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Marlo Termini

Induction Year: 2001 Sport: Basketball & Softball

Even in the 1940’s when 6’5” high school basketball players were considered giants, Marlo Termini was still classified as a “mighty mite.” Thus thus it was understandable why the 5’2” Holy Name High School junior guard captured the imagination of Cleveland sports fans when he led his team to its first-ever city cage championship with a 39-32 victory over Collinwood at Public Hall in 1944. The tiny co-captain was both the team’s brainy floor general and scoring leader at 11.4 ppg. and was named the All-Senate team. He seemed to be on track for a spectacular senior season, but there was a war on, and he spent that season in the army instead. After his release, he enrolled at the University of Dayton and became an immensely popular player in the Flyers’ strong cage program, before he left to join a Detroit semi-pro team. Later he turned his considerable talents to fast-pitch softball, at a time when Cleveland was hotbed of the sport. He starred for several championship clubs and, as a center fielder and speedy lead-off hitter, earned a reputation as one of the best ever to play the game here. In a 14-year career he never played on a losing club and was a key player on the 1957 General Teamsters team that became the first squad to represent the city in the national championships in 30 years. Still a topnotch player in the senior slowpitch ranks at 75, he lives in Valley View.