On June 4, 1987, in honor of Fathers Day, the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., honored the Acerra family of Long Branch. The Acerras fielded a semi-pro baseball team consisting of 12 brothers, coached by their father, Louis “Pop” Acerra Sr. The Acerras played from 1938-52, barnstorming throughout the East Coast, and won 70% of their games. The brothers on the team ranged in age from 16 to 41. Two were offered professional contracts, but turned these down because they did not wish to leave their mother or break up the family team. Six served in World War II, and all made it back safely. Louis Acerra and his wife, Elizabeth, had 17 children in all. We at Monmouth Timeline feel as though this really ought to be a Mothers Day tribute.
Source: National Baseball Hall of Fame. (June 4, 1997). Press release: HALL OF FAME TO HONOR ALL-BROTHERS BASEBALL TEAM IN CONJUNCTION WITH FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND.
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