Boxer Petey Virgin to Golfer Armand Farina

Petey Virgin – Virgin was the tenth-ranked featherweight in the world in 1947.  After a lengthy career, he was about to take on Willie Pep for the World Welterweight Crown, when he suffered an eye injury and was forced to retire from boxing.

Willie Deane – The former Schenectady High all-everything scored 36 points, collected four rebounds, and had three steals in a college game for Purdue.  This output gave Deane the Big-Ten scoring title.

Bill Eddy – This Harvard grad coached the Schenectady High track as well as other athletic teams.  Track was his main strength, and he coached 27 cross country teams, and over a 26-year span of time,(1921-47), his teams won seventeen championships.  In 28 track seasons, his squads won the sectional title eighteen times.

Wingo Hawthorne – or was it Hawthorne Wingo?  Remember him?  He played for the Schenectady Schaefer Brewers in 1964.  He was from outside the Schenectady area.  A bit unpolished, he could really get off the floor and pulled down a lot of rebounds.

Mel Allen & Red Barber – Broadcasters who called the final games of the Little League World Series in 1953 and 1954, when Schenectady was playing.  Allen did the national play-by-play in 1954 and Barber in 1953.

Dick Trowbridge – He was named the Rotterdam Athlete of the Year in 1963, and New York Giant football great Andy Robustelli was the guest speaker honoring him at the Knotty Pine House in Rotterdam Junction.

Lionel Chalmers – A three-year starter for Bishop Gibbons (1995-1998).  In his earlier years, he played AAU ball for Mickey Walker, and he averaged over 32 points per game.  He later was a star at Xavier.

Wayne Smith – A flashy baseball player for Mont Pleasant in 1963, Smith signed with the Kingsboro Pirates of the Appalachian League, but was injured later that year, and he left baseball for a teaching and coaching job.

Doug McManus – He was a year younger than Pat Riley, but teamed with Pat to form a two-pronged attack for the Cental Park Junior High School sandlot football team. He played basketball and baseball for Linton in the 1960s. He was an especially good shortstop with great range, and he was a steady singles and doubles hitter.

Jimmy Seaman – He was a superb guard on the undefeated Linton basketball ream in 1960 that featured All-American Barry Kramer.  Seaman was quick, and he was very fast running straight up and down the floor.  a southpaw, he had a soft jumpshot and could dish it well to Kramer.  He was scholarshipped by Syracuse where had a prolific career.  The Orangemen played their games at the old Manley Fieldhouse.

David Przybylo – Przybylo scored  1300 career points to surpass Barry Kramer and Pat Riley in that department. He played for the Blue Devils from 1972 to 1975.  Przybylo was a guard who moved well with or without the ball, and he could drive to the hoop and shoot the ball from outside equally as well.  He also was a fine passer.  A complete player.

Nick DeGasperis – DeGasperis, a quarterback for Schenectady High in 2002, his biggest day came when he led the Patriots to a 29-28 win over perennial Big-Ten power Troy High.  With Schenectady down 28-22, the heady signal-caller led the Pats down the field on an eight minute drive.  DeGasperis beat a Trojan defender in a foot-race to the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.  It was the Patriots’ first win over Troy since 1988.

Eddie Rimkus – He was 34 years-old when he was a member of the U.S. gold medal winning Olympic bobsled team in St.Moritz, Switzerland in 1948.  He spent his high school days at Mont Pleasant.

Armand Farina – A Nott Terrace grad of the 1930s, Farina became a member of the PGA Tour and competed against such greats as Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, and Slammin’ Sammy Snead.  Farina tied for third in the San Francisco Open, and he finished seventh in the Pensacola Open.  He also shot a record-setting 27 for nine holes in the Texas Open in 1947.


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