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June 5, 2013

Local coach tops Buffalo Hall Class of 2013

Dick Diminuco will be inducted this fall at Buffalo Hyatt Regency

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BUFFALO —

U.S. Olympic officials turned to Herb, to organize, select and manage the first U.S. Olympic Basketball training camp prior to the 1972 Munich Olympics. He took the newly formed team on a goodwill tour of Russia, and to the Pan Am Games in Cali, Columbia. The U.S. team, 10 of whom would go on to be first-round draft picks in the NBA, lost the gold medal game to Russia in controversial fashion.
His Olympic experience, international exchanges, and as manager of the ‘75 World Games in Puerto Rico led Herb to use his network of connections to create New York State’s own “Olympics” the beginnings of what was to become the Empire State Games.
Milt Northrup
One of Northrup’s father’s jobs was directing traffic at Yale football and baseball games. Milt attended those events too. He sold programs at football games and even was the visiting batboy for teams that came to play Yale. At one game he was introduced to two brothers, Seymour and Northrup Knox. Little did he know he would one day meet them again in a more official capacity.
As a student at the University of Connecticut he worked as a student intern in the office of sports information, and initiated his reporting endeavors working as the assistant sports editor of the Connecticut Daily Campus and the college yearbook “The Nutmeg.” Following his 1959 graduation from the university, he served in the National Guard for six years.
Milt began his career at the age of 22, as the Willimantic (Conn.) Chronicle sports editor. In 1960 he joined the New Haven Journal Courier and covered the 1960 NFL Championship game in Philadelphia; the only championship game Vince Lombardi lost as head coach of the Green Bay Packers.
Milt moved to Buffalo in 1967 when he was hired as a copy editor, and he has been a fixture ever since. From 1970-78 he was assigned as a Buffalo Braves beat writer and covered the team during its entire tenure in town. He covered the NBA Championship series between the Lakers and Knicks in 1973, as well as games in the 1976, 1977 and 1978 championship series.

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