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R.I.P. Mel Utley 2 weeks 5 days ago #358626

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Before my time. In those days, post college players would either play in the LI Press league (where the McIntyres tore it up), the Eastern League (a semi pro league), and Brooklyn Queens CYO unlimited division. Mel played CYO for St. Mary's Star of the Sea in Far Rockaway, and I saw him play in our parish gym. If I'm not mistaken Sonny Dove also played in that league.

R.I.P. Mel had a stellar career at SJU, and was the prototypical NYC kid who stayed home and made St. John's a tough out for anyone.
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R.I.P. Mel Utley 2 weeks 5 days ago #358627

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Very sad news about the passing of Mel Utley. A good man has left us far too soon.
I had the opportunity to meet him this past Spring when he was inducted into "The Basketball Old Timer's Hall of Fame" at their annual dinner in Brooklyn. His acceptance speech was warm & his sincerity admirable as he thanked the St. John's community in attendance. He was a joy to watch as a player at Far Rockaway H.S. of the PSAL & in his years at St. John's. My prayers go out to his family.
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R.I.P. Mel Utley 2 weeks 4 days ago #358695

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R.I.P. Mel Utley 2 weeks 3 days ago #358804

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At school when I was there and the win against Providence in the NIT was commemorated on the back page of the Daily News. Saved it since I was on it with arms raised
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R.I.P. Mel Utley 1 week 6 days ago #359153

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Here is a photo I took of him at a game this past year with Billy Schaeffer
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R.I.P. Mel Utley 1 week 2 days ago #359371

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NYCRedmen wrote: Here is a photo I took of him at a game this past year with Billy Schaeffer

Thanks, NYCRedmen, for another great photo: two of my favorite Redmen; both terrific individuals on and off the court.

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