Category Archives: Schenectady County Sports Trivia

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Tony Rossi is Also a Great Guy

I had the opportunity to play second base beside Shortstop Tony Rossi in both Little League and Babe Ruth League.  He was the consummate player.  Rossi could hit, field, run the bases, and he was a team leader.  A great guy and fun to be around, Rossi, the Siena College baseball coach for 47 years, set a record recently with his 832nd win.  He is now the all-time winningest coach in any sport in MAAC history.  Congratulations Tony!

Wrestlers Jeff Blatnick & Nick Gwiazdowski Rank Right at or Very Near the Top of the List

Wrestling is very often treated like a second-rate citizen when compared to sports like basketball, football and baseball.  Olympic gold medal winner Jeff Blatnick and three-time college heavyweight champion Nick Gwiazdowski, however,  are two wrestlers who have got to rank right up near or at the top of the list of the greatest athletes ever to come out of the Capital Region.  Right there with the Barry Kramers, Ernie Stautners, Pat Rileys, Jimmer Fredettes,  John Ceruttis, Shereesha Richards, etc.

Zac O’Dell is the Son of Val Higgins

Zac O’Dell, the football/basketball star of Schalmont high School, who scored 21 points, pulled down 16 rebounds and dished out 9 assists in a recent  Sabres’ win over New Hartford, is the son of former Schalmont and Siena College star Val Higgins.   Val Higgins, an All-MAAC first team selection in the early 1990s, was also named the MAAC Player of the Year her senior season.  When she graduated, Higgins was ninth on Siena’s all-time career scoring list with 1,137 points.  She also had the second highest single-game on record with 37 points.

The “Dust Bowl”

The Nott Terrace football teams of the 1950s practiced in the “Dust Bowl”, which was across the street and up the hill from the high school which was located on Nott Terrace where Denny’s now sits.  The Schenectady Museum is now located where the “Dust Bowl” once was.  I guess it’s true that we swallow a pound of dirt before we die.  Those Terrace players probably reached that consumption level in three years.

Kenny Getsch Got It From David Bowie

The Albany Diamond Dogs baseball team that once played their games at Heritage Park , near the Albany International Airport in Colonie, got its name from Kenny Getsch of Schenectady, after he listened to a song by David Bowie by the same name.  The Albany Senators of the Eastern League got their name through a name-the-team contest.  There were 115 entries.  Among them were Capitals, Aces, Running Squirrels, Airports, and the Senators.  The Albany Senators folded in 1959, and Hawkins Stadium was sold for back taxes and razed in 1960.