Leo Canale
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6'0" 190 lbs Guard/Forward
HS: Watertown Watertown, NY
Born:  
Season Stats
Season Cl Pos G GS FG FGA % FT FTA % Fls DQ Pts PPG
1939-40 So G/F 3 0 1     0         2 0.7
Career    
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Leo Canale was an outstanding athlete at Syracuse, who played one season for the basketball team. Canale would play halfback for the football team, lettering three times, and scoring the game winning touchdown against Colgate in 1939 [1].

Canale was an oustanding tennis player, lettering in tennis three times, and was considered the top player on the tennis team for two seasons. He also was the Northern New York Men's Single Champion for two years. At one time he was also the Northern New York breastroke swimming champion.

Canale would play only three games for the Syracuse basketball team, scoring one basket during his sophomore season. However, his play was pivotal in determing the outcome of the Army game. The game was tied as regulation expired, and Canale had a chance to win it with a free throw. He unfortunately did not make the free throw, and the Orangemen lost in overtime.

Canale was a sergeant in World War II, serving for a tank destroyer unit in the Army. He would be wounded and earned a Purple Heart.

Canale would become the athletic director and coach at Gouverneur Central School starting in 1946, and served in that position for many years.

©RLYoung 2013

[1] Watertown Daily Times, June 22, 2009