The Carlisle Indian – Jim Thorpe, the old Carlisle Indian grid, baseball and track star, who was one of the greatest athletes of all time, came to the Capital Region and officiated the Schenectady Nighthawks- Utica Patriots pro football game at Braves Field.
Fooore – In the 1950s, the Stanford Golf Course was sprawling over the land on which the Mohawk Commons now sits on Balltown Road in Niskayuna.
Toe-To-Toe – Peppie Saruth, a Schenectady fighter, beat Charlie Tucker in a magnificent 3-round bout in an Amateur Sports Club fight held at the PNA Hall on Crane Street in the 1950s. They battled toe-to-toe, throwing everything into every punch.
GE Employee – Niskayuna’s Chuck Heiden, a 1962 All-County running back with blazing speed to the outside, later became a finance director for GE Lighting in Mentor, Ohio. He married his high school sweetheart, Janice Greenwood.
Slick Mike – Mike Naumoff, a very solid lineman on the same ’62 Niskayuna team, is the owner of Slick’s Tavern in the Stockade area of the Electric City. One sandwich will last you about three days. Try one!
Low Handicap – Tommy Wood, the rangy shortstop with the flawless glove on the 1959 Schenectady Little League All-Star team that finished third in the Little League Worl Series, is a low handicap golfer, now residing in South Carolina. Wood is a retired auto parts salesman.
Banging the Boards – Pat Riley pulled down 30 rebounds in one game when he was playing for the University of Kentucky frosh basketball team.
New Pin Setters – In the early 1950s, there was much talk that due to a pin boy shortage, Capital Region bowling establishments would soon be installing automatic pin setting machines.
Fort Dix – Former Mont Pleasant basketball star, Eddie Catino, played hoop for the first army team at Fort Dix and averaged 10 points per game. Among his teammates wer Al Clinkscale of the Harlem Globetrotters and Tom Gola of the New York Knicks.
Scotia Workhorse – Scotia workhouse, Neil Buhrmaster, rushed for 164 yards to lead the Tartans to a 20-14 win over Ballston Spa in 1989. His rushing total put him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season.