Union’s Jerry Brescia to Official Tommy Brennan

Jerry Brescia -A chiropractor on upper Union Street in Niskayuna, Brescia was a consistent all-around basketball player and one of the leading scorers on the Union College basketball team awhile back. He also is pretty darn good with a golf club in his hands.

Billy Varno – A former area basketball official, Varno ran the printing press for the Schenectady Gazette for many years, and he had all the sports scoop in the wee hours of the morning.

Warren DeSantis – A member of the Linton High basketball team, and the kid with the sweet turn-around jumper in 1963, was the general manager of Saratoga Raceway among a other tracks at one time, and he was celebrated as one of the most knowledgeable and best in the business.  DeSantis worked diligently to get New York State to return a portion of its racing revenue to the horsemen.  He always felt thet the men who were putting on the show deserved to race for higher purses.  DeSantis resides in Wellington, Florida.

Fire & Fear –   A book by heavyweight fighter Mike Tyson, mentioned Schenectady Ring 26 members Matt Baranski and Kevin Rooney.

Bobby Stewart – Former boxer, Bobby Stewart of Amsterdam, trained Mike Tyson while Tyson was in Tryon School for Boys and Stewart was working there.  Stewart is the guy who introduced Tyson to Cus D’amato, who later trained Tyson.  D’amato became Tyson’s legal guardian when he was released from Tryon at the age of fifteen.

Plymouth Valiant – The plymouth Valiant was being advertised on the sports pages of the Schenectady Gazette in the early 1960s.  The ad offered prospective buyers a 5-year or 50,000 mile engine and drive warranty.  Schenectady Plymouth Inc. at 1016 State Street and Mohawk Avenue Garage at 25 Mohawk Avenue, Scotia, were offering the deal.

Al DeSantisSchenectady Union Star sportswriter Al DeSantis and his sports promotions during the 1960s made him the Abe Saperstein of Schenectady County.

Dave Leon – As a Mont Pleasant football player, Leon weighed 160 pounds.  Later, he bulked up to 220, and he put together a collection of more than 40 trophies for his efforts in power-lifting competitions over a span of nine years.

John Mazzone – Fondly called Mazzy by St. John’s basketball coach Lou Carnesecca, Mazzone served as the Redmen basketball manager when he attended college there.  He is an accountant in Schenectady County and a man of great integrity.

Jason Graber & Derek Martin – In 1989, it was difficult choosing between Derek Martin and Jason Graber of Schalmont for the MVP of the Class B Sectional Basketball Tournament.  Both players were extremely effective inside, scoring crucial buckets and pulling down crunch-time rebounds.  Martin was named tourney MVP.

Billy Thwaits – In the late 1980s, Billy Thwaits replaced Bill Gold as the Mohonasen baseball coach.  Gold called it quits in the spring, after a very successful reign as the head man.  Gold now spends as much time as possible fishing from a canoe in the Adirondacks.

Tommy Brennan – Brennan officiated high school basketball games with a great deal of passion and showmanship.  His expressions were priceless.

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