Sellout Crowds to Doctor Gene

Sellout Crowds -Amsterdam High School basketball stars Billy Hojohn,  Dave Santos,  Howie Derrick, and Don Safran helped pack the Mont Pleasant, Nott Terrace and Linton gyms when they came to town.

Bowling greats – In the 1950s and 1960s, some of the big names in area bowling were Jack Scaccia, Skip Vigars Sr., Eddie Fasake, Joe Donato, Cuby Fiorilo, Bob Consalvo, Hank Dodge, Morris Cramer, Em Tuttle, Johnny Walthers, and Joey Schmidt.

The Blue Jays – The Schenectady Blue Jays outfield of Eddie Sanicki, Mel Clark, and Danny Schell, was perhaps, the best in the Eastern League in the early 1950s.

Big Upset – Mike Deane’s Siena Saints pulled off a monstrous upset in 1986, beating Division I power Stanford in an early round of the NCAA Tournament.

Buzzer-Beater – Karl Heiner hit a jumpshot with a few ticks left on the clock in regulation play to extend Linton’s basketball win streak in 1961.  Center Jack Washington, the team’s star, was held to 11 points.  That streak ended later that season when the Blue Devils were beaten by city rival Mont Pleasant.

30-Plus – Leo McDermott of St. Columba’s High School became the first area player to average over 30 points per game in 1958.

Free Admission –   Schenectady baseball fans were sneaking into McNearney Stadium on Jackson Avenue to see Lee Riley’s Blue Jays play in the late 1940s.  To be honest, we were still sneaking in in 1956.

World Series Ring – Former Mont Pleasant  teacher/coach/administrator, Tony Parisi, got his ring in the mid-1950s, when he and his Holy Cross teammates won the College Baseball World Series.

Top Average – Bowler Frankie Chamberlain continued to dominate the City League average race and was selected the city’s outstanding athlete of 1952.  Chamberlain’s 194.66 was the top average in the  League.

Doctor Gene – Retired Schenectady cardiologist Eugene Drago played football for Nott Terrace.  He attended Georgetown Medical School in the early 1950s.

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