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About Scott Pitoniak
A native of Rome, N.Y. and a magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University, Scott Pitoniak has been telling compelling, award-winning stories about people and the games they play for decades. He has spent 47 years in the newspaper business, including 25 as a reporter, feature writer and sports columnist for the Rochester, N.Y. Democrat and Chronicle, and has published more than 25 books and hundreds of magazine and website articles. Along the way, he has covered Olympics, Super Bowls, World Series, NCAA basketball tournaments, Stanley Cup playoffs and major golf tournaments.
The most decorated sportswriter in Rochester newspaper history, Scott has received more than 100 national and regional journalism honors. His work, which often deals with the human side of sports, has been cited in "The Best American Sportswriting" anthology. Scott was inducted into Rochester's Frontier Field Walk of Fame in 1999, SU's Newhouse School of Public Communications Gallery of Fame in 2000, the Rome Sports Hall of Fame in 2009, the Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Camp Good Days and Special Times Ring of Honor in 2016. He also was selected as a torchbearer for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and was named one of the nation's top columnists by The Associated Press on three occasions and by the Pro Football Writers of America five times.
Scott recently co-authored "Forever Orange: The Story of Syracuse University," and updated "Juke Box Hero," a collaboration with rock 'n' roll legend Lou Gramm, the former lead singer and co-songwriter of the mega-hit group Foreigner.
Scott's first children's book, "Let's Go Yankees! An Unforgettable Trip to the Ballpark," was published in the summer of 2017 by Ascend Books.
Scott writes weekly sports columns for the Rochester Business Journal (www.rbj.net). He is a regular contributor to the Baseball Hall of Fame's bi-monthly magazine, Memories and Dreams, served as the AFC East correspondent for USA Today SportsWeekly and provided on-air analyst for CBS television affiliates in Rochester and Buffalo. A frequent radio and television guest, locally and nationally, Scott was interviewed extensively for two documentaries - ESPN's Sports Century profile of Maurice Stokes and Orange Glory: The 20 Greatest Moments in Syracuse Basketball History.
Scott is passionate about giving back to his community. Through the years, he has mentored scores of students, taught journalism at the college level and been heavily involved in several charities and community service organizations. He is past president and current board member of the Rochester Press-Radio Club, which has raised and donated more than $800,000 to local children's charities in the past 15 years.
He also is in demand as a public speaker.
His varied interests include playing 19th Century Base Ball at the Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford, N.Y. and traveling to historical sites. His most cherished moments are spent with his wife - Beth Adams - his grown children, Amy and Christopher, his granddaughters, Camryn and Peyton, and their energetic family cat, Sassy.
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Lou Gramm rose from humble, working-class roots in Rochester, New York, to become one of rock’s most popular and distinctive voices in the 1970s and ’80s, singing and cowriting more than a dozen hits with the band Foreigner. Songs such as “Cold As Ice,” “I Want to Know What Love Is,” “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” “Double Vision,” “Urgent,” and “Midnight Blue” are among 20 Gramm songs that achieved Top 40 status on the Billboard charts and became rock classics still played often, nearly three decades after they first hit the airwaves and the record store shelves. Juke Box Hero: The My Five Decades in Rock 'n' Roll chronicles, with remarkable candor, the ups and downs of this popular rocker’s amazing life—a life which saw him achieve worldwide fame and fortune, then succumb to its trappings before summoning the courage and faith to overcome his drug addiction and a life-threatening brain tumor. Gramm takes the reader behind the scenes—into the recording studio, back stage, on the bus trips and beyond—to give an insider’s look into the life of the man Rolling Stone magazine referred to as “the Pavarotti of rock.”
Everyone dreams of Cooperstown. It's a hallowed name in baseball, for players as well as their fans. It's a house where legends live; it's everything that's great about the game.
Never before has the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum published a complete registry of inductees with plaques, photographs, and extended biographies. In this unique, 75th anniversary edition, read the stories of every player inducted into the Hall, organized by position. Each section begins with an original essay by a living Hall of Famer who played that position: Hank Aaron, George Brett, Orlando Cepeda, Carlton Fisk, Tommy Lasorda, Joe Morgan, Jim Rice, Cal Ripken Jr., Nolan Ryan, and Robin Yount.
Most Syracuse fans and alumni have seen a game at Carrier Dome, have seen highlights of a young Dwight Freeney and Carmelo Anthony, and know the story of the 2003 NCAA National Champion men’s basketball team. But only real fans know the history of Archbold Stadium, the words to “Down the Field,” or what Otto the Orange’s name could have been originally. 100 Things Syracuse Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die is the ultimate resource guide for true fans of the Syracuse Orange and, whether you’re a die-hard booster from the days of Jim Brown or a current student at the university, these are the 100 things all fans needs to know and do in their lifetime. Author Scott Pitoniak has collected every essential piece of Orange knowledge and trivia, as well as must-do activities, and ranks them all, providing an entertaining and easy-to-follow checklist as you progress on your way to fan superstardom.
At the end of the 2008 season, Yankee Stadium will be closing its doors, and in memory of this illustrious stadium, this tribute provide fans with hundreds of anecdotes about the iconic ballpark through the eyes of both those who performed there and the many others who were spectators. Stories shared by those who worked, played, rooted or cheered there, grace the pages of this memento, including Billy Crystal witnessing a monster home run by Mickey Mantle at his first game at Yankee Stadium on May 30, 1956; Bob Costas following the Yankees and his favorite player Mickey Mantle in the 1950s; Ernie Harwell calling both football and baseball games at Yankee Stadium; and Keith Olbermann going to games and chasing foul balls in the late 1960s. Filled with interesting facts and heartwarming stories, Memories of Yankee Stadium is a special gift for all of those who want to remember forever the beloved Yankee Stadium the way it was.