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Inducted in 1981 … 1932 Spring Valley H.S. graduate … nicknamed “Leck” … a man-mountain at 6-feet-2, 225-230 pounds, Lepori earned 16 varsity letters in four years of baseball, basketball, football and track … his shot put mark of 43 feet, 1 1/2 inches stood as a county record for nine years … he won the Rockland County title in that event three straight years and was second his freshman year … he never lost in that event after his freshman year … in football, he was an outstanding lineman who was shifted to the backfield his last season … made All-County as a tackle in 1929 and 1930, and as a full-back in 1931 … in basketball, played center and forward, making second-team All-County one year … in baseball, his favorite sport, Lepori learned to pitch by putting a can on a wall and throwing apples at it … he was named the best pitcher in the league during his last three seasons … continued his athletic success after high school by pitching with several teams, including the Spring Valley Alumni … a righthander, he struck out 17 batters in a game several times and batted close to .400 … Lepori also was known variously as the Human Appenine, Schoolboy Speedball King, Eminent Speedball Merchant, Monsey Man Mountain … grew up in Monsey, moved to Hillburn … served 16 years as mayor of Hillburn and four years as a county legislator.