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Oneida resident’s lifelong love of sports results in HoF bid

For the past nine decades, Patrick McCarthy’s passion for sports has been undeniable.

That love and commitment to the athletic realm has garnered a Hall of Fame bid for the 92-year old City of Oneida resident.

McCarthy is being recognized by and inducted into the 21st Urban Sports Hall of Fame of Syracuse, NY, Class of 2018.

But McCarthy is not the only one in the family who was bit by the sporting bug. Patrick’s wife Patricia was also inducted into the Urban Sports Hall of Fame in 1998, its first Hall of Fame class, for her achievement in ice skating.

Patrick is being recognized as an athlete at Nottingham High School, class of 1944, where he lettered in both football and baseball.

Patrick also went on to play tennis competitively, starting while in his 50s, and continues to play at the age of 92, while also enjoying horseshoes and badminton.

Patrick joins fellow inductees Gary Barnaba (sports administrator, coach, contributor, CBA), Clarence Barnes (Sherman Park Pop Warner football coach), 2006 Valley Youth Football Pee Wee Eastern Regional Champions (South Division, 12-0) coaches Dion Alexander, James Austin, Marcus Mason, Head Coach Ken Thomas, Jermaine Williams; “Throwback Team”1936 Vocational High School Basketball Team, also known as Blodgett (posthumous): J. MacDonald, K. O’Brien, B. Collins, J. Zajac, S. Romancik, B. Dwyer, G. Geddis, J. Quinn, P. Copanas, Coach C. Seybolt, Manager J. Kowalik, and F. Harlow.

The ceremony, which will be a brunch, is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3, from from 10 a.m. to noon, at Huntington PK8 School, located at 400 Sunnycrest Road, Syracuse, NY 13206.

More information is available at . E-mail ushof.syr.ny@twcny.rr.com, or call 315-403-5299 to RSVP and to purchase tickets.

Tickets are $20 per person, prior to the event (send check or money order to 143 Slayton Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13205) or at the door. Proceeds from this event go towards the cost of the event, to support youth sports registration, and toward Urban Sports Hall of Fame initiatives.

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