Mike Schmidt – On August 19, 1971, future Philadelphia Phillies great, Mike Schmidt, playing for the Reading Phillies, came to Bleeker Stadium in Albany to face the Pittsfield , Mass. Senators. Schmidt hit two homeruns for the Phillies in their 4-3 win. There were more than 7,000 fans in attendance.
John Leonard & Dan Terwilliger – This talented duo led Niskayuna High School to the New York state basketball title in 1978. Terwilliger was a consistent scorer and rebounder, and was named to the tournament all-star team. Leonard, a very gifted all-around player who ran the court tirelessly, was the Suburban Council Player of the Year that season, and he also garnered the greatest number of votes by the selection committee to be named state tournament MVP.
Redwood Lanes – The first Professional Bowler’s Tour Tournament was held at Redwood lanes off of Central Avenue in Colonie. The host was Chris Schenkel, and bowling greats Carmen Salvino, Ray Bluth, and Don Carter were participants.
Dom Denio – Denio of Melrose outside of Troy was a three-sport coach at the old LaSalle High School, and he also coached baseball and football at Linton. Denio was the father of 18, grandfather of more than 45, and he had some great-grandchildren. Denio won a bronze star at the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.
Casper Wells – An outfielder/pitcher for the Seattle Mariners, Wells of Schenectady, was a pitcher for Schenectady High School in 2002. Wells had an 11-1 record for the Patriots that year, and he won five straight post-season games. Schenectady finished the season 24-2-2, and they won the Big-10 title.
Brendan Mitchell – In 1981, Mitchell, a Mont Pleasant High School standout, finished his career with 1,658 points to become the top scorer in Schenectady history. Mitchell was named Division III Player of the Year when he played his college ball for Pottsdam State in 1987.
Karl Bankowski – Bankowski played high school basketball for Draper and then for Jim Tedisco at Bishop Gibbons in 1977. Heavily recruited by Division I schools, he chose the University of Utah. Future NBA stars Danny Vranes and Tom Chambers were on his team. Bankowski averaged 10 points per game. After graduating, he resided in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he was president of a construction trucking company.
Put LaMay – LaMay was a very successful coach and Athletic Director at Glens Falls High. In 1981, LaMay, a former NYSPHSAA president, led Glens Falls’ bid for and received its first state basketball tournament at the Glens Falls Civic center. Glens Falls serves as New York’s unofficial basketball capital.