Blissville Saints

Blissville Saints

Queens // 1974 - 1979

Home lot, the playground of Our Lady of Sorrows Primary School. Games were played Saturday mornings, usually against their only known opponent, The Crescent Street Moons, a group of 12-year-olds who played out of Our Lady of Perpetual Motion’s Secondary School in Astoria. Practices for the Saints were from 7:30 to 8:30 every day before school; the nuns would allow the players to keep their sticks in lockers, thereby assuring the team’s seven to ten members had perfect attendance records for the five years of the team’s existence. 

The team was broken up in 1979 in the wake of the notorious “Kneepad & Chapstick” scandal, when it was revealed that the school’s principal was not, in fact, a priest, but instead an escaped convict named Jeremy O’Malley, who had broken out of Sing-Sing after three years on a ten-year prison sentence for exposing himself to a young girl in the elevator of the Plaza Hotel. (This would later be chronicled in the Law and Order-themed TV movie, Eloise at The Plaza: SVU.) When the six members of the team discovered their principal’s sordid history, they followed him home one night and beat him into a coma with their hockey sticks. No charges were filed, due to the fact that the victim was a diddler.

Notable alumni included Theodore “Pops” Troitino, who once emitted a fart so odorous it cleaned out an entire R train, and Salvatore Rigimiento, who went on to take over his father’s dry-cleaning business which he relocated from Queens to Boynton Beach, Florida in 2003, which coincidentally gained nationwide notoriety when it was the setting for the infamous dry cleaning scene in the Oscar-winning 2004 film Million Dollar Baby, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Hilary Swank. •