Joe Spruill to Cha Cha

Joe Spruill – The B Diamond in Central Park was named in his honor in 1994.  Spruill had been a baseball player and coach for over four decades and a role model for young people.  At one time a pitcher for Atlanta University, he conducted baseball clinics for young aspiring players in Schenectady in the 1930s.  Hundreds of young people were taughr the fundamentals by Spruill.  He was loved and revered by the young people whose lives he touched.

Little Falls – Little Falls High School was always on the Nott Terrace basketball schedule in the 1950s.  It was at the time when Ducky Castelle, Tom Mossey, and Murray Melton were the big Blue Devil guns.

The Jacobsens – In the 1950s, Schenectady athletes would congregate at Steve and Benji Jacobsen’s house on Dean Street and play two-on-two and three-on-three basketball games in their driveway, then retire to the basement for a few hands of poker or to shoot some pool, providing of course, that Mr. and Mrs. Jacobsen were not at home.  Linton All-American Pat Riley was a frequent visitor, and he played basketball, shot pool, and played poker very well.

Union is Home – Nott Terrace played many of their home basketball games at Union College in the 1950s.

Disciplinarian – Bernie Max once coached the Union College freshmen basketball team, and he assisted with the disciplinary problems at Linton.  He was very firm but a real funny man.

Ron Witherspoon –  Who  once owned the Knotty Pine Tavern in Rotterdam Junction, was belting monstrous shots out of the Central Park  A  Diamond when he was playing for the Kral AC.  Witherspoon was among the most powerful hitters  to ever play on that diamond.

Billy & Gary – Heady guard, Billy Carmody, was the floor general for coach Gary Walters’ Union College basketball team back in the 1970s.  Years later, Walters was named the athletic director at Princeton and he hired Carmody to coach the Tigers’ basketball team.  Carmody was very successful and went on to take over the Northwestern cage program.  Walters at one time was the head coach of Providence.

Lookin’ to Drag – Nationally known race car driver Shirley Cha Cha Muldowney was cruisin’ State Street in Schenectady in the 1960s, lookin’ for anyone who was willing to take her on in a drag race from the front of Proctor’s to Erie Boulevard.  She was warned many times by former Schenectady Blue Jay team trainer and Schenectady police officer, Guy Barbieri, to cut it out.











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