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January 20, 2010
Times Leader
By BETTY?POKAS, Times Leader Area Editor
JANUARY isn’t the time that baseball is the main sports activity but during the cold days of winter, it sometimes helps to think of  spring and summer when that game is popular.
Leagues both for area adults and children were especially prevalent in bygone years, and one league was founded in Eastern Ohio and spread around the globe. In fact, Martins Ferry was the site for that league’s first World Series.
The league was the Colt League, founded by John Laslo in 1953. Formation of that league earned an Achievement Award in 1984 from the Upper Ohio Valley Dapper Dan Club for Laslo, who is now deceased.
Laslo once remarked that the Colt League was the first organized baseball program for boys 15-16 years of age in the world.
The accompanying photos are of individuals connected with area teams. Full names were not available in some cases, and some of the persons may be deceased.
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ASSOCIATED with a Bellaire team was this trio. They were identified as Freeman, V. Gongola and Sickles.



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