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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Tom Stith

(Born January 21, 1939) -- St. Bonaventure has had all sorts of great basketball players over the years. Two of the best were a brother act from Brooklyn.

Tom Stith and older brother Sam certainly were a dynamic duo in Olean. Sam was an all-around player who could play defense and score as well. Tom, meanwhile, was the one who collected attention. That happens to scorers.

Tom was named an All-American in 1960 and 1961. He scored more than 2,000 points in three years of varsity play. As a junior, he averaged 31 points per game.

All of that caught the eye of the New York Knicks. He went second in the NBA draft, right behind Walt Bellamy. Stith broke in to the NBA but only played a couple of seasons due to tuberculosis.

Still, the Stith name is remembered fondly. He’s a member of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. Stith died in 2010.

--- Budd Bailey

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