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Frank Samele

Class of 1944

Frank is a member of the Hall of Fame. His citation appears below:

Frank Samele came in a long line of Connecticut basketball stars to remote Washington College on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

He was a starter in the cage sport in his first year on the Chestertown campus, anchoring a forward position. His standout play over a three-year period earned All-Maryland honors.

The 1942-43 team, on which he was the leading scorer, won the Mason-Dixon Conference regular season title with an unbeaten league record. World War II, however, devastated that fine squad by the season’s end most of the team was in the military service.

Samele returned after the war to play one season of basketball under Henry Carrington in 1946-47. He was an outstanding shooter, possessing a deadly two-hand-set shot.

During his collegiate career he was also a fine baseball player, performing behind the plate and also in the outfield.

He was a member of the Varsity Club and Theta Chi fraternity.

After college he returned to his hometown of Torrington, Connecticut.