3rd Annual Greater Binghamton Sports Hall Of Fame
 Induction Dinner

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Greater Binghamton Sports Hall of Fame Dinner

CLASS OF 2016

 Presented by AJQ Sports Management & Marketing

Master of Ceremonies - Roger Neel - WNBF Radio and Sports Director

Featured Speaker - Brian Cashman

Billy Gabor

  • Basketball Player with the NBA Syracuse Nationals (6yrs.)— 1 All Star Game
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  • NBA League Champions in 1955
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  •  Basketball Player at Syracuse University— Career Points of 1,344, Jersey Retired
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  • Basketball Player at Binghamton Central High School

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Mike Dunham

  • Ice Hockey Goaltending Coach for the NY Islanders

 

  • NHL Goahender (10 yrs.) for NJ Devils, NY Rangers, Nashville, NY Islanders

 

  • Goalteü at University ofMaine. NCAA Champions in 1992-93

 

  • 2002 Wülter Olympics — United States Team Silver Medal

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Dick Barvinchak

  • Football Player at Penn State University

 

  • Football (Quarterback), Basketball, Baseball Player at Chenango Valley HS

 

  • CVHS Career Record Passing (1,539 yds.) and TD Passes (15) in 1969

 

  • NYS Section IV Basketball Career Points Scored (1, 100)

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Brian McGuire Cashman has literally grown up in the Yankees family. He joined the organization in 1986 as a 19-year-old intern in the Minor League and Scouting Department and now commands one of the most demanding jobs in sports as Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager.

Over the course of his 30 seasons with the team, he has earned five World Series rings, including four as General Manager, becoming the first GM to win four World Series titles since the Dodgers’ Buzzie Bavasi in the 1950s and ‘60s. Notably, he has won his titles with two different managers — Joe Torre in 1998, 1999 and 2000, and Joe Girardi in 2009.

Mr. Cashman assumed his current post on February 3, 1998. At age 30, he became the second-youngest General Manager in Baseball history. In his first season, he became the youngest-ever GM to win a World Series, and with championships in 1999 and 2000, he became the only GM in Baseball history to win world titles in each of his first three seasons. A pennant in 2001 gave him four straight League Championships, placing him alongside Hall of Fame Yankees General Managers Ed Barrow (1936-39, four) and George Weiss (1949-53, five) as the only GMs in Baseball history to win four-or-more straight league titles at any point in their careers.

Among his peers, Mr. Cashman has achieved unparalleled success while carrying on the winning tradition of the Yankees. His lifetime winning percentage of .591 (1,720-1,192-2) is the highest of any General Manager with at least five seasons of experience whose career began in 1950 or later and marks the best team winning percentage in the Major Leagues during that same stretch. Now in his 19th season, Mr. Cashman is the longest-tenured General Manager in baseball and is the longest-serving Yankees GM since Barrow led the team from October 28, 1920, to February 20, 1945.

In all, his clubs have earned playoff berths 15 times, claimed 12 Division titles and six AL championships to go along with four World Series titles. His feat of reaching the playoffs in each of his first 10 seasons (1998-2007) remains unmatched in Baseball history. In addition, the Yankees have won at least 84 games in all 18 seasons of Mr. Cashman’s tenure as General Manager, while the most any other team has reached that plateau over the stretch has been 14 times (Atlanta, Boston and St. Louis).

There have been three women in Major League history to hold the position of Assistant General Manager, and Mr. Cashman has hired two of them: Jean Afterman, the Yankees’ current Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager; and Kim Ng, who worked for the Yankees from 1998-2001 and currently holds the position of Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball.

Various groups have honored the achievements of the Yankees and Mr. Cashman. With the club’s most recent World Series title, the Yankees were named “2009 Male Team of the Year” by the United States Sports Academy and were nominated as “Team of the Year” in the Laureus World Sports Awards competition. In both 1998 and 2000, the Yankees earned ESPY Awards — presented by ESPN — as “Outstanding Team of the Year,” and were named “Organization of the Year” by Baseball America in 1998 and by USA Today in 1999.

Mr. Cashman has been honored as “Executive of the Year” four times: by the Boston Chapter of the BBWAA in 2000 and 2009; and in 1999 and 2003 by the New Jersey Sportswriters’ Association. In 2001, he received his third consecutive “40 Under 40” Award presented by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal to recognize the top 40 people under the age of 40 who have made the greatest impact in the sports business industry. He has since been inducted into the publication’s “40 Under 40” Hall of Fame. In 2003, Mr. Cashman was honored by the Latino Sports Writers and Broadcasters Association with their annual “Latino Achievement Award” for his contributions to the Latino media.

Philanthropy and community involvement play equally important roles in Mr. Cashman’s scope of work. For the past six years he has served on the Board of Directors of Covenant House International, which provides services for homeless youth. He was honored by the organization with their Beacon of Hope Award in 2011, having participated in the group’s CEO Solidarity Sleepout in each of the last four years by sleeping on the streets of Manhattan to draw attention to its cause.

In each of the last six offseasons, Mr. Cashman has rappelled down the 22-story Landmark Building in Stamford, Conn., as part of the Christmas-themed Heights and Lights Program, promoting activity in the city’s downtown business district. In 2013, he joined the Board of Directors for TGEN (Translational Genomics Research Institute) Pancreatic Cancer. He also traveled to Vermont in November 2011 to join fellow GMs Theo Epstein and Neal Huntington at an event organized by ESPN’s Buster Olney to support farm relief in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.

For his efforts at work and in the community, Mr. Cashman was recognized by the Catholic Youth Organization of New York with the 2011 John C. Mara Sportsman of the Year Award and the 2005 Ossie Davis Award for Inspirational Leadership for promoting diversity in the workplace.

His career as a full-time Yankees employee began following his graduation from Catholic University in 1989, when Mr. Cashman became a full-time Assistant in Baseball Operations. He was later promoted and transferred to Tampa, Fla., where he served as Assistant Farm Director from 1990 to 1992. He returned to New York and became Assistant General Manager, Baseball Administration in November 1992.

Born on July 3, 1967, in Rockville Center, N.Y., Mr. Cashman grew up in Lexington, Ky. He attended Georgetown Prep in Rockville, Md., and was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. Mr. Cashman attended Catholic University in Washington, D.C., where he majored in history and played intercollegiate baseball. His love for baseball developed when former Brooklyn Dodger Ralph Branca and his wife, Ann, arranged for him to serve as a bat boy for the Los Angeles Dodgers in spring training in 1982.

 2016 Class of Inductees

Jim Lee

  • Basketball Player at Syracuse University — All Century Team

 

  • NCAA Tournament in 1975 — Leading Scorer & All Tournament Team

 

  •  Basketball Player at Windsor High School — Section IV Career (1,600)

 

  • Press & Sun-Bulletin Athlete of the Year in 1975

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Mike Lee

  • Basketball Player at Syracuse University

 

  • Syracuse Co-Captain in 1972-73, Record 34 Consecutive FT's in Games

 

  •  Basketball, Baseball, Football at Windsor HS (11 Varsity Letters)

 

  • Press & Sun-Bulletin Athlete of he Year in 1969

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Troy Nickerson

  • Head Wrestling Coach at University of Northern Colorado

 

  • 4x Wrestling All-American at Cornell University — 2009 NCAA Tide at 125 lbs.

 

  • 5x NYS High School Champion at Chenango Forks KS, Career Record 217-6

 

  • 3x Press & Sun-Bulletin Athlete of the Year (2002, '04, '05)

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Chuck Rolles

  • Basketball Player at Cornell University

 

  • Career 1,253 Points, Scored 55 Points in a Single Game, Senior Co-Captain

 

  • Basketball Player at Binghamton Central High School

 

  • Press & Sun-Bullefr1Athlete of the Year in 1952

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Chris Snee

  • NFL Football Offensive Lineman — NY Giants (10 yrs.)

 

  • 2x Super Bowl Winner (20089 ' 12), All-Pro, 4x Pro-Bowler, Co-Captain

 

  • Football Player at Boston College— 2nd Team All-American, 1st Team Big East

 

  • Football Player at Montrose HS —All State Honors, Team District Titles '97, '98

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Shirley Smith Sullivan

  • Golfer— 23 Club Titles at Binghamton Country Club (Over 6 Decades)

 

  • Won the Broome County Women's Golf Championship in 1948

 

  • Established Course Records at Ely Park, En-Joie, IBM, Corning CC, Ithaca CC

 

  • Competed in the Professional USGA Women's Open at CCR

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Posthumously Awarded to Family

William Anthony "Wild Bill" Hallahan

  • IV'LB Baseball Pitcher with St. Louis, Cincinnati, Philadelphia
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  • MLB Career Record of 102 W - 94 L ERA

 

  • 3x hLB World Series Champion with the St. Louis Cardinals (1926, '31, '34)

 

  • NL Wüls (19) Leader in 1931, 1930, '31

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Jack Sharkey

  • World Heavyweight Boxing Champion in 1932
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  • Career Boxing Record of 38-14-3 (13 KO's)

 

  • Fought Max Schmeling, Jack Dempsey, Primo Carnera, Joe Louis

 

  • Inducted into the International Boxing Hall ofFame in 1994

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Steve Kraly

  • Baseball Pitcher with NY World Series Champions in 1953

 

  • Eastern League Pitcher with the Binghamton Triplets

 

  •  EL Champions and Pitched to a 19-2 Record in 1953

 

  • Press & Sun-bulletin Athlete of the Year in 1953

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Selection Committee

Members

 

Dave Burch

President of the American Football Association

 

Tom Corgel

Former Boy’s Basketball Coach at Binghamton High School

 

Dick Foley

Former Athletic Director at Maine-Endwell High School

 

John W. Fox

Sports Columnist Emeritus at Press & Sun Bulletin

 

Roger Neel

WNBF Radio Sports Director

 

Tim Schum

Former Men’s Soccer Coach at Binghamton University

 

Michele Tidick

Former Girl’s Basketball Coach at Vestal High School

 

Honorees Selection Criteria

 

For consideration to be nominated to the Greater Binghamton Sports Hall of Fame:

1) Person must either be born in the Greater Binghamton Community, or have a long term association in the area (10 years), or be considered “home town” and commonly associated with our area by the general public.

 

2) The person should exemplify ethical conduct, high standards of sportsmanship, and be respected by the general community.

 

3) The person must meet one of the following criteria:

a) is or was an outstanding athlete in high school, college, amateur or professional sports,

b) is or was a coach, manager, trainer, official, administrator, or news media person who has made a significant contribution to sports,

c) is a person who is performing or has performed unusual or distinguished services in fostering, developing or effectively helping a sport to prosper.

 NET PROCEEDS

 

Net proceeds directly benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton and Western Broome and establish a location for the Greater Binghamton Sports Hall of Fame.

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