The Boltbusters were a Semi-Professional football team in Ellwood City. The team was founded in 1947 by former High School players returning from serving in World War II. The first year the team was simply the Sportsman Club. It was not until 1948 that the team changed its name to the Boltbusters.
The team played in the Lawrence County Football Semi-Pro league and continued playing games into the 1950′s. We have talked to a number of people that have fond memories of going to watch these games and remember how good these guys could play the game. The V.F.W Post 252 not only sponsored the team but also housed them. The players would meet at the V.F.W. and dress upstairs where their uniforms were kept and then travel to the field for practice or games.
Carl Agostinelli, one of the few surviving members, was more than happy to help us and gave us the names of the players from this 1928 Championship team…
Front Row Left to Right: H. Young, Leo Presto, Phil Konyak, Al Geniviva, Denn Pelloni, Lou Chiro, Harry Hughes, Bob Chesko, Bill Young, A. Orlando (manager)
Second Row Left to Right: Carl Agostinelli, Nick Sudeno, Bill O’Brien, Will Wiltrout, Mike Raykovich, Joe Vargo, Dale Tillia, Henry Mancini, Bill McClintic, Jack Desport, Ziggy Glogowski
Third Row from the Left: Joe Turner (manager), Frank Ritorto, Danny O’Shurek, Bob Figurell, Jay Mikosh, Carl Ottobre, Chub Thomas, Nick Dudick, Joe Eonta, Marty Abbaticchio, Carl Bintrim, Jack Menied
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