About Page Niagara Power Baseball Club
The Niagara Power Baseball Club is back for a second stint in Niagara Falls and will play in the New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL). The team, originally founded in 2007 will play its home games at Sal Maglie Stadium in Hyde Park of Niagara Falls, NY.
Sal Maglie Stadium
Sal Maglie Stadium has been the premier stadium for baseball in Niagara Fall’s since the stadium opened in 1939. Originally named Hyde Park Stadium until 1983, the ballpark currently has a max capacity of 4,000. The stadium know known as Sal Maglie Stadium is named in dedication to Sal Maglie was born and raised in Niagara Falls, NY and spanned a Major League career from 1945-1958 with the New York Giants, Cleveland Indians, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals. Along the way he won 119 games with 862 strikeouts and finished with 1 World Series championship in 1954 with the New York Giants. His most famous loss came against Don Larsen in his perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. Nicknamed “Sal the Barber”, due to his tendency to pitch high and inside or other wise known as giving the batter a close shave. A barber chair can be found behind home plate in the concourse of Sal Maglie Stadium in his memory. Owned by the city of Niagara Falls, the stadium is operated by Niagara International Sports and Entertainment, under the direction of Neal Turvey.
History of The Niagara Power
Founded in 2007 the Niagara Power began its first run in the NYCBL, which lasted until the end of the 2015 season. Cal Kern was the team owner and general manger during the team’s first stay in Niagara Falls. Kern also is the New York State Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, making the Niagara Power the one of three religious based team in the NYCBL. The Power missed the play-offs in its first four seasons in the NYCBL, but managed to make the post-season in four out of the last five seasons. The best season came in 2012, where the Power posted a 24-17 record and lost in the NYCBL Championship Series to the Syracuse Junior Chiefs.
The Rebirth of the Niagara Power
The Niagara Power are currently owned and operated under the Niagara University College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, as part of the Sport Management Program. Dr. Patrick Tutka will be the Director of the revamped Niagara Power and will bring alongside nearly 25 sport management students and Dr. Cheryl Rode, Dr. Joel Reynolds, Cal Kern and Neal Turvey to oversee, and operate game days at Sal Maglie Stadium. Dr. Tutka was responsible in the push for the College Of Hospitality and Tourism Management to purchase the club. The Power will play in the NYCBL’s western division along with the Genesee Rapids, Olean Oilers, Hornell Dodgers, Rochester Ridgemen, and Wellsville Nitros. The Power will play a 42 game schedule with 21 home games this season at Sal Maglie Stadium between June 1st and July 22 for the regular season. The top 3 teams in each NYCBL division will qualify for the playoffs, which can continue to July 30th.