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Gained induction in 1992 … Tappan Zee H.S. graduate … founded the Rockland County Sports Hall of Records in 1980 and wrote a 300-plus-page book that chronicles the achievements of the county’s top athletes and teams from 1900 to 1981 … former chairman of the Rockland Hall of Fame’s screening committee … professional softball player … played one season for the Philadelphia Patriots in the Professional Major League Softball League … batted .240 with 2 home runs, 3 triples, 10 doubles and 18 RBI … in 39 straight years of playing amateur softball in Rockland, he never batted below .300 … played 13 years of Major League Softball with the Hawthorne (N.J.) Chevies of the Eastern Seaboard League … played on 10 New Jersey state championship teams, and went to the World Fast-Pitch Tournament twice … won the batting title and was MVP in a New York-New Jersey-Connecticut regional tournament, getting 11 hits in 17 at-bats for a .647 batting average … at Tappan Zee in the early 1950s, he made first team All-County in baseball, second team All-County in basketball, and honorable mention in football … at Manhattan College, he compiled a .314 average in three years on varsity with only six strikeouts … he played semipro base-ball for eight years with the County Welders, Spring Valley Bengals and Emerson-Westwood Merchants … in amateur basketball, he averaged 15 points per game over eight years in the Rockland County Men’s League … Mercurio has written more than 40 books, mostly chronologies of sports statistical categories, and at least four have been published.