Rome Hall of Fame names 6 inductees

Jul 8, 2009    Observer-Dispatch

Six people will be inducted into the Rome Sports Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, July 26.

The Class of 2009 members are: Kermit A. Cadrette, Jerry J. Corigliano, Joseph C. Trela, Bruce M. Wightman, Scott Pitoniak and Becky Muldoon-Herndon.

They will be honored at a reception at 3 p.m. at the Hall of Fame, with a formal induction dinner to follow at The Beeches.

The new members bring the total of the 33-year-old Hall of Fame to 137 people recognized for their “lifetime of excellence.”

Scott Pitoniak

A 1973 honors graduate of Rome Free Academy, where he lettered in baseball and football, Pitoniak went on to earn a magna cum laude degree in journalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University that launched him into a more than 30-year career as an honored sportswriter, columnist and author.

The Associated Press named Pitoniak as one of the Top Ten Sports Columnists in America. Five of the 10 books he authored made it to the Top Ten sports books best-seller lists.

During his years as a sportswriter for the Observer-Dispatch, Rochester Democrat-Chronicle, Gannett News Service and USA Today, he has won more than 100 national state and local writing awards.

His work has appeared in Sport magazine, the Sporting News, the New York Times,, and He has written sports books dealing with the Buffalo Bills, Syracuse University, the Rochester Red Wings, and his most recent and most widely read, “Memories of Yankee Stadium.”