Baseball & Basketball
Ray Keane, longtime Woodside resident, was the first star to shine for the Crusaders on the basketball court. Playing on the first teams in the school’s history, Ray captained the Crusaders while averaging over twenty points per game. Ray was also a star in the highly respected Y.M.C.A. leagues of the late fifties and early sixties. In 1959, he led his team to a league title while being named team M.V.P. Ray did not limit his talents to the hardwood at McClancy. He also played shortstop for some of the Crusaders’ early baseball teams.
After graduation, Ray worked as a compound chemist for International Flavors and Fragrances, and subsequently moved on to work for the Metropolitan Transit Authority until his retirement in 1992. He presently resides in Manhattan with his wife, Bea, who is his biggest fan.
Although Ray is very proud of his illustrious basketball career in his youth, his greatest achievements to date are his two grandsons, Michael and Nicholas, who are both trying to follow in his large footsteps.