Patrick “Tiger” Denoy

Category
2011
About This Inductee

Patrick was a 1954 graduate of Shickshinny High School. While at Shickshinny, he played four years of varsity baseball and two years of varsity basketball. After graduation, he attended Bloomsburg State Teachers College, playing four years of varsity baseball and only committing two errors in 184 chances. After graduation from Bloomsburg, he taught Social Studies at Northumberland High School for nine years. He later taught three years at Benton High School and 11 years for the Luzerne Intermediate Unit in Wilkes-Barre. Pat was a basketball official with the P.I.A.A. for 32 years, working approximately 120 district and state playoff games, including semi-finals and finals for the P.I.A.A. He was also a member of the Collegiate Basketball Officials Association and I.A.A.B.O., where he worked many junior college and collegiate games. At the age of 24, Pat was selected by the Harry Rudolph, president of the Eastern Professional Basketball Association, to officiate in the E.B.A. During his 14 year span with the EBA, Pat officiated many playoffs and finals, along with working five All-Star games. At the age of 32, he was chosen to officiate in the American Basketball Association. He worked full time for two years in the A.B.A., working numerous playoff games along with the finals each year. He later returned to the E.B.A. and in 1984 retired from officiating due to burnout. Pat also officiated F.I.B.A. basketball for five summers in Puerto Rico where he once again was selected to work many playoffs and finals. During his professional career he also worked in the Sonny Hill League and the Baker League in Philadelphia. His baseball umpiring career started with his graduation from the George Barr Umpire School in 1962 at West Palm Beach, Florida. He was chosen to work that same summer in the Class D Western Carolina League. Pat umpired professional baseball for approximately 14 years. Pat is currently residing in Mocanaqua area.