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Alex Scassa Jr.

Manager / Promoter ∙ Rochester

 

 

 

 

Alex Scassa Jr was a vital member of the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame executive committee for the first 26 years of its existence, serving as president of the organization for 22 years. While that in itself is impressive, it does not by itself entitle anyone to Hall of Fame enshrinements. What did earn Alex the honor is his extensive background as a coach, manager, organizer, confidante, and leader in various fields of athletics. The 1962 Rochester High School graduate was involved in sports from the mid 1960s, when he was a sports writer, to his death on July 7, 2001, from a heart attack. His accomplishments are many and varied: he was on the Beaver County Area Boxing Hall of Fame Committee (the forerunner to the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame) and was one of the principals involved in forming the highly popular and wide ranging Fall Baseball League. His aim was to develop baseball fundamentals with increased play, which could lead to more exposure and college scholarship offers, which it did. Alex also started the Rochester Alumni Basketball Tournament, which he used as a fundraiser for the Rochester Quarterback Club. In his honor, the Quarterbacks have renamed the event The Alex J Scassa Jr Basketball Tournament. Alex coached Little League and Pony League teams in Rochester for several years and was the public address announcer at Rochester High School boys’ basketball games. The Rochester Quarterback Club named him Fan of the Year in 1998. But he was active in other communities, as well: when the Beaver County Pony League was having trouble organizing in the late 1990s, they called Alex for guidance. Alex also coached the Freedom Legion baseball team and raised funds for several All Star teams to play in prestigious tournaments, which helped secure scholarships for several players. Overall, Alex coached baseball for 25 years. He is the son of Alex Scassa Sr.