THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE LIST BELOW.
BEST MALE AND FEMALE BLACK ATHLETES OF SYRACUSE IN CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY
20TH YEAR URBAN SPORTS HALL OF FAME RECOGNITION INDUCTEES
The following is a list compiled by former athletes who lived in the City of Syracuse during their high school athletic career. They were asked who they thought were the most talented Black athletes that they played against. We feel the credibility of the former athletes is the best way to prevent bias or favoritism, by letting them judge who were the best, despite level of play, stats, playing career, or championships. From these unbiased and straightforward assessments, a list of some of the best Black athletes in the City of Syracuse, NY was comprised. Athletes had to be residents of the City of Syracuse during the time they competed, no matter who they played for during competition. We list by era, not by who was best, beginning in the 1930’s and ending at 2012. Some photos are included. Some of these athletes participated in more than one sport, at different levels and/or decades. This is indicated by (*). This list is on-going and will be updated throughout the year. This list will be included as part of this year’s class of the Urban Sports Hall of Fame of Syracuse, NY, 20th Annual Hall of Fame Inductees.
The Urban Sports Hall of Fame of Syracuse, NY is pleased to congratulate its’ Hall of Fame Inductees, Class of 2017! A recognition reception was held in their honor on November 18th. Guest speaker was Phil Harlow, Bishop Ludden and Lemoyne grad and basketball star.
Pictured left to right, back row: Billy Owens Sr., Jesse Dowdell, Bob Thomas, Al Pallone, Mike Cooper, George Stevens (Bud Stevens' son). Front row left to right: Bill Reddick Sr., Gary Shirley (representing Ellsworth Shirley), Walt Eccles. Not pictured- Alison Dupree.
Congratulations Class of 2017: Michael Cooper-football, basketball, lacrosse (Henninger); Jesse Dowdell- basketball (Vocational High-VO);Alison Dupree-track (Nottingham); Walt Eccles- youth sports contributor/coach-lacrosse; Al Pallone- football, wrestling (Nottingham, Henninger); Bill Owens Sr.- basketball (Central Tech); Bill Reddick Sr.- basketball (Valley Academy); Posthumous- Ellsworth Shirley- youth sports contributor- Valley; Posthumous- George “Bud” Stevens- youth sports contributor-Valley (both nominated by Gary Shirley); Bob Thomas- youth sports contributor/coach-City-wide.