Carmen F. Vecchio ’79 – Class of 1994
The shortstop had a host of options when he graduated from Liverpool High School, but he chose to stay close to home. Four years and 163 games later, he was a left – fielder; a member of the McDonald’s All- America Team; and a professional. He had clearly advanced to another level, and so had Le Moyne baseball.
His coach recalls a single game in his junior year that marked the upward transition for both the young man and his team. The Dolphins, then still competing at the Division II level, had managed to schedule a game with North Carolina, an Atlantic Coast Conference powerhouse on its way to a national championship.
The final score was 9-7. The upstarts from Syracuse were on top, thanks to a clutch, base – clearing triple from their hometown star. The seeds for the Dolphins eventual transition to the NCAA’s top division had been planted. The team realized that Northern guys, who had to practice inside half of the year, could compete at that level.
The “Triple That Made The Difference” was just one of 192 hits, including 32 doubles, nine triples and seven home runs that this hometown talent knocked out for Le Moyne over four years, enough for a .352 average, 136 runs scored and 104 RBI.
During his tenure on the Heights, the Dolphins won 169 games while losing only 53 and earned NCAA bids each year, twice advancing to the College World Series.
In victory or defeat, in blowout or squeaker, this hometown talent was a steady, calming influence on each of these squads. A man of few words, teammates understood that when he spoke, it was wise to listen. What he contributed with his bat and glove was matched by his contributions of poise and polish.
Central New York recruits have long played a key role in Le Moyne athletics, but no native of the Salt City area had made a more significant contribution to the growth and development of baseball on the Heights than this hometown talent.
A man whose ability to deliver in the clutch marked Le Moyne’s ascendance to national baseball prominence, Carmen F. Vecchio ’79 is inducted into the Le Moyne College Athletic Hall of Fame.
February 5, 1994