The Niagara Power Baseball Club is back for a third stint in Niagara Falls and will play in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL). The team, originally founded in 2007 will play its home games at Sal Maglie Stadium in Hyde Park of Niagara Falls, NY.
Sal Maglie Stadium has been the premier stadium for baseball in Niagara Fall’s since the stadium opened in 1939. Originally named Hyde Park Stadium until 1983, the ballpark currently has a max capacity of 4,000. The stadium know known as Sal Maglie Stadium is named in dedication to Sal Maglie was born and raised in Niagara Falls, NY and spanned a Major League career from 1945-1958 with the New York Giants, Cleveland Indians, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals. Along the way he won 119 games with 862 strikeouts and finished with 1 World Series championship in 1954 with the New York Giants. His most famous loss came against Don Larsen in his perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. Nicknamed “Sal the Barber”, due to his tendency to pitch high and inside or other wise known as giving the batter a close shave. A barber chair can be found behind home plate in the concourse of Sal Maglie Stadium in his memory. Owned by the city of Niagara Falls, the stadium is operated by Niagara International Sports and Entertainment.
Founded in 2007 the Niagara Power began its first run in the NYCBL, which lasted until the end of the 2015 season. Cal Kern was the team owner and general manger during the team’s first stay in Niagara Falls. Kern also is the New York State Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, making the Niagara Power the one of three religious based team in the NYCBL. The best season came in the summer of 2019, when the Power won the NYCBL Championship, beating the Cortland Crush 12-6. After their championship run, the Power would upgrade leagues to join the current PGCBL. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team wouldn't play in the PGCBL until the summer of 2021.
The Niagara Power are currently owned and operated under the Niagara University College of Hospitality, Sport, and Tourism Management. Dr. Patrick Tutka, Associate Professor at Niagara University, was responsible to purchase the club. The Power will play in the PGCBL’s western division along with the Batavia Muckdogs, Elmira Pioneers, Jamestown Tarpskunks, Geneva Red Wings, and Newark Pilots. The Power will play a 47 game schedule. The top 2 teams in each PGCBL division will qualify for the playoffs, which can continue to Mid-August.