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Elected in 1976 … 1932 Nyack H.S. graduate … outstanding all-round athlete… made the All-County team in baseball three years, in football two years, and in basketball one year … scored two touchdowns and made two drop-kick conversions against Spring Valley to give Nyack the county football championship in 1931 … also competed for the Nyack track team, finishing second in the 100-yard dash in the Rockland County meet in 1931 … was a member of the famed 1933 Nyack Alumni football team, which went undefeated and allowed only two points all season … D’Auria played shortstop for the Rockland County All Stars, the talented team sponsored by Dr. Pierre Bernard … he landed a short-lived spot on the New York Yankees’ Class C team in Wheeling, W.Va…. he later played two years with the Detroit Clowns, a top-notch semipro team that was the baseball equivalent of the Harlem Globetrotters … they wore clown outfits, funny hats, and streaked their faces with makeup … D’Auria played comedy pepper games … the team barnstormed through the Northeast during the Depression, playing morning, noon and night against such quality teams as the New York Black Yankees, the Royal Giants, the Lincoln Giants, the Homestead Grays and the Havana Cubans.