July 25 – Happy Birthday John Maroney

maroneyphoto222It wasn’t surprising that John Maroney ended up as the sports editor of the Amsterdam Evening Recorder. He was literally born into the world of local Rug City journalism on July 25, 1930. His father was Bill Maroney, the revered long time city editor of the Recorder, who also had been that newspaper’s very first featured sports writer. John Maroney graduated from St. Mary’s Institute in 1948 and after taking classes at Siena and Albany Business College spent the next three years in the Army, including 13 months in Korea when war was raging in that country. When he came home, he married Amsterdam native, Joyce Raine. They would raise four boys.

In the 1960’s and 70’s Maroney would team up with his boss Art Hoefs to provide Recorder readers with some of the very best local sports reporting in the paper’s history. Maroney’s featured beat would be scholastic sports. While Hoefs would take care of Amsterdam High School himself, John would cover most of the other area high schools including Bishop Scully’s outstanding teams from that era. Since his own sons attended Scully and were strong athletes, John had an intimate insider knowledge of the school’s players and coaches and he used it to add facts and details to his game accounts that made each of his articles must-reading.

When Art Hoefs retired as sports editor in 1978, Maroney took over…

(July 25 is also the birthday of this longtime Amsterdam furniture merchant.)

My complete birthday post for John Maroney will appear in the new second edition of A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam, NY Birthdays, which will be available before the 2016 Holiday season. I also distribute an Amsterdam, NY Birthday Blog Monthly Newsletter that includes the full birthday posts for three of the twenty-to-thirty  people whose birthdays I recognize each month. Each newsletter also includes an Amsterdam Birthday Quiz that will test your knowledge and memory of people and events in your hometown.

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