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# 6 - Paul Nussbaum |
The first autograph I ever received was from Johnny Podres.

It was in the fall of 1955 on a menu in my father's Unity Restaurant on Bedford Ave in Brooklyn. Mr. Podres worked in the off season at Bedford Chevrolet which was a few blocks from the restaurant and down the road from Ebbets Field.

I was 8 years old and a Yankee fan and had just had my year "ruined" by his brilliant hurling in leading the Dodgers to their first World Series Championship that year. My dad was a Giants fan and he and Mr. Podres loved to kid each other when he came in for lunch. He was very kind and approachable and helped me to respect and appreciate the abilities of athletes from competing teams. I rooted for him the rest of his career and often wished I had met him again as an adult so I could have thanked him for his kindness.
February 13, 2014 - Bonita Springs, Florida
# 5 - Tony Ponticelli |
I was drafted by the San Diego Padres in June of 1971. Johnny was first pitching coach I ever had. He taught me how to throw a proper curve ball and a circle change. The most important thing I received from Johnny was his friendship. He nicknamed me Tony "White Shoes" because when I reported to my Single A team in Tri-Cities Washington, I had white baseball shoes. I hurt my arm in spring training in 1972 but stayed in touch with him throughout the years. I called him at least four times a year just to talk with him especially near the holidays.

The last time I got to speak with Coach Pod was a few months before he passed away. I miss him more than words can express, he was like a second father to me and I know he is in heaven. He was the most wonderful man I've ever known. God Bless You Always Coach, you're always in my prayers.

Respectfully,

Tony Ponticelli

1971 Tri-City Padres
Northwest League Champions
Short Season, Single A
January 29, 2014 - Johnston, Rhode Island
# 4 - Jim Kelly |
I wrote to Mr. Podres and he was kind enough to send me an autographed photo. I often drive through Your home town. I whisper a prayer for Mr. Podres. God bless you sir.
January 18, 2014 - Swanzey NH via Brooklyn NY
# 3 - John V. |
Tony -- Thanks for the link to your website. I've linked your site from our "Hamlets" page, where two of the Town of Moriah's more prominent natives are mentioned. I would never have been able to include all the info and data that you have here; thanks again.
September 2, 2013 - Port Henry NY
# 2 - Tim Salerno |
Johnny's website looks great! He would be proud knowing that his legacy lives on. Thanks Tony for putting the effort in to get this website in Johnny's memory going. All the best, Tim.
October 24, 2012 - Port Henry, NY
# 1 - Tony S. -- Webmaster |
It's a privilege and pleasure building and running this website honoring Johnny Podres. My Mom was born and raised in Witherbee, NY (Johnny's hometown) and I spent summer vacations --as a kid and adult-- visiting the many relatives who reside in that area.

Although I never met Johnny, this project makes me feel as though I've known him all my life. I'm in touch with many who knew him personally and I've learned that he had the "right stuff" that exemplifies not only a professional athlete -- but also a good man, husband, father, and friend.

I hope you enjoy this site; we welcome your comments and any material you think would be of interest to all who come here.

Tony
May 31, 2012 - New Hartford, NY

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