Alario father-son duo named to Northwestern State’s N-Club HOF

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Terry Alario Sr and Jr

Earlier this month Northwestern State University announced its 2020 Class of the N-Club Hall of Fame.  Included in this honored group are Terry Alario Sr. and his son Terry Alario Jr., who are originally from the New Orleans area. In the induction ceremony scheduled for October 17 at the university, they will be bestowed the N-Club’s Distinguished Service Award.

The pair is the first father-son combo to have lettered in baseball at NSU. Both were members of conference championship teams for the Demons.

Northwestern State’s 2020 Hall of Fame press notice stated, “The Alario pair has been ardent NSU athletic supporters, notably creating the Alario 22 Scholarship for the university’s baseball program, while continuing to lend financial support and actively promoting Demon athletics throughout the state. Both Alarios wore jersey number 22 during their Demon playing days.”

Terry Sr. was a pitcher for the Demons from 1966 to 1969 and was named captain during his senior year. He was a member of NSU’s 1967 Gulf South Conference championship team that made the school’s first appearance in an NCAA Regional. Prior to attending NSU, he was a rare four-sport letterman at West Jefferson High School.

The elder Alario was selected to the 4-AAA District All-Star team for both baseball and football during his senior season. He was also named to the district’s All-Star second team for basketball and participated on a relay team in the state track and field meet. He is remembered for being involved in numerous classic pitching matchups against East Jefferson’s Barry Raziano (an eventual major leaguer) in both prep and American Legion competition. Alario fondly remembers one of the Legion games in which he pitched a no-hitter at Mel Ott Park.

Terry Jr. attended John Curtis Christian High School, where he was an All-District catcher on the 1990 state prep championship team. His American Legion team was also a Southeast Louisiana title winner. He lettered at NSU in 1993 and 1994, when NSU won the Southland Conference championships in back-to-back seasons.

Terry Sr. said about the Hall of Fame honor, “My son and I were overwhelmed when we were first notified about the Hall of Fame election earlier this month. Normally, those types of honors go to athletes who produced impressive stats during their college careers. We didn’t have those, but we were both good teammates on some championship teams; and we continue to have great love for the university.”

To view an extensive list of New Orleans area high school players who went on to play collegiately and professionally, click here.

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Richard Cuicchi

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Richard Cuicchi, Founder of the Metro New Orleans Area Baseball Player Database and a New Orleans area baseball historian, maintains website. He also authored the book, Family Ties: A Comprehensive Collection of Facts and Trivia About Baseball’s Relatives. He has contributed to numerous SABR-sponsored Bio Project and Games Project books.

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