The city of Johnstown has been a member of the AAABA since its inception in 1945 and has been host to the national tournament in every year except 1946 and 1977.
Johnstown has reached the finals 5 times but has yet to claim the championship. For a time in the 1970s and early 1980s, it seemed like even a winning season was impossible, as the host city limped to a 7-20 record including 5 winless tournaments. In 1995, the Sani-Dairy team finished 4-2 and in second place, marking the best finish since the heralded Hahn Packing team of 1956. Since 1997, the host city has never finished with fewer than 2 wins, amassing a 49-30 record with 3 more national runner-up finishes.
The team's closest encounter with the championship came in 2001 when Butch Odenthal's Galliker's Dairy team won their 1st five games and advanced to the championship game undefeated. However, the strong Arlington Senators club from Washington (who had won 3 of the past 4 championships) shattered the dreams of the local fans, winning twice over the weekend: 6-3 and 8-2.
Part of the success of the Johnstown clubs undoubtedly comes from having perpetual home field advantage. Today, the Johnstown team plays all its games at night at Point Stadium to large and enthusiastic crowds. Since the inception of the bracket system in 1981, the hosts have also had the choice of which bracket they are seeded in, and have historically chosen the lower bracket. In the recent decade, however, Johnstown teams have shown an increased level of talent and determination and are a serious contendor each tournament, even against powerhouse teams such as Baltimore and New Orleans.
The Johnstown AAABA currently competes with 4 teams including headline rivals Delweld and Martella's Pharmacy. Those two franchises have represented the city in 10 of the past 13 tournaments.