by Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page
We are counting from 99 to 0 to determine who’s the best Buffalo athlete to wear each number. It’s Buffalo Sports By The Numbers here on Buffalo Sports Page.
We’ll have a new number and athlete every day this summer. Each story also includes reaction from the Buffalo Sports Page staff, and a way to catch up on numbers you’ve missed.
Calvin Murphy, Niagara. The 5-foot-9 guard was arguably the most exciting player in Western New York college basketball history. The three-time All-American averaged 33.1 points per game, and had a fine NBA career after graduation. Others: Chris Drury, Sabres; Steve Priolo; Bandits; Rudy Pikuzinski, Blizzard; Adam Jones, Canisius.
Paul Peck’s Digit Discussion: Along with his basketball prowess, Murphy was a nationally-ranked baton twirler. I know this because one of his baton teachers and mentors was Van Miller’s wife, Gloria. Van broadcast Murphy’s games at Niagara, and that relationship led to many trips the Miller family home in Tonawanda to practice baton twirling with Gloria. Imagine a star like Calvin, not only twirling a baton but doing it a typical WNY neighborhood.
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