EDITOR’S NOTE: The next article on Jamestown native Gene Mahoney appeared in The Publish-Journal on Dec. 4, 2016.
Jamestown Excessive Faculty has had its share of excellent soccer gamers all through its storied historical past. For affirmation, all one has to do is to cease by Strider Discipline and take a look at the first-team all-state gamers whose names and jersey numbers adorn the again of the grandstand.
However one Pink Raider who doesn’t seem there, however who definitely has a compelling gridiron odyssey, is a person named Eugene Mahoney, whose title was uncovered on the Pink Raiders’ soccer web site earlier this week underneath the class, “main Division I faculty gamers.”
Right here’s his backstory: A 1926 JHS graduate who lived on Buffalo Avenue within the metropolis, Mahoney was an achieved soccer participant, who led the Pink Raiders to a 6-1-1 report through the 1925 season once they outscored their opponents, 197-32. Mahoney was so gifted, in actual fact, that he ended up enjoying for the College of Notre Dame and its legendary coach, Knute Rockne.
Web searches and an obituary for Mahoney that appeared in The Publish-Journal in 1990 verify that. And because of the resourcefulness of Chautauqua Sports activities Corridor of Fame president Randy Anderson, there’s extra to the story than only a itemizing of Mahoney’s title on the Preventing Irish roster.
It comes within the type of a letter from Rockne to Mahoney that was dated Aug. 23, 1927.
“I Googled Eugene Mahoney and that (letter) was one of many first two or three issues that confirmed up,” Anderson stated. “I simply began clicking on completely different hyperlinks and that’s after I found that letter. Any individual had apparently provided it on the market (on-line).”
Following is Rockne’s missive to Mahoney:
I handed proper near your city this summer season driving by means of to Bucknell at Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, however was in such a rush that I couldn’t detour sufficient to drop over and go to Jamestown.
I’ll write you concerning your pal in a number of days as quickly as I get an opportunity to speak to Father McBride.
Concerning your self, nonetheless, with Hogan not returning to high school this fall and Boland and McManmon graduating, the sort out scenario doesn’t look any too nicely until you and one or two others come by means of. You definitely got here alongside properly this spring and confirmed splendid enchancment — your play in spots was adequate for anybody however in different spots it lacked issues that I really feel fairly assured that you’ll develop this fall, so come again decided to be one of many proper tackles at any price. I’m relying on you.
Hope you might have had a nice summer season and with each good want, I’m Yours sincerely,
Director of Athletics
Impressed by his discover, Anderson did somewhat extra Web digging. What he discovered was that Mahoney solely performed on the Notre Dame varsity for one season (1927), and by 1929 he was enjoying semi-pro soccer in Jamestown.
“Eugene Mahoney wasn’t solely a very good athlete in soccer at JHS, he was additionally a heck of a baseball participant at JHS. He was a catcher, and many of the references that I discovered on fultonhistory.com present him enjoying in a whole lot of baseball leagues within the Jamestown space within the Nineteen Thirties.”
Exterior of sports activities, Mahoney — in response to the obituary — as soon as owned and operated along with his brother the Oriole Discipline on Buffalo Avenue and was employed with the previous Group Chrysler Plymouth Company for 15 years, retiring in 1970. A communicant of St. John’s Catholic Church, Mahoney was married to the previous Sybyl M. VanMarter, with whom he celebrated their fiftieth wedding ceremony anniversary Nov. 4, 1989. They’d a daughter, three sons and eight grandchildren.
Mahoney died on June 15, 1990 on the age of 83. Paradoxically, he handed away at his residence at 731 Buffalo St., the identical deal with the place Rockne despatched the letter 63 years earlier. He’s buried in Lake View Cemetery.