Rocky Colavito – Colavito, who played in a Game at McNearney Stadium in Schenectady and was known as a power hitter (374 career homeruns), also pitched two games in 1958.
Alvin Dark – He was the very skilled shortstop for the New York Giants when they beat the Cleveland Indians in the 1954 World Series. It was a time when Schenectady baseball fans were sky-high after Schenectady had won the Little League World Series that summer.
Dusty Rhodes – Rhodes was the hitting sensation for the Giants in that series. Johny Antonelli, who once owned a tire store on Mohawk Avenue in Scotia , was the Giants’ peerless pitcher with a 0.84 ERA in that series.
Jimmy Piersall – He once hit a homerun and ran around the bases backwards. Another time, he was batting against the Yankees with Yogi Berra behind the plate. Berra was complaining about a pitch that the umpire called a ball instead of a strike, and Piersall headed to the dugout and came back out to the plate and handed Berra a crying towel. My father saw it happen.
Joe Nuxhall – He was just 15 years-old in 1944, when he pitched part of an inning for Cincinnati.
Honus Wagner – Are there any Schenectadians around who ever saw him play? Maybe not. 1917 was his last season with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was a fabulous hitter, and he led the majors in batting 8 times.