Frontier Field Walk of Fame Class of 2003

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Red Wings
Spiotti Jr.

Al Best
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2003 
The all-time winningest coach in Section V girls basketball history (389-150), he coached 25 years at Greece Arcadia and Greece Athena, winning five sectional titles. He is a member of the New York State Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame and a charter member of the Section V Basketball Hall of Fame.
Bio, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame
Basketball Coaches Association of New York Basketball Hall Of Fame
Bio, Basketball Coaches of New York Hall of Fame

Joe Borrosh
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2003 
The winningest coach in Section V boys soccer, he retired last fall after 32 seasons. The Pittsford Mendon legend had 498 victories, second all-time in the state. His six state titles are a record, and his 16 Section V championships are second to Red Creek's Don Hartley (17).
Youtube, Induction, National Soccer Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame
Former Mendon coach Joe Borrosh enters Hall of Fame, Joe Borrosh, 1958 Brockport Grad, Inducted Into NSCAA Hall of Fame
Pittsford Schools Athletics Hall of Fame, Class of 1996
Section V Soccer Hall of Fame




Don Fazio
Professional Sports, Inducted 2003 
Click on Rochester Express 1980 softball program for its contents. The team, managed
by Fazio, claimed the American Professional Slowpitch League World Championship that season.
The second baseman played two seasons with the Red Wings and was a pivotal player on the 1971 team that's regarded by many as the best in franchise history. Fazio was a longtime physical education teacher at Rush-Henrietta High School and remains a prominent senior softball player.
Don Fazio baseball statistics
Ithaca College Athletic Hall of Fame
Watertown Daily Times, Top 100 North Country's Greatest Athletes




Mike Fennell
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2003 
(top) After winning the Section V Championship at Frontier Field, embraced by his son
(black uniform) Ryan Fennell, who went on to pitch at Canisius and for the Geneva Red Wings.
(bottom)Fennell poses as Geren for baseball card (see Democrat and Chronicle story below).
The winner of last year's Maj. Donald Holleder Award for courage was one of the most successful baseball coaches in Section V history. A former star athlete at Fairport High School and Le Moyne College, Fennell was drafted in the 10th round by the New York Yankees and spent several seasons in their farm system. Fennell waged an inspirational 18-month battle with non-smoker's lung cancer. He died last May.
Mike Fennell baseball statistics
McQuaid Jesuit Athletic Hall of Fame
Youtube, 2017 HOF Mike Fennell Athletics
Youtube, Erin Fennell's speech, 2017 McQuaid Jesuit Athletic Hall of Fame
Democrat and Chronicle, Fennell builds upon his successes

George Glamack
Professional Sports, Inducted 2003 
(bottom) Player on right and...Glamack was known for his deadly hook shot
Known as "The Blind Bomber," this longtime Rochester resident was a superb basketball player despite being visually impaired. He achieved All-America status at North Carolina in 1940, and later played two seasons with the Rochester Royals.
George Glamack basketball statistics




Jim Hofford
Professional Sports, Inducted 2003 
(middle) Hofford comes to goalie Jacques Cloutier's aid against the Binghamton Whalers.
(bottom) On the job as general manager of the Mall at Greece Ridge.
A hard-nosed, hip-checking defenseman, Hofford was captain of the Amerks in the late 1980s and early '90s. He played portions of six seasons in Rochester and was inducted into the Amerks Hall of Fame in 1998. He is now manager of The Mall at Greece Ridge Center.
Jim Hofford hockey statistics
Rochester Americans Hall of Fame, Class of 1998
Democrat and Chronicle, Jim Hofford: From Amerks captain to Greece mall captain



Jerry Hunter
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2003 
The first four-time All-Greater Rochester selection in history, this former East High point guard directed the Orientals to consecutive Section V Class A titles in 1973 and '74 and was chosen in 1996 as one of the top 30 players in area history.
Bio, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame
Plaque, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame



Arnie Johnson
Professional Sports, Inducted 2003 
(top left) Johnson, as an All-American at Bemidji State University, 1942.
(top right) Johnson's 1948 basketball card, (Bowman #44).
(bottom) 1946-47 Rochester Royals.. left to right (front row) Bob Davies, Fuzzy Levane, William "Red" Holzman, Al Cervi.
(back row) Les Harrison, Al Negratti, LeRoy "Dolly" King, Al Cervi, Arnie Johnson, Frank Beatty, Ed Malanowicz.
A rugged 6-foot-5, 240-pound forward for the Rochester Royals, Johnson specialized in defense and rebounding. He spent seven seasons with the Royals and was a starter on the 1950-51 team that won the NBA championship, averaging 9.4 points per game.
Arnie Johnson basketball statistics



Maurice "Marty" Keating
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2003 
Right, accepting the 2013 Section V Swimming Coach of the Year award.
The Pittsford girls swim coach for 30 years, he has produced 43 collegiate All-Americans and 12 Section V championship teams. He is the chairman of the USA Swimming Niagara District Outreach program for minorities and poor youths.
Pittsford Schools Athletics Hall of Fame, Class of 2010
Section V Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame plaque
National High School Coaches Association 2010 Coach of the Year
Democrat and Chronicle, Pittsford swim coach Marty Keating wins national honor
Bio, PACK Swim Team
YouTube, Morning Swim Show



Jim Klimschot
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2003 
Klimschot as the UR Assistant Basketball Coach.
A two-time All-Greater Rochester point guard for Webster Thomas, he enjoyed a strong career at the University of Rochester, where he ranks 18th in scoring and fifth in assists. He was inducted into U of R's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994.
Bio, University of Rochester Athletic Hall of Fame
Bio, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame



Frank Lillich
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2003 
An Oak Hill Country Club golfer who won eight Rochester District Championships, the Rochester District Golf Association Junior Championship in 1957, and an RDGA seniors title.



Nancy Lopez
Chairman's Choice, Inducted 2003  
(top)Lopez made the SI cover during her record run of five straight LPGA victories,
the fifth coming at Locust Hill.
One of golf's most popular and successful players of all time, Lopez endeared herself to Rochester fans with her shot-making skills and infectious personality. Lopez won three LPGA tournaments at Locust Hill.
Bio, World Golf Hall of Fame
Bio, University of Tulsa Athletics Hall of Fame
LPGA web page



Leo Lyons
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 2003 
(top) Lyons with the 1916 New York State Football Championship Trophy.
(bottom) With football legend Vince Lombardi planning the National Football League.
(right) Lyons in 1914 with the Rochester Jeffersons.
A former player and coach for the Rochester Jeffersons, the Rochester native was one of the founding fathers of the National Football League. The Jeffs were a charter member and played from 1920 to 1925 before disbanding.
Leo Lyons football statistics
Section V Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2005
Rochester Jeffersons stats, Professional Football Researchers Association
Rochester Jeffersons on Facebook
Democrat and Chronicle, On This Day in Rochester History, October 3, 1920
Democrat and Chronicle, On This Day in Rochester History, May 18, 1976



Mike Neer
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2003 
The all-time winningest coach in University of Rochester men's basketball history (418-276), he led the Yellowjackets to the 1990 NCAA Division III championship and back to the title game in 1992. Last year's team made the Final Four. He has coached at U of R for 27 seasons, leading the Yellowjackets to 14 postseason appearances. He's 17-7 in NCAA Tournament play.
University of Rochester, Coaching legend looks back on 34-season career
Hobart's Mike Neer announces retirement



1971 Rochester Red Wings
Team of the Ages, Inducted 2003 
Click on team photo for larger image...(bottom) Red Wings 1971 championship ring.
They started 0-5 and were a .500 team after 66 games. But the '71 Wings bounced back to finish 86-54 and outlasted the Denver Bears in a seven-game Junior World Series, with all seven games played at Silver Stadium. The team was led by rookie Triple-A manager Joe Altobelli and included Bobby Grich, Don Baylor, Johnny Oates, 15-game winner Roric Harris and scrappy second baseman Don Fazio.
1971 Rochester Red Wings statistics
Democrat and Chronicle, On This Day in Rochester History, August 29, 1971
WROC-FM, Joe Cullinane, Wings defeat Denver to win the 1971 Little World Series, :52



Naomi Silver
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 2003 
(top left) Naomi Silver, between her mother Anna and her father Morrie at Red Wing Stadium in 1968.
(top right) Naomi on the cover of Rochester Woman Magazine, April 2010. Click on for the article.
(bottom) Accepting the 2008 MILB Executive of the Year award, with Baseball America's News Editor Josh Leventhal.
The longtime chief operating officer and chairman of the board of Rochester Community Baseball Inc., she was instrumental in the building of Frontier Field and was the key player in last fall's popular decision to end the Red Wings' relationship with the Baltimore Orioles after 42 seasons and sign on with the Minnesota Twins.
Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame
Bio, Rochester Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
Silver Named 2008 MILB Executive of the Year
Baseball America, The Silver Touch- Rochester exec is our Minor League Executive of the Year



Gary Smith
Media, Inducted 2003
(middle) Smith, with Patty Sheehan.. and at work at Locust Hill Country Club for the Wegmans LPGA tournament.
(bottom) During his final day at WHAM radio in 2005, Smith updates the traffic for listeners.
The Pittsford High and Syracuse University graduate has been a radio broadcaster since 1956 and has covered a variety of sports, including bowling, golf (LPGA and the men's majors), and Section V basketball. He covered the Red Wings in 1959 and has worked games for the Triple-A club in every decade since, including the Governors' Cup championship team in 1997. He has worked at WHAM (1180) since 1989.
Bio, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame
Democrat and Chronicle, Man for many seasons



Corny Southall
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2003 
(top and center left) With Notre Dame... (center right) Speaking at the 2010 Youth Hall of Fame Awards,
sponsored by the Town of Henrietta’s Youth Board. (bottom) Among the SS detail (Corny middle row left)
with President-elect Barack Obama and family, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington shortly
before the 2008 inauguration.
All-Greater Rochester running back at Rush-Henrietta and starting safety on Notre Dame teams that went to four bowl games and won a national championship. Also made a Buffalo Bills practice squad and is now a special agent for the Secret Service.
Bio, Rush-Henrietta Alumni Hall of Fame
Section V Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2000



Billy Southworth
Professional Sports, Inducted 2003 
(top) Billy Southworth, left, with Stan Musial during the Cardinals 1942 spring training, just a year after Stan played for the Rochester Red Wings. (middle) outside Red Wing Stadium prior to the 1939 season- click to enlarge..
(bottom) Managing the Rochester Red Wings and Southworth's Baseball Hall of Fame plaque.
One of the most successful managers in Red Wings history, he guided the team to the International League Championship from 1929 to 1931, winning the Little World Series the last two years. His 1930 club finished 105-62 and produced seven .300 hitters. He also managed the St. Louis Cardinals to two World Series Championships and three National League Pennants in the 1940s.
Billy Southworth Website
Billy Southworth baseball statistics
Billy Southworth, Retrosheet
Bio, Baseball Hall of Fame
YouTube, Hall of Fame Bio
Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame



Lou Spiotti Jr.
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 2003 
(top) March 2012, Spiotti makes announcement that the women's hockey team is planning to move to NCAA Division I.
(bottom) Spiotti with ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose.
The Aquinas graduate was a high school All-American in football, a three-time Mission Bouts champion and the school record-holder in the discus. He coached football at Jefferson and Charlotte High and was head coach at RIT from 1974 to '77. He became the athletic director at RIT in 1980 and has expanded the athletic program there from 15 sports to 24 sports, with the men's hockey team winning national championships in 1983 and '85.
Bio, RIT Athletics Hall of Fame
Don Stevens
Media, Inducted 2003
(left) Stevens during his 2011 induction into the Rochester Americans Hall of Fame.
The voice of the Amerks since 1986, he also has covered the Rhinos since their inception in 1995. He showed his devotion in 1998 when he covered an Amerks game and a Rhinos championship game on the same day.
Bio, Rochester Americans
Rochester Americans Hall of Fame
Play-by-play, Stevens goal calls collage
Stevens Wins 2012-13 James H. Ellery Memorial Award
Rochester Rhinos Hall of Fame, Inductees include Don Stevens, Michael Kirmse, and Bill Sedgewick
Hans Tanner
Media, Inducted 2003
The first Amerks beat reporter for the Democrat and Chronicle, he covered the team from its inception in 1956 until his retirement in 1976. A charter member of the Amerks Hall of Fame, he helped coach & general manager Don Cherry compile a roster of castoffs for the 1973 Amerks (an independent team) on short notice. The team went on to make the playoffs.
Rochester Americans Hall of Fame
James H. Ellery Memorial Award, 1966
West Irondequoit Alumni Association, Alumni Spotlight Shines on 1950 Hans Tanner
Marian Turner
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 2003 
Turner at the 1998 WHAM Sportswomen of the Year Awards Luncheon.
Winner of the 1998 Jean Giambrone Public Service Award, Turner has been the driving force behind Monroe County Special Olympics. Through her fundraising efforts, Turner has helped Monroe County Special Olympics expand to more than 1,600 athletes in more than two dozen sports.
Website, Monroe County Special Olympics
Democrat and Chronicle- Scott Pitoniak, Turner receives her special due

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