Friday, July 13, 2012

Save-An-Eye 1955 All-Star Football Game Erie, PA

Walt Strasser and Mike Ferarre coached the City All Stars in the annual Save-An-Eye football game at the Erie Stadium in Erie, PA on September 5, 1955. 

Academy High School was well represented with eight players, John Torrelli, Fred Trott, James Graham, Erwin Bloxdorf, Jerry Winters, Graham Parsons, Ernest Dunn and Ken Sullivan. Cathedral Prep Memorial High School also had eight players on the team, Charles Augustine, William Bujnoski, Dick Dill, Dan Desser, Frank Haraczy, George Mangol, Tom Corapi and Jim Schaaf. Strong Vincent High School had six players: Fred Bongiorno, Thomas Tomb, Angelo Zonno, Ronald Thomas, Walter Pelkowski and Ron Haugsdahl. East High School had Ed DeLuca, William Dodge, George Smith and Paul Shopene. Tech High School had Richard Anderson, Gordon Ketchel, Bernard Kowalski and Ed Bednarowicz.

The County All Stars featured players from McDowell, North East, St. Gregory, Waterford, Wesleyville, Lawrence Park, Harborcreek, Fairview, Girard, Union City, Corry, Cambridge Springs and Albion High Schools. The County team was coached by Lou Hanna and Russell Brandt.

Thirteen thousand fans watched the game at Veterans Stadium in Erie, Pennsylvania. The game raised money for the Erie Lions Club. The City won 19 to 13.

Fred Trott was a standout athlete at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Edinboro University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Here is a link to the 1953 Save-An-Eye scorecard:


  1. I believe my uncle, Fred Trott, never played in that game because his mother, father, and sister were killed in a horrific car accident returning from a weekend at hunting camp... I'm checking on this... Mike Trott

  2. Details: My Uncle Fred Trott's parents and little sister were killed in a car accident going down to hunting camp that labor day weekend 1955. He was on the roster but never played in the all-star game. He later taught math at Tech Memorial for many years and coached their track team winning a state title. Even after all these years, the memory of that weekend is still difficult for him and my Aunt Bea (who lives in California) to discuss.

  3. Your Uncle Fred was my math teacher and track coach. I was on the 1978 State Championship team. He was a fine educator and was a key influence in my life. Because of him, I became a much better student and turned into a much better person. Thank you Coach Trott.