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Mark Simonson

June 3, 2013

Local marbles players sought national championship in 1948


The national tournament was so popular that it was held again in 1949. A familiar face from Oneonta returned to the championship round, held that year in Asbury Park, N.J. It was that of Louis Parisi. The other finalist from our area was the 1948 runner-up, John Borchert of Sidney. No national championships were brought home, but both showed well in their leagues.

This weekend: Oneonta was thrilled to see itself in a local moving picture in 1918.

City Historian Mark Simonson’s column appears twice weekly. On Saturdays, his column focuses on the area during the Depression and before. His Monday columns address local history after the Depression. If you have feedback or ideas about the column, write to him at The Daily Star, or email him at His website is His columns can be found at

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