Remember the Day Back When

** You drove your sled down Devil’s Hill in Central Park for the first time.  Talk about a rush!

** Albany High football coach Herb Beckett was discussing the game between crosstown rivals Linton and Mont Pleasant in 1962.  “I saw Linton beat Aquinas and us.  Also watched Mont Pleasant defeat Amsterdam.  Both your Schenectady teams looked good to me.  You should have your best Election Day game in years.”  They sure did!  Pleasant beat the Blue Devils 14-13,  with the winning touchdown coming with less than a half-minute left in the game.

** Mont pleasant’s Gale Knull won the state wrestling championship.  He was also an All-American linebacker for the Red Raiders.  The Red Raiders’ Mark DeMeo and Anthony Bellai were also state champs.

** Joe Parillo, a durable running back for Draper, amassed 162 yards rushing against rival Mohonasen.  He and Rob Callahan hit paydirt 22 times between them that season.

** Schenectady’s Hal McConvery was the first-string catcher for the Albany Senators of the Eastern League.

** Dr. John Angerosa, a city ear, nose, and throat specialist, was playing basketball for Nott Terrace.  He is an accomplished pianist.

** Chet DiLallo and the Reverend Martin Overholser were teaming up and handling all handball opponents at the Schenectady YMCA.

** Walt Przybylo was named the head basketball coach at Cortland High School.

** Ike and Adlai took center stage and knocked the Wednesday night fights off the air. 

** Chuck Esmoke, a Schenectady baseball scout, was a baseball scout and basketball coach in St. Steubenville, Ohio.

** Armand Farina, Bob Haggerty Sr., and Hap Duval were the area golf pros.

** Coach Whitey Boehm took his Nott Terrace cagers on a 4-day trip to New York City to see the National Invitation Tournament at Madison Square Garden.

** The old Jewish Community Center was located on Germania Avenue off of Albany Street.  Many junior high school basketball tournaments were held there.

** Schenectady jockey Carl Maiello was whippin’ and drivin’ his mounts at Hialeah.

** Eddie Hamil was one of the best defensive catchers in the area.

** Mont Pleasant trackman, Joe Hamilton, won an athletic scholarship to Alfred University.  He was one of the Red Raiders’ best  pole vaulters ever.

** Clarence “Cappy” Trowbridge, one of the stars of the Mont Pleasant basketball team, won a scholarship to Seton Hall.  He averaged 11 points per game for the Red Raiders his senior year and was a First Team All-County pick.

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