Goose Tatum to Elton Brand

Goose Tatum & Co. – In the 1940s,George Mikan, Al Cervi, Arnie Risen, Red Holzman, Goose Tatum, Bobby Davies, and Chuck Connors (The Rifleman) came to Schenectady and played basketball at the Armory on Washington Avenue.

Tony Rossi – In 1964, Tony Rossi , the Siena baseball coach who grew up in Colonie, had the highest batting average (.477) in the east when he was playing for Brockport.

Connie Hawkins – Hawkins, the 6’6″ sky-walker, who could begin at the top of the key, take two long strides,elevate, and dunk the basketball, played at the Schenectady YMCA in the late 1950s.  His leaping ability and acrobatic skills fit the mold of Julius Erving.

Paul DellaVilla – A great running back for Mont Pleasant, who ran close to the ground and could really accellerate, had moves that were similar to Heisman Trophy winner Joe Bellino who played for Navy.

Ron Oyer – The former Linton All- American football player played in the Syracuse backfield alongside Floyd Little and Larry Csonka.

Roger Maris – Roger Maris, Tommy LaSorda, Rocky Colavito, Bill Skowron, Bobby Richardson, and Felipe Alou all played in minor league games at McNearney Stadium, home to the Blue Jays, at one time or another. 

Rusty Vitallo – The former Linton 2-sport standout played for Bradenton, Florida of the Gulf Coast League in 1968, and the 23 year-old 6’3″, 195-pound righty was the league’s earned run average leader with a 0.95 ERA for 64 innings.  His performance that year earned him a promotion to Birmingham of the Class AA Southern Association.

Karl Heiner – The father of Karl Jr. and Paul Heiner, two former Linton hoopers, Karl Sr. played in the New York State Professional Basketball League in the mid-1940s.

Bruce Hooker – The former Scotia two-sport ace high-jumped 6’5″ in the Penn Relays when he was attending Hofstra.

Elton BrandWillie Deane, who led Schenectady High to a state basketball title, played on the AAU National Team in Europe when he was 15 years-old in 1995.  Among his teammates were future NBA players Elton Brand, and Lamar Odom.

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