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Frank Howard

Frank Howard (Baseball.  Born, Columbus, OH, Aug. 8, 1936.)  A college basketball star at Ohio State who was later a fabled slugger for three major league teams, Frank Oliver Howard also managed the Mets.  Howard was a first team All-Big 10 choice who led the conference in scoring (20.0 points per game in 1956-57).  On […]

Jimmy Lennon

Jimmy Lennon (College basketball. Born, Astoria, Queens, Sept. 26, 1925; died, Toms River, NJ, Nov. 4, 2011.) After an all-City career as a basketball player at St. John’s Prep, James Lennon turned to teaching and refereeing basketball. Lennon began officiating in 1945, working high school games and scrimmages. He moved up to the college level […]

Jim McMillian

Jim McMillian (College and pro basketball. Born, Raeford, NC, Mar. 11, 1948.) For over three decades, no player had won the Haggerty Award as the best college player in the New York area until Columbia’s James M. McMillian swept the honor from 1968 to 1970. McMillian led the Lions to 63 victories in 77 games […]

Charlie McCabe

Charlie McCabe (Marketing. Born, The Bronx, NY, Feb. 27, 1937.) A banking executive who exerted enormous influence in New York sports, Charles Henry McCabe, Jr., supported dozens of events through sponsorships. McCabe created a substantial image for Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company by sponsoring events such as the New York City Marathon (starting in 1976), Mets […]

Gerry Paulson

Gerry Paulson (College basketball.  Born, New York, NY, July 21, 1935; died, Mar. 6, 1986.)  A 6’2” guard who led Manhattan to its first Holiday Festival title in 1956, Gerald Arthur Paulson scored 1,154 career points for the Jaspers from 1954 to 1957.  Paulson scored 26 of those points on Dec. 29, 1956, when Manhattan […]

Vic DiGravio

Vic DiGravio (College basketball.  Born, Montreal, P.Q., Feb. 19, 1917; died, Boston, MA, Jan. 29, 2005.)  A semipro football player who ranked among the best college basketball officials of his era, Vicker Vincent DiGravio started as a high school referee in Quincy, Mass., in 1938.  DiGravio started working college games in the Eastern Intercollegiate (now […]

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