Ex NFL play­ers Crist, Hughes elected to 2019 class

Jankiewicz, Sca­murra among 13 in­ductees

The Buffalo News - - SPORTS - By Milt Northrop

Two Western New York­ers who made it to the Na­tional Foot­ball League, the first Buf­falo-born player to sign an NHL con­tract and a leg­endary coach and prime mover in high school ath­let­ics are among the 13 in­di­vid­u­als in the Greater Buf­falo Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2019 an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

The class in­cludes five in the Leg­ends cat­e­gory of de­ceased greats. Among them are Will and James “Dea­con” White, who formed a pitcher-catcher bat­tery for the Buf­falo pro­fes­sional base­ball teams late in the 19th cen­tury.

Chuck Crist of Sala­manca, who made a name for him­self in bas­ket­ball at Penn State, yet went on to a long NFL ca­reer as a safety with the New York Giants, New Or­leans Saints and San Fran­cisco 49ers, and the late Ed Hughes are the in­ductees with NFL back­grounds. Hughes played at Kens­ing­ton High and Tulsa Univer­sity be­fore a long ca­reer as an NFL de­fen­sive back and as­sis­tant coach. He was head coach of the Hous­ton Oil­ers for one year and of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor of the 1985 Su­per Bowl cham­pion Chicago Bears.

A third in­ductee with a pro foot­ball back­ground was not a player or coach. He is Buf­falo na­tive Joe Hor­ri­gan, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame.

Len Jankiewicz re­tired from coach­ing af­ter a long ca­reer in foot­ball at Lan­caster High. How­ever, he con­tin­ued as di­rec­tor of ath­let­ics, build­ing Lan­caster as one of the most suc­cess­ful all-sports pro­grams in the re­gion.

Peter Sca­murra, who started out in youth hockey in Amherst and went on to play Ju­nior hockey in Canada, was the first lo­cal player drafted by the NHL. He was taken in the se­cond round by the Washington Cap­i­tals in 1975. A de­fense­man, he played in 132 games for the Cap­i­tals from 1975-76 through 1979-80 and had eight goals and 33 ca­reer points.

Other in­ductees are:

• Dorothy Jones, an All-High bas­ket­ball star at McKin­ley High (Class of 1984), who went on to play at the Univer­sity of Louisville.

• Olympic skier Travis Mayer, a Springville na­tive, who won a sil­ver medal in moguls in the 2002 games.

• Jeff Prescott, a three-time state cham­pion wrestler at Olean High, who won two NCAA cham­pi­onships at 118 pounds for Penn State and was a three-time All-Amer­i­can.

• Bar­bara Wa­chowiak, an Al­lAmer­ica field hockey player at Ithaca Col­lege af­ter star­ring in four sports at Ham­burg High. She now is rec­og­nized as lead­ing game of­fi­cial in field hockey. Two other de­ceased in­ductees are: • Adam Beat­tie Gunn, who em­i­grated to Buf­falo from Scot­land in 1893 and earned fame as an track and field ath­lete. He was dubbed the World’s Great­est Ath­lete af­ter he won the All-Around, now called the de­cathlon, in com­pe­ti­tion at the 1901 Pan-Amer­i­can Ex­po­si­tion in Buf­falo.

• Golfer Peggy Wat­tles, who started out as a pre-teen phe­nom be­fore go­ing on to win nu­mer­ous Buf­falo District ti­tles in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

The class will be for­mally in­tro­duced to the pub­lic and me­dia on June 4 in the KeyBank Cen­ter. The date for the in­duc­tion din­ner in the fall has not yet been fi­nal­ized.

With the class of 2019, the Greater Buf­falo Sports Hall of Fame will now have 343 mem­bers.

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