New York Capital Region Sports Memories (1900-2013) by Mike Meola is available. Contains more than 400 former athletes, coaches & teams. To place an order call (518) 210-0228
David Modest, perhaps the greatest guard in Nott Terrace/ Linton basketball history, averaged 27 points per game in the early 1970s. He could stop on a dime and elevate for his jumpshot a la Calvin Murphy. The slim but awfully quick backcourt star, was recruited by the legendary John Wooden of UCLA. Modest selected Providence College, but did not graduate.
Undefeated heavyweight fighter Trevor Bryan is from Schenectady. The 6-foot, 231-pounder is 15-0, and he has won 11 times on knockouts. He will be gaining national exposure when he fights in Las Vegas.
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Amanda Blackstone established herself as one of the finest female high school basketball players ever to come out of the Capital Region. A versatile player, Blackstone played all five positions at one time or another. She graduated from Mohonasen High School in 2002 with 1300 career points. It was the most points scored in the Rotterdam school’s history. Blackstone was named to the All-New York state first team her senior year.
Mike DeBrino Jr., who pitched for Bishop Gibbons High School, was named to the Junior College All-American Team when he hurled for Schenectady County Community College in 1987. DeBrino was 10-0 on the mound, and the Chiefs posted a 30-8 record.
Outdoor wrestling matches were held before huge crowds at Schenectady’s McNearney Stadium (home of the Blue Jays) on Jackson Avenue in the 1950s. T.V. heroes like Verne Gagne, Pat O’Connor, Ronnie Etchison, and Hans Schmidt topped four of their cards.
Lee Riley, the father of basketball legend Pat Riley and onetime manager of the Schenectady Blue Jays, had a short stint as a major league player with the Philadelphia Phillies. Riley banged a double in 12 trips to the plate for a batting average of less than .100. His biggest weakness was hitting left-handed pitchers.
In the 1950s, Fox & Murphy Sporting Goods was open and selling its sports products at 334 State Street. Golf pro Jimmy Farina was giving golf lessons there.
Union College basketball player Joe Clinton of the class of 1983 was an unselfish player who always seem to find the open man which led to many scores for the Dutchmen. Clinton holds Union College’s single-season and game records for assists. Clinton’s single game record is 15, and the superb ball-handler dished out 182 assists in one season.
Here are the Mont Pleasant Athletic Club’s Athletes of the Year from 1946 to 1950; Marty Servo, World Welterweight Champion (1946), Dave Guest, basketball player (1947), Eddie Rimkus, Olympic bobsledder(1948), Mack Suprunowicz, Mont Pleasant High basketball star and Jim Scholz (1949), and Sig Makofski, basketball coach of the Mont Pleasant High “wonder teams” (1950). Jim Konstanty, the great Philadelphia relief pitcher, was the guest speaker for the 1950 event which was held at Dinty’s Terrace Gardens, Latham.
Joe Zelezniak, the former Mont Plrasant High quarterback with a gun for an arm and a top level shot putter of the 1970s, was pictured on the front cover of Health & Strength magazine.