Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Leo Pinckney - A Handshake & A Smile

Leo Pinckney died yesterday morning a day after celebrating his 89th birthday.

My first introduction to Leo was when he labeled me the general in his sports column while covering the Mt. Carmel basketball team. This moniker would provided hours of amusement to my college roommates.

Later Leo as chairman of the March of Dimes enlisted me as a volunteer.

When I was chairperson of an annual men’s breakfast Leo was instrumental in getting Frank Maloney, then Syracuse football coach, to be the main speaker.

Over the years Leo would mention me in his annual Christmas column.

When I had political aspirations Leo assisted my mentors in Brennan's back room.

In recent summers Leo has acknowledged me from his box seat at Falcon Park.

For as long as baseball is discussed in Auburn, Leo’s trademark firm handshake and pleasant smile will be remembered.

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