Punting a Dog – A Capital Region teacher, Dana Richardson, was once mentioned in Sports Illustrated for missing the football while attempting a punt and kicking a dog that was crossing the field. A great one for the bloopers tape.
Dishing it off – Former Bishop Gibbons basketball star, Dick Grubar, had 19 assists in one game when he was playing for the University of North Carolina. Grubar was a two-time Schenectady County Player of the Year when he played for Bishop Gibbons.
California Imports – Gary Trout, the strapping 6’3″, 215-pound Mont Pleasant end of the mid-1950s, moved to Schenectady from San Jose, California for his high school career. Linton All-American halfback Ron Oyer (1961) was another Golden State athlete who moved to the Electric City.
Sparring Partners – Tommy Giorgio, a heavyweight figjhter from the Capital Region, was selected to be one of heavyweight champion Joe Louis’s sparring partners for his South American boxing exhibition tour.
The Brawl – Capital Region boxing fans congregated at Center City on State Street in downtown Schenectady in the early 1980s to watch what turned out to be a brawl between Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard on closed circuit. It turned out to be one of the greatest fights of all-time. The two courageous ring warriors battled toe-to-toe for 15 magnificent rounds. Leonard won the decision.
Solid Weapons – Mickey Ferraro was the leading running back on the strong Mont Pleasant football team in 1954. That squad had solid weapons at nearly every position. The Red Raiders played in the Class A League, which was very strong from top to bottom that year. Outside of league play, Pleasant beat powerful White Plains. Quarterback Eddie Ricciardi masterfully directed the Mont Pleasant attack, and Lou DeMarco and Mickey Petrolle anchored the line.
The Doctor – Al Baskous, a talented wrestler on John Ciabotti’s Niskayuna High School team in the 1960s, attended Harvard and Jefferson Medical College, then became a practicing physician in Anchorage, Alaska.
Sparklers – Charlie Seber, the vocal manager of Sealtest of the Schenectady Babe Ruth League in 1959 and a city politician, had his players light sparklers in the dugout when his team was behind, and he wanted the game called because of darkness.
The Head Trick – A Capital Region little leaguer was playing the outfield and tracking a fly ball. He misjudged the hit ball and it struck him on the top of the head and bounced over the fence. It was ruled a homerun.
Hi Ya Small Fry – This was Howard Tupper’s greeting on Sunday mornings when he hosted TV Tournament Time on WRGB. Skip Vigars Sr., Johnny Walther or Joey Schmidt often reigned as “King of the Hill.”