Photo courtesy of Steven L.J. Russo and Chris Hunter and the Schenectady Museum & Science Center's GE Archives
The move to Gloversville was an immediate success. The Glovers were an excellent team right out of the gate posting a 68-42 (.618) record to make the post-season in their first year. After beating Perth-Cornwall 3 games to 1, the Glovers headed to the 1937 finals against Ogendensburg and after 6 games, it was all tied up 3 games to 3. Ogdensburg however had the best player who would perhaps ever play in this league in Maurice Van Robays who batted .368 with a whopping 43 HR and 150 RBI's leading the league in literally everything. In comparison Gloverville's best hitter, Harold Klinkert batted .287 with 9 HR. Ogdensburg would take that final game and though it was a disappointing end to the season, Gloversville had made its mark on the Can-Am League. Up to this point, Gloversville had been simply Gloversville. They didn't add Johnstown to the moniker until 1938. To compete a little better, the team added superhitter John Grilli who batted .323 with 26 2B and 25 HR. Former Boston Braves' Bunny Roser meanwhile batted .346 with 10 HR. It helped quite a bit as Francis Malseed posted a 17-13 (4.29), Max Pressman put up a 16-8, 4.91 and William Gorman a 14-6, 4.93. The Glovers made it to the Playoffs for their 2nd straight season only to be swept by their new arch-rival, the Amsterdam Rugmakers (who had just signed a long term contract with the NY Yankees) in the 1st round. It was not only another huge disappointment (especially to lose to a city which had been a part of their Gloversville history in the past)... but it was also a sign of things to come.