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Sue Wicks

Sue Wicks (Basketball.  Born, Center Moriches, NY, Nov. 26, 1966.)  A Long Island high school star, Susan Joy Wicks turned Rutgers into an Eastern power in women’s basketball during a four-year career in which she scored 2,655 points in 126 games.  Wicks was a three-time all-America (1986-88) for the Lady Knights and was the Atlantic […]

Mendy Rudolph

Mendy Rudolph (Pro basketball.  Born, Philadelphia, PA, Mar. 8, 1938; died, New York, NY, July 4, 1979.)  During most of his record 17 seasons in the league, Marvin Rudolph was the N.B.A.’s best-known referee.  Rudolph joined the league in 1958 and worked 2,113 games during his career, including appearances in 16 straight N.B.A. championship series […]

Lou Rossini

Lou Rossini (Basketball.  Born, The Bronx, NY, Apr. 24, 1921; died, Sewell, NJ, Oct. 21, 2005.)  A career that was later to become very international began with a local bang for Lucio A. Rossini.  Just before the 1950-51 season was to start for the Columbia varsity, coach Gordon Ridings suffered a heart attack and Rossini, […]

Elmer Ripley

Elmer Ripley (College basketball.  Born, Staten Island, NY, July 21, 1891; died, Staten Island, NY, Apr. 29, 1982.)  Despite never having played a single college game, Elmer Horton Ripley coached basketball at six colleges for a total of 28 seasons.  Ripley coached Wagner, Yale, Columbia, and Army as well as Notre Dame (1945-46) and Georgetown […]

Ernie Sisto

Ernie Sisto (Photographer.  Born, Princeton, NJ, May 5, 1904; died, Grass Valley, CA, Dec. 22, 1989.)  During the majority of his career with The New York Times, Ernest Ludwig Sisto was considered one of the finest photographers in the newspaper field.  Sisto covered 12 national political conventions and such diverse events as a solar eclipse (1954) […]

Pat Kennedy

Pat Kennedy (Basketball.  Born, Hoboken, NJ, Jan. 28, 1908; died, New York, NY, June 16, 1957.)  Starting a career in 1928 that made him the most famous basketball referee of his time, Matthew P. Kennedy was, to say the least, flamboyant.  Kennedy would rush across the court pointing at the miscreant when a foul was […]

Les Keiter

Les Keiter (Broadcasting.  Born, Seattle, Wash., Apr. 27, 1919; died, Kailua, Hawaii, April 14, 2009.)  For nearly a decade starting in 1954, Les R. Keiter was one of the most recognizable voices in New York sports radio.  Keiter became sports director at WINS (AM 1010) in 1954 and began doing a pre-game show before Yankees […]

Marcus Hurley

Marcus Hurley (Basketball, bicycle racing.  Born, New York, NY, Dec. 22, 1883; died, New York, NY, Mar. 28, 1941.)  Marcus L. Hurley was one of the most celebrated and versatile athletes of his time.  Hurley was an outstanding basketball player in the game’s primitive years, earning what was considered all-America recognition three times (1905-07) while […]

George Hepbron

George Hepbron (Basketball.  Born, Still Pond, MD, Aug. 27, 1863; died, Newark, NJ, Apr. 30, 1946.)  Considered the first basketball referee in the New York area, George T. Hepbron made his major officiating debut in 1897.  That year, Hepbron refereed all the games in the national A.A.U. tournament at Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.  He continued as […]

Mike Puma

Mike Puma (Sportswriter.  Born, Waterbury, CT, June 10, 1970.)  Fresh out of Fordham, Michael Anthony Puma began covering sports for the Republican-American in Waterbury, Conn., in 1992.  By 1996, Puma was covering one of the paper’s biggest sports beats – Connecticut women’s basketball.  In 1997, he moved to the Connecticut Post in Bridgeport, and a […]

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