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Jan 20, 2018
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Department of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation: Hall of Fame

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Glenn Kinns 

Class of 1949, Basketball and Baseball

Glenn Kinns was a basketball and baseball player at BH-BL High School. In Basketball, Glenn was chosen to represent the school in the north versus south game at Convention Hall in Saratoga Springs, where he accounted for most of the points for his team. He was a member of the 1948 and 1949 championship baseball teams, and his 1948 team was inducted into the BH-BL Hall of Fame in 2014. Glenn also was a goalie on the soccer team for two years, and a member of the National Honor Society. He was given the Outstanding Athlete Award and the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award as a senior.

Glenn entered Union College in the fall of 1949 and was a member of the undefeated freshmen basketball team, a feat that hadn’t happened since 1932. That year, he was the leading scorer for the team. He was moved up to the varsity level as a sophomore and competed at this level until his graduation in 1953. During his final season, he had a 17.8 scoring average per game. In his junior year, he topped all other players on the team with 279 points in 18 games, and as a sophomore he scored 130 points during the season. Coach Pete Nistad said that Glenn “was the best shot he ever coached.” Glenn scored 35 points on February 26, 1953, in a game against Hamilton College, which was a new individual single game record for Union College. It was broken in 1971 by James Tedisco, who scored 38 points at Williams College. Glenn was on the dean’s list at Union, and was a member of the Pre-Medical Society and the Block U Society.

Glenn went on to the Albany Medical School and graduated in May, 1958 after an internship at Ellis Hospital. He married Joan Fawthrop of Clifton Park on November 1, 1958. In 1960, Dr. Kinns opened an office at Whitbeck Drive for the practice of General Medicine. He was the physician for the BH-BL School District for 28 years, and was active in many sports programs. In 1985, he received the Physician’s Recognition Award from the American Medical Association.

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