Dec. 5, 2012
Marc Brown, Kenny Hasbrouck, and Billy Harrell are getting some company in the rafters of the Times Union Center. Siena announced today that Fred Shear `73 will be joining the trio as one of now only four former Siena players to receive the honor of having their number retired. Shear will be honored at halftime of the Saints game against LaSalle on December 29th at the Times Union Center.
We had the chance to interview Fred about his career and his feelings on receiving this high honor from Siena. Here is our exclusive interview with Fred.
4GIB: Tell us a bit about your childhood, where you developed your basketball roots. and who you looked up to.
Fred: "Like all kids in Waterford, growing up you played in both the St. Mary's CYO league and the Saturday morning Waterford Youth Council league. Everyone was Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell and Wilt. I was not very good in those days. However, my father found a pole, made a wooden backboard, welded together a rim, and blacktopped an area in our backyard. At night we would put spotlights on top of the garbage cans to "light things up". I think we had patient neighbors. Once I graduated from our backyard, my brother Jim, who also played at Waterford, took over the backyard court. I was a much better baseball player and really never thought about playing basketball in high school. We had our own neighborhood "sandlot" and played baseball every day. After 4 years of varsity baseball, I was offered to play in the Cape Cod League."