Craig “Butter” Green
Craig “Butter” Green was born in New Rochelle to Joan and Ed “Goo Goo” Green, an athletic legend in his own right. You could say Butter was exposed to sports since he took his first steps as a toddler. His dad was an outstanding high school athlete who continued playing football, baseball and fast pitch softball for many years following graduation and wherever he played Butter, Kyle, Butter’s biggest fan and Kent would go to either watch their dad or play their own little games. Butter credits his dad for developing his athletic skills and love of sports.
Butter was always thought of by his teammates in elementary and junior high school as the best player in any sport or team he a participated on. When he started playing sports in high school the fans began to see the astonishing natural talent he possessed. He played as a tight end/wide receiver on the 1977 N.Y.S undefeated number 1 ranked football team. During that season Butter made some of the most amazing game winning catches. Also, at times overlooked, was his ability to punt the football where he finished the season with a 48 yard average, the best in the County. For his contributions throughout the season he received the prestigious McKenna Award at the annual Thanksgiving Day game against Iona Prep. He also was selected to the All County, Daily News All Westchester first team, New York All State first team and High School All American.
As outstanding Butter was as a football player he was an even better baseball player. Many heard Butter say that he only played football to occupy his time before baseball season started. During his 1977 junior year he batted over .400, played outstanding defense and was selected to the All-League team. As a senior in 1978 he batted .435 and was selected to the All-League and All-County team and again played outstanding defense.
Butter continued playing baseball after graduation at Housatonic Junior College and in 1979 the team qualified for the Junior College World Series where they finished 6th in the nation. During that series Butter went 11 for 13 at bat. He ended the season batting .428 and was selected as the starting shortstop from his conference to play in an all-star game in Fenway Park. He was voted the team’s MVP by his teammates.
Butter’s love of baseball didn’t stop when he finished playing in college. He was recruited and played on every baseball and big time softball team in the Northeast. New Rochelle Sports Hall of Fame is proud to induct Craig “Butter” Green.