Sal DiBuono

~ 1992 ~

Sal, who is the first golfer inducted into the New Rochelle Sports Hall of Fame, started his golf career in 1917 at the age of 10.  At 15 he became a caddy and a year later was club maker for Robert White at Wykagyl Country Club. 

He had a fifty year association with Bonnie Briar C.C., starting as a club maker, then Assistant Golf Pro, then Head Pro.  Sal’s 64 held the course record low round for 8 years.  In 1928 he was runner-up in the Westchester Open Tournament.  He was also second at the Capitol City Open, was twelfth in the Miami Open, and Low Medal Scorer in the Metropolitan PGA.  Sal stands the test of time as the finest golfer the city has produced.

Elaine Fier

~ 1992 ~

The first female Hall of Fame Honoree has an impressive background of High School and College sports participation, physical education on the scholastic level, volunteer service to her hometown, and coaching credentials on the junior high, high school, and college level. 

In high school Elaine played softball, basketball, field hockey and swimming, as well as being a member of the National Honor Society.  In college she was a member of the ski, softball, volleyball, and field hockey teams, and the fencing and riding clubs.  After college she taught Physical Education, was a member of the New Rochelle Youth Bureau and the Mayor’s Advisory Committee to Parks and Recreation.  Elaine also was a mentor for various teams at New Rochelle and was coach of the Iona College Women’s Tennis team.

Larry “Hesh” Hennessey

~ 1992 ~

“Hesh” is a New Rochelle basketball legend, who went on to become an All-American college player and to play on a NBA Championship team.  Larry was also a high school basketball coach with an amazing .775 winning percentage after thirty years of coaching.  In high school he was named All-County and was the Number One Scorer in Westchester in 1949.  At Villanova Hennessey blossomed into a player the A.P. ranked the “twelfth best player in the nation.”  He had a “MVP” career in college, finishing 1953 with the second best scoring average in the nation.  He went to win a NBA title with the Philadelphia Warriors.  As a coach his teams won 22 Conference Titles and 4 State Runner-Up Titles.  He was named MVP and Coach of the Year many times during his career.

Robert “Al” Ryder Sr.

~ 1992 ~

Bob Ryder has been involved in local athletics for almost 5 decades.  “The Legend” first appeared on the New Rochelle sports scene as a varsity basketball and baseball star and was the leading scorer in 1947 & 1948 for the IEY cagers.  After high school he played for different leagues and even signed a contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.  He also continued playing basketball in numerous leagues.  Ryder’s most recent playing field accomplishments has been as coach, manager and player for the New Rochelle Kings, which won six consecutive City Championships.  Al was president of the South Side Boys Club and was a Little League Coach in the 60’s & 70’s.  He has received countless honors for his dedicated involvement in numerous athletic programs and as a leader of youth activities.

Cab Woodard

~ 1992 ~

Cab was a leader in the classroom, on the field and among his classmates. At NRHS, he played football, basketball and baseball.  He was captain of the gridders and was a starter for the Huguenots’ first Section One Championship basketball team.  In addition to his athletic leadership, Woodward was Class President, G.O. President, and a member of the National Honor Society and graduated Summa Cum Laude.

At Princeton Cab lettered in football and hockey, while being elected President of the Sophomore and Junior Classes.  Leadership, inspiration, and role model are some of the words used to describe the exceptional qualities Cab possesses.