Game Films

Among the many items that the Donora Historical Society has in its collection are over 115 basketball and football games of Mon Valley teams from 1963 to 1979.  They are original 16mm films that are in the process of being converted to DVD.  We launched a project in 2015 to start to transfer the films to DVD to not only get them in a usable format to be added to our artifact collection and our presentation offerings, but to get these games in the hands of the players that played in them some 35 to 55 years ago.  All proceeds will also benefit the Donora Historical Society in completing this project.
 
As you can see below in our inventory list, all of the Mon Valley teams are represented in most years.  Some of the legendary Donora players include Larry Crawford, Malcolm Lomax, Bernie Galiffa, Ken Griffey and Ulice Payne.  Some ofter players include Joe Montana (basketball) from Monongahela playing for Ringgold and Jack Ham (football) from Johnstown playing for Bishop McCort.

The most recent articles in the newspaper about our Game Film project can be viewed by clicking on these links:
 
The most recent articles in the newspaper about Donora football can be viewed by clicking on these links:


 
GAME FILM NOTES: 
  • We have not viewed the raw 16mm footage of any of the games on an old 16mm projector for fear that we could ruin the film, so they have NOT been previewed.
  • The games were filmed using either one reel or two reels.  In most cases, the games do not show those portions of the game without game play, so depending on how much the clock was running without play determined the length of the film footage.  In the lists below, if the games were rather quick, they only took one reel and are denoted with a "1".  If there was more game play, they are denoted with "1 & 2" meaning two reels.  A few of the games are denoted with "2" which means that it took two reels to film the game, but reel one is missing and the only footage that we have is likely the second half of the game.  In some cases when the games were decided early, either reel "2" is missing or the filming was cut short.
  • The games that have already been converted are denoted below in the CONV column with a YES or Not Yet.
  • For games that have been converted (denoted with YES), the cost of a purchased copy can be found in the PRICE / COMMENTS column.  These costs are subject to change and could be lowered depending on the length of the game.
  • The appearance of the DVD is identical to the picture above and is done by a profressional converter.
  • For games that have yet to be converted (denoted with Not Yet), there is a cost to transfer to DVD that includes a copy charge.  This charge can range from $40 to $65 depending on the game's length.  If you are interested in a particular game that hasn't been converted and don't want to pay the full transfer charge, please let us know your interest and we can add you to the list of other interested people, and perhaps we can coordinate something where you can split the transfer charges with those others.
  • An additional Shipping and Handling charge will be added for DVD's that have to be mailed.
  • There is no sound.  These are silent films.
  • These games are the property of the Donora Historical Society.
 

 
BASKETBALL 

DATE

TEAM 1

TEAM 2

REELS

CONV

PRICE / COMMENTS

03/12/68 Donora - 72Valley - 54 1 & 2 (21 min)

YES

$30 - WPIAL semi-finals at Civic Arena - Donora in white uniforms - Ken Griffey #20, Malcolm Lomax #44, Bernice Galiffa #12 - includes brief pregame band and cheerleaders and halftime majorettes
03/12/68Donora - 53Laurel Highlands - 74 1 & 2 (18 min) YES$30 - WPIAL championship at Civic Arena - Laurel Highlands 1968 State Champs - includes pregame warm-ups - Donora in white uniforms
03/11/69Donora - 55Sto Rox - 71 2 (4.5 min)YES$15 - WPIAL Quarter Finals at Civic Arena - end of 3rd quarter and all of the 4th quarter - reel 1 missing - Donora in dark uniforms
02/23/71Ringgold - 82Charleroi - 611 (20 min)YES  $25 - at Ringgold (Mon City) - Ringgold in light shirts - Tim Stokes #32, Art "Skins" Coleman #34 and Ulice Payne #44.  Both teams played all the subs.  Charleroi player shot underhand free throws
1970-71Ringgold - 65Belle Vernon - 551 (21 min)YES $25 - at Ringgold (Mon City) - Ringgold in dark shirts - Tim Stokes #33, Art "Skins" Coleman #35 and Ulice Payne #45
1970-71Ringgold - ??Thomas Jefferson - ??1 (?? min)Not Yet  
01/1972Ringgold - ?? Elizabeth Forward - ??1 (?? min)Not Yet 
1971-72Ringgold - ??Brownsville - ??1 (?? min)Not Yet 
03/07/72Ringgold - ??Keystone Oaks - ??1 (?? min)Not YetWPIAL Playoffs - Civic Arena
01/29/73Ringgold - ??Laurel Highlands - ??1 (?? min)Not Yet 
03/01/73Ringgold - 66Valley - 391 & 2 (21 min)YES $30 (currently not for sale) - WPIAL Quarter Finals - Civic Arena - RInggold WPIAL Champs - cleared the bench - some cheerleaders - Ringgold in dark uniforms
02/21/75Ringgold - ??Belle Vernon - ??1 (?? min)Not Yet 
01/13/76Ringgold - 68 Monessen - 781 (?? min)Not Yet 
01/27/76Ringgold - 62Belle Vernon - 551 (?? min)Not Yet 
01/30/76Ringgold - ??Laurel Highlands - ??1 (?? min)Not Yet 
0/20/76

Ringgold - 92

Charleroi - 551 (?? min)Not Yet 
02/27/76Ringgold - ??Belle Vernon - ??1 (?? min)Not Yet 
03/02/76Ringgold - ??Monessen - ??1 (?? min)Not Yet 
01/04/77Ringgold - ??Charleroi - ??1 (?? min)Not Yet 
01/11/77Ringgold - ??Brownsville - ??1 (?? min)Not Yet 
02/10/77Ringgold - ??Monessen - ??1 (?? min)Not Yet 
02/11/77Ringgold - ??Elizabeth Forward - ??1 (?? min)Not Yet 

02/21/77

Ringgold - ??Thomas Jefferson - ??1 (?? min)Not Yet 
02/09/66Monongahela - 62Belle Vernon - 47 1 (8 min)YES$20 - at Mon City - Belle Vernon's first season - partial game - parents night - extended parents, warm-ups and cheerleaders
02/14/78Mon Valley Catholic - 64Frazier - 651 & 2 (34 min)YES $25 - at MVCH - Senior/Parents night
01/30/79Mon Valley Catholic - 48Beth Center - 531 & 2 (30.5 min)YES$25 - at BC
02/06/79Mon Valley Catholic - 56Greensburg Central Catholic - 501 & 2 (31 min)YES$25 - at MVCH
02/09/79Mon Valley Catholic - 33Albert Gallatin - 371 & 2 (30 min)YES $25 - at AG
02/13/79Mon Valley Catholic - 58Frazier - 461 & 2 (31.5 min)YES $25 - at MVCH - Senior/Parents night
 
 

 
FOOTBALL
1963-64

DATE

TEAM 1

TEAM 2

REELS

CONV

PRICE / COMMENTS

09/07/63

Donora - 31

Canevin - 32

1

Not Yet

09/14/63

Donora - 24

Rostraver - 0 1Not Yet

09/21/63

Donora - 12Charleroi - 131 & 2 (22 min)

YES

$25 - at Donora - Donora in gray shirts (actually orange) - Jeff Petrucci and George Carlock of Charleroi in black shirts
09/29/63Donora - 30Steubenville Catholic - 7 1 & 2Not Yet

10/05/63

Donora - 6Clairton - 411 & 2Not Yet 
10/13/63Donora - 6Elizabeth Forwart - 451 & 2Not Yet 
10/19/63Donora - 21Brownsville - 132Not Yet Reel 1 missing - Second half only
11/02/63Donora - 40Mt. Pleasant - 191 & 2Not Yet 
11/09/63Donora - 7Monessen - 131 & 2Not Yet 
 
1964-65

DATE

TEAM 1

TEAM 2

REELS

CONV

PRICE / COMMENTS

09/06/64 Donora Aliquippa 1 (18.5 min)YES$25 - scrimmage - no score - at Donora - Donora in gray shirts (actually orange) - Aliquippa in white shirts - Coach Rudy Andabaker in on a tackle after a fumble
09/19/64

Donora - 13

Rostraver - 0 1Not Yet

10/10/64

Donora - 13Clairton - 131 (15.5 min but 7.5 min are dark)YES $20 - at Donora - Donora in white -  Larry Crawford RB - first 4 minutes and minutes 7 to 10 bad lighting
10/16/64Donora - 13Elizabeth Forward - 331Not Yet

10/31/64

Donora - 13 Monongahela - 261 Not Yet
11/06/64 Donora - 14 Monessen - 27 1 Not Yet
  
1965-66

DATE

TEAM 1

TEAM 2

REELS

CONV

PRICE / COMMENTS

09/18/65 Donora - 24Mon Valley Cath - 01 & 2Not Yet
09/25/65

Donora - 0

Charleroi - 39 1Not Yet

game 4 in 65

Donora - 0Belle Vernon - 321 & 2 (20.5 min)YES $25 - at Donora - Donora in white shirts - Belle Vernon in dark shirts.
10/09/65Donora - 0Clairton - 321 & 2Not Yet

10/16/65

Donora - 12Elizabeth Forward - 341 & 2Not Yet
10/23/65 Donora - 0Brownsville - 28 1Not Yet
10/30/65Donora - 6Monongahela - 471 & 2Not Yet 
11/06/65Donora - 13Monessen - 191 & 2Not Yet  
11/13/65Donora - 0Beaver Falls - 611 & 2Not Yet 
10/19/65Donora - 13Elizabeth Forward - 331Not Yet 
      
65Clairton - 7Penn Hills - 01 & 2Not Yet  
08/28/65Monongahela - ??Canon Mac - ??1Not Yet  
09/03/65Belle Vernon - ??Canon Mac - ??1 (12 min but first 5 min are blurry)YES   $15 - scrimmage night game - Jimmy Russell's first BV game - at Belle Vernon - BV in light helmets (actually gold) - CM in dark helmets.
10/16/65Monongahela - 10Brownsville - 72Not Yet Reel 1 missing - Second half only
 65Monongahela - 13Belle Vernon - 22 (3 min)YES$8 - Reel 1 missing - fourth quarter only - at Belle Vernon - BV in white shirts - Mon City in dark shirts - up close action.
 
1966-67

DATE

TEAM 1

TEAM 2

REELS

CONV

PRICE / COMMENTS

game 1 in 66 Donora - 13Charleroi - 441&2Not Yet
09/10/66

Donora - ?

Southmorland - ? 1Not Yet

game 3 in 66

Donora - 0Belle Vernon - 191 & 2Not Yet
game 4 in 66Donora - 12Monessen - 33 1 & 2 (24.5 min)YES$25 - at Donora - Donora in white - Monessen in black -  rainy night game - game ends at 33-6 - Monessen features Edwin Bass #25 and Marvin "Mutt" Davis #22

10/09/66

Donora - 6Thomas Jefferson - 331 & 2Not Yet
game 7 of 66 Donora - 27Clairton - 332Not YetReel 1 missing - Second half only
10/30/66Donora - 13Albert Gallatin - 25 1 & 2Not Yet
11/17/66 Donora - 7Monongahela - 19 1 & 2 (24.5 min)YES $25 - at Donora - Donora in white - senior day with footage of mothers - long game
           
09/17/66Monongahela - 23Laurel Highland - 211 & 2Not Yet
09/24/66Monongahela - 6 Charleroi - 211 & 2Not Yet
10/01/66Monongahela - 12Bishop McCort - 2 1 & 2Not Yet  Jack Ham senior year in Johnstown
10/08/66Monongahela - 13Belle Vernon - 261 & 2Not Yet 
10/15/66Monongahela - 0Thomas Jefferson - 201 & 2Not Yet
10/22/66 Monongahela - 7Elizabeth Forward - 10 2Not YetReel 1 missing - Second half only
10/29/66 Monongahela - 6Clairton - 141Not Yet  
11/05/66Monongahela - 18Monessen - 151 & 2Not Yet  
      
09/17/66Monessen - ? Clairton - ?1Not Yet 
10/01/66Elizabeth Forward - 19Thomas Jefferson - 122Not YetReel 1 missing - Second half only
10/23/66North Allegheny - 7Beaver - 241Not Yet  
 
1967-68

DATE

TEAM 1

TEAM 2

REELS

CONV

PRICE / COMMENTS

09/23/67 Donora - 26Chartiers - 71 & 2 (24.5 min)YES$25 - at Donora - Donora in white - muddy field
10/07/67

Donora - 52

Homestead - 24 1 (16 min)YES$25 - at Donora - Donora in white - lot of defensive highlights - good quick fun game

10/21/67

Donora - 47Rankin - 01 (16 min)YES$25 - at Donora - Donora in white - lot of passing by Bernie Galiffa - good quick fun game - blurry numbers
10/28/67Donora - 47Fort Cherry - 0 1 (18.5 min)YES$25 - at FC - Donora in gray shirts (actually orange) - up close action - good quick fun game

 

   
09/08/67Monongahela - 6Brownsville - 19 1Not Yet
09/16/67Monongahela - 0Laurel Highlands - 61Not Yet 
09/23/67Monongahela - 7Charleroi - 411 & 2Not Yet 
10/07/67Monongahela - 0Belle Vernon - 391Not Yet 
10/14/67Monongahela - 7Thomas Jefferson - 521Not Yet 
10/22/67Monongahela - 0Elizabeth Forward - 401Not Yet 
10/28/67Monongahela - 13Clairton - 261Not Yet 
 
1968-69

DATE

TEAM 1

TEAM 2

REELS

CONV

PRICE / COMMENTS

09/13/68 Donora - 33Beth Center - 131 & 2 (20 min)YES$25 - at BC - Donora in gray shirts (actually orange) - long game
09/21/68

Donora - 34

Bishop Boyle - 12 1 (8 min)YES$25 - at Bishop Boyle - Donora in light gray (actually orange) shirts - partial game
09/28/68Donora - 7Scott (N Braddock) - 61 & 2 (26 min)YES$25 - at Donora - Donora in white - with extended band and majorette footage at game end

game 6 of 68

Donora - 27 California - 191 &2 (25 min)YES $25 - at California - Donora in dark shirts - Cal in white - some halftime show - game filmed with quarters out of order
10/25/68Donora - 34Braddock - 0 1 (16 min)YES $25 - at Donora - Donora in white - rainy game - not full game
      
68 Monongahela - 27South Allegheny - 71 (8 min)YES $20 - at Mon City - Mon City in white uniforms - good up close action - Reel 2 missing - First half only
68 Monongahela - 6Laurel Highlands - 271 & 2Not Yet
68 Monongahela - 7Monessen - 341 & 2Not Yet
68 Monongahela - 7Clairton - 141 & 2Not Yet
09/14/68 Monongahela - 10Elizabeth Forward - 271 & 2Not Yet
09/20/68Monongahela - 12Belle Vernon - 401Not Yet 
68Monongahela - 6Charleroi - 38 1Not Yet 
10/26/68Monongahela - 13Thomas Jefferson - 251 & 2Not Yet 
 
1969-70

DATE

TEAM 1

TEAM 2

REELS

CONV

PRICE / COMMENTS

08/25/69Ringgold Canon Mac 1Not Yet scrimmage - no score
09/06/69

Ringgold - 0

Clairton - 121 & 2Not Yet

game 2 of 69

Ringgold - 8Charleroi - 271 & 2Not Yet
 

game 3 of 69

Ringgold - 14Monessen - 201 & 2Not Yet

09/27/69

 Ringgold- 12Thomas Jefferson - 281 & 2Not Yet
 

game 5 of 69

Ringgold - 24South Allegheny - 31 & 2 (21 min)YES $25 - at SA - Ringgold in dark uniforms - Ringgold's first win
 

game 7 of 69

Ringgold - 28Brownsville - 61 & 2Not Yet 
 

game 9 of 69

Ringgold - 22Elizabeth Forward - 262Not YetReel 1 missing - Second half only
  
1970-71

DATE

TEAM 1

TEAM 2

REELS

CONV

 PRICE / COMMENTS

game 1 of 70Ringgold - 2Clairton - 36 2Not Yet Reel 1 missing - Second half only
game 2 of 70

Ringgold - 0

Charleroi - 38 2Not Yet Reel 1 missing - Second half only

09/26/70

Ringgold - 6Monessen - 361 & 2  (25 min)YES$25 - at Monessen - Monessen in white shirts - Ringgold in dark shirts - Monessen features short clip of Coach Gladys and Milfred "Bubby" Holmes #22
10/11/70

Ringgold - 0

South Allegheny - 26 1Not Yet

game 6 of 70

Ringgold - 6 Belle Vernon - 322Not YetReel 1 missing - Second half only
game 8 of 70Ringgold - 6 Laurel Highlands - 46 1Not Yet
 
YEAR uncertain

DATE

TEAM 1

TEAM 2

REELS

CONV

PRICE / COMMENTS

1960's Elizabeth Forward - 39Brownsville - 61Not YetNot sure of year - potentially overexpossed