Frontier Field Walk of Fame Inaugural Class of 1997

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 Inaugural Class of 1997 

"Shifty" Gears
Johnson Jr.
JoAnn Keyser-
Oak Hill
Country Club
O'Rourke Sr.
Sisler Jr.

Don Allen
Amateur Sports, Inducted 1997 
Click on middle and bottom row photos for larger sizes.
(middle) 1967 Champion Walker Cup Team, who played at the Royal St George's Golf Club at Sandwich, Kent, England... left to right, Coach Jess Sweetser(?), Don Allen, Bill Campbell, Ron Cerrudo, Bob Dixon, Jim Grant, Downing Gray, Jackie Lewis, Bob Murphy, Ed Tutwiler, Marty Fleckman
(bottom, far right) Driving on the No. 2 hole at Pine Hurst CC, North Carolina.
One on Rochester's all-time great golfers; won the New York State Amateur a record six times; won Rochester District Golf Association title six times; has qualified to play in every USGA event males are eligible for.
Bio, Colgate University Hall of Honor
Profile, GolfWeek Magazine May 2008
Democrat and Chronicle clipping, NY State Golf Association Hall of Fame
NY State Golf Association Hall of Fame
Western New York PGA Hall of Fame

Joe Altobelli 
Professional Athlete , Inducted 1997
(large black and white photo) Altobelli hitting for the Red Wings- click to enlarge.
(third row) Altobelli at the Frontier Field Altobelli statue unveiling, September 2010.
(bottom row, click to enlarge) Altobelli in the major leagues.. left to right.. as a player: with Cleveland and Minnesota; as a manager: with Baltimore, San Francisco and Chicago.
Rochester's "Mr. Baseball"; popular Red Wings slugger in the mid-1960s; managed the 1971 Wings to the International League regular-season and playoff titles, then beat Denver in the Little World Series; Manager of the Year with the San Francisco Giants and Baltimore Orioles; led the Orioles to the 1983 world championship.
Joe Altobelli baseball statistics
Joe Altobelli, Retrosheet
YouTube, Joe Altobelli Tribute
Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame



Johnny Antonelli
Professional Athlete , Inducted 1997
(top) Antonelli pitching for Rochester's Jefferson High. (middle) Antonelli signs a bonus-baby contract in June of 1948, with his dad Gus, center and Boston Braves owner Lou Perini, right. (bottom) With Willie Mays during the New York Giants' championship 1954 season.
Rochester's most successful major leaguer of the modern era; stylish left-handed pitcher; a hero of the 1954 World Series for the New York Giants with a victory and a save in the final game;
star at Jefferson High.
Johnny Antonelli baseball statistics
Johnny Antonelli, Retrosheet
Times-Union June 1948, Jefferson High School baseball summary
YouTube, Game 2, 1954 World Series
Section V Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 2011
Johnny Antonelli baseball cards



Carmen Basilio
Professional Athlete , Inducted 1997
(top) Tagging Sugar Ray Robinson, (below) Knocking out Tony Demarco
Former welterweight and middleweight boxing champion; one of the most popular fighters of the 1950s; twice packed Yankee Stadium; 1957 Hickok Belt winner, beating out Lew Burdette and Ted Williams; Canastota native and longtime Rochester resident.
Carmen Basilio boxing statistics
Photo Gallery
Bio, International Boxing Hall of Fame
Bio, National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame
Bio, Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 1987
Bio, Le Moyne College Athletic Hall of Fame
YouTube, Carmen Basilio Remembers
YouTube, Sugar Ray Robinson loses title Carmen Basilio
1997 WXXI radio feature by Bill Flynn, with Basilio and George Beahon, 3:50
Obituary, Democrat and Chronicle, Carmen Basilio, the 'people's champion,' dies at 85
Obituary, Associated Press, Carmen Basilio, who beat Sugar Ray Robinson, dies
USA Today Sports, Boxing Hall of Famer Carmen Basilio dies at age 85
Sports Illustrated covers, Carmen Basilio



George Beahon
Media, Inducted 1997
(bottom) Beahon during his television stint for WOKR-TV.
He signed off his sports commentaries with: "And that's as far as I go."
The dean of Rochester's sportswriters has chronicled sports in this city for six decades; a two-time winner of the Charlie Wagner Award for sportswriting excellence; a popular beat writer for the NBA Royals and Red Wings and a long-time columnist. 
Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame
Bio, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame
Section V Football Hall of Fame, Class of 1997
Bio, Excerpts from the book "For the Record" by Bonnie Brennen
City Newspaper, Life on the Sidelines
Democrat and Chronicle, Region forever blessed because big-league talent stayed home
Democrat and Chronicle, Sportswriting loses an icon in Beahon




Bob Bradley
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 1997 
Bradley with McQuaid cross country member Mike Ansaldi (Class of 2006), who ran six years for the school.
Longtime McQuaid track and field and cross country coach; Mike Connor, Eric Kendrick and Tom Horton were among the top runners he coached; director of the McQuaid Ivitational, for many years one of the most popular and prestigious high school cross county meets in the East.
Bio, McQuaid Jesuit Athletic Hall of Fame
Niagara Track and Field Hall of Fame, Class of 2001
Section V Cross Country Hall of Fame, Class of 2001
Bob Bradley clippings




Dick Buerkle
Amateur Sports, Inducted 1997
Olympians, 1976 Summer Games
Click top photos to enlarge.
(bottom, left) Steve Prefontaine chases Buerkle.
(bottom, right) At RIT, August 1973: Buerkle is on the way to winning the mile in 4:00.6. - On the left is Dave Wottle, to the right is Barry Brown.
Dick Buerkle - Set world indoor mile record of 3:54.9 in January 1978, then beat Filbert Bayi in the Wanamaker Mile in the Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden; made cover of Sports Illustrated for those feats; member of 1976 and 1980 U.S. Olympic teams.
Dick Buerkle Olympics statistics
Greater Rochester Track Club Hall of Fame induction
Greater Rochester Track Club Hall of Fame, Class of 2008
Niagara Track and Field Hall of Fame, Class of 2000
Sports Illustrated, Dick Buerkle, Miler
Roger Bunce
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 1997
Bunce, while coaching at Rochester's West High School in 1969.
Longtime high school coach, athletic director and administrator at West, Jefferson, Irondequoit and McQuaid; Section V and state high school football chairman and a pioneer advocate of the state playoff system; began athletic programs for students in wheelchairs at Jefferson in the 1960s and coached Rochester Wheels in national competition.
Section V Football Hall of Fame, Class of 1998
Democrat and Chronicle, Section V pioneer Roger Bunce dies
Al Butler
Amateur Sports, Inducted 1997
(top) while playing at Niagara... (2nd row) with the New York Knicks- click for larger photo
(group photo) At the August 1997 Frontier Field Walk of Fame ceremony (left to right) Butler..., Butler's
sister, Raenett Overstreet..., Trent Jackson's wife Pam..., Trent Jackson's mother, Evelyn...,
and Trent Jackson (Jackson also was among the inaugural 1997 WOF class). Click group photo for larger image.
(bottom, team) Butler is in the bottom row, second from left
Voted Rochester's all-time greatest high school basketball player; the East High product went on to star at Niagara University and enjoyed a successful NBA career with the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics.
Al Butler basketball statistics
Al Butler clipping
Dave Chamberlain
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 1997 
Record-setting baseball coach at Monroe Community College; started the program in 1964 and led the Tribunes to four trips to the Junior College World Series; his MCC teams won 735 of 967 games; member of Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame; pitching coach for 1985 Junior Olympic team.
Bio, Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame
Ithaca College Athletic Hall of Fame
Joe Crozier
Professional Sports Inducted 1997
(middle left) Amerks Coach Crozier confers with Don Cherry. (middle right) As Amerks coach in 1983-84.
(bottom left) Playing in the Quebec Hockey League in 1954-55. (bottom right) with the NHL and Toronto, 1959-60.
Coach and general manager during the Amerks' glory years in the mid-1960s; guided Rochester to Calder Cups in 1965, 1966 and 1968; career Amerks coaching record 250-155-30 in the regular season and 39-27 in the playoffs.
Joe Crozier hockey statistics
Bio, American Hockey League Hall of Fame
YouTube, Joe Crozier 2012 AHL Hall of Fame Induction ceremony
Web page, Rochester Americans Hall of Fame
Bio, Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
Buffalo Sabres, Joe Crozier to be inducted into Sabres Hall of Fame
2009 Amerks Booster Club website audio feature by Bill Flynn, with Joe Crozier, 7:40
Joe Cullinane
Media, Inducted 1997
A generation of Red Wings fans grew up listening to this dedicated radio announcer call the games from 1962-1974, including the incredible 1971 season, when the Wings won the Junior World Series over Denver. Also did basketball play-by-play for the University of Rochester and hockey for the Rochester Americans. 
Click bottom row of photos for larger sizes...(center) with Joe Altobelli and (right) Bobby Grich at Silver Stadium
in 1996 for the 25th anniversary reunion of the Wings championship 1971 season.
Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame
Radio play-by-play, Joe Cullinane, Wings defeat Denver to win the 1971 Little World Series, :52
1972 Cullinane interview with Mickey Mantle, at Red Wing Stadium, 4:05
Cullinane interview with Red Barber, 4:26
Cullinane interview with Joe DiMaggio, 3:11
Cullinane interview with Bob Feller, 3:33
Cullinane interview with Ted Williams, 3:43
Cullinane interview with Reggie Jackson, 5:00
Obituary, Democrat and Chronicle
Obituary, Denver Post
Bob Davies
Professional Sports, Inducted 1997
(top) Davies playing for Seton Hall... (bottom) click on bottom right photo for a larger image
The Rochester Royals' marquee player; one of the best ball-handling guards; perfected the behind-the-back dribble; member of the NBA's 10-player Silver Anniversary Team in 1970; Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer.
Bob Davies basketball statistics
Bio, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Bio, The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame
Seton Hall Retired Numbers, #11 Bob Davies
YouTube, Keith Olbermann Show: Davies obituary
Luke Easter
Professional Sports, Inducted 1997
Legendary slugger and one of Rochester's all-time baseball heroes; acquired from Buffalo in 1959 and spent six seasons delighting Red Wings fans with his tape-measure home runs and magnetic personality.
Luke Easter baseball statistics
Luke Easter, Retrosheet
Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame
Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame
Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame
baseball-almanac, Luke Easter; Myth, Legend, Superstar
Luke Easter baseball cards
Facebook, Luke Easter SABR Chapter
Buffalo Bisons retired uniforms, Luke Easter #25
Democrat and Chronicle, On this Day in Rochester History, March 29, 1979, Luke Easter: Popular Slugger was Victim of Circumstance, Death of a baseball Great, Easter Baseball
Bill Farrell
Contributors/Administors, Inducted 1997
Click on the photos. Top row, middle, from the early 1950's? Rush-Henrietta basketball. Farrell in the suit, (front row, l-r) Cy Krenzer #5, Bob Miller, Karl Schmiedeke, Gary Snyder (glasses), Jerry Prachel. (back row, l-r) Joe Drum, Don Finch, Dick Wood, Bob Fishell, Orville Loomis... Right, 1961 R-H baseball- Click photo for identifications... Bottom: 1957 Rush-Henrietta Varsity basketball, back row: L.Robb, A.Converse, A.Bauer, D.Zornow, B.Beeman. 2nd row: G.Rowland, D.Semple, J.Bean. Front row: J.Ramsey, P.Ingalls, B.Monahan, Coach Farrell.
The most successful promoter in Rochester sports history; chairman of Section V basketball during the tournament's biggest years; as president of Rochester Community Baseball, he helped Red Wings get back on solid financial footing; helped save the annual LPGA event at Locust Hill as tournament chairman.
Bio, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame
Jerry Flynn
Media, Inducted 1997
Rochester's most popular toastmaster; served as master of ceremonies when the Hickok Belt Dinner was the nation's most prestigious sports dinner; proud graduate of Aquinas and Notre Dame; has battled cancer with customary humor and grace. 
USS Enterprise, Account
Gilda's Club Rochester, Jerry Flynn Children's Classic golf tournament
Rich Funke
Media, Inducted 1997
Click on bottom row photos for larger sizes, left to right: During the 1970s at WHEC in 1979...
in 2010, Funke accepts the Don Holleder Award from Rochester Press-Radio Club President Scott Pitoniak...and the Funke family at the Rich Funke Memorial Golf Tournament, Summer 2012.
Channel 10's sports director is a six-time winner of the Lowell MacMillan Award for sportscasting excellence; respected as a "big-time" talent in a mid-sized market; began the Eddie Meath All-Star Football Game. 
Bio, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame
Section V Football Hall of Fame, Class of 1997
Bio, New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame
Rochester Americans Hall of Fame, Class of 2013
Rochester Lancers Wall of Fame, Class of 2014-15
Democrat and Chronicle, Broadcaster Rich Funke leaves legacy of coverage, community and caring
Daily Messenger, Rich Funke ousts Ted O'Brien in 55th Senate district race
Jody Gage
Professional Sports, Inducted 1997
(top) Raising the 1996 Calder Cup for the champion Rochester Americans.
Click any of the smaller photos for larger-sized images.
"Mr. Amerk" the all-time Amerks scorer; team leader in games, goals, assists and points; 1987-88 league MVP; many-time AHL all-star; one of three AHL players to score 500 goals.
Bio, Rochester Americans
Jody Gage hockey statistics
Rochester Americans Hall of Fame
Bio, American Hockey League Hall of Fame
Youtube, American Hockey League Hall of Fame
Harold "Shifty" Gears
Amateur Sports, Inducted 1997
(top right) Gears poses with the 1936 Championship trophy.
(bottom right) Post-softball days with Kodak star and teammate Tommy Castle.
A National Softball Hall of Famer, one of two original unanimous selections; legendary pitcher for Kodak Park's world champions in 1936 and '40; was 866-115, with 373 shutouts, 61 no-hitters and 12,244 strikeouts.
Bio, Rochester Senior Slowpitch Softball Association Hall of Fame
Bio, National Softball Hall of Fame
Democrat and Chronicle, RocJocks
Harold "Shifty" Gears clippings
Jean Giambrone
Media, Inducted 1997
(right) A portrait of Giambrone and golf champion Jack Nicklaus.
For 42 years with the Democrat & Chronicle and Times-Union; Rochester's "First Lady in Sports" was a pioneer in the coverage of high school and college women's sports; also covered golf and bowling; first woman to cover The Masters. 
Bio, University of Rochester Athletic Hall of Fame
Bio, Excerpts from the book "For the Record" by Bonnie Brennen
Scott Pitoniak, Democrat and Chronicle, Jean Giambrone: A Woman Ahead of Her Time
News 10 WHEC, Remembering female sports writer Jean Giambrone
Democrat and Chronicle, Sports writing pioneer Jean Giambrone dies at 91
Frank Cardon, Democrat and Chronicle, Tribute to Jean Giambrone
Walter Hagen
Professional Sports, Inducted 1997
"The Haig" probably was the most prominent pro athlete Rochester has produced; one of the first great international golfers and America's first superstar golfer; won 11 majors; won the U.S. Open in 1914 and 1919; the first American to win the British Open, and he did it four times; served as captain of U.S. Ryder Cup team a record six times.  
Bio, World Golf Hall of Fame
Western New York PGA Hall of Fame
Bio, statistics, Wikipedia
YouTube, 1928 golf swing
YouTube, putting, iron strokes
Walter Hagen Family Home Foundation
Democrat and Chronicle, On This Day in Rochester History, October 6, 1969
Les Harrison
Professional Sports, Inducted 1997
(top) Harrison in 1980, shortly before his induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Rochester's "Mr. Basketball", one of the early high school stars at East; founded the Rochester Royals with his brother, Jack; coached the Royals to the NBA championship in 1951 (Rochester's pro "Team of the Century"); promoted the Kodak Classic, one of the nation's top holiday tournaments; member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. 
Bio, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Bio, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame
Bio, Rochester Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
Obit, New York Times
Don Holleder
Amateur Sports, Inducted 1997
(top left) Holleder on the November 28, 1955 SI cover... (middle left) Holleder (16) and General Douglas MacArthur [MacArthur is in front row, far left] celebrate 14-6 Army victory over Navy, November 26, 1955... (middle right) Aquinas senior photo, class of 1952... (bottom) Holleder (16) leading the Cadets onto the field
Aquinas and West Point football hero; led Cadets to a memorable 14-6 upset over Navy as emergency quarterback his senior season; volunteered to fight in Vietnam and was killed in action Oct. 17, 1967; buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors; member of National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame; in 1973 Aquinas Stadium was rededicated as Holleder Stadium in his honor. 
Section V Football Hall of Fame, Class of 1998
Bio, College Football Hall of Fame
Memorial, Arlington National Cemetary
Army Greats
Millie Ignizio
Professional Sports, Inducted 1997
One of the all-time great women bowlers; only three-time winner of the prestigious Queens title; became the seventh and youngest member of the Women's International Bowling Congress at age 28; first Rochester woman to bowl a 300 game. She was inducted into the Rochester WBA Hall of Fame in 1974.
Bio, United States Bowling Congress
Bio, Bowling World
New York State USBC Hall of Fame, 1967
Professional Women's Bowling Hall of Fame, 1995
Sports Illustrated, He socks the sizzle to 'em
Trent Jackson
Amateur Sports, Inducted 1997
Olympians, 1976 Summer Games-Athletics

(top) With Franklin, about to challenge Jim Boeheim, left, then playing for Lyons Central High School
(bottom right) High school senior photo at Franklin, 1961
Probably Rochester's all-time greatest three-sport high school athlete; football and basketball star and sprinter for Franklin; ran 9.4 in the 100-yard dash on June 3, 1961, to equal the long-standing national high school record set by Jesse Owens; football, track and baseball star at Illinois; made 1964 U.S. Olympic team but pulled up lame after winning first heat; played in NFL with Philadelphia and Washington; longtime Franklin basketball coach. 
Trent Jackson Olympics statistics
Trent Jackson football statistics
Section V Football Hall of Fame, Class of 1997
Greater Rochester Track Club Hall of Fame, Class of 1998
Niagara Track and Field Hall of Fame, Class of 1998
Trent Jackson Memorial
Trent Jackson Clippings
Lord Johnson Jr.
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 1997
(top right) US Boxing coach Johnson (right) joins boxing team, including Mike Tyson (grey sweats)
(bottom) Johnson accepts his Walk of Fame brick from WOF Chairman Dan Guilfoyle, August 1997.
Has devoted himself to inner-city youth athletic programs for decades at the Baden Street Settlement; 1948 Franklin High grad; has organized youth boxing programs and is coordinator of the Niagara District Junior Olympic boxing program. 
Phil Kahler
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 1997
Click on photos for larger versions.
Record-setting women's basketball coach at St. John Fisher; the winningest coach in Division III women's basketball history with 561 victories; began the program in 1974, when the school had only 11 women on campus. It was his only losing season (2-10); his 1988 team was 30-0 and ranked No. 1 in the country before losing to Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.) in the championship game. 
Bio, St.John Fisher College Hall of Fame
Bio, Basketball Coaches of New York Hall of Fame, NCAA Legend Phil Kahler to Retire From Fisher
St.John Fisher College, Phil Kahler Retires
JoAnn Keyser-Armstrong
Amateur Sports, Inducted 1997
Paralympians, 1968,1972 Summer Games-Athletics, Lawn Bowls, Swimming
(top right) Keyser-Armstrong (left) representing the United States at the 1972 Wheelchair Olympics in Germany.
A paraplegic since birth and one of Rochester's all-time best wheelchair athletes; won many medals, including four golds, in a wide variety of sports at the Paralympics in Israel (1968) and Germany (1972); held many national wheelchair records; set international record in the 60-meter dash. 
Jo Ann Armstrong: Champion For Adaptive Sports
Bob Matthews
Media, Inducted 1997
(right) A past feature from the Democrat and Chronicle, Bob and Sal Maiorana.
The first winner of the Charlie Wagner Award for sportswriting excellence and the only three-time winner; the only winner of both the Wagner Award and the Lowell MacMillan Award for sportscasting; the catalyst behind the building of Frontier Field. 
Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame
Bio, WHAM radio
Bob Matthews' Column, WHAM 1180
Carlos Metidieri
Professional Sports, Inducted 1997
Click on 1971 Lancers road jersey for larger size.
"Mighty Mouse" led Rochester Lancers to 1970 North American Soccer League championship; two-time NASL Most Valuable Player and scoring champ (in 1970 and '71).
Bio, Wikipedia
Bio, Rochester Lancers Wall of Fame, Class of 2011
Youtube, 1973 NASL Highlights
Carlos Metidieri soccer statistics, photos, jerseys
Ed Nietopski
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 1997
Nietopski (right) with baseball great and ex-Rochester Red Wing, Stan Musial in 1951 at Braves Field in Boston.
The dean of Section V coaches; legendary basketball and baseball coach at Cardinal Mooney and Bishop Kearney; more than 1,000 career victories in the two sports; had brief stint as Red Wings infielder in 1950.  
Ed Nietopski baseball statistics
Bio, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame
Section V Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 2011
Basketball Coaches of New York Hall of Fame
Brockport High School Athletics Wall of Fame
Bio, Catholic Education Foundation Hall of Fame
Oak Hill Country Club
Chairman's Choice, Inducted 1997
Oak Hill's Clubhouse (top) and (bottom) Oak Hill East's No. 13
One of the world's greatest and most famous golf courses has put Rochester on golf's international map; site of the 1956, 1968 and 1989 United States Open Championships, the 1949 and the 1998 United States Amateur Championship, the 1984 United States Senior Open Championship, the 1995 Ryder Cup, the 1980 and 2003 PGA Championships, the 2008 Senior PGA Championship and the future site of the 2013 PGA Championship.
Web site
Photo Gallery, Democrat and Chronicle
Democrat and Chronicle, RocDocs, Timeline
Bill O'Rourke Sr.
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 1997
O'Rourke gets a ride off the court after Webster defeated Franklin in the 1960-61 Section V Class AA title game.
Soft-spoken longtime Webster High basketball coach for 28 years (340-191); basketball star at St. Lawrence University; 1961 Webster team beat Franklin in one of the most anticipated championship games in Section V history (both teams were 20-0 entering the title game). 
Bio, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame
Pete Pavia
Amateur Sports, Inducted 1997
(top) Villanova University basketball coach Rollie Massimino and Pavia at the Pete Pavia Annual
Sports Celebrity Dinner at Camp Good Days and Special Times. In the center is CGD founder, Gary Mervis.
Outstanding athlete at Aquinas; one of the nation's best college basketball referees, working several NCAA Final Fours; won the prestigious Golden Whistle in 1990 as "the national sports official who best exemplifies his profession;" died of cancer in 1992.  
1990 Golden Whistle Award
Aquinas Institute Hall of Fame, Class of 1989
New York Daily News, In Pavia, Cancer Picked A Tough Foe College Ref Wins Writers' Most Courageous Award
New York Times, College Basketball; Smith Ejected on 2 Technicals
Pete Pavia Memorial Scholarship Basketball Tournament
Don Quinn
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 1997
Longtime East Rochester football and wrestling coach and athletic director; always put teaching young athletes good morals above victories, but few high school coaches anywhere were as successful in two sports as he was. Bombers often were outmanned and undersized but usually came out on top; chosen national Wrestling Coach of the Year by his peers in 1985.  
Section V Football Hall of Fame, Class of 1998
Morrie Silver
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 1997
(middle) January 1957, Silver signs the purchase agreement allowing the fans corporation to buy
the Rochester ballclub for $525,000. At left is St.Louis Cardinals General Manager Bing Devine,
who served from 1949-54 as the Red Wings GM...(bottom) Morrie Silver statue, outside Rochester's
Frontier Field (click photo to view plaque)
When St. Louis pulled out of Rochester in 1956, this local businessman organized a successful stock sale to purchase the Red Wings from the Cardinals; served several stints as unpaid Red Wings president; Red Wing Stadium was renamed Silver Stadium in his honor in 1968.  
Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame
Bio, Rochester Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
Democrat and Chronicle, This Day in Rochester History: Feb. 27 - Morrie Silver leads purchase of Rochester Red Wings
Rochester Red Wings, Morrie Silver Statue Dedication, July 25, 2007
Morrie Silver, Silver Stadium dedication plaque
Morrie Silver Family Scholarship
George Sisler Jr.
Professional Sports, Inducted 1997
(bottom) Sisler with Columbus of the International League.
When St. Louis pulled out of Rochester in 1956, the son of Hall of Famer George Sisler decided to stay on as general manager; many-time executive of the year in the International League for Rochester and Columbus; brought Luke Easter and Joe Altobelli to Rochester; when he became president of the IL, he moved the league office to Rochester.  
George Sisler Jr. baseball statistics
Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame
Bio, International League Hall of Fame
Obituary, Associated Press
Jay Stalker
Contributors/Administration, Inducted 1997
Director of the Red Wings Knot Hole Gang for the last 23 years of his life and an official in the program for almost a half century; loved baseball and youngsters; extremely active in children's charities until his death in 1992 at age 85.  
Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame
Greater Greece Press, Press Box
Democrat and Chronicle, Game of baseball was Stalker's gift
Bob Thomas
Professional Sports, Inducted 1997
Click top photo for larger image.
Former McQuaid and Notre Dame place-kicking star; his field goal helped beat Alabama in Sugar Bowl; No. 3 all-time scorer for NFL Chicago Bears (1975-84) with 629 points, behind only Kevin Butler and Walter Payton; now a circuit court judge in Chicago area.  
Bob Thomas football statistics
Bio, McQuaid Jesuit High School Athletic Hall of Fame
Section V Football Hall of Fame, Class of 1998
NY Times, For 77 Bears, Giants Stadium Was a Special Place
Nick Urzetta
Amateur Sports, Inducted 1997
Has spent a lifetime supporting amateur sports in his native East Rochester and throughout the community; ER's first pro athlete as a pitcher in the St. Louis Cardinals organization; a tireless worker for Section V and longtime official in every major sport.  
Bio, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame
Section V Football Hall of Fame, Class of 1998
Section V Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 2011
Nick Urzetta baseball statistics
Sam Urzetta
Amateur Sports, Inducted 1997
Click bottom action photos, from 1951, for larger sizes.
(above) Photos from Urzetta's days at St. Bonaventure College
(below left) Urzetta (left) after defeating Frank Stranahan (right) in 39 holes to win the 1950 U.S. Amateur tournament.
Nick's brother is one of the main reasons East Rochester is known as the "Home of Champions"; upset heavily favored Frank Stranahan on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the 1950 U.S. Amateur Golf Championship; St. Bonaventure basketball and golf Hall of Famer, set NCAA record in 1948-49 by making 93.3 percent of his free throws; spent 37 years as pro at the Country Club of Rochester.  
Bio, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame
St. Bonaventure University Hall of Fame Plaque
Western New York PGA Hall of Fame
Youtube, Sam Urzetta wins 1950 US Amateur Golf Championship
Frank Verna
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 1997
Verna in 1988, with boxer Aaron Pryor at Rochester's Bayden Street Settlement gym.
Arguably the most popular boxing figure in Rochester sports history; "The Fighting Wildcat" had only nine losses in 416 amateur and pro fights from 1923 to 1939 and was a trainer for 75 years.  
Democrat and Chronicle, Frankie Verna's best one-two punch was his smile, kindness
Bobby Wanzer
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 1997
(top right and bottom) Coaching at St.John Fisher College.
Six-time NBA all-star guard for the Rochester Royals; Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer; teamed with Bobby Davies to form one of the top five backcourt combinations in NBA history; outstanding college basketball coach for 24 years at St. John Fisher, retiring with a 311-239 record.
Bobby Wanzer basketball statistics
Bio, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Bio, The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame
Bio, St. John Fisher College Hall of Fame
Bobby Wanzer Court, St. John Fisher College
Democrat and Chronicle, RocJocks: Bobby Wanzer helped Royals capture NBA title
Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester basketball legend Bobby Wanzer dies at 94

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