Posted by: Chris Kretz | March 5, 2009

Looking Back: Joe Maniaci (’70) and the Life of a Basketball Player

Joe Maniaci, Dowling class of 1970

Joe Maniaci, Dowling class of 1970

When Joe Maniaci transferred to Dowling (then Adelphi Suffolk) in 1967, basketball was already in his blood. He had played high school ball in New York City with Lew Alcindor (aka Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). In these excerpts from an oral history conducted in January of 2009, Joe recounts how he wound up playing at Dowling, his memories of the school and most importantly, of the Dowling Golden Lions basketball teams of the late sixties. Joe was kind enough to supply us with a few photos from the 68-69 season. And thanks to Kevin McGrath (’70) for help with some of the identifications. If you recognize any player, please let us know.

Ed Ehman, Joe Maniaici, and Willy Penn.

Ed Ehman, Joe Maniaici, and Willy Penn. Photo courtesy of Joe Maniaci.

Experimental game with the Wantagh Pacers. Bob Drzal behind Pacers #14. Photo courtesy of Joe Maniaci.

And while we don’t have the official Basketball Program for 1968-69 (anyone out there know if there even was one?), we do have the 1969-70 Program in which everything is looking forward to building on the team’s success in the past year.

Dowling Basketball Program 1969-70

Dowling Basketball Program 1969-70. Click for slideshow of more Dowling basketball images.

The success of the 1969-70 basketball season is a story we’ll leave for later in the blog. For now you can view a slideshow of all of our Flickr images on the basketball team to date.

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