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Legacy Tribute: Great ’54 teams never got chance to meet

Pride of Schenectady

The Mont Pleasant and Nott Terrace football seasons ended abruptly in 1954 when one player from each team was stricken with polio. Shown playing checkers in a hospital room were Danny Monaco of Mont Pleasant, left, and Oliver DeVito of Nott Terrace.
The Mont Pleasant and Nott Terrace football seasons ended abruptly in 1954 when one player from each team was stricken with polio. Shown playing checkers in a hospital room were Danny Monaco of Mont Pleasant, left, and Oliver DeVito of Nott Terrace.
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It was a lousy fall Saturday to practice. Cold. Rainy. On top of that, Danny Monaco had never “felt that sick before, or since.” Still, the classic Election Day football game was days away, a crowd of 10,000 was expected at Schenectady Stadium and Monaco’s Mont Pleasant team and crosstown rival Nott Terrace were undefeated, having outscored their opponents by a combined 364-39 through five games each. “There was no way in hell I was ...


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