Dick Sims to Lee Wallard

Dick Sims – Twenty year-old Dick Sims, a Nsikayuna High grad, signed a baseball contract with the New York Yankees in 1960 and was assigned to their Class A Fort Lauderdale team.  Sims was a shortstop with great range, and he was solid with the stick.

Ray Vacca & the Red Raiders – In 1953, after taking over for the legendary Sig Makofski, Ray Vacca’s Mont Pleasant hoop squad went indefeated for the regular season (17-0), and they went on to defeat Kingston and Newburgh in the last two games of the season to capture the post-season Class A Intersectional Tournament.  The Raiders finished the season 20-0.

Sig Makofski – He was the creme de la creme of basketball coaches.  His 354-24 career record was an incredible accomplishment.  He sent a myriad pf players on to college on scholarships.

Chris Alescio – Alescio, a former Siens College baseball star, signed a contract with the St Louis Cardinals in the late 1980s.  He was to report to spring training in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Mike Maietta’s Teams – It was pretty amazing and awfully impressive that three Schenectady Little League teams under the guidance of Mike Maietta, played in the Little League World Series.  The 1953, 1954, and 1959 teams all advanced to Williamsport.  The ’53 team finished second, the ’54 team took all the marbles, and the ’59 team finished third.

Lou Jordan – Jordan played basketball for Mont Pleasant in the 1950s.  When he graduated he held the single game, season and career scoring records.  He scored 34, 35, 33, and 33 points in consecutive games in 1955.  He went on to Cornell where he was a first team All-Ivy pick his junior year.  He scored 37 points against Penn in 1957.  Jodan went to Cornell Medical School and became an Orthopedic Surgeon.

Lee Wallard – Wallard of Altamont, set a new mark, winning the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day in 1951.  He won at 126.244 mph to break Bill Holland’s 1949 record.  Wallard also finished sixth in 1950 and seventh in 1948.  He received $63,512 in cash, a $4,000 Chrysler pace car and other prizes for his record performance.

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