About Finner

I am a 1990 Graduate of Penn State and a 2002 graduate of LCCC, also known as the cube.

People may know the name Scranton as the fictional home of the Dunder-Mifflin Co. in NBC’s The Office. They may possibly know it for being the home and final resting place of Jason Miller, author of That Championship Season. It is the home or former home of a lot of great athletes and of great athletic events.

I am very interested in local history, specifically sports history. It is amazing to me that so many gret athletes passed through here on the way to greater things. The list of athletes from Scranton includes, Mike Munchak, Gerry McNamara, Joe Collins, the O’Neil Brothers, Marc Spindler, Don Jonas, Cosmo Iacavazzi and Edgar “Special Delivery” Jones among others.

The area has a rich history of minor league sports. many great athletes and great names played in and for Scranton franchises. In Basketball future NBA player, Charlie Criss got his start in the old CYC gym. Jim Boheim and Willie Somersett starred here as well as Big Man Bill Spivey.

In baseball, the franchise stretches back to the 1880’s. Archibald Wright Graham played here 1905-1908. Moonlight Graham was made fanous by the movie Field of Dreams based on the book Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.  Hippo Vaughn pitched here in 1908, with a modest 2-4 record. He would later become a great pitcher for the Cubs. Chick Shorten and other local talen got their start here or in other coal towns like Wilkes-Barre, Hazelton and other towns. Later Cole Hammels, jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and many future Phillies played here. Roger Clemems, Alex Rodriguez and other did some rehab work here while playing for the Yankees.

I will try to highlight the career of many of these people as well as some of the exciting events that have taken place here.

Scranton Football, Miners and Minor League

Big Joe Williams was to coach a team in Scranton according to an article in the Easton Free Press on Spetmber 6, 1922. The article mentioned several leading citizens being behind the project including the owner of the State League Baseball park, John O’Connor. The team would play home games at the Baseball Park. Two … Continue reading

Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons 2005: Shane Victorino , MVP

Shane Victorino, International League MVP 2005 Shane Victorino is now an established Professional. He has been an all-star, gold glove winner and World Series Champion. He is currently with the Boston Red Sox. He signed with them after spending the later part of the 2012 season with the LA Dodgers. Shane was drafted out of … Continue reading

The Eastern Pennsylvania Basketball League – Willie Somerset

Willie Somerset #12 Houston The Eastern Pennsylvania Basketball League formed in 1946 and pre-dates the leagues that would become the NBA. It was founded on April 23, 1946 and it had six franchises – five in Pennsylvania: Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, Allentown, Lancaster and Reading. A sixth franchise was in Binghampton, NY but moved to Pottsville, Pa … Continue reading

Charlie Criss

One of the most successful players in Scranton basketball history is Charlie Criss. He was also one of the shortest. Charlie was a 5′ 8″ guard out of New Mexico State. He was drafted by the Knicks and played for the Scranton Miners under Stan Novak. He was a legend on the playgrpunds of NYC … Continue reading