Abe Feldman to the Hennel Family

Abe Feldman – In 1934,  Schenectady’s  Abe  Feldman fought to a 10-round draw against light-heavyweight Bob Olin who later became the world champion.  Feldman also defeated the great John Henry Lewis in 1935.  After losing to Feldman, Lewis beat Olin for the title.

Jimmy Barbieri – Barbieri played baseball for Nott Terrace/Linton for three years (1957-1959), and the Blue Devils were 23-3 for those three years and also won the Class A League Title all three years.  Barbieri hit .384 in 1957, .500 in 1958, and .424 in 1959.

Walt Suprunowicz – When Suprunowicz was a senior basketball player for Holy Cross in the early 1950s, they were 26-2 and ranked number three in the country.  The Crusaders also won the NIT.

Bob Czub – 1953 Nott Terrace football star, Bob Czub, was recruited by Syracuse coach Ben Schwartzwalder, who came to Schenectady to speak with him, and  Notre Dame also came knocking at the door.  Czub selected Cornell, where not only did he have a fine football career, but he also excelled in the sport of boxing.  He was the Intramural Light-Heavyweight champion in 1954 and 1955, and he won his very first fight by a knockout in 22 seconds.

John Castell & Bob Killeen – Two basketball players on one of Sig Makofski’s better teams in the early 1950s, they both had some smarts in the classroom and went on to highly rated Middlebury College.

Brewer Mentors – Don Blaha, Eddie Catino, Billy Connors, and Bill Rapavy all coached the Schenectady Schaefer Brewer pro basketball team.

Jack Goldthwaite – One of Mohonasen’s best-ever  hoopers, Goldthwaite pumped in 42 points in a game in 1969, and he just may have been the only Mighty Warrior ever to be named Schenectady County Basketball Player of the Year.

Rotterdam All-Stars – The Rotterdam Babe Ruth League All-Star Team won the World Series in 1980.  They were extremely dominant in district competition, scoring 73 runs in just four games.  A suicide squeeze in their final game in state competition brought home the winning run to send them on to regional competition.

Connie Hawkins – Hawkins once played at the Schenectady YMCA, where he put on quite a show with his brilliant play.  He was pegged to eventually go on to the NBA and perhaps become one of the greatest pro players of all-time.  Hawkins’ numbers in the NBA, however, were mediocre for a super-talent.  He averaged 16.5 points and 8 rebounds per game.

The Hennel Family – In 1965, The Hennel family built a 9-hole golf course where McNearney Stadium, home of the Schenectady Blue Jays once stood , and in 1987 they opened an 18-hole course.  Known as Stadium Golf Course, located on Jackson Avenue, it is a very popular and gets a great deal of play from by area golfers.

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