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History of Bay City All-Stars Semi-Pro Football Team (1951)
  • Contributed by Barney Glowicki.
  • Transcribed (March 2007)
  • Game Program - November 22, 1951, All-Stars versus Detroit Tars.

    History of the All-Stars.

    In four years of operation the Bay City All-Stars football team have been acclaimed as the finest semi-pro club Bay City has ever had. Their record of 28 victories in 31 games more than proves it.

    When The All-Stars were formed it was with the idea to give Bay City a brand of football it had never known. When the name was selected the players were dressed in uniforms that fitted the title and in a few weeks were called the most colorful semi-pro team in the state of Michigan.

    The players not only received the finest equipment available but each man carried an insurance policy that gave him complete protection on or off the playing field.

    The first season saw them involved in 13 games, only two of which they lost. They ended the campaign with a 7-0 win over the Bay City Blazers that brought them their first championship, the city crown.

    In 1949 they played an eight-game schedule and lost but one game, that a 6-0 decision to the powerful Jackson Metro All-Stars in the last 32 seconds at Jackson. Earlier, however, they humbled Jackson, 18-12, and on Thanksgiving Day avenged a 1948 defeat melted out by the Dearborn All-Stars.

    Came the 1950 campaign and The All-Stars were members of the new organized Southern Michigan Football League. They went through a 10-game schedule without a defeat and after the season was over were presented with a beautiful trophy as their reward.

    Only eight of the original 36 players who made up the initial All-Stars roster are still members of the club and have played the entire three years. They include backfield men Bob Heinz, Dan Skrypczak, Barney Glowicki, and Leo Sheltraw, and line-man Bill Grell, Paul Paveglio, Jerry Dalrymple and Captain Bob Anderson.

    This year the All-Stars again are members of the Southern Michigan Football League and each of the other six members are pointing to the Bay City club realizing that if they win only one game their season is a complete success just so long as it is over the Bay Citians.

    Under the able direction of Coach Howard (Whitey) Ricker the All-Stars have been and will be one of the best conditioned semi-pro teams in the United States. They started practice for their September 8 encounter the last week in July and drew more players seeking position than any of the previous three years.

    Besides their 31 semi-pro games the All-Stars have played two exhibition encounters with professional clubs. The first was in 1949 when they met the Chicago Hornets at Central stadium. Although they were beaten by the team that had 11 former All-American players on its roster, 48-2, they still gave a good account of themselves and not a player was lost through injury.

    Last season they played the first and third quarters against the Detroit Lions and did manage to score seven points against a team that at that time was developing into one of the best in professional circles.

    Bay City All-Star Teams Records
    Data from Game Program.

    Sep. 8Central StadiumOakwood Blue Jackets31-01-0
    Sep. 15Handy fieldDetroit Grey Stars27-02-0
    Sep. 22Central StadiumRichmond Eagles45-133-0
    Sep. 29Handy fieldWindsor Bull Dogs33-74-0
    Oct. 6Handy fieldMonroe Athletic Club45-05-0
    Oct. 13Central StadiumDearborn All-Stars42-06-0
    Oct. 20Central StadiumOhio Rough Riders64-07-0
    Oct. 27Central StadiumOakwood Blue Jackets39-68-0
    Nov. 3AwayFarwell AC Mt. Clements42-09-0
    Nov. 10SaginawRiverRouge All-Stars
    Nov. 22Central StadiumDetroit Tars
    Related References & Pages

    (Click to enlarge)
    Dan Skrzypczak (#55) of Bay City All-Stars in game held at Central High Stadium in Bay City in 1951.
    Related Pages:
    Bay City All-Stars History
    {Sports Pictorial}
    People Referenced
    Anderson, Bob (Capt.)
    Dalrymple, Jerry
    Glowicki, Barney
    Greel, Bill
    Heinz, Bob
    Paveglio, Paul
    Ricker, Howard (Coach)
    Sheltraw, Leo
    Skrypczak, Dan
    Subjects Referenced
    Central High Stadium
    Insurance policy
    Southern Mich. Football League

    Football teams:
    Bay City All-Stars
    Bay City Blazers
    Chicago Hornets (pro)
    Dearborn All-Stars
    Detroit Lions (pro)
    Jackson Metro All-Stars
    WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.