Louis Castro '00
Debatably the first, but certainly among the first Latino players to play in the major league baseball, Castro was a pitcher, infielder, and outfielder for Manhattan from 1895-1900, Castro played 42 games as an infielder/outfielder for the 1902 American League Champion Philadelphia Athletics. The Medellin, Columbia native played professionally for eight more years following his stint in Philadelphia, winning Southern Association Championships with the Birmingham Barons in 1906, and with the Atlanta Crackers in 1907. He also managed two teams before retiring following the 1912 season. He was known for his flawless fielding and timely hitting.
John Corry '62
Corry ran the lead leg of the Manhattan two mile relay team that set the world indoor record in 1961, running 7:32.8 on a 11-lap to the mile track, and later setting the two mile relay record on a 12-lap track. The consummate leadoff man, he ran the first leg on team that won an amazing 15 of 17 races during his varsity tenure, while setting the above mentioned two world records in addition to a Canadian National Record and five meet records. A walk-on that earned a scholarship following his freshman campaign, Corry was the recipient of the Manhattan College Spiked Shoe Club Achievement as a junior, and was referred to by legendary Manhattan coach George Eastment as "the best leadoff runner in the country".
David Frazier '94
Frazier graduated as the program record holder for the indoor triple jump (53' .75") and long jump (24' 11"), with the former record still standing. Named All-American after an eight place finish in the triple jump at the 1993 NCAA Indoor National Championships, Frazier was a five-time IC4A Champion (four times in the triple jump and once in the long jump) and a 12-time Metropolitan Champion (eight in the triple jump and four in the long jump). Frazier scored 18 of Manhattan's 64 points in the Jaspers' 1992 IC4A Team Championship by winning the triple jump and placing second in the long jump. He is also the only athlete to win the triple jump at the Metropolitan Championships both indoors and outdoors all four years. A MAAC All-Academic selection.
Danielle Gelsomino '95
A two-sport standout in cross country and swimming, Gelsomino graduated as the swimming program's record holder in nine individual and three relay events, two of which still stand today. Winner of the Metropolitan Championship in the 500m freestyle, she was named a GTE Co-SIDA Academic All-American as a senior and earned MAAC All-Academic recognition in both swimming and cross country. She was the 1992 MAAC cross country individual champion and earned All-East recognition in the same year. She holds the program cross country record with a 17:29 performance at the 1992 ECAC Championships, and produced the seventh best performance by a Lady Jasper in a 5K race at Van Cortlandt Park with an 18:30 performance in 1991. She was a two-time team MVP of both the swimming and cross country teams.
Jamal Marshall '95
Named one of the top 20 Jaspers from the first 100 years of Manhattan Basketball, Marshall ranks second in career field goal percentage, third in career blocks, and ninth in career rebounds. He helped lead the Jaspers to four postseason appearances (two NCAA and two NIT), including the MAAC's only at-large NCAA bid (1995), where the Jaspers upset Oklahoma. Marshall received Second Team All-MAAC honors twice, as well as All-Metropolitan honors. Marshall's 1,307 career points rank him 10th all-time. Named to the MAAC All-Tournament team twice, and named a MAAC All-Rookie selection, he shot over 60% from the field as a sophomore and a junior, leading the MAAC with at 60.2% as a junior. He served as team captain as a senior and was a member of the only Jasper class (1995) to win 20 or more games each season (94 total wins over four seasons).
Mazzei took over the softball program in 1989 and garnered the program unequaled success and notoriety. He led the team to a program record 34-17 record in 1993, a year in which the team also posted the NCAA's top softball GPA at 3.24. Mazzei tallied three straight years of 30 or more wins, the best run of any coach in any sport at Manhattan College at the time. In 1994, his team shared the MAAC Regular Season Championship with Canisius, the only regular season title for the program. He recruited and coached three Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Famers, as well as three Academic All-Americans. His teams produced several NCAA season and career records, and led the nation in numerous statistical categories.
Grady O'Malley '69
A three-year varsity starter, O'Malley was known as a ferocious rebounder, recording over 20 rebounds on several occasions. As a senior captain, he led the Metropolitan Conference in scoring and rebounding and received First Team Metropolitan All-Conference All-Star recognition, as well as being named Team MVP. An ECAC All-East All-Star Team member, he was drafted in the 19th round of the 1969 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks, and appeared in 24 games during the 1969-70 season. A Dean's List student, O'Malley was a nominee for the Alumni Medal and was a member of the Thomas Moore Law Society.
Ignatius Rienzo '50
A key contributor in the post-war track and cross country teams that brought Manhattan back to national prominence, Rienzo was the top Jasper finisher as Manhattan won the 1947 IC4A Cross Country Championship (the first for Manhattan since 1930), earning the team a trip to the NCAA Championships. A versatile runner, Rienzo competed in all events from the 440-yard dash to the five-mile cross country races. He ran the anchor leg in the Jaspers' victorious four-mile relay win at the Seton Hall Relays in 1948, and won a total of 46 medals during his Manhattan tenure. He is a member of the Pen and Sword Society.
1957-58 Men's Basketball Team
This team pulled off one of the best wins in Manhattan College history, upsetting top-ranked West Virginia, led by NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West, on March 11, 1958 at Madison Square Garden in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Six players from that squad are current members of the Manhattan Athletic Hall of Fame, including Jack Powers and Bob Mealy, who each scored 1,000 points and were named as two of the Top-20 Jaspers from the first 100 years of Manhattan Basketball. The team broke nine team or individual records and posted wins over Connecticut, Memphis, and Fordham.
1977-78 Swim Team
Following the "Never Better" squad of 1976-77, this team was dubbed "Best Yet", and proved that nickname to be true by compiling a program best 16-1 record under head coach Jack Carey. The team established numerous program records, several of which held up until the program was disbanded in 1989. The team avenged its only loss of the season by defeating the New York Maritime Academy on the way to a third place finish at the Metropolitan Conference Division II Championships.