A Little Wobble to Pickin’ Their Pockets

A Little Wobble – Linton quarteback, Paul Bricoccoli, threw the football with a little wobble on it, but he could really thread the needle on both short down and out and deep patterns.  His mentor was Dick Lalla, who was a QB at Colgate and an All-American Honorable Mention.  Bricoccoli, who quarterbacked Linton in 1961, went on to a productive career at Rhode Island.

Father Ben – The late Reverend Benjamin Kuhn, better known as Father Ben, was the toastmaster at the Mont Pleasant AC dinner honoring Schenectady Little League’s World Champions as the Schenectady Athletes of the Year in 1954.  It was held at the old Van Curler Hotel, which now houses Schenectady County Community College.

Super TourneyBrian Therriault of Niskayuna High scored 20 of his team’s 45 points in the final round of the Arthur Hilliard Tournament against Cardinal Hayes.  The next night,  he canned 37 points in the consolation game.  He also scored 32 points earlier that month against South Glens Falls.

Destiny’s Darlings – Former Union Star sportswriter Marty Ralbovsky wrote a book titled Destiny’s Darlings,  which was about the players on the Schenectady Little League World Championship Team.

Whippin’ & Drivin’ – Many moons ago, two of Schenectady County’s favorite harness drivers at Saratoga were Harold Story and Percy Davis.

Slick Playmaker Gary McKee, the slick play-making guard who dished it off for Nott Terrace in 1957, and then Florida Southern, became a district manager for a paper company in Charlotte, North Carolina.

They Called Him Big Sly – Behemoth Mont Pleasant lineman, Sylvester Huggins, gracefully ate up opposing running backs.  He was one of the greatest linemen ever produced in the Capitasl Region.

Pickin’ Their Pockets – Union College basketball guard, John Denio, with his quick hands, was pickin’ the pockets of every opposing guard who dared to bring the ball down the floor.

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