Baseball family tradition

Most people look forward to spring for the longer days and the mild temperatures.

For the Montague family of Baldwinsville, it's the crack of the bat, the sound of the ball as it sings through the air on its way over the fence and the roar of the crowd when a player crosses home plate that gets them excited.

Baseball is in this family's blood.

Four generations of Montagues have played baseball for the Baldwinsville School District. The tradition began with Clarence "Dutch" Montague, who was a member of the 1926 and 1927 championship teams. He passed his love of the game on to his son, Jack Sr., who played B'ville ball as part of the junior varsity team before playing on the varsity team for three years.

He was a member of Baldwinsville's "Hall of Fame" team. From 1946 to 1950 the varsity team maintained a remarkable 46 game winning streak, which was officially commemorated with a photo collage that hung in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown for many years. The museum gave it to the district in 2002. After graduation, Jack Sr. continued to play ball as a member of a camp team while he served in the U.S. Army. He also played fast pitch softball for 25 years and was a member of the senior softball team in the Senior World Series in 1991 and 1992.

The Montague family baseball tradition continued with Jack Jr., a 1975 graduate of Baker High School. He played ball all through high school as a catcher and a center fielder. He was named to the all-county team three times and was also recognized by Channel 9 as an athlete of the week. He instilled a love of baseball in his son Justin when he coached his Little League team for several years.

Justin is now a senior at Baker High School and has been a member of the varsity baseball team for three years as a catcher and an outfielder. He plans to attend St. John Fisher College in the fall where he will continue the family tradition of playing baseball.

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