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Relatives who have passed recently:

Our deepest sympathies to classmate Judy Woodcock Branda and her family and friends on the passing of her husband, Tony:

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Our deepest sympathies to classmate Susie Jimick and her family and friends on the passing of her brother:

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Our deepest sympathies to classmate Paul Wojcik and his family and friends on the passing of his brother:

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Nice article on the undefeated AAHS 1969 Baseball team which featured several members from the Class of 1970.  The picture has also been added to this gallery in our Class of 1970 Photos.

Altoona Mirror -LOCAL SPORTS -  - JOHN HARTSOCK - Sports Writer (jhartsock@altoonamirror.com)

                               

Courtesy photo Members of the 1969 undefeated Altoona Area High School baseball team include (from left): First row--Steve Sauers, Paul Hargreaves (deceased), Bob Ramazzotti (deceased), Ralph Williams (deceased), Denny Moses, Jeff Wagner, Joe Grossman, Rex Fahr (deceased). Second row--Head coach Jay Perry, Frank Forney, Russ Kelley, Matt Loucks, Mike Nagle, Jim Ackeret (deceased), Steve Boslet, John Muccitelli, assistant coach Jim Chestney. Third row--Steve McLosta, manager; Reese Piper (deceased), Greg Dionis, Doug Stevens, Jim Hennaman, Stan Lego, Dave Perretta, Terry Stuckey, manager.

ltoona Area High School’s 1969 baseball team was just about foolproof — with a solid, potent batting order from top to bottom, two outstanding starting pitchers who gave the team a chance to win every game they pitched and a stellar defense.

That District 6 champion Mountain Lions team — whose seniors will be celebrating their 50-year class reunion Aug. 16-18, as well as the golden anniversary of their 15-0 campaign that marked Altoona’s only unbeaten varsity baseball season in the last half-century — even benefited from a little sleight-of-hand.

During a 12-8 victory at Philipsburg-Osceola early in that 1969 season, starting Altoona left fielder Jeff Wagner’s fast thinking curtailed a potential Mounties’ rally.

With Altoona leading, 9-5 in the bottom of the fifth inning and Philipsburg threatening with runners on second and third, Wagner sold the umpires on a catch that technically wasn’t, getting the Mountain Lions out of hot water.

“A (Philipsburg-Osceola) guy hit a sinking liner in front of me,” was how Wagner, 67, a former long-time English teacher and basketball coach at the former Keith Junior High School, recalled the moment. “I came in with a full-out stretch dive, a somersault, and I could see that the ball wasn’t in my glove. I was lying with my back to the infield, and I did what I was always taught to do — I held the glove up, closed.”

And he convinced the umpires, who ruled it a catch, even though the ball was actually in Wagner’s ballcap, a few feet behind him.

“I saw the ball was laying inside my cap, which had flown off, and I kind of crawled back to the cap, with my back still to the infield, took the ball out of the cap, and put (the ball) into the glove. The umpire had run out to the field, ruled it a catch, and the P-O people were going nuts,” Wagner said with a chuckle.

“Was it cheating?” Wagner asked rhetorically. “What was I supposed to do, tell the umpire that I didn’t catch it? You’re taught to put your (gloved) hand up like you caught the ball. That was the infamous hat trick.”

It was one of the few instances during the season that the Altoona team needed, and received, a little bit of luck.

With two outstanding right-handed pitchers in seniors Steve Sauers (who carded a 7-0 record and 0.76 earned run average with 92 strikeouts in 52ª innings), and John Muccitelli (6-0 with 42 strikeouts in 28ª innings and a 2.14 ERA), and a batting lineup that included six starting position players who hit .300 or better, the 1969 Mountain Lions were very tough to beat.

Wagner’s .500 batting average — with 15 hits in 30 plate appearances, a home run and 10 RBIs — was the team’s best. Senior catcher Joe Grossman (.424, 14-for-33, 17 RBIs) and senior third baseman Ralph Williams, whose numbers were .423, 22-for-52, with a team-best five home runs, 19 RBIs and seven doubles with 23 runs scored, provided additional thump.

Senior center fielder Paul Hargreaves — who went on to play collegiate baseball at East Tennessee State University — hit .353 on 18-for-51 with two homers and 16 RBIs, while senior first baseman Denny Moses hit .344 on 11-for-32 with six RBIs and junior right fielder Mike Nagle hit .302 on 13-for-43 with 10 RBIs.

Sophomore Dave Perretta (.281 batting average) was the starting shortstop, and Bob Ramazzotti — a senior, the team’s starting second baseman and the son of a former major league player — hit .270 with two home runs and 11 RBIs.

“They were good infielders,” Wagner said of Perretta and Ramazzotti.

Jay Perry, who played professional baseball in the Cleveland Indians’ minor-league organization, coached the Altoona baseball program for 28 seasons, with the 1969 team being his first, and arguably, his best.

Back then, there were no state playoffs. All the District 6 teams were lumped together in the district tournament, and every team’s season ended after districts. Perry, now 79 and a former long-time physical education teacher at Keith, wishes the 1969 squad would have had the chance to participate in state playoffs.

“There are a lot of fond memories,” Perry said. “We had a heck of a hitting team and good pitching. We won the District 6 title, but that was it. I always wondered how far we would have gone if we had state playoffs back then. We had a very good team.”

Sauers, 68, who retired as a superintendent from the Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission, said the 1969 team was special.

“We were solid from top to bottom, there wasn’t a weak spot,” said Sauers, who struck out 16 batters in a regular-season victory at Mercersburg Academy and threw complete-game victories against Tyrone, in a 10-0 district semifinal win, and P-O, in an 11-2 district championship-game triumph, while striking out 11 and 13, respectively. “We had pretty much everything that you could possibly want — great defense, outstanding hitting, good pitching. It was an outstanding team, and I was proud to be a part of it.”

Sauers and Muccitelli formed a stellar 1-2 pitching tandem.

”We had a great bunch of guys on the team who really knew how to play the game,” said Muccitelli, 68. “We had great coaching with Mr. Perry as the head coach and Mr. (Jim) Chestney as the assistant coach. It’s really difficult to go undefeated, but everybody on the team knew their jobs, and we were out there for a reason — to win. Playing on the team was a fantastic experience.”

Altoona’s closest calls were a 4-3 regular-season victory over Johnstown at Mansion Park behind Muccitelli’s seven-hit pitching, and a 3-2, nine-inning win over Portage in the season opener at Mansion in which Hargreaves got the game-winning hit after making a spectacular catch in the top of the ninth inning to keep the game tied.

The depth of the batting order was a big key to Altoona’s success.

“Our lineup was easy to hit in,” Wagner said. “It was such a good lineup. There was power, there was speed. There was no pressure to hit — if you went 0-for-4, it didn’t matter. The other guys were going to pick it up.”

The seniors on the team also got along together well.

“There was a lot of camaraderie,” Wagner said. “We were friends. We palled around together at places like the bowling alley.”

Over the last half-century, the passing of six players on the team — seniors Hargreaves, Williams, Ramazzotti, outfielder Jimmy Ackeret, catcher Rex Fahr and sophomore pitcher and basketball standout Reese Piper — has made some of the memories bittersweet.

“It was a fun season,” Wagner said. “The saddest thing is the loss of the guys that I knew. As great as it was to win, it’s sad that on the 50th anniversary, how many guys aren’t around to enjoy it.”

The 1969 team will always be special to Perry.

“We had good athletes on the team,” Perry said. “They listened, they were real disciplined, and they got along well together. They were a really good bunch of boys.”


 

We've built a new page to capture announcements and information on the upcoming 50th Reunion.  Our first announcement is selection of the site for the 2020 gathering.  Click Here to see the info.


 

We've begun our planning for our 50th Reunion (has it really been that long?)!  It is always our hope to make this gathering as affordable as possible for EVERYONE in the Class of 1970.  If you are able and willing to contribute to the cause please click here and scroll down below the donations list.  We can accept both checks and credit cards.  All donations are welcome.  We'll do our best to recognize each and every one!  Thanks in advance for your help.


 


SAVE THE DATE!

AAHS Class of 1970 - 50th Reunion

July 31- August 2, 2020

Details to follow at a later date


 


We just received word of an upcoming new CD Release featuring the music of deceased classmate, Steve Prosser.  The album is in pre-release, but will be available soon at cdbaby.  Depending on interest, we may be able to secure a discount on the CD (currently at $20.00/ea).  If you're interested, please contact me at info@aahs1970.com and I will follow up to see what we can work out.

Below is the press release from singer Kris Adams (with her permission):



On Her 4th Album “We Should Have Danced”, Kris Adams Sings the Music of Steve Prosser

Available October 15, 2018

Pre-Release Show: Cornelia Street Cafe, September 4

 

                            

Jazzbird Records is proud to announce the October 15th release of Kris Adams’ long-awaited fourth album We Should Have Danced: The Music of Steve Prosser. Featuring Adams’ original lyrics and arrangements by pianist Tim Ray, We Should Have Danced is a deeply personal, poignant collection of music featuring the compositions of the late Steve Prosser, Adams’ former husband, for chamber jazz quartet. The release of We Should Have Danced will be celebrated on September 4th at the Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City.

Beloved and respected by so many, Prosser lived a remarkable life as a Berklee College of Music professor for over thirty years; a decade of which was spent helming the ear training department as its chairman. On campus, Prosser was known for his passionate teaching style, talented musicianship and his larger than life persona. Prosser and Adams met at Berklee in 1981 and married in 1987. Though they separated in 2006, they remained close friends. “Besides being a master teacher, Steve was a vocalist, composer, jazz pianist, lawyer and bird lover. He loved to have his ear training students transcribe bird songs. And he and I had a running joke around the house. He would quiz me on which bird song we were hearing in the yard. Music was everything to him. Composing and arranging was something he loved to do but didn’t have the desire to put his music out there. But I loved his music so making this CD is my gift to him,” says Adams.

After Prosser’s passing in 2012, Adams came across a folder titled “Songs for CD” amongst the items left behind for her. Inside was a trove of Steve’s original music with many of the tunes having been written during their 19 year marriage. Inspired in some cases by Prosser’s poetry and in other cases, by the melodies themselves, Adams wrote lyrics to some of her favorites which then were arranged by Tim Ray. “My mind was filled with images and emotions, searching to put into words what I felt from the music that he wrote,” says Adams. Bassist Paul Del Nero and flautist Fernando Brandão were then added to enrich the project.

Standout tracks include the autobiographical album opener “Prophecy”, which tells of the couples’ first meeting, the poignant “Summer Moon Above", which features lyrics pulled from Prosser’s original poem “Less Than Nothing” and the hauntingly beautiful album closer “Without You”, which Prosser originally titled “For Kris”. Funny and quirky, Prosser titled one song “Mumbling” which Adams retitled “Imaginings” after writing the lyric. All of the songs were retitled by Adams except for the title track, “We Should Have Danced”.

Four years in the making, “We Should Have Danced” is a poignant and commemorative body of music that  not  only  celebrates  the  genius  of  Steve  Prosser  but  the  palpable  love  of  these  two  creative musicians.

“Simply put, this is the story of our lives lived together”.

                          

Steve Prosser

About Kris Adams:

Kris Adams began singing at an early age having grown up in a music loving family. Her grandfather played organ by ear and her mother played piano. Kris began singing on stage in a touring children’s theater as a young teenager and had her first professional gigs at the age of 19 in Connecticut, singing in a latin-jazz band that the late saxophonist Tom Chapin was a member of.

Kris left Hartford to attend Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory. She released her first CD, “This Thing Called Love” in 1999 and her second, “Weaver of Dreams” in 2002. Both were collaborations with pianist/arranger, Steve Prosser. She recorded her third disc, "Longing" in collaboration with trumpeter/arranger, Greg Hopkins. Kris has shared the stage with Joe Lovano, Wayne Escoffery, Lee Musiker, Cameron Brown, Billy Drummond, Bill Pierce, Harvie S, Jay Leonhart and Michelle Hendricks.

Kris is currently  on faculty  at   Berklee and is author of the book "Sing Your Way Through Theory" (Hal Leonard).  She has performed and given clinics in New England, New York, Los Angeles, Brazil, Germany and Italy,  at the Fara Sabina  Jazz Festival  alongside  Jonathan Kreisberg,  Kevin Hays,  Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Wow!  You guys are great!  Thanks to all of you who have responded to our survey so far!  If you haven't yet responded, please do... the survey will be open until February 23.  You've asked a lot of great questions, so we've started a new FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page to address and clarify some of the questions and comments, you've made. You can find it at this link. We'll try to keep this up to date until reunion time.  Hope you find this helpful. 

We will provide a question on future surveys for your comments, but you don't have to wait.  You can send questions or comments at any time to info@aahs1970.com.


 

Check out our new gallery of AAHS Wrestling articles submitted by Joel Shiffler! 

Click HERE!


 

HEY BABY BOOMERS!

We found an interesting and fun site that might interest some of you.  It's a site dedicated to us BABY BOOMERS.  There's a great trivia quiz, lots of links and pictures and registration is FREE.  

Click Here for a link or go to our "Just for Fun!" page for a link located there.   


 

Looking for a 1970 Yearbook?

In the past, we've had requests for 1970 yearbooks.  We just found a section of the alumni website that sells these when they are available.  The AAHS Alumni Association maintains an inventory of vintage yearbooks. Vintage yearbooks are $40, and proceeds will be earmarked for the Alumni Scholarship Fund.

Please make checks payable to AAHS Alumni Association and mail to 1415 6th Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602

If the yearbook you are looking for is not available please e-mail us with your name, phone number, and the year you are looking for and we will put you on a waiting list.

Click here if you are looking for an old yearbook.


 

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For those of you who would like an easy way to add the site to your smartphones, here's a QR code that you can scan with any QR Code reader (like, Red Laser or QR Reader).  Once you scan it, you will be redirected to our website, which you can then bookmark on your phone's browser. And they say "old dogs can't learn new tricks" !


 

Check out our new photo galleries.  Click here or click the link for Altoona Nostalgia for photos remember the "good old days" in Altoona!


 

So, the User Forums (Mt. Lion Messages) aren't working out so well...maybe too intimidating?  We've activated the Message Forum (see left menu).  This is a free form area for general discussion.  I've asked a question...anyone care to respond????


 

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