Hometown Favorite: Johnny Podres Collector

Pat Salerno Jr. has been collecting baseball cards since he was a youngster, but having someone from his hometown in the major leagues made it easy to select a collecting focus.

Podres befriended Salerno, and the collector kept accumulating everything having to do with the young pitcher who helped the Brooklyn Dodgers to greatness.

Podres, who died in 2008, was the pride and joy of Moriah, N.Y. and last Saturday the town held it’s first annual Johnny Podres Day.

It gave Salerno the chance to show off his autographed pictures, Sports Illustrated magazines, baseball cards, game-worn uniforms and dozens of other Podres items that are part of his huge collection of memorabilia.

Moriah is a town of about 5,000 people near the Vermont border; a place where summer is often short.  So you can’t blame them for celebrating their favorite son in mid-summer. Catch the story from WCAX.