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A Diamond in Johnstown

AAABA’s 75th anniversary – the legends, the champions and a magical Martella’s season


Since World War II, Johnstown has been home to the All American Amateur Baseball Association national tournament, which reaches its 75th anniversary in 2019.

The annual event has produced baseball legends such as Al Kaline, Sparky Lyle, Joe Torre and hometown pitcher Pete Vuckovich.  Great franchises from Baltimore, New Orleans, Detroit and Washington have dominated the championships – with Johnstown finally joining the victory parade with a triumph by Martella’s Pharmacy in 2018.

To honor the tournament’s 75th anniversary and to celebrate the shared history of the AAABA and the community, this summer The Tribune-Democrat will publish “A Diamond In Johnstown” – a book tracking teams, players and contributors – just in time for the AAABA’s 2019 showcase.

This hardcover coffee-table book will be filled with photographs, stories and memories from the days of Glenn L. Martin and the founding of the tournament to the present – a must-have for those who participated in or just loved to watch the AAABA.


The Tribune-Democrat has been serving Johnstown and the surrounding areas since 1952, the year when city’s two major newspapers – the Tribune and the Democrat – merged to give the region a singular, powerful voice.

From the 1889 flood to the rise and fall of the steel industry to being crowned the first Hockeyville USA, Johnstown’s history has been recorded in the pages of The Tribune-Democrat and its predecessors. The Tribune-Democrat and TribDem.com have a collection of award-winning writers, photographers and editors dedicated to telling the stories of our city and our region.

Johnstown Magazine is a positive and forward-thinking monthly publication for the people of our region. Focusing on lifestyle pieces, biographies, food and drink and more, we cover the Greater Johnstown area and the residents that make it unique. The Tribune-Democrat has published Johnstown Magazine since 2005.

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