Red Raider Randy Cross to Francis Tarkenton

Remember When

** Randy Cross was throwing up two-handed jumpshots, and teammate Jerry Vinehout was deftly sinking left and righthanded hookshots from in close for Dick Suprunowicz’s Mont Pleasant basketball team in 1961.

** Eddie Waytula was the briliant defensive shortstop, but a lightweight with the stick, for the Schenectady Blue Jays in the late 1950s.

** Little Freddie Smith, the five foot eight or nine inch  feisty Schalmont basketball coach, played head-to-head against New York City’s 6’5″ super-guard Roger Brown at the Schenectady YMCA.  Brown, who played for Wingate High School, tickled the nets on jumpsjhots like thay were layups.  It was a very difficult night for the Sabre coach.

** It was hot and stuffy while you were setting up your own pins and bowling for hours at Van Vranken Lanes on the northside of town.

** Someone always had a “can’t miss” horse or a “lock” at Saratoga Harness  or Green Mountain Park Race Track.

** Former Schenectady High basketball coach Mark Sausville’s father Ralph was the head basketball coach at Albany High in the early 1960s.  Two of his best players were Davis Willingham and Fred Leigh.  Both “kids” looked like they were going on 22.

** The gym at St. Columba’s High School on Craig Street in the Hamilton Hill section of the Electric City had pillars in the middle of the floor.  It was legal for a player to use one for a screen.  They were protected by mats.

 ** Johnny Verra, the Bishop Gibbons football coach, had his defensive backs take ballet lessons.  Ya know what!  The defensive secondary made more pass interceptions that year than in previous seasons.

** Manny Ycaza and Braulio Baeza were whippin’ and drivin’ their mounts at Saratoga Race Course in the 1960s.  They were two of our favorite jockeys.  Ycaza was especially good at 6 furlongs and Baeza in the distance races.

** Francis Tarkenton, the scrambling quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, spoke at the Bishop Gibbons all-sports banquet in 1968.

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