Married: Irene (Wells) Amell

Children: James "Jazz" Amell, Patrick "Pearly" Amell, Carol Amell

Chiefly known for: Izzy Amell was an outfielder for the semi-pro Brighton Blues and Saranac Lake Chiefs baseball teams from 1945 until 1965.

Former teammates start Izzy Amell fund


Hopefully 'Izzy' Amell's run of bad luck will end on Labor Day with the playing of the Old Timers game at the Bloomingdale ball field during the Labor Day program sponsored by the fire department.

Izzy, a former Brighton Blues and Saranac Lake Chiefs outfielder star in the period from 1945 until 1965 has lost a limb due to an arterial condition and has amassed hospital bills that threaten to snow him under. Several of his former teammates have decided to dedicate the Old Timer's game to Izzy and earmark the proceeds for a fund to help him meet the hospital bills.

Izzy will appear at the game which usually draws a fine crowd and brings out some of the rusting but relentless hitters and pitchers of an era known for sharp play and sterling performances at all positions.

Rube Skeels, one of the great catchers of the fame is helping to spearhead the drive along with Sandy Hayes to aid Izzy. They have high hopes of raising $1,000 one way or another and the Labor Day game figures to be a great start.

Others who have opened the front for the lzzy fund include ex-Saranac Lake diamond stars Clyde Baker, Billy Root, Bob Stringer, Harold Morgan and several out of the area athletes who feel that they can still help in some way.

If anyone has a special urge to send money or donate to the Izzy Amell Fund, checks can be mailed to either Rube Skeels or Sandy Hayes at 12 McClellan Street or Bloomingdale, N. Y.

The Old Timers classic starts at 3 p.m. traditionally and produces plenty or laughs and thrills. Help if you can . . . Your heavenly crown will shine a little bit brighter and you will hardly feel the pinch.