1952 National Runners-Up

Games Record Win% RF RA Diff
32  10 - 22 0.313 186 276 -90

Joined 1945
First Tournament 1945
Last Tournament 1965
Franchise Status Defunct
   
Seasons 16
Regionals 5
Tournaments 11
   
Best Finish 2nd
Worst Finish 16th
Average Finish 11th
DNQs 5
   
Upper Bracket 0
Lower Bracket 0

 

1st   Finalist 1
2nd 1
3rd   At or above
500
2
4th  
5th  
6th 1
7th  
8th  
9th   Below
500
9
10th 1
11th 1
12th 1
13th 3
14th  
15th 2
16th+ 1

About Holyoke

Holyoke's best year came in 1952 when Jim O'Leary's Highland Volunteers were national runners-up. After a couple respectable years in 1950 and 1951, the Volunteers opened the 1952 tournament with wins over Zanesville and Brooklyn. After a 22-6 setback to New York on Friday, the Volunteers knocked out Maryland State 7-5 and Washington 2-0. They then won a rematch with New York 5-3 to set-up an all-Massachusetts finals. Unfortunately, the Pittsfield Majestics took the title 9-1.

No other year came close to matching that success for the Holyoke clubs. In fact, they lost their next 12 consecutive national tournament games. The Churchill Athletic Club and Elmwood Athletic Associations both managed a win in 1964 and 1965, respectively. The 1965 victory was a 4-3 decision over Johnstown on opening night at the Point Stadium.

The final entry for Holyoke was in 1967 when they were eliminated at the Altoona Regional, losing to Baltimore (11-2) and Milford (2-0).


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