Sports were always popular in Saint Clair
Here is early foot race is from the late 1890s
St. Clair Athletics
Notice the great crowds that came out for the Foot Race. People dressed in their finest and took advantage of every possible place to get the best view.
St. Clair Athletics Basketball
ST. CLAIR'S FAMOUS OLD-TIME FIVE
"Saint Clair's basketball teams of the early 1890's were outstanding. The above group picture includes athletes whose names still are watchwords among sports followers of this vicinity.
In the picture above, the players are - Top Row: Left to right-- Sam Ray, an early expert in drawing fouls: Joe Crosby, one of the sturdy members. Red Hughes, a rugged floor man who was considered tops as a guard among players of the period.
Bottom Row: --Bill Morris, whose funeral took place last Tuesday; Jack Titus, famous all around athlete who played baseball for Pottsville and later for the Phillies, being a big league star for many years; Harry Kear, manager of the club: Bill Taylor, fast-dribbling guard who afterward played on the Pottsville five of the Hummel's Hall day; Jim Morrow, one of the younger members of the club.
In front, Harry Rhoads, mascot."
- The Pottsville Journal, May 26, 1949
SPORTITORIAL - 5/25/1949 by Walter S. Farquhar
"Bill Morris who played on an illustrious old-time St. Clair basketball team, died recently.
He was on the St. Clair teams which flourished in the first few years of the 20th Century and which upheld a claim to a National Championship - not interscholastic, professional.
On the team with Morris were Jack Titus, who afterward became a great baseball star for Pottsville and the Phillies; Bill Taylor, a great dribble who afterward played on the Pottsville Hummel's Hall clubs. Sam Ray, an exceptionally clever man at drawing fouls; Bert "Red" Hughes, a rugged floor man of the Jim Troy type; Jim Morrow and Joe Crosby. Dan Kear managed the club and Harry Rhoads the mascot.
Bill Morris is said to have played basketball from 1895 to 1902. It was the 1901 or 1902 team which met all the best teams in the game at that time and which won by such one-sided scores it gained recognition as national champion. A few years later the St. Clair outfit played a crack Pottsville team at the outdoor court, Tumbling Run, when Gus Swaving, Bud Whitehouse, Sammy Potts, Cliff Beching and Harry Potts were going strong. Later Taylor joined the Pottsville team and became one of the greatest dribblers that ever played here.
A feature of the St. Clair team's practices, was that two substitutes were put on each of the regulars so that competition became more equal and the first stringers were given a handicap they were not required to meet in the regular game.
St Clair teams of the period played in a little stone building near the railroad station. Like most halls of the time, it would be considered small, today, and was in contrast to the narrow Hummel's Hall court which was 90 feet long.
Bill Morris played a forward position. He was the kind of a marksman who scored from any part of the floor, dropping the ball through the cords cleanly and not after it contacted the backboard. In fact the home baskets were on the wall ant it may have been that backboards as they are known today were not employed.
Of the team referred to , Bill Taylor is living in Ashland, retired. he was outside superintendent for five collieries, there, for many years, after which he joined the Bazley Company. Many people in Pottsville have been wondering where he was.
"Red" Hughes is a colliery superintendent in Providence, near Wilkes-Barre--not Rhode Island capital.
And Jim Morrow perhaps the youngest of the outfit, is living in Wadesville.
Harry Rhodes, who was mascot of the old-time team reported to, still be in St. Clair, of course, and is going strong as he did when he was a student at Pottsville High.
Bill Morris was among the baseball pioneers. He is said to have played as early as 1895, only fours years after the game was invented. And those old-timers could play; they'd be fast and skillful today."
Sportitorial by Walter S. Faruhar, printed may 25, 1949 in The Pottsville Journal
John "Jack" Titus
High School Football & Basketball
Hand carved football made of coal. On display at the Historical Society
Mickey Walker a welterweight and middleweight champion of the roaring 20’s and 30’s fought his first professional fight in Boone’s Hall, St. Clair. He also boxed in higher weight classes of light heavyweight and heavyweight. In 1939 compiled a record of 94-19-4 with 61 knockouts, 45 no decisions, and one no contest. He ended up broke, homeless and affected with Parkinson’s Disease, amnesia and arteriosclerosis from the punches and overuse of alcohol. Note:He was born in St Clair