" from Haworth who played for Englewood High School; the "Wonder Team" of Passaic (men's basketball, 1920s) and Coach Ernest Blood; Leonia Baseball and Basketball Teams; Tenafly undefeated women's basketball team; head shots of various county coaches; Rutherford Men's Basketball; Passaic Men's Basketball (North Jersey League Champs); Englewood Baseball and Basketball ("best in five year"); Hasbrouck Heights Men's Basketball; Bogota women's basketball team (Section B Champs); "Dumont's Lone Champion Team," which was women's basketball; Park Ridge Men's Basketball Team, runner-up in the BCL; St. Cecilias of Englewood Men's Basketball.

Articles: The Year in Football (nearly every team in the Northern Jersey League mentioned in some way with photos of team captains from Englewood, Rutherford, Passaic, Ridgefield Park, and Ridgewood--All Star Teams also mentioned); The Need for Capable Basketball Officials (season was proclaimed a "nightmare" because cheaper officials were hired); How Hackensack Broke Passaic's Winning Streak (the 1924-25 Hackensack team broke Wonder Team Passaic's 159 game winning streak); Progress of the Bergen County Interscholastic League; "Is O'Shea Through," a story about the great Hackensack pitcher Thomas "Porky" O'Shea, who tried and failed to make it with the Boston Braves; Leonia track stars Elizabeth Stine and Maybelle Gilliland, who went on to gain national prominence (no photo); Passaic and its Cross- Country Team; Jersey's Contribution to College Teams (Passaic's Johnny Roosma at West Point); Fritz Knothe of Passaic, article and photo; Clifton and its "Wonder" Baseball Teams; The Brilliance of Passaic's Track Team; Baseball in the Bergen County League (Garfield and Bogota doing well); rise of Garfield in field of athletics; Rutherford vs. Passaic for football title.

Also: listings of all-star football teams, with team records, standings and rankings; lots of local ads; a few random poems.  It's quite a book.

It's the content that's terrific--not so much how the book looks.  Black cardboard cover has tears on the front and spine (back actually looks pretty good).  Chunk of top right corner missing on front cover, small piece of bottom right missing.  Lots of wrinkles, creases, and crinkles.  Owner's name almost invisibly written on the front.  Stapled binding is holding (which is a big help).  There's a dark "butterfly" type stain on the bottom inside corner throughout the book--does not affect text or photos, though.  A couple of other small random stains here and there.

Interesting picture of future womens' golf champ, Maureen Orcutt, who played for Englewood high school.

There are mentions of Hackensack players and teams and a photo of one Hackensack team shown as "Passaic's Nemesis".


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