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Danny DiLiberto may have the strangest combination of talents you've ever heard. Top-notch boxer and world-class billiards player? That's before mentioning his success locally bowling, as he has a 300 game under his belt. "I never liked 9-5 work," said DiLiberto, often known as Danny D. The renaissance man started his athletic career in the ring, training with Ang…

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Charles Daniels stands out from the rest of the 2017 inductees into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. His success came far earlier than the others, back in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In fact, he died nearly half a century ago. That makes him unique for any class. The story of his inclusion into the hall comes down to luck. Ron Carr, a member of the hall's…

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Vaughn Parker says his roots as a Buffalonian had a lot to do with the fact he beat the odds as an NFL player. The average NFL career is 3.3 seasons. Parker played 11 seasons, eight of them as a starting offensive tackle with the San Diego Chargers. "I believe that grit and determination was bred from growing up in Buffalo, and it stuck with me," Parker said. "I thin…

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Tickets for the 27th annual Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame dinner are now on sale. Tickets may be purchased at www.gbshof.com by completing the online ticket application. Tickets are priced at $95 each and $850 for a table of 10. The 2017 induction ceremonies will be held Wednesday, Nov. 1 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St., Buffalo. A…

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People notice Michael Peca. When he was playing hockey, his determination on the ice allowed him to lead off it. As he transitioned to the business side, his smarts and clearly defined vision opened doors and closed deals. Those close to Peca have defined it as a presence. He's humbled and honored by the word. "I think the presence is just over time you earn people's…

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The Green Bay Packers offered Charlie O’Brien a contract in the mid-1950s, but he turned it down. He asked his football coach from the University at Buffalo what he should do with the offer letter. His coach told him to frame it and show it to his grandkids. So he did. Besides, he didn’t see football at the time as a sustainable profession anyway. O’Brien atten…

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Tom Terhaar had an odd response when asked for his reaction to being elected to the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. He laughed, as he often does when forced to talk about his least favorite subject: Himself. "It's comical, almost," Terhaar said. "A women's rowing coach inducted into the sports Hall of Fame. It was very humbling. My dad would have been very proud. S…

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This is part of a series spotlighting the 2017 class of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. For ticket information and more, visit buffalosportshallfame.com. Sandy Hollander was a fighter, on and off the diamond, all the way until she died of cancer five years ago. The former Buffalo State softball coach and athletic director embodied an old-school coach with un…

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During a softball practice in seventh grade, Stacey Schroeder-Watt noticed a team practicing shot put behind the softball stadium. She thought they weren’t throwing very far or very well, and she strutted over to ask for a try. “It was a little bit of naivety,” she jokes now. Growing up, her parents encouraged her to try every sport and pick which ones she like…

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Willie “Hutch” Jones didn’t know if he wanted to continue with his foundation. This was a decade ago, when funds were short and volunteers were sparse. Jones and a friend sold T-shirts for $5 just to raise money so they could hold events for kids. “There was a point there,” Jones said, recalling when he almost gave up. Now, the Willie “Hutch” Jones Educ…

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Mike Keiser never has been one to follow the herd and embrace conventional wisdom. That's not how breakthroughs are achieved. It's not where greatness lies. When Keiser decided in the late 1980s to build a true links golf course on the remote coast of Oregon, he did not bother to commission a market study. What good would it have done? You want to build a public golf…

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The Bisons are celebrating their 30th anniversary at Coca-Cola Field this season and will have a blowout party on Aug. 30. This corner has been a press box denizen since the first season back in 1988, and is often asked about the best Buffalo teams we've seen. There have been 11 playoff clubs and three league champions in that span but the group from 20 years ago consis…

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In his final months, knowing death was imminent from an incurable disease, E.J. McGuire drew up a bucket list. The former coach and longtime scout visited old haunts from his past. He reconnected with his former junior teams and dropped by his alma maters, Brockport State College and Canisius High. The most fitting box he checked before he died in 2011 was running a Bis…

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I love watching the world track and field championships, currently being held in London. I especially like watching the split times of every race and seeing how close the leaders are to the world record. World records are fascinating. Do you know who holds the oldest men’s track record? It’s Hicham El Guerrouj, the greatest middle distance runner ever, who set the …

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Dwaine Ozark still has vivid memories of being a young boy in the 1950s. Like many kids his age, he loved baseball and had a special affinity for the Brooklyn Dodgers. All these years later, he can still rattle off names of Dem Bums that became living, breathing figures in the scrapbook of his childhood. There was Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese, Gil Hodges, Duke Snider, …