Just inside the doors of The Rochester Community Center you'll find one of the best collections of sports history that The Lilac City has to offer.

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This collection features many uniforms and trophies of days gone by and truly highlights the importance of sports as part of the culture of Rochester in the middle part of last century.

This article from the Foster's has a nice feature on Roy Allain, the owner of Allain's Jewelry in Rochester, as he was instrumental in founding many successful semi-professional teams that competed both in NH as well as nationally.

Courtesy Rochester Elks Sports Hall of Fame

And there's my Grandfather! Yes, sports fans, the 6'4" starting center for Allain's Jewelry was none other than Gerald 'Gramp' Gilman.

My favorite story he told from those days was how they competed against a barnstorming women's team called 'The Texas Cowgirls'.

There was a pre-arranged play in which he had to defend their 3'11" point guard and she ran between his legs and made an undefended lay up as he stood there pretending to be dumbfounded as the crowd roared,

The next time you're at The Rochester Community Center, take a look at this display and maybe you'll see someone you recognize!

It's the first window to the right and it doesn't cost one penny to check it all out!