Lunker Carp -Fishing for carp off the banks of the Mohawk River was always a popular pastime for Schenectady County anglers in the 1950s and 1960s. Sportsmen wre pulling in dozens of the bottom-feeding lunkers on a daily basis. Usually, corn meal was their choice of bait. While fishermen were taking their casts, hunters were shooting their pellet and BB guns at squirrels, rabbits, birds or any animal that moved along the river.
Milestone – Pat Riley’s Los Angeles Lakers beat the New York Knicks in 1988 to give Riley NBA career win number 400.
Flo First – Schenectady’s Flo Townsend took first place in the All Events standings in the New York State Bowling Tournament in 1948.
Footnote – In 1966, Jimmy Barbieri of Lenox Road in the Electric City, played in the Major League World Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers and was one of the six-straight strikeout victims of Baltimore Oriole pitcher Moe Drabowsky. Those six-straight Ks tied a major league record. Barbieri was paid an additional $8,000 for playing in that series which was won by Baltimore.
The Noseguard – Niskayuna High School’s Andy Bloom was an all-area noseguard and fullback in the 1980s. He also was selected to the All New York State Second Team. Bloom also won the New York State shot put title, and he set a state record by heaving the discuss more than 200 feet.
CD Hall of Fame – Barry Kramer, Pat Riley, Jim Tedisco, Jeff Blatnick, Marty Servo, Joe DeMeo, Dick Grubar, Tom Dalton, and Gary Geiger were inducted into the Capital District Hall of Fame in 2003.
The Parkway Inn – John Bonifacio, the sports editor of the Schenectady Gazette for ten years, took over the management of the Parkway Inn at 1487 State Street at the corner of Fehr Avenue many decades ago. It later became known as Castello’s.
West Point – Bob DeLuca’s name appeared in the headline of almost every newspaper in the Capital Region when he was in the hunt for an appointment to West Point in 1962. DeLuca, a 6’2″ forward for Linton, finally accepted a full scholarship to Cornell, where he became an All-Ivy pick alongside the great Bill Bradley of Princeton. DeLuca was also the team captain.