The 2020 Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame Dinner has been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. All applicants for 2020 will be considered for the class of 2021 inductions dinner and new applications will be accepted till June 30th 2021.



Mazza was born in Niagara Falls in 1923 and passed away in 2003. He graduated from Trott Vocational High School where he was outstanding in basketball and football. He was recruited by Canisus College and played football and basketball from 1943 to 1945. He then went on to play for the independent professional basketball team in Merritton , a town near Thorold Ontario, from 1944 to 1945. Matt then moved to Michigan State to go to school where he was outstanding in both football and basketball. 

After MSU , he played for various amateur and professional outfits in upstate NY. Mazza had a tryout for the NBA’s Syracuse Nationals of 1949, but did not make the team. He signed with the Sheboygan Redskins of the NBA on November 8, 1949. After a 24 games with the Skins he returned to his hometown of Niagara Falls, New York, playing and coaching in the Falls and the surrounding area. 

Mazza became the freshman basketball coach at the University of Buffalo from 1953
to 1956 He taught and coached the varsity basketball teams at his alma mater Trott
Vocational from 1956 to 1962 and then went on to rival LaSalle High Scool till his retirement. He migrated to Florida during his golden years becoming a highly rated baseball umpire and basketball official. 

Matt was married to Joan Ferro (1921-1975). They had 3 children, Jessica, Carol and Matt Jr.(deceased).

Pictured are NFSHOF members;
Coach Paul Smith (2007), Coach Bill Bradshaw (2008), Sean O’Leary (2014) and Jack Weber (2018)
Other NFSHOF inductees or friends and families of inductees are encouraged to sent in past photos that contain NFSHOF inductees. Please sent to or mail to:

Joe Rizzo
4705 Stacey Dr.
Lewiston, N14092


Joe Rizzo Elected NFSHOF President

Joe Rizzo has been elected as the new President of the Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame, filling the position left vacant after the passing of Tony Quaranto in October of 2019. Joe Rizzo was inducted into the NFSHOF in 2006 after a long and distinguished career as an athlete, football/wrestling/baseball coach and wrestling official. Joe will continue his position as Bylaws Interpreter for the Board. 

In Memoriam for NFSHOF President

Tony Quaranto

Niagara Falls lost one of it's most dedicated citizens yesterday in Tony Quaranto. Tony was the President of the Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame, former Niagara Falls Councilman, County Legislator Chairman and a man who always put out a hand in friendship. Tony will be missed by family, friends and by the countless people who he had affected their lives.

2019 Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

Saturday, October 19th, Como Restaurant


Art Calandrelli Stadium Dedication

The Art Calandrelli Stadium dedication ceremony held October 4th and 5th was a great success and moving two days. Ellen Latham, daughter of Art and Rose Calandrelli and co-founder of the Orange Theory Fitness Centers, donated $150,000 to Niagara Falls high school for the stadium dedication and $5,000 scholarships to be awarded each April to a football and track participant. NF Hall of Fame inductees Roger Hailey (2016) and Joe Rizzo (2006) were among the individuals chosen to share memories from their playing and coaching years with Art Calandrelli.

2019 Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame Class Announced

Randy Burns
Jerry Fabiano
Marty Felice ( deceased)
Susan (O’Callaghan) Hefferon
James (Mike) Niland (deceased)
James Portese
Paul A. Quarantillo
George Salimbene
Rick Sweeney Sr.

Pep DiRamio Service Award:
John Loss

The new class will be enshrined during the Induction dinner at 6 PM at the Como Restaurant on Oct. 19th. For ticket information contact Mitch Adamshick (773-4743) or Tony Quaranto (285-3267).



NFSHOF Board of Directors:
Seated: Paul Smith (Srgt of Arms), Joe Rizzo (Public Relations Mgr, Bylaws Interpreter), Tony Quaranto (President), Frank Previte Jr., Chuck Ogrodowski, Pete Eodice (Treasurer), 
Standing:  Billy Clingersmith, Mitch Adamshick (Secretary), John Goodfellow, Joe Colosi, Dan Bazzani (Vice President), Bill Ross and Frank Colucci. 
Missing: Pete Marra.

The Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame honors members of the community who have contributed to the community through their sports activities as athletes, coaches, managers, organizers, sponsors and volunteers.

The Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame, previously known as The Old Timers Sports Hall of Fame has been in existence since 1968. Over the past 45 years The Hall has honored 258 members of the Niagara Falls community that have contributed in some way to the field of athletics.

The Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame elects members into the Hall once a year. A person may be nominated for the Hall, but he must be elected into the Hall - a nomination does not guarantee induction into the Hall.

  • Harold Quinn and Pep DiRamio founded this organization in 1968. Eligible recipients must be 55 years of age or older to be considered for induction.
  • In 1975, the Pep DiRamio Award was established to recognize a member of the committee for special efforts in the success of our program.
  • In 1997, the Memorial Award was established to recognize the deceased individuals who were never selected.
  • In 1991, John Laurendi and Tony Quaranto reorganized the Hall after it had been discontinued.
  • The Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame meets the second Wednesday of every month.