On June 15, 1969, Gazette paperboys got a nice bonus -- a free baseball game. They boarded a Wade Tours bus with Gazette chaperones at 8 a.m. and rolled south to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx for an afternoon appointment. The sports fans would have had a lot to talk about during the 21⁄2-hour ride, which included a stop for lunch. The Yankees would be playing the Seattle Pilots, who had just joined the American League. And just the day before, New York had traded longtime shortstop Tom Tresh to the Detroit Tigers for rookie outfielder Ron Woods. Paperboys might also have thought it was a great day for the road trip. The Yanks were running their annual Bat Day promotion, and every youngster would receive a free wooden souvenir.
Joseph Dillman (center, in glasses), a circulation manager for the Schenectady Gazette, smiles with some of his paperboy pals on June 15, 1969. The newspaper treated its youngest employees to a baseball game at Yankee Stadium.
A murderer's row of hot dog fans enjoys baseball's favorite food at Yankee Stadium on June 15, 1969. The guys were all paperboys for the Schenectady Gazette.
A Schenectady Gazette paperboy, part of a local contingent of delivery personnel that watched the New York Yankees play the Seattle Pilots, shows his allegiance.
Somehow, paperboy Bill Canova ended up with chewing gum in his hair during the newspaper’s excursion to New York City. Gazette circulation manager Emil Streule, left, and bus driver Russell Williams solve the problem.
Two Schenectady-area baseball fans smile at Yankee Stadium.
Kids with baseball bats take the field at Yankee Stadium. Rain was delaying the game — and the grounds crew could not properly cover the field because of the kids’ impromptu exercise session.
A Gazette paperboy strikes a thinker’s pose.
Two sports fans snooze on their bus ride back to Schenectady.