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    Class of 2010 


Nick
Bremigan
Ryan
Callahan
Jim
Cox
Sam
Fantauzzo
Pete
Feola
Rory
Fitzpatrick
Bill
Flynn
Art
Frantz
Bernie
Gardner
Pat
Genovese
Heinie
Groh
Linda
Hampton
Art
Held
Ken
Kaiser
Floyd
King
Ange
Mastrosimone
Linda
McCoy
Kevin
Oklobzija
Silk
O'Loughlin
2009-10
RIT Men's
Hockey
Tim
Soudan
Bob
Thompson
1989-90
UofR Men's
Basketball
Roy
Van Graflan
Al
Vyverberg
         
         
         
         
         
         
         

Nick Bremigan
Major League Baseball Umpires, Inducted 2010
(center, click on for larger photo) Bremigan (second from left) leaves Cleveland's Municipal Stadium with the other umpires after a forfeit was declared, June 4, 1974. (see article below) Umpires pictured, from left: Joe Brinkman, Bremigan, Larry McCoy and crew chief Nestor Chylak. Chylak was cut on the hand by a flying rock and hit in the head by a stadium chair... (right) T&M Sports 1988 umpires series, click on for larger pic and back of card.
American League Umpire from 1974 - 1989. Nick grew up in Rochester and officiated the 1980 World Series and the 1979 and 1985 All-Star Games.
Retrosheet, Nick Bremigan umpire statistics
The night beer and violence bubbled over in Cleveland
ESPN, 10-cent Beer Night
 

 

Ryan Callahan
Olympians, Inducted 2010 
Professional Sports, Inducted 2012
Olympians, Inducted 2014
Olympians, 2010/2014 Winter Games-Hockey
 
Ryan began playing in the juniors with the Rochester Junior Americans and worked his way up through the minors where he was drafted in 2004 by the New York Rangers. Ryan was named as the Rangers alternate captain in 2009 and in 2010 was named to the United States Olympic Hockey Team where he helped the US win a silver medal in the Vancouver games.
Bio, New York Rangers
Ryan Callahan hockey statistics
Ryan Callahan Olympics statistics
Youtube, MSG, Beginnings: Ryan Callahan

 

 
 
   
Jim Cox
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2010 
 
 
Click photos for larger sizes.
Jim was a football, basketball, and lacrosse coach at Rush Henrietta where his basketball teams collected 397 wins during his 23 years. Jim was inducted into the New York State Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1997.
Bio, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame
National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Class of 1997
Messenger Post, Basketball: R-H Legends Get Hall Call
Jim Cox Clippings


Sam Fantauzzo
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 2010 
Soccer Sam is a longtime soccer fan and has been the host of "Kick This" soccer show since 1995. Soccer Sam has recently announced his ownership in a Professional Indoor Soccer team that will begin play in the fall of 2011.
Bio, Eastridge Alumni Hall of Fame
Bio, Rochester Lancers
Website, Kick This! The Soccer Sam Show

 

 

 

Pete Feola
Olympians, Inducted 2010 
(top) Cornell University coach Mike Schaefer checks information with Feola for an ECAC game.
(bottom) Pete raises the ECAC championship trophy after Elmira defeated Mercyhurst in 1991.
Pete started playing hockey at Gates Chili and began reffing youth games and continued through college. He was a 100-point player for the Elmira Soaring Eagles, and captained the 1993-94 squad when he was named Player of the Year by the Booster Club. That season the coaches named him Most Improved Player. He left Elmira ranked 22nd on the school's scoring list. Pete worked at the international level officiating three World Championships but then got the opportunity this winter to referee at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.
Bio, Gates-Chili Hall of Fame
Bio, ECAC Hockey
Examiner, College stripes making the right calls

 
Rory Fitzpatrick
Professional Sports, Inducted 2010 
 
An Irondeqouit native, Rory is a former professional ice hockey defenseman who last played with the Rochester Americans of the AHL. He spent his junior career in the OHL with the Sudbury Wolves, and was selected in the second round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, 47th overall, by the Montreal Canadiens. Rory has played for six different NHL Teams including the Buffalo Sabres and the Philadelphia Flyers.
Rory Fitzpatrick hockey statistics
Youtube, First NHL goal April 26, 1996
Youtube, Frozen Shorts
Rory Fitzpatrick hockey cards
Ask Rory, Vancouver Canucks (including the "Vote For Rory" campaign")
Bobblehead, issued by the Rochester Americans
 


Bill Flynn
Media, Inducted 2010 
 
(left) With golf's Annika Sorenstam in 1997 at Locust Hill Country Club and (right) for another radio story,
piloting "Flynn," a pacer who won 26 times at Batavia Downs and Buffalo Raceway during the 1980s.
Broadcast high school sports at Rush-Henrietta then spent more than 30 years in Rochester radio- including 15 years stringing features for the Associated Press, winning four Edward R. Murrow awards... stats man for the Rochester Zeniths and for all of the years with the RazorSharks. He webmasters this WOF website and contributed much of the content within the Rochester Americans Booster Club website... member of the Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame Committee, and the Rochester Baseball Committee that nominates those from pre-Red Wings history.
Website
Bio, Rush-Henrietta Alumni Hall of Fame

 

 

 
Art Frantz
Major League Baseball Umpires, Inducted 2010 
 
Art was crew chief for the 1975 World Series, and also officiated the AL Championship Series in 1972 and 1976 as well as the 1974 All-Star Game. Before becoming an umpire Art began his baseball career as a Rochester Red Wing.
Art Frantz baseball statistics
Retrosheet, Art Frantz umpire statistics


Bernie Gardner
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2010 
A graduated of Honeoye Falls - Lima, Bernie went out to Colorado where he competed in and coached skiing at the Division I and national levels, then returned to Honeoye Falls as a Physical Education Teacher and coach. He has coached individual athletes and teams to over 30 New York State Championship titles, and is a member of the Section 5 Cross Country Running Hall of Fame with numerous "Coach of the Year" honors.
Section V Cross Country Hall of Fame, Class of 2002

 

 

 
Pat Genovese
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2010 
 
Pat has coached her William Smith Lacrosse teams to 27 winning seasons in 28 years which include 16 NCAA Tournament appearances, 11 semi-final games and 5 championship games. Pat has been the NCAA DIII Coach of the Year 3 times and has had 94 of her players become All-Americans with seven having earned the Player of the Year award. She is a member of multiple Hall of Fames and is the first men's or women's collegiate lacrosse coach to reach 350 wins.
Bio, William Smith Lacrosse
Bio, National Lacrosse Hall of Fame
Youtube, Pat Genovese, William Smith Lacrosse


Heinie Groh
Professional Sports, Inducted 2010 
Groh wields his famous "bottle" bat.
Born in Rochester, Heinie was the National League's top third baseman in the late 1910s and early 1920s Renowned for his "bottle bat" he was an effective leadoff hitter who captained the World Series Champions the 1919 Reds and the 1922 Giants. He led the NL in a number of statistical categories and went on to become a Minor League Manager as well as a scout after retiring as a player.
Heinie Groh baseball statistics
Heinie Groh, Retrosheet
Bio, Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame
Bio, SABR
Heinie Groh game used bat
Heinie Groh baseball cards
Section V Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 2011
Democrat and Chronicle, On this Day in Rochester History, October 2, 1927
 
 
Linda Hampton
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 2010 
Linda, left, prepares to honor another LPGA champion, at the 18th green of Locust Hill Country Club.
Linda is a graduate of Ithaca College and has been the director of the very successful Wegman's LPGA Tournament for the last 30 years. In 2010, for the first time ever, the event was a major on the LPGA Tour. Linda was also a teacher and coach in Greece and has been a longtime YMCA board member.
Website, Wegmans LPGA Championship

 

 
Art Held
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2010 
Arthur was a retiree of Eastman Kodak Company and an inductee into the Elmira Sports Hall of Fame in 1984 and the New York State Softball Hall of Fame in 1994. Art was a long time player and manager of the Kodak Park Softball Team and was a World War II veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star.
Bio, New York State Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame
Messenger Post, Art Held: More than a softball legend
 

Ken Kaiser
Major League Baseball Umpires, Inducted 2010 
 
(top right) Ken spars with Baltimore manager Earl Weaver. (bottom right) At Fenway Park, Kaiser
helps a fan get back into the stands after the fan fell onto the field trying to grab a foul ball.
Grew up in Rochester and attended Aquinas High School... Ken spent 13 years in the minor leagues and 23 years in the major leagues, a total of 36 years in professional baseball where he officiated the 1987 and 1997 World Series and 1991 All-Star Game.
Retrosheet, Ken Kaiser umpire statistics
T&M Sports, 1988 Umpire Card
Bio, baseballlibrary.com
NPR, interview, August 21, 2003

 

 

 
Floyd King
Media, Inducted 2010 
(top) King at his Landing Road home in Rochester, where he wrote his columns.
(bottom) With his wife, Agnes.
Legendary, award-winning Outdoor Sports writer for Rochester's Democrat and Chronicle. His nature columns appeared in the D&C's Upstate Magazine and the sports pages- many dealing with fishing and skiing. He started as a reporter with the Rochester Journal in 1928, then the D&C four years later where he held numerous positions including state editor and copy desk chief. He retired from the paper in 1982 but continued part-time for another 10 years. King passed away in 2001.
Upstate's Outdoorsman, It's a bow-and what a bow! But is it legal? (January 14, 1973)
Bio, Excerpts from the book "For the Record" by Bonnie Brennen
Obituary, Democrat and Chronicle
 
 
 
Ange Mastrosimone
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2010 
During the 1960 Section V finals, Ange barely beats Franklin's Tent Jackson (right)
in the 100-yard dash, in 9.8 seconds. One year earlier at the University of Rochester,
Ange recorded a 9.7 in the event, setting a new Section V record.

Ange was a prolific high school two sport star at Jefferson High School where he excelled in football and track and field. Ange scored 45 touchdowns in his three year career and averaged 16 yards per carry. He set the City's 100 yard dash record with a time just behind Jess Owens' national record. He was undefeated in the 100 and 220 yard dash in 1959. Ange was selected two years in a row as an All-Scholastic in football and track and field and as a High School All American in football.
Newspaper clipping, Mastrosimone runs 9.8 100-yard dash, May 5, 1959
Section V Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2011
Profile, Section V Football Hall of Fame

 

 

  
 
Linda McCoy
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2010 
 
(top left) As an All-World player for Pace Electronics Fighting Green & Gold.
(top right) Coaching high school players in Webster.
(bottom) McCoy with her brick at the 2010 Frontier Field Walk of Fame ceremony.
Linda is a 2-time All-World catcher and is considered one of the greatest hitters ever to play the game of softball. She won 2 collegiate national championships at John F. Kennedy College and is currently a softball coach for R. L. Thomas where she has coached Webster to many championships. She has been selected as high school coach of the year for New York State, the Eastern Region and was a finalist for the U. S. Coach of The Year. Linda is a member of the National and State Hall Fames and is a member of the all-time USSSA team.
Website
Bio, McCoys Impact Hitting
Bio, New York State USSSA Sports Hall of Fame
Bio, United States Specialty Sports Association Hall of Fame

 

 

 
Kevin Oklobzija
Media, Inducted 2010 
Oklobzija interviewing the Rochester Americans' Drew MacIntyre.
A sportswriter for the Democrat and Chronicle, Kevin has been covering the Rochester Americans and the Buffalo Sabres since 1985 including the Calder Cup and Stanley Cup playoffs. He also covered the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Salt Lake City, and Turin. In 2015 he was assigned to cover both the Amerks and the Rochester Red Wings for the D and C. Kevin left the newspaper in October 2016. He was honored with induction into the Rochester Americans Hall of Fame a year later.
Democrat and Chronicle, Scotty Nichol, writer Kevin Oklobzija to enter Amerks Hall of Fame
Rochester Americans, Hall of Fame interview

 

 
Silk O'Loughlin
Major League Baseball Umpires, Inducted 2010 
 
(top right) Before game one of the 1915 World Series, Baker Bowl, Philadelphia,
Philadelphia Phillies manager Pat Moran and Boston Red Sox manager Bill Carrigan
meeting at home plate before Game One with umpires Silk O'Laughlin (center) and
Billy Evans... (middle) Umpire crew for the 1915 World Series,
[Smith, announcer] Cy Rigler, Bill Klem, Silk O'Loughlin, Bill Evans.
Born in Rochester August 15, 1872, Silk worked in the American League from 1902 - 1918 and umpired 7 no-hitters (SABR). He umpired in the World Series in 1906, 1909, 1912, 1915 and 1917, serving as crew chief in 1917.
Bio, SABR
Retrosheet, Silk O'Loughlin umpire statistics
Obituary, New York Times
  
 
2009-10 Rochester Insitute of Technology Men's Hockey
Chairman's Choice, Inducted 2010 
The 2009-10 RIT Men's Hockey team is the first team from the Atlantic Hockey Association to make it to the Frozen Four and did so after only 5 years of competing at the Division I level. County Executive Maggie Brooks Mayor Robert Duffy named April 6, 2010 as "RIT Tiger Hockey Day" in recognition of the teams accomplishments. The 2010 team made it into the NCAA Tournament by beating Sacred Heart 6-1 at the Blue Cross Arena during the Atlantic Hockey Championships. In the first round of the NCAA tournament RIT pulled the upset over Number 1 ranked University of Denver before clinching a spot in the Frozen Four by Beating New Hampshire. Click photo above for super-sized image

 

 

  
 
Tim Soudan
Professional Sports, Inducted 2010 
Tim was a two-time All-American at the University of Massachusetts and played for Team USA where he helped win the World Lacrosse Championship and the Heritage Cup. Tim was a key component for the Knighthawks string of eleven play-off appearances in eleven seasons. His name is engrained across the record boards of the teams he played with and upon retirement from the sport was hired as an Assistant GM for the Knighthawks.
Website, Rochester Knighthawks
Bio, Professional Lacrosse Players Association
IL Indoor, Looking back with... Tim Soudan
 
 
 
Bob Thompson
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 2010 
 
 
(top) Thompson at a Section V Basketball tournament game at the Rochester Community War Memorial.
Bob Thompson was very involved in the Rochester Community, most notably with the Section V Boys Basketball Tournament. Bob played an integral role in bringing back the tournament after a 45-year absence, and was the director of media and public relations. Bob is also a member of the Section V Basketball and Rush Henrietta Alumni Hall of Fame and coordinated media relations for the Wegman's LPGA Tournament.
Bio, Section V Basketball Hall of Fame
Bio, Rush-Henrietta Alumni Hall of Fame
1991 Section V Boys Basketball Handbook, Salute to Bob Thompson
Obituary, Rush-Henrietta Post

 

 

  
 
1989-90 University of Rochester Men's Basketball
Team of the Ages, Inducted 2010 
The 1989-90 University of Rochester Men's Basketball Team earned the program's first and only Division III National Championship. The team was coached by Mike Neer whose Yellowjackets defeated Nazareth College, Buffalo State, Southeastern Massachusetts, North Adams State, Washington College before beating DePauw University by the score of 43-42 to capture the National Championship.
Click photo above for super-sized image
 
  
 
Roy Van Graflan
Major League Baseball Umpires, Inducted 2010 
 
Roy spent 7 years as an umpire in the American League and some time in the International League as well. Umpired in the 1929 and '32 World Series- was behind the plate in game three during Babe Ruth's controversial called home run. He also coached the Rochester Filarets Women's Basketball team to a record of 553-12.
Retrosheet, Roy Van Graflan umpire statistics
Cubs Journal: Year by Year and Day by Day with the Chicago Cubs Since 1876,
  Ruth's Called Shot/Van Graflan
Obituary, Democrat and Chroncile, Roy Van Graflan Dies Of Car Hurts at 59

 

 

  
 
Al Vyverberg
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2010 
 
(top) Captaining the RIT hockey squad... and as coach for McQuaid Jesuit High School's hockey squad.
(bottom) Celebrating Vyverberg's (top row, center) 300th McQuaid victory 11/28/09
after beating Auburn 8-2 at Genesee Valley.
Al grew up in Pittsford, NY and often played hockey on the frozen canal behind his house before playing organized hockey at Pittsford. Al continued to pursue his love of hockey in a coaching position and is currently the head coach of the McQuaid Jesuit Ice Hockey Team and has earned the New York State Hockey Coach of the Year award.
McQuaid Jesuit High School page
Democrat and Chronicle, McQuaid hockey coach Al Vyverberg prepares to skate into sunset



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