Daniel P. Starr

Buffalo Heritage Press

Golden Age of Buffalo Sports

Daniel P. Starr currently s Professor Emeritus of History at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. He joined the Canisius faculty in 1962; a decade later he became the Director of Athletics there. Starr retired from the athletic position in 2000, the taught sports administration courses and began researching and writing in the field of sports history.

Dan Starr, a native Western New Yorker, was a teenager during the Golden Age of Buffalo Sports. He cherishes vivid memories of “skipping school” so he could attend the home opener of the Baseball Bisons in Offermann Stadium. He and his friends Zuke, Shoes, Smitty, and Fringer fondly recall their attempts to “sneak” into Civic Stadium to watch the Buffalo Bills and their hero George Ratterman. Shoveling snow gave the young “Kenmore” teenagers the wherewithal to frequent the Aud. There they cheered on Leroy Chollet and the Nilands playing against basketball teams of nation caliber even if it meant they had to peer through thick layers of smoke while sitting in cheap grey seats.

Following High school, which included and ill-fated effort to play varsity football, Starr served in the Army in Korea, graduated from Canisius College, and then earned a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University. He now lives in Williamsville, New York with his wife, Joanne, of 48 years. Their four daughters are nearby, somewhat.

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