The WINDBREAKERS; South San Francisco’s Semi-Pro Football Team from the 1940’s
Did you know South City had a Semi-Pro Football Team back in the 1940’s? Great history to enjoy!
1946 according to ALDO DiTOMASI, 3 time SSFHS Blanket Award Recipient, shares a brief history:
A group of Alumni returning from the WWII in 1946 got together and started playing against the HS kids. They use to practice after work by the old tennis courts at Orange Memorial Park and the city moved lights in so they could practice 5 nights a week and play games on Sunday.
They played all over, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, San Jose and as a Semi Pro Team they were contacted by the SF 49er’s and asked if they wanted to be their Farm Team and play in Kezar Stadium. But appears the rent was too high for the Windbreakers. ROBBIE BARBETTI was the best man on the team according to ALDO and Robbie went on to try out for the 49ers.
The City Council acknowledged this team in 2009 with Certificates of Recognition and were given to: ALDO DiTOMASI, LYDIA BARBETTI, DORIS DEZORDO, ROBBIE HUERTA, BERTHA ISKRA, PATRICK NEUTINI, FLORENCE AIVA, JOHN PETROFF, ALBERT BOYDO, SAM NICOLOPOLOUS and MANOLO SCOVEL.
Photo courtesy of HEATHER MANN, Granddaughter of ROBERT BARBETTI