Linden To Honor Former Sports Stars

LINDEN— The fourth class of the Linden Athletic Hall of Fame will be enshrined at an induction dinner at Amici’s III Ristorante, 1700 West Elizabeth Avenue, Linden at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 25.

Call Santa Goleme for tickets at 1-908-486-8250 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday or Chairman Manny Riggi at 1-732-259-0614.  Ticket cost is $60 per person.


The 2010 inductees are: Harold Carter, Wally Daniels, Daryl Devero, Edward Eska, Bob Hoffer, Seymour Kaplowitz, Frank Krysiak, Fred Luongo, Ted Lyons, Al Nogi, Bob Riesener, Bob Smith, Jamaal Tate and the 1979 Linden High School Baseball Team.

Harold B. Carter, Boxing: This Lindenite entered the amateur ranks at 16. He won the Newark Golden Glove novice 175 pound title in 1951 and in 1952 won the Golden Glove open title, the N.J. AAU Crown and was defeated in the finals of the Eastern Golden Gloves by Floyd Patterson.

In 1953, he repeated as Newark and N.J. Champion and went on to win the National Golden Gloves light heavyweight title.  He finished as an amateur with a record of 28 victories and 2 defeats, 24 by knockout.  He went on to a pro career that achieved the #3 ranking as a contender for the World Heavyweight Championship in 1956.

Wally B. Daniels, Football: An outstanding Linden High School running back from the late 1930s who also played cornerback for the Tiger defense.
Daryl Devero, Basketball: This 1978 graduate of Linden High School was a First Team All State selection by the Star Ledger and a First Team All Union County selection in his senior year.  He led his team to a 27-2 record, the Group IV sectional title, and the Group IV State Finals.

Devero averaged 22 points and 15 rebounds per game.  He is a member of the Linden Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the 1978 Linden High School Basketball Team, inducted in the 2007 Inaugural Year.

After high school, Devero attended Mercer County Junior College where he played in the National Junior College Championship Game in 1979 and was named to the All-American Junior College team. He transferred to Seton Hall University where he had an outstanding two years.  He scored 37 and 40 points in his first two games, was third in the Big East in scoring and rebounds in 1980, and scored 1000 + points in his Pirate career.

Edward B. Eska, Basketball, Football, Track: This 1943 Linden High School graduate was a Varsity Three Letter Man and Captain of the 1942 and 1943 Varsity Basketball Teams. He was considered Best Athlete in Linden High School in 1943.

Bob B. Hoffer, Baseball, Football and Basketball: This outstanding athlete played on the 1954 L.H.S. Union County championship basketball team, was 1st Team All State and All County in Baseball (1953 & 1954) and the quarterback of the football team.  He went to Rutgers, where he had an outstanding baseball career and then played in the Boston Red Sox farm system into the 1960s.

Seymour B. Kaplowitz, Football: He gained All State honors as a lineman for L.H.S. in 1946.  Went on to a distinguished football career at the University of Delaware.  He is a member of the University of Delaware Hall of Fame and holds the record for most blocked kicks for over 50 years.  He was also a member of his university’s track team, winning various medals throwing the discus.  He returned to L.H.S. as a teacher and coach and later became his alma mater’s principal.

Frank B. Krysiak, First Superintendent of Linden Recreation. He built the recreation programs throughout his 40 years in the department.  Known for his love of athletics, Krysiak ensured the continued growth of sports in the Linden Recreation Department. He is a member of the Union County Baseball Hall of Fame.

Fred B. Luongo, Football: He is considered by many to be the best defensive lineman in Linden High School history. Luongo’s honors include 1st Team All County and All State three consecutive years, Parade Magazine 1st Team All American High School Player and the Parade National Player of the Year with his picture on the cover of Parade Magazine.  He went on to play college and professional football.

Ted B. Lyons, Football: He played both offensive and defensive tackle positions on the 1939, 1940 and 1941 Linden High School Football Teams.  Excelled in every aspect of both positions.  He was considered the best lineman of his era.

Al B. Nogi, Football, Baseball, Basketball, Track: This stand out from the 1930s won twelve varsity letters in three years at Linden High School, three each in football, baseball, basketball and track.  This feat has not been accomplished since.

Bob Riesener, Baseball, Basketball: This 1955 Linden High graduate was selected First Team All State in his Senior year with a 10-1 record and was All Union County Basketball the same year leading the county in scoring with 22.8 points per game.  He attended Rutgers University and                  served  in the United States Army.  He played in the New York Yankees farm system from 1956-1960.  In 1957, he had a record of 20-0 with Alexandria of the Evangeline League.

Riesener retired in 2003 after 30 years as the head coach of the University of Montevallo and four years at Livingston University.  His overall college record was 1,045 wins and 704 losses. The wins  represent the most ever in collegiate baseball coaching in the State of  Alabama.  When you factor in his records as a coach in high school, semi pro baseball and in the United States Army Baseball League, his overall coaching  win total was 1,137 wins in 40 years.

Robert (Bob) B. Smith, Football, Track, Coach: Excelled in football and track while a student at Linden High School. Later coached the middle school and then the high school football  teams.  He won the 1954 and 1955 North Jersey Group III Championship.

Jamaal B. Tate, Basketball: This standout basketball player was a three-time All Union County selection and a first team All State selection for all groups in 2000. He was co-captain of the 2000 team that won the Group IV New Jersey State Championship.  He was also named the 2000 Player of the Year  by the Home News Tribune.

Tate currently holds the L.H.S. record for career points as well as points scored in a single game with 1,936 career points and 46 points scored against Elizabeth on 1-27-00. Tate went on to enjoy an outstanding career at Penn State University graduating in 2005.  He is already a member of the Linden Athletic Hall of Fame by virtue of his 2000 L.H.S. Basketball Team being inducted into the Hall on April 29, 2007.

1979 Linden High School Baseball Team- Coach: Tony Picaro.  Won Group IV Title, State Championship Title and Star Ledger #1 Baseball Team Trophy as top high school baseball team in the State of New Jersey.

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