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Woodbridge Golden Bears

 
 
Woodbridge Golden Bears Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, October 20, 2018
1. Woodbridge Golden Bears Marker
Inscription.  Woodbridge Golden Bears

Formed in 1940, the Woodbridge Alumni Golden Bears was a semi-pro football team in the Raritan Valley Conference composed of former local high school standouts. The Golden Bears played 11 seasons before disbanding in 1954. Other league teams included the Essex Clippers, Elizabeth Stars, Camptown pros, Manville Yellow Jackets, Hillside Huskies, Union Blues, Irvington Sporting Club, Jersey City Pros, Clifton Vikings, South River Eagles, Perth Amboy Football Club, Bloomfield Watasessings and Hopelawn Greyhounds. The games between the two Woodbridge teams, Greyhounds and Golden Bears, were legendary.

Coached by Tony Cacciola, the Golden Bears played at Legion Stadium on Berry Street to the rousing public address tones of announcer Claire R. Bixel and crowds approaching 5,000. After the 1946 season, Legion Stadium was taken by the New Jersey Turnpike, and the home schedule was played at Roosevelt Park in Edison. When Woodbridge High School completed their new field in 1948, the Golden Bears played some home games at night using temporary erected lights.

Golden Bears practices were held every Tuesday
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and Thursday night at School No. 11 on Amboy Avenue and every Sunday morning in August until the season started. Uniforms were stored at the Knights of Columbus building on Main Street in Woodbridge, where players dressed and departed for the games.

More information visit www.wthpc.org
Woodbridge Township Historic Preservation Commission
Mayor John E. McCormac Woodbridge Township 2013

 
Erected 2013 by Woodbridge Township Historic Preservation Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1940.
 
Location. 40° 33.345′ N, 74° 17.057′ W. Marker is in Woodbridge, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is on N Park Drive near Amboy Avenue (Route 35), on the left when traveling west. The marker is in the Marion and Norman Tanzman Recreation Area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Woodbridge NJ 07095, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Revolutionary War Battles in Woodbridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Woodbridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Woodbridge Cloverleaf (within shouting distance of this marker); The Parish Community of St. James (within shouting distance of this marker); Adath Israel Synagogue (about 300
Woodbridge Golden Bears Marker location image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, October 20, 2018
2. Woodbridge Golden Bears Marker location
The maker is near the bend in the road on the left; to the right are three local memorials.
feet away, measured in a direct line); Woodbridge Township COVID-19 Victims Memorial (about 300 feet away); Kirk Green (about 300 feet away); Cross Keys Tavern (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Woodbridge.
 
Inset image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, October 20, 2018
3. Inset
Woodbridge Golden Bears players
First neabry local memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, October 20, 2018
4. First neabry local memorial
John and Stella Safchinsky
First nearby local memorial marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, October 20, 2018
5. First nearby local memorial marker
Second nearby local memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, October 20, 2018
6. Second nearby local memorial
Viola L. and Joseph J. Vitale
Third nearby local memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, October 20, 2018
7. Third nearby local memorial
John "Jack" Safchinsky
Third nearby local memorial marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry Gertner, October 20, 2018
8. Third nearby local memorial marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 16, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 394 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 16, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   7, 8. submitted on November 19, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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