Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Oct. 4, 1988
Carl J. Delberta, President and Founder of the Oneonta Boys Club, Inc. was honored by the International Veteran Boxers Association at the 1988 Convention, Sept. 24 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.
Delberta, who boxed under the name Carl Dell, was the recipient of the Babe Orlando Sports Award. The plaque signified that Delberta has proven himself as a dedicated boxing personality who has shown his love for the sport in the true tradition of the beloved and late Babe Orlando, boxing writer supreme.
Delberta began boxing while a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps working at Gilbert Lake State Park. He became a Golden Gloves winner in Albany.
A welterweight at 142 pounds, he fought at Madison Square Garden. Delberta was selected to represent the United States All-America Team at the Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba.
He then turned pro, with Al Weill as his manager. Delberta fought for Weill from 1936 to 1941, winning 63 out of 73 fights.
When he entered the Army in 1943, he was the leading welterweight contender of the world.
After the service, he dreamed about a place where boys could work out and become physically fit. In 1946 he started the Oneonta Boys Club in the yard of his Park Avenue home.
His interest in boxing continued. He became involved in the Amateur Athletic Union, which is now known as the Amateur Boxing Federation. In 1970, Dr. Ben Decker, National Chairman of the A.A.U., appointed Delberta Vice Chairman of the Junior Olympic Committee of the United States.
50 years ago
Oct. 4, 1963
BAINBRIDGE — They almost yawned in the John Currie family when discussing the fact that Mrs. Currie had delivered herself of her eighth child.
“I’m used to it by now,” said the father, a 33-year-old farmer. “I knew she could handle it.”