2014 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
Joe Pulsonetti grew up in Richmond Hill, Queens NY where he attended PS108 and J.H.S 226. In 1985, Joe entered Msgr. McClancy High School where he excelled in the classroom as well as on the baseball field. His grades earned him a place on the honor roll and he was named as a member of the National Honor Society. Joe started all four years in centerfield for the baseball team, three of them on varsity level. In his Junior and Senior years, he received such awards as Newsday All-city Team, Daily News All-city team. He also received the Jackie Robinson Award which was given at Shea Stadium, and was named Newsday Student Athlete of the month. In his senior year, he was a CHSAA All Star where he played at Yankee Stadium.
Upon graduating, Joe received the Msgr. McClancy Student-Athlete Award; given to an athlete who excels in both the classroom and athletics. After graduating from McClancy, Joe then went on to attend St. John’s University on a full baseball scholarship. As a freshman he led the team in stolen bases. His breakout year was his junior year where he batted .420, was named to the All Big East Team and went on to receive St. John’s University baseball teams MVP. He also played in the Cape Cod League for the Hyannis Mets.
Presently, Joe resides in Wantagh, NY where he still plays in the Men’s Baseball league and coaches a Girls Softball Team.
He is married to his wife Linda and has two daughters Gianna and Gabriella.
Joe would like to say he is thankful to the late Brother James O’Grady who accepted him to McClancy.
Joe feels humbled and honored to be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.