Hall of Fame Room Named in Memory of Baseball Great

Photo: Steven R. Smith

Members of the Altieri and Granito families in front of the new room.

Peter M. Altieri ’62 was captain of the baseball team and led Montclair State University to one of its finest seasons in 1961, boasting a 15-3 record. His many achievements included a .467 batting average during the 1961 season and a 26-game hitting streak in 1962, both University records that stand today.

Altieri was honored this spring when the remodeled Athletic Hall of Fame Room was named in his memory.

The Hall of Fame Room is located in the recently renovated Panzer Athletic Center and was made possible by the generous donation of Betty Altieri Granito ’55 and Frank H. Granito, Jr., Peter Altieri’s brother-in-law. Thirty-one Montclair State Hall of Fame alumni attended the April 16 dedication ceremony, along with members of the Altieri and Granito families and their guests.

“We are very proud of our past and current athletes at Montclair State and especially those athletes who are commemorated in the Hall of Fame,” said Holly Gera, director of Athletics. “We are grateful to the donors, whose generosity made this room a reality.”

Altieri was twice named first-team All-Conference and twice received the Most Valuable Player Award. In 1962 he received the MAC Outstanding Senior Award and the Charles P. Turek Award for dedication to the sport. He was inducted into Montclair State’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978.

After graduating from Montclair State, Altieri went earned master’s degree from Arizona State University, and served as principal at Cortez High School in Phoenix before being named district administrator of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics for the Glendale Union High School District in Glendale, Arizona. In 1983, he was awarded Athletic Director of the Year by the Arizona Interscholastic Athletics Administrators Association.