A tribute to Johnny Podres
from the Salerno Family
The Salernos send their deepest condolences to the Podres family; Joan who is one magnificent woman, Joey who played high school baseball with Randy, and John Jr. who went to school with Tim -- we remember you all fondly.
We are writing this personal note because Johnny touched everyone’s life in many ways. To the Salernos, however, Johnny was not only a great athlete and outdoorsman, but a very dear friend.
It all started when Johnny and our father, Pat Sr., were signed by the same scout (Alex Isabelle) of the Brooklyn Dodgers in the early 1950’s. Our father tells many stories of them meeting up at Vero Beach during Spring Training.
Johnny loved to fish especially on Lincoln Pond and ice fish on Lake Champlain...but he also liked to deer hunt. Throughout the years, we would talk to Johnny about our hunting of Adirondack whitetail deer and he would chat about his early days of hunting and fishing which he enjoyed immensely, as did we. We loved giving Johnny venison and sharing some of our pictures with him. We knew how much he appreciated not only the venison but the stories of our hunts too.
Pat Jr. has spent many years acquiring a very extensive collection of memorabilia from Johnny’s years with Brooklyn, as well as Los Angeles, from 1952 to present, game worn All-Star and coaching jerseys, gloves, hats, yearbooks and baseballs to name a few. All because of his love for Johnny "Pod."
So to Johnny "Pod" and the past great athletes and outdoorsmen of this area, your dedication and perseverance to excel in your endeavors, is an inspiration to all. Thanks "Pod" for your love of the outdoors, fishing, hunting, and life itself -- always to be remembered not only by us, but also the people of Witherbee, Mineville, Moriah and Port Henry.