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May 13, 2006


Tony "Buddy" Sogluizzo

"...only genuine celebrity to have set foot in the fabled P.S 217 schoolyard"- add the "Kangaroo Kid" out of St.Rose of Lima, Erasmus, North Carolina, and NBA fame-Billy Cunningham! I remember a 2 man late afternoon game at the hoop nearest Newkirk (across from the Casa Del Rey) where Billy (either an eighth grader at SRL, or a Freshman at Erasmus) and Jackie Minaravich played Ronnie Clem and myself in the twilight. You could tell even then that this gangling kid had potential! Aside from this, it is wonderful nostalgia to read of your recollections of a once great Flatbush neighborhood! I leave it to my brother Bob, and Mike K and Johnny G to determine who you are...but I'm sure our paths (base?)have crossed! "Slapsy" Maxie Proshan...indeed!!

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