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This is part of a series highlighting this year’s class of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The 13-member class will be inducted Nov. 7. Tickets are available at GBSHOF.com.  Len Jankiewicz could have made a living playing professional baseball, but that career might have been short-lived. Instead, Jankiewicz made a career in education, combined it with sport…

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This is part of a series highlighting this year’s class of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The 13-member class will be inducted Nov. 7. Tickets are available at GBSHOF.com. Peter Scamurra first slipped into a pair of skates when he was 10 years old. He never imagined he’d become the first Buffalo-born player in the National Hockey League. “I started out n…

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This is part of a series highlighting this year’s class of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The 13-member class will be inducted Nov. 7. Tickets are available at GBSHOF.com. Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker tells a story about a call he received early this year, shortly after it was announced that Joe Horrigan was retiring after 42 years of servic…

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A single stadium light standard has shone on the Sweet Home Turf Complex every night for the past two weeks in tribute to a fallen coaching icon. Friday night it illuminated the field where several hundred people gathered to memorialize John Faller, the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame member who led Sweet Home’s football and lacrosse teams for more than three decades.…

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The Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t exactly put on a boxing clinic when punches were thrown Sunday at New Era Field. The Jaguars’ Leonard Fournette and the Bills’ Shaq Lawson were ejected and Fournette was suspended one game for leaving the sideline. “I can teach them a few things,” legendary Buffalo boxer “Baby” Joe Mesi said, laughing when asked to ha…

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This is part of a series highlighting the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame's 2018 class. The 15-member class will be inducted Oct. 9. For tickets, visit GBSHOF.com.  Joe Mesi sips from a paper coffee cup and recalls how a snowstorm in December 2003 didn’t stop a horde of Buffalo boxing fans from traveling to New York City and packing into Madison Square Garden. Me…

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This is part of a series highlighting the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame's 2018 class. The 15-member class will be inducted Oct. 9. For tickets, visit GBSHOF.com.  Some of the great one-on-one basketball games ever in Western New York happened in the backyard of 81 Sidney St., off Fillmore Avenue on Buffalo’s East Side. It was the home of brothers Jimmy and Rick…

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During the 1930s, the Weigel sisters were some of the biggest stars on Buffalo's athletic stage. The three were figure skating champions. They swam. Oh, and Mary and Estelle competed in equestrian. Mary also was an elite golfer, making her one of the city's foremost sports women until her untimely death in 1941. Their story, and that of Werner "Babe" Birrer, James Hewso…

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This is part of a series highlighting the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame's 2018 class. The 15-member class will be inducted Oct. 9. For tickets, visit GBSHOF.com.  John Faller has been looking through old files and newspaper clips lately, preparing his speech and a bio for the upcoming Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony. It's given him a chance …

Golf

This is part of a series highlighting this year’s class of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The 15-member class will be inducted Oct. 9. Tickets are available at GBSHOF.com.  Lonnie Nielsen's love of golf started before he can remember. As a young boy in Iowa, he began when his father let him play on the sand courses in his hometown. The experience began his …

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This is part of a series highlighting this year’s class of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The 15-member class will be inducted Oct. 9. Bill Bradshaw will never forget the moment he found out he was going to be inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The director of athletics at La Salle University in Philadelphia was in his office late one ni…

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The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame will welcome 15 new members as part of the Class of 2018, organizers announced Tuesday. Among the honorees is Tonawanda native "Baby" Joe Mesi, a Golden Gloves Champion and undefeated heavyweight boxer whose career was set back in 2004 when he suffered at least one subdural hematoma. Gina Castelli was a standout for Canisius Co…

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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…