Frontier Field Walk of Fame Class of 1998

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    Class of 1998 

Alexander Sr.
 Norm "Red"
F. Ritter
Lou Alexander Sr.  
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 1998 
A teacher and coach at the University of Rochester for 35 years, he coached an unbeaten basketball team (1941-42) and an unbeaten baseball team (1945). He won 247 games in basketball, 145 in baseball. The UR Alexander Palestra is named after him.
Bio, University of Rochester Athletic Hall of Fame
The UR Alexander Palestra




Norm "Red" Armstrong 
Professional Sports , Inducted 1998
(second row, click to enlarge) Armstrong playing for Toronto vs. Boston, hounded by the Bruins Leo Bovin with Ed Johnston tending goal... Armstrong questions the referee, along with Wayne Morusyk, center, and Bob "Battleship" Kelly, right... Armstrong mixes it up along with Dick Gamble (right) in front of the Cleveland Barons net.
Nicknamed "The People's Choice," he was one of the most popular Amerks players ever and the muscle behind the three-time Calder Cup winning clubs of the 1960's. He played 10 seasons here and is seventh on the club's all-time scoring list with 392 points. A charter member of the Amerks Hall of Fame in 1986, his No. 6 is the only number retired by the team.
Norm "Red" Armstrong Hockey Statistics
Democrat and Chronicle, January 26, 1965, Armstrong gets married in Rochester
Joe Pelletier,
Democrat and Chronicle, Red Armstrong Dies in Fall, July 24, 1974



Bill Carey
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 1998
(left) Carey, while coaching at the Rochester Institute of Technology...
(right) After being named Athletic Director at RIT
A highly successful coach and administrator for 44 years, he coached Waterloo to two Section V titles in baseball and three in basketball. He won 162 basketball games as RIT's coach and served as athletic director at both RIT and Nazareth, where he will retire this spring.
Bio, RIT Athletics Hall of Fame
Bio, Nazareth College Athletics Hall of Fame



Pete Castle
Amateur Sports, Inducted 1998
One of the area's premier power hitters in slow-pitch softball, the Cardinal Mooney High grad was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates but declined to sign. The 6-foot-4 outfielder was a member of the Rochester Zeniths and Rochester Express professional softball teams. On January 11, 1983 Castle was stabbed to death by a student while working as a teacher at School 5. He was 31.
Bio, Rochester Senior Slowpitch Softball Association Hall of Fame
Bio, New York State USSSA Sports Hall of Fame, Joe Nucci - Award of Courage
Democrat and Chronicle, Outrage Over Stabbing
Peter Castle Family Resource Center




Tommy Castle
Amateur Sports, Inducted 1998
A national softball legend, the slugging first baseman helped lead the Rochester's Kodak Park to world titles in 1936 and '40. Castle hit .340 over 25 years in a sport where pitching dominated. The Jefferson High graduate was a landslide choice for the National Softball Hall of Fame in 1964. 
Bio, National Softball Hall of Fame
Bio, Rochester Senior Slowpitch Softball Association Hall of Fame
Tommy Castle clippings



Irving Crane
Professional Sports, Inducted 1998 
"The Deacon" won eight world titles as a professional pocket billiards champion over the span of a half century; the only man to win world titles in four decades (1942, '46, '55, '66, '67, '68, '70 and '72): the only man to win a world title after age 50; highest run was 353 balls; took the shots for actor James Coburn in the movie The Baltimore Bullet.
Bio, Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame
Sports Illustrated, The Frail Gray Man With The Strong Pool Cue
YouTube, 1966 US Open victory, 150 ball run
Bio, WXXI radio, Bill Flynn, 3:50
Obituary, New York Times



Elliot Cushing
Media, Inducted 1998
One of the giants in local sports writing history, Cushing's career as a columnist and sports editor for the Democrat and Chronicle spanned several decades. He was the Press-Radio Club's first president and came up with the idea of staging an annual charity dinner in 1950. Cushing died on Sept. 9, 1965 at 61.
Democrat and Chronicle, June 7, 1947, Sports Eye View by Elliot Cushing
Democrat and Chronicle, Paul Pinckney, Cush



Tom Decker
Media, Inducted 1998
Decker, during his days with WROC television.
He had the unenviable task of replacing Hall of Famer Jack Buck as the Red Wings broadcaster in 1954, but lasted eight seasons and went on to become the dean of Rochester news as the anchor for first-place WROC Channel 8 until his resignation in 1975. The Buffalo native was named to the Red Wings Hall of Fame in 1993. 
Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame
Democrat and Chronicle, Upstate Magazine, The Private Life of Tom Decker
Democrat and Chronicle, Upstate Magazine photos, The Private Life of Tom Decker, Baseball Broadcasting From Another Day
WROC-TV, Local TV Legend Passes Away
Obituary, Democrat and Chronicle
Democrat and Chronicle, Red Wings' broadcasting icon Tom Decker dies



Bing Devine
Contributors/ Adminstrators, Inducted 1998
(middle left) July 1961, the Cardinals make a managerial change. Ex-Wing bench boss Johnny Keane, left, is in and
Solly Hemus, center, is out. GM Devine is at right....(middle right) Lou Brock celebrates his 1968 $50,000 contract
with GM Devine... (bottom) Devine goes over the uniform inventory with Wings trainer Danny Whelan.
He began a six-year stint as Red Wings general manager in 1949, when the club led the minor leagues in attendance with 443,536 fans, a club record that stood until 1997. He moved on to become the GM of the St. Louis Cardinals and helped organize the sale of the Wings from St. Louis to Rochester Community Baseball. He was the Cardinals' GM from 1957-64 and again from 1968-78 and created the nucleus of the '64 and '67 world champs. 
Bing Devine Baseball Statistics
Bio, Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame
Obituary, New York Times



Frank Horton
Contributors/ Administrators, Inducted 1998
(top left - click to enlarge) Horton, left, President of the Rochester Red Wings with International League President Frank Shaughnessy, December 1958... (top right - click to enlarge) July 1963, first-term Congressman Frank Horton welcomes brass from the Washington Senators: manager Gil Hodges (left) and GM George Selkirk (right).
(bottom) third photo: click to enlarge, possibly in his Red Wings office, team picture on the left... (far right) For years, Horton's ad was located next to the scorecard portion of Red Wings programs. (click on to see full page from '83 Wings program)
A pioneer of Rochester Community Baseball, he served as the club's first vice president and later as its president. A longtime Congressman and lifelong friend of the Red Wings. 
Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame
Obit, New York Times
Arlington National Cemetery



Matt Jackson
Media, Inducted 1998
The longtime sports columnist for The Times Union told it like it was long before Howard Cosell. A contemporary of Elliot Cushing's, the "little giant" also was T-U's sports editor, a charter member of the Press-Radio Club and its second president. He died December 3, 1965 at 64.
Obit, Democrat and Chronicle, December 4, 1965
Democrat and Chronicle, George Beahon, Matt Jackson- He Made Laughs



Peter Liebschutz
Amateur Sports, Inducted 1998
(top) Liebschutz after winning the 1982 JCC Campership Tournament. (bottom left) with golf great
Arnold Palmer, December 1969 at Doral Country Club's Blue Monster golf course, Miami, Florida...
(bottom right) with basketball Hall of Famer Dolph Schayes at the 1997 Maccabiah Games.
A highly successful area golfer who survived brain cancer, Leibshutz played in two World Maccabiah Games 36 years apart and was the first inductee into the Jewish Community Center Hall of Fame in 1961. He won 37 club titles at Irondequoit, Blue Heron Hills, and Cobblestone. 
Bio, Rochester Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
Plaque, Rochester-Monroe County High School Athletes Hall of Fame, 1978
Colgate University, I Go With What I Got



Don Murray
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 1998
The wrestling coach at Brockport State for 28 years, he has led the Golden Eagles to five national titles and coached 96 All-Americans and 21 national champions. The national coach of the year twice, his Eagles have won 22 conference championships.  
New York State Division III Wrestling Hall of Fame, Class of 1992
New York State College Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame




Mauro Panaggio
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 1998
(top left) Panaggio, coaching the Rochester Zeniths at the Dome Arena in Henrietta, NY.
(bottom) During the 2005 induction of Guy Vickers into the JP Morgan Chase Basketball Hall of Fame,
Brockport College's 1972-73 starting five and coach got together. The team was ranked fourth in the nation
that year. From left, Mike Panaggio, John Collins, Ron Gilliam, Norman Bounds, Mauro Panaggio and Guy Vickers.
A successful high school coach in Rochester who went to lead Brockport State to the Final Four and became the winningest coach in Continental Basketball Association history.
Bio, Brockport Hall of Fame
Bio, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame
Plaque, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame
Honoring Mauro Panaggio, 2006
Basketball Coaches Association of New York Basketball Hall Of Fame
Bio, Basketball Coaches of New York Hall of Fame
Mauro Panaggio High School basketball clippings
Obituary, Democrat and Chhronicle, Rochester basketball icon Mauro Panaggio dies
Betty Rich
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 1998
Rich at the 1998 Frontier Field Walk of Fame ceremony.
A legend in the City-Catholic League, Rich has coached for over 25 years in both girls basketball and girls track. Among the track stars this West High graduate has tutored: Deresa Walters, Lisa Taylor and Kim Batten, world record-holder and Olympic silver medalist in the 400-meter hurdles. 
Bio, Brockport Hall of Fame



Arnie Risen
Professional Sports, Inducted 1998
Click photos for larger images.
(top) 1944 Ohio State Buckeyes; Risen is in middle row, number four.
(center) left: Before Rochester, Risen played pro ball with the Indianapolis Kautuskys in the mid 1940s...
middle: Risen's 1948 Bowman basketball card... right: Risen in action with Rochester versus the New York Knicks.
(bottom) Risen towers over Red Holzman ... with the Boston Celtics... Risen in 2005.
"Stilts" was the center on the Rochester Royals' NBA championship club of 1950-51, averaging a team-high 16.3 points. The 6-foot-9 Risen was considered the second-best center of his day, behind Hall of Fame George Mikan. Risen was a three-time All-Star with the Royals and later was traded to the Boston Celtics, where he helped tutor a young center named Bill Russell. 
Arnie Risen basketball statistics
Bio, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Enshrinement speech, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
NBA HD Video
Bio, The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame
Bio, Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame
Bio, Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame
1998 radio feature by Bill Flynn, with Arnie Risen, George Beahon, and Al Cervi 3:50



Geordie Robertson
Professional Sports, Inducted 1998
He has Amerks records for points (119) and assists (78) in one season and is sixth all-time in scoring with 395 points. He played seven seasons with the Amerks and was named to the club's Hall of Fame in 1993. Still active in the Amerks Alumni and area children's charities. 
Geordie Robertson hockey statistics
Rochester Americans Hall of Fame
Legends of Hockey



Charlie Schiano
Contributors/ Administrators, Inducted 1998
One of the founders of the 1970 League Champions Rochester Lancers and a prominent supporter of soccer in the area for decades
Bio, Rochester Lancers Wall of Fame



F. Ritter Shumway
Contributors/ Administrators, Inducted 1998
Shumway with partner Harlene Lee.
Once dubbed the "richest man in Rochester" he gave away much of his fortune, estimated at $50 million. He founded the U.S. Figure Skating Association, War Memorial Fund, organized the Genesee Figure Skating Club and helped build the Skating Institute of Technology. A championship-quality skater he won 18 Eastern Sectional Championships. RIT's Ritter Arena is named in his honor.
Bio, US Figure Skating
Bio, Wikipedia
Bio, RIT Athletics Hall of Fame
Frank Ritter Memorial Ice Arena
Youtube, skating exhibition
Democrat and Chronicle, On this Day in Rochester History, March 27, 1906
Democrat and Chronicle, Not right till it's right



Silver Stadium
Chairman's Choice, Inducted 1998
(top) Red Wing Stadium in 1930... (bottom) Silver Stadium in 1993.
Silver Stadium - Home to the Red Wings from 1929-96, superstars such as Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken Jr. played there. Known as Red Wing Stadium until Aug. 19, 1968, when it was renamed in honor of Morrie Silver.
Minor League Stadiums, Silver Stadium photographs
Silver Stadium photographs, Bob Busser
Deadball Baseball, There Once Was A Ballpark – Rochester’s Silver Stadium/Red Wing Stadium
WXXI radio, Bill Flynn, debut of Red Wing Stadium, with George Christoff and Mike Roman, 3:57
WXXI radio, Bill Flynn, Silver Stadium demolished, with Dan Mason,
  Bernie Liberatore, Gene Buonomo, Joe Strocko and fans, 3:53
Youtube, 1931 Red Wing Stadium Home Movies, Wings beat St.Paul Saints, win Governor's Cup
Youtube, 1932 Red Wing Stadium Home Movies: May 3, Opening Day versus the Jersey City Skeeters
Youtube, 1932 Red Wing Stadium Home Movies: versus the Buffalo Bisons
Youtube, 1932 Red Wing Stadium Home Movies: versus the Jersey City Skeeters
Youtube, 1932 Red Wing Stadium Home Movies: versus the Toronto Maple Leafs
Youtube, 1932 Red Wing Stadium Home Movies: versus the Reading Keystones
Youtube, 1981 Baltimore Orioles Exhibition at Red Wing Stadium
Youtube, 1981 Red Wings highlights/ Cal Ripen Jr. interview
Democrat and Chronicle, Whatever Happened To ... Silver Stadium?



Jeff Sluman
Professional Sports, Inducted 1998 
Jeff plants kiss on the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the PGA Championship.
The Greece Arcadia graduate has been a PGA Tour member since 1983. Won the 1988 PGA Championship. He is a co-owner with Dudley Hart of Lakeshore GC in Rochester, NY, a course he played regularly growing up. 
Jeff Sluman golf statistics, bio
YouTube,, In the Bag: Jeff Sluman
Bio, Florida State University Athletic Hall of Fame
Monroe Community College Foundation Alumni Hall of Fame, Class of 2002



Jean Trainor
Amateur Sports, Inducted 1998
(left) Trainor celebrates her first Women's Senior title, August 22, 1968, at Midvale Golf Course in Penfield, NY.
(right) Zornow at the 1965 American Football Coaches Association convention.
She won 24 women's RDGA title, 15 Country Club of Rochester championships and a record eight State Senior Women's Championships, including the 1982 title when she was 64. In 1962, she, her husband, George, and daughter, Anne, were named the nation's No. 1 golfing family. 
Obituary, Democrat and Chronicle
Western New York PGA Hall of Fame
Democrat and Chronicle, On this Day in Rochester History... August 15, 1959



Gerald Zornow
Contributors/ Administrators, Inducted 1998
(right) Zornow at the 1965 American Football Coasches Association Convention.
(bottom) In 1966 with (from left) Arthur Freed, Margaret Herrick, and Walt Disney.
A letter-winner in football, basketball, and baseball at the UR, he pitched one game with the Wings in 1937 before joining Kodak, where he eventually became the company's chairman. Received numerous awards, including the prestigious NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award for contributions to education and athletics. Also served as chairman of the President's Commission on Olympic Sports. 
Bio, University of Rochester Athletic Hall of Fame
Gerald Zornow baseball statistics
NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award, 1978
Obituary, New York Times

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