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Mark Simonson

June 3, 2013

Local marbles players sought national championship in 1948


Oneonta High coach Hurley McLean oversaw the contests of 48 finalists, and WDOS broadcast the final contests in the early afternoon. Students from Franklin, Treadwell, Gilbertsville, Unadilla, Sidney, Worcester, Roxbury, Milford, Walton, Delhi, Laurens and Oneonta competed at 15 marbles rings.

Two were left standing in the end. Both were students of the Chestnut Street School, where the Calvary Hill Retreat Center is today, 290 Chestnut St. In the finals, Louis Parisi, 10, defeated Eugene Platt, 13, seven marbles to six.

While the “mibs” were flying in heated competition, the event was festive. “Over 50 prizes donated by Sears Roebuck Co. were awarded to the Oneonta contestants Saturday. Parisi was presented with a bicycle for winning the title and Platt was given a pup tent for runner-up honors. John Borchert, Sidney, was awarded a $5 prize from Jack’s restaurant for third place honors.”

“Lunch was served to contestants and escorts at noon,” the Star continued. “Sandwiches were provided by Diana Restaurant, soft drinks by Meridale Dairy, and ice cream by the General Ice Cream Corp.”

Parisi and Platt then moved on to face the best of the best in Wildwood. They were placed in league brackets by age, among 74 registered for play. While Oneonta’s representatives didn’t become national champions, they had a great time being in Wildwood for the experience, as described by the Star.

“Play is being conducted in the six pits near the boardwalk. The neat little cement ovals are rated the best in the nation.”

“The Oneonta boys and their escort, Hurley McLean ... are guests of the Dorsey Hotel. They enjoyed a round of entertainment yesterday afternoon (June 21), including swimming and a boat trip.”

“Tournament officials held a dinner for their guests. The winners of various tournaments conducted throughout the nation were presented with sweaters and duffle bags containing an assortment of merchandise.”

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