June 24 – Happy Birthday Tim McKnight

timmymck.photoI clearly remember watching him race downfield up at Lynch Stadium and then stretching or leaping for a Buddy Flesh spiral thrown in his direction. Tim McKnight was an absolutely splendid split end for some of the first Amsterdam Rugged Ram football teams coached by the late Gene White. In his senior season during the fall of 1968, he caught 25 of Flesh’s passes for over 550 yards and finished near the top of the old Class A League scoring column with eight touchdown receptions. He wasn’t physically big, weighing maybe 150 pounds tops in full pads but he was tough, quick, had great hands and was never afraid to take a hit if it meant making a catch. A great all-around athlete, he was also a very good long- jumper for Prof Cionek’s AHS Track squad and he was fast enough to anchor the Running Rams’ 880 yard relay team.

McKnight was born on June 24, 1951, the son of Ed and Vivian McKnight and grew up with his two brothers, Butchie and Mike, on Amsterdam’s Elias Street. His parents were instrumental in helping the Little Giants football league sustain itself because they graciously ran the concession stand during all the years their three boys played in that program. After graduating from High School, Tim went to the University of Vermont and became a social studies teacher. In fact, he became one of the most popular social studies teachers in the history of the Lynch Middle School, highly respected and well-liked by both his students and coworkers. Some that I’ve spoken to said it was because he absolutely…

(Tim shares his June 24 birthday with this former National Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.)

My complete birthday post for Tim McKnight will appear in the new second edition of A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam, NY Birthdays, which will be available before the 2016 Holiday season. On June 30, 2016, I will also once again begin distributing an Amsterdam, NY Birthday Blog Monthly Newsletter that will include the full birthday posts for three of the twenty-to-thirty  people whose birthdays I will recognize each month. Each newsletter will also include an Amsterdam Birthday Quiz that will test your knowledge and memory of people and events in your hometown.

The next issue of the Amsterdam NY Birthday Blog Newsletter will be e-mailed to all current subscribers next week. You’re not going to want to miss it so make sure you join the Newsletter’s mailing list here. Your address will not be used for any other reason than sending you the newsletter each month.

2 thoughts on “June 24 – Happy Birthday Tim McKnight

  1. Tim held the school record for the long jump for many years. I bet he still holds it. His leap in 1969 was 22″9″, which is good even for college jumpers.

    He did not do the triple jump. Our junior year the triple jumper was Tony Dargush and senior year it was Melvin Bradwell.


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