Richard “Dick” Caswell

~ 1993 ~

Dick Caswell has become synonymous with amateur baseball in New Rochelle and Westchester County over the past four decades.  Dick played baseball in high school , college and the Air Force.  Caswell joined the New Rochelle Robins when they organized in 1956  and has been the backbone of the team ever since, eventually becoming General Manager. During his tenure, the Robins won two Westchester Baseball Association titles, and numerous Long Island and Colonial League Championships.  With Caswell, the Robins have played in 13 national and Continental Amateur Baseball World Series, culminating in the Continental Amateur Baseball Association Championship in 1990.  Dick received a commendation from Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn for his “achievements and dedication to amateur baseball” and many other commendations and awards.

Vincent DePaul Draddy

~ 1993 ~

Vin Draddy led the 1923 NRHS football team to its first Westchester County Championship, then captained the ’24 and ’25 teams.  He then moved on to quarterback  at  Manhattan College and was named captain in 1928.  Draddy was Chairman was the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame for 20 years.  He was Chairman of the Manhattan College Board of Trustees and a major benefactor.  Draddy Gymnasium at Manhattan is named for his family.  

Draddy was a founder of the Westchester Golf Classic, serving as Chairman.  He was inducted into the Westchester Sports Hall of Fame in 1980 and presented with the National Football Foundation Gold Medal in 1978.

Coach Samuel Giangreco

~ 1993 ~

Sam has brought great distinction to New Rochelle as an internationally respected sports official.  At NRHS he lettered in basketball, baseball and football, and was starting tackle on the national champion football teams of the mid-twenties.  After playing football at Manhattan he returned to New Rochelle as a physical education teacher, football and baseball coach.  The Gym at Albert Leonard Middle School is Named for Him.

As a sports official he became a recognized A.A.U. Field Chief, Starter, and Judge, working the Melrose Games, Pan Am Games and Penn Relays.  He was also selected as a U.S. Olympic Field Judge.  Sam was a leading NFL official for fifteen years, including All-Star and League Championship game assignments.

Carl Kniesch

~ 1993 ~

Carl played both baseball and basketball while at NRHS.  He continued his sports participation with the Feeny Park Boys Club Team, and was named MVP in 1939.  He signed a professional contract with the New York Giants of the Indoor Softball League. After serving his country in WWII, he returned to the Feeny Park Team as the 1943 MVP.  Carl led the team to a Metro ASA Championship.  He also pitched for Liberty Aircraft, The Floral Park Bombers and the Larchmont/Mamaroneck Softball Club. 

He was one of the first to be inducted into the Long Island Softball Hall of Fame and was named to the Feeny Park Inspiration Hall in 1984.

Harold “Mac” McAvoy

~ 1993 ~

Coach Mac came to New Rochelle from New York City where he attended Xavier Prep, starring in three sports.  He was Bat Boy for New York Yankees and had a tryout with the New York Giants Baseball team.   In New Rochelle Mac played for the Shamrocks, which won the City Championship for four straight years.  

Mac started the athletic program at the Holy Family Grammar School.  He coached football, basketball and baseball there for the next 38 years.  The acknowledged “Dean of CYO elementary school coaches” in Westchester garnered multiple Westchester CYO and New York Archdiocese CYO Championships.  He was honored with the proclamation of “Harold McAvoy Day” in New Rochelle on January 12, 1984.


Starke Sr.

~ 1993 ~

George was a three sport star at NRHS, playing football, basketball and track.  During high school he was selected to the Westchester All-Radio, All-County and the World Telegram All-Metropolitan Teams.  He was also the 220yd dash title holder.  In college George won the CIAA Football Championship and while playing football at NYU, caught more passes than any other player and was selected to the All-East Team.

After leaving the Air Force, Starke became the first African-American Coach in Westchester history.  High school sports star, collegiate standout, two time veteran of war, coach and educator, George earned his place in the New Rochelle Sports Hall of Fame.