Frontier Field Walk of Fame Class of 2000
                     
             

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    Class of 2000 


Steve
Barbato
Roosevelt
Bouie
Marty
Byrnes
Frank
Cardon
Dick
Cerone
Frank
Commisso
Tom
Coughlin
Elliot
Curwin
Ben
Daly
Jim
DeBell
Walter
Dukes
Norm
Frank
Dick
Gamble
Frank
Guelli
Dan
Guilfoyle
Red
Holzman
Leslie
Hulet
Robert
Trent Jones
Bruce
Koch
Bill
Koenig
Locust Hill/
Rotary Club
Peter
Lyman
Dave
Ocorr
Gloria
Peek
John
Quinzi Sr.
Anne
Trainor Ralph
Murph
Shapiro
Pat
Stark
Ossie
Sussman
 George
"Specs"
Toporcer
Larry
Weise
Doug
Westcott
Wendy
Wyland
     
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         

Steve Barbato
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2000 
   
Click team photo and bottom row photos for larger images.
(bottom row, left) with daughter, Stephanie.
Last active original Rochester Wheel who became synonymous with wheel chair basketball throughout its 27-year history.
Rochester Rehabilitation Videos
Rochester Adaptive Adventures

 

 

   
Roosevelt Bouie
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2000 
 
Click top photos for larger images... (center and bottom left) Playing for Italy teams...(bottom right) Bouie with his Kendall High School coach Dick Reynolds at Kendall's first Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony in June 2012.
One of the all-time great Section V basketball players at Kendall High School; "Rosie" was an All-American center at SU who teamed up with Louie Orr to lead Jim Boeheim's first four SU teams to a 100-18 record and four NCAA Tournaments; later went on to become one of Italy's favorite pro players
Roosevelt Bouie Syracuse basketball bio, statistics
Bio, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame
Bio, Kendall High School Hall of Fame

 

 

 


Marty Byrnes
Professional Sports, Inducted 2000
 
 
Click top left photo for larger image.
(middle left) Playing for the Rochester Zeniths of the CBA in 1981-82.
(bottom) The 1979-80 National Basketball Association Champion Los Angeles Lakers, (Byrnes top right).
High School basketball great at Pittsford Sutherland; played at Syracuse University;
a first round draft pick of the Phoenix Suns; later went on to earn a
world championship ring with the LA Lakers in 1980.
Bio, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame
Pittsford Schools Athletics Hall of Fame, Class of 1993
Marty Byrnes basketball statistics
Marty Byrnes Syracuse basketball bio, statistics

 

 

 

 
Frank Cardon
Media, Inducted 2000
Former sports editor of the Rochester Times-Union; hired many of today's popular sports writers at the D&C; behind his leadership in the Times-Union was selected the best medium-sized sports section in the country by the Associated Press in 1984.
 


Dick Cerone
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 2000
Pioneer in the New York State High School football playoffs; state high school football chairman; longtime coach and administrator at Jefferson and Greece Athena, and is currently the athletic director at Aquinas; founder and member of the Section V High School Football Hall of Fame.
Section V Football Hall of Fame, Class of 1998

 

 

 


Frank Commisso
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2000 
Head golf pro at Irondequoit Country Club from 1933 to 1980; won the Western New York PGA Championship 10 times and the Western New York Senior PGA six times; among the original inductees to the WNY PGA Hall of Fame in 1976.
Western New York PGA Hall of Fame

 

 


Tom Coughlin
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2000
(top) Football at Syracuse.. (middle) Coaching at RIT.. (bottom) After first Super Bowl win with the NY Giants.
First coach the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars; the only NFL expansion team to make the playoffs four of its first five seasons; graduate of Waterloo High School; played football at Syracuse University, and began his head coaching career at RIT in 1970.
Section V Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2003
NY Giants, Tom Coughlin Bio, Record

 

 

 
Elliot Curwin
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 2000
Former President of Rochester Community Baseball; worked behind the scenes to make Frontier Field a reality, and contributed greatly to the Red Wings smooth transition from Silver Stadium to Frontier Field; member of the Red Wings Hall of Fame.
Bio, Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame
Bio, Rochester Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
VP Supply Corp, Tour De Cure, Elliot Curwin Cycling Team

 

 

 
Ben Daly
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2000 
Daly presents awards at a 1960 awards dinner at East High School-
to Steve Hassos (left, for soccer) and Al Mezzarella (right, for track).
Coached East High to five Section V basketball titles and four Section V soccer titles; coached high school basketball All-Americans Al Butler and Walter Dukes; became known as the "The Godfather of Soccer".

 

 

 
Jim DeBell
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2000 
Click top photo for larger image.
A great coach at Jefferson High School for 35 years; his baseball teams won three Section V titles, and his soccer, cross country and basketball teams won many city championships; pioneer in the development of physical education programs for severely challenged students.

 

 

 
Walter Dukes
Professional Sports, Inducted 2000
High school basketball All-American at East High; led the nation in rebounding at Seton Hall before embarking on a solid eight year NBA career, which included two NBA All-Star Games; spent two years with the Harlem Globetrotters.
Walter Dukes basketball statistics
Democrat and Chronicle, Dukes Elected Cage Captain of Seton Hall
Bio, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame
Obituary, New York Times

 

 

 
Norm Frank
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2000 
Known as "The Marathon Man", he began the year 2000 completing 704 marathons, and is second in the world to Germany's Horst Prizer; began running in 1967 and has since competed in 49 states and many foreign countries.
Greater Rochester Track Club Hall of Fame, Class of 1981
Democrat and Chronicle, Norm Frank keeps hope alive for marathon mark
Bill Flynn radio feature, April 1994, with Norm Frank, Jim May, Don McNelly, 4:17
Sports Illustrated, Faces in the Crowd, May 30, 1994
Frank named recipient of USATF Masters Long Distance Running Award
Obituary, Democrat and Chronicle, Norm Frank, runner of 965 marathons worldwide, dies at 83
Democrat and Chronicle, Roth: ROC's Marathon Man left us a message to live by

 

 

 
Dick Gamble
Professional Sports, Inducted 2000
 
(top) Gamble, as a member of the Rochester Americans... (middle) Left-to-right, Montreal Canadiens legends
Maurice "Rocket" Richard and Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion pose with Gamble sometime during the 1950s.

(bottom) Gamble's likeness was used in the 1950s-era Eagle table top hockey game (see article link below).
One of the all-time great Amerks; a mainstay on Joe Crozier's Calder Cup Champions and named the AHL MVP in the 1965-66 season; currently second only to Jody Gage in career games, goals and points; former Amerks coach.
Dick Gamble hockey statistics
Bio, American Hockey League Hall of Fame
Video, American Hockey League Hall of Fame
Dick Gamble's claim to table hockey fame
Dick Gamble hockey cards

 

 

 
Frank Guelli
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2000 
 
     
Click small photos for larger images:
(left to right) Guelli/Syracuse vs. West Point, 1954... Guelli/Syracuse vs. LSU- Sugar Bowl, 1955...
Guelli/Syracuse vs. LSU- Sugar Bowl, 1955... Guelli/Washington, DC- Golden Gloves, 1957
Aquinas Mission Bout Champion of 1950, 1951 and 1952; captain of the Syracuse Boxing Team, and the first officer to win the All-Marine Corps boxing championship; charter member of the Rochester Boxing Hall of Fame.

 

 

 
Dan Guilfoyle
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 2000
 
(top) Guilfoyle at the 2008 School of the Holy Childhood awards ceremony.
(bottom) The Showvinistics (left to right) Tom Nasman, Don Stothard, Dan Guilfoyle,
Brian McCarthy, Dave DeLuca...CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE... (bottom right) The Showvinistics 1999 CD release
"Heart of the Night" won Contemporary Acappella Society of America awards in two doo wop categories.
One of the prime movers in the Rochester Press-Radio Club for 20 years and the only three time club president; involved in numerous sports related charities for kids, and was the recipient of the Eddie Meath Award for community service; Chairman of the Red Wings Hall of Fame and Frontier Field Walk of Fame Committees. Helped create the a capella group, the Showvinistics in 1982.
Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame
Bio, Rochester Senior Slowpitch Softball Association Hall of Fame
The Showvinistics
Youtube, The Showvinistics, Beach Boys medley

 

 

 
Red Holzman
Professional Sports, Inducted 2000
 
Team (front row) Sam Ranzino, Bob Davies, Ray Ragelis, Red Holzman, Bob Wanzer
(back row) Arnie Johnson, Joe McNamee, Arnie Risen, Jack Coleman, Odie Spears
(top photos) left, with Rochester in 1948- click to enlarge... far right, coaching with the New York Knicks in 1969.
A guard during the glory years of the Rochester Royals, including the 1946 National Basketball League and 1951 NBA Championships; coached the New York Knicks to the 1970 and 1973 NBA Championships; currently13th on the All-time coaching list; elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1986.
Red Holzman basketball statistics
Red Holzman basketball executive record
Bio, Rochester Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
Bio, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Bio, National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
Bio, International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
Basketball Coaches Association of New York Basketball Hall Of Fame
Minneapolis Lakers NBA Divisional Finals game program feature, April 6, 1952, Royal's Redhead is a Smart Head
Youtube, The '73 Knicks Championship Tape: Playing for Red Holzman
Obituary, New York Times

 

 

 
Leslie Hulet
Professional Sports, Inducted 2000
Hulet aboard the great Fio Rito, a three-time Horse of the Year at FL,
where he won 19 times in 27 trips. Click photo for larger version.
The winningest jockey ever at Finger Lakes RaceTrack, and the 38th winningest rider in North American thoroughbred racing history; a six-time riding champion at Finger Lakes and the first jockey chosen to the Finger Lakes Race Track Hall of Fame.
Bio, Finger Lakes Race Track Hall of Fame
Les Hulet jockey statistics

 

 

 
Robert Trent Jones
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 2000
One of golf's greatest course architects; designed nearly 500 courses in 43 states and 25 foreign countries; first course he designed was Midvale in Penfield back in 1930; returned in 1973 to build Bristol Harbour.
(top) Trent Jones Sr. at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., one of the courses he remodeled and
(bottom) far left, discussing a specific golf course design.
Golf Digest Golf Course Finder, Robert Trent Jones Sr. Courses
YouTube, interview, re: Walter Hagen/Rochester, course design, starts at 2:13
Bio, World Golf Hall of Fame
Obituary, NY Times
Obituary, Golf Digest

 

 

 
Bruce Koch
Media, Inducted 2000
One of the best combination golfer-bowler athletes in Rochester's history; Oak Hill Club Champion in 1951; won the Rochester Match Game Bowling Championship in 1951 and 53; covered both sports for the Democrat & Chronicle for 37 years; author of "Once Upon A Time at Oak Hill."
Rochester USBC Bowling Association Hall of Fame, 1975
New York State USBC Hall of Fame, 1996
Obit, Democrat and Chronicle

 

 

 
Bill Koenig
Media, Inducted 2000
(top) Koenig being interviewed by WHEC-TV's Rich Funke at the 1984 Chase Lincoln First Tournament.
(bottom) Bill with mlb.com writer Lisa Winston (see link below).
Among the finest all-around sportswriters ever developed in Rochester; long-time Red Wings and Amerks beat writer; awarded the Press Radio Club Sportswriter of the Year in 1983.
Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame
USAT Baseball Weekly, We love you, buddy - Details tell the story of our beloved departed friend, Bill Koenig
Lisa Winston mlb.com blog, Missing Mr. Bill

 

 

 
 
Locust Hill/ Rotary Club
Chairman's Choice, Inducted 2000
The Rotary Clubs of Monroe County raised over $8M dollars by hosting the LPGA professional women's golf tournament from 1980 to 2008. All proceeds were donated to Camp Haccamo operated by the suburban Rotary Clubs of Monroe County and the Sunshine Campus operated by the Rochester Rotary Club. These camps serve children and adults with disabilities and provide a rich camping experience at no charge to the participants. The tournament was located at Locust Hill Country Club for this entire period of time making it one of the longest held tournaments at one location on the LPGA tour.
Website, Rochester Rotary Club
Website, Camp Haccamo
Website, Sunshine Campus

 

 

 
Peter Lyman
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2000 
(bottom) U of R Coach Lyman in 1983 with 1983 U of R NCAA Division III National Doubles Champions,
Alex Gaeta (left) and Bob Swartout (right).
One of the City's all-time best tennis players, winning 16 consecutive city titles, five city squash titles and many table tennis championships; coached the University of Rochester men's tennis team for 42 years and the UR squash team for 44 years; named Division III tennis coach of the year in 1990.
Bio, University of Rochester Athletic Hall of Fame
Clipping: Summer 1963, Lyman wins 11th district title
Lyman Outdoor Tennis Center
University of Rochester, Campus Times, Iconic UR coach Peter Lyman passes away

 

 

 
Dave Ocorr
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 2000
(below) April 2015, Ocorr speaks at St.John Fisher College during the dedication of the Lowell H. MacMillan Conference Room.
Former athletic director at University of Rochester and vice-president of St. John Fisher College, as well as the former president of the Rochester Red Wings; elected into the Athletic Hall of Fame at both UR and Scranton. He now writes sports fiction books aimed at young readers.
Bio, University of Rochester Athletic Hall of Fame
Bio, University of Scranton Wall of Fame
 
 
 
Gloria Peek
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2000 
Established the Montgomery Boxing Club in 1988; national and international box coach; one of five amateur coaches in the nation to receive the USA Weekend's Most Caring Coach Award.
Bio, Geneva Sports Hall of Fame

 

 

 
John Quinzi Sr.
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2000 
 
Click photos for larger images.
Captain of the Jenny Five Bowling Team for 11 years; won the prestigious Peterson Classic in Chicago in 1951 and is the first living bowler to be inducted into the New York State Sports Hall of Fame in 1984; won the BPAA Area Match Game Championship five times and RBA Doubles six times. Pitched in the St.Louis Cardinals organization, 1948-50.
John Quinzi baseball statistics
Rochester USBC Association Hall of Fame
New York State USBC Hall of Fame, 1984
John Quinzi Sr. press clippings

 

 

 

 

 
Anne Trainor Ralph
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2000 
Six-time Women's Rochester District Golf Association champion; won the WRDGA sub-junior title at 14 and the junior title at 17; daughter of WRDGA twenty-four time champion Jean Trainor.

 

 

 

Murph Shapiro
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2000 
Longtime MCC basketball coach and athletic director; star quarterback and basketball guard for Franklin High School who later went on to play basketball at the University of Miami; inducted into the Rochester Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.
YNN, Mighty Murph Shapiro Retiring
Bio, Rochester Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
NJCAA, Monroe Community College athletic director Shapiro to retire in 2010

 

Pat Stark
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2000 
Left, Stark, while playing at the Vocational High School in Syracuse.
Eastern college Division III Football Coach of the Year at the University of Rochester in 1970; scored a then-New York State record 78 points for Syracuse's Vocational High School; on the staff of SU's national championship team in 1969.
Bio, University of Rochester Athletic Hall of Fame
Bio, Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 1995
Bio, Orange Hoops
Democrat and Chronicle, The current NFL draft proves a stark contrast to days gone by

 

Ossie Sussman
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2000 
Sussman in 1969 outside his Rochester headquarters, click to enlarge.
Member of Rochester's Boxing Hall of Fame; won the Western New York Light-Weight Championship in 1939 and became known as the "The Jewish Buzz Saw" by area boxing fans; inducted into the Rochester Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.
Ossie Sussman boxing statistics
YouTube profile, Ossie Sussman
Bio, Rochester Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
Democrat and Chronicle, He's Out to Kayo Delinquency, March 9, 1958
Obituary, Democrat and Chronicle

 

Specs Toporcer
Professional Sports, Inducted 2000
(top left) Captain of the Red Wings... (top right) As a major league rookie in 1921 with the St. Louis Cardinals.
(bottom) Attending a baseball dinner in 1952 (left to right) Lou Boudreau, Casey Stengel,
Toporcer, Leo Durocher and Tommy Holmes.

Second baseman on the Rochester Red Wings All-Time Team; played in Rochester from 1928-1934, and ranks first in team history in career runs and stolen bases, and second in hits and games; among the 10 original members of the Red Wings Hall of Fame in 1989.
Visit the 1998 WOF Silver Stadium section
to see Specs play in some home movies shot at Red Wing Stadium.
Specs Toporcer baseball statistics
Specs Toporcer, Retrosheet
Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame
Syracuse Baseball Wall of Fame, Class of 2007
George Toporcer baseball cards
 
Larry Weise
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2000 
Weise instructs his St.Bonaventure players in 1969.
All-around star athlete at East Rochester; played college basketball at St. Bonaventure, and later went on to become the Bonnies all-time winningest basketball coach with a 202-90 record from 1961-73; made it to the NCAA Final Four in 1970.
Bio, East Rochester High School Wall of Fame
Bio, Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame
The History of St.Bonaventure Basketball
 
 
Doug Westcott
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 2000
A Brockport sports legend; all-county football quarterback and basketball guard in the late 1950's; coached in the Greece School District and then at Brockport where he succeeded Dave Martens as athletic director.
Bio, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame
Brockport High School Athletics Wall of Fame
Bio, Brockport Hall of Fame

 

 

 
Wendy Wyland
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2000 
Olympians, 1984 Summer Games-Diving
   
(middle) With Greg Louganis, 1987... click "People" image to see Wyland's section
of the "50 Most Beautiful People" article, May 9, 1990
World's top ranked platform diver in the early 1980's and bronze medalist in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics; won her first national diving championship at the age of 16 and world championship the next year in Ecuador; in 1990 she was named one of the "Most Beautiful People in the World" by People Magazine.
Wendy Wyland Olympics statistics
International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honor Diver
People Magazine, Diver Wendy Wyland's Formula for Success Is Equal Parts Grace and Gumption
Youtube, 1980 Wendy Wyland USA - 305c - 8s - 3 meter
Youtube, Olympic Games, 1984 Wendy Wyland USA - 403B - 7s 8s - platform
Youtube, 1984 Wendy Wyland Interview
YouTube, Care*free bubble gum commercial with Wendy Wyland :30
Obituary, Democrat and Chronicle
YouTube, 2014 Wendy Wyland Memorial Award



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