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Inducted in 1975 … Tappan Zee H.S., class of 1955 … magnificent all-round athlete … earned 17 varsity letters in four years: four in baseball, three each in football, basketball, golf and bowling, and one in track … at 5-feet-7, 140 lbs., dubbed “the greatest little athlete there ever was in Rockland County” by Nick Mottola, D’Auria’s coach in three sports at Tappan Zee … D’Auria helped lead Tappan Zee to County titles in golf three times, and in baseball, basketball and football twice each, including a co-championship with Nyack in football … he also was instrumental in two Section 9 titles in basketball and one each in golf and bowling … in golf, he won the County tournament three times (1953-55), captured the Section 9 tourney twice, and finished second in the New York State tournament in 1955… in football, he was second-team All-County left halfback on TZ’s undefeated 1953 County title team, and Rockland Offensive Player of the Year as quarterback in ‘54 … in basketball, he was a speedy, ballhandling guard who, as a senior, averaged 20.2 points a game and tied the existing Rockland one-game scoring record of 45 points … in baseball, he was a third baseman for three years and a pitcher his senior year … he was the 1955 County batting champ at .375, and third as a freshman at .371 … at Tusculum College in Greenville, Tenn., he ranked second nationally in free throw percentage (89.5) his junior year … made All-Smoky Mountain Conference in basketball and baseball three times each … later won more than 30 amateur golf tournaments in the area.