Daniel is a member of the Hall of Fame. His citation appears below:
Daniel W. Samele scored 1,315 points in three outstanding basketball seasons.
Possessing a deadly two-handed set shot, a nifty left-handed hook, a soft one-hander and a craft drive, Danny Samele was voted All-Maryland, All Mason-Dixon Conference and MVP in the Mason-Dixon tournament his senior year (1952-53), one in which he was captain and averaged 22.8 points per game.
On January 13, 1953 away at West Chester State Teachers he hit 16 field goals, and nine of 11 free throws for 41 points, breaking Nick Scallion’s Shore mark, before fouling out with three minutes remaining in the contest. The Pennsylvania fans gave Samele a five-minute standing ovation. Coach Edward L. Athey said, ” In all my years of coaching, I have never witnessed such a tribute to an opposing player.”
A transfer from New Britain Teacher’s College in Connecticut, Dan Samele followed his brother, Frank, to Washington College. Both are now Hall of Fame members.
Dan Samele was also an outstanding shortstop in baseball, usually batting third in the line-up for Tom Kibler’s winning teams of 1952 and 1953.