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Some of Sallies "Greats"

Posted by Joe Miller on July 13, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Jack Strusowski, Bucky Buiano, Rocco Mumma played for Sallies back in early 1950's  I was a student there at the time and played J.V. Ball under Coach James V "Buzzy" O'Niell , O.S.F. . When I watched these guys play ball, I was in awe and thought I'd like to play as well. Never happened as I was a big dummy and quit school to join he Marines to go away and fight a war. The war ended before I got there ! - Anyhow, this is about the real players and not aout me. Strusowski, and Buiano were like the Blanchard and Davis of Notre Dame Fame. ( Mr Inside and Mr Outside)

These guys were phenominal in their ability to get things done on the gridiron. Mumma was another story. He was good too, but he was more of a bulldog type of guy for short yardage plays. . ( Rocco Mumma later went to college and became a P.H.D.) I lost track of him and often wondered what became of him . I also wondered why Strusowski and Buiano never made it to the "Pros." - They were that good !

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Reply Bob LaFazia
3:12 PM on July 25, 2011 
Joe,
Many a game I played with Jack Strusowski at 2nd and duPont Sts. field...we were called the duPont Chicks and Delamore Devils...we had Jack, Earl Parker, John McCullen, (R.I.P.) Farmer Pyle, Billy Kemp, Anthony Capadone and a lot of other good ball players...never forget one game we played against 2nd st.,,,all black but of course we called them colored, great guys...we really had no problem with them back then, mid 40's...they had Vince Napier, Herky Dorsey, "Floogie" Robinson and a lot more...I'm playing line and running back...I'm playing defense and the guy across from me is a big guy I don't know...looked down and he had a 10 penny nail between his fingers on his right hand...well I called time out real fast...we just had ref's from neighborhood but I wanted this thing to be stopped...they did, took the nail and we proceded to play...thats the way things were those days...we wore, 2 pairs of pants, tennis shoes, no helmet and heavy shirt...thats how I got started...wouldn't trade those days for anything!
Bob LaFazia