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1919

Utica Daily Press- Syracuse To Organize Team

Strong Professional Club To Entertain Salt City Fans

There is considerable talk in Syracuse of organizing a fast semi-professional basketball quintet this winter and possibly the Salt City may be represented in the New York State Basketball League. The only one drawback at present is a suitable hall for the game and spectators, such as would patronize league basketball. The city has a wealth of basketball material as it would appear from a glance that a representative team could rank well among the leaders in the league. Rafter, Schwarzer, Crisp, Tormey and several others are rated among the best men of the state and all would be available for a Syracuse team.

1954

Syracuse Herald Journal- Jenkins And Costello Join Collegians Against Nats

Kerr, Besdin And Palazzi to Perform; Syracuse Pros To Play Saturday

Billy Jenkins, former LeMoyne College basketball star, and Larry “Ronnie” Costello, Niagara University ace, today were added to the roster of the College All-Americans who will oppose the Syracuse Nationals Sunday night, Oct. 24, on the War Memorial court. Jenkins and Costello join an All-American array that will include John Kerr of Illinois, Togo Palazzi, former Holy Cross cage captain, and Mel Besdin, ex-Syracuse University leader. Billy is a former LeMoyne captain and has the second highest scoring record as a Dolphin, with 1,062 points. Now on Army duty in Fort Dix, N.J., he will fly here for the game, as will Besdin, also in service at Fort Benning, Ga. Coach Tom Niland of the All-American also obtained Costello after Eddie Gottlieb, coach and owner of the Philadelphia Warriors, announced that “Ronnie,” a Minoa boy, had joined forces with the Quakertown N.B.A. representatives. Costello is the holder of the all-time scoring record at Niagara. Coach Al Cervi’s Nationals worked out this afternoon at the Manlius School training site after being honored at the “Welcome Nats” luncheon tendered by the Exchange Club in the Onondaga Hotel ballroom this noon. The Nats first exhibition game will be against the New York Knickerbockers Saturday night in Poughkeepsie.

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