▶ Mike Branon, former St. John's standout, signs a professional baseball contract with the Milwaukee Braves. Branon, the son of Irish coach Barry Branon, starred in baseball and football at Holy Cross College.
▶ Plattsburgh High baseball coach George Kimball has plenty of depth in pitching to start the season with veterans Allen Rowlson and Rick Fayard backed up by Ray Dubuque, Tom Beauvais, Jimmy Baker and Jerry Golden.
60 YEARS AGO (1952)
▶ The Brooklyn Dodgers send Johnny Podres, 19, of Witherbee, and Mal Mallette to their Montreal farm team.
▶ The Third-Annual Keene Hill Climb will offer 7 classes, according to the Motor Sports Club of America. Keene Valley's Alec Luck is the committee chairman. Karl Smith of AuSable Forks is expected to return after turning in the best area finish for 1951 in his modified Ford.
70 YEARS AGO (1942)
▶ Walter H. Brault defeats George "Dud" Miller by 63 pins in a roll-off for the championship of the annual bowling sweepstakes at Nash's Recreation Parlor.
▶ Dannemora's Helen Smith bowls a 233 in her fourth and final game to capture the Kinney Shoe Co. trophy in the first-ever cross-alley sweepstakes at Nash's Parlor. Smith finishes with a 716. Gladys Herwerth is second with a 682, while Loretta Porter-Shirley, 673; Gertrude Woolever, 658; and Clara Desjardins, 657, round out the top.