Sam Nader

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Albert S. Nader (Sam)

Albert “Sam” Nader left Bates University, where he was a pitcher on the baseball team, to help the family by working at the local plant. He would stay at the plant for 43 years only leaving to serve in the Army in World War II. Nader was in the European theater with a heavy machine gun company of the 28th infantry.

After returning home and to work Nader later served on Oneonta, NY's common council, and as mayor. After helping to bring baseball back to Oneonta with the Oneonta Red Sox He bought the newly named Oneonta Yankees in 1967 from Joe Buzas. Nader served in many roles and held titles as an owner and executive with the team. It was Nader who made the decision to make Damaschke Field organized baseball’s only dry stadium. The New York-Penn League Championship Trophy is named after his wife Alice who died in a car accident in 1991. Nader continued to own the team after the Yankees left town and the team switched affiliations to the Oneonta Tigers. In 2008 Nader agreed to sell the team to a group led by Miles Prentice.