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Zuni Athletic Association

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.

Joey Allen Portrait 1936

Angelo Anthony Leveccia (aka Joey Allen)

JOEY ALLEN was the name that Angelo Anthony Levecchia boxed under from 1928 through 1943. He was born in Camden, New Jersey on November 12, 1912 to Anthony Levecchia and his wife, the former Anna Maria Onorati. His father worked for as a laborer for many years at Camden Forge. Angelo Levecchia was one of at least six children, coming after Henry and Nicholas and before Lillian, Mary, and Joseph. Under the ring name of Joey Allen, he became one of the many fine boxers that emerged from South Camden in the 1920s and 1930s.

The Zuni Athletic Association recently installed their officers for 1951, with Frank A. DiRenzo presiding. Other officers installed were Peter A. Barbalace, vice president; Anthony A. Darpino, secretary-treasurer; Joseph Palermo, financial treasurer, and Angelo Levecchia, sergeant-at-arms. Founders of the organization were Peter Baralace, Pat Barbalace, Albert Aceto, John LaPlaca and Jack O'Neil. Gene R. Mariano, former prosecutor, is honorary president. The honorary membership includes Rev. Michael Argullo, Commissioner Frank A. Abbott, Mariano, Judge John R. DiMona, Joseph P. DeLuca, Anthony F. Marino, Angelo A. DePersia, Dr. Lawrence Palese, Mike & Joe Greenetz, William Denof Sr., Louis Bantivoglio, John Bantivoglio, Pat DiSimone, Samuel E Fulton, Joseph Macciocca, Albert Aceto, Leonard Garaguso, Joseph Wood, and Al Seri.

Zuni Installs 1951 Officers

The Zuni Athletic Association recently installed their officers for 1951, with Frank A. DiRenzo presiding.

More than 1000 persons last night attended the fifth annual hall of the Zunl Athletic Association in honor of their outgoing officers at the Eagles Hall, 415 Broadway.

1000 Attend Ball Given by Zuni A.A.

More than 1000 persons last night attended the fifth annual hall of the Zuni Athletic Association in honor of their outgoing officers at the Eagles Hall, 415 Broadway.