1956 National Runners-Up 1995 National Runners-Up 2001 National Runners-Up 2003 National Runners-Up 2010 National Runners-Up 2013 National Runners-Up

Games Record Win% RF RA Diff
263 125 - 138 0.475 1633 1702 -69

Joined 1945
First Tournament 1945
Last Tournament 2013
Franchise Status Active
   
Seasons 69
Regionals 0
Tournaments 69
   
Best Finish 2nd
Worst Finish 16th
Average Finish 8th
DNQs 0
   
Upper Bracket 3
Lower Bracket 29

 

1st   Finalist 6
2nd 6
3rd 4 At or above
500
35
4th 6
5th 9
6th 8
7th 1
8th 2
9th 4 Below
500
33
10th 8
11th 2
12th 1
13th 3
14th 6
15th 5
16th+ 4

About Johnstown

The city of Johnstown has been a member of the AAABA since its inception in 1945 and has been host to the national tournament in every year except 1946 and 1977.

Johnstown has reached the finals 5 times but has yet to claim the championship. For a time in the 1970s and early 1980s, it seemed like even a winning season was impossible, as the host city limped to a 7-20 record including 5 winless tournaments. In 1995, the Sani-Dairy team finished 4-2 and in second place, marking the best finish since the heralded Hahn Packing team of 1956. Since 1997, the host city has never finished with fewer than 2 wins, amassing a 49-30 record with 3 more national runner-up finishes.

The team's closest encounter with the championship came in 2001 when Butch Odenthal's Galliker's Dairy team won their 1st five games and advanced to the championship game undefeated. However, the strong Arlington Senators club from Washington (who had won 3 of the past 4 championships) shattered the dreams of the local fans, winning twice over the weekend: 6-3 and 8-2.

Part of the success of the Johnstown clubs undoubtedly comes from having perpetual home field advantage. Today, the Johnstown team plays all its games at night at Point Stadium to large and enthusiastic crowds. Since the inception of the bracket system in 1981, the hosts have also had the choice of which bracket they are seeded in, and have historically chosen the lower bracket. In the recent decade, however, Johnstown teams have shown an increased level of talent and determination and are a serious contendor each tournament, even against powerhouse teams such as Baltimore and New Orleans.

Johnstown has been represented by either Delweld and Martella's Pharmacy 12 of the past 16 tournaments. The Berkley Hills Renegades won their first league championship in 2012 and competed in the national tournament for the first time. Unfortunately, they were eliminated in 2 games, which was the first winless tournament for Johnstown since 1996.

In 2013, Delweld won five consecutive games to open the tournament, becoming only the second Johnstown team to accomplish the feat. While the Welders were able to defeat Baltimore earlier in the week, they had to face the Orioles again in the finals. Despite a strong start to the first game, Delweld could not hold off a Baltimore rally and ultimately fell in both games of the double-header.

Martella's Pharmacy earned the right to represent Johnstown in 2014 and advanced to the semi-finals where they lost to the eventual champions from Chicago.

 


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