I WAS AT THE NEW YORK UNIVERSITY HALL OF FAME INDUCTION - IT WAS A WONDERFUL CEREMONY AT A BEAUTIFUL NEW FACILITY ON THE
WASHINGTON SQUARE AREA CAMPUS – WITH A TRULY SUPER VIEW OF UPTOWN MANHATTAN AVAILABLE THROUGH THE GLASS WALL AND
CEILING PANELS ON THE TENTH FLOOR.
One of the individuals honored was MY FORMER GUIDANCE COUNSELOR AT DECATUR JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL 35 IN BROOKLYN – NATIONALLY KNOWN EDITOR AND AUTHOR, WARREN J. HALLIBURTON, FOR HIS VARIOUS TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS, IN A COLLEGIAN CAREER INTERRUPTED BY WORLD WAR II – WHICH SAW HIM INVOLVED WITH THE TUSKEGEE AIRMAN AND OTHER AIR CORP DUTIES.
Track & Field
Class of 1949
Warren was an IC4A individual champion before and after serving in the military. He finished 4th in the 60-yard high hurdles at the coveted Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden in 1943. Halliburton was a member of NYU’s Metropolitan Intercollegiate Outdoor Championship teams in 1942, '43, and '44 placing 1st in the low (220-yard) and high (120-yard) hurdles.
A lifelong educator Halliburton has authored dozens of books, taught at the secondary and collegiate levels, was an advocate at social service agencies and worked with the NY State Department of Education.
HE RETURNED TO NEW YORK UNIVERSITY AFTER HIS MILITARY SERVICE AND RESUMED HIS GREAT ATHLETIC AND ACADEMIC PURSUES.
WARREN APPRECIATED THE HONOR, HE WAS BOTH PROUD AND HUMBLE - A COMBINATION YOU SELDOM SEE IN THE SAME INDIVIDUAL.
AFTER WARREN, FORMER BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL CAPTAIN, AL BARDEN, SERVED AS SPOKESMAN FOR THE 1960 NCAA FINAL FOUR TEAM.
WHEN THE NAMES OF THEIR COMPETITION WAS MENTIONED, I JUST SHOOK MY HEAD IN AMAZEMENT – THEY RAN INTO JERRY WEST – JERRY LUCAS –
BOBBY KNIGHT – JOHN HALIVCEK AND THE GREATEST COLLEGE PLAYER I EVER SAW, “THE BIG O” -- THEY DESERVE ANY HONOR GIVEN THEM FOR HOLDING
THEIR OWN IN THIS ROUGH COMPANY.
AL SPOKE OF THE CLOSENESS OF THE TEAM, THEN AND NOW AND NOW CROSSING THE CITY TO GO FROM SCHOOL TO PRACTICE ON THE SUBWAY, SERVED AS A TIME TO
BOND WITH TEAMMATES, SOMETHING THAT MIGHT NOT HAVE HAPPENED IN THE WORLD OF TODAY, WHERE EVERYTHING IS DONE FOR THE ATHLETES COMFORT.
HE MENTIONED THE TEAMMATES WHO PASSED AWAY SINCE THOSE GLORY DAYS – FIVE MEMBERS – BUT HE EXPRESSED THE OPTIMISTIC NOTE THAT THOSE PRESENT
WOULD BE WILLING TO RETURN FOR THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR GREAT ACHIEVEMENT IN 2035.
THERE WAS A VIDEO HIGHLIGHT PRESENTATION ON THE LARGE AUDITORIUM SCREEN AND SATCH WAS SHOWN PLAYING STRONG OFFENSE AND DEFENSE AND
AL MAKING A BEAUTIFUL NO LOOK PASS ON A FAST BREAK BASKET.
CAL RAMSEY WAS PRESENT FOR THE ENTIRE CEREMONY AND ENJOYING THE MOMENT WITH PRIDE.
NYU Head Coach Lou Rossini led the men’s basketball team to the NCAA Final Four and a 22-4 overall record. The Violets won the East Regional Championship after defeating Connecticut, West Virginia and Duke. Over the 22-game regular season, NYU limited its opponents to 62 points per game. Captain Tom “Satch” Sanders went on to play for 13 years with the Boston Celtics, helping the franchise win seven NBA Championships.
THE 1959-60 Men's Basketball Team
Al Barden, Tom Sanders, Leo Murphy, Al Filardi, Mike DiNapoli, Bob Smiley
Jack Rohan ( assistant coach ), Coach Lou Rossini, Bernie Mlodinoff, Ray Paprocky, Jim Reiss,
Russ Cunningham, Frank Buhner (trainer), Bob Regan, Bob Bigelow, Art Loche, Bill McBain