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Joe Klopchin -
A 1995 inductee ... Congers H.S., Class of 1948 ... record-breaking soccer player but even better known for his baseball prowess ... received tryouts as a third baseman with the New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds ... well-known figure on the baseball diamonds of Rockland, he played in amateur and semipro leagues from 1947 to 1979, often with players less than half his age ... at Congers, where he played varsity baseball for four years, Klopchin pitched the first night game in Rockland scholastic history, April 18, 1945, versus Nyack ... played third base, second base and pitched ... batted over .300 ... in soccer he was practically unstoppable ... in 1945, he scored 19 goals and 7 assists for 26 points ... the goals and point totals stood as Rockland County records for 20 and 22 years, respectively ... he led Congers to the county PSAL championship all four years he played (the Congers soccer dynasty won all but one county title from 1931 to ‘47) ... Klopchin also established county records for goals in a game (five), which stood for 21 years, and career goals (40), assists (24) and points (64) ... voted best athlete in his class at Congers ... competed in track for four years ... one varsity season of basketball ... in organized baseball, he played on four championship teams: Congers Liberties (1949-50), County Welders (1954), Spring Valley Bengals (1962) and Tenafly, N.J., Mets (1967) ... also played on All-Star teams in 1949 and 1958 ... other teams played for included the Mastromarino Lumbermen, Clarkstown IBEWs and Englewood, N.J. ...was team captain at Manhattan College.

 


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