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Inducted in 1983 … graduated from Pearl River H.S. in 1953 … nicknamed “Dixie” … three-sport athlete at Pearl River in football, basketball and baseball … made All-County in football in 1952 and was one of the top punters ever in Rockland … his 79-yard punt from scrimmage against Nyack stood as a record for many years … at the State University of New York at Cortland, he played four years of varsity football as a tackle and punter … in 1956 he led all Eastern small college punters in punting average and tied for fifth in the nation … in 1957 and ‘58 he was invited to training camp by the Baltimore Colts’ coach Weeb Ewbank, but chose a coaching career instead … he also played two years of varsity basketball in college, and continued after college by playing for the renowned Letchworth Big 5 team … on the softball diamond, he had few peers as a complete player … he was one of the original fast-pitch softball pitchers in Rockland … career stretched from 1952 into the 1980s … earned numerous MVPs, outstanding hitter and outstanding pitcher awards, as well as several gold glove awards for his defensive play on the mound … among the softball teams he played for were:Wild Geese, Seidel’s, Nanuet Hotel, Andy’s Men’s Wear, Reiss Beer Sales and Modern Auto Body.