The American who revolutionized basketball for Pilar
Alfred Barnes was an alien who had come to the initial National Biscuit Association to be a San Anders idol, even in the early 1990s he moved to Pilar to revolutionize the city.
He was already nationalized under his mother’s name (so as not to lose his rank as an American) and reached the Avenida Marquez as Alfred Starling.
Since it descended, it has been an instant attraction to the entire community and its surroundings. He was the first African American to play basketball in Pilar.
Called by Hernn Laginestra (former player and today DT of the National League), Rojo’s then president, Omar Asturiano, recalls. Alfred was signed with San Anders in the National League, but they didn’t take him into account. That is why the initiative to search for it arose
This would be one of the great successes to start deciding which team in less than five years will arrive at the TNA Championship.
Foreigners cannot play in the county, but at Saint Andrew’s request, Starling implemented the nationalization measures. That is why he can defend those on the street.
People went to see him in training courses, he immediately won everyone’s affection, and Asturiano stands out from his diary. And Alfredo was one of them. The former manager added that he ate and stayed in the club all day.
It was also a revolution in education that it promoted for the sub-standard. He did not become a young coach, but he was always around the club and lent a hand. He was one of the collaborators who generously provided his knowledge of the sport.
I remember teaching English to Attilio (Fracinelli). I told him that in the United States, if you didn’t study you wouldn’t be able to play, as he noticed as an anecdote that he drew Starling completely. He said the motivation in the small teams, in the boys, was amazing.
It also merged with the people of the city. We celebrate 40 years at the club with a party and gifts. Asturiano highlights that he was an excellent person.
Inside the court
In addition to the off-pitch noise, the inside of the rectangle scored a little too. In addition to having come to Pilar to play a friendly match before, his first match with the red jacket left another anecdote.
When we make his first match for the first time, he just broke his hand and he couldn’t be in full swing. Asturiano remembers playing with a bandaged hand.
Furthermore as a basketball player who played in League A, he played Sarmiento League, Territory, and has never set conditions. Omar remembers it was a revolution.
It was a regional event. He recalled that we went to Cowillas and people from the clubs had gathered there to watch him play with Alfredo.
As a person he was an extraordinary person. Like a basketball worker. He stressed that because he could have been a player who came with the latter, to save him, he was already a veteran.
Other foreigners have passed through Sportivo, but nobody is like Alfredito. Nothing is equal. Excellent person, concluded the captain.
Starling is finally back in the United States, where she resides with her daughters and currently works in security at a school in New Jersey.
In the company
Alfredo did not want a peso before signing the pass to Sportivo. After completing all the papers, he asked to return to his apartment in Ballester and there he got his first income from Rojo. The first thing to do is go out to the neighborhood grocery store to pay the bills. He could have come to Pilar and disappear. Asturiano noted that this position shows what Alfredo was.
Alfred Starling was part of the Golden Age of Sportivo. District Champion 1991, National League 1992/93 and appears in TNA’s red seasons (1993-1994 and 1994-1995).