Briarcliff Manor’s Frank McLaughlin, White Plains H.S. Grad Jimmy Roberts Among Five Inductees into Westchester Sports Hall of Fame Thursday

Frank McLaughlin, a longtime Briarcliff Manor resident and for 27 years the Athletic Director at Fordham University, and Emmy Award-winning NBC Sports commentator Jimmy Roberts, a graduate of White Plains High School, will be among five inductees into the  Westchester Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.

Rick O’Keeffe, who threw five no-hitters and a perfect game for Yorktown High School, while compiling a 27-7 record , 0.40 ERA, and a .438 batting average; Paul Natale, who coached baseball and football at Hendrick Hudson High School during a 35 year-career and more than 500 wins in baseball; and Rich Leaf, a Scarsdale High School graduate, “The Voice of the County Center,” where he has announced the Section 1 boys and girls basketball tournaments for more than three decades, complete the impressive quintet to be enshrined in the “Class of 2017.”

It is the 50th Anniversary of the Hall of Fame.
“I congratulate the inductees for the hard work and dedication that has earned them a place in the Hall of Fame,” Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino said. “This year we are celebrating the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary of recognizing the talent in Westchester that has had such an important impact in advancing sports.”

McLaughlin, now Fordham’s associate vice president of student affairs for athletic alumni relations and external affairs/athletic director emeritus, was the longtime athletic director at Fordham University, his alma mater. McLaughlin was also a star basketball player for the Rams. He was also head coach at Harvard, and was an assistant coach under Digger Phelps at Fordham and Notre Dame.
Jimmy Roberts

Roberts has excelled as sports broadcaster with both NBC and ABC. His wide-ranging coverage has included the World Series, the Super Bowl, the NBA finals, the Olympics, and the Masters Golf Tournament. The 13-time Emmy Award recipient began his career in 1975.

The Hall of Fame honors outstanding professional and amateur sportsmen and sportswomen, living or deceased, who have gained prominence in their fields and who have made substantial contributions to sports in Westchester County. Since its establishment, the organization has inducted more than 200 individuals. The 2017 inductees were selected from more than 80 applicants.A reception will start the evening at 5:30 p.m with ceremonies and dinner beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at $85 per person, and reservations are required.

Contact Kevin Cook at [email protected] to purchase tickets.

The Hall of Fame plaques are on permanent display in the Sports Hall of Fame gallery at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York.

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