Before they were Lakers, some sportswriters referred to Oswego athletes as “Zielmen,” a testament to the influence of legendary Coach Max Ziel on the college’s early athletic programs.
The SUNY Oswego Alumni Association inducted six former stars and one booster to the Oswego State Athletic Hall of Fame last fall, celebrating their dedication to sports and community.
The golf course and not the pitching mound was the site for a recent meeting of three figures from Oswego State baseball history. From left, Ted Grinnell ’60, Coach Emeritus Walter Nitardy and Fred Parrow ’60 reunited at Battle Island Golf Course in July, some 50 years after Ted and Fred played for Coach Nitardy at Oswego State in the late 1950s.
Here’s a look at spring 2010 athletics at Oswego.
Standing waist-deep in rushing waters, Capt. Robert Burke ’05 patiently threads his tackle.
His rod tightly tucked under his arm, he pinches the line to tie the fly.
Amid the shimmering waters, he clutches the reel and casts. The metronome motion scrapes the fly gently on the water. The line moves in gentle loops and waves.
Here in this natural sanctuary, Burke’s head runs as clear as the water. For him and his fellow soldiers, it’s a place to heal, hope and think.