Armond Magnarelli

Inducted in 2004

Born: September 6, 1924 in Syracuse, New York

Whether it is an arena, ballpark, gymnasium, and theater, for some performers, venue means little. When you are as talented as Armond Magnarelli, it doesn’t matter where you perform because you’ll do your best and your best is indeed very, very good.

Back in the early 1940’s old North High was the mecca of our sports community. Great teams, solid athletes and excellent coaches kept their teams at the top of their leagues, and city titles were the rule rather than the exception. This is where Armond Magnarelli received his education and introduction to sports.

Armond was a three-sport star: football, basketball and baseball. On the gridiron he played center and tight end for his two-time City champion Northmen. In basketball, he starred for three years, including North’s undefeated season that included twenty-five straight wins. He made first team All-City in 1941 and 42 and even served as player-coach for the five final games of the 1942 season.

His scholastic baseball career was equally brilliant. North won the City title in 1941 and 42 as he batted over .350 each year and earned All-City honors.

World War II bombed out Armond’s scholarship to Columbia University and he joined the Coast Guard. During his military career, he played basketball for the Atlantic City Radio School team, which won the New Jersey State championship by defeating the Philadelphia Spas, a professional team.

Following the war, Armond signed a pro baseball contract and played a season of minor league ball before enrolling at Oswego State University where he played baseball, basketball and soccer. He hit over .350 and played catcher, first and third base. His first college at-bat resulted in a home run.

In basketball, he started every game for four years at Oswego and led the team in scoring each year. In the first-ever televised game, he scored 30 points against LeMoyne College at the NYS Fairgrounds Coliseum, a record for a visiting player at the time.

Armond has maintained his love of sports throughout hi life. He coached several high school basketball, football and six-man football teams and was one of the areas most active basketball referees for our local IAABO Board # 38.

In addition to sports, he was active in the theater and starred in numerous roles as a member of the Pompeian Players. Armond was also very active in politics, he was a member of the Syracuse Board of Education, a Common Councilor, and held the second highest-ranking office in Syracuse – President of the Common Council. He has served on the New York State Council of the Arts and was Regional Director of the New York State Department of Parks and Recreation. He’s a member of the Syracuse SkyChiefs Board of Directors and a past president of the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame.

2001 - Inducted into the Syracuse's Northside Hall of Fame