CLASS OF 2018
Mike Fennell - 1976-1978 Catcher and First Baseman at Fairport High School; 1977 All-County First Baseman, Section V and Monroe County Champions; 1978-1982 Catcher and First Baseman at LeMoyne College, 1982-Selected as catcher on the Baseball Coaches Association All-American Team; 1982-Drafted in the 11th round by the New York Yankees, played five seasons in the minor leagues ending with the Columbus Clippers in 1986 followed by 3 seasons as the bull pen catcher with the Yankees. Coaching: 1992-2002 McQuaid Jesuit, Section V titles 2001 and 2002, Coach of the year award-1997 and 1999. The award went to the entire coaching staff in 2001. Received the Major Donald Hollender Award for Courage in 2001 and in 2002 the James P. Wilmot Onspiration Award for his ability to give help to other cancel patients.
David Ocorr - 1943-1947 Four year starter at Irondequoit High School, multi-sport athlete, All-County baseball in 1946 and 1947; 1947-1951 four year starter at University if Rochester, (never missed an inning) Captain-1951; Signed with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1951 and played in South Atlantic and Canandian-American League before enlisting in the Navy during the Korean War, played and managed baseball teams while in the service; 1963-1964 part-time Scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers; 1980 General Manager for the Rochester Red Wings. Coaching: 1955-1968 Baseball Coach at the University of Rochester where he was the Athletic Director from 1974-1981; 1969-1974 Baseball Coach at the Universiy of Scranton where he was also Athletic Director during those same years; 1982-1988 Dean and Vice-President at St. John Fisher; received several awards for his contribution to baseball as a player, coach and athletic director.
George Valesente - 1958-1962 Multi-Sport athlete at Mynderse Academy, All WFL junior and senior year; 1963-1966 Ithaca College-lettered in Soccer, Basketball and Baseball playing on NCAA playoff teams in all sports; spent four seasons in the minors, advancing as far as the Triple A level with the Buffalo Bisons in 1969. Coaching: 41st season at Ithaca College in 2019 with an overall record of 1,132-505-8; Overall record as head coach in 45 seasons 1,162-528-8; Two time National Champions in 1980 and 1988; 10 World Series appearance and 33 NCAA berths; His teams have never had a losing season; 27 league titles and 15 if the 18 Empire 8 title; Coached 30 All-Americans and 42 players who have signed with the pros; Has received numerous coaching awards at the local, regional, and national levels.
CLASS OF 2017
Peter Agostinelli - 1985-87 Pitcher/Outfielder at Brockport High School; 1988 MCC; 1989 Brevard Community College; 1990-92 University of South Carolina-Upstate; 1992 signed with Philadelphia Phillies and played for four seasons.
Rick Czajkowski - 1988 graduate of Bath-Haverling High School; Shortstop on varsity baseball team from 1986-88; drafted by the Houston Astros in 1988 but accepted a scholarship at Ohio University where he played from 1988-92.
Pep Johnson - Multi-sport athlete at Batavia High School where he returned to teach physical education after graduating for SUNY Brockport. Coached baseball at Batavia from 1973-1998 where his teams won several league and sectional championships. .
Richard Reynolds - 1950 graduate of Brockport High School; drafted by the Cleveland Indians playing one year for the Batavia Clippers; enlisted in the Marines in 1952; returned to SUNY Brockport to earn Bachelors and Masters degrees; coached baseball at Kendall High School for 21 years; also coached basketball and was the Athletic Director at Kendall for many years.
Richard Smith - Pitcher at Irondequoit High School graduating in 1985; 1985-1989 University of Maryland; after graduation he joined the Baltimore Orioles organization; continues to contribute to baseball through youth programs in Penfield.
CLASS OF 2016
David Maine - Dave was a multi-sport athlete at Lyons Central School where he played Varsity baseball for three years prior to graduating in 1962. He went on to play at Providence College during the 1965 and 1966 seasons. After college Dave began his coaching career at Red Jacket Central School where he coached for 32 years at the Varsity level after a year as the JV coach. As head coach, Dave’s teams compiled a 354-178 record while finishing as Finger Lakes West Champions ten times. His teams won Section V titles five times in 1974, 1976, 1989, 1998, and 1999. Coach Maine was awarded Section V Class C Coach of the Year in 1998 and became a member of the Red Jacket Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2006 he entered the Lyons Athletic Hall of Fame. He is currently in his eighth year as assistant baseball coach at Canandaigua Academy.
Jim Mitchell - Jim was an outstanding shortstop on the Varsity Baseball team during his four years at Cardinal Mooney High School, 1969-1973. He was named to the All-City Catholic Baseball Team each of those years. In 1974 Jim signed with the Los Angeles Dodger organization. He was first assigned to play in the Northwest League with the Bellingham Dodgers where he was a middle infielder. That same season Jim was promoted to the Bakersfield Dodgers in the California League. Jim later signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates and played in the New York Penn League with the Niagara Falls Pirates.
Ronald Mapes - Ron Mapes was a three sport athlete and a premier pitcher at Lyndonville from 1952-1955. He led his baseball teams to four consecutive league championships and two Section V Championships during his tenure. As a pitcher he was 30-3 including eight career no-hit, no-run wins, nine one-hitters, and one perfect game. The eight no-hitters place him first in the Section V and New York State baseball record books. Ron faced 822 batters in his career, striking out 441 of them. In the 1955 season Ron threw three no-hitters. These accomplishments place him in the record books for Section V and New York State. From Lyndonville, Ron signed with the New York Yankee organization and was assigned to St. Petersburg where he played one year with the Saints of the Florida State League. He continued to play town team ball for Lyndonville in the Niagara Suburban League following his years with the Yankees.
Peter Dawes - Pete was an outstanding catcher on the Charlotte High School Varsity baseball team from 1973-1976. He earned First Team All-City Catholic League Catcher honors for three consecutive years, 1974-1976. Pete went on to Monroe Community College (1977-1978) where he has the distinction of catching two back to back no hitters in both seasons which is a national record. In 1978 Pete garnered First Team NJCAA catching honors for the New York Penn Conference, Region III, and the Northeast District. He was the 1978 NJCAA Region III and ABCA Northeast District Player of the Year as well as being rewarded with NJCAA and ABCA First Team All American honors. In 1987 Pete was selected to the MCC Sports Hall of Fame. Pete was the starting catcher at Florida International University in 1979-1980. He was named the 1980 NCAA Division II All-South District Team catcher and was selected to the All-Tournament team in the 1980 NCAA Division II World Series. As an assistant coach at MCC for 27 years, Pete helped develop several players who went on to pro careers. He also coached at the University of Rochester for three seasons as well as volunteering with several area Section V teams. Pete’s contributions to Section V Baseball include many clinics and camps. He developed the MCC Catching Camp which was the first of its kind in the country.
Ory Mee - A Falconer, New York native, Ory was a multi-sport athlete in high school (1963-1967), at Jamestown Community College (1967-1970) and SUNY Brockport (1970-1972). He went on to teach physical education and coached baseball, basketball, and swimming at Hilton Central School. Ory coached baseball at Hilton for 31 years, 18 at the Varsity level. His 1997 team won the Western Regional title and went on to the Final Four in the first year of Section V’s participation in the New York State tournament. After retiring from Hilton, Ory returned to The College at Brockport as an assistant baseball coach for nine years (2007-2015). Ory served as the Monroe County Baseball Coordinator from 1998-2013 and was a member of the Section V Executive Committee from 1998-2012. He initiated the organization of the Western New York Baseball Showcase, the first of its kind in the area, which promoted area baseball talent. Coach Mee was inducted into the Hilton High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.
CLASS OF 2015
Chris Burdick (Cardinal Mooney 1983-85) - Pitcher/Outfield – 1986-89 University of Maryland; Democrat & Chronicle Player of the Year; Greece Athlete of the Year 1985.
Alan Drechsler (Greece Olympia 1970-71) – Pitcher/First Base – Player soccer & basketball; 1972 MCC Pitcher/First Base; Winning Pitcher Region 3 Championship game & winning homerun; 1972 Signed with Pittsburgh Pirates; 1973 signed by Baltimore Orioles.
Paul Goeggelman (John Marshall High 1971-71) – Player – 1973-75 Charlotte High School: 1976-77 MCC; 1978-79 University of Colorado; 1980-81 Newark Co-Pilots NYP; Pitching coach High School.
Tim Redding (Churchville-Chili 1994-96) - Pitcher – 1997 - MCC Pitcher; 1997 Drafted by the Astros; Pitched for the Astros, Mets, Yankees, Nationals; Minor League Coach.
Donald Chichester (Mount Morris High School 1950-79) – Coach – 30 years 28 winning records; 16 Livingston County Titles; AD for 30 yrs.; also coached Baseball; Baseball chairman for Livingston County Athletic Association for many years.
Ron Rucker (East Rochester High School 1967-2000) – Coach – 33 years coaching total; Includes 6 sectional titles; also coached football for 26 years.
Harold "Chic" Schum (Spencerport 1935-43)— Coach — Joined Navy in 1944-46; returned to coach 1946-58; won several Monroe County Titles; also coached basketball and soccer for many years.
CLASS OF 2014
John Bachman (Edison Tech 1964-67) - Catcher/Pitcher – Also Basketball; 1967-71 Mets organization; worked with Penfield recreation for years.
Joe Brown (Canandaigua Academy 1982-86) – SS/Pitcher – Ithaca 1986-90 D III National Champs; 1991 GA Assistant Coach Miami Ohio U; 1992-99 NCBL Ithaca Lakes; Assistant Coach Cortland 2000-Current Coach @ Cortland; National Division III Champs 2015.
Jim Burke (Cohocton 1959) – Player – Lead them to Sectional title; 1964-68 Pitcher/outfielder at Arkansas State lead team to College World Series 1968 finished third; Coach @ Prattsburgh 26 years. 12 league titles, 11 sectional games with 4 titles; Section V Assistant Baseball Coordinator 1982-1998; Coordinator 1999-2004 2006-2012.
Ralph Clapp (Rush Henrietta 1966-67) - Player – 1969-70 MCC; 1971-72 Bowling Green; coach at Bowling Green 1 year; Rush Henrietta 1973-76; Pittsford Mendon 1976-1990; Honeoye Falls-Lima 1991- 2009.
Tom McMannis (Gates Chili 1971-2000) – Coach – 30 years 28 winning seasons; 430-226 record; 13 Monroe County Division Titles; 5 Sectional finals.
Terry Quinn (Brockport 1957-61) – Player – Baseball-Basketball-Football; Monroe County Champs 1959-61; Pitching record for High School & Legion 65-5; Ithaca 1962; 1962-64 New York Yankees Organization.
George Steitz (Pal-Mac & Penfield)— Coach — Baseball, Basketball & Soccer; in 28 years at Penfield no losing seasons; orverall 451-169 baseball record; Was also the National High School Soccer Coach of the year in 1984; Finishing with over 400 wins in soccer.
CLASS OF 2013
Scott Delgatti - 1972 graduate of Cardinal Mooney high school, 1974 Monroe Community College, played five years in the Yankees organization.
Dave Lanning - Coach at Fairport high school 1971-96 Assistant coach at RIT 2001-2002, at St. John Fisher 2004-2010. 467 wins at Fairport, 14
Divisional Titles three Section V Titles.
Cory Mee - 1988 graduate of Hilton high school, 1992 University of Norte Dame, 1992 Dodgers organization, Assistant coach RIT 1994, Notre
Dame 1994-99, Michigan State 2000-2004, Head coach University of Toledo 2004 to current, Mid-American Coach of the Year 2012.
Steve Nichols - 1968 graduate of Gates Chili high school, 1969-70 Monroe Community College, 1971-72 Jacksonville University, had two
no-hitters in 1968.
Ken O’Dea - Lima native, played 1935-38, Chicago Cubs, 1940-41 New York Giants, 1943-46 St Louis Cardinals, appeared in five World Series
35-38-42-43 & 44.
Phil O’Brien - 1962 graduate of Letchworth, 1962-66Detroit Tigers organization, 1966-67 Dodgers organization.
Barry Sheldon - 1967 graduate of Batavia high school, 1968-72 New Mexico Highlands University, drafted by the Mets, Tigers, Twins and 1st
pick of Baltimore in 1972.
CLASS OF 2012
Leonard Caruso (Hornell) - Coach – Demanded excellence of his teams at Hornell for 28 seasons and usually received it. Hornell won 346 games under his guidance from 1971-98, including 4 Section V championships. Said to have “great discipline and respect for the game, which he taught his entire career.’’
Thomas Falk (Aquinas) – Player – Aquinas first baseman talented enough to play for the Brockport Barons semi-professional team while a high school senior. Signed by the Detroit Tigers organization in 1948. Set a team record when he played 58 consecutive games without an error. Enlisted in the United States Army in 1955 and earned his college degree at the University of Detroit two years later.
Jim Greengrass (Addison) – Player – Outfielder who also lettered in football, basketball, plus track and field in Steuben County action. Signed by the New York Yankees organization at the age of 16. Served two years in the military before he returned to baseball and reached the major leagues in 1952 with the Cincinnati Reds. Also played for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Gary Junge (Rush-Henrietta) - Player – Elite pitcher at Rush-Henrietta in 1965-66. All-Section V selection in 1966 and two-time Monroe County league all-star. Went on to play four years at Clarkson University, before signed as a free agent to play in the Chicago Cubs organization. Coached American Legion teams 1993-2004. Board member of the Rush-Henrietta Athletic Association for decades.
Terry Murphy (Cardinal Mooney) – Player – Most Valuable Player of a 23-0 team his senior year. Second baseman hit. .587, 2 home runs, 4 triples and committed no errors. Two-time All-Catholic selection in baseball and basketball. Signed to play in the Saint Louis Cardinals organization. Also played in the minors for the Los Angeles Dodgers, before he officiated college basketball at all levels for 25 years.
Wally and Hans Blatter (Castle Hi-Tech Chemicals) – Contributors – In 1986 Wal founded Youth Baseball Week in Monroe County which was designed to recognize baseball excellence through the R-H Invitational, The Exceptional Seniors Double Header and the Youth Baseball Clinic. Hans has continued his father’s legacy with Youth Baseball week and now sponsors the Section V Baseball Coach of the Year awards too.
Heinie Groh (Rochester)—Player - Grew up in the Rochester neighborhood known as Dutchtown and then went on to play 16 season of Major League Baseball. An infielder, he developed the bottle bat after he made his debut in the big leagues in 1912 with John McGraw’s New York Giants. He moved on to Cincinnati Reds 1913 to 1921 and then back to the Giants until 1926. He hit over 300 four times and lead the National League in fielding percentage in five season.
CLASS OF 2011
Johnny Antonelli, a Jefferson graduate, won 21 games for the 1954 world champion New York Giants and had a huge impact in that year's World Series.
Mike Jones was a high school All-American at Pittsford Sutherland and pitched with the strong Kansas City Royals teams of the early 1980s.
Bob Keegan starred at Marshall before he arrived in the major leagues with the New York Yankees in 1953. Keegan, who also pitched for the Chicago White Sox, threw a no-hitter during his career.
Howie Krist, a Henrietta native, had three double-digit win totals as a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1940s.
Ed Nietopski coached teams at Brockport, Cardinal Mooney and Bishop Kearney to 705 wins and a total of four Section V titles in 42 seasons.
George Selkirk, who attended Edison, followed Babe Ruth in right field for the Yankees and played in six World Series.
Ken Slater was a four-time Monroe County All-Star catcher at Irondequoit. After Slater's pro career, he coached Irondequoit for 33 seasons, during which he also was saluted for his administrative work.
Nick Urzetta had some connection to baseball lasting from the 1920s to 2000, first as a player at East Rochester, then as a pro. He later umpired for more than 40 years and was a volunteer coach at East Rochester.