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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Tony Masiello

     (Born April 28, 1947) -- Tony Masiello probably doesn't need any reminders that he's entered the 65-and-older demographic today. Maybe a reminder of his sporting days would be a nice present for him in that sense.

     Masiello turned in a lot of good work at Canisius College. He was co-captain of the basketball team in his junior year and captain in his senior year. His best night might have been March 8, 1969, when he scored 35 points to beat Calvin Murphy and Niagara, 83-79.

     The forward led the Golden Griffins in scoring, rebounding and free throw percentage as a senior. He finished with 1,081 career points, and eventually was inducted into the Canisius Hall of Fame.

     From there, he was a third-round draft choice of the Indiana Pacers of the American Basketball Association in 1969. However, pro basketball didn't work out and he moved on to other matters.

     His public life began in 1971 when he was elected to the Buffalo Common Council. It was on to the New York State Senate in 1981, and finally to the Mayor's office in 1994. He won three terms in that job.

--- Budd Bailey

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