Frontier Field Walk of Fame Class of 2004

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Aquinas Football
Ryan Jr.
Van Wieren
Food Markets
John "Sonny"









1947-52 Aquinas Football
Team of the Ages, Inducted 2004 
1947 AQUINAS FOOTBALL names not currently available
(top) John Foley QB, Frank Noce E, Joe Stampfli E, Pete Blackwood E, Joe Schmitz C, Michael Lodato T, Ted Mooney T, James Riggs C, William Toole C, Douglas Martin T, Jay Hally E, Bob Farrell QB, Bob Urqhart T, Cy Krenzer T (middle) William Callahan G, Joe DeFranco FB, Jim Walsh G, Jim Northcote QB, Jack Lee G, Jim Brady HB, Ed Conley C, Joe Simeone T, Frank Varrichione T, Pete Klee G, James Ging FB, Michael Montanarello E (bottom) Sam LeFranco G, Joe Salvaggio HB, Charles Hilbert HB, James Burns QB, Joe Barbera HB, Fritz Amico G, Angelo Faraci HB, Dan Coughlin G, Joe Graham HB, Bernie Dwyer G, Ed Ahonen HB, Bill Fackelman C
left to right (top) Stan Tubinis, Joe Chase, Don Jones, Red Keville, Bob Hanss, George Stampfli, Bob Gay, Bob Urquhart, Pete Klee, Norm Scheid, John McNulty, Bob Niermeyer, Lee Riley (middle) Larry Connorton, Larry Corcoran, Ray Vecchio, John Coveney, Jim Campagna, Joe Miller, Don Holleder, Jackie Lee, Frank Varrichione, Don Yeckel, Dan Klee, Dan Cline, (bottom) Jim Enright, Howard Lapple, Dick Carroll, Coach Connolly, Casper Pignato, Noel Marianetti, Sam Santandrea, Coach Marella, Bill Frackelman, Jimmy Burns, Sam LaFranco, Maury Ryan. Not in picture: Fred Greenleaf
left to right (top) Jerry Scardino, Norm Sceid, Bob Hanss, Jim Marshall, Don Holleder, Neil McDivitt, Joe Chase, John McNulty, Calrence Keville, Larry Connorton, Walt Leonard, Bill Gamble, Don Murphy (middle) Bob O’Hara, Harry Bock, Tom Burke, Sol Marianetti, Bob Urquhart, Bob Niermeyer, Coach Connolly, John Coveny, Jim Nothnagle, Jim Currier, Dick Hoffend, Howard Lapple, Bruno Gugliotta (bottom) Jim O’Dell, Noel Marianetti, Jim Enright, Casper Pignato, Tom Walz, Tom Hally, Bill Facleman, Jim Sedita, Jim Burns, Jerry Donoghue, Maury Ryan, Sam Santandrea
left to right (top) Bob Burns, Ron Kujawa, George Gumbrecht, Sam Rebis, Leo Hosenfeld, Kevin Maloy, Jack McDonald, Tony Petruso, Ed Heisinger, Joe DiFabio, Don Granger, Jim Cortina, Jim Currier, Frank Ruh, Jim Quinlan, Jack Yaeger, Nano D’ercole, Tom Riley, Dan Annechino (middle) Jerry Jesmer, George Salemi, Joe Koesterer, Don Congdon, Matt Branski, Phil Genier, Joe Madalena, Jerry Scardino, Jim Enright, Tom Norton, Bill Schmitz, Tom Burke, Tom Walz, Jim Sedita, Guy Vito, Chuck Manioci, Larry Pulvino, Doug Stifter (bottom) Benny Rotolo, John Gaurino, Ed Begy, Gene Palermo, Dave Kelly, Leo Dagnon, Russ Guelli, Bernie Polle, Tom Tucker, Chuck McKenna, Jack Lyng, Henry Angelone, Noel Marianetti, Vince Gionta, Milo Tomonavich
Click team photos above for larger photos.
The Little Irish were one of the area's most popular teams, sometimes drawing more than 20,000 fans to Red Wing Stadium and what was then Aquinas Stadium while regularly playing the nation's top high school teams. In 1948, Aquinas finished 7-0-1 with a schedule that included teams from Texas, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota and Connecticut. The most famous alumnus was Don Holleder, a receiver-defensive back who was recruited by 84 Division I colleges prior to his graduation in 1952. He went on to the U.S. Military Academy, where he earned All-America honors. Holleder was killed in Vietnam in 1967 while trying to rescue wounded members of his battalion.
When Football Was Bigger Than Life

Tom Batzold
Media, Inducted 2004 
Post-Standard reporter Tom Batzold hands over the 1961 Ernie Davis Heisman Trophy to Syracuse Police lieutenant George Georgiade, April 1976. The trophy had been stolen earler. (see The Post-Standard story below)
The Rochester native and Bishop Kearney graduate has worked for the Times-Union and/or Democrat and Chronicle for 26 years, the last 15 as sports editor. He has covered the Red Wings, Bills, Syracuse University and high schools, and his 1984 story on the recruitment of fellow Walk of Fame inductee Tom Sheehey of McQuaid was voted the top sports story in New York by The Associated Press (No. 2 nationally).
Section V Basketball Hall of Fame, Class of 2012
The Post-Standard, Heisman Back, Scott Pitoniak, Remembering Tom Batzold
Democrat and Chronicle, A leader and friend
Democrat and Chronicle, Remembering Batz, Jim Mandelaro
Obituary, Democrat and Chronicle




Mike Catalana
Media, Inducted 2004 
(bottom) Former Boston Celtics guard and NBA All-Star Jo Jo White joins Catalana
for WOKR's broadcast of the 1991 Section V Basketball Class A Finals.
The Ithaca College graduate joined WOKR-TV (Channel 13) in 1987 and has been sports director since '89. He won the Rochester Press-Radio Club's Lowell MacMillan Award for sportscasting excellence in 1991, and the WOKR sports department has twice won the New York State Broadcasters' Award for best sportscast. The Bridgeton, N.J., native has covered four Super Bowls, an NCAA Final Four and the Stanley Cup and NBA Finals.
Bio, 13WHAM




Gary Clark
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2004 
A fixture as Fairport High's swim coach for 25 years, his teams finished as the top-ranked team in the state 13 times, and won an incredible 18 consecutive Section V and Monroe County championships. More than 60 swimmers, known as "Clark's Sharks,'' went on to earn All-America honors. Clark retired in 1999.
Bio, New York State Public High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame
Section V Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame plaque
Eastridge Alumni Hall of Fame, Class of 1962

Vito Costanza
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2004 
Top, coaching for Edison... bottom, click on Edison team photo from the 1970s.
A legendary coach at Edison Tech in football, basketball and baseball in the 1960s, '70s and '80s, he also was an exceptional and devoted physical education teacher at the school. Now retired, he was named Section V Coach of the Year in boys basketball before the award was split into several classes.
Section V Basketball Hall of Fame
Bio, Brockport Hall of Fame
Obituary, Democrat and Chronicle
Democrat and Chronicle, Costanza was a familiar face in high school city sports





Warren Giles
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 2004 
Top right, major league baseball's National League logo adopted in 1956, designed by Giles.
The eight stars represent the number of teams at the time, updated since with expansion.
At the bottom left, Giles with the Rochester Red Wings... bottom right, Giles' Baseball Hall of Fame plaque.
President of the Red Wings from 1928 to '36, he spearheaded the move of the St. Louis Cardinals' top farm club from Syracuse to Rochester. He spent 50 years in professional baseball, including 15 as general manager of the Cincinnati Reds and 18 as president of the National League. He reportedly came one vote shy of being elected baseball commissioner in 1951, but when neither he nor Ford C. Frick could get the required 12 owners' votes, he withdrew for the good of the game and was named NL president. During his tenure, he oversaw the move of the Dodgers and Giants to the West Coast and the return of National League baseball in New York.
Bio, Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame
Bio, Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame
Bio, Baseball Hall of Fame
Warren Giles baseball cards



Terry Gurnett
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2004 
The Spencerport High graduate is the winningest coach in NCAA Division III women's soccer history, with a 318-101-45 record in 27 seasons. Gurnett led UR to national titles in 1986 and '87 and was selected NCAA Coach of the Decade for women's soccer in the 1980s. His teams have been ranked in the national top 25 every year for the past 21 seasons and have made 17 consecutive trips to the postseason.
University of Rochester Currents, Staff Stars
University of Rochester Currents, Gurnett stepping down after 2010 season
National Soccer Coaches Association, Letter of Commendation



Jody Lavin Patrick
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2004 
Top row, right, scoring at the UofR's Palestra. Click photo to enlarge.
Bottom row, right, the 2013-16 USA Basketball Women's Developmental National Team Committee,
in Colorado Springs, Colorado, May 2014... L-R: Bill Larson (AAU), Sherri Pegues (AAU), Yolanda Griffith
(Olympian/WNBA), Jody Lavin Patrick (NFHS, National Federation of High School Associations, Jill Rankin
Schneider (Olympian/NFHS). Click bottom row photos to enlarge
The 1982 University of Rochester graduate scored a school-record 2,094 points and set 14 UR records. She still holds 10. She was named NCAA Division III Player of the Year in 1982 while establishing five NCAA records. She was part of the inaugural class to the UR Sports Hall of Fame
in 1992.
Bio, University of Rochester Athletic Hall of Fame
Bio, University of Geneva Sports Hall of Fame
Website, Potomac Valley Vogues Basketball Club
Rochester Review, The Opportunity to Do the Things We Love- Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Title IX
Bio, Spring 2014

Gabe Paul
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 2004 
(top right) Paul, as President of the Cleveland Indians, 1983.
(bottom right) On the left, Paul with Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner
of the New York Yankees. Click photo to enlarge.
The Rochester native rose from mascot and batboy of the Rochester Red Wings to become a president and/or general manager with the Cincinnati Reds, Houston Colt .45s (later Astros), Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees. The former Monroe High student was once the single largest shareholders of the Indians, owning 20 percent of the team.
Bio, Rochester Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
Obit, New York Times





John Ryan Jr.
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2004 
(left) During the 1979 Thornton Cup matches at Oak Hill Country Club. At far left is Oak Hill pro Craig Harmon.
One of the most promising young golfers in area history, he won five RDGA Championships (including two men's titles) and earned a golf scholarship to Duke University before dying in a 1982 boating accident on Canandaigua Lake at age 20. The RDGA Championship is named in his honor, and Ryan's golfing record is placed on the back of every scorecard each year.
McQuaid Jesuit Athletic Hall of Fame
Democrat and Chronicle, Boat mishap kills top golfer
Democrat and Chronicle, Future was bright for John Ryan Jr.
Democrat and Chronicle, Roc Sports Rewind by Sal Maiorana, A Modest Champion
2016 RDGA Championship John H. Ryan Jr. Memorial





Tom Sheehy
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2004 
Click photos on right for larger photos.
The most recruited male basketball player in Section V history, the four-time All-Greater Rochester star from McQuaid High broke the legendary Al Butler's City-Catholic scoring record with 1,800 points. Named MVP of the 1981 Section V Class AAA Tournament, he was recruited by national powers UCLA and North Carolina before choosing Virginia. He helped the Cavaliers reach the Final Four his freshman season and went on to play professionally overseas in Italy, Spain, Belgium, Argentina, Chile and Germany before retiring in 1999.
McQuaid Jesuit High School Athletic Hall of Fame
Section V Basketball Hall of Fame

Marilyn Thomas
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2004 
(right) Fulfilling a victory promise to the Fairport swim team, Thomas swims two laps
after Fairport beat Irondequoit, November 1988.
The longtime Fairport High girls swimming coach compiled a 210-12 record, led the Red Raiders to six consecutive state titles from 1985-90 and won 12 consecutive Section V championships from 1979-90. Her teams finished unbeaten in dual meets 12 times. Thomas retired in 1992.
Section V Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame plaque



Maynard Troyer
Professional Sports, Inducted 2004 
One of the most dominant stock car drivers in the Northeast in the 1960s and '70s (especially Spencer and Lancaster speedways), he won more than 400 feature races in his three-decade career. He finished third in the NASCAR national modified point standings in 1975 and twice won both the Pocono's Race of Champions and the Oswego Classic. He also was briefly on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit.
Yahoo, Maynard Troyer Car Photos search
Bio, Eastern Motorsports Press Association
Sports Illustrated, Maynard Troyer's Spectacular 1971 Crash Became a Television Thriller
Obituary, Newcomer Family Obituaries
Auto racing legend Maynard Troyer dies at 79




Pete Van Wieren
Media, Inducted 2004 
Van Wieren was inducted into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame in 2004, along
with fellow announcer Skip Caray. Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell is in the middle.
The Charlotte High graduate has gone on to national success as a broadcaster with the Atlanta Braves. He will enter his 29th season with the team this spring and has earned the prestigious Georgia Sportscaster of the Year Award nine times. He worked as play-by-play man for the International League's Tidewater Tides for two seasons before joining Atlanta's broadcast staff in 1976.
Website, The Ivan Allen Jr. Braves Museum & Hall of Fame
University of Georgia, Terry College of Business, Pete Van Wieren:
  Former Broadcaster, Atlanta Braves Radio Network
Youtube, Pete Van Wieren call.. Bob Horner hits his fourth home run of game
Youtube, Pete Van Wieren Tribute at the Braves Home Opener
Youtube, TBS, Turner Field Atlanta Braves 1st Game New York Yankees March 29, 1997 Pre Game
Youtube, Van Wieren's life remembered on broadcast



Ross Virgo
Professional Sports, Inducted 2004 
Olympians-Alternates, 1948 Summer Games-Boxing
The Franklin High graduate won 46 of 48 amateur boxing matches and was the 1948 champion of the U.S. Army and Air Force before turning pro. He also made the 1948 Olympic team. He rose to No. 5 welterweight contender in the world before abruptly ending his career in 1953 to raise his family. His record was 26-2-2, with both losses split decisions.
Ross Virgo Boxing Statistics
Obituary, Democrat and Chronicle



Wegmans Food Markets
Chairman's Choice, Inducted 2004 
(top) In 1916, the Rochester Fruit & Vegetable Company served as the forerunner to Wegmans.
As of 2012, the Wegmans chain had grown to 79 stores, with the most in New York State (47).
They've also expanded to Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Massachusetts and Maryland (bottom).
The supermarket chain stepped to the plate in 1997 and became the "name sponsor" for the annual LPGA tournament at Locust Hill and has used proceeds to donate more than $1 million to Rotary-sponsored camps for disabled children. Wegmans also was the original sponsor for the Buffalo Bills training camp at St. John Fisher College.



John "Sonny" Zamites
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 2004 
Click bottom row photos for larger images.
(top right) Hoisting Calder Cup in 1996, Rochester Mayor Bill Johnson at left.
Better known to thousands of hockey fans as the Amerks' "Moose,'' he is in his 25th and final season in the familiar costume. The McQuaid graduate originally was hired as the "Moose" by radio station WMJQ-FM in 1979 and began working for the Amerks a year later. Since then, he has appeared at thousands of games and charity events and become synonymous with the team.
Democrat and Chronicle, The Man Inside the Moose

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