Alfred “Al” DiStaola

Inducted in 1998

  • Born in Utica, grew up in Syracuse attended Franklin High School.
  • 1935: Post #41 American Legion baseball team. Wins the Onondaga-Herkimer and Oneida County Championships.
  • 1937-1940: Athletic scholarship to attend Christian Brothers Academy. Stars on the football, basketball and baseball teams.
  • 1938: Makes All-City baseball first team and All-City football second team. CBA football team is undefeated, untied and unscored upon.
  • 1939: Makes All-City baseball and football first teams. CBA baseball team wins Syracuse City Championship.
  • Leads American Legion Post #41 baseball team to Herkimer-Oneida championship as a player and assistant coach.
  • 1940: Co-captains football, baseball and basketball teams. Graduates with nine varsity letters from CBA
  • 1940-1945: Plays on numerous baseball, football and basketball teams, in Semi-pro, Army and Industrial leagues.
  • 1946-1986: Begins officiating football and basketball at the high school and college level.
  • Officiates at several Army – Navy football games.
  • Acts as interpreter for IAABO Local Board #38 in high school basketball rules and conducts clinics for young officials.
  • 1949-1950: Takes over the assistant coach spot on the CBA football team, leading them to another city championship
  • 1948-1971: Works for the Syracuse Police Department
  • 1958-1986: Board of Directors of Blind Men and Criers Association
  • 1971-1987: Heads security officer at Niagara Mohawk Power Company.
  • 1974-1976: Director of Syracuse chapter of the Eastern
    Association of Intercollegiate Football Officials
  • 1975: Officiates at the famous Notre Dame – Boston College football game
  • 1978: Officiates the Peach Bowl football classic, his last grid assignment
  • 1980: Receives the Blind Men and Criers “Joe Schwarzer” Award
  • 1987: Operated the game clock for the Big East football and basketball games in the Carrier Dome for over fifteen years.