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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Larry Fogle

   (Born March 19, 1953): Larry Fogle could put a basketball in the basket. In fact, he could do it better than anyone else in the country at one point in his life.

     The 6-foot-5 forward led the nation in scoring with an average of 33.4 points per game when he played for Canisius in 1973-74. He was a second-team All-American with the Golden Griffins that season, the only Canisius player so honored.

     Fogle was born in Brooklyn but played highschool basketball in Detroit. He had 73 points in one game as a senior, and was named Michigan's best player. From there he went to Southwestern Louisiana, which had so many violations (academic fraud, recruiting issues, cash payments) that the program wasn't allowed to play for two years. He averaged almost 15 points per game with the Ragin' Cajuns.

     Fogle transferred to Canisius, and played after sitting for a year. He stayed another year with the Golden Griffins, and was drafted in the second round by the New York Knicks.

     Fogle played two games for the Knicks in 1975-76, scoring a total of two points. The forward bounced around some minor leagues for a while, including some time as a member of the Rochester Zeniths of the Continental Basketball Association in 1978-79.

--- Budd Bailey

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