Billy Harrell to Murray Melton

Billy Harrell – Harrell of Troy, was playing baseball for the Reading Phillies and was named Eastern League MVP in 1953.  Harrell was also one of the greatest basketball players in Siena College history.

Steve Baker – A hockey star for Union College in the 1970s.  He had a sizzling introduction to the National Hockey League with the New York Rangers, and he lost just one of his first ten starts the 1979-80 season.  Baker seemed destined to be the Ranger goalie for a long time, but he  played in fewer and fewer games in the following years.

Terrence Coppola – On January 16, 2004, Coppola, a Scotia High basketball guard, scored 26 points against previously unbeaten Ballston Spa to become the all-time leading scorer in Tartan history.  He amassed 1,072 career points.

Schenectady Blue Jays – They finished second in the league to the Albany Senators in 1952.  The team drew 81,912 fans for the season, but 120,000 were needed to break even.

The National Museum of Racing – On August 6, 1951, the National Museum of Racing opened in Congress Park in Saratoga Springs.  More than 2,000 people attended the opening ceremonies which were presided over by C.V. Whitney.

Secretariat – On July 31, 1972, the great Triple Crown winner won for the second time in three starts on opening day at Saratoga Racecourse. Ron Turcotte was in the irons.

Dave Paliwodzinski – A running back for Shenendehowa in the late 1980s, Paliwodzinski was the heart and soul of the Plainsmen football team.  The 5’7″, 160-pounder was not real fast, but he had deceptive power for a player his size.  Paliwodzinski finished the season with 17 touchdowns and 102 points.  His finest effort came against Troy, when the talented senior rushed for a school record 314 yards in a 35-33 win. 

Murray Melton – The ex-Nott Terrace deadeye scored 531 points for Columbia University in 1958 to shatter the Lions’ frosh record which had been held by former All-American Chet Forte.

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