Goose Hill Turkey Bowl
Turkey, mashed potatoes and apple pie have always been traditions for Thanksgiving Day.
Guys in Schenectady’s Goose Hill section added pitchouts, quarterback sneaks and the old hook and ladder play. For about 40 years, friends in the neighborhood that includes Van Vranken Avenue, Avenues A and B and Mason and Seneca streets played a fierce and friendly football game on the grounds of Union College. Posted on November 22, 2010.
Participants in the Goose Hill Turkey Bowl, a Thanksgiving tradition for about 40 years, posed for a photograph on the grounds of Union College during the late 1970s. Lying down in the first row are Bill “Buster” Tessitore (left) and Bill Mack. In the second row are kid Fran DeAngelo Jr., John Templer (in wool hat) and Rocco Serafini. In the third row are Danny Lombardi (kneeling, in New York Yankee cap), Albie “Skip” Natale (with mustache), Joe Coppola, Ralph DiCocco (20), Jim Matarazzo, Luigi DiCocco (54), Tony Popolizio, Frank Tessitore (in headband), Marco Corvino (88), Fran DeAngelo Sr., Jerry DeAngelus (in sunglasses) and Jerry’s son, Larry DeAngelus. In the fourth row, from left, are Mike Stevener, Mike Salvino (79), Mike Razanno, John Coppola, unknown, Tony DiCocco, Lou Lezzi (in front of DiCocco), Gary Lombardi, Rich Riccio, Jo-Jo Tessitore (in front of Riccio), Paul Gemza (73) and John Carter (79). (Photo submitted by John Templer of Schenectady)
It's Thanksgiving, and the game is on! Friends from Schenectady's Goose Hill neighborhood line up on the green at Union College.
Among the winners in the 1977 Goose Hill Turkey Bowl were, from left, Bill “Buster” Tessitore, Mike Stevener, Tony DiCocco, Danny Lombardi (hanging from post), Joe Spadafora, Jo-Jo Tessitore, Frank Tessitore and Ralph DiCocco.
Offense and defense meet during a Goose Hill Turkey Bowl. Guys from Schenectady’s Goose Hill neighborhood met every Thanksgiving at Union College to pass, catch, run and work up an appetite.
Quarterback Ralph DiCocco prepares to put the pigskin in play during a Goose Hill Turkey Bowl game during the late 1970s.