Though he is in two other halls of fame for his prowess as an athlete, Al Francesconi was voted into the Summit County Sports Hall of Fame because of his skill as a basketball and football official. He refereed 27 years of high school and college basketball and 38 years of football, retiring from the latter sport in 1988. Ten times Francesconi officiated the Thanksgiving Day City Series football championship game. He also worked the 1976 Ohio Conference football championship and the 1983 Ohio high school football playoffs. Francesconi was an All-City basketball player at Buchtel High in Akron. He was a football and basketball standout at John Carroll University, inducted into the school’s sports hall of fame in 1989 for his years with the powerful Smith Sheriff’s in the Akron Class A League.