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James "Sid" Laria

Sid Laria was a successful athlete. He was a three-sport star at South High in Akron. He lettered three years in football at Baldwin-Wallace College, earning all-conference honors in 952 and 1953. He was named to the Summit County Baseball Hall of Fame. He was successful assistant football coach at South High, Revere High, St. Mary's High and at The University of Akron. He was best known as the referee, umpire and official, calling games for 27 years. But his legacy is the mark he left in his work with young people - as a coach, official and security officer for the Summit County Juvenile Court. After his death in 1982 at age 51, the Beacon Journal wrote in an editorial about Laria: "His death...is a grievous blow not merely to those in or familiar with the juvenile court system who knew that Sid Laria was a very special person, but to a legion of future kids-in-trouble who won't even know he existed but would have profited from his help if he had lived longer. There is no way that he could be replaced.

Inducted 1991 | Coach