Frontier Field Walk of Fame Class of 2015
                     
             

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    Class of 2015 


Priscilla
Astifan
 Jeremy
Babcock
Doris
Chance
 Danielle
Downey
 Julius
Duval
Red
Fedele
Connie
Head
Jenny 5
Bowling Team
James
Johnson
Mike
Jones
Ray
Lewandowski
Johnny
Mastrella
Kathy
Melnick
Billy
Nealon
Tim
Redding
Dick
Ricketts
1985 RIT
Men's Hockey
Bill
Stern
Mike
Woods
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
Priscilla Astifan  
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 2015 
Priscilla is a local baseball historian who has authored nationally recognized pamphlets on baseball history in Rochester. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Rochester Community Baseball since 2002, as well as on the board of the Rochester Baseball Historical Society.
Rochester Baseball Historical Society, Research Projects

 

 

 
Jeremy Babcock
Paralympians, Inducted 2015
Click bottom row photos for bigger pictures...Team photo, Jeremy is in second row, sixth from the left. To his left is Ski Team Coach Mike Brown, a former US able-bodied ski team member... right, with US Olympian Joan Smith who made the 1992 and 1994 Biathlon teams.
A member of the Bristol Mountain Race Club at age 11, Jeremy starred at Pittsford Sutherland High School and was a three-time member of the NY State Team. For USA at the Lillehammer 1994 Paralympic Games, he claimed the silver medal in the Menís Slalom LW6/8 with a time of 1:20.60- only 1.26 seconds behind the gold medal winner.
Jeremy Babcock Paralympics statistics
Pittsford's Jeremy Babcock prepares for Lillehammer
Pittsford's Jeremy Babcock wins silver medal at Lillehammer

 

 

Doris Chance
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2015
Doris Chance, before she retired, was a 27-year high school coach in field hockey, softball and basketball. During her career, she captured 11 Rochester City Championships. She was the 1980 & 1981 coach of the year, 1982 WVOR Sportswoman of the year, a 1987 inductee into the College at Brockport Hall of Fame, and many other honors.
College at Brockport Hall of Fame

 

 

Danielle Downey
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2015
Danielle Downey was a former Spencerport HS golf and basketball standout, a 3 time WNY Amateur Golf Champion and a 3 time All-American at Auburn. She also appeared on the Futures Tour and LPGA from 2004-2010. She tragically passed away in 2014.
Danielle Downey LPGA statistics
Bio, Auburn University
Obituary, Democrat and Chronicle, Danielle Downey, Spencerport native and former LPGA golfer...
Golfweek, Danielle Downey left spirited, winning legacy behind
2015 Danielle Downey Classic

 

 

Julius Duval
Paralympians, Inducted 2015
Julius competed in three consecutive summer Paralympic games (for Team USA) in 1972, 1976 and 1980. Over those years, he gathered 10 medals over 5 different events, including 5 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze. He is also the first Rochester athlete to be inducted into the National Wheelchair Athletic Hall of Fame, in 1978.
Julius Duval Paralympians statistics
Gannett News, Bill Koenig, Don't call him 'handicapped'
United Press International, Duval, Wheelchair Winner
United Press International, Rochester Paraplegic Leads Wheelchair Games

 

 

Red Fedele
Contributors/Administrators, Inducted 2015 
Red, a member of the Section V Wrestling Hall of Fame, has housed the Hall of Fame in his Brook House Restaurant for many years. Red has always supported charities in the Rochester area, such as the Eddie Meath All Star Game, The YMCA, Boy Scouts, and the Rochester Press-Radio Clubís Childrenís Charities.
Website, Red Fedele's Brook House
Democrat and Chronicle, Going from numbers to gnocchi

 

 

Connie Head
Paralympians, Inducted 2015
Left, click to enlarge.
Connie, who attended RIT, participated in the 1976 Toronto Paralympic games. She competed in the Swimming and Athletics events and gathered one bronze medal in the Womenís 60M 5 for her country during her time in Toronto.
Connie Head Paralympics statistics

 

 

Jenny 5 Bowling Team
Chairman's Choice, Inducted 2015
Top left, one of the many Jenny 5 lineups, click to enlarge, left to right.. top: Norbert "Nubbs" McLaughlin, Tony "Pooch" Durante, John Quinzi, captain.. bottom: Don Bowman, Dick Przysinda, Vito Caloia. The original Jenny 5 team consisted of John Quinzi, Hal Weiner, Lou Raschiatore, Joe Koch, Marky Chafel and Ray Benzon... Right, click to enlarge, Jenny, was actually Daphne Dore who helped publicize the team.
Jenny 5 Bowling Team
Click the thumbnail photos above for larger shots.
Sponsored by Genesee Brewing Company, this Rochester, NY bowling team was one of the best of their time, and claimed the NYS Team Championship in 1956. This team finished third in the National Team Championships in 1956, and also bowled across New York for various benefits and charities. They hold numerous records for high games and series. Twenty-two different individuals were a part of this team at one point in time. They were established in 1955.

 

 

James Johnson
Media, Inducted 2015
Top right, James with the D&C's Jeff DiVeronica...
bottom, placing his brick during the 2015 Frontier Field Walk of Fame ceremonies- click to enlarge.
James has been a writer for the Democrat and Chronicle since the fall of 1996. He covers high school sports for more than 100 schools in the greater Rochester area. His ties to the Democrat and Chronicle date back to 1990 during the summer before his senior year of high school.  
Twitter
Democrat and Chronicle page
Democrat and Chronicle, Varsity Voices

 

 

Mike Jones
Professional Sports, Inducted 2015
Mike is a former 1st round pick, and Major League Baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals. In 1981, he was 6-3 with a 3.21 ERA, finishing fourth in the voting for Rookie of the Year. He pitched in both the '81 and '84 World Series. His final two seasons (1989 and 1990) were spent with the Baltimore Orioleís Triple-A Affiliate, Rochester Red Wings for 39 games, going 11-10 with 107 strikeouts.
Mike Jones baseball statistics
Retrosheet
Section V Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 2015
Democrat and Chronicle, On this Day in Rochester History, September 6

 

 

Ray Lewandowski
Paralympians, Inducted 2015
Above, at the 2015 Walk of Fame ceremonies..
bottom, 1971, setting a national record in the 100-yard event.. and from the late 1960s, early 1970s.
Click all photos to enlarge.
Ray is a former Team USA member, as he participated in both the 1972 and 1976 Paralympic games. He claimed a total of 3 medals (2 gold and 1 silver), in the 100M and the 4x60M Relay. He also has numerous gold medals at the US National competitions from 1968-1978.
Ray Lewandowski Paralympians statistics
Bio, Inductee  

 

 

Johnny Mastrella
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2015
Right, Mastrella, part of Syracuse's 1936 National Championship Boxing Team- click for team photo, Mastrella bottom row, second from the left.
Johnny was a former lightweight boxer for Syracuse University. He led the school to its only national boxing championship in 1936 and became the freshman boxing coach after graduation. Mastrella went on to serve as an Assistant Monroe County District Attorney, Monroe County Judge, Rochester Police Commissioner and State Supreme Court Justice. He passed away in 2002.
Aquinas Institute Hall of Fame, Class of 1987
syracuse.com, ...Roy Simmons Sr. prepared boxers for fighting - and for life
The Citizen Advisor, From boxing ring to courtroom with several stops in between
Obituary listing, Democrat and Chronicle
Democrat and Chronicle, Justice Mastrella dies at age 90

 

 

Kathy Melnick (Tanchick)
Paralympians, Inducted 2015
Kathleen is a former member of the USA Paralympic team, and participated in the Athletics events in the 1968 games in Tel Aviv, Israel. Those events include Slalom, Discus, Javelin and was a part of the gold medal 4x40M relay team.
Kathy Melnick Paralympians statistics

 

 

Billy Nealon
Amateur Sports, Inducted 2015
Billy is the current Head Pro at the Tennis Club of Rochester. His accomplishments include: Rochester Tennis Hall of Fame (2014), former #1 Ranked U.S. Junior, Collegiate All-American, a two-time Rochester District Singles winner, Clinician and Pro of the Year honors, and many more!
Website
Association of Tennis Professionals
Rochester Tennis Hall of Fame
Billy Nealon to Receive George Seewagen Award

 

 

Tim Redding
Professional Sports, Inducted 2015
Click the photos for larger shots.
Tim, a Chili native and MCC Graduate, is a former Major League Baseball pitcher, who appeared for 5 teams over his 9 year playing career. He currently serves as the Pitching Coach for the Auburn Doubledays in the New York Penn League.
Tim Redding baseball statistics
Retrosheet
Section V Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 2015
Aburn Doubledays Coaching Staff
Youtube, Rochester's Tim Redding back in Upstate New York as Doubledays Pitching Coach
Democrat and Chronicle, Tim Redding returns to pro baseball roots

 

 

Dick Ricketts
Professional Sports, Inducted 2015
(bottom left) Ricketts guards a player from LaSalle... (bottom right) 1955 NIT CHAMPIONS, DUQUESNE DUKES Front row: Tom Pezko, John Nosworthy, Mickey Winograd, Dick Ricketts, Sihugo Green, Bob Schneider, Ralph Leng. Back row: Coach Dudey Moore, Lou Severine, Lou Iezzi, Dave Ricketts, Jim Fallon, assistant coach Red Manning. Manager Tom Oshinsky is seated.
Dick was a first round pick of the 1955 NBA Draft, and was also signed by the St. Louis Cardinals of MLB. He is the only person to ever play for both the Rochester Red Wings, and the Rochester Royals. Dick passed away in 1988.
Dick Ricketts basketball statistics
Dick Ricketts baseball statistics
Retrosheet
Duquesne University Men's Basketball History, Retired Jerseys
Obituary, The Mercury News, Dave Ricketts remembered for his dedication
Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette, 50 years ago, Sihugo Green and Dick Ricketts led Duquesne to the title

 

 

1985 RIT Men's Hockey
Team of the Ages, Inducted 2015
The 1985 RIT Menís Hockey team (26-6) won the NCAA Division III National Championship, after beating B emidji State in the final. This was itís first Division III National Championship in school history, since its Division II championship performance in 1982. They were coached by Bruce Delventhal.
RIT Men's Hockey Page
Democrat and Chronicle, On this Day in Rochester History, March 15, 1985
RIT, 1984-85 National Champion RIT men's hockey team to be inducted...

 

 

Bill Stern
Media, Inducted 2014
Click photos to enlarge.
Bill was a national sportscaster who announced the nationís first remote sports broadcast
and the first telecast of a baseball game. He was inducted into the American Sportscasters
Association (1984), National Radio Hall of Fame (1988), and has a star in the Hollywood
Walk of Fame. Bill passed away in 1971.
Wikipedia, Colgate Sports Newsreel
Radio Recall, Even His Initials Were B.S.
National Radio Hall of Fame
American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame
International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
otr.com, Bill Stern's Colgate Shave Cream Sports Newsreel, October 28, 1949, Red Grange
Youtube, Bill Stern's Colgate Shave Cream Sports Newsreel, Ted Williams
Youtube, Bill Stern's Colgate Shave Cream Sports Newsreel, March 22, 1946, Babe Ruth

 

 

Mike Woods
Amateur Coaches, Inducted 2014
Mike spent 23 years as the head coach of the SUNY Geneseo Menís and Womenís Cross Country teams. He has been a part of 52 SUNYAC Championships and received 28 SUNYAC coach of the year honors. In 2005, he led the womenís team to the schoolís first national championship, while earning the NCAA Division III Womenís Coach of the Year. He retired following the 2014-15 Academic Year.
Bio, SUNY Geneseo
SUNY Geneseo, Longtime Cross Country And Track & Field Coach Mike Woods To Retire
Democrat and Chronicle, SUNY Geneseo coaching legend set to retire
geneseoknights.com, Mike Woods Retirement Reception



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