Joe Altobelli's name is synonymous with baseball in Rochester. "Alto" spent 10 seasons as a Red Wings player and manager, and in 1996, retired after five years in the club's front office (three as G.M. and two as assistant to the president). He provided color commentary on Wings radio broadcasts from 1998 through 2008.
From 1963-66, Altobelli played first base and the outfield, slamming 47 home runs and knocking in 160 runs. He returned to manage the club in 1971, and in six seasons won 502 games, two Governors' Cups and the 1971 Junior World Series. Altobelli went on to become a two-time Manager of the Year in the Major Leagues with the Giants and Orioles, guiding the 1983 O's to the World Championship.
His uniform number 26 is the only player's number to be retired in Red Wings history (and one of just three retired numbers in club history).