Another week, another area sports quiz. Answers can be found at the end of this article. Go.
1. This man coached six different sports at Cassadaga Valley Central School, including starting 11-man football in 1954 and wrestling in 1955. To honor his memory, a trophy case and the football field bear his name.
2. Before his retirement in 1988, this man was fondly regarded as the “Father of Jamestown Community College Athletics.”
3. A 1933 graduate of Bemus Point, this man began his professional baseball career in 1935 and ultimately made it to the major leagues nine years later when he was called up to the St. Louis Browns. Among the batters he faced were Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto and Joe DiMaggio.
4. This Salamanca High School graduate recorded a 133-120 career record, 184 complete games, a 3.22 ERA and 21 shutouts during stints with the Yankees, the Red Sox and Indians. In 1919, while pitching for Cleveland, he tossed a no-hitter against the Yanks. A year later, he pitched in the World Series for the Tribe, which defeated Brooklyn. Oh, and he was struck by lightning in 1919, knocked unconscious, but after regaining consciousness, he continued to pitch and got the final out of the game.
5. This Jamestown High School and St. Bonaventure University graduate was drafted in the third round of the 1952 NBA draft by the Fort Wayne Pistons. Also drafted by the Pistons that year was Duke All-American Dick Groat.
6. During his 32-year career at WJTN Radio, this former Jamestown resident broadcast more than 2,000 sporting events and hosted a nightly “Sports Talk” show for 17 years.
7. The first tennis coach at Fredonia Central School, this man posted a 374-47 record and won 17 county championships and 13 Section VI titles. He was also named the New York State Coach of the Year in 1982 and the District 1 Coach of the Year by the National High School Coaches Association a year later.
8. This French Creek native played for Pittsburgh, the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati and the Louisville Colonels in a career that spanned from 1898-1918. During that time, he amassed 2,143 hits, one of the first major leaguers to reach the 2,000-hit plateau.
9. This legendary Maple Grove High School coach earned a Master of Arts degree in physical education at the University of Kentucky where he studied under basketball coaching great Adolph Rupp.
10. One of the area’s finest baseball and softball players, this Jamestown High School graduate signed a pro contract with the New York Giants in 1956.
11. A fan of broadcasting since he was a third-grader, this Dunkirk High School graduate had a decorated career in radio and television where he was best known as the voice of the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Braves.
12. The first-ever state champion at Fredonia Central School (Class of 1981), this woman earned All-American honors as a diver in 1978 and 1979, and was an AAU national champion in 1979. Her most cherished accomplishment, however, was when she placed sixth in the U.S. National Open while competing against several Olympians.
13. Perhaps the most popular baseball player ever to wear a uniform for the Jamestown Falcons, this man arrived in town in 1941 and promptly led the New York-Pennsylvania League in batting (.358) and home runs (a record 29). A year later, he repeated as batting champion (.353) and broke his own home run record with 30 as the Falcons won the pennant and the playoffs.
14. This man’s outstanding accomplishments as a golfer at Jamestown High School earned him a scholarship at Penn State University where he was either a first- or second-team All-American all four years. He ultimately played on the Senior PGA Tour.
15. This Dunkirk native played basketball at Niagara University where three of his teammates — Larry Costello, Hubie Brown and Frank Layden — made names for themselves in the NBA.
16. This Falconer native spent nine years as the field events coach for Miami University before taking his talents to the University of Tennessee and, eventually, the College of William & Mary where he spent 28 years working with track and field athletes. During his leadership at W&M, the Tribe racked up 56 Colonial Athletic Association championships.
17. This Dunkirk High School baseball coaching icon posted a 360-145 record, including 15 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 1 titles; 10 Section VI championships; and three super-sectional crowns.
18. An accomplished baseball coach at SUNY Fredonia, this man had three players — Chan Galbato, Jeff Shaver and Steve Strauber — drafted into the professional ranks. Shaver made it to the Major Leagues when he was called up by Oakland.
19. This Jamestown native didn’t attend college, but he toured the country as a member of the House of David basketball team from 1957-1960. Playing a schedule that included about 150 games per year, he averaged 23 points per game.
20. This 1972 Jamestown High School graduate played on one of the finest basketball teams in school history and turned in a banner career at St. Lawrence University. He later played for Loughborough of the English Basketball Association where he was the lone American guard. He didn’t disappoint as he led the EBA in scoring, averaging more than 30 points per game, while setting a club single-game record of 54 points.
ANSWERS: 1. Joe Annarella; 2. George Bataitas; 3. Walt Brown; 4. Ray Caldwell; 5. Leo Corkery; 6. Pete Hubbell; 7. Chuck Johnston; 8. Tommy Leach; 9. Mel Lewellen; 10. Ken Martin; 11. Van Miller; 12. Sarah Schuster Morrison; 13. Johnny Newman; 14. Dan O’Neill; 15. Tom Prechtl; 16. Dan Stimson; 17. Al Stuhlmiller; 18. Dale Till; 19. Bob Winterburn; 20. Jim Young.