S: Vincent Albanese
BC: Dedicated To: Bruce & Madeline Clare Tilly Maxwell Aizlyn Zackary
FC: Vincent Joseph Albanese | A scrapbook compiled by his brother and cherished by his children.
1: Before basketball -- Dad was more of a baseball player. He would often tell us that he enjoyed baseball most as a young kid.
4: After CYO baseball, Dad went to Barringer High School in Newark, New Jersey where he played basketball from 1950 - 1953
7: Dad was #4 at Barringer - see pic at right
11: This was one of our favorite photos of Dad playing hoops -- because he is shooting with his left hand. I remember Bruce calling him out on this -- because he always told us to only shoot using our right hand!!!
14: Dad's favorite teammate at Barringer was Magellan Jackson -- who got the rebounds out.
16: Writers would always focus on Dad's height -- or lack of -- for a hoopster. He was 5' 7" -- and would always say it was fine to add 1/2" when asked
17: See Dad at right (#4) boxing out -- when teaching Bruce and I he would show us how he used his elbows to keep guys out of the way -- which were very pointy!
19: That is Dad behind the guy shooting the ball -- focused!
21: See Dad -- #4 -- in background
22: Dad made All-Newark City League in 1953. He was very proud of this honor.
25: After high school Dad headed off to Syracuse to become an Orangeman. He received a full boat basketball scholarship.
28: Dad was #11 at Syracuse and received a varsity letter for 3 years.
48: The best player Dad played with was Vince Cohen -- Dad loved to dish to him | This is a pic of Vince Cohen
53: In 1957, Syracuse went to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament
55: The Orangemen lost to North Carolina in the quarterfinals. Had they won -- Dad would have faced Kansas and Wilt Chamberlain
56: Playing at Madison Square Garden was one of Dad's favorite moments. He was proud that Nana would come into NYC to see him play.
59: Dad also studied history at Syracuse, and he was a pretty good student. He also had a job as part of his scholarship.................turning on the lights at the gym!
60: Dad played with another guy named Ron Guilespe.....who taught him a lot of great moves....which he then taught his sons.
64: Dad played with legendary football player Jim Brown -- seen here as #44.
65: This cartoon was one of my favorites -- Dad as the Orange Flash -- dribbling thru tall guy's legs. | This was our favorite......a cartoon of Dad as the Orange Flash. The best part is him dribbling through the tall guys legs....and being called a pest.
67: After Syracuse, Dad went into the service. Stationed at Andrews Airforce Base, he also played hoops there.
68: No -- Dad did not fly planes......he staged this pic.
70: Dad's big man in the service was Bob Hodges......who he said was the best big man with whom he ever played.
72: Dad was inducted into the Newark Hall of Fame in 1997......and, he went to the induction ceremony in a tux......first time he wore one since his wedding in 1967. He was very proud, as was his family.
75: Dad was not only a great basketball player -- but, an even better basketball coach to his children. He coached all of us in basketball, starting with Bruce and I in middle school. Dad had a great passion for coaching. He was patient, yet firm. He was encouraging, dedicated and knew his stuff. Most of all, Dad always kept perspective. He understood that basketball was only a game.......and that there were more important things in life, like the health of his family.......and having a laugh with people he loved.