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Wampum, PA March 17, 1919
Ellwood City, PA 1992
US Army (ETO)
Fontana was a semi-pro pitcher in Pennsylvania before the war. Playing for an
all-star team coached by Rabbit Maranville, he was offered a tryout with the
Pirates after holding the major league team to five hits in an exhibition game
in 1940. He was drafted by the army before he had a chance to sign.
He was a member of the 660th Engineers team that were league champions at Fort
Belvoir, Virginia in 1942. The following year he was in London playing with the
Engineers and CBS Clowns. By 1945, Fontana was in France playing for the Seine
|Fort Belvoir baseball team 1941-1942
After the war Fontana continued to play baseball in the western Pennsylvania
area until the late 1950s and worked as a carpenter until he passed away in 1992
at age 73.
"He loved to talk about playing baseball," says his sister Amanda Scala, "and he
could talk for hours."
"I remember Amey Fontana well," says Mayor Alfonso Denmark of Wampum. "He was
one heckuva ballplayer. He played a lot of ball in Lawrence County, including
being on the Lawrence County Atlantic Refining baseball team which lost to a
Rhode Island team in the East Coast Championship game in 1938.
"He was a first-rate player and a first-rate person."
Thanks to Mrs Betty Fontana for help with her late husband's biography.
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