A centennial review: the year was 1927 and the future had hardly ever looked brighter for the City of Camden. Times were prosperous, business and industry were booming, and the city was full of recently constructed public buildings, civic improvements, schools, the new Delaware River bridge and its new highway to the suburbs. The stock market crash of 1929 and the Depression that followed were in the unimagined future.
The Zuni Athletic Association sponsored semi-pro sports teams as early as the spring of 1930 and into the early 60s. It appears to have founded in that year. Founding members included Peter Barbalace, Pasquale “Pat” Barbalace, Emil Aceto, John LaPlaca, and Jack O’Neil.
HAROLD AMOS was born in Pennsauken, New Jersey. He graduated first in his class from Camden High School in 1936. After graduating from Springfield University in 1941, Harold Amos served in the United States Army in Europe during World War II. After his discharge in 1946, he completed his education, receiving his M.A. from Harvard Medical School and Ph.D. from the same institution in 1952.
Over the 41 years Dr. Amos became world renown in the scientific community as a microbiologist and as an educator at Harvard.
Dr. Amos died in Boston on 26 February 2003, shortly after suffering a stroke.
ANTHONY ALFANO taught at Camden High School and Cooper B. Hatch Junior High School for 34 years, from 1942 through 1976. He is best remembered as head basketball coach at Camden High, where he succeeded Al Bass in 1944, after serving as an assistant coach for two years.
My father, Biagio Acquaro, had a self-owned business at 2713 Federal Street in East Camden, from the 1940’s through the late 1960’s. His establishment was called “Federal Hat Cleaning”. My Dad would clean and block felt hats for people located all over the tri-county area. Even people from Philadelphia would come over and take advantage of his expertise.
Ronald Smith, Sam Fisher, Ralph Heath, Golden Sunket, and Reginald Hammond compose the team whose spectacular ball playing has won a record of 48 wins 0 loses for Camden High School. Often called the “Little Globetrotters,” they raised the crowd to its feet during several games as they staged what they call “show time.”
Grover Wearshing, whose football feats and dazzling play on the basketball boards, form a glowing part of the athletic history of Camden High School and Temple University, has enlisted with the Camden Club in the Eastern League and will join the team when the inaugural skirmish with the Kennett Square (Pa.) quintet is staged at the Convention Hall annex tonight.