December 21 – Happy Birthday Allen Pileckas

 

pileckasJoe Pileckas arrived in Amsterdam from Lithuania in 1917 and got a job in the rug mills. He married his wife Monica, moved to a home on Chuctanunda Street in Hagaman and together they raised a family of eight kids, three girls and five boys. The Pileckas brothers were all great athletes and something tells me if Title Nine had been around back then, the sisters would have been too. In fact, one of the girls, Nellie Pileckas became pretty famous for saving two young children from a burning cottage in the late 1930’s by climbing up and jumping from a porch roof on the second floor of the burning structure, each time with a young child in her arms.

But it was the Pileckas brothers who became local baseball and hockey legends as youngsters. All five of them played baseball for Amsterdam High School …

You can read the rest of my story about this Amsterdam hero and his family in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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