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American Legion
Chairman's Choice, Inducted 1999 
A proponent for amateur baseball for decades, this organization has a rich tradition of supporting the Red Wings. This organization has hosted the Annual Welcome Home Red Wings Dinner since 1928.
Web site
Kim Batten
Amateur Sports, Inducted 1999
Olympians, 1996, 2000 Summer Games-Athletics
(bottom left) At East High School... click bottom right photo for larger image
The 1987 East High graduate won the silver medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. She remains the world record-holder in the event (52.61 seconds, set in August 1995). She was nine-time All-American at Florida State.
Kim Batten Olympics statistics
Greater Rochester Track Club Hall of Fame, Class of 2001
Bio, Florida State University Hall of Fame
Niagara Track and Field Hall of Fame, Class of 2009
Youtube, Womens 400h World Record Kim Batten, 1995
Democrat and Chronicle, On This Day in Rochester History- August 11, 1995
Hurdles First, Kim Batten: A Woman With a Dream
Al Cervi
Professional Sports, Inducted 1999
A National Basketball League All-Star guard for the Rochester Royals in the late 1940's, he also was a player-coach for the Syracuse Nationals, winning the NBA title in 1955. The Rochester resident was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Al Cervi basketball statistics
Bio, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Bio, Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame
Obituary, NY Times
Don Cherry
Professional Sports, Inducted 1999
(top, left) As a Rochester American... and (top, right) Cherry pictured with his faithful companion, Blue.
(middle) Don is known these days for his flamboyant attire as a hockey commentator on CBC-TV.
(bottom) Although playing in the Montreal (left) and Toronto (right) systems,
Cherry made it to the NHL only with Boston (center).
The Amerks Hall of Famer was a defensman on Joe Crozier's great teams of the mid-1960's and coached Rochester in the early 1970's. He helped pioneer the Pittsford high school hockey program and went on to coach the NHL's Boston Bruins and Colorado Rockies.
Don Cherry hockey statistics
Rochester Americans Hall of Fame
Legends of Hockey
Don Cherry Suits photo search
Power Ranking Don Cherry's 25 Best Suits of All Time
Fred Costello
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 1999
(top) Fred, from his perch at Rochester, New York's Frontier Field.
(bottom) Al Cervi and Don Cherry join Fred at the 1999 Walk of Fame ceremony.
Syracuse native Fred Costello is best known as the longtime organist for the Rochester Red Wings, but has a storied jazz career including eleven years on the road with appearances in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Hollywood, Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas. Fred has written and recorded for Alexander Film Studios, and has been featured in Newsweek, USA Today, NY Times and TV Guide. He has been awarded the Critics Choice Award, the Press-Radio Award, and The Spirit of the International League Award. His autobiography, "A Lifetime Of Nightclubs & Ballparks" was released in 2010. He's the only man to "play" for the Red Wings, the Amerks and the Zeniths. He joined both the baseball and hockey organizations in 1977.
YouTube, Fred Costello
YouTube, Fred Costello's Musical Magic
Rochester Red Wings, Stadium Organist Fred Costello
IL to honor Rochester's Costello - Will receive 2011 Spirit of the International League Award
Bill Flynn radio feature, May 1996 3:35
55 Plus, Behind the Music; Fred Costello celebrating 33rd season with the Red Wings
Bill Cox
Amateur Sports, Inducted 1999
Olympians, 1924 Summer Games-Athletics
Cox displays his bronze medal.
The bronze-medal winner for the United States in the 3,000 meter relay at the 1924 Olympics. He devoted his life to health and safety for children and served on the Section V athletic council for 31 years. He died in 1996.
Bill Cox Olympics statistics
Niagara Track and Field Hall of Fame, Class of 2008
Section V Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame plaque
Democrat and Chronicle, Roc Jocks
Bob Keegan
Professional Sports, Inducted 1999 
(top) Keegan played in the Yankees farm system, though never in the majors with New York.
The Rochester native pitched six seasons in the major leagues with the Chicago White Sox, compiling a 40-36 record and throwing a no-hitter against the Washington Senators on August 20, 1957.
Bob Keegan baseball statistics
Bob Keegan, Retrosheet
Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame
Section V Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 2011
Syracuse Baseball Wall of Fame, Class of 2006
No-hitter boxscore, August 20, 1957
Sports Illustrated, Events and Discoveries
AJ Kitt
Amateur Sports, Olympians, Inducted 1999
Olympians, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1998 Winter Games-Alpine Skiing
On the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine, January 27, 1992.
The Gates native was a three-time Olympic downhill skier and is one of the few American men to win a World Cup race. He is one of three Rochestarians to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
AJ Kitt Olympics statistics
AJ Kitt International Ski Federation statistics
Bio, US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame
Bio, Nagano 1998 Olympics, CNN/SI
Betty Perkins-Carpenter
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 1999
Olympians, 1976 Summer Games-Diving
Taught swimming and diving to generations of Rochesterians, including Olympic diving medalist Wendy Wyland. She is nationally recognized for developing fitness programs for senior citizens.
Living Prime Time 50Plus, Betty Perkins-Carpenter Olympic Coach and Fitness Entrepreneur
Rochester Woman Magazine, June 2015
Scott Pitoniak
Media, Inducted 1999
Click on the smaller photos for larger images.
Middle row: left, 2005, playing for the champion Flower City base ball team at Silver Base Ball Park in Mumford, NY... and right, in 2002, one of the Olympic Torch Bearers for the Salt Lake City Games (nominated by Democrat and Chronicle readers). Bottom row: left, covering the 1999 World Series [Padres and Yankees] for the D&C... and right: donning the Rochester Red Wings "Spikes" mascot costume for a D&C story.
The award winning sports columnist joined the Democrat and Chronicle in 1985. He has earned more than 70 local and national honors.
Rochester Business Journal column
Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame
Observer-Dispatch, Rome Hall of Fame names 6 inductees
Rome Sentinel, Award-winning writer Pitoniak never forgot Rome roots
Sal Rizzo
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 1999
Won a record nine Section V basketball titles at East High. He led the Orientals to at least one sectional championship in four consecutive decades.
Bio, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame
Plaque, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame
Don Santini
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 1999
(bottom) Santini with Heisman Trophy winner, Doug Flutie at the 1984 Rochester Press-Radio Club dinner.
Legendary football coach who won seven Section V titles in 32 seasons at Le Roy and Fairport and is Section V's all-time winningest coach. His 1992 Fairport went unbeaten and won the state title.
Section V Football Hall of Fame, Class of 1999
Bio, Brockport Hall of Fame, The Santini Years
Diann Steinrotter
Amateur Sports, Inducted 1999
Olympians, 1984, 1992, 1994 Winter Games-Alpine Skiing
(top right) Roffe-Steinrotter on the medals stand and (bottom left) after her time was confirmed for the gold medal,
USA Coach Paul Major on the right, USA Trainer Richard Watkins, on the left... (bottom right) Roffe in 1985, at the Waterville Valley Resort in New Hampshire.
The Williamson native won a gold medal in downhill skiing at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lellehammer, Norway, and also captured a silver at the 1992 games in Albertville, France.
Diann Roffe Olympics statistics
Diann Roffe-Steinrotter International Ski Federation statistics
Youtube 1994 Olympic Gold
Bio, US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame
Sports Illustrated, Zone of Their Own
Sports Illustrated, A Happy Ending
Cathy Turner
Amateur Sports, Inducted 1999 
Olympians, 1992, 1994, 1998 Winter Games-Short Track Speed Skating
East High graduate and Rochester’s only two-time Olympic gold medalist, winning short-track speedskating races in 1992 and 1994. She also won a silver and bronze.
Bio, National Speedskating Museum
Cathy Turner Olympics statistics
Monroe Community College Foundation Alumni Hall of Fame, Class of 1994


Al Weber
Media, Inducted 1999
Weber on the job in the Rochester Red Wings press box.
The late sports writer covered almost 5,000 Red Wings games both home and away for the Times Union. Also served as the official scorer at Silver Stadium for three decades.
Obituary, Democrat and Chronicle, May 1972

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