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Julius Thomas Already Cracks Top Ten Among Ex-College Hoopster Tight Ends

If you need any more vivid examples to prove who are the best team-sport athletes in the world, check out Julius Thomas on the list of premier tight ends in the NFL. A striking number of the elite players at that rigorous position are former college basketball players. In the past, what kind of "picks" do you think imposing Mike Ditka (Pittsburgh) and John Mackey (Syracuse) set back in the day before the Big East Conference was formed? Wouldn't you love to see LeBron James maneuver down the field like Charles Atlas the same way he does when driving down the lane?

Although ex-California hoopster Tony Gonzalez failed to reach the 2013 postseason with the Atlanta Falcons in his quest to finally win a playoff game, succeeding in the NFL remains a "Battle of the Titans" at the TE position. Former hoopsters Antonio Gates (Kent State) and Jimmy Graham (Miami, Fla.) spark the San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints, respectively. Coming on strong at the same position is fellow ex-college hoopster Thomas, a relatively obscure player for the Denver Broncos until exploding on the scene last season as their runner-up in touchdowns with 12 and contributing a team-high eight pass receptions in an AFC title-game victory against the New England Patriots.

Thomas, an All-Big Sky Conference hoopster with Portland State, flashed potential as the next game-changing tight end when he caught nine touchdown passes in the Broncos' first five games this season. A 74-yard TD strike to Thomas at San Diego in mid-season last year illustrated that QB Peyton Manning intends to capitalize on Thomas' athleticism the same way he did ex-hoopster Marcus Pollard (Bradley) with the Indianapolis Colts. Pollard, a J.C. transfer who was the Braves' leading rebounder in 1992-93, caught at least three touchdown passes each of Manning's first seven NFL seasons from 1998 through 2004.

Ditka has a quality successor as an ex-hoopster tight end with the Bears in Martellus Bennett (Texas A&M). Thomas, Bennett and Jordan Cameron of the Cleveland Browns should keep moving up the following list of Top 25 NFL tight ends who were former college basketball players:

Rank Former College Hoopster Alma Mater Summary of NFL Tight End Career
1. Tony Gonzalez California First tight end in NFL history with 100 touchdowns completed his 17-year career in 2013 with 1,325 receptions for 15,127 yards and 111 TDs. He was 13-time Pro Bowl selection.
2. Antonio Gates Kent State Set an NFL single-season record with 13 TD receptions in 2004 en route to becoming San Diego Chargers' all-time leader for TD catches (87) and receptions (719) entering 2013 playoffs.
3. Mike Ditka Pittsburgh Five-time Pro Bowl selection caught 427 passes for 5,812 yards and 43 TDs in 12 seasons.
4. John Mackey Syracuse Hall of Famer caught 331 passes for 5,236 yards and 38 TDs in 10 seasons.
5. Jimmy Graham Miami (Fla.) Led New Orleans Saints in pass receptions in 2012 and 2013. Twice has had streaks of at least four games with more than 100 yards in pass receptions. After only four years, he ranked second all-time among New Orleans Saints' tight ends in receiving.
6. Todd Heap Arizona State Caught 467 passes for 5,492 yards and 41 TDs with the Baltimore Ravens from 2001 through 2010, leading them in receptions in 2002 with 68.
7. Ben Coates Livingstone (N.C.) Established NFL single-season record for most receptions by a TE with 96 in 1994.
8. Marcus Pollard Bradley Finished his 13-year career with 349 receptions for 4,280 yards and 40 TDs (long of 86 yards in 2001 midway through stint as starter for the Indianapolis Colts).
9. Pete Metzelaars Wabash (Ind.) Played in more games at TE than any player in NFL history when he retired. Led the Buffalo Bills with 68 receptions in 1993.
10. Julius Thomas Portland State Began 2014 campaign with a bang by catching three first-half TD passes in season opener from Peyton Manning en route to nine TDs in first five games for the Denver Broncos. Thomas was team runner-up with 12 TD receptions the previous year.
11. Joe Senser West Chester State (Pa.) Caught 165 passes for 1,822 yards and 16 TDs in four-year career with the Minnesota Vikings in early 1980s.
12. Andrew Glover Grambling State Caught at least one TD pass each of his 10 pro seasons from 1991 through 2000, finishing with 208 receptions for 2,478 yards and 24 TDs.
13. Rich McGeorge Elon (N.C.) Caught 175 passes for 2,370 yards and 13 TDs with the Green Bay Packers in nine years from 1970 through 1978.
14. Rickey Dudley Ohio State Scored 29 TDs in five seasons with the Oakland Raiders before hooking on with two other teams.
15. Derrick Ramsey Kentucky Caught 188 passes for 2,364 yards and 21 TDs with three different teams from 1978 to 1987.
16. Jordan Cameron BYU/Southern California Blossomed in third year with Cleveland Browns in 2013, catching 80 passes for 917 yards and seven TDs (three in game at Minnesota). He had three contests with at least nine receptions.
17. Reuben Gant Oklahoma State Caught 127 passes for 1,850 yards and 15 TDs with the Buffalo Bills in seven seasons from 1974 through 1980.
18. Bob Windsor Kentucky Caught 185 passes for 2,307 yards and 14 TDs with the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots in nine years from 1967 through 1975.
19. Keith McKeller Jacksonville State (Ala.) Caught 124 passes for 1,464 yards and 11 TDs with the Buffalo Bills in seven years from 1987 through 1993.
20. Martellus Bennett Texas A&M Caught 205 passes for 2,231 yards and 14 TDs with the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Chicago Bears in first six years from 2008 through 2013.
21. Greg Latta Morgan State (Md.) Caught 90 passes for 1,081 yards and seven TDs with the Chicago Bears in five years from 1975 through 1979.
22. Pat Richter Wisconsin Caught 99 passes for 1,315 yards and 14 TDs in nine seasons for the Washington Redskins after being their first-round pick in 1962.
23. Jeff King Virginia Tech Registered 93 receptions for 802 yards and seven TDs with the Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals in first seven years from 2006 through 2012.
24. Ulysses Norris Georgia Best season of seven-year career was in 1983 when he had seven TDs with the Detroit Lions.
T25. Dee Mackey East Texas State Caught 94 passes for 1,352 yards and eight TDs in six NFL/AFL seasons from 1960 through 1965.
T25. Al Dixon Iowa State Caught 84 passes for 1,248 yards and eight TDs with four different teams from 1977 through 1984.

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Gory: Elite Schools Play Lame Non-League Slates

By any measure, it was shortsighted of Indiana and Kentucky to let their "Clash of the Titans" rivalry expire a couple of years ago because of colossal coaching egos. Regrettably, the schedule neglect doesn't end there. It's obscene fans aren't able to enjoy the following potentially great natural non-league matchups between in-state power league members: Cincinnati/Ohio State, DePaul/Illinois, Georgetown/Maryland and Penn State/Villanova and Notre Dame/Purdue.

Misguided Memphis mentor Josh Pastner didn't see the benefit in continuing the Tigers' series with Tennessee. He'd rather just sit at home and beat up on out-of-state fodder. Do you think there is any connection between that misguided mindset and Pastner's pathetic record against opponents ranked in the Top 25?

Shortsighted Maryland, rather than coping with an exit fee lawsuit from the ACC, should have faced litigation from Terrapin fans because of woeful non-league home schedule the last several years probably costing them at-large berths in the NCAA playoffs. Shouldn't the overriding view be what's best for the fans, players and game in general? Instead, a striking number of schools should be criticized for their fiasco picking on an excessive number of patsies.

Two of the last three NCAA titlists - Kentucky and Louisville - oppose each other but should be embarrassed about their non-conference schedules leading up to their annual battle. Rather than insomnia-curing mismatches, how much more interest would there be in Wichita State opposing Kansas and Kansas State, Akron and Dayton against Cincinnati and Ohio State, Tulsa against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, Illinois State against DePaul and Illinois, Missouri against Missouri State and Saint Louis, plus Belmont against Tennessee and Vanderbilt? KU may have one of the nation's most rigorous non-league slates for a Top 20 team but the Jayhawks should still have an entertaining duel with the Shockers on the heels of their recent respective Final Four appearances. At some point, Self-serving needs to defer to what's best for the sport.

Isn't this supposed to be the era for putting an end to bullying? The hoop haughtiness of power schools denying fans stimulating non-league games isn't a new phenomenon. For instance, LSU avoided potentially attractive in-state assignments for decades by never opposing McNeese State's Joe Dumars, Tulane's Jerald Honeycutt, New Orleans' Ervin Johnson, Louisiana Tech's Karl Malone, Northeast Louisiana's Calvin Natt, Centenary's Robert Parish and Southwestern Louisiana's Bo Lamar and Andrew Toney. Similarly, North Carolina shunned Davidson first- and second-team All-Americans Stephen Curry, Mike Maloy and Dick Snyder during the regular season. The Tar Heels did defeat Davidson in exciting back-to-back East Regional finals by a total of six points in 1968 and 1969 when Maloy averaged 21.5 ppg and 13 rpg.

Don't we deserve to see national players of the year such as Indiana State's Larry Bird (never opposed Indiana), Navy's David Robinson (Georgetown and Maryland) and Bradley's Hersey Hawkins (Illinois) strut their stuff in regular-season contests against nearby prominent programs? The Terrapins only met "The Admiral" upon being forced to compete in the second round of 1985 Southeast Regional when Robinson contributed game-high figures in scoring, rebounding and blocks.

In a form of "gaming," a striking number of power league schools "man up" by appearing as if they want to celebrate Black History month in advance during their non-conference slates by overdosing on scheduling outmatched opponents from the MEAC and SWAC. Baylor is virtually an HBCU adjunct member this season.

Arkansas, Indiana, Memphis, North Carolina State, Notre Dame and Ohio State players, officials and coaching staff should don hoodies hiding their faces in shame during warmups for their non-league home slates. Why would anyone spend their hard-earned money on attending many of these blowouts? Even if an observer detests government involvement, perhaps state legislatures should step in where they can and force power league members to get off their high horse and play the following potentially entertaining intra-state games against quality mid-level opponents:

Power League Member Shunned Quality In-State Mid-Major Foes Out-of-State Non-League Weak Sisters on 2014-15 Home Schedule
Alabama South Alabama and UAB Appalachian State, North Florida, Stillman, Tennessee Tech, Towson and Western Carolina
Arizona State Grand Canyon and Northern Arizona Bethune-Cookman, Chicago State, Colgate, Lehigh and Pepperdine
Arkansas Arkansas State and UALR Alabama State, Delaware State, Iona, Milwaukee, North Texas, Northwestern State, Southeast Missouri State and Utah Valley
Auburn South Alabama and UAB Coastal Carolina, Middle Tennessee State, Milwaukee, North Alabama, Texas Southern and Winthrop
Baylor numerous non-HBCU schools in Texas Huston-Tillotson, McNeese State, Norfolk State, Prairie View, Southern (La.) and Texas Southern
California Saint Mary's, San Francisco, San Jose State and Santa Clara Alcorn State, Cal Poly, Cal State Bakersfield, Eastern Washington, Montana, Princeton and Wyoming
Cincinnati Cleveland State, Dayton and MAC schools East Carolina, Eastern Illinois, Morehead State, North Carolina Central, Saint Francis (Pa.), Stony Brook and Wagner
Georgetown American, George Mason and George Washington Radford, Robert Morris, St. Francis (N.Y.), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Towson
Illinois Bradley, Illinois State, Loyola of Chicago and Southern Illinois American, Austin Peay State, Brown, Coppin State, Georgia Southern, Hampton and Kennesaw State
Indiana Evansville, Indiana State and Valparaiso Eastern Washington, Grand Canyon, Lamar, Mississippi Valley State, New Orleans, UNC Greensboro, Savannah State and Texas Southern
Iowa Drake Alcorn State, Hampton, Missouri-Kansas City, North Dakota State, North Florida and Pepperdine
Kansas State Wichita State Bradley, Missouri-Kansas City, Nebraska-Omaha, Savannah State, Southern Utah and Texas Southern
Kentucky Morehead State, Murray State and Western Kentucky Boston University, Buffalo, Columbia, Grand Canyon, Middle Tennessee State and Texas-Arlington
Louisiana State Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette and Tulane Charleston, Gardner-Webb, Sam Houston State, Savannah State and Southern Mississippi
Louisville Eastern Kentucky, Morehead State and Murray State Cal State Northridge, Cleveland State, Florida International, Jacksonville State, Marshall, UNC-Wilmington and Savannah State
Marquette Green Bay and Milwaukee Alabama A&M, Morgan State, Nebraska-Omaha, NJIT, North Dakota and Tennessee-Martin
Maryland American, George Mason, George Washington and Loyola (Md.) Central Connecticut State, Fordham, North Carolina Central, USC Upstate, Virginia Military, Wagner and Winthrop
Memphis Belmont, Chattanooga and Middle Tennessee Bradley, Jacksonville State, North Carolina Central, Oral Roberts, Prairie View A&M, USC Upstate, Stephen F. Austin and Western Illinois
Michigan State Detroit Arkansas-Pine Bluff, The Citadel, Loyola, Santa Clara and Texas Southern
Mississippi Southern Mississippi Austin Peay State, Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, Northern Arizona, Southeast Missouri State, Southern (La.) and Western Kentucky
Mississippi State Southern Mississippi Arkansas State, Clayton, Jacksonville, McNeese State, Mississippi Valley State, USC Upstate and Western Carolina
North Carolina State Appalachian State, Davidson, East Carolina and Western Carolina Boise State, Charleston Southern, Hofstra, Jackson State, Jacksonville, Louisiana Tech, Richmond and Wofford
Northwestern Bradley, Illinois State, Loyola of Chicago and Southern Illinois Central Michigan, Elon, Houston Baptist, Mississippi Valley State, North Florida, Northern Kentucky and Western Michigan
Notre Dame Ball State and Butler Binghamton, Chicago State, Coppin State, Fairleigh Dickinson, Grambling State, Hartford, Mount St. Mary's, Navy and Northern Illinois
Ohio State Akron, Cleveland State, Dayton and Xavier Campbell, Colgate, High Point, James Madison, Massachusetts-Lowell, Morehead State, North Carolina A&T and Sacred Heart
Oklahoma State Oral Roberts and Tulsa Middle Tennessee State, Milwaukee, North Texas, Northwestern Oklahoma State, Prairie View A&M and Southeastern Louisiana
Oregon Portland UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Northridge, Concordia (Ore.), Coppin State, Delaware State and Detroit
Oregon State Portland State UC Santa Barbara, Corban, Grambling State, Mississippi Valley State, Oral Roberts and Rice
Pittsburgh Robert Morris Bryant, Florida Gulf Coast, Holy Cross, Manhattan, Niagara, Oakland, St. Bonaventure and Samford
Purdue Butler, Evansville, Indiana State and Valparaiso Arkansas State, Gardner-Webb, Grambling State, IPFW, IUPUI, North Florida and Samford
St. John's Iona, Manhattan and Stony Brook Fairleigh Dickinson, Franklin Pierce, Long Beach State, NJIT, Niagara, Saint Mary's and Tulane
UCLA Fresno State and Loyola Marymount UC Riverside, Cal State Fullerton, Coastal Carolina, Montana State, Nicholls State and San Diego
Utah Utah State and Utah Valley Alabama State, Ball State, UC Riverside, Carroll (Mont.), North Dakota, South Dakota State and Texas-Pan American
Wake Forest Appalachian State, Davidson, East Carolina and Western Carolina Bucknell, Delaware State, Iona, Mount St. Mary's, Nicholls State, Princeton and Samford
Washington Gonzaga Grambling State, Pacific, San Jose State, South Carolina State and Stony Brook

World Series-ous Athletes: Impact of Former College Hoopers on Fall Classic

Numerous universities have had versatile athletes who played college basketball before going on to major league baseball careers. While many single-minded basketball fans are assessing polls and rankings in preseason hoop magazines and websites, following is an incisive "Who Am I?" quiz for well-rounded basketball/baseball enthusiasts taking a toll on their memories as they try to recall World Series participants, including former members of the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants, who played varsity basketball for a current NCAA Division I college.

Keep your chin up if you need relief answering the following questions because they're almost as difficult as both teams probably will find scoring off brilliant bullpens:

I was a 13-year major league second baseman who set several fielding records and played in the 1967 World Series with the Boston Red Sox after ranking among the nation's top 12 free-throw shooters both of my college basketball seasons with Oklahoma State.
Who am I? Jerry Adair

I was a 17-year first baseman who hit four homers and a double in a single game and played in back-to-back World Series with the Milwaukee Braves after being LSU's leading scorer (18.6 points per game) for the Tigers' 1945-46 team compiling an 18-3 record and losing against Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference Tournament final.
Who am I? Joe Adcock

I was a 10-year pitcher who led the A.L. in winning percentage in 1935 with an 18-7 record (.720) for the World Series-bound Detroit Tigers after I was named to the first five on an all-conference basketball team in my final season at Kansas State. I was a submariner who hurled a complete game victory in a 10-4 verdict over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of the '34 Series before losing Game 7 to Dizzy Dean.
Who am I? Eldon Auker

I was a shortstop who participated in five World Series, four with the champion, in a six-year span from 1910 through 1915 after earning a basketball letter for Holy Cross in 1908.
Who am I? John "Jack" Barry

I was a rookie pitcher in 1978 with the New York Yankees who went the distance for the first time in my major league career in a Game 5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. I was a 6-5 forward who averaged 14.3 points and a team-high 8.9 rebounds per game for Dartmouth in 1974-75 when I was selected team MVP and honorable mention All-Ivy League.
Who am I? Jim Beattie

I was a catcher who appeared in back-to-back World Series with the New York Yankees (1927 and 1928) after being a basketball letterman for Niagara from 1916-17 through 1918-19.
Who am I? Bernard "Benny" Bengough

I was an outfielder who, during my 11-year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, hit a double in the 1925 World Series to help them become the first team to come back from a 3-1 deficit in a seven-game series. I played with my brother on Oregon's basketball squad before we briefly played alongside each other with the Pirates.
Who am I? Carson "Skeeter" Bigbee

I was a player-manager who earned American League MVP honors in leading the Cleveland Indians to the 1948 World Series after being the top scorer for an Illinois team sharing a Big Ten Conference basketball title.
Who am I? Lou Boudreau

I was a pitcher who appeared in the 1947 and 1949 World Series with the Brooklyn Dodgers after notching 21-12 and 13-5 won-loss marks, respectively, following a basketball career at NYU, where I was the Violets' sixth-leading scorer in 1943-44 with an average of 3.8 points per game. Major league player and manager Bobby Valentine is my son-in-law.
Who am I? Ralph Branca

I was a 12-year outfielder who played in three World Series with the New York Yankees and hit 38 home runs in one season with Kansas City after finishing my college basketball career ranking fourth on Nebraska's career scoring list.
Who am I? Bob Cerv

I am a Hall of Fame catcher who participated in five World Series (1929-30-31-34-35) with the Philadelphia Athletics and Detroit Tigers after playing basketball for Boston University.
Who am I? Mickey Cochrane

I posted a 1.88 ERA in 14 1/3 innings for the Boston Red Sox against the New York Giants in the 1912 World Series after being a two-year basketball letterman with Vermont.
Who am I? Ray Collins

I am a Hall of Fame outfielder for the New York Yankees who compiled a .350 batting average in four World Series (1926-27-28-32) after being captain with Eastern Kentucky's basketball squad.
Who am I? Earle Combs

I am a three-time All-Star Game performer who pitched in the 1957 World Series for the Milwaukee Braves after being an All-Pacific Coast Conference first-team selection in 1949-50 when the 6-7 sophomore center led Washington State and the PCC North Division in scoring (13.3 points per game).
Who am I? Gene Conley

I hit .323 in three World Series (1948 with Boston Braves; 1951 and 1954 with New York Giants). Member of LSU's 1942-43 basketball squad before entering military service (Marine Corps V-12 program) during World War II. Known as the "Swamp Fox," I was a five-sport letterman with Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now Louisiana-Lafayette) during 1943-44.
Who am I? Alvin Dark

I led N.L. outfielders in putouts three years and hit near or over .300 for three St. Louis Cardinal pennant winners (1926, 1928 and 1930) after earning letters three seasons in basketball for California.
Who am I? Taylor Douthit

I was a 10-year utility infielder who saw action in two World Series games in 1959 with the Chicago White Sox after averaging seven points per contest as a 5-9 starting guard for Indiana in 1951-52.
Who am I? Sammy Esposito

I was a catcher who appeared in two World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1974 and 1978). Pacific teammate of All-American Keith Swagerty averaged 3.7 ppg and 2.3 rpg in 1965-66 and 1966-67 under coach Dick Edwards, scoring two points against eventual NCAA champion UCLA in the 1967 West Regional final.
Who am I? Joe Ferguson

I led the A.L. in won-loss percentage in 1946 with a 25-6 mark before pitching a shutout in Game 3 of the World Series for the Boston Red Sox against the St. Louis Cardinals after being a basketball letterman for Mississippi State in 1940-41.
Who am I? Boo Ferriss

I was a lefthanded hitting backup outfielder who participated in the 1929 World Series with the Philadelphia Athletics after being a basketball letterman for Army's 18-5 team in 1921.
Who am I? Walter French

I wasa righthanded pitcher who appeared in the 1980 World Series with the Kansas City Royals after leading New Hampshire with 7.2 rebounds per game in 1975-76.
Who am I? Rich Gale

I was a first baseman-outfielder who hit 103 major league homers and pinch hit four times for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1961 World Series after earning a letter with Temple's basketball team in 1948-49 when I averaged 2.7 points per game.
Who am I? Dick Gernert

I was a lefthanded pitcher who appeared in the 1960 World Series with the Pittsburgh Pirates after finishing my four-year college career as Mississippi's leader in career scoring and rebounds following a senior season when my scoring average was higher than first-team All-Americans Elgin Baylor (Seattle) and Wilt Chamberlain (Kansas).
Who am I? Joe Gibbon

I am a Hall of Fame pitcher who set a record with 17 strikeouts against the Detroit Tigers in my third World Series in five years after becoming the first basketball player in Creighton history to average at least 20 points per game in a career.
Who am I? Bob Gibson

I am a palm-ball specialist who blanked the Baltimore Orioles in 5 1/3 innings in three relief appearances for the champion Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1971 World Series after becoming the first N.L. pitcher to appear in each contest of a four-game LCS. I connected on 6 of 10 field-goal attempts in two games for Syracuse in 1959-60.
Who am I? Dave Giusti

I am an eight-time All-Star Game shortstop who started for World Series championship teams with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1960 and St. Louis Cardinals in 1964 after twice ranking among the top four scorers in the country with Duke.
Who am I? Dick Groat

I was a perennial All-Star outfielder with multiple Gold Gloves and N.L. batting titles who sparked the San Diego Padres to two World Series (1984 and 1998) after being a two-time All-WAC second-team selection as a San Diego State guard who led the league in assists as a sophomore and junior.
Who am I? Tony Gwynn

I was a three-time All-Star catcher who played in the 1962 World Series with the San Francisco Giants (swatted a two-run homer off Hall of Famer Whitey Ford of the Yankees in Game Four) after playing as a backup forward for Illinois' basketball squad as a sophomore (1956-57) and junior (1957-58).
Who am I? Tom Haller

I was a 12-year lefthanded reliever who appeared in back-to-back World Series with the New York Yankees after being a 6-7 Morehead State forward-center who ranked 15th in the country in scoring as a junior (24.2 ppg) and among the nation's top 10 rebounders as a senior (19.1 rpg).
Who am I? Steve Hamilton

I was a 12-year lefthanded pitcher who appeared in the 1989 World Series with the San Francisco Giants after being a 6-2 guard who averaged 5.3 points per game as a freshman in 1976-77 and 4.9 ppg as a sophomore in 1977-78 for East Tennessee State.
Who am I? Atlee Hammaker

I was a first baseman-outfielder who participated in the 1942 World Series with the New York Yankees after playing for Manhattan basketball teams winning a school-record 17 consecutive games in 1930 and 1931.
Who am I? John "Buddy" Hassett

I was a lefthanded hitting utilityman who participated as a rookie with the New York Yankees in the 1923 World Series against the New York Giants after being a basketball letterman for Vanderbilt in 1918.
Who am I? Harvey Hendrick

I was a 10-year pitcher who hurled four shutout innings as the fourth-game starter for the New York Yankees in the 1939 World Series after being a basketball All-American for Butler. I was named to the first A.L. All-Star team in 1933.
Who am I? Oral Hildebrand

I was a 16-year first baseman/outfielder who homered in Game 4 of the 1963 World Series to help the Los Angeles Dodgers sweep the New York Yankees and twice led the A.L. in homers after leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding as a junior and senior.
Who am I? Frank Howard

I was a 13-year infielder who slugged 43 of my 136 career homers for the Atlanta Braves in 1973 after appearing in four World Series with the Baltimore Orioles (1966, 1969, 1970 and 1971). I averaged 1.7 points per game as a sophomore in my only varsity basketball season (1961-62) with Texas A&M before signing a pro baseball contract.
Who am I? Davey Johnson

I was a 13-year outfielder who hit .306 for the New York Yankees in 19 World Series games after being a three-year basketball letterman for Maryland.
Who am I? Charlie Keller

I was a Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher who became N.L. MVP but lost the 1950 World Series opener to the New York Yankees as a starter, 1-0, after playing two seasons for Syracuse basketball teams.
Who am I? Jim Konstanty

I began my rookie year with the Chicago Cubs by winning nine of my first 10 decisions before becoming a reliever for the 1969 Amazin' Mets World Series champion. I was a standout basketball player for Campbell in 1960 and 1961 when the North Carolina-based school was a junior college.
Who am I? Cal Koonce

I was an infielder-outfielder who hit .303 in my 15-year career. When I was with the Detroit Tigers, I led the A.L. in batting average once (.353 in 1959), hits four times (209 in 1953 when he was rookie of the year, 201 in 1954, 196 in 1956 and 198 in 1959) and doubles on three occasions (38 in 1955, 39 in 1958 and 42 in 1959) before appearing in the 1962 World Series with the San Francisco Giants. I managed the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1982 World Series. I played in five games for Wisconsin's basketball team in the 1951-52 season.
Who am I? Harvey Kuenn

I was a three-time All-Star outfielder who posted a .331 average with 22 HRs and 107 RBI in my first full season with the New York Giants in 1935 before appearing in the World Series in 1936 and 1937. I had two hits in a six-run second inning of Game Four in the Giants' lone victory against the New York Yankees in 1937 after scoring 16 points in nine basketball games for Arizona in 1931.
Who am I? Hank Lieber

I am an outfielder who led the A.L. in stolen bases, a record for an A.L. rookie, and appeared in the World Series with three different teams (Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants) after setting Arizona basketball records for steals in a season and career.
Who am I? Kenny Lofton

I was a 12-year infielder who played in the 1957 and 1958 World Series with the New York Yankees after being a member of Southwest Missouri State squads that won 1952 and 1953 NAIA Tournament titles.
Who am I? Jerry Lumpe

I was a lefthanded outfielder who appeared in 1943 World Series for the New York Yankees against the St. Louis Cardinals after being a basketball letterman with William & Mary from 1935-36 through 1937-38.
Who am I? Arthur "Bud" Metheny

I was a Gold Glove left fielder in 1960 between participating in two World Series with the Dodgers (1959 and 1965) after averaging 4.3 ppg with Texas A&M in 1948-49 and 1949-50.
Who am I? Wally Moon

I was a righthander who appeared in 1934 World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals' Gas House Gang against the Detroit Tigers. I was an all-around athlete for East Tennessee State.
Who am I? Jim Mooney

I was an infielder who hit .303 with the Washington Senators and Boston Red Sox in 17 A.L. seasons from 1925 through 1941, participating in two World Series (1925 and 1933). I was a basketball letterman for Mississippi State in 1923-24.
Who am I? Charles "Buddy" Myer

I was a five-time All-Star who holds the A.L. record for most homers by a third baseman (319), but was homerless in five World Series (four with the New York Yankees and one with the San Diego Padres). The highlight of my career was four dazzling stops in Game 3 of the 1978 World Series to help the Yankees win their first of four consecutive games. I averaged 5.3 points per game while earning basketball letters in my hometown for San Diego State in 1963-64 and 1964-65, shooting 87.8% from the free-throw line (36 of 41) as a sophomore.
Who am I? Graig Nettles

I was a 19-year pitcher who appeared in two World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies after averaging 18.9 points and 14.3 rebounds in three varsity basketball seasons with Notre Dame.
Who am I? Ron Reed

I was a catcher who played with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1967 and 1968 World Series. I led Duquesne in scoring in my senior season with a 17.9 average in 1956-57 when I finished fourth in the nation in free-throw percentage (86.2). As a sophomore, I was a starter for an NIT championship team that compiled a 22-4 record and finished sixth in the final AP poll.
Who am I? Dave Ricketts

I appeared in 1915 World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies en route to becoming the N.L.'s winningest lefthanded pitcher until Warren Spahn broke my record. I earned basketball letters with Virginia in 1911-12 and 1913-14.
Who am I? Eppa Rixey Jr.

I am a Hall of Fame pitcher who was a 20-game winner for six consecutive seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies after leading Michigan State in field-goal percentage as a junior captain. In 1950, I lost my only World Series start, 2-1, when the Yankees' Joe DiMaggio homered off me in the 10th inning.
Who am I? Robin Roberts

I am a Hall of Fame infielder who was a regular for six National League pennant winners after compiling league-high scoring averages in both of my seasons with UCLA. I collected two homers and seven doubles in World Series competition for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Who am I? Jackie Robinson

I was a four-time All-Star third baseman with the New York Yankees who appeared in six of the seven World Series from 1936 through 1942. I managed the Detroit Tigers after being a head basketball coach with Yale and with the Toronto Huskies of the Basketball Association of America. I played in a handful of basketball games for Dartmouth.
Who am I? Robert "Red" Rolfe

I was a New York Yankees lefthander who registered a pair of 2-1 World Series victories (over the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1941 and St. Louis Cardinals in 1943) after playing for two of the premier teams in college basketball history when LIU went 24-2 in 1934-35 and 26-0 in 1935-36. I was named to the first five on the Metropolitan New York Basketball Writers Association All-Star Team after the undefeated season.
Who am I? Marius Russo

I pitched in two World Series games for the New York Yankees in 1964 after being a 6-4 sophomore forward who averaged 13.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for Connecticut's NCAA Tournament team in 1959-60.
Who am I? Rollie Sheldon

I was a three-time All-Star first baseman-outfielder who played in the 1956 and 1958 World Series with the New York Yankees and 1967 World Series with the Boston Red Sox. I was a member of Southwest Missouri State squads that won back-to-back NAIA Tournament titles in 1952 and 1953.
Who am I? Norm Siebern

I was an infielder-outfielder who batted .319 or better in 12 of 14 major league seasons with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs from 1921 through 1934. In 1927, my first full season with the Cubs, I led the N.L. with 46 doubles. In the Cubs' 1929 pennant-winning season, I combined with Hall of Famers Kiki Cuyler and Hack Wilson to become the first outfield in N.L. history to have each starter finish with more than 100 RBI. I hit .378 in nine World Series games with the Cubs in 1929 and 1932 after being a guard who earned a basketball letter with the Alabama Crimson Tide in 1920.
Who am I? Riggs Stephenson

I was a 10-year switch-hitting utilityman who played in the 1970 World Series with the Cincinnati Reds. I was an all-conference selection both years when I finished third in scoring for Austin Peay State teams in 1959-60 (11.5 points per game) and 1960-61 (10.4 ppg) that participated in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Who am I? Jimmy Stewart

I was a 13-year veteran who appeared in 485 major league games, all as a reliever, and won a 1979 World Series game with the Baltimore Orioles after being a starting forward opposite national player of the year David Thompson of North Carolina State for an NCAA basketball champion.
Who am I? Tim Stoddard

I was a lefthander who led the N.L. in won-loss percentage in 1973 (12-3 mark with the New York Mets) before appearing in the World Series and notching a save in Game 2 against the Oakland A's. Basketball letterman for Louisiana Tech in 1964-65 and 1965-66 (averaged 14.7 ppg as teammate of noted women's coach Leon Barmore).
Who am I? George Stone

I was a lefthanded swinging catcher-utilityman who participated in 1940 World Series with the Detroit Tigers after being a basketball letterman for Portland in the late 1920s.
Who am I? Billy Sullivan

I was an 11-year infielder who led the A.L. in stolen bases three times and hit .326 in the World Series for back-to-back N.L. pennant winners with the Cincinnati Reds after becoming the first Duke player to earn All-American honors in basketball. I was the initial player to bat in a televised major league game (Reds vs. Brooklyn on August 26, 1939) and the only player ever to hit four consecutive doubles in a game in both leagues.
Who am I? Billy Werber

I was an outfielder who played in 12 All-Star Games and had over 3,000 career hits after playing the entire game for Minnesota in the Gophers' first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1972. I participated in the World Series with the New York Yankees (1981) and Toronto Blue Jays (1992).
Who am I? Dave Winfield

Craig's Grist: POTUS' Coaching Failure Brother-in-Law Given ESPN Welfare

At first glance, the hiring resembles Chelsea Clinton charity when she was given a journalistic role at a major network. Let's just hope Barry-brother-in-law Craig Robinson is a better ESPN analyst than he was coach in a power league after the network contributed to record-setting levels of welfare under President Barack Obama. Devoid of any media credentials, Chelsea received a political favor via an annual salary of $600,000 when she joined NBC News as a "special correspondent" (in excess of $25,000 for each minute displaying her hard-working brilliance on-air to make certain she wasn't dead-broke after leaving the White House and academic pursuits before making Shrillary Rotten a grandma).

Robinson, beseeching the country for seven-footers regarding his Pacific-12 Conference welfare, was part of the Democratic Convention in Charlotte two years ago helping introduce sister Michelle Obama. Amid questioning whether the party was shamed into putting God back into its platform, a "Fluke" inquiry lingered wondering if Robinson got a vacation from significant media criticism because he is brother-in-law of paternalistic POTUS pondering a contrived "workplace violence" definition while turning the U.S. into a welfare nation and appointing a political operative with zero medical/health care expertise as Ebola Czar.

The wily White House, adverse to an alleged discriminatory travel ban involving West Africa, wants U.S. military to combat Ebola in that region of the world on only four hours of training. But didn't demented Dems such as Ron Klain exhibit bias traveling to Florida to work hard for four weeks to ban overseas military ballots in 2000 recount standoff?

The sick circumstances at Oregon State didn't change last season and Robinson lost his job after failing to secure a presidential pardon as the Drone Ranger was bogged down religiously reading intelligence briefings. The Beavers bombed in their season opener against visiting Coppin State, the second HBCU to win in Corvallis in four years, and things didn't improve much from there comparable to the Oval Office tracking terrorists. The golfer-in-chief with more than 200 rounds under his mom-jeans belt, fond of comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln but too busy to attend the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, unilaterally couldn't give Robinson a mulligan as he was apparently too busy assembling an excuse for not saying "under God" while reciting a portion of the famous speech for historian Ken Burns.

At least Oregon State is sufficiently God-fearing to know not to put Seattle back on its schedule after losing at home to the Reclassifying DI school, 99-48, in 2009-10. That regrettable result reminiscent of Reagan mauling Mondale has to qualify as the most embarrassing clunker by a power league member thus far this century. It was perhaps as appalling as Central Planning's health care rollout debacle - the signature legislation for the selfie-taking "Audacity of Hype" - or his Marvin Gaye routine "I (Only) Heard It Through the Grapevine" pleading of ignorance regarding a series of scandals and shortcomings. After shaking down the health-care industry for money rather than closely monitor website development, his sniveling former HHS secretary said during Congressional testimony: "Don't do this to me!" Meanwhile, the non-Medicad populace says: "Don't do this to us!"

Right-thinking Americans don't like Duncan-like liars, the White House "health-care apology" or ISIS-containing ineptitude and DC can keep it, period! Let me be clear about the ideology as defenseless as the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, ill-conceived as shaking hands with/bowing down to dictators and insidious as intimidating witnesses of the Libyan lynching! But chill out, if your identity is pilfered by a navigator felon/former ACORN staffer, no one will be more upset than Mr. Teleprompter's neighborhood. In order to show compassion and not run the race-baiting risk of offending a grandstanding progressive, it's time to give the Obowwow apologists and lame-stream media enablers a hug like you would your little puppy and then let them go back to supporting sucking on the government nanny's boob.

There is no need to give them the old deflection-and-distraction razzle dazzle by being Clintonesque and parcing "is is" words amid the chronic fabrication. Few in the establishment media acknowledged it until the bitter end, but even a sports intern could realize no evidence existed from an unimpeachable source that Robinson could end the Beavers' bump-in-the-road streak of 32 consecutive campaigns winless in the NCAA playoffs. At least Robinson exhibited more character than other members of his family circle by not chronically immersing himself in the Bush-league ploy of blaming his predecessor (Jay John) for six lackluster OSU years.

Robinson matches the postseason expertise of ESPN analysts Dan Dakich and Tim Welsh who never posted an NCAA Tournament win as a Division I bench boss. His credentials don't quite measure up to ESPN experts Fran Fraschilla, Dino Gaudio, Seth Greenberg and Dick Vitale - each of whom has a lone NCAA playoff triumph in a collective 45 years of DI head coaching.

Hoping cynical comments aren't monitored in an IRS targeting binder, let's move to a place where Robinson's commentary doesn't follow in his sister's organic-garden footsteps (a/k/a "dancing with turnip") by lecturing college hoopsters on what they should eat for lunch. But the good news is, as long as Robinson maintains a pulse, there is absolutely no way he already isn't a more competent media member than the former First Daughter.

Sad State: Roy Ebron's Death Depicts Inferior Quality On and Off Hardwood

In the aftermath of former Southwestern Louisiana center Roy Ebron recently passing away in New Orleans area, hoop aficionados subsequently have endured a classic lack-of-proper-perspective example of the cult-of-personality outweighing amateurish hoops history. Inexcusably, more sports columnists and self-proclaimed basketball experts dwelt on a variety of mundane subjects - Steve Alford's one-year contract extension with UCLA, Butler coach takes leave of absence, Jim Calhoun working as analyst for ESPN, Kentucky televising NBA combine, Oregon players arrested for shoplifting, etc. - rather than even acknowledging the passing of half of one of the premier Mr. Inside/Mr. Outside combinations in NCAA annals. Explosive USL guard Dwight "Bo" Lamar scored 51 points in each of back-to-back road games in 1971-72 en route to becoming the only player in NCAA history to pace the nation in scoring at both the college and university divisions.

In the early 1970s, SI designated Ebron, ULL's all-time leading rebounder, as perhaps the nation's premier pivotman other than UCLA's Bill Walton. Ebron, a Norfolk, Va., product, averaged 21.2 ppg and 13.2 rpg for USL in 1971-72 and 1972-73 during a span when national POY Walton averaged 20.8 ppg and 16.2 rpg. But have SI, ESPN, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, USA Today, Yahoo or a wide range of other prominent content providers for college basketball websites offered any relevant analysis since Ebron's demise?

In a "shatterproof" achievement likely never to be duplicated, USL became the only school ever to finish in the Top 10 of the final Division I rankings in its inaugural season at that level. Lamar collected 35 points and a tourney-high 11 assists and Ebron chipped in with 33 points and 20 rebounds in a 112-101 triumph against Marshall in the opening round of the 1972 Midwest Regional as the Ragin' Cajuns tallied the most points in the history of the tourney for a school in its first playoff game.

Contemporary players and teams, resembling ill-equipped sportswriters and producers, simply aren't anywhere as competent as personnel on and off the court 40 years ago. For instance, USL and Jerry Tarkanian-coached Long Beach State of 1971-72 vintage likely would be the preseason top two clubs in the country this campaign. Lamar and fellow junior Ed Ratleff of LBSU became the only set of former high school teammates (hometown of Columbus, OH) to be named NCAA consensus first-team All-Americans together. USL's 90-83 early-season victory over visiting Long Beach might have been one of the best intersectional matchups few people know about or remember.

Much of the present mass media should be placed in mothballs (issued the "death penalty"), but it was USL needing a restraining order to enter the 1973 NCAA playoffs because the school was accused of 125 rules violations. In an era when in-state schools Centenary (All-American Robert Parish) and Louisiana Tech (Mike Green) also went on NCAA probation, Cajuns coach Beryl Shipley's response: "Was that all they could find?"

Many of the allegations resulting in placing USL's program on the sideline for two seasons involved Lamar and Ebron. One of the legendary accounts linked to Ebron had him "winning" a drawing for a new automobile at a Lafayette dealership the day after he arrived on campus. "I'll be honest," Shipley told award-winning Louisiana author John Ed Bradley. "I didn't care about any damn rule book. I just tried to do what was right for the boys, what I knew I had to do."

Granted, Ebron didn't live up to expectations as a professional. But has there ever been a more underappreciated duo in NCAA history than Ebron and Lamar? Ebron (6-9) is the tallest player ever to average more than 20 ppg in the same season a teammate led DI in scoring. For the record, following are the highest-scoring teammate of a player the campaign when they were the nation's most prolific point producer:

Season Nation's Leading Scorer DI School Teammate Averaging > 20 PPG
1989-90 Greg "Bo" Kimble (35.3 ppg) Loyola Marymount Eric "Hank" Gathers (29)
1952-53 Frank Selvy (29.5) Furman Nield Gordon (24.3)
1953-54 Frank Selvy (41.7) Furman Darrell Floyd (24.3)
1975-76 Marshall Rogers (36.8) Pan American Gilbert King (23.3)
1971-72 Dwight "Bo" Lamar (36.3) Southwestern Louisiana Roy Ebron (23)
1988-89 Eric "Hank" Gathers (32.7) Loyola Marymount Jeff Fryer (22.9)

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Headlines in October MLB Games

Extra! Extra! Read all about memorable major league baseball achievements and moments involving former college basketball players! Baseball is portrayed as a thinking man's game but only four percent of active MLB players earned college diplomas. Nonetheless, numerous ex-college hoopsters had front-row seats to many of the most notable games, transactions and dates in MLB history.

The St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series 50 years ago with a roster featuring six former college basketball players - Roger Craig, Bob Gibson, Dick Groat, Bobby Humphreys, Ray Washburn and Bill White. The Cards defeated the New York Yankees, a club boasting three pitchers with college hoops connections - Al Downing, Steve Hamilton and Rollie Sheldon. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an October calendar involving such versatile athletes:

OCTOBER
1 - California Angels P Mike Barlow (basketball player for Syracuse from 1967-68 through 1969-70) won his lone start in 1977, yielding only two hits in seven innings in a 4-1 decision over the Kansas City Royals. . . . P Ralph Branca (sixth-leading scorer for NYU in 1943-44) incurred the loss for the Brooklyn Dodgers when they dropped the first-ever N.L. playoff in 1946 at St. Louis, which got three hits from C Joe Garagiola. . . . 1B Herb Conyers (second-leading scorer for Central Missouri State in 1941-42 when earning All-MIAA first-team recognition) clobbered a homer during an eighth-inning, five-run rally to help propel the Cleveland Indians to a 7-5 win against the Detroit Tigers in 1950. . . . Cincinnati Reds P Walker Cress (LSU letterman from 1936-37 through 1938-39) hurled a complete game but lost his lone MLB decision (2-1 against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1948). . . . Chicago White Sox P Charles "Slim" Embrey (Vanderbilt letterman in 1921-22 and 1922-23) appeared in his lone MLB game in 1923. . . . After having only 66 regular-season at-bats, Chicago White Sox backup 3B Sammy Esposito (averaged 7 ppg in 1951-52 as starting guard under Indiana coach Branch McCracken) batted twice in an 11-0 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1959 World Series opener. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers C Joe Ferguson (member of Pacific's 1967 NCAA playoff team) collected six RBI in an 8-4 win against the San Francisco Giants in 1980. . . . San Francisco Giants P Bob Garibaldi (starting forward averaged 10.6 ppg and 5.6 rpg for Santa Clara in 1961-62) lost his lone MLB start (9-4 against the San Diego Padres in 1969). . . . In the first game ever broadcast live coast-to-coast, P Jim Hearn (Georgia Tech basketball letterman in 1941-42) notched a career-high 17th triumph for the New York Giants in the opener of 1951 N.L. playoff series against Branca and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Supporting Hearn with a homer was OF Monte Irvin (played for Lincoln PA 1 1/2 years in late 1930s). . . . Brooklyn Dodgers 1B Gil Hodges (played for Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) contributed three hits and three RBI in an 8-5 triumph against the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the 1955 World Series. . . . Cincinnati Reds RF Earle "Greasy" Neale (West Virginia Wesleyan College hoopster graduated in 1915) contributed three hits in a 9-1 success against the Chicago White Sox in the opener of the 1919 World Series. . . . In his third start in five days, P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-1, in 1950 as the Whiz Kids clinched the Philadelphia Phillies' first pennant in 35 years. Roberts became the first 20-game winner for the Phils since Grover Cleveland Alexander in 1917. . . . In 1970, New York Mets OF Ken Singleton (Hofstra freshman team in mid-1960s) supplied the only two hits (both doubles) off Chicago Cubs standout Ferguson Jenkins. . . . St. Louis Cardinals closer Lee Smith (averaged 3.4 ppg and 1.9 rpg with Northwestern State in 1976-77) established a N.L. record for most saves in a single season in 1991. . . . In 1954, OF Ted Tappe (leading scorer in 1949 NJCAA Tournament was Washington State's third-leading scorer the next year in 1949-50) traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the Chicago Cubs in a deal involving P Jim Willis (Northwestern State letterman in late 1940s). . . . St. Louis Cardinals 1B Bill White (played two years with Hiram OH in early 1950s) played the entire schedule in 1963.
2 - Chicago Cubs P Dale Alderson (All-Iowa Conference selection for Upper Iowa in 1938-39 and 1939-40) lost his lone MLB decision (2-0 against the Boston Braves in 1943). . . . Philadelphia Athletics P Stan Baumgartner (played for University of Chicago's Big Ten Conference champion in 1913-14) hurled a six-hit shutout against the New York Yankees in 1925, holding both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig hitless. . . . P Ralph Branca (sixth-leading scorer for NYU in 1943-44) yielded the first pinch-hit homer in World Series history (by Yogi Berra of the New York Yankees in 1947) but the Brooklyn Dodgers still prevailed in Game 3, 9-8. Two days earlier, Branca lost Game 1 when he was knocked out in the fifth inning. . . . New York Yankees OF Bob Cerv (ranked fourth on Nebraska's career scoring list in 1949-50 when finishing his career) pounded a pinch homer off the Brooklyn Dodgers' winning rookie P Roger Craig (forward with North Carolina State's 1949-50 freshman team) in Game 5 of the 1955 World Series. . . . Philadelphia Athletics C Mickey Cochrane (played for Boston University in early 1920s) contributed both of his homers in 31 World Series games in the first two outings against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1930. . . . OF Earle Combs (three-year captain for Eastern Kentucky) clubbed a homer and scored four runs as the New York Yankees swept the 1932 World Series by crushing the Chicago Cubs, 13-6. It was the Bronx Bombers' 12th straight WS game win. . . . In 1964, Houston Colt .45s P Danny Coombs (Seton Hall's third-leading scorer and rebounder as sophomore in 1961-62) notched his first MLB victory, holding the Los Angeles Dodgers scoreless over five innings as a starter. . . . SS Alvin Dark (letterman for LSU and USL in mid-1940s) extended his World Series competition hitting streak to 12 in a row with three safeties in Game 4 as the New York Giants finished their sweep of the Cleveland Indians in 1954. . . . OF Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA titlist) contributed four hits as the Cleveland Indians assure themselves of a tie for the 1948 A.L. title with an 8-0 triumph against the Detroit Tigers. . . . In 1950, Boston Red Sox 1B Walt Dropo (Connecticut's first player ever to average 20 points for a season with 21.7 in 1942-43) became the first player to surpass 100 with more RBI (144) than games played (136). . . . Detroit Tigers 1B Darrell Evans (member of Jerry Tarkanian-coached Pasadena City CA club winning 1967 state community college crown) hammered his MLB-leading 40th homer in 1985, becoming the first player to reach that plateau in each league (41 round-trippers for the Atlanta Braves in 1973). . . . In the opener of the 1968 World Series, St. Louis Cardinals P Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer in 1955-56 and 1956-57) outdueled 30-game winner Denny McLain, 4-0, and established a WS record by fanning 17 Detroit Tigers. . . . Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) fired as manager of the New York Mets in 1983. . . . In 1966, Los Angeles Dodgers P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) concluded his final season with career bests of 27 victories and 1.73 ERA. The previous year, Koufax finished with a single-season MLB-mark 382 strikeouts after fanning 13 Milwaukee Braves batters. In the 1963 World Series opener, the first five batters he faced whiffed en route to 15 strikeouts in a 5-2 win against the New York Yankees. . . . OF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling a 35-3 record) supplied a homer to help the Cleveland Indians edge the New York Yankees, 4-3, in Game 3 of their 1998 A.L. playoff series. . . . Bud Metheny (letterman for William & Mary from 1935-36 through 1937-38) belted a first-game homer against the St. Louis Browns to help power the New York Yankees to their 14th sweep of a doubleheader in 1943. . . . New York Yankees rookie P Zach Monroe (played briefly for Bradley in 1950-51) hurled one inning of relief in Game 2 against the Milwaukee Braves in the 1958 World Series. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers LF Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in Pacific Coast Conference both of his seasons with UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41) registered a postseason career-high three hits in a 3-2 win against the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the 1953 World Series. . . . Chicago Cubs LF Riggs Stephenson (Alabama letterman in 1920) stroked four hits against the Cincinnati Reds in 1929. . . . C Wes Westrum (played for Bemidji State MN one season before serving in military during WWII) supplied two sacrifice flies for the New York Giants to help them defeat the Cleveland Indians, 7-4, in Game 4 and sweep the 1954 World Series.
3 - New York Yankees rookie P Jim Beattie (Dartmouth's top rebounder in 1974-75 when selected team MVP and honorable mention All-Ivy League) won the opener of the 1978 ALCS against the Kansas City Royals, yielding only two hits in 5 1/3 innings. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers P Ralph Branca (sixth-leading scorer for NYU in 1943-44) sustained his sixth setback of the 1951 season against the New York Giants when Bobby Thomson hit the "shot heard round the world" (three-run homer in bottom of the ninth inning) to decide the N.L. playoff. A single by SS Alvin Dark (letterman for LSU and USL during World War II) started the rally climaxed by Thomson's historic blast. . . . 1B George Crowe (four-year letterman from 1939-40 through 1942-43 for Indiana Central after becoming first high school player named the state's "Mr. Basketball") traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1958. . . . Jim Fanning (played for Buena Vista IA in late 1940s) resigned as manager of the Montreal Expos in 1982. . . . Baltimore Orioles P Dick Hall (averaged 12.8 ppg from 1948-49 through 1950-51 with Swarthmore PA for three Southern Division champions in MASC) earned the win the 4 2/3 innings of one-hit relief against the Minnesota Twins in the opener of the 1970 ALCS. . . . Cleveland Indians LF David Justice (led Thomas More KY in assists in 1984-85) collected two doubles, including a two-run safety in the eighth inning, in a 2-1 win against the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 to clinch the 1998 ALDS. . . . P Bill Krueger (led WCAC in free-throw percentage as a Portland freshman in 1975-76) traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1988. . . . Milwaukee Braves SS Johnny Logan (played for Binghamton in 1948-49) smacked the first homer of the 1957 World Series (third inning of Game 2 against the New York Yankees). . . . In 1904, New York Giants P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) fanned 16 St. Louis Cardinals in a 3-1 triumph. . . . Washington Senators 2B Buddy Myer (Mississippi State letterman in 1923-24) committed three errors in the opener of the 1933 World Series against the New York Giants. . . . RF Bill Nicholson (played for Washington College MD in mid-1930s) provided a two-run triple to fuel a four-run, first-inning outburst sparking the Chicago Cubs to a 9-0 win against the Detroit Tigers in the opener of the 1945 World Series. . . . Despite striking out seven consecutive New York Mets hitters, Montreal Expos P Steve Renko (averaged 9.9 ppg and 5.8 rpg as Kansas sophomore in 1963-64) had his record fall to 1-10 with a 5-2 defeat against Hall of Famer Tom Seaver in the opener of a 1972 doubleheader. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers P Preacher Roe (played for Harding AR in late 1930s) registered a complete-game victory against the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the 1952 World Series. . . . New York Yankees 1B Bill "Moose" Skowron (scored 18 points in eight games for Purdue in 1949-50) smashed a three-run, first-inning homer to ignite a 5-1 Game 6 win against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1955 World Series. . . . Chicago Cubs closer Lee Smith (averaged 3.4 ppg and 1.9 rpg with Northwestern State in 1976-77) secured a save against the San Diego Padres in Game 2 of the 1984 NLCS.
4 - Elden Auker (All-Big Six Conference first-five selection with Kansas State in 1931-32) helped the Detroit Tigers capture their first World Series in 1935, starting Game 3 against the Chicago Cubs and allowing two earned runs in six innings in a contest Detroit won in extra frames. . . . In a one-game playoff for the 1948 A.L. pennant, Cleveland Indians player-manager Lou Boudreau (leading scorer for Illinois' 1937 Big Ten Conference co-champion) banged out four hits, including two homers, in an 8-3 win at Boston. He finished the year with only nine strikeouts, the lowest number by any regular since 1922. . . . Baltimore Orioles CF Al Bumbry (Virginia State's runner-up in scoring with 16.7 ppg as freshman in 1964-65) collected three hits, two runs and two stolen bases in a 9-8 win against the California Angels in Game 2 of the 1979 ALCS. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates P Bud Culloton (Fordham letterman from 1919 through 1921) started and yielded only one earned run in five innings but dropped his lone MLB decision (4-1 in nightcap of 1925 doubleheader). . . . New York Giants SS Alvin Dark (letterman for LSU and USL during World War II) delivered a three-run homer against New York Yankees P Allie Reynolds in the opener of the 1951 World Series. Thirteen years later, Dark was dismissed as manager of the San Francisco Giants in 1964. . . . In 1930, St. Louis Cardinals CF Taylor Douthit (California letterman from 1922 through 1924), who hit an anemic .140 in 13 career World Series contests, broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning by smacking his lone postseason homer in a 5-0 victory against the Philadelphia Athletics in Game 3. . . . California Angels P Dave Frost (averaged 10.5 ppg and 4 rpg for Stanford from 1971-72 through 1973-74) lost his lone postseason start (against the Baltimore Orioles in Game 2 of the 1979 ALCS). . . . INF Charlie Gelbert (scored at least 125 points each of his last three seasons with Lebanon Valley PA in late 1920s) selected by the Washington Senators from the St. Louis Browns in 1938 Rule 5 draft. . . . In the opener of the 1967 World Series, St. Louis Cardinals P Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer in 1955-56 and 1956-57) fanned 10 Boston batters in a 2-1 triumph. Red Sox OF Norm Siebern (member of Southwest Missouri State squads capturing back-to-back NAIA Tournament titles in 1952 and 1953) led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a single off Gibson but his pinch-runner was left stranded. . . . Detroit Tigers OF Hank Greenberg (attended NYU briefly on basketball scholarship in late 1920s) whacked a homer in a 4-1 Game 2 victory against the Chicago Cubs in the 1945 World Series. . . . In the opening game of the 1951 World Series, LF Monte Irvin (played for Lincoln PA 1 1/2 years in late 1930s) stole home and collected four hits to spark the New York Giants to a 5-1 victory against the New York Yankees. . . . New York Yankees LF Charlie Keller (Maryland three-year letterman from 1934-35 through 1936-37) launched his second homer of the 1942 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. . . . P Jim Konstanty (Syracuse player in late 1930s), after making 133 straight relief appearances for the Philadelphia Phillies, started Game 1 of the 1950 World Series but lost against the New York Yankees, 1-0. . . . Cleveland Indians CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling 35-3 record) swiped three bases against the Baltimore Orioles in Game 3 of the 1996 ALDS. Nine years later, Lofton collected three hits and four RBI against the New York Yankees in the 2007 ALDS opener. . . . Philadelphia Phillies OF Jerry Martin (1971 Southern Conference Tournament MVP after he was Furman's runner-up in scoring previous season) smacked a pinch homer against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of the 1978 NLCS. . . . St. Francisco Giants P Roger Mason (multiple-year letterman in late 1970s for Saginaw Valley State MI) tossed his lone MLB shutout (four-hitter with 10 strikeouts against the Atlanta Braves in 1985). . . . Minnesota Twins 2B Dan Monzon (played briefly for Buena Vista IA in 1964-65) scored four runs against the Chicago White Sox in 1972. . . . In 1930, Chicago White Sox rookie OF Jimmy Moore (Union TN standout in late 1920s) stroked a pinch-hit single in his first World Series at-bat in Game 3 against the St. Louis Cardinals. . . . OF Bill Nicholson (played for Washington College MD in mid-1930s) traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Philadelphia Phillies for former N.L. batting champion Harry Walker in 1948. . . . P Roy Parmelee (letterman for Eastern Michigan in 1924-25 and 1925-26) selected from the Boston Red Sox by the Philadelphia Athletics in 1938 Rule 5 draft. . . . P Cotton Pippen (Texas Western letterman in 1929-30) selected from the St. Louis Cardinals by the Philadelphia Athletics in 1938 Rule 5 draft. . . . Jim Riggleman (two-year letterman for Frostburg State MD averaged 7.2 ppg in early 1970s) fired as manager of the Chicago Cubs in 1999. . . . New York Yankees P Marius Russo (member of LIU teams compiling a 50-2 record in 1934-35 and 1935-36 under legendary coach Clair Bee) hurled a four-hitter in a 2-1 verdict over the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 3 of the 1941 World Series. In the seventh inning of a scoreless tie, Russo broke P Fred Fitzsimmons' knee with a line drive. . . . New York Giants P Hal Schumacher (played for St. Lawrence NY in early 1930s) tossed a five-hitter in a 6-1 victory in Game 2 of the 1933 World Series against the Washington Senators. . . . Baltimore Orioles P Tim Stoddard (starting forward opposite All-American David Thompson for North Carolina State's 1974 NCAA champion) yielded a run in final relief appearance of 1980 campaign after holding the opposition scoreless in previous 14-game span during the month when he recorded seven saves.
5 - P Ralph Branca (sixth-leading scorer for NYU in 1943-44) won Game 6 of the 1947 World Series for the Brooklyn Dodgers when he was helped by Al Gionfriddo's famous catch of New York Yankees Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio's long drive to left field. . . . Milwaukee Braves OF John DeMerit (Wisconsin letterman in 1956-57) served as a pinch-runner in Game 3 of the 1957 World Series. . . . New York Giants 3B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) went 4-for-4 against the New York Yankees in the opener of the 1921 World Series. . . . St. Louis Cardinals SS Charlie Gelbert (scored at least 125 points each of last three seasons in late 1920s with Lebanon Valley PA) hit safely in first four World Series games against the Philadelphia Athletics in 1930. . . . New York Giants INF Eddie Grant (paced Harvard's freshman squad in scoring in 1902 and played varsity as sophomore before declared ineligible for receiving money in independent summer baseball league) died from German shelling in 1918 in the Argonne Forest, France, during WWI while in charge of his battalion after his commanding officer was killed. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers P Mark Hendrickson (two-time All-Pacific-10 Conference selection was Washington State's leading rebounder each season from 1992-93 through 1995-96) allowed his only hit in three scoreless relief appearances against the New York Mets in the 2006 NLDS. . . . 1B Gil Hodges (played for Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) went 3-for-3, including a two-run double putting the Brooklyn Dodgers ahead for good, in a 13-8 win against the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the 1956 World Series. Three years later in the 1959 WS, Hodges' homer in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the Dodgers a 5-4 triumph against the Chicago White Sox in Game 4. . . . New York Giants OF Monte Irvin (played for Lincoln PA 1 1/2 years in late 1930s) hit safely seven straight times in the 1951 World Series against the New York Yankees. . . . Baltimore Orioles 2B Davey Johnson (averaged 1.7 ppg in 1961-62 with Texas A&M) homered in back-to-back 1970 ALCS games against the Minnesota Twins. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers RF "Sweet" Lou Johnson (Kentucky State teammate of legendary coach Davey Whitney averaged 5.7 ppg and 2 rpg in 1951-52), blanked by Dave McNally and Moe Drabowsky of the Baltimore Orioles in the 1966 opener, went hitless for the only time in his last nine World Series contests. . . . DH David Justice (led Thomas More KY in assists in 1984-85) homered off Dwight Gooden to help the Cleveland Indians square their 1997 ALDS at two games apiece with the New York Yankees. . . . New York Yankees LF Charlie Keller (Maryland three-year letterman from 1934-35 through 1936-37) contributed four hits, including a go-ahead, two-run double in the ninth inning, in a 7-4 victory against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 4 of the 1941 World Series. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Davey Lopes (NAIA All-District 15 selection for Iowa Wesleyan averaged 16.9 ppg as All-Iowa Conference freshman selection in 1964-65 and 12.1 as sophomore in 1965-66) contributed a homer and triple while knocking in three runs in a 4-0 decision over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 2 of 1978 NLCS. . . . OF Bake McBride (averaged 12.7 ppg and 8.1 rpg in 21 games with Westminster MO in 1968-69 and 1969-70) accounted for the Philadelphia Phillies' lone run with a homer in a 7-1 setback against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the 1977 NLCS. . . . 2B Buddy Myer (Mississippi State letterman in 1923-24) had three hits, scored the Washington Senators' first run and drove in their last two runs in a 4-0 win against the New York Giants in Game 3 of the 1933 World Series. . . . Chicago Cubs P Claude Passeau (letterman with Millsaps MS in late 1920s and early 1930s) hurled a one-hit shutout against the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the 1945 World Series. . . . P Nels Potter (leading scorer during two years he attended Mount Morris IL in early 1930s) selected from the St. Louis Cardinals by the Philadelphia Athletics in 1937 Rule 5 draft. . . . Philadelphia Phillies P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) lost Game 2 of the 1950 World Series against the New York Yankees, 2-1, on Joe DiMaggio's leadoff homer in the 10th inning. . . . New York Giants P Hal Schumacher (played for St. Lawrence NY in early 1930s) notched the victory in Game 5 of the 1936 World Series against the New York Yankees. Schumacher lost Game 2 three days earlier. . . . Kansas City Royals P Paul Splittorff (runner-up in scoring and rebounding for Morningside IA in 1967-68) yielded only one hit in combining with Rich Gale (led New Hampshire with 7.2 rpg in 1975-76) for a 4-0 triumph against the Minnesota Twins in 1980. . . . St. Louis Cardinals P Ray Washburn (led Whitworth WA in scoring and named All-Evergreen Conference in 1958-59 and 1959-60) won Game 3 of the 1968 World Series against the Detroit Tigers. . . . In 1985, RF Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) became the first New York Yankee to collect 100 RBI and score 100 runs in a single season since Joe DiMaggio in 1942.
6 - Detroit Tigers P Elden Auker (All-Big Six Conference first-five selection with Kansas State in 1931-32) went the distance in whipping the St. Louis Cardinals, 10-4, in Game 4 of the 1934 World Series. . . . Philadelphia Phillies rookie P Stan Baumgartner (played for University of Chicago's Big Ten Conference champion in 1913-14) closed out the 1914 campaign with a seven-inning shutout against the New York Giants. . . . Philadelphia Athletics C Mickey Cochrane (played for Boston University in early 1920s) went 4-for-4 against the New York Yankees in 1929. . . . St. Louis Cardinals CF Taylor Douthit (California letterman from 1922 through 1924) collided with a teammate in Game 4 and was sidelined for the remainder of the 1926 World Series against the New York Yankees. . . . P George Earnshaw (Swarthmore PA player in 1922) square the 1931 World Series with a two-hit, 3-0 shutout for the Philadelphia Athletics against the St. Louis Cardinals. The previous year, Earnshaw combined Hall of Famer Lefty Grove for a three-hit shutout against the Cardinals in Game 5 of the 1930 World Series. . . . Detroit Tigers 1B Hank Greenberg (attended NYU briefly on hoop scholarship in late 1920s) accumulated two doubles among his four hits in a 10-4 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of 1934 World Series. Six years later, Greenberg's three-run homer opened the scoring in an 8-0 victory against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 5 of the 1940 WS. . . . 3B Wayne Gross (led Cal Poly Pomona in assists in 1974-75) whacked a three-run homer to power the Oakland Athletics to a 4-0 triumph against the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of the 1981 ALDS. . . . Despite walking eight batters, New York Giants P Jim Hearn (Georgia Tech letterman in 1941-42) won his only World Series start (6-2 against the New York Yankees in Game 3 in 1951). . . . P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) outdueled fellow lefthander Whitey Ford as the Los Angeles Dodgers swept the 1963 World Series from the New York Yankees. RF Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) contributed both of L.A.'s safeties off Ford, including a long homer in the fifth inning. . . . Davey Johnson (averaged 1.7 ppg with Texas A&M in 1961-62) fired as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2000. . . . Milwaukee Braves SS Johnny Logan (played for Binghamton in 1948-49) doubled home the tying run in the bottom of the 10th inning and scored on Eddie Mathews' game-winning homer in a 7-5 decision over the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the 1957 World Series. Yankees 3B Jerry Lumpe (played in 1952 NAIA Tournament final for Southwest Missouri State's championship team) hit safely in third consecutive WS outing. . . . Chicago White Sox rookie P Ted Lyons (two-time All-SWC first-team selection for Baylor in early 1920s) secured his first two of 260 MLB victories by winning both ends of a 1923 doubleheader in relief against the Cleveland Indians. . . . St. Louis Cardinals P Jim Mooney (played for East Tennessee State) hurled one inning of scoreless relief in Game 4 against the Detroit Tigers in the 1934 World Series. . . . P Joe Niekro (averaged 8.9 ppg and 3.8 rpg for West Liberty WV from 1963-64 through 1965-66) posted his 20th triumph of the 1980 season (7-1 against the Los Angeles Dodgers in one-game playoff) to propel the Houston Astros to postseason competition for the first time since the franchise started in 1962. . . . New York Yankees P Joe Ostrowski (led Scranton in scoring with 15.1 ppg in 1942-43) tossed two scoreless innings of relief in Game 3 of 1951 World Series against the New York Giants. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers OF Rip Repulski (part-time starter for St. Cloud State MN) received an intentional walk in Game 5 in his only at-bat in the 1959 World Series against the Chicago White Sox. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers P Preacher Roe (played for Harding AR in late 1930s) tossed a shutout against the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the 1949 World Series. The contest's only RBI was supplied by 1B Gil Hodges (played for Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948), who drove in 2B Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in PCC both of his seasons with UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41). . . . New York Yankees 3B Red Rolfe (played briefly with Dartmouth in 1927-28 and 1929-30) registered his fourth multiple-hit game in the 1936 World Series against the New York Giants. Rolfe hit .400 in six contests. . . . Closer Lee Smith (averaged 3.4 ppg and 1.9 rpg with Northwestern State in 1976-77) lost Game 4 with the Chicago Cubs in the 1984 NLCS and Game 2 with the Boston Red Sox in the 1988 ALCS. . . . Atlanta Braves P Cecil Upshaw (Centenary's leading scorer as junior in 1962-63) relieved in each of the first three games against the New York Mets in the 1969 NLCS. . . . Washington Senators P Monte Weaver (played center for Emory & Henry VA in mid-1920s) toiled 10 1/3 innings before losing Game 4, 2-1, against the New York Giants in the 1933 World Series.
7 - Joe Adcock (LSU's leading scorer in 1945-46) never had an extra-base hit in 28 World Series at-bats, but the Milwaukee Braves 1B drove in the only run of Game 5 in 1957 with a single off New York Yankees P Whitey Ford. . . . New York Giants 3B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) reached base five times with two hits and three walks against the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the 1921 World Series. . . . Detroit Tigers LF Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) collected three doubles in an 8-4 win against the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of the 1945 World Series. . . . In 2001, Hall of Fame OF Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81) played final game of his 20-year career for the San Diego Padres. Seventeen years earlier, Gwynn's two-run double put the Padres ahead to stay in a 6-3 win against the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of the 1984 NLCS. . . . In Game 7, Brooklyn Dodgers 1B Gil Hodges (played for Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) went hitless again against the New York Yankees and finished 0-for-21 in the 1952 World Series. . . . 1B-OF Doug Howard (All-WAC second-team selection with Brigham Young in 1968-69 and 1969-70) shipped by the California Angels to the St. Louis Cardinals to complete an earlier deal in 1974. . . . New York Yankees OF Charlie Keller (three-year letterman with Maryland from 1934-35 through 1936-37) clobbered two homers in a 7-3 triumph at Cincinnati in Game 3 of the 1939 World Series. . . . Kansas City Royals DH Joe Lahoud (New Haven CT letterman in mid-1960s) scored two runs in a 6-2 victory against the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the 1977 ALCS. . . . Chicago White Sox 3B Vance Law (averaged 6.8 ppg for BYU from 1974-75 through 1976-77) knocked in his lone postseason run (against the Baltimore Orioles in Game 3 of the 1983 ALCS). . . . In the 1939 Windy City World Series, Chicago Cubs OF Hank Lieber (played for Arizona in 1931) hammered a game-winning, two-out, three-run homer in the ninth inning for a 5-3 verdict over the White Sox in Game 4. . . . Hall of Fame P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) died of tuberculosis in 1925 at the age of 45. . . . Philadelphia Phillies OF Bake McBride (averaged 12.7 ppg and 8.1 rpg in 21 games with Westminster MO in 1968-69 and 1969-70) sent Game 4 into extra innings with a pinch homer before they bowed to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-3, in the 1978 NLCS. . . . Cincinnati Reds RF Greasy Neale (graduated in 1915 from West Virginia Wesleyan) went 3-for-4 for the second time in the first six games of the 1919 World Series against the Chicago White Sox. . . . Houston Astros P Joe Niekro (averaged 8.9 ppg and 3.8 rpg for West Liberty WV from 1963-64 through 1965-66) hurled eight shutout innings in a 1-0 triumph against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the 1981 NLDS. . . . Cincinnati Reds 3B Billy Werber (first Duke All-American in 1929-30) hit safely in first six games of 1940 World Series against the Detroit Tigers. . . . P Chris Young (All-Ivy League first-team selection for Princeton in 1999-00) notched the San Diego Padres' only victory in the 2006 NLCS (3-1 against the St. Louis Cardinals). . . . New York Yankees P Tom Zachary (Guilford NC letterman in 1916) hurled a complete-game, 7-3 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the 1928 World Series.
8 - New York Giants SS Alvin Dark (played for LSU and USL in mid-1940s) delivered three doubles against the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the 1951 World Series. . . . George Earnshaw (played for Swarthmore PA in 1922), clearly the pitching standout of the 1930 World Series, carried the Philadelphia Athletics to a decisive 7-1 triumph against the St. Louis Cardinals. . . . P Eddie Fisher (played for Oklahoma's 1954-55 freshman squad) traded by the Cleveland Indians to the California Angels in 1968. . . . New York Giants 3B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) supplied his fourth multiple-hit game in 1922 World Series to finish with a .471 batting average for champions in five outings against the New York Yankees. . . . St. Louis Cardinals P Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer in 1955-56 and 1956-57) hurled a five-hit shutout against the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of the 1967 World Series. . . . San Francisco Giants C Tom Haller (backup forward for Illinois in 1956-57 and 1957-58 under coach Harry Combes) supplied a go-ahead homer off Whitey Ford in the seventh inning against the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the 1962 World Series. . . . P Oral Hildebrand (All-American for Butler in 1928-29 and 1929-30) hurled four scoreless innings as the New York Yankees' starter in Game 4 of the 1939 World Series when they swept the Cincinnati Reds. . . . Boston Red Sox P Bruce Hurst (played J.C. for Dixie UT in mid-1970s) secured a 9-2 victory against the California Angels in Game 2 of the 1986 ALCS. . . . New York Yankees RF Charlie Keller (Maryland three-year letterman from 1934-35 through 1936-37) broke up a scoreless duel with a seventh-inning homer en route to a 7-4 success against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 4 of the 1939 World Series. . . . St. Louis Cardinals LF Danny Litwhiler (member of JV squad with Bloomsburg PA three years in mid-1930s) delivered a homer and double in a 2-0 win against the St. Louis Browns in Game 5 of the 1944 World Series. . . . Chicago Cubs CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling 35-3 record) supplied four hits against the Florida Marlins in Game 2 of the 2003 NLCS. . . . In Game 2, P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) hurled a 10-inning shutout for the New York Giants' lone victory against the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1913 World Series. . . . LF Wally Moon (averaged 4.3 ppg with Texas A&M in 1948-49 and 1949-50) capped off a six-run, fourth-inning eruption with a two-run homer as the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the 1959 World Series crown with a 9-3 triumph against the Chicago White Sox in Game 6. . . . P Roy Parmelee (letterman for Eastern Michigan in 1924-25 and 1925-26) traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Chicago Cubs in 1936. . . . New York Yankees 3B Red Rolfe (played briefly with Dartmouth in 1927-28 and 1929-30) provided a pair of doubles in a 5-1 win against the New York Giants in Game 3 of the 1937 World Series. . . . New York Yankees LF Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) delivered a triple among his postseason career-high three hits in a 3-0 win against the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 2 of the 1981 ALDS.
9 - C Benny Bengough (Niagara letterman from 1916-17 through 1918-19) secured a hit for the third straight 1928 World Series game to help the New York Yankees sweep the St. Louis Cardinals. . . . Boston Red Sox P Ray Collins (Vermont letterman in 1907 and 1908) started Game 2 of the 1912 World Series against the New York Giants when they tied, 6-6, in a contest called after 11 innings. . . . Before a crowd of 81,897, OF Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA titlist) contributed the first homer of the 1948 World Series to spark the Cleveland Indians to a 2-1 victory against the Boston Braves in Game 4. . . . Boston Red Sox P Boo Ferriss (Mississippi State letterman in 1941) hurled a 4-0 shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the 1946 World Series. . . . New York Giants LF Monte Irvin (played for Lincoln PA 1 1/2 years in late 1930s) provided his fourth multiple-hit outing in first five World Series games in 1951 against the New York Yankees. . . . New York Giants CF Hank Leiber (played for Arizona in 1931) contributed two hits, two runs and two RBI in a 7-3 win against the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the 1937 World Series. . . . In the first World Series utilizing a seven-game format, New York Giants Hall of Fame P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) blanked the Philadelphia Athletics, 3-0, in the opener of the all-shutout 1905 World Series. Mathewson also tossed whitewashes in Game 3 and Game 5. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates SS Paul Popovich (teammate of Jerry West for West Virginia's 1960 NCAA playoff team) hit safely in all three 1974 NLCS games against the Los Angeles Dodgers. . . . Despite yielding only one earned run in 9 2/3 innings in two starts against the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Browns P Nels Potter (leading scorer in early 1930s for Mount Morris IL) lost his lone World Series decision (3-1 in Game 6 in 1944). . . . Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Gary Redus Sr. (J.C. player for Athens AL and father of Centenary/South Alabama performer) went 3-for-3, including two extra-base hits, and scored the decisive run in a 3-2 triumph against the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of the 1992 NLCS. . . . St. Louis Cardinals C Dave Ricketts (three-year starter led Duquesne in scoring senior season with 17.9 ppg in 1956-57) registered his lone World Series hit with a pinch single off Detroit Tigers P Denny McLain in Game 6 in 1968. . . . St. Louis Cardinals RF Wally Roettger (Illinois letterman in 1921-22 and 1922-23) hit safely in all three of 1931 World Series games he started against the Philadelphia Athletics. . . . CF Bill Virdon (played for Drury MO in 1949) stroked a two-run single propelling the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-2 triumph against the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the 1960 World Series. . . . Washington Senators P Tom Zachary (Guilford NC letterman in 1916) hurled a complete-game, 2-1 win against the New York Giants in Game 6 of the 1924 World Series. Zachary also won Game 2.
10 - OF Ethan Allen (Cincinnati letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) and P Jim Mooney (played for East Tennessee State) traded by the New York Giants to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1932. . . . Increasing his hitting streak in World Series competition to eight in a row, Philadelphia Athletics SS Jack Barry (letterman for Holy Cross in 1908) banged out two doubles among three safeties against the New York Giants in Game 4 of 1913 World Series. . . . 1B Kevin "Chuck" Connors (scored 32 points in 15 varsity games for Seton Hall in 1941-42 before leaving school for military service) traded by the Brooklyn Dodgers to the Chicago Cubs in 1950. Connors, star of the television series The Rifleman, gained critical acclaim playing the role of a slave owner in the TV mini-series Roots (1977). . . . In the 1961 expansion draft, the New York Mets selected P Roger Craig (forward with North Carolina State's 1949-50 freshman team) from the Los Angeles Dodgers, OF John DeMerit (letterman for Wisconsin in 1956-57) from the Milwaukee Braves, 1B Gil Hodges (played for Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) from the Dodgers and P Jay Hook (Northwestern's third-leading scorer with 10.7 ppg as sophomore in 1955-56) from the Cincinnati Reds. The same expansion draft also had the Houston Colt .45s selecting 1B-OF Dick Gernert (letterman with Temple in 1948-49 when averaging 2.7 ppg) from the Reds and P Jim Umbricht (Georgia's captain in 1951-52) from the Pittsburgh Pirates. . . . Baltimore Orioles P Mike Flanagan (averaged 13.9 ppg for Massachusetts' 15-1 freshman squad in 1971-72) won the 1979 World Series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers LF "Sweet" Lou Johnson (Kentucky State teammate of legendary coach Davey Whitney averaged 5.7 ppg and 2 rpg in 1951-52) lashed a Game 4 homer in a 7-2 win against the Minnesota Twins in the 1965 World Series. . . . OF Joe Lahoud (letterman for New Haven CT in mid-1960s) traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Milwaukee Brewers in a 10-player swap in 1971. . . . Cleveland Indians CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling 35-3 record) reached base five times with three hits and two walks against the Seattle Mariners in the opener of the 1995 ALCS. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Davey Lopes (NAIA All-District 15 selection for Iowa Wesleyan averaged 16.9 ppg as All-Iowa Conference freshman selection in 1964-65 and 12.1 as sophomore in 1965-66) collected two homers and five RBI in an 11-5 triumph against the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the 1978 World Series. . . . In decisive Game 7, Chicago White Sox P Ted Lyons (two-time All-SWC first-team selection for Baylor in early 1920s) tossed his second five-hit win in the 1939 World Series in City Series against the Cubs. . . . Breaking up a scoreless duel in Game 7 of the 1968 World Series, Detroit Tigers RF Jim Northrup (second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for Alma MI in 1958-59) stroked a decisive seventh-inning triple off St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame P Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer in 1955-56 and 1956-57). Gibson won his previous seven WS starts. . . . New York Yankees P Marius Russo (member of LIU teams compiling a 50-2 record in 1934-35 and 1935-36 under legendary coach Clair Bee) hurled a complete game and knocked in the decisive run with a double in a 2-1 decision over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of the 1943 World Series. . . . 1B Bill "Moose" Skowron (scored 18 points in eight games for Purdue in 1949-50) smashed a grand slam to help the New York Yankees win Game 7 of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers. . . . Kansas City Royals P Paul Splittorff (runner-up in scoring and rebounding for Morningside IA in 1967-68) won Game 2 of the 1976 ALCS with 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief against the New York Yankees. . . . Philadelphia Athletics SS Dib Williams (played for Hendrix AR in mid-1920s) delivered his third two-hit outing of the 1931 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
11 - In 1925, Pittsburgh Pirates LF Clyde Barnhart (played for Shippensburg PA predecessor Cumberland Valley State Normal School prior to World War I) went hitless for the only time in 11 World Series games. . . . In 1948, SS Lou Boudreau (leading scorer for Illinois' 1937 Big Ten Conference co-champion) doubled for the third consecutive World Series contest with the champion Cleveland Indians in Game 6 against the Boston Braves. . . . St. Louis Cardinals P Roger Craig (forward with North Carolina State's 1949-50 freshman team) earned a victory by fanning eight New York Yankees batters in 4 2/3 innings of shutout relief in Game 4 of the 1964 World Series. . . . P Dave Giusti (made 6 of 10 field-goal attempts in two games for Syracuse in 1959-60) traded by the Houston Astros to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1968. . . . In 1971, Baltimore Orioles P Dick Hall (averaged 12.8 ppg from 1948-49 through 1950-51 with Swarthmore PA for three Southern Division champions in MASC) earned a save in Game 2 of the World Series for the second straight season. . . . P Jim Hearn (Georgia Tech letterman in 1941-42) traded by the New York Giants to the Philadelphia Phillies for P Stu Miller in 1956. . . . INF Davey Johnson (averaged 1.7 ppg with Texas A&M in 1961-62) was the on-deck batter in Japan in 1976 when Sadaharu Oh stroked his 715th homer to pass Babe Ruth's mark. Incredibly, Johnson was also the next hitter in April 1974 when Atlanta Braves OF Hank Aaron hammered his 715th round-tripper. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) hurled a four-hit shutout in Game 5 of the 1965 World Series against the Minnesota Twins. . . . Cleveland Indians CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling 35-3 record) whacked a homer but it wasn't enough to prevent a 5-3 defeat against the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the 1998 ALCS. . . . Rookie RF Bud Metheny (William & Mary letterman from 1935-36 through 1937-38) supplied his lone World Series hit by singling in a 2-0 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 to help the New York Yankees clinch the 1943 title. . . . Detroit Tigers OF Jim Northrup (second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for Alma MI in 1958-59) drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning in a 4-3 triumph against the Oakland Athletics in Game 4 of the 1972 ALCS.
12 - St. Louis Cardinals P Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer in 1955-56 and 1956-57) won decisive Game 7 against the Boston Red Sox in the 1967 World Series. Gibson helped his cause with a homer. Three years earlier, Gibson whiffed 13 batters in a 10-inning, 5-2 win against the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the 1964 WS. . . New York Yankees OF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling 35-3 record) socked a homer in a 10-7 triumph against the Boston Red Sox in the opener of the 2004 ALCS. . . . In Game 3, New York Giants Hall of Fame P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) tossed his second of three shutouts against the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1905 World Series. . . . Philadelphia Phillies P Ron Reed (Notre Dame's leading rebounder in 1963-64 and 1964-65) yielded back-to-back homers to LF George Foster and C Johnny Bench to start the ninth inning as the Cincinnati Reds came from behind to win, 7-6, and sweep their 1976 NLDS. . . . Detroit Tigers P Jeff Robinson (two-time NAIA All-District 3 honoree in early 1980s left Azusa Pacific CA as school's No. 9 all-time scorer) made his lone postseason appearance, hurling 1/3 of an inning against the Minnesota Twins in Game 5 of the 1987 ALCS. . . . Toronto Blue Jays DH-RF Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) walloped a homer but it was in vain as the Oakland A's avoided elimination with a 6-2 Game 5 victory in the 1992 ALCS.
13 - Los Angeles Dodgers RF Joe Ferguson (member of Pacific's 1967 NCAA playoff team) smacked a homer off Oakland Athletics P Vida Blue, accounting for the game-winning hit in a 3-2 triumph in Game 2 of the 1974 World Series. . . . Unscored upon in all seven postseason relief appearances covering 9 2/3 innings, Pittsburgh Pirates P Dave Giusti (made 6 of 10 field-goal attempts in two games for Syracuse in 1959-60) earned a save in Game 4 of the 1971 World Series against the Baltimore Orioles. . . . 1B Gail Hopkins (averaged 2.5 ppg for Pepperdine in 1963-64) traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Kansas City Royals in 1970. . . . Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) fired as manager of the San Diego Padres in 1981. . . . Atlanta Braves RF David Justice (led Thomas More KY in assists in 1984-85) jacked two homers against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 6 of the 1992 NLCS. . . . OF Jim Lyttle (led Florida State in free-throw shooting in 1965-66 when averaging 12.4 ppg) traded by the New York Yankees to the Chicago White Sox in 1971. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers 1B-OF Len Matuszek (Toledo starter for squad compiling 18-7 record in 1975-76) collected his lone postseason hit, a pinch single against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of the 1985 NLCS. . . . 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) hit a three-run, first-inning double to spark the New York Yankees to a 3-1 victory against the Oakland A's in the 1981 ALCS opener. Nettles' spectacular defense highlighted a 5-1 triumph for the Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of the 1978 World Series. Nettles whacked two homers in Game 4 of the 1976 ALCS for the Yankees but they weren't enough to prevent a 7-4 loss against the Kansas City Royals. . . . Philadelphia Phillies P Eppa Rixey (Virginia letterman in 1912 and 1914) allowed two homers in 6 2/3 innings in a 5-4 defeat against the Boston Red Sox in Game 5 of the 1915 World Series. . . . Baltimore Orioles reliever Tim Stoddard (starting forward opposite All-American David Thompson for North Carolina State's 1974 NCAA champion) won Game 4 against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1979 World Series. . . . In his final MLB and only World Series at-bat, San Diego Padres OF Champ Summers (led SIUE in scoring in 1969-70 after doing same with Nicholls State in 1964-65) fanned as a pinch-hitter against a former teammate (Jack Morris of the Detroit Tigers) in Game 4 of the 1984 WS. . . . CF Bill Virdon (played for Drury MO in 1949) smacked a two-run single to help the Pittsburgh Pirates outlast the New York Yankees, 10-9, in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series.
14 - Montreal Expos P Ray Burris (Southwestern Oklahoma State player) hurled a shutout against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of 1981 NLCS. Five days later in Game 5, Burris yielded only five hits in eight innings. . . . 1B Donn Clendenon (played for Morehouse GA) selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates by the Montreal Expos in 1968 expansion draft. . . . RF Walt French (letterman for Rutgers and Army) struck out as a pinch-hitter but the Philadelphia Athletics rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to edge the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of the 1929 World Series. . . . P Dave Giusti (made 6 of 10 field-goal attempts in two games for Syracuse in 1959-60) selected from the St. Louis Cardinals by the San Diego Padres as the third pick in 1968 expansion draft. . . . New York Yankees reliever Steve Hamilton (Morehead State's leading scorer and rebounder in 1956-57 and 1957-58) saved Game 6 in the 1964 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals after replacing starter Jim Bouton. . . . San Francisco Giants P Atlee Hammaker (averaged 5.3 ppg as freshman in 1976-77 and 4.9 as sophomore in 1977-78 under ETSU coach Sonny Smith) lost decisive Game 7 against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1987 NLCS. . . . St. Louis Cardinals P Bobby Humphreys (four-year letterman graduated from Hampden-Sydney VA in 1958) hurled a scoreless inning of relief against the New York Yankees in Game 6 of the 1964 World Series. . . . New York Yankees OF David Justice (led Thomas More KY in assists in 1984-85) homered in a 5-0 win against the Seattle Mariners in Game 4 of 2000 ALCS. . . . Toiling on two days rest, Los Angeles Dodgers P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) hurled a three-hit shutout in Game 7 of the 1965 World Series against the Minnesota Twins. Supporting Koufax with a fourth-inning homer was LF "Sweet" Lou Johnson (Kentucky State teammate of legendary coach Davey Whitney averaged 5.7 ppg and 2 rpg in 1951-52). . . . OF Rusty Kuntz (played in J.C. for Cuesta CA) supplied a sacrifice fly in the fifth and decisive game for the champion Detroit Tigers in the 1984 World Series against the San Diego Padres. . . . Baltimore Orioles P Dave Leonhard (averaged 4.8 ppg with Johns Hopkins MD in 1961-62) hurled a scoreless inning of relief against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 5 of the 1971 World Series. . . . OF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling a 35-3 record) delivered the game-winning safety in the bottom of the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2002 NLCS to send the San Francisco Giants to the World Series. . . . In Game 5, New York Giants Hall of Fame P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) tossed his third shutout against the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1905 World Series. . . . Philadelphia Phillies RF Bake McBride (averaged 12.7 ppg and 8.1 rpg in 21 games with Westminster MO in 1968-69 and 1969-70) banged out a postseason career-high three hits, including a three-run homer, in a 7-6 decision over the Kansas City Royals in the opener of the 1980 World Series. . . . New York Yankees 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) singled twice in a seven-run fourth inning in Game 2 of the 1981 ALCS against the Oakland A's to become the first player ever to collect two safeties in a single frame in LCS competition. . . . P George Stone (averaged 14.7 ppg and 6.5 rpg for Louisiana Tech in 1965-66) notched a save in Game 2 of the 1973 World Series when the New York Mets outlasted the Oakland A's, 10-7, in 12 innings. . . . INF Gary Sutherland (Southern California's fifth-leading scorer in 1963-64 when averaging 7.4 ppg) selected from the Philadelphia Phillies by the Montreal Expos in 1968 expansion draft. . . . 1B-OF Preston Ward (second-leading scorer for Southwest Missouri State in 1946-47 and 1948-49) purchased from the Brooklyn Dodgers by the Chicago Cubs for $100,000 in 1949.
15 - 2B Jerry Adair (one of Oklahoma State's top three scorers in 1956-57 and 1957-58 while ranking among nation's top 12 free-throw shooters each season) selected from the Boston Red Sox by the Kansas City Royals in 1968 expansion draft. . . . New York Yankees rookie P Jim Beattie (Dartmouth's top rebounder in 1974-75 when selected team MVP and honorable mention All-Ivy League) went the distance, striking out eight Los Angeles Dodgers batters in a 12-2 success, in Game 5 of the 1978 World Series. . . . LF Carson "Skeeter" Bigbee (Oregon letterman in 1915) knocked in the tying run with an eighth-inning, pinch-hit double off Hall of Fame P Walter Johnson and scored the go-ahead tally as the Pittsburgh Pirates upended the Washington Senators, 9-7, in Game 7 of the 1925 World Series. . . . OF Bob Cerv (ranked fourth on Nebraska's career scoring list in 1949-50 when finishing his career) purchased from the New York Yankees by the Kansas City Athletics in 1956. . . . In 1957, 2B Jack Dittmer (played for Iowa in 1949-50) traded by the Detroit Tigers to the New York Giants for 2B Wayne Terwilliger (two-year letterman for Western Michigan in late 1940s). . . . St. Louis Cardinals P Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer in 1955-56 and 1956-57) won decisive Game 7 against the New York Yankees in the 1964 World Series. . . . Dallas Green (Delaware's second-leading scorer and rebounder in 1954-55) stepped down as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies to become general manager of the Chicago Cubs in 1981. . . . OF Hinkey Haines (Penn State letterman in 1919-20 and 1920-21) scored the tying run as a pinch-runner in the eighth inning as the New York Yankees came from behind with three tallies to beat the New York Giants, 6-4, and clinch the 1923 World Series. . . . P Rich Hand (averaged 6.2 ppg for Puget Sound WA in 1967-68) shipped by the California Angels to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1974 to complete an earlier deal. . . . Mike Hargrove (Northwestern Oklahoma State letterman) fired as manager of the Cleveland Indians in 1999. . . . Baltimore Orioles 2B Davey Johnson (averaged 1.7 ppg in 1961-62 with Texas A&M) supplied a postseason career-high three hits, including a pair of run-producing safeties, against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 5 of the 1970 World Series. . . . In 2001, OF David Justice (led Thomas More KY in assists in 1984-85) whacked a pinch-hit homer to help the New York Yankees defeat the Oakland A's and become the first team ever to capture a best-of-5 series after dropping the first two contests at home. . . . P Don Kaiser (one semester on scholarship at East Central OK) traded by the Milwaukee Braves to the Detroit Tigers in 1959. . . . New York Yankees 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) notched three RBI in each of three ALCS games against the Oakland Athletics in 1981. . . . Philadelphia Phillies P Ron Reed (Notre Dame's leading rebounder in 1963-64 and 1964-65) earned the save in a 6-4 verdict over the Kansas City Royals in Game 2 of the 1980 World Series. . . . New York Yankees P Rollie Sheldon (third-leading scorer as sophomore for Connecticut's 1960 NCAA Tournament team) retired all six St. Louis Cardinals batters he faced in Game 7 of the 1964 World Series.
16 - In Game 5, 1B Donn Clendenon (played for Morehouse GA) homered in his third consecutive appearance against the Baltimore Orioles to help power the New York Mets to the 1969 World Series title. . . . Hall of Fame P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) purchased from the Philadelphia Phillies by the New York Yankees in 1961. . . . 1B Dick Siebert (played for Concordia-St. Paul MN in 1929 and 1930) traded by the Philadelphia Athletics to the St. Louis Browns in 1945. . . . Baltimore Orioles RF Ken Singleton (Hofstra freshman squad in mid-1960s) supplied his second three-hit game in the 1979 World Series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
17 - OF George Altman (appeared in 1953 and 1954 NAIA Tournament with Tennessee State) traded by the Chicago Cubs to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1962. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates P Jim Bibby (Fayetteville State NC backup player and brother of UCLA All-American Henry Bibby) started decisive Game 7 of the 1979 World Series but wasn't involved in the decision (4-1 win against the Baltimore Orioles). . . . New York Yankees 1B Tony Clark (San Diego State's leading scorer in WAC games in 1991-92) contributed his only RBI in 37 postseason at-bats (against the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS). . . . Alvin Dark (letterman for Louisiana State and Louisiana-Lafayette during World War II) fired as manager of the Oakland A's in 1975. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers C Joe Ferguson (member of Pacific's 1967 NCAA playoff team) stroked two doubles off New York Yankees P Catfish Hunter in Game 6 of the 1978 World Series. . . . San Diego Padres RF Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81) secured three hits, including his lone postseason homer, in the opener of the 1998 World Series against the New York Yankees. . . . OF David Justice (led Thomas More KY in assists in 1984-85), winner of the 2000 ALCS MVP award, contributed a three-run homer to help the New York Yankees defeat the Seattle Mariners, 9-7. . . . P Roger Mason (multiple-year letterman in late 1970s for Saginaw Valley State MI) registered a hold for the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 2 of the 1993 World Series but yielded his only run in 11 career postseason relief appearances. . . . After winning the opener of the 1911 World Series, New York Giants Hall of Fame P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) took a shutout into the ninth inning in Game 3 when 3B John Baker belted a contest-tying homer for the Philadelphia Athletics, who went on to win in the 11th frame. The clutch blast helped him become known as "Home Run" Baker. . . . P Lindy McDaniel (played for Oklahoma's 1954-55 freshman squad) traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Chicago Cubs in 1962. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Kent Tekulve (played as freshman in mid-1960s for Marietta OH) notched a save in decisive Game 7 of the 1979 World Series against the Baltimore Orioles.
18 - P Jim Bibby (Fayetteville State NC backup player and brother of UCLA All-American Henry Bibby) traded by the New York Mets to the St. Louis Cardinals in an eight-player swap in 1971. . . . Boston Red Sox P Bruce Hurst (played J.C. for Dixie UT in mid-1970s) notched a 1-0 victory against the New York Mets in the 1986 World Series opener.
19 - P Bob Garibaldi (starting forward for Santa Clara in 1961-62 when averaging 10.6 ppg and 5.6 rpg) traded by the San Francisco Giants to the Kansas City Royals in 1970. . . . Kansas City Royals LF Lynn Jones (averaged 10.4 ppg for Thiel PA from 1970-71 through 1973-74) contributed a pinch-hit triple against the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of the 1985 World Series. . . . In 1978, Don Kessinger (three-time All-SEC selection for Mississippi from 1961-62 through 1963-64 while finishing among nation's top 45 scorers each year) named player-manager of the Chicago White Sox after they dismissed Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA titlist). . . . St. Louis Cardinals P John Stuper (two-time all-conference junior college in mid-1970s with Butler County PA) tossed a four-hitter in a 13-1 romp over the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 6 of the 1982 World Series.
20 - Texas Rangers P Mike Adams (played for Texas A&M-Kingsville in 1996-97) registered a victory in Game 2 of the 2011 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. . . . Philadelphia Athletics SS Jack Barry (letterman for Holy Cross in 1908) contributed three hits and three runs against the Chicago Cubs in Game 3 of the 1910 World Series. . . . St. Louis Cardinals 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) captured the 1931 N.L. MVP. . . . Detroit Tigers 1B Hank Greenberg (attended NYU briefly on basketball scholarship in late 1920s) won 1935 A.L. MVP. . . . Mike Hargrove (Northwestern Oklahoma State letterman) named manager of the Seattle Mariners in 2004.
21 - 1B Bill Davis (averaged 12.5 ppg in 1963-64 for Minnesota team including eventual NBA standouts Archie Clark and Lou Hudson) traded by the Cleveland Indians to the San Diego Padres in 1968. . . . Kansas City Royals P Rich Gale (led New Hampshire with 7.2 rpg in 1975-76) lost Game 6 when the Philadelphia Phillies clinched the 1980 World Series championship. . . . P Dave Giusti (made 6 of 10 field-goal attempts in two games for Syracuse in 1959-60) traded with C Dave Ricketts (Duquesne's leading scorer with 17.9 ppg in 1956-57) by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1969. . . . San Diego Padres RF Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81) provided his third multiple-hit game in four World Series contests against the New York Yankees in 1998. . . . In 1995 opener against the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four squad compiling 35-3 record) became the first player since 1921 to steal two bases in one inning of a World Series game. . . . P Joe Niekro (averaged 8.9 ppg and 3.8 rpg for West Liberty WV from 1963-64 through 1965-66) made his lone World Series appearance, hurling two innings of shutout relief for the Minnesota Twins in Game 4 of the 1987 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. . . . P Claude Passeau (played for Millsaps MS in late 1920s and early 1930s) traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1935. . . . OF Richie Scheinblum (averaged 6.1 ppg and 3.6 rpg in 1962-63 and 1963-64 with LIU-C.W. Post) purchased from the Texas Rangers by the Kansas City Royals in 1971.
22 - P Danny Coombs (Seton Hall's third-leading scorer and rebounder in 1961-62) purchased from the Houston Astros by the San Diego Padres in 1969. . . . C Art Kusnyer (led Kent State in field-goal percentage in 1965-66 when he was team's third-leading scorer and rebounder) traded by the California Angels to the Milwaukee Brewers in a nine-player swap in 1973. . . . OF Joe Lahoud (letterman for New Haven CT in mid-1960s) traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the California Angels in a nine-player swap in 1973.
23 - Boston Red Sox P Bruce Hurst (played J.C. for Dixie UT in mid-1970s) notched a 4-2 complete-game victory against the New York Mets in Game 5 of the 1986 World Series. . . . Davey Johnson (averaged 1.7 ppg with Texas A&M in 1961-62) hired as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1998. . . . Kansas City Royals LF Lynn Jones (averaged 10.4 ppg for Thiel PA from 1970-71 through 1973-74) contributed a pinch-hit double against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of the 1985 World Series. . . . Gene Michael (Kent State's leading scorer with 14 ppg in 1957-58) replaced by Bob Watson as general manager of the New York Yankees in 1995. . . . INF Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in PCC both of his seasons for UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41) signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945, paving the way for MLB integration. . . . OF Richie Scheinblum (averaged 6.1 ppg and 3.6 rpg in 1962-63 and 1963-64 with LIU-C.W. Post) purchased from the Cleveland Indians by the Washington Senators in 1970.
24 - Philadelphia Athletics SS Jack Barry (letterman for Holy Cross in 1908) stroked two doubles among his three hits in a 4-2 Game 4 victory against the New York Giants and Hall of Fame P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) in the 1911 World Series. . . . Securing at least one steal in his seventh consecutive postseason contest, Cleveland Indians CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling 35-3 record) went 3-for-3, scored three runs and received three walks in a 7-6 win against the Atlanta Braves in Game 3 of the 1995 World Series. Seven years later with the San Francisco Giants, Lofton provided three hits for the second straight game in the 2002 World Series against the Anaheim Angels. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Davey Lopes (NAIA All-District 15 selection for Iowa Wesleyan averaged 16.9 ppg as All-Iowa Conference freshman selection in 1964-65 and 12.1 as sophomore in 1965-66) supplied the game-winning RBI in an 8-7 victory against the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the 1981 World Series. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers INF Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in PCC both of his seasons for UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41), the first black major leaguer of the 20th Century, died of heart disease at the age of 53 in 1972. . . . DH-RF Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) banged out a two-out, two-run double in the top of the 11th inning to spark the Toronto Blue Jays to their first World Series championship with a 4-3 decision over the Atlanta Braves in Game 6 in 1992.
25 - OF Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA titlist) traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Chicago White Sox in 1955. . . . C Tom Haller (backup forward for Illinois in 1956-57 and 1957-58 under coach Harry Combes) purchased from the Detroit Tigers by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1972. . . . 1B Mike Hargrove (Northwestern Oklahoma State letterman) traded by the Texas Rangers to the San Diego Padres in 1978. . . . In 1977, P Jim Todd (played for Parsons IA before averaging 16 ppg with Millersville State PA in 1968-69) shipped by the Chicago Cubs to the Seattle Mariners to complete an earlier deal in the spring.
26 - Detroit Tigers OF Hank Greenberg (attended NYU briefly on basketball scholarship in late 1920s) won 1940 A.L. MVP. . . . In 1960, Washington Senators President Calvin Griffith (letterman in 1934 and 1935 when George Washington compiled 25-10 record) made decision to move franchise to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. . . . P Oral Hildebrand (All-American for Butler in 1928-29 and 1929-30) traded by the St. Louis Browns to the New York Yankees in 1938. . . . P Sonny Siebert (team-high 16.7 ppg for Mizzou in 1957-58 as All-Big Eight Conference second-team selection) traded by the Texas Rangers to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1973.
27 - SS Dick Groat (two-time All-American with Duke in 1950-51 and 1951-52 when finishing among nation's top five scorers each season) traded with 1B Bill White (played two years with Hiram OH in early 1950s) and C Bob Uecker by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Philadelphia Phillies for C Pat Corrales, OF Alex Johnson and P Art Mahaffey in 1965.
28 - St. Louis Cardinals P Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer in 1955-56 and 1956-57) captured the Cy Young Award in 1968. . . . A homer by Atlanta Braves RF David Justice (led Thomas More KY in assists in 1984-85) against the Cleveland Indians accounted for the only run in Game 6 of the 1995 World Series as the Braves became the first franchise to win championships representing three different cities (previously Boston and Milwaukee). . . . SS Don Kessinger (three-time All-SEC selection for Mississippi from 1961-62 through 1963-64 while finishing among nation's top 45 scorers each year) traded by the Chicago Cubs to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1975. . . . OF Randy Winn (Santa Clara backcourtmate of eventual two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash in 1993-94) traded by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to the Seattle Mariners in 2002.
29 - Dallas Green (Delaware's second-leading scorer and rebounder in 1954-55) stepped down as president and general manager of the Chicago Cubs in 1987. . . . OF Wally Roettger (Illinois letterman in 1921-22 and 1922-23) purchased from the New York Giants by the Cincinnati Reds in 1930.
30 - Los Angeles Dodgers P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) and St. Louis Cardinals SS Dick Groat (two-time All-American with Duke in 1950-51 and 1951-52 when finishing among nation's top five scorers each season) finished 1-2 in N.L. MVP voting in 1963. . . . 1B Gary Holle (Siena's scoring and rebounding leader in 1974-75 and 1975-76) traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1981. . . . Davey Johnson (averaged 1.7 ppg with Texas A&M in 1961-62) hired as manager of the Baltimore Orioles in 1995.
31 - SS Alvin Dark (basketball letterman for LSU and USL during World War II) traded by the Milwaukee Braves to the San Francisco Giants in 1960. . . . Baltimore Orioles P Mike Flanagan (averaged 13.9 ppg for Massachusetts' 15-1 freshman squad in 1971-72) named winner of the 1979 A.L. Cy Young Award.

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Transfer Talk: Coaches Usually Don't Support Player Switch Within League

Since they frequently can't trust their counterparts, forbidding intraconference player transfers is usually on the agenda for the coaches and ADs. On the other hand, there is little mention of the double standard whereby coaches aren't denied a right to do the same thing. We don't recall coach Bo Ryan raising a stink about intraconference transfers when Sharif Chambliss led the Badgers in assists and three-pointers in nearly guiding them to the 2005 Final Four in his lone season with them after leaving Penn State.

In regard to priorities, there is virtually no word on coaches and conferences wanting the NCAA to introduce guidelines to determine a penalty to enforce if a player is caught doing drugs or committing domestic violence. Transfer power forward Charles Mitchell found it easy to remain in the ACC with Georgia Tech because Maryland chose to switch membership to the Big Ten. At any rate, CollegeHoopedia.com is unaware of the following players, including Xavier coach Chris Mack, causing extensive trouble because they transferred within a league:

Transfer Player Pos. Conference Two League Members Played For
Al Akins ? Pacific Coast Washington State 42-43/Washington 44
Carvell Ammons F Big Ten Northwestern 97/Illinois 99
DeMario Anderson G Northeast Central Connecticut State 04-05/Quinnipiac 07-08
Luke Axtell F-G Big 12 Texas 98/Kansas 00-01
Twany Beckham G SEC Mississippi State 09-10/Kentucky 12-13
Jason Carter F Southeastern Alabama 11 | Mississippi 13
Sharif Chambliss G Big Ten Penn State 01-03/Wisconsin 05
Richard Congo F East Coast Lafayette 80/Drexel 82-84
Thomas Dodd C-F SWAC Texas Southern 95-96/Grambling 98-99
Charles Dorsey G Midwestern Collegiate Loyola of Chicago 81-82/Oral Roberts 84-85
Gary Ervin G Southeastern Mississippi State 04-05/Arkansas 07
Cedric Foster G SWAC Alcorn State 94-95/Mississippi Valley State 97-98
Lawrence Funderburke F Big Ten Indiana 90/Ohio State 92-94
Antonio Gates F Mid-American Eastern Michigan 00/Kent State 02-03
John Gordon G America East Maine 96-97/Delaware 99-00
Derick Grubb C West Coast Pepperdine 03-06/Loyola Marymount 07
Jason Grunkemeyer G Mid-American Ohio University 97/Miami (OH) 99-01
Damontre Harris C Southeastern South Carolina 11-12/Florida 14
Jason Hernandez G America East New Hampshire 97/Hofstra 99-01
Derek Holcomb C Big Ten Indiana 77/Illinois 79-81
Randy Holcomb F WAC/Mountain West Fresno State 99/San Diego State 01-02
David Huertas G Southeastern Florida 05-06/Mississippi 08
Lindsey Hunter G SWAC Alcorn State 89/Jackson State 91-93
Ben Johnson G Big Ten Northwestern 00-01/Minnesota 03
Napoleon Johnson C SWAC Texas Southern 80-81/Grambling 83-84
Oggie Kapetanovic C Ivy League Brown 97-98/Penn 00-01
John Lucas III G Big 12 Baylor 02-03/Oklahoma State 04
Chris Mack G Midwestern Collegiate Evansville 89-90/Xavier 93
Jamar Miles F SWAC Alabama A&M 99/Prairie View 01-03
Charles Mitchell F ACC Maryland 13-14/Georgia Tech 15
Ross Neltner F-C Southeastern Louisiana State 04-05/Vanderbilt 07-08
Sam Okey F Big Ten Wisconsin 96-97/Iowa 99
Marvin Owens G-F Midwestern Collegiate Oklahoma City 84-85/Detroit 87-88
Jason Parker F Southeastern Kentucky 01/South Carolina 03
Charles Price F SWAC Grambling 86-87/Texas Southern 89-90
Luke Recker G-F Big Ten Indiana 98-99/Iowa 01
Earnest Ross F SEC Auburn 10-11/Missouri 13-14
Brian Schmall G Big South Augusta 89-90/Radford 92-93
Glen Selbo G Big Ten Wisconsin 44 & 47/Michigan 46
Brad Sellers F Big Ten Wisconsin 82-83/Ohio State 85-86
Marcus Stewart F Big South Coastal Carolina 98-99/Winthrop 01
Curtis Stuckey G Missouri Valley Drake 88/Bradley 90-91
Kenny Taylor G Big 12 Baylor 02-03/Texas 04
Charles Terrell G Big West San Jose State 90-91/Pacific 93-94
Jarrod Uthoff F Big Ten Wisconsin 12 (RS) | Iowa 14-15
Eloy Vargas C Southeastern Florida 09/Kentucky 11-12
Damion Walker C-F WAC Texas Christian 96-97/New Mexico 99-00
Marcus Watkins G Big 12 Texas A&M 03-04/Missouri 05-06
Malcolm White F Southeastern Mississippi 08-09/Louisiana State 11-12
Trent Whiting G Mountain West Utah 00/Brigham Young 01
LeRon Williams F Southeastern Florida 95-96 | South Carolina 98-99

Top Cop: Eric Holder, Duplicating His Columbia Hoop Career, was Zero as AG

In hoop parlance, it's the equivalent of triple-teaming as an unprecedented animosity escalates toward government unaccountability and its community disorganizing. Republican lawmakers, perceiving disregard for the Constitution and stonewalling their oversight by withholding documents, have focused for an extended period on a series of Amateur Hour White House Administration shenanigans - Benghazi bungling, IRS targeting of conservative groups, incompetent Obamacare rollout (HHS Secretary at the time spent more time fundraising to publicize the health care law rather than testing the enrollment website for glitches) and far-reaching snooping of world leaders (including allies) plus subpoenas of the media.

Despite claims that intimidating and criminalizing the media "is something I've never been involved with or heard of (signed warrant nonetheless)," departing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's intrusive actions impacting freedom of the press wasn't the first time he was in the middle of a firestorm. Conducting an off-the-record session with selected media members and focusing on a parade float mocking POTUS rather than vital issues did nothing to resolve many questions about his priorities seemingly more in favor of towel-head terrorists and CAIR-ing Muslim mutilators than law-abiding American citizens such as Uncle Sam, Father Jim and Brother Bob. Holder previously failed to divulge sufficient information about the botched "Fast and Furious" ATF "gunwalking" operation selling 2,000 firearms to Mexican drug cartels. The nation's corrosive top cop, treating the DOJ as a partisan sanctuary community according to mistreated opponents, seemed to be shedding light on as much material regarding the controversial ATF topic and media meddling as the number of FGM he contributed to Columbia's freshman basketball squad in 1969-70 (misfired on all four field-goal attempts). Parcing words like "is," demented Demorat defenders at Al "Not So" Sharpton's Race Card Convention probably would "enable" Holder if the AG said he didn't fib to Congress about monitoring the press' co-conspirator calls or was Columbia's all-time leading varsity scorer instead of Leonard "Buck" Jenkins (1,766 points from 1990-93).

Holder seemed to try to set a Guinness Book of World Records for most times saying "I don't know" during Congressional oversight testimony. Do you think he knew the first female director of the Secret Service wanted the agency to be "more like Disney World"? It doesn't seem possible but the DOJ reportedly also facilitated anti-George Zimmerman protests in Florida, failed to adequately monitor runaway overtime payments in his department and was so petty that Ferguson, Mo., police officers were banned from wearing bracelets supporting their colleague. Evidence of widespread passivity existed when there wasn't a sufficient sentiment calling for the resignation of Holder, one of several former college basketball players in the StinkBurger Administration apparently incapable of consistently absorbing intelligence briefings in a serious fashion. If Ferguson and the Fort Hood massacre are any indication, the Holder-infected DOJ and fellow race baiters may treat the hero reserve sheriff's deputy in Moore, Okla., as the word-game problem for the "workplace violence" rather than the Muslim convert savage.

Whether or not there is a cover-up or obstruction of justice, lost amid the juvenile freshman-like gamesmanship is the moral obligation to supply a full explanation to the distraught family of murdered border patrol agent Brian Terry feeling as if the government is hiding something. The House oversight committee leader for the Democrats said they "would not rest" until they found answers but some shameless political parasites on The Hill are more concerned with covering their side's back rather than discerning who shot Terry in the back. An arrogant Holder, claiming he made an "extraordinary offer" (estimated mostly-redacted 7,600 of 80,000-plus subpoenaed documents) before requesting executive privilege from the White House, has been in hot water for a variety of issues, including his responses regarding other issues such as the New Black Panther Party, voter rights, enforcement of immigration laws and national security leaks. Meanwhile, the CYAG (Cover Your _ _ ) White House tried to protect Holder with executive privilege and voiced support for him despite Mr. Recusal's unprincipled surveillance of the media.

(With)Holder, an Ivy League freshman the same year as Princeton's Brian Taylor and Harvard's James Brown, was confirmed as AG despite his outrageous pandering to leftist special interests in orchestrating a pardon for international fugitive Marc Rich and clemency for 16 members of a terrorist group (FALN). Obama, a backup JV basketball player for Occidental (CA), said as an Illinois Senator that the President is not the AG's client. But does his race-card reveling administration emphasize rules for radicals more than principles of patriots? A clear indication will be how concerned his agency is probing "payback" shootings of police officers in Ferguson. Also, why are several dozen FBI agents assigned to Ferguson rather than going to Minneapolis investigating a breeding ground for homegrown terrorists? If bothering to show up in Virginia, race hustlers such as Holder, Jesse Jerkson and Sharpton are more likely to support the civil rights of suspect Jesse Matthew rather than victims Hannah Graham and Morgan Harrington.

The feds' priorities were more concerned with detaining an obscure producer of an anti-Islamic film making light of the prophet Mohammed. Meanwhile, the stonewalling Obama Administration - either grossly incompetent or immersed in a corrupt cover-up - dealt with a terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, by standing in front of caskets at an airport hangar (plus the White House press corps, the U.N. and national politically-oriented shows) offering an orchestrated narrative claiming the nondescript video was responsible for a spontaneous murder of the American ambassador and three other Americans. Unbelievably, a Navy SEAL among the deceased violated stand-down orders to help save numerous individuals at the embassy and then fought the terrorists for seven hours while his pleas for backup at an annex were ignored by morally-bankrupt government officials real-time watching events unfold. Months later, the apologist-in-chief and cowardly cronies were still striving to supply a cogent response to their deflect-and-deny sacrificial inaction. They would rather sanctimoniously flash half a peace sign to opponents by promoting Susan "Damsel in Distress" Rice despite her incessant Benghazi video lies comprehended by everyone across the nation possessing a triple-digit IQ.

The father of slain SEAL Tyrone Woods said bombastic VP Joe Biden asked an incredibly inappropriate question: "Did your son always have balls the size of cue balls?" Countered Woods' father: "Better to die a hero than to live as a coward." Bomb-thrower Biden, who charges rent to Secret Service bodyguards protecting him, should have had Holder help him in the War of Drugs to prevent his own kids from going astray.

If you're interested in political players and seek a mite more insight than you'll generate any morning from MSLSD's Mika the Myopic Mannequin and her clueless comrades, CollegeHoopedia.com has conducted extensive research on politicians and political appointees who were college hoopsters. The vast majority of them honor the Constitution more than splitting-hairs Holder, who was anything but the "right" man to investigate himself, refute the FBI with a probe of Zimmerman, distinguish radical Islam from administration's radical ignorance or assess anything of significance for that matter. Faking skills as much as Obama's sign-language interpreter at Mandela memorial, Holder departs as AG missing shots like he did as a Columbia freshman and leaving the country with a Jimmy Carter-like crisis of confidence.

War on Women: Colleges Need to Reduce Violence Before It Reaches Pros

If Jimmy Carter feels comfortable smiling while criticizing "we-know-what-has-to-be-done," then there is an absolute absence of mentally-tough authentic leaders. Whether or not it's viewed on a major network, many must not get it until they see it. POTUS (a.k.a. Mr. Mom Jeans), while praising Muslim cleric who endorsed Fatwa against American troops, doesn't have a strategy for declaring war with ISIS until multiple gruesome beheadings and pressure isn't applied on teflon NFL regarding domestic violence until Candid Camera delivers demonstrable deviance igniting a cover-up. In sports, what the presstitutes miss is that zero tolerance for the troubling "War on Women" needs to be addressed in high school and college before the lack of a moral compass reaches the pros.

About two-thirds of sexual assault charges involving college athletes reportedly are dropped or not filed similar to two Michigan State freshmen hoopsters during orientation in the fall of 2010 and pair of Providence players early last season. In light of Marquette failing to report multiple messy incidents to Milwaukee police, can you begin to fathom how many times "big-time" schools have covered up "Boys Gone Wild" indiscretions to keep rap sheets shorter than stat sheets? Minnesota and West Virginia endured similar unseemly situations in the mid-1980s. Consider an Inside Higher Ed article written about a Syracuse dean facing dismissal for refusing to cover up an assault of a female student on campus by basketball players. Elsewhere, a culture concerning abuse of females frequently goes unchecked at sports factories reminiscent of group assault charges at Arkansas under coaches Nolan Richardson and John Pelphrey resulting in Ray Rice-like initial modest sanctions. Will it really change under Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson, who had more than his share of problem children at Missouri?

There are words and there are actions as well as "tough" guys and "cool" guys in this criminal "no-means-no" climate change. One-sided co-ed boxing apparently needs to get personal before the issue penetrates some thick skulls in the establishment media. For instance, ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale, obsessed with "payday" and "cash" as always, tweeted he doesn't "dig actions away from ring but he (Floyd Mayweather) is an all-time great." Well, let's "dig" on one easy hipster wannabee layup straight from the grandstanding opening bell. Unless mindset of role model Dancin' Ray contaminates network judgment across the sports spectrum, no one with an extensive history of domestic abuse charges such as misfit Mayweather should be roundly deemed an all-time great in any way, shape or form with or without a cover-your-fanny-like-commish qualifier. Ditto for Florida State's troubled QB Jameis Winston, who Vitale tweeted was "great to have on your side on Saturday." Presumably, Dickie V didn't mean late Saturday night at any sort of Winston post-game celebration leaving an accuser susceptible to being dragged through the mud.

Consider the stark contrast on ESPN between the embarrassing bumblin', mumblin' and stumblin' of Ray Lewis (Who set the bar so low to hire him as expert missing his creme-colored suit on heels of wayward Hugh Douglas?) to enlightening Hannah Storm's emotional monologue on how to explain the violence. No matter how well-intentioned, we can second-guess everyone leading up to the grotesque seeing-is-believing video and protecting the brand. Perhaps Storm's father could have done more to curtail the me-myself-and-I excesses when Mike Storen was a pro basketball executive during the wild and wooly '60s and '70s. And if the holier-than-thou press is so concerned about PC-police nickname changing, perhaps they should encourage schools to be more accurate with monikers such as Cincinnati Conmen, Memphis Malcontents, Miz-zou Animals, North Carolina Tarrin (Gals in) Heels, Syracuse Orange Jumpsuits, UNLV Sin City Rebels, etc. Also, can anyone unearth whether "The Carolina (Academic) Way" for Raymond Felton and Ty Lawson included a rigorous independent study course on how to treat the opposite sex?

What we have here is a failure to exhibit standards; not so much an inability to thoroughly discuss the topic and appease the all-women sports gabfest "We Need to Talk" on CBS. The NFL and NBA likely will announce policies "to do more," but when will colleges and the media do likewise to mitigate Sharia Law-like malignant message mistreating women? Amid the pimpish compartmentalization, there are also "clever" guys such as Oregon stemming from its timing in waiting to expel three players implicated in an alleged sexual assault in order to avoid a reduction in its Academic Progress Rate score. Meanwhile, fellow Pac-12 Conference member California adopted a stricter admissions policy when it comes to academics. Will Cal set a nationwide trend for increased scholastic standards or will majority of universities duck the issue? NCAA headquarters appears much more concerned about Indian nicknames than ending licking of dames.

Speaking of "tough, cool and clever" guys, Mayweather told CNN's Rachel Nichols that "only God can judge me." But let's play The Almighty role and make things personal prior to enablers going on their merry way "earning" academic-anemia "dollars" off the next round of ill-equipped recruits. Coaches masquerading as social workers who persuade admissions offices to enroll some of the "exception" vermin should be sued by victims if the abuse is campus connected under their stewardship. As for the mess media, perhaps Vitale's next book could be "You're Awful, Baby! With a Capital A!: 100 Players I Praised But Glad My Daughters Didn't Date." Below we'll give his researchers a head start on the EBOLA (Excessive Beatings are Outlandish of Ladies by Athletes) epidemic with robust list of scholars to assess en route to him setting a Guinness Book of World Records for most basketball volumes with name on the cover as author.

Research shows that arrests of college athletes are more than double those of pros. Former Duke starter Jay Bilas, succeeding Vitale as ESPN's Prime Time Performer in the GameDay color commentator role, has experiential ACC knowledge competing against colorful North Carolina State coach Jim Valvano's suspect squads (735 average SAT score - featuring Chris Washburn at 470 - and excessive number of positive drug tests during the 1980s). What rigorous courses did Washburn pass to remain academically eligible for more than a season? If Bilas genuinely knows "toughness," he will shift his passion from lambasting the NCAA about paying players to focusing on stopping the NCAA from preying on players who have no business representing universities because they aren't authentic student-athletes. Granted, such an academic-values modification will translate into an inferior product for him and his network to promote. But does a mediocre Duke player such as Lance Thomas need more than $30,000 to put down on jewelry? What about multiple Memphis players reporting they were robbed of more than $66,000 worth of vital items for a college student (mink coats, diamond earrings, stereo equipment, flat-screen TV)? Moreover, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim wouldn't have an opportunity to be "impressed" about one-and-done Carmelo Anthony's 1.8 gpa before failing to mention if Anthony attended more classes than games his second semester.

Amid a scholastic schedule laden with decidedly non-academic courses, personal character flaws didn't surface solely upon reaching the professional level and power league members unscathed by female battery are clearly in the minority. Here are vital facts on what really is outside the lines since ESPN came on the scene in the late 1970s and CBS assumed control of March Madness: Compare how much air-time was given to "singing the praises" of the following alphabetical list of Three-S "Men" (Stupid, Sin-tillating and Sin-sational) to how much was devoted elaborating on their Hoop Hall of Shame misdeeds against women or offering solutions preventing exploitation of such suspect student-athletes even if the quality of basketball is reduced and might negatively affect ratings, endorsement deals, speaking engagement fees or circulations of periodicals:

Fall-Americans: Why Wasn't Barnes an ESPN Expert Similar to Dancin' Ray?

Remember the admonition from Commish Good-For-Nothing (as boxing judge): "Ignorance isn't an excuse." Well, does the Big Ten Conference have buyer's remorse adding this suspect new member? What do they put into the Rice and Famous at Rutgers? It most certainly isn't proper instruction about anti-bullying. Only a couple of years ago, basketball coach Mike Rice Jr. made a fool of himself abusing players. And now we're back into a Rice paddy wagon in football because video changes everything.

Prior to a disturbing TMZ-secured tape showing a Mike Tyson-like TKO followed by a couple of love-bird (raven) callous kicks while she's down and out, don't buy for a second that ESPN and numerous other establishment media outlets in bed with the NFL didn't have a "smidgeon" of an idea what transpired in a casino elevator between punk running back Ray Rice and his then-fiancee he treated like a punching bag and sack of "sugar." Did all of the enterprising journalists and NFL executives apparently more concerned with RG3's Jesus T-shirt think she passed out from a passionate kiss or take a bite from a wicked witch's scarlet (knights) apple?

Since clubby hubby lost job for which the he-man "worked his (Cro-Magnon) ass off" before kicking her butt figuratively and literally (only Neanderthal trimmings missing were club and hair pulling), Rice's spittin' mad now-wife probably could add to "horrible nightmare" by joining any class-action lawsuit stemming from concussion caused by associating with the NFL. The Rice-a-Phony insanity spread like wildfire including politics as CNN's Wolf Blitzer refused to ask National Security Adviser Susan Rice about Benghazi on the anniversary of the terrorist attack. On the heels of analyst Screamin A. Stiff's stupid pre-complete video "provoke-wrong-actions" remark regarding the blatant beating, the bullet-proof Extra Sensitive Pious Network had the gall to give Rice role model Ray "Dancing On Their Graves" Lewis a violence/cover-up forum to assess Rice's demise albeit without Lewis' old knife-wielding "Cobalt" entourage.

Much like O.J. Simpson kept looking for his ex-wife's killer on golf courses, Lewis must be using studious-looking glasses trying to find his blood-stained cream suit in Atlanta on weekday scavenger hunts while serving as the enthusiastic NFL poster boy for fathering children out of wedlock. Perhaps the NFL can consult him for a similar "protect-the-shield" hiding place regarding the complete elevate-her video a law enforcement official said he confirmed shipping to the league office. What a colossal pile of crap when an ESPN host asked Lewis - the network's top mind(backer) after Hugh Douglas departed just before rough-sex episode - about how a player should conduct himself off the playing field! Thus we're not really blindsided when ESPN's journalistic integrity took "hits" as NFL pressure apparently led the network to refuse "to go all the way" in a concussion investigation project with Frontline and Miami columnist Dan LeBatard, a typical sanctimonious ESPN host, "gave" his baseball Hall of Fame vote to readers of Deadspin's snarky sports blog.

If "no comparison" Lewis is deemed worthy of a commentator's role, then why wasn't former Providence All-American Marvin Barnes hired to a similar motivational speaker role alongside college basketball soothsayers Jay Bilas, Jalen Rose and Dick Vitale? Barnes, beset by demons, died at age 62 on the same day Lewis lectured everyone about Rice. Barnes boasted the most overall skill of any ABA player in the mid-1970s including Julius Erving, George Gervin, Artis Gilmore, Moses Malone, Maurice Lucas, George McGinnis and David Thompson. But Barnes, donning a wide-brimmed pimp-style hat, was a deviant who would show up at a game with his uniform on under his full-length fur coat and go straight to the on-court bench proclaiming he was ready to go after gettin' down at only heaven knows where.

There is no doubt Barnes had the talent to eventually go to the Basketball Hall of Fame but he averaged a modest 9.2 ppg and 5.5 rpg with four different NBA teams in as many seasons from 1976-77 through 1979-80. Falling short of his enormous ability, Barnes most certainly didn't measure up off the court in his post-playing days like the vast majority of All-Americans.

"Movin'' Marvin's rap sheet always seemed to be moving on up. Two and one-half years ago, the three-time Providence All-American was arraigned in Rhode Island on a charge of soliciting a 17-year-old minor for sex after they met through his Rebound Foundation for at-risk youths. Barnes' previous indiscretions are too numerous to mention but are summarized among more than 50 former All-Americans included in CollegeHoopmedia.com's Hall of Shame list of several hundred "Bad Boys of Basketball."

The formation of the Big East Conference wouldn't occur for another seven years after Barnes powered the Friars to the 1973 Final Four. But with someone such as Lewis as a headliner, it leaves an impression that ESPN wouldn't have thought much about Barnes' tire-iron activity with the Friars if the Big East was intact earlier in Barnes' Time Machine and the network had a contractual relationship with the alliance. After all, the "Toughness" talent level needs to reach a certain GameDay "elevator" level for Bilas, Rose and Vitale to arrive on campus and frequently refer to "cash." Naturally, that cozy synergy could have changed swiftly if the Big East had the audacity to depart, for say, a better monetary deal with a fledgling Fox Sports network.

As for the big picture, there are ample reasons why the majority of Americans fail to have confidence in a biased mass media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly. According to a Gallup poll, fewer than 1/4 of American adults have "a great deal" of confidence in newspapers and television news. Whether they admit it or not, the recent sales of the Boston Globe and Washington Compost plus pending peddling or dumping of numerous other lame-stream media ventures are additional signs of the apocalypse for the print media. It's the inevitable outcome for folks who generally believe, feel and think instead of specifically knowing items.

A problem persists that the overwhelming majority of slanted reporters chronicling events big and small write through a liberal prism insulting our common sense and intelligence while probably supporting censuring of sermons by intolerant lesbian Houston mayor. The sports sandbox of the fourth-rate estate is cut largely from the same cloth complicit in the dumbing down of America as they're frequently more concerned with the War on Christmas and War on Redskins than the War on Terrorism. For instance, Seth Davis of SI and CBS, while not exhibiting as much liberal lunacy as ESPN senior writer LZ Granderson on CNN or gender-obsessed Nebraska school district seeking to label kids as purple penguins, admitted in a tweet that he "hasn't missed one of (leftist) E.J. Dionne's columns since I learned to read." Almost in unison with a "no cops" reference as Rice emerged from his UFC rectangle, the snitches-get-stitches lookalike media might as well have been chanting "no effort (to uncover whole truth)."

Actually, it only takes a few minutes assessing Twitter incest and the flock of fake followers to reveal much of the follow-the-pack press simply kissing each other's butt like a pack of puppies in a municipality without a dog catcher. Compare the content of the majority of the most popular college basketball websites and it's easy to discern they all virtually read the same. Where are the irascible and irreverent reporters bucking the system by circumventing all of the spin or will they resemble reality-show like ESPN and simply seek to know showering habits?

Does the establishment media, boasting a veracity comparable to Pinnochio, really care about the integrity of college hoops? Frankly, it's a privilege, not a right, to compete as a college athlete. If more players were genuine students, they would comprehend the value of an education and analysts wouldn't be so obsessed with providing them additional "goodies." Thus it's distressing to see most of the media wear blinders amid the abysmal graduation ratios and coddling of so many suspect players and coaches.

You couldn't tell it from the genuine rodeo clowns in the press but something is wrong with the frequency of college basketball players running afoul of the law. Where are the provoking stories and commentary assessing how enforcing more rigorous academic standards could virtually eliminate this blight? What is being done to reduce the seemingly incessant number of "tough guys" tossing women around like rag dolls? They can't even take the time to review a tape, give us a two-minute warning and rule whether or not there was a beat-down.

Held hostage by an Ariel Castro-like media as manipulative as Jodi Arias, the general public suffers from gullible glorification syndrome. When the lame-stream sports media is as incompetent as the general newsroom and editorial department, they foist other athletic heroes upon the general public such as Lance Armstrong, Ryan Braun, Aaron Hernandez, DeSean Jackson, Johnny "I Can Sign My Name" Manziel, Adrian Peterson, Bobby Petrino, Oscar Pistorius, A-Roid, Josh Shaw, Manti Te'o, Michael Vick and Tiger Woods. The media, allowing Peterson to play the blame game via using the disciplinary methods passed down by his father, don't, at the bare minimum, inform the masses his dad was Idaho State's leading basketball scorer and an All-Big Sky Conference first-team selection in 1984-85 before spending eight years in prison following an arrest for money laundering in connection with a crack-cocaine ring.

By any measure, the puff-piece enemies of illumination such as ESPN executives hiding under their desks are in complete denial about their failure to tell the entire story. The gutless wonders in the media, exemplified by ESPN suspending Bill Simmons for pithy-yet-filthy rant against stonewalling NFL commish, generally aren't combative enough to explore significant issues much beyond being slobbering stenographers for lawless schools. Who really believes Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino went directly from normal extracurricular activity for a leader of men to extraordinary bumping and grinding in a public venue? But Pitino is so immune from criticism that he has no qualms calling a Big Ten school president "a pompous ass" for having the gall to question scholastic shortcomings of Louisville's scholars.

Getting rid of evidence (abortion) isn't confined to morally-bankrupt coaches. In an era of sexual gratification, how did Duke All-American J.J. Redick become so savvy he had an abortion contract with his flame as an NBA rookie? Do we need to wait for TMZ before a sports reporter evaluates how many abortions have been sanctioned by college basketball coaches so female players could remain on the court and male players wouldn't be hampered by becoming deadbeat dads?

The myopic media, responding like the NSA in the "least untruthful manner," caters to a susceptible low-information public. A colossal collection of condescending clowns fail to comprehend the culture they've helped create is completely contemptible such as underwriting professional student Sandra Flukey's birth control into her 30s because she is too lazy to make normal arrangements to secure modestly-priced protection herself. As for college sports, the predictably pathetic press has allowed universities of lower learning to become little more than halfway houses for wayward youth.

The online media, shackled by an amateurish historical perspective, should be detached from the subjects they cover but they almost never challenge them with any sort of confrontational style. Regrettably, that is the extent of how thin-skinned coaches such as North Carolina's Roy Williams has no qualms announcing he's "tired of answering questions" about a troubled returning starter or academic fraud tarnishing "The Carolina Way."

The familiar family-atmosphere refrain from father-figure coaches and administrators about "doing all they could to mentor and guide him" is nauseating. Is that distorted definition of "everything" all that gullible fans and a "skeptical" media ask of them? Were the recruits genuine student-athletes in the first place? Wouldn't you love to see the laughable transcripts of the majority of the troublemakers? How many Ray Rice-like pummelings have occurred across the country on college campuses involving so-called student-athletes except there wasn't video assaulting our sensibilities?

At some point, the blatantly dishonest coaches and media, collaborating for a "Duck Dynasty" of sorts ducking the difficult questions and issues, need to look in the mirror about accountability. Petrified of being denied access, the hacks fail to yield more than baffling babbling. In a Barney Fife era where a fence-jumping outsider can stroll through the White House's front door unimpeded, the "rules of engagement" battle cry for JV journalistic jewels is basically let's get back to the game so knuckleheads can show support for perpetrator via a standing ovation and donning his uniform number.

Essentially, what happened to pugnacious competition chasing down a story among media outlets? Rather than chronic adoration, shouldn't they be like an acerbic town crier assuring us Kate's baby doesn't have Grandpa's ears? Instead, there should be a stop-and-frisk policy for the delusional press to see if they have any courage or intellect. It goes without saying that ESPN is virtually immune to widespread criticism because most of the flacks aspire to work for the network alongside Jalen "Uncle Tom" Rose. The media complains that the NFL should have secured the inside-the-elevator videotape "from a credible source" but couldn't they have gotten off their less-than-credible butts and done likewise?

The press should always be uncomfortable, not orgasmic, in its pursuits even if they become a trendsetter. This corner designated North Carolina's Michael Jordan as national player of the year in 1982-83 when every other precinct anointed Virginia's Ralph Sampson. Does that mean UNC and iconic Jordan, especially since he can dunk at 50-plus, deserve deference forevermore if his alma mater sports suspect academic credentials, he spends too much time gambling/womanizing, makes inane executive decisions or if one of his kids acts like a derelict? In an era of dumbfounding domestic violence, the same question applies to icon Larry Bird when his son pleaded guilty to criminal recklessness in connection with facing multiple charges after allegedly attempting to run his ex-girlfriend over with a car.

If you were responsible for generating the first significant national publicity for Auburn's Charles "Round Mound of Rebound" Barkley, are you supposed to resemble most of the idolatry-practicing media and virtually ignore his numerous off-the-court transgressions or college hoops analysis as lame as his golf swing? How many college and professional athletes hailed with hosannas by Barkley, ESPN, SI and major networks have done something "turrible" comparable to Rice's whipping? The misfits don't have a God-given or Barkley-given right to compete at the highest levels of athletics. Career change statistics suggest the average person makes a career change approximately five to seven times during a working life. Rice acted as if he majored in video editing and the Baltimore Ravens' front office pretended they earned advanced degrees in ethics. Instead of simplistic focusing on the trite second-chance routine by such keen observers, can't Rice exhibit "courage" and put his fine Rutgers education to good use in another vocation just a little earlier than expected? On the other hand, you can't trust Rutgers' priorities insofar as the "institution" hired Eddie Jordan as coach without a diploma because the former Vitale recruit had more vital credentials - NBA playing and coaching career after helping the Scarlet Knights reach the 1976 Final Four.

A solution for much of the ugliness is really not all that complicated. It's staring the press and schools such as Rutgers in the face as much as the Rice videos. The simple equation: Reduce the academic anemia and there were will be a corresponding decrease in rift raft and coaches' graft. But what are the odds that new ESPN analyst Jim Calhoun, who had more than his share of suspect "student-athletes" at Connecticut with an abysmal graduation ratio, will address this topic in a forthright fashion in a studio role trying to fill the shoes of certifiable liar Bruce Pearl?

A return to sanity won't happen until Americans receive a skeptical honest media, but most don't have the basketballs or footballs for the job and are as confused as Bradley Manning in who they are plus what they should be. As shamelessly one-sided as conservatives have asserted for years, excessive media malpractice finally discarded the pretense of objectivity. Once and for all, the amateur-hour collection of misguided minions have been unmasked as aggressive advocates; not adversarial journalists. "How could (media) do this to us? THIS IS OUR RIGHT (to know entire story)!"

Double Majors: Long Dry Spell for College Hoop All-Americans Playing in NFL

Appeasing the PC police, the Dallas Cowboys generated ESPN-approved headlines by giving Sam Who I Am a second chance of becoming an NFL player. But shouldn't America's Team be known more for being the last NFL franchise to give versatile college basketball All-Americans (Utah State's Cornell Green and Tennessee's Ron Widby in mid-1970s) an opportunity to labor as authentic NFL players?

Versatile athletes are becoming an endangered species. Right after Labor Day is when college basketball annuals hit the newsstands about the same time the NFL regular season commences. In an era of specialization, the odds are against any of the projected college hoop All-Americans in the magazines enjoying a genuine NFL career such as the following alphabetical list of seven well-rounded athletes including two from Utah State:

All-American College Hoop Pos. (A-A Year) Summary of NFL Career
Otto Graham Northwestern F (1943 and 1944) Five-time All-Pro QB played 10 seasons (1946 through 1955) with the Cleveland Browns and led team to championship game each year (All-America Football Conference from 1946 through 1949 and NFL from 1950 through 1955).
Cornell Green Utah State F (1962) Five-time Pro Bowler intercepted 34 passes in 13 years as a DB with the Dallas Cowboys (1962 through 1974).
Vern Huffman Indiana G (1936) QB-DB passed for 484 yards and rushed for 368 yards with the Detroit Lions in 1937 and 1938.
Ron Kramer Michigan C (1957) WR for 10 seasons (1957 and 1959 through 1967) with the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions. First-round draft choice caught 229 passes for 3,272 yards and 16 TDs.
Banks McFadden Clemson C (1939) Selected by the Brooklyn Dodgers in the first round (third pick overall) of the 1940 NFL draft. Finished fourth in rushing in the NFL in his only pro season, averaging 6.3 yards per carry.
Kent "Rip" Ryan Utah State F-C (1936) Halfback with the Detroit Lions for three seasons from 1938 through 1940.
Ron Widby Tennessee F (1967) Averaged 42 yards per punt in six seasons (1968 through 1973) with the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers. Punter appeared in the Pro Bowl following the 1971 campaign.

Taking Care of Business: Munroe Among Hoopers Minding Biz On and Off Court

Former Dartmouth All-American George Munroe, who passed away last month, had a 29-year career as an executive with Phelps Dodge Corp., including vice president in 1962, president/director in 1966, CEO in 1969 and chair/CEO from 1975 to 1987. Phelps Dodge is a Fortune 500 company and the nation's leading copper producer. Munroe, who served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II, was a trustee and chairman of the Finance Committee of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. The 6-0 forward, an All-American as a junior, was the leading scorer for runner-up in the 1942 NCAA Tournament (22-4 record) and averaged 12.6 points in seven NCAA Tournament games from 1941 through 1943.

Another ex-college hoopster-turned-businessman Bill Sturgill passed away earlier this summer. The coal magnate, who owned the largest coal auger in the world at one time with a seven-foot blade, pioneered strip mining and reclaiming techniques often criticized by environmentalists. Sturgill, who played for Kentucky under legendary coach Adolph Rupp, was also a prominent figure in the horse and tobacco industry and served in Gov. John Y. Brown Jr.'s administration as secretary of a combined Agriculture and Energy Cabinet. Sturgill, who averaged 2.4 ppg in 1944-45 (NCAA playoff participant) and 1945-46 (NIT champion), was instrumental in bringing Rick Pitino to the Wildcats as chairman of the UK board of trustees for 10 years.

Collegehoopedia.com has conducted extensive research on what All-Americans such as Munroe did in the "real world" after the basketball stopped bouncing. Following are hard-working businessmen in addition to Munroe and Sturgill who meant business in more ways than just on the basketball hardwood:

ALEX AKOSI, Saint Michael's (Vt.)
Nigeria born and U.S. bred, the Senior Vice President and General Manager of MTV Africa built one of the fastest-growing international outposts of the farthest-reaching cable channel in the world. Featured on the cover of Forbes magazine in June, 2007. . . . Averaged 4.2 ppg and 5.2 rpg from 1994-95 through 1997-98. He was tri-captain his senior year after Saint Michael's won the Northeast-10 Conference championship the previous season.

DR. BOB ALBO, California
Chief physician for the Oakland Raiders and Golden State Warriors. Worked his way through medical school performing magic and has written 11 volumes on the subject (3,000 pages). His magic collection is the single largest private collection in the world. . . . Averaged 8 ppg and 6.3 rpg from 1951-52 through 1953-54 under coach Nibs Price. Posted career highs of 12 ppg and 9.2 rpg as senior captain. He was also Cal's starting catcher and team captain in baseball.

NOLAN ARCHIBALD, Weber State
President and Chief Executive Officer of Black & Decker. He was on the Board of Directors of ITT. . . . Named to National Junior College Athletic Association All-American second team in 1966 when he averaged 25.3 points per game for Dixie College (Utah). The 6-5, 195-pound forward averaged 15.2 points and 9 rebounds per game as a junior at Weber State and 11.9 points and 7.1 rebounds as a senior. Named to second five on All-Big Sky Conference all-star team in 1967-68.

LEN ARMATO, Pacific
Former agent for acclaimed NBA centers Shaquille O'Neal and Hakeem Olajuwon. . . . Leading scorer for Pacific in 1974-75 (12.8 ppg) when he was an All-Pacific Coast Athletic Association first-team selection. Paced the PCAA in assists in 1974 (6.8 apg) and 1975 (5.9 apg). The 6-0, 165-pounder transferred to UOP after his freshman year with Southern California.

JESSE ARNELLE, Penn State
Founding partner of San Francisco-based Arnelle & Hastie, one of the first minority-owned national corporate law firms in America. The four-year football letterman and one of the finest ends ever to play for the Nittany Lions is vice president of his alma mater's board of trustees. . . . The 6-5, 220-pounder averaged 20.2 points per game in 10 NCAA Tournament games in 1952, 1954 and 1955 and was the leading scorer for Penn State's only Final Four team (21.1 ppg in 1954). Arnelle, a two-time NCAA Tournament all-regional selection (1954 and 1955), remains the school's all-time leader in scoring (2,138 points) and rebounding (1,238) after pacing the Nittany Lions in those two categories all four varsity seasons. He had 15 games of 30 or more points and still holds the school mark for most rebounds in a single game (27 at Temple as a senior). Arnelle averaged 4.7 points per game in one season in the NBA (1955-56 with Fort Wayne).

C. DAVID BAKER, UC Irvine
Former mayor of Irvine became commissioner of the Arena Football League in November, 1996. He played professionally in Europe before graduating from Pepperdine University School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review. . . . The 6-8, 220-pound post player from 1972-75 is the Anteaters' all-time leading rebounder (926) and second-leading scorer (1,601 points). UCI competed in the NCAA Division II Tournament West Regional his freshman and senior seasons. He grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds against Chicago State his freshman year.

RICHARD T. "DICK" BAKER, Ohio State
Managing partner and CEO of major accounting firm Ernst and Ernst for 13 years, starting in 1964. Member of Accounting Hall of Fame served on the board of directors of such major enterprises as General Electric, Anheuser-Busch and Hershey Foods. . . . Three-year letterman was Ohio State's second-leading scorer as a starting senior forward for a team that finished runner-up to Oregon in the first NCAA Tournament in 1939. He scored a game-high 25 points for the Buckeyes in their tourney opener, a 64-52 victory over Wake Forest.

CARL BARGER, Shippensburg (Pa.)
Prominent attorney in Pittsburgh led a coalition that purchased the Pirates in 1986. President and chief operating officer of the franchise for almost four years before accepting a similar position with the expansion Florida Marlins. Barger, who also became a minority owner and joined the board of directors of Wayne Huizenga's Blockbuster Entertainment, died at the 1992 major league baseball owners meeting in Louisville when an aneurysm ruptured in his abdomen. . . . Starting guard for Shippensburg's team in the early 1950s. His dorm room eventually became the school's sports information office.

TODD BEAMER, Wheaton (Ill.)
The Oracle Corp account manager was traveling from New Jersey to California on United Airlines Flight 93 for a business meeting on September 11, 2001, when he helped lead a takeover by passengers from terrorists, forcing the plane down in Pennsylvania countryside about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. They were credited with foiling hijackers bent on crashing the Boeing 757 into a second target in Washington, D.C., possibly the Capitol or the White House. Beamer recited the 23rd Psalm with a GTE/Verizon supervisor over the plane's in-flight telephone before getting her to promise she would call his family. "I don't think we're going to get out of this thing," he told her. "I'm going to have to go out on faith." The phone line was still open when the operator heard him say: "Are you guys ready? Let's roll." . . . Beamer collected 24 points and 12 rebounds as a sophomore guard for Wheaton in 1988-89.

JOHN BELK, Davidson
Noted retailer (president of Belk Brothers Co. and Belk Stores Services, Inc.) is former mayor of Charlotte. He is listed in Who's Who in America. . . . Davidson's basketball arena and men's MVP award are both named for him. The four-year starter was senior co-captain of the Wildcats' 1942-43 squad that compiled an 18-6 record and defeated North Carolina, N.C. State, Clemson and South Carolina.

DICK BOUSHKA, St. Louis
In 1963, at the age of 29, he was named president of Vickers Petroleum Corporation. Boushka was involved in real estate development when he became the ninth president of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. But in December 2002, he pleaded guilty in federal court in Wichita, Kan., to defrauding a bank of more than $17 million. . . . His career average of 19.2 points per game is best in school history (minimum of three seasons). SLU career from 1951-52 through 1954-55 included a 38-point outing against Alabama as a junior. He participated in the 1952 NCAA Tournament as a freshman before becoming a three-time All-Missouri Valley Conference first-team selection and 1955 NBA draft choice by the Minneapolis Lakers. Upon graduation, Boushka earned a gold medal while playing for the 1956 U.S. Olympic team in Melbourne, Australia.

AVERY BRUNDAGE, Illinois
AAU president in the 1930s before becoming president of the International Olympic Committee from 1952 to 1972. Competed in the decathlon and pentathlon in the 1912 Olympic Games. . . . Basketball letterman with the Illini in 1907-08.

GREG BUNCH, Cal State Fullerton
Executive with Direct TV, moving there in 1998 from ESPN. He worked himself up in the cable sports business, starting as a door-to-door cable service salesman. . . . PCAA player of the year as a sophomore forward in 1975-76 when he averaged 16 ppg and 8.8 rpg for the Titans.

DR. RALPH J. BUNCHE, UCLA
U.S. government official and United Nations diplomat became the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. in government and international relations at Harvard (1934) before teaching political science at Howard University until entering government service in 1941. The U.S. State Department named its main library for the late envoy in 1997. He worked under the joint chiefs of staff and was a chief research analyst in the Office of Strategic Services. The first African-American to be a division head in the Department of State (1945), he entered the United Nations in 1946 as director of the Trusteeship Division. Bunche, the first black person to win the Nobel Peace Prize, became principal secretary to the U.N. Special Committee on Palestine in December, 1947, and acting mediator soon thereafter in the aftermath of the assassination of the first mediator (Count Folke Bernadotte of Sweden). Bunche was awarded the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize for his deft handling of the armistice negotiations leading to the Arab-Israeli truce. In 1945, Bunche said he was "obsessed with a burning desire to excel in everything I undertake," and moved by "a calculated and deliberate interest to prove to (whites) that I am, despite their race, their equal if not their superior in intellect, ability, knowledge, and general savoir-faire." He served as U.N. undersecretary general from 1955 until his retirement due to poor health shortly before his death in 1971. . . . Born in Detroit and reared by his grandmother in Los Angeles, he graduated from UCLA in 1927 with a degree in political science after writing for the school newspaper, winning oratorical contests, serving as sports editor of the yearbook, and earning letters as a guard for three Southern California Conference champions. Legendary Bruins coach John Wooden acknowledges that Bunche, named UCLA's Alumnus of the Year in 1949, was instrumental in helping recruit New York native Lew Alcindor to his alma mater.

WAYNE CALLOWAY, Wake Forest
Former Chairman of the Board and CEO of PepsiCo earned $1 million in salary and a $2 million bonus in 1994 before retiring after contracting cancer. . . . The business administration major scored 29 points in 15 games for the Demon Deacons in 1957-58 as a 6-1, 180-pound guard. "One of the unique aspects of being on a team is that you clearly learn to share responsibility and share the credit," Calloway says. "You find out that there is definitely a reason for working together. In today's business world, you discover this in a hurry. You only get so far by yourself. It is when you, as a manager, have the ability to relate to people and have them all marching together that you can make things happen."

VINNIE COHEN, Syracuse
Partner in a law firm, Hogan and Hartson, in Washington, D.C. . . . Averaged 19.7 points per game from 1954-55 through 1956-57. Ranked 16th in the nation in scoring as a senior with 24.2 ppg. Converse second-team All-American guard averaged 19 points in three NCAA Tournament games in 1957. Selected in the third round of the 1957 NBA draft by the Syracuse Nationals (23rd pick overall).

DALE COMEY, Connecticut
Former Executive Vice President of ITT, a conglomerate with global sales in excess of $23 billion specializing in diversified products and services in three areas--financial and business, manufactured products and Sheraton Hotels. He earned more than $1 million per year before retiring. . . . Comey averaged nine points per game in three varsity seasons after leading the school's freshman team in scoring (16 ppg). The 5-9, 150-pound guard was an All-Yankee Conference second-team selection as a senior when he scored 17 points in a 77-71 defeat to West Virginia in the first round of the 1963 NCAA Tournament.

DR. DENTON COOLEY, Texas
World famous heart surgeon in Houston has performed well in excess of 20,000 open-heart operations. "I've always had the opinion that my training in athletics equipped me for a life in medicine," Dr. Cooley said, "and particularly in surgery because there's so much of the physical part involved. Surgery is a specialty in which a person must have vigor and a healthy body to perform at his peak. It requires a certain amount of physical training as well as mental training. In surgery, operations are accomplished by teams. As in athletics, a strong individual effort is possible only with the support of a good team. The morale of the team must be maintained by the captain. And these are the things individuals learn in a program of competitive sports. We learn to accept defeat but not to be satisfied with defeat; that there is no alternative for winning. Extra effort and determination and hard work and practice are what lead to accomplishment and victory." . . . He was a three-year letterman (1938-39 through 1940-41) on Texas teams that combined for a 51-21 record. The 6-3 Cooley saw action in both of the Longhorns' games in the inaugural NCAA Tournament in 1939 after they captured the Southwest Conference championship. Named the 32nd most influential student-athlete in 2006 when the NCAA celebrated its centennial anniversary.

KERY DAVIS, Dartmouth
Senior Vice President for Sports Programming/Home Box Office brokered deals with premium prizefighters including Roy Jones Jr. . . . Teammate of former Harvard coach Peter Roby averaged 3.7 ppg as a sophomore in 1976-77 and 0.8 ppg as a junior.

McKINLEY "DEACON" DAVIS, Iowa
National sales director with Primerica/A Member of Citigroup after serving as executive director of athletics at Northern Illinois. . . . Four-year starter averaged 10.5 ppg from 1951-52 through 1954-55. The 6-2, 175-pound forward led Iowa in scoring as a sophomore (14.9 ppg). He averaged 10.4 ppg and 5.4 rpg for the fourth-place team in the 1955 NCAA playoffs. The Hawkeyes' captain came out of college with a contract to play with the Harlem Globetrotters.

R. HAL DEAN, Grinnell (Iowa)
Former Chairman of Ralston Purina Company. . . . Played basketball for Grinnell when it was a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. In 1936-37, he was named to the second five on the All-MVC team and finished fifth in league scoring with an average of 7.5 points per game. The next season, he was again named to the All-MVC second five and finished 16th in conference scoring with an average of 6.5 ppg. The Spalding Official Guide described him as a "sparkplug" and "one of the Midland's best guards."

LaROY DOSS, St. Mary's
Chairman and president of the Ford Lincoln Mercury Minority Dealers Association was named one of the top 100 U.S. black businessmen by Black Enterprise magazine in 1978. Doss was the first African American to serve on his alma mater's Board of Trustees. . . . Averaged 14.8 ppg and 9.2 rpg in three seasons, leading the squad in rebounding as a sophomore and in scoring as a junior and senior. Second-team All-WCAC as a sophomore and junior and first five pick as a senior when the Gaels made their initial NCAA playoff appearance. Finished third on the school's career scoring list with 1,139 points.

DR. CHARLES RICHARD DREW, Amherst (Mass.)
Surgeon was a pioneer in the development of blood banks for Allied Forces during World War II. Although his life was cut short at 45 by an automobile accident, he distinguished himself through outstanding achievements in science, medicine and education. As the first director of the American Red Cross Blood Bank, Drew encouraged public awareness that blood banks do not need to be segregated by race. His medical education began during the Great Depression at McGill University School of Medicine in Quebec. Although Drew worked as a waiter while a student at McGill, he graduated second in his class of 137. . . . The inventor of plasma was one of the first African-American players for a predominantly white institution. He was an All-American football player who served as athletics director at Morgan State College.

DR. PAUL ALLEN EBERT, Ohio State
Director of the American College of Surgeons since 1986. Nationally-recognized authority on children's thoracic and cardiovascular surgery is listed in Who's Who in America. . . . Earned All-American recognition by averaging more than 20 points per game each of his three varsity seasons (1951-52 through 1953-54). All-Big Ten Conference choice each year finished his career as the school's all-time scoring leader. He had a 40-point game against Michigan as a sophomore when he was second in the Big Ten in scoring (20.1 ppg). Ebert, a three-time MVP for the Buckeyes, posted even higher scoring averages as a junior (21.7) and senior (23.5). Selected by the Milwaukee Hawks in the 1954 NBA draft after they had chosen LSU All-American Bob Pettit.

DR. HARRY F. EDWARDS, San Jose State
Nationally-known liberal sociologist and special consultant for the San Francisco 49ers. . . . The 6-8, 240-pound center averaged 10 ppg and 5.9 rpg in three seasons of varsity basketball from 1961-62 through 1963-64. He was the Spartans' second-leading scorer (10.2) and rebounder (5.8) as a senior.

CLIFF EHRLICH, Brown
Senior Vice-President of the Marriott Corporation is listed in Who's Who in America. . . . The 6-4, 200-pound forward was a three-year letterman (1957-58 through 1959-60). He led Brown in scoring as a junior with 13.9 points per game and was named to the second five on the All-Ivy League team.

GILBERT "GIB" FORD, Texas
President of Converse. . . . The 6-4, 190-pound guard-forward averaged 7.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in three varsity seasons (1951-52 through 1953-54). Leading rebounder (7.8 per game) and third-leading scorer (9.8 ppg) as a junior. Earned a spot on the 1956 U.S. Olympic team as a member of the Armed Forces All-Stars while serving in the Air Force. . . . Excerpt from school guide: "A natural athlete and keen competitor, he is the key man in the attack."

CHET FORTE, Columbia
Former director of Monday Night Football on ABC Television. Nine-time Emmy Award winner also produced or directed Olympic Games, World Series and Indianapolis 500 before a gambling addiction cost him almost $4 million and led to a guilty plea to fraud and tax evasion charges. Forte, who last bet in April 1988, became host of a San Diego radio show and returned to the NFL in 1994 to direct several games on NBC. . . . The 5-9, 145-pound guard averaged 24.8 points per game in three varsity seasons (1954-55 through 1956-57). Named college player of the year by UPI as a senior when he was the nation's fifth-leading scorer (28.9 ppg) and ranked sixth in free-throw shooting (85.2 percent). Selected in the seventh round of the 1957 NBA draft by the Cincinnati Royals.

JAMES ROBERT GLADDEN, Long Island
First African American elected as a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. . . . Basketball letterman in 1933 and 1934.

MURRAY GOODMAN, Lehigh
President of The Goodman Company, which developed commercial and industrial buildings and motor inns throughout the U.S. He became his alma mater's most generous living donor, with lifetime commitments of more than $20 million. . . . Captain of Lehigh's basketball squad as a senior in 1947-48.

STEDMAN GRAHAM, Hardin-Simmons (Tex.)
Longtime beau of TV personality Oprah Winfrey is president of a marketing and consulting firm with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C. He founded Athletes Against Drugs in 1985 and was a regular columnist for Inside Sports magazine. Overcoming the "Mr. Oprah" label was a small portion of the eight-year "inner struggle" to discover himself outlined in his book titled You Can Make It Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for Success (Simon & Schuster/1997 release). . . . The 6-6, 200-pound forward averaged 10.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in his three-year varsity career (41-35 record), averaging 12.3 ppg and 10 rpg as a junior in 1972-73, and 15.2 ppg and 8.5 rpg as a senior in 1973-74. He played his freshman season in junior college for Weatherford (Tex.). Graham dabbled briefly in modeling and played professional basketball in Europe before conceding the NBA was out of his reach.

EARL G. "BUTCH" GRAVES JR., Yale
Son of one of the nation's most prominent and well-connected African-American executives. His father is the Founder, Publisher and CEO of Black Enterprise, the 300,000-circulation monthly magazine that had its advertising revenue increase from $8.7 million in 1986 to $22 million 10 years later, and author of the 1997 release How to Succeed in Business Wihtout Being White. Butch oversees Black Enterprise, his father's personal investments and the book tour. . . . Two-time All-Ivy League first-team selection led the Ivy in scoring in conference competition each of his last three seasons (19.9 ppg in 1981-82, 22.1 ppg in 1982-83 and 23.6 ppg in 1983-84). The 6-3, 200-pounder played briefly with the Cleveland Cavaliers after being a third-round draft choice of the Philadelphia 76ers.

J. WILLIAM GRIMES, West Virginia Wesleyan College
Former President & CEO of ESPN made the fateful decision in the mid-1980s to turn the tables on the cable companies that carried the network. Rather than paying them five cents per subscriber, ESPN asked them to pay for the right. The plan succeeded and, within a few years, the network was generating a profit. . . . Steady four-year basketball player was senior captain in 1962-63, finishing his career with 941 points, 246 rebounds and 129 assists. He averaged a career-high 16.8 ppg as a junior.

DR. HAROLD HALBROOK, Evansville
Heart surgeon at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis performed the first heart transplant in Indiana in 1982, marking the first ever heart transplant operation in a private hospital. . . . He was a senior class president on the 1959 team that won the first of Evansville's first NCAA College Division national championships. On the '59 national titlist, he played in 11 games and collected nine points and seven rebounds.

JAY HANDLAN, Washington & Lee (Va.)
Chairman of one of the nation's largest technical staffing services firms--H.L. Yoh Company in Philadelphia. . . . Holds school records for single-season scoring average (26.2 ppg in 1950-51) and career scoring average (21.3 ppg). Attempted an NCAA-record 71 field-goal attempts when he scored 66 points in a game against Furman.

BILL HARRISON, North Carolina
CEO of Chase Manhattan in New York. . . . Played in two games for the Tar Heels under coach Dean Smith as a sophomore in 1963-64.

DR. LAWRENCE HATCHETT, Marquette
Director of Southern Illinois Urology, based in Marion, after serving as the Director of The Bladder Control Center of Tallahassee, Fla., for 10 years. . . . (insert text on playing career--class of '81). Received medical diploma from the University of Chicago.

WILLIAM "BUCKY" HATCHETT, Rutgers
Served as an executive with RCA. . . . The Scarlet Knights' first 1,000-point scorer averaged 18.3 ppg as a sophomore in 1947-48 and 17.2 ppg as a junior in 1948-49. He also earned letters in track and football.

EDWIN HUBBLE, Chicago
Individual for whom the Hubble Telescope is named. He showed that galaxies besides our own existed in the universe and that it is expanding, findings that formed the cornerstone of the Big Bang Theory. . . . Hubble, who also competed in track & field, helped lead Chicago to a 12-0 basketball record and the school's third straight Big Ten title in 1908-09. He earned his doctorate in 1917.

JOHN HUMMER, Princeton
Venture capitalist is co-founding Partner of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Served as a director of start-up and public software companies and currently serves on the board of Employease, IMX (Industrywide Mortgage Exchange), NTE (National Transportation Exchange) and Starmine. . . . Two-time All-Ivy League first-team selection averaged 15.4 ppg during his career with the Tigers. First-round draft choice of the Buffalo Braves in 1970 (15th pick overall). His nephew, Ian, played for Princeton.

LEVI JACKSON, Yale
Longtime executive with General Motors Corporation in Detroit was the first African American to play football for Yale. Jackson, who ran for a 59-yard touchdown on the fourth play in his first game in 1946, became the first freshman ever to win the Bulger Lowe Award, given annually to the outstanding football player in New England. He lettered in football four years and was captain as a senior in 1949. . . . Jackson scored 58 points in 42 varsity basketball games from 1947-48 through 1949-50.

MANNIE JACKSON, Illinois
Senior vice president, Honeywell, Inc., head of International and Home Building Control unit. The owner of the Harlem Globetrotters, a team he played for after graduating from Illinois, is the ultimate success rags-to-riches saga. Jackson was born in a boxcar in East St. Louis. . . . Three-year starter averaged 11.1 points per game in 1957-58, 13.6 in 1958-59 and 16.4 in 1959-60. Named to second five on UPI All-Big Ten team as a senior after finishing 10th in the league in scoring. Had 32-point game against Iowa as a senior captain. Finished Illini career as fourth-leading scorer in school history with 922 points. . . . Excerpt from school guide: "A spring-legged jump shooter played forward his first year before being shifted to guard. Quick hands and an excellent eye for the basket."

MICHAEL JACKSON, Georgetown
Assistant to Turner Sports President Harvey Schiller. Served as president of Yankees-Nets, a media partnership between two of New York's major pro franchises. . . . Three-time All-Big East Conference third-team selection his last three seasons averaged 9.8 ppg and 5.1 apg from 1982-83 through 1985-86.

DR. DAVID JONES, Mercer
Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Supervises 20 doctors, more than 100 employees, and oversees in excess of 800 surgeries per year. . . . Four-year letterman and two-year starter captained the Bears his junior and senior seasons. He averaged 4.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game from 1970-71 through 1973-74. Known as the consummate role player, Jones helped Mercer make the transition from Division II to Division I status his junior year. "The greatest thing coach (Dwayne) Morrison taught me was how to take charges," Jones said. "I was always drawing those fouls."

LARRY JONES, Oklahoma City
Founded Feed the Children, a non-profit ministry that provides relief for poverty and disaster victims worldwide, after previously serving as a pastor of a United Methodist Church and as an evangelist. He and his wife, Frances, host a syndicated national television show for their $100 million, Oklahoma City-based charity organization. Country singers such as Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Randy Travis and Reba McEntire are particularly empathetic, Jones believes, because many of them have known hard times themselves. "By far, the majority of them have not forgotten where they came from." . . . Starting guard averaged 14.7 points per game from 1959-60 through 1961-62 under coach Abe Lemons. The 5-11 Jones led OCU in scoring as a senior with 20.7 ppg, finishing 61st in the nation.

VERNON JORDAN, DePauw (Ind.)
Powerful, well-connected lawyer was one of Washington's most important power brokers. Former president of the National Urban League and United Negro College Fund was a confidant of President Bill Clinton. Jordan made headlines in 1998 in connection with allegations that Clinton, while carrying on a sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, obstructed justice by asking him to find Lewinsky a job in exchange for her silence about the affair. Jordan, who was shot by a white supremacist in 1980, joined the boards of many of the nation's biggest corporations--including Xerox, American Express and Dow Jones. . . . Member of DePauw's reserve basketball squad in the mid-1950s.

TOM KIVISTO, Kansas
Oilman in Tulsa, founder of the fifth-largest privately held company in the U.S. in 2007, promised to donate $12 million to renovate his alma mater's football stadium. He was fired as president and CEO in 2008 from SemGroup LP, the energy company based primarily on the delivery of crude oil he founded eight years previously. The firm filed for bankruptcy earlier that year because of $2.4 billion in debts stemming from bad gambles in the oil futures market. Former FBI director Louis J. Freeh was appointed by a bankruptcy court to sort out petition documents claiming that Kivisto owed the company $290 million in trading losses through his personal trading company. Kivisto earned $42.5 million in salary, bonuses and other compensation in the year leading up to the bankruptcy filing. . . . Captain of the Jayhawks' 1974 Final Four team when he was an All-Big Eight Conference first-team selection and set a school single-game record with 18 assists against Nebraska. He scored more than 50 points in three Illinois high school games in 1969-70 after his brother, Bob, tallied 52 in 1965 under their father/coach (Ernie Kivisto).

BILL KRETZER, North Carolina State
Chief executive of yarn maker Unifi Corporation from 1985 until retiring in 1999. The textile company had 6,000 employees. . . . The 6-7 center from Springfield, N.J., averaged 7.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for the Wolfpack from 1965-66 through 1967-68. In one of the most famous games in ACC Tournament history, he held the ball for more than 13 minutes in N.C. State's 12-10 semifinal victory over 10th-ranked Duke in a pre-shot clock game in 1968.

BILL LAURIE, Memphis State
Former high school basketball coach breeds and trains horses at Crown Center Farms, south of Columbia, Mo. He and his wife, Nancy, are Walt-Mart heirs. They purchased the NHL St. Louis Blues and Kiel Center for an estimated $100 million in September 1999 after failing to buy the NBA Denver Nuggets, NHL Colorado Avalanche and their new Pepsi Center Arena earlier in the year. They also failed in their attempt to purchase the NBA Vancouver Grizzlies and move them to St. Louis. Nancy is the daughter of the late Bud Walton and niece of the late Sam Walton, the brothers who founded Wal-Mart. . . . Laurie, reared in Versailles, Mo., was a 5-10 guard who averaged 3.9 points per game for the Memphis State team that lost to UCLA in the 1973 NCAA Tournament final when Bruins All-American center Bill Walton hit 21 of 22 field-goal attempts.

JOHN L. LEE, Yale
Business executive and philanthropist. President and CEO of Barber Oil Corporation, Philbro Resource Corporation and Tosco Corporation before moving to the Hexcel Corporation. In the 1990s, he led a campaign that raised $1.75 billion for his alma mater. Yale honored him with the Yale Medal, its highest alumni award, in 1989 and the Yale Distinguished Alumni award in 1993. . . . Three-time All-Ivy League first-team forward averaged 20.3 ppg from 1955-56 through 1957-58. Scored a team-high 25 points in a 90-74 first-round loss against eventual champion North Carolina in the 1957 NCAA playoffs. Third-round choice in the 1958 NBA draft by the New York Knicks (19th pick overall); three selections ahead of Wayne Embry and 17 before Don Ohl. In 1996, the area where Yale conducted basketball, volleyball and gymnastics competition was renamed the John L. Lee Amphitheater.

TOM MacMAHON, St. Peter's
CEO of Laboratory Corporation of America, a company with approximately 23,000 employees and annual revenue of $2.9 billion in 2003. Known as LabCorp, the company is a national leader in clinical testing. . . . MacMahon was fourth in scoring for St. Peter's 1968 NIT team, averaging 13.5 ppg. Finishing with 902 career points, he was a teammate of Elnardo Webster (school's leader in career scoring and rebounding average) and current Peacocks coach Bob Leckie.

JOHN MACZUZAK, Pittsburgh
President and Chief Operating Officer of National Steel Corporation, one of the five largest integrated steel producers in North America. . . . Averaged 3 ppg and 3.2 rpg from 1959-60 through 1961-62. The 6-5, 250-pound defensive tackle played in one game with the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs in 1964 after being their 22nd-round draft choice the previous year. He was a ninth-round pick by the NFL's San Francisco 49ers in 1963.

LARRY K. MAHANEY, Maine
Sales for Webber Oil, one of the top 20 privately-owned corporations in New England, increased from $19 million in 1969 when he was elected president to $224 million in 1990. Webber distributes gasoline to approximately 150 outlets (over half of them company-owned) and has more than 80,000 retail heating oil and propane gas customers. . . . Three-year letterman captained the basketball team as a senior in 1950-51 when he averaged 12.1 ppg, finishing his career with a 6.1-point scoring average. Following a stint in the U.S. Air Force, he served his alma mater as an assistant coach in football and basketball while completing his master's degree.

BOB McGUIRE, Iona
Former Chairman and CEO of Pinkerton's Inc. and former President of Kroll Associates, Inc., an international corporate investigations and security consulting firm. Lawyer served as Police Commissioner, the youngest in New York City's history, from 1978 (when he was 41) through 1983 under Mayor Ed Koch. Mr. McGuire was appointed Special Master by a county district attorney to oversee the Gambino family's exit from the garment industry. . . . Averaged 2.1 ppg and 1.5 rpg for the Gaels in the late 1950s.

PAT McKENZIE, Saint John's (Minn.)
Team physician for the Green Bay Packers. . . . Starting point guard for Saint John's 1979 NAIA Tournament team.

CHARLEY MENCEL, Minnesota
Retired as the CEO and president of Caterpillar Paving Products. . . . His career scoring total of 1,391 points from 1951-52 through 1954-55 stood as a school record for 23 years. He was an All-American who averaged 15.9 points per game in his four-year career. Selected by the Minneapolis Lakers in the 1955 NBA draft.

STEVE MILLS, Princeton
President of Sports Team Operations/Madison Square Garden oversees the operational and business dealings for the "World's Most Famous Arena." Mills climbed the ladder of the NBA's executive ranks for 16 years, going from account executive to the commissioner's office where he helped develop the idea for the "Dream Team." . . . Three-year letterman from 1978-79 through 1980-81 played under legendary coach Pete Carril. Mills scored a team-high 16 points in a 60-51 first-round defeat against BYU in the 1981 East Regional.

MATT MINOFF, Yale
Director of Israel's Playing for Peace program, an international initiative founded in 2001 that focuses on grass roots peace-building. . . . The 6-6 Minoff averaged 6.3 ppg and 4.5 rpg from 2000-01 through 2003-04.

MIKE MORAN, Nebraska-Omaha
Director of media and public affairs for the U.S. Olympic Committee for many years. . . . Member of UNO's basketball team for a short period in the mid-1960s.

AL NUNESS, Minnesota
Worked for three Fortune 500 companies as well as serving as the director of ticket sales for the Minnesota Timberwolves in their infancy. Director of sales and marketing for Buddy, Inc., before becoming V-P of Sports Sales for Jostens. . . . Junior college transfer was an All-Big Ten Conference second-team selection in 1968-69 when the guard averaged 16.4 ppg as team MVP. He was the Gophers' first-ever African-American assistant coach.

DAVID PACKARD, Stanford
Co-founder of computer manufacturer Hewlett-Packard was Deputy Secretary of Defense in the first Nixon administration. Packard and partner William Hewlett founded their company in 1938 with $538 and eventually grew the business into a $31 billion high-tech organization. . . . The 6-4 electrical engineering major was a letterman for Stanford's 1931-32 basketball squad.

DAVID PALACIO, Texas Western
Executive vice president of EMI Latin, which is affiliated with Capitol Records in Hollywood, Calif. . . . Backup guard for Texas Western's 1966 NCAA championship team scored a season-high four points against Loyola (La.). Contributed a second-half field goal when the Miners erased a 16-point halftime deficit to win in overtime at New Mexico, 67-64. In their next outing, he chipped in with another basket in a 69-67 triumph over Arizona State. Palacio averaged 7.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game the next season as a junior.

JAY PICCOLA, Roanoke (Va.)
President of PUMA (USA), one of the largest sports attire companies in the world. . . . Three-time College Division All-American was the leading scorer (16.2) and second-leading rebounder (8.3 rpg) as a sophomore forward for the Maroons' 1972 national championship team. The 6-5 Piccola averaged 15.7 ppg during his four-year career.

LARRY RAFFERTY, Fairfield
Founder and CEO of Cohane Rafferty Securities, LLC, an investment bank specializing in the mortgage banking and financial institutions industry. The business was sold to Lehman Brothers in 2001. . . . Stags captain was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in 16th round (109th pick overall) in 1965 NBA draft. Averaged 10 ppg and 5 rpg in 1962-63 and 10.2 ppg and 4.4 rpg in 1966-67.

JACKIE ROBINSON, UNLV
CEO of H3 Enterprises, which is dedicated to the Hip Hop culture and lifestyle. Formerly served as Chairman and CEO of RLLW, Inc., a franchisee of 73 Pizza Hut restaurants. Also spent 20 years as Chairman and CEO of Robinson, Loyd & Associates, the largest administrator of federal tax credit programs in Nevada for all major casinos while later serving as an executive at the Aladdin Hote & Casino. . . . Averaged 11.4 ppg and 6.1 rpg from 1973-74 through 1977-78. He led the Rebels in rebounding in 1975-76 before failing to play for their 1977 Final Four squad while redshirting because of an ankle operation.

JOHN W. "JACK" ROGERS, Miami (Ohio)
Retired chairman and CEO of United Parcel Service (UPS) lived in Ft. Myers, Fla. . . . Earned basketball letter as a 6-1 junior guard in 1953-54 when he collected 38 points and 25 rebounds in 14 games. Sketch in school guide: "Came back for another try after being skipped his sophomore season, and to (Coach Bill) Rohr that spells desire. Still the sharpshooter that made him College Corner's high scorer for three years, he has developed more of the hungry drive that Rohr demands." The College Corner gym had one goal in Indiana and one in Ohio.

JOHN W. ROGERS JR., Princeton
The No. 1 black money manager in the U.S. parlayed a serious childhood hobby into a money management empire. He seldom strays from his conservative investment strategy: buy undervalued small- to medium-size company stocks with long-term potential. In 1983, the son of a judge founded one of the country's first minority-owned investment advisory firms, Ariel Capital Management, in his Chicago hometown. He is chairman and CEO. The motto of his newsletter hawking hot investing tips, the Patient Investor, was "Slow and Steady Wins the Race." . . . The 6-0, 185-pound guard averaged 3.6 points per game in 23 varsity contests from 1977-78 through 1979-80. His first varsity start was a 66-61 five-overtime victory over Cornell as a junior. In his next game, he scored 20 points against Brown. Captained Princeton's team as a senior. Rogers, an economics major, carried copies of business magazines with him to away games and would call his broker from stadium pay phones. He flew to the West Coast to appear on the Wheel of Fortune game show, winning $8,600 in prizes that he immediately handed over to his broker.

F. SHERWOOD ROWLAND, Ohio Wesleyan
Shared the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1995 for his work in researching ozone depletion in the atmosphere. One of the world's most influential environmental experts splits his time as foreign secretary of the National Academy of Sciences and professor of chemistry at UC Irvine. . . . Attended college in his hometown of Delaware, Ohio, after graduating from high school in 1943 a few weeks before his 16th birthday. Wrote Rowland in an autobiography: "During these war years, only 30 or 40 civilian males were on campus, plus about 200 naval officer trainees and 1,000 women. With so few men available, I played on the university basketball and baseball teams (forward averaged 6.2 ppg in 1946-47 and 10.2 ppg in 1947-48), and wrote much of the sports page for the university newspaper. I enlisted in a Navy program to train radar operators. I served in several Midwestern Naval Separation Centers, as the 10 million Americans who had preceded me into the military were returned to civilian life. A major amount of this Navy time was devoted to competitive athletics for the Navy base teams, and I emerged after 14 months as a non-commissioned officer with a rating of Specialist (Athletics) 3rd class. My interest in competitive athletics also continued unabated in graduate school. Because of the atypical structure of its undergraduate college system, the University of Chicago, unlike almost all other American universities, permitted graduate students to compete in intercollegiate athletics. During my first graduate year, I played both basketball and baseball for the university team." Rowland was the team's leading rebounder as a senior.

GEORGE SELLA, Princeton
Former President, CEO and Chairman of American Cyanamid, a major chemical company. . . . Averaged 7.8 points per game in three varsity seasons from 1947-48 through 1949-50. The 5-10, 187-pounder was named to the first five on the All-Ivy League team as a junior and senior. Excerpt from school guide: "One of the greatest all-around performers in Princeton athletic history, George captained Princeton's football team from his halfback position and at season's close figured conspicuously in All-American and All-Eastern selections. The speed and know-how George displays on the football field is also in evidence on the basketball court."

BILL SEXTON, Saint John's (Minn.)
Former owner and partner of Old Northwest Agents, an insurance brokerage firm in Minneapolis. Alma mater's arena is named after the part-minority owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves. . . . Holds the Saint John's single-game scoring record with 49 points.

WILLIAM E. SEXTON, Alabama
Self-made businessman is founder of Sexton, Inc., a family investment company engaged in private equity, real estate and venture capital. . . . Lettered for the Crimson Tide in 1953 and 1954, playing under coach Johnny Dee. He was captain as a senior.

EDDIE SHELDRAKE, UCLA
Restauranteur is largest holder of Kentucky Fried Chicken and Anaheim-based Polly's Pies franchises in the country. He operated as many as 15 KFCs and 13 Polly's in Southern California. Opened the first Polly's Pie Restaurant in 1968 with his brother. . . . Swingman was a starter with the Bruins in 1949-50 and 1950-51 for coach John Wooden. All-PCC South selection as a senior when he averaged 10.4 ppg and was team captain. Scored 11 points in UCLA's first-ever NCAA Tournament game (73-59 setback against Bradley in 1950) before scoring a team-high 21 points in an 83-62 loss to Brigham Young in the Western Regional third-place contest.

CECIL J. "PETE" SILAS, Georgia Tech
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Phillips Petroleum Company. . . . The 6-6, 180-pound forward led the Yellow Jackets in scoring each of his four varsity seasons (11.7 points per game in 1950-51, 17.1 ppg in 1951-52, 13.7 ppg in 1952-53 as an All-SEC first-team selection and 17 ppg in 1953-54). He set school records at the time for points in a game (39 against Furman) and in a season (393 as a junior). Silas also grabbed 24 rebounds in the Furman game in a season he led the Yellow Jackets in rebounding with 13.7 per game. Member of gold-medal winning U.S. Pan American Games team in 1955 while serving in the Armed Forces. Silas was selected by the Minneapolis Lakers in the 1953 NBA draft.

BARRY F. SULLIVAN, Georgetown
Career banker retired as chairman of the First Chicago Corporation before returning to his hometown to serve as New York's deputy mayor for finance and economic development from 1992 to 1994. He worked at Chase Manhattan Bank for 24 years, earning distinction as the youngest Executive Vice President in the bank's history in 1972. . . . Averaged 16.1 ppg each season for the Hoyas in 1950-51 and 1951-52 before leaving school for military service.

PAUL TAGLIABUE, Georgetown
NFL commissioner from October, 1989, to July, 2006. Pete Rozell's successor strengthened revenue sharing and there were no players' strikes or lockouts during his tenure. . . . The 6-5 forward averaged 11.4 points and nine rebounds per game in three varsity seasons from 1959-60 through 1961-62. Led the Hoyas in rebounding as a sophomore (8.9 rpg) and junior (8.2 rpg) and was their second-leading rebounder as a senior captain. . . . Sketch in school guide: "One of the toughest competitors ever to wear the Blue and Gray. At his best when the going gets toughest. Fierce rebounder, an excellent shooter and a tireless performer. President of his class."

RICH TARRANT, Saint Michael's (Vt.)
Founder and chairman of IDX Systems Corporation, a firm providing payroll and claims processing for physicians that had nearly 5,000 employees nationwide and reported revenues of approximately $460 million. In 2005, IDX was purchased by General Electric for $1.2 billion. Entrepreneur was the Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from the state of Vermont in 2006, but lost the election to Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist. . . . AP All-American as a senior in 1964-65 posted highest three-year point total in school history (1,762). Holds numerous school single-season and career scoring records, including points per game in a season (28 ppg in 1963-64) and a career (25.2). Selected by the Boston Celtics in fourth round of the 1965 NBA draft (35th pick overall).

FRANKLIN THOMAS, Columbia
President of the Ford Foundation since 1979 is listed in Who's Who in America. He was on the board of directors of Citicorp/Citibank, CBS and AT&T. Became chairman of the board of the September 11th Fund. . . . Thomas, Columbia's all-time leading rebounder (1,022 in 71 games from 1953-54 through 1955-56), averaged a school-record 16.3 per game as a junior. The 6-4, 205-pounder led the Lions in rebounding all three of his varsity seasons, finishing his career with averages of 14.2 rebounds and 11.5 points per game. He was a second-team All-Ivy League selection as a senior.

JIM THORDSEN, St. Joseph's (Ind.)
Member of the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce. Part of the Board of Directors and President-Founder of the Sports and Recreation Committee. After his retirement as a player in 1983, he founded his own sports marketing and public relations agency. . . . The first Puerto Rican named to a Little All-American team averaged 20.5 ppg and 9 rpg from 1971-72 through 1974-75. Played in two Olympics with the Puerto Rican National Team.

MONROE TROUT, Harvard
Considered among the trading elite on Chicago's volatile commodity markets. According to the New York Times, his Trout Trading Company earned profits in 69 of 79 consecutive months, an outstanding ratio. . . . He set a school record for season field-goal shooting (65.9 percent) as a sophomore in 1981-82. The 6-9 center averaged 10 and 10.6 points per game in his sophomore and junior seasons, respectively, before slipping to 3.4 ppg as a senior.

CHARLES TUCKER, Western Michigan
Powerful Michigan-based sports agent has had clients such as Mark Aguirre, Carl Banks, Cornelius Bennett, Magic Johnson, Glen Rice, Glenn Robinson, Steve Smith, Isiah Thomas, Thurman Thomas, Lorenzo White and Kevin Willis. Tucker, who earned a doctorate in clinical psychology, stumbled upon the agent career when Johnson chose to make himself available for the NBA draft after his sophomore year at Michigan State and asked Tucker to represent him. . . . The 6-1, 190-pound guard earned a letter with the Broncos as a junior in 1966-67 when he averaged 3.7 points per game and was scoreless in three games as a senior.

SEAN TUOHY, Mississippi
Fast-food millionaire owned over 80 Taco Bell, KFC and Long John Silver restaurants. White adoptive father of African-American Michael Oher, an offensive tackle who also attended Ole Miss and became an NFL first-round draft choice of the Baltimore Ravens in 2009 plus the subject of the movie "The Blind Side" starring Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw. . . . Two-time All-SEC selection paced the league in assists all four seasons from 1978-79 through 1981-82. Twice led the Rebels in free-throw percentage (as a sophomore and senior).

HAL UPLINGER, Long Island
Gained notoriety as the television producer for Bob Geldolf's "Live Aids Concert." The California television and marketing executive also served as the executive director of the World Games, a sort of Olympics for non-Olympic sports. . . . Averaged 8.3 points per game in 20 games as a starter for the 1950-51 LIU squad. Scored a game-high 26 points for Los Angeles City College in the 1950 NJCAA Tournament final when that school captured the title. Played one season (1953-54) in the NBA with Baltimore under his LIU coach (Clair Bee). . . . Excerpt from LIU guide: "Works like a beaver under the backboards, utilizing his 6-4 frame in a way that belies his placid appearance."

TINKHAM VEALE II, Case Western Reserve (Ohio)
Founder and chairman of five separate corporations donated the funds to build his alma mater's state-of-the-art recreation complex. He also breeds thoroughbred racehorses in partnerships with several farms. . . . Earned three letters in basketball.

LLOYD WARD, Michigan State
He was President/Central Division Frito-Lay, Inc. before becoming President and Chairman of Maytag Appliance. After leaving Maytag in November 2000, he became the first African-American to head the U.S. Olympic Committee before stepping down from that position in March 2003. . . . The 5-10, 165-pound guard averaged 4.8 points per game in three varsity seasons (1967-68 through 1969-70) with the Spartans. He was their sixth-leading scorer as a senior with an average of 7.3 ppg.

JIMMY WESTON, St. John's
One-time police detective owned several restaurants, but none more popular than the smoky, jazz-jumping joint named after him on 54th Street in Manhattan. The saloon, opened in 1967 and closed in the late 1980s, would be frequented by the likes of Frank Sinatra, George Steinbrenner, Muhammad Ali and Tony Bennett. . . . Teammate of All-American Dick McGuire averaged 4.1 ppg in 1947-48.

KENNY WOLFE, Harvard
Producer for ABC's Monday Night Football. . . . The 6-2, 165-pound guard was an honorable mention All-Ivy League pick as a senior in 1973-74 when he finished as the team's third-leading scorer with 9.8 points per game. The previous season, he led the league in free-throw shooting in conference competition (93.5 percent). Wolfe, a teammate of sports announcer James Brown, averaged seven points per game in his three-year varsity career.

GERALD ZORNOW, Rochester (N.Y.)
President and Chairman of the Board of the Eastman Kodak Company from 1970 to 1977. . . . Three-sport letter winner graduated in 1937.

Back in the Day: Petrino Boasts Background Enabling Him to Also Coach Hoops

Bobby Petrino, returning to Louisville as the Cardinals' football coach and overseeing the program's entrance into the ACC, is accustomed to controversy and accepting soap-opera challenges (remember departures from the Atlanta Falcons and Arkansas Razorbacks). If U of L basketball coach Rick Pitino needs to take a sabbatical for some reason, Petrino boasts a background making him capable of filling in for Pitino reminiscent of two-sport college coaches in the middle of the 20th Century. Petrino, who scored 1,145 points in four years of basketball for Carroll (Mont.) in the early 1980s, was an All-Frontier Conference first-team hoop selection as a senior.

Petrino isn't the first Louisville football coach with a link to college hoops. Frank Camp Jr., the school's all-time winningest coach (118-95-2), was captain of the Transylvania (Ky.) basketball squad before coaching such standouts as Johnny Unitas, Lenny Lyles and Doug Buffone. Petrino is far from being the first marquee college football coach with a college hoops connection. It might not be delivered to you on a "Hog" motorcycle with a statuesque blond, but he joins the following alphabetical list of versatile ex-college hoopsters who guided major universities to multiple major bowl games:

EARL "RED" BLAIK, Miami (Ohio)/Army
College Football Hall of Fame coach, boasting six undefeated teams, compiled a 121-33-10 record at Dartmouth (1934 through 1940) and Army (1941 through 1958). . . . After graduating from Miami, he enrolled at Army and became the first Cadet to compete against Navy in three sports in one season (football, basketball and baseball).

FRANK BROYLES, Georgia Tech
Retired Arkansas athletic director compiled a 149-62-6 record in 20 seasons as head football coach at Missouri (1957) and Arkansas (1958 through 1976). Guided 10 teams to bowl games, winning the AP and UPI national title in 1964. Quarterback was SEC Player of the Year in 1944. Third-round selection by the Chicago Bears in 1946 NFL draft (19th pick overall). He threw for a career-high 304 yards against Tulsa in the 1945 Orange Bowl. . . . Four-year starting guard in basketball for Tech. Named to the second five on SEC All-Tournament team in 1944, 1945 and 1947. Second-leading scorer for Tech with a 10.4-point average as a senior in 1946-47.

HERBERT "FRITZ" CRISLER, University of Chicago
Member of College Football Hall of Fame compiled a 116-32-9 record in 18 seasons as football coach at Minnesota (1930 and 1931), Princeton (1932 through 1937) and Michigan (1938 through 1947). The only team he coached with a losing record was in his first year. His last seven Michigan teams finished in the top 10 in the final Associated Press Poll. The 1947 Wolverines had a 10-0 record, defeated Southern Cal in the Rose Bowl (49-0) and finished second in the final AP poll behind Notre Dame. . . . Named to third five on All-Big Ten Conference basketball team in 1919-20 when the University of Chicago was a member of the league.

DAN DEVINE, Minnesota-Duluth
College Football Hall of Famer coached Notre Dame to a national champinship in 1977 after directing the Green Bay Packers to the NFC Central Division title five years earlier. Guided the Fighting Irish to a 53-16-1 mark in six seasons from 1975 through 1980. Also coached Missouri to six bowl games in the 1960s (92-38-7 record in 13 years from 1958 through 1970). . . . Played guard for Duluth's basketball squad in 1942-43 and 1945-46. Captained the Bulldogs as a senior and paced the club in scoring that season. He was a quarterback for the school's football team.

BOBBY DODD, Tennessee
Compiled a 165-64-8 coaching record with Georgia Tech in 22 years from 1945 through 1966. Won his first eight of 13 bowl games with the Yellow Jackets. . . . All-SEC second-team selection in basketball as a junior in 1929-30. He was captain of the team as a senior.

VINCE DOOLEY, Auburn
Auburn MVP in 1954 Gator Bowl. Coached Georgia to the 1980 national championship and six SEC titles. Compiled a 201-66-10 record as 20 teams played in bowl games in his 25 seasons from 1964 through 1988. . . . Averaged 6.3 points per game as a starting guard in 1951-52 in his only season of varsity basketball with Auburn before concentrating on football.

PETE "BUMP" ELLIOTT, Michigan
Executive director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame earned All-American honors as a quarterback for the Wolverines' 1948 national champion. Big Ten Conference MVP led Michigan to a 49-0 victory over USC in the 1948 Rose Bowl. Former head coach at Nebraska (4-6 record in 1956), California (10-21 from 1957 through 1959) and Illinois (1960 through 1966) led Cal and the Illini to Rose Bowl berths. . . . A four-year starter as a 6-0, 190-pound guard on Michigan teams from 1945-46 through 1948-49. Captain of squad as a sophomore and member of Big Ten championship team in 1947-48. First-team all-conference choice as a junior and second-team selection as a senior. Second-team pick on Helms All-American team in 1947-48 when he scored a team-high 15 points in Michigan's first NCAA Tournament victory, a 66-49 decision over Columbia in the Eastern Regional third-place game. Excerpt from school guide: "At times his defensive work was almost uncanny as he held high-scoring opposition practically scoreless in several games. Outstanding at recovering rebounds."

DON FAUROT, Missouri
Hall of Famer spent 19 years as head football coach (100-80-10 record from 1935 through 1956) and 30 years as athletic director for Mizzou. Alma mater's all-time winningest coach guided the Tigers to four bowl games in the 1940s. Faurot is best known as the inventor of the Split T formation. In 1972, the Tigers' football stadium was named in his honor (Faurot Field). . . . Captained the Tigers' basketball team as an undergraduate.

WAYNE HARDIN, Pacific
Head football coach at U.S. Naval Academy (38-22-2 record from 1959 through 1964) and Temple (80-50-3 from 1970 through 1982) directed both schools to bowl games. Coached Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach in 1963 when Navy finished second in the nation in the final AP poll with a 9-2 record. . . . Letterman on four Pacific basketball teams scored a total of 78 points in his last two seasons in 1947-48 and 1948-49.

RALPH "SHUG" JORDAN, Auburn
Compiled a 176-83-6 record as head football coach for his alma mater from 1951-75. Led Auburn to berths in 12 bowl games and an AP national title in 1957 with a 10-0 record. . . . Three-year basketball letterman was captain of the team his junior season (1930-31). Coached Auburn basketball squad to a 95-75 record (.559) in 10 years from 1933-34 through 1941-42 and 1945-46 before assuming the same post at Georgia and compiling a 41-28 mark (.594) in four campaigns from 1946-47 to 1949-50.

ELMER LAYDEN, Notre Dame
Member of College Football Hall of Fame was a fullback in the famed Four Horseman backfield of the 1920s. The 5-11, 180-pounder was a consensus All-American selection in 1924. Head football coach of the Irish from 1934 through 1940, compiling a 47-12-2 record. His 1938 Notre Dame team was named national champion by the Dickinson System. NFL commissioner from 1941 to 1946. . . . Scored seven points in 10 games for the 1922-23 Notre Dame basketball squad.

HOMER HILL NORTON, Birmingham-Southern
Compiled a 143-75-18 coaching record in 25 seasons from 1919 through 1947 with Centenary (11) and Texas A&M (14). Won the Sugar Bowl and Cotton Bowl with the Aggies in back-to-back years (1939 and 1940). . . . Played four sports in college, including basketball. Also coached basketball for Centenary in the early 1920s.

HOUSTON NUTT, Arkansas/Oklahoma State
Arkansas football coach for 10 years from 1998 through 2007 (75-48 record) after serving in a similar capacity at Murray State (31-16 from 1993 through 1996) and Boise State (5-6 in 1997). Aligned with Ole Miss in 2008, taking the Rebels to a bowl game in his first year with them (only team to defeat national champ Florida). Quarterback at Arkansas under Frank Broyles and Lou Holtz before transferring to Oklahoma State under Jimmy Johnson. . . . Collected six points and three rebounds in 1976-77 as a freshman under coach Eddie Sutton on Arkansas' team that included Sidney Moncrief and Ron Brewer before playing a couple of years with OSU under Paul Hansen.

BENNIE OOSTERBAAN, Michigan
Member of College Football Hall of Fame coached Michigan's football team to a 63-33-4 record in 11 seasons (1948 through 1958). His first team finished with a 9-0 record and was voted national champion in the AP poll. He won Big Ten Conference titles in 1948, 1949 and 1950. . . . In 1943, the Helms Athletic Foundation named him to its 10-man All-American basketball teams it selected for the 1926-27 and 1927-28 seasons. Finished third in Western Conference (forerunner of Big Ten) scoring in 1926-27 (9.3 points per game) and led the league as a senior the next year (10.8 ppg).

ARA PARSEGHIAN, Miami (Ohio)
Member of College Football Hall of Fame compiled a 170-58-6 record as coach at Miami of Ohio (1951 through 1955), Northwestern (1956 through 1963) and Notre Dame (1964 through 1974). Guided Notre Dame to three national football titles (1964, 1966 and 1973). Directed the Fighting Irish to five bowl games during the first half of the 1970s. Rookie halfback on Cleveland Browns team that won All-America Football Conference title in 1948. Selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 13th round of 1947 NFL draft. . . . Played for Miami basketball squads in 1946-47 and 1947-48 (34 points, 31.3 FG%, 44.4 FT%). Teammate of future Tennessee coach Ray Mears.

JOE PATERNO, Brown
Penn State's head coach from 1966 to 2011 guided the Nittany Lions to national championships in 1982 and 1986, five undefeated/untied seasons (1968-69-73-86-94) and 29 finishes in Top 10 national rankings. Only major-college coach ever to reach the 400-win plateau (409-136-3 record) was 24-12-1 in bowl games. Paterno was fired by school trustees in mid-season 2011 after the arrest of his long-time assistant, Jerry Sandusky, on child sexual abuse charges. . . . He earned varsity basketball letters at Brown in 1947-48 and 1948-49. His 7.3-points-per-game scoring average in 1947-48 was second highest on the team.

BOB ZUPPKE, Wisconsin
Member of College Football Hall of Fame compiled a 131-81-13 record as head football coach at Illinois from 1913 through 1941. Directed the Illini to four national titles (1914, 1919, 1923 and 1927) and seven Big Ten championships. . . . Two-year letterman on Wisconsin's basketball team. The seven-man 1904-05 squad was called the "Western intercollegiate champions" by Spalding's Official Basketball Guide.

The Biggest Losers: Sixteen DI Schools Suffered Most Setbacks Last Season

More than 130 NCAA Division I schools, 16 of them last season, have incurred their most defeats in a single campaign over the previous seven years. Boston College, which compiled the worst record for a team upsetting the nation's top-ranked club (Syracuse), was the only power conference member in this category and Temple fell out of the ranks of universities never to lose at least 20 contests.

No major college has an all-time high for setbacks lower than the 16 losses incurred by UNLV. Elsewhere, Nebraska never has won an NCAA playoff game but the Huskers have also never incurred a 20-loss campaign. Additional schools never to lose at least 20 games in a single season include Boise State, College of Charleston, Connecticut, Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, UAB, Vanderbilt, Villanova, Virginia Commonwealth and Western Kentucky.

Fairfield's Sydney Johnson, who coached Princeton when the Tigers incurred their most defeats, joined a long list of coaches who were bench boss when two different DI universities suffered their most setbacks in a single season. Other mentors in the category include: Murry Bartow (East Tennessee State/UAB), Bill Bayno (Loyola Marymount/UNLV), Bob Bender (Illinois State/Washington), Horace Broadnax (Bethune-Cookman/Savannah State), Mitch Buonaguro (Fairfield/Siena), Jeff Bzdelik (Colorado/Wake Forest), Barry Collier (Butler/Nebraska), Ed DeChellis (Navy/Penn State), Matt Doherty (North Carolina/Southern Methodist), Marty Fletcher (Louisiana-Lafayette/Virginia Military), Billy Gillispie (Texas-El Paso/Texas Tech), Ron Greene (Indiana State/Murray State), Tim Grgurich (Pittsburgh/UNLV), Dick Kuchen (California/Yale), Press Maravich (Appalachian State/Louisiana State), Dan Monson (Long Beach State/Minnesota), Danny Nee (Duquesne/Nebraska), Kevin O'Neill (Northwestern/Southern California), Ken Trickey (Iowa State/Oral Roberts), Bob Weltlich (South Alabama/Texas) and Randy Wiel (Middle Tennessee State/UNC Asheville).

Nearly one-fourth of the current active coaches have the dubious distinction of holding the school single-season record for most reversals. But they can take some comfort in the fact that revered NCAA title mentors such as Jim Calhoun, Denny Crum, Jud Heathcote and Mike Krzyzewski are in the same classification. Following is an alphabetical list of NCAA DI schools and the rock-bottom season or seasons when they sustained their most setbacks (TBD with coaches denotes "to be determined"):

NCAA DI College Season W-L Pct. Coach (Year at School)
Air Force 1995-96 5-23 .179 Reggie Minton (12th of 16)
Akron 1995-96 3-23 .115 Dan Hipsher (1st of nine)
Alabama 1968-69 4-20 .167 C.M. Newton (1st of 12)
Alabama A&M 2011-12 7-21 .250 Willie Hayes (1st of TBD)
Alabama State 2012-13 10-22 .313 Lewis Jackson (8th of TBD)
Albany 2009-10 7-25 .219 Will Brown (9th of TBD)
Alcorn State 2009-10 2-29 .065 Larry Smith (2nd of three)
American 1983-84 6-22 .214 Ed Tapscott (2nd of eight)
Appalachian State 1974-75 3-23 .115 Press Maravich (3rd of three)
Arizona 1958-59 4-22 .154 Fred Enke (34th of 36)
Arizona State 1969-70 4-22 .154 Ned Wulk (13th of 25)
Arizona State 2006-07 8-22 .267 Herb Sendek (1st of TBD)
Arkansas 1970-71 5-21 .192 Lanny Van Eman (2nd of four)
Arkansas-Little Rock 1999-2000 4-24 .143 Sidney Moncrief (only season)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 2001-02 2-26 .071 Harold Blevins (7th of seven)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 2003-04 1-26 .037 Van Holt (2nd of six)
Arkansas State 1994-95 8-20 .286 Nelson Catalina (11th of 11)
Arkansas State 2007-08 10-20 .333 Dickey Nutt (13th of 13)
Arkansas State 2011-12 14-20 .412 John Brady (4th of TBD)
Army 1991-92 4-24 .143 Tom Miller (2nd of three)
Auburn 2012-13 9-23 .281 Tony Barbee (3rd of four)
Austin Peay State 2012-13 8-23 .258 Dave Loos (23rd of TBD)
Ball State 2013-14 5-25 .167 James Whitford (1st of TBD)
Baylor 1923-24 11-29 .275 Frank Bridges (4th of six)
Belmont 1977-78 8-23 .258 Dick Campbell (4th of four)
Belmont 1978-79 13-23 .361 Don Purdy (1st of eight)
Bethune-Cookman 1997-98 1-26 .037 Horace Broadnax (1st of five)
Binghamton 2011-12 2-29 .065 Mark Macon (3rd of three)
Boise State 1980-81 7-19 .269 Dave Leach (1st of three)
Boston College 2013-14 8-24 .250 Steve Donahue (4th of four)
Boston University 1999-2000 7-22 .241 Dennis Wolff (6th of 15)
Bowling Green 2005-06 9-21 .300 Dan Dakich (9th of 10)
Bradley 2011-12 7-25 .219 Geno Ford (1st of TBD)
Brigham Young 1996-97 1-25 .038 Tony Ingle (interim)
Brown 1968-69 3-23 .115 Stan Ward (15th of 15)
Brown 2011-12 8-23 .258 Jesse Agel (4th of four)
Bryant 2009-10 1-29 .033 Tim O'Shea (2nd of TBD)
Bucknell 2008-09 7-23 .233 David Paulsen (1st of TBD)
Buffalo 1991-92 2-26 .071 Dan Bazzani (9th of 10)
Butler 1980-81 5-22 .185 Joe Sexson (4th of 12)
Butler 1989-90 6-22 .214 Barry Collier (1st of 11)
California 1978-79 6-21 .222 Dick Kuchen (1st of seven)
UC Irvine 1996-97 1-25 .038 Rod Baker (6th of six)
Cal Poly 1994-95 1-26 .037 Steve Beason (9th of nine)
UC Riverside 2012-13 6-25 .194 Jim Wooldridge (6th of six)
UC Santa Barbara 1982-83 7-20 .259 Ed DeLacy (5th of five)
Cal State Fullerton 1964-65 1-25 .038 Alex Omalev (5th of 12)
Cal State Northridge 1960-61 10-24 .294 Paul Thomas (3rd of five)
Campbell 2003-04 3-24 .111 Robbie Laing (1st of 10)
Canisius 2007-08 6-25 .194 Tom Parrotta (2nd of six)
Canisius 2011-12 5-25 .167 Tom Parrotta (6th of six)
Centenary 2010-11 1-29 .033 Adam Walsh (1st of TBD)
Central Arkansas 2010-11 5-24 .172 Corliss Williamson (1st of three)
Central Connecticut State 1990-91 4-24 .143 Mike Brown (3rd of three)
Central Michigan 2003-04 6-24 .200 Jay Smith (7th of nine)
Central Michigan 2005-06 4-24 .143 Jay Smith (9th of nine)
Charleston Southern 1978-79 2-25 .074 David Reese (1st of two)
Charlotte 1984-85 5-23 .179 Hal Wissel (3rd of three)
Chattanooga 2011-12 11-21 .344 John Shulman (8th of nine)
Chicago State 2002-03 3-27 .100 Bo Ellis* (5th of five)
Cincinnati 1983-84 3-25 .107 Tony Yates (1st of six)
The Citadel 2013-14 7-26 .212 Chuck Driesell (4th of TBD)
Clemson 1967-68 4-20 .167 Bobby Roberts (6th of eight)
Clemson 1982-83 11-20 .355 Bill Foster (8th of nine)
Clemson 1999-2000 10-20 .333 Larry Shyatt (2nd of five)
Cleveland State 2003-04 4-25 .138 Mike Garland (1st of three)
Coastal Carolina 1995-96 5-21 .192 Michael Hopkins (1st of three)
Colgate 1982-83 3-24 .111 Tony Relvas (1st of four)
Colgate 1985-86 1-24 .040 Tony Relvas (4th of four)
College of Charleston 1949-50 4-19 .174 Willard Silcox (3rd of six)
Colorado 2008-09 9-22 .290 Jeff Bzdelik (2nd of three)
Colorado State 1980-81 3-24 .111 Tony McAndrews (1st of seven)
Columbia 2002-03 2-25 .074 Armond Hill (8th of eight)
Connecticut 1968-69 5-19 .208 Burr Carlson (2nd of two)
Connecticut 1986-87 9-19 .321 Jim Calhoun (1st of 26)
Coppin State 2001-02 6-25 .194 Fang Mitchell (16th of 28)
Cornell 2013-14 2-26 .071 Bill Courtney (4th of TBD)
Creighton 1993-94 7-22 .241 Rick Johnson (3rd of three)
Dartmouth 1917-18 0-26 .000 F.H. Walker (only season)
Davidson 1988-89 7-24 .226 Bobby Hussey (8th of eight)
Davidson 1989-90 4-24 .143 Bob McKillop (1st of TBD)
Dayton 1992-93 4-26 .133 Jim O'Brien (4th of five)
Delaware 2006-07 5-26 .161 Monte Ross (1st of TBD)
Delaware State 1987-88 3-25 .107 Marshall Emery (6th of six)
Denver 2006-07 4-25 .138 Terry Carroll (6th of six)
DePaul 2008-09 9-24 .273 Jerry Wainwright (4th of five)
DePaul 2010-11 7-24 .226 Oliver Purnell (1st of TBD)
Detroit 1987-88 7-23 .233 Don Sicko* (6th of six)
Detroit 2007-08 7-23 .233 Perry Watson (15th of 15)
Detroit 2008-09 7-23 .233 Ray McCallum (1st of TBD)
Drake 1996-97 2-26 .071 Kurt Kanaskie (1st of seven)
Drexel 2007-08 12-20 .375 Bruiser Flint (7th of TBD)
Duke 1994-95 13-18 .419 Mike Krzyzewski* (15th of TBD)
Duquesne 2005-06 3-24 .111 Danny Nee (5th of five)
East Carolina 1983-84 4-24 .143 Charlie Harrison (2nd of five)
East Carolina 2006-07 6-24 .200 Ricky Stokes (2nd of two)
Eastern Illinois 2007-08 7-22 .241 Mike Miller (3rd of seven)
Eastern Kentucky 1998-99 3-23 .115 Scott Perry (2nd of three)
Eastern Michigan 2000-01 3-25 .107 Jim Boone (1st of five)
Eastern Washington 1986-87 5-23 .179 Joe Folda (2nd of two)
Eastern Washington 1995-96 3-23 .115 Steve Aggers (1st of five)
East Tennessee State 2012-13 10-22 .313 Murry Bartow (10th of TBD)
Elon 1994-95 3-24 .111 Mark Simons (2nd of 10)
Evansville 2003-04 7-22 .241 Steve Merfeld (2nd of five)
Fairfield 2013-14 7-25 .219 Sydney Johnson (3rd of TBD)
Fairleigh Dickinson 2011-12 3-26 .103 Greg Vetrone (3rd of four)
Florida 1981-82 5-22 .185 Norman Sloan (8th of 15)
Florida A&M 1993-94 4-23 .148 Ron Brown (1st of three)
Florida A&M 2011-12 10-23 .303 Clemon Johnson (1st of three)
Florida A&M 2012-13 8-23 .258 Clemon Johnson (2nd of three)
Florida Atlantic 1999-2000 2-28 .067 Sidney Green (1st of six)
Florida International 2009-10 7-25 .219 Isiah Thomas (1st of three)
Florida State 2000-01 9-21 .300 Steve Robinson (4th of five)
Fordham 2002-03 2-26 .071 Bob Hill (4th of four)
Fordham 2009-10 2-26 .071 Dereck Whittenburg (7th of seven)
Fresno State 2008-09 13-21 .382 Steve Cleveland (4th of six)
Furman 2008-09 6-24 .200 Jeff Jackson (3rd of seven)
Furman 2012-13 7-24 .226 Jeff Jackson (7th of seven)
Gardner-Webb 2002-03 5-24 .172 Rick Scruggs (8th of 15th)
George Mason 1969-70 4-23 .148 Hap Spuhler (3rd of three)
Georgetown 1971-72 3-23 .115 Jack Magee (6th of six)
George Washington 1988-89 1-27 .036 John Kuester (4th of five)
Georgia 1951-52 3-22 .120 Red Lawson (1st of 14)
Georgia Southern 2010-11 5-27 .156 Charlton Young (2nd of four)
Georgia State 1984-85 2-26 .071 Tom Pugliese* (2nd of two)
Georgia Tech 1980-81 4-23 .148 Dwane Morrison (8th of eight)
Gonzaga 1989-90 8-20 .286 Dan Fitzgerald (5th of 15)
Grambling State 1999-2000 1-30 .032 Larry Wright (1st of nine)
Green Bay 1984-85 4-24 .143 Dick Lien (3rd of three)
Hampton 1974-75 2-21 .087 Solomon Frazier/Joe Buggs
Hampton 2011-12 12-21 .364 Edward Joyner Jr. (3rd of TBD)
Hartford 2008-09 7-26 .212 Dan Leibovitz (3rd of four)
Harvard 2003-04 4-23 .148 Frank Sullivan (13th of 16)
Hawaii 1977-78 1-26 .037 Larry Little (2nd of nine)
High Point 2008-09 9-21 .300 Bart Lundy (6th of six)
Hofstra 2012-13 7-25 .219 Mo Cassara (3rd of three)
Holy Cross 2009-10 9-22 .290 Sean Kearney (only season)
Houston 1999-2000 9-22 .290 Clyde Drexler (2nd of two)
Houston Baptist 2010-11 5-26 .161 Ron Cottrell (20th of TBD)
Howard 1999-2000 1-27 .036 Kirk Saulny (2nd of two)
Idaho 2006-07 4-27 .129 George Pfeifer (1st of two)
Idaho State 1949-50 5-25 .167 Ed Willett (2nd of two)
Illinois 2007-08 16-19 .457 Bruce Weber (5th of nine)
Illinois-Chicago 2013-14 6-25 .194 Howard Moore (4th of TBD)
Illinois State 1990-91 5-23 .179 Bob Bender (2nd of four)
Indiana 2008-09 6-25 .194 Tom Crean (1st of TBD)
Indiana State 1988-89 4-24 .143 Ron Greene (4th of four)
Indiana State 2002-03 7-24 .226 Royce Waltman (6th of 10)
IUPU Fort Wayne 2003-04 3-25 .107 Doug Noll (5th of six)
IUPUI 2012-13 6-26 .188 Todd Howard (2nd of three)
IUPUI 2013-14 6-26 .188 Todd Howard (3rd of three)
Iona 2006-07 2-28 .067 Jeff Ruland (9th of nine)
Iowa 2009-10 10-22 .313 Todd Lickliter (3rd of three)
Iowa State 1975-76 3-24 .111 Ken Trickey (2nd of two)
Jackson State 1982-83 6-24 .200 Paul Covington (16th of 19)
Jackson State 2011-12 7-24 .226 Tevester Anderson (9th of TBD)
Jacksonville 2005-06 1-26 .037 Cliff Warren (1st of nine)
Jacksonville State 2010-11 5-25 .167 James Green (3rd of TBD)
James Madison 1985-86 5-23 .179 John Thurston (1st of three)
James Madison 2005-06 5-23 .179 Dean Keener (2nd of four)
James Madison 2006-07 7-23 .233 Dean Keener (3rd of four)
Kansas 1961-62 7-18 .280 Dick Harp (6th of eight)
Kansas 1972-73 8-18 .308 Ted Owens (9th of 19)
Kansas State 1945-46 4-20 .167 Fritz Knarr (2nd of two)
Kennesaw State 2011-12 3-28 .097 Lewis Preston (1st of three)
Kent State 1977-78 6-21 .222 Rex Hughes* (4th of four)
Kentucky 1988-89 13-19 .406 Eddie Sutton (4th of four)
Lafayette 1994-95 2-25 .074 John Leone (7th of seven)
Lamar 2012-13 3-28 .097 Pat Knight (2nd of three)
La Salle 1995-96 6-24 .200 Speedy Morris (10th of 15)
Lehigh 1996-97 1-26 .037 Sal Mentesana (1st of six)
Liberty 2001-02 5-25 .167 Mel Hankinson (4th of four)
Lipscomb 2001-02 6-21 .222 Scott Sanderson (3rd of 14)
Long Beach State 2007-08 6-25 .194 Dan Monson (1st of TBD)
Long Island University 1993-94 3-24 .111 Paul Lizzo (19th of 20)
Longwood 2012-13 8-25 .242 Mike Gillian (10th of 10)
Louisiana-Lafayette 1994-95 7-22 .241 Marty Fletcher (9th of 11)
Louisiana-Monroe 2011-12 3-26 .103 Keith Richard (2nd of TBD)
Louisiana State 1966-67 3-23 .115 Press Maravich (1st of six)
Louisiana Tech 1993-94 2-25 .074 Jerry Loyd (5th of five)
Louisville 1997-98 12-20 .375 Denny Crum (27th of 30)
Loyola of Chicago 2011-12 7-23 .233 Porter Moser (1st of TBD)
Loyola (Md.) 2003-04 1-27 .036 Scott Hicks (4th of four)
Loyola Marymount 2008-09 3-28 .097 Bill Bayno (only season)
Maine 2007-08 7-23 .233 Ted Woodward (4th of 10)
Maine 2013-14 6-23 .207 Ted Woodward (10th of 10)
Manhattan 1985-86 2-26 .071 Tom Sullivan (only season)
Marist 2009-10 1-29 .033 Chuck Martin (2nd of five)
Marquette 1963-64 5-21 .192 Eddie Hickey (6th of six)
Marshall 1991-92 7-22 .241 Dwight Freeman (2nd of four)
Marshall 2004-05 6-22 .214 Ron Jirsa (2nd of four)
Marshall 2013-14 11-22 .333 Tom Herrion (4th of four)
Maryland 1940-41 1-21 .045 Burton Shipley (18th of 24)
Maryland-Baltimore County 2009-10 4-26 .133 Randy Monroe (6th of eight)
Maryland-Baltimore County 2011-12 4-26 .133 Randy Monroe (8th of eight)
Maryland-Eastern Shore 2007-08 4-28 .125 Meredith Smith (only season)
Massachusetts 1979-80 2-24 .077 Ray Wilson (1st of two)
Massachusetts 1980-81 3-24 .111 Ray Wilson (2nd of two)
McNeese State 1987-88 7-22 .241 Steve Welch (1st of seven)
McNeese State 1991-92 7-22 .241 Steve Welch (5th of seven)
Memphis 1969-70 6-20 .231 Moe Iba (4th of four)
Mercer 1990-91 2-25 .074 Brad Siegfried (2nd of two)
Miami (Fla.) 1991-92 8-24 .250 Leonard Hamilton (2nd of 10)
Miami (Ohio) 2012-13 9-22 .290 John Cooper (1st of TBD)
Michigan 2007-08 10-22 .312 John Beilein (1st of TBD)
Michigan State 1949-50 4-18 .182 Alton Kircher (only season)
Michigan State 1964-65 5-18 .217 Forddy Anderson (11th of 11)
Michigan State 1987-88 10-18 .357 Jud Heathcote (12th of 19)
Middle Tennessee State 2000-01 5-22 .185 Randy Wiel (5th of six)
Milwaukee 1994-95 3-24 .111 Steve Antrim (8th of eight)
Milwaukee 1997-98 3-24 .111 Ric Cobb (3rd of four)
Milwaukee 2012-13 8-24 .250 Rob Jeter (8th of TBD)
Minnesota 2006-07 9-22 .290 Dan Monson (7th of seven)
Mississippi 1964-65 4-21 .160 Eddie Crawford (3rd of six)
Mississippi State 1985-86 8-22 .267 Bob Boyd (5th of five)
Mississippi State 2012-13 10-22 .313 Rick Ray (1st of TBD)
Mississippi Valley State 2008-09 7-25 .219 Sean Woods (1st of four)
Missouri 1966-67 3-22 .120 Bob Vanata (5th of five)
Missouri-Kansas City 2008-09 7-24 .226 Matt Brown (2nd of six)
Missouri-Kansas City 2012-13 8-24 .250 Matt Brown (6th of six)
Missouri State 2012-13 11-22 .333 Paul Lusk (2nd of TBD)
Monmouth 2007-08 7-24 .226 Dave Calloway (10th of 13)
Montana 1944-45 7-23 .233 George Dahlberg (1st of 11)
Montana State 1933-34 5-22 .185 Schubert Dyche (6th of seven)
Montana State 1969-70 4-22 .154 Gary Hulst (1st of three)
Morehead State 1997-98 3-23 .115 Kyle Macy (1st of nine)
Morehead State 2005-06 4-23 .148 Kyle Macy (9th of nine)
Morgan State 2005-06 4-26 .133 Butch Beard (5th of five)
Mount St. Mary's 2001-02 3-24 .111 Jim Phelan (48th of 49)
Murray State 1978-79 4-22 .154 Ron Greene (1st of seven)
Navy 2011-12 3-26 .103 Ed DeChellis (1st of TBD)
Nebraska 1962-63 6-19 .240 Jerry Bush (8th of eight)
Nebraska 1999-2000 11-19 .367 Danny Nee (14th of 14)
Nebraska 2002-03 11-19 .367 Barry Collier (3rd of six)
Nebraska-Omaha 1993-94 4-22 .154 Bob Hanson (25th of 25)
Nevada 1971-72 2-24 .077 Jack Spencer (13th of 13)
New Hampshire 1987-88 4-25 .138 Gerry Friel (19th of 20)
New Hampshire 1990-91 3-25 .107 Jim Boylan (2nd of three)
New Hampshire 1999-2000 3-25 .107 Phil Rowe (1st of six)
New Mexico 1979-80 6-22 .214 Charlie Harrison (only season)
New Mexico State 2004-05 6-24 .200 Lou Henson (16th of 16)
New Orleans 2009-10 8-22 .267 Joe Pasternack (3rd of four)
New York University 1970-71 5-20 .200 Lou Rossini (13th of 13)
Niagara 2013-14 7-26 .212 Chris Casey (1st of TBD)
Nicholls State 1990-91 3-25 .107 Rickey Broussard (1st of 12)
Nicholls State 2001-02 2-25 .074 Rickey Broussard (12th of 12)
Nicholls State 2002-03 3-25 .107 Ricky Blanton (1st of two)
Norfolk State 2010-11 12-20 .375 Anthony Evans (4th of TBD)
North Carolina 2001-02 8-20 .286 Matt Doherty (2nd of three)
UNC Asheville 1993-94 3-24 .111 Randy Wiel (1st of three)
North Carolina A&T 2002-03 1-26 .037 Curtis Hunter (4th of four)
North Carolina Central 2008-09 4-27 .129 Henry Dickerson (5th of five)
UNC Greensboro 2008-09 5-25 .167 Mike Dement (8th of 11)
North Carolina State 1966-67 7-19 .269 Norman Sloan (1st of 14)
North Carolina State 1992-93 8-19 .296 Les Robinson (3rd of six)
North Carolina State 1993-94 11-19 .367 Les Robinson (4th of six)
UNC Wilmington 2008-09 7-25 .219 Benny Moss (3rd of four)
North Dakota 2009-10 8-23 .258 Brian Jones (4th of TBD)
North Dakota State 1937-38 2-20 .091 Bob Lowe (5th of 13)
North Dakota State 1967-68 6-20 .231 Doug cowman (3rd of three)
Northeastern 1995-96 4-24 .143 Dave Leitao (2nd of two)
Northern Arizona 1988-89 2-25 .074 Pat Rafferty (1st of two)
Northern Illinois 2011-12 5-26 .161 Mark Montgomery (1st of TBD)
Northern Iowa 2000-01 7-24 .226 Sam Weaver (3rd of three)
North Texas 1989-90 5-25 .167 Jimmy Gales (4th of seven)
Northwestern 1999-2000 5-25 .167 Kevin O'Neill (3rd of three)
Northwestern State 1984-85 3-25 .107 Wayne Yates (5th of five)
Notre Dame 1965-66 5-21 .192 Johnny Dee (2nd of seven)
Oakland 1974-75 4-22 .154 Eugene Boldon (7th of eight)
Oakland 1975-76 5-22 .185 Eugene Boldon (8th of eight)
Oakland 1977-78 4-22 .154 Jim Mitchell (2nd of three)
Ohio University 1997-98 5-21 .192 Larry Hunter (9th of 12)
Ohio State 1994-95 6-22 .214 Randy Ayers (6th of eight)
Ohio State 1997-98 8-22 .267 Jim O'Brien (1st of five)
Oklahoma 1955-56 4-19 .174 Doyle Parrack (1st of seven)
Oklahoma 1968-69 7-19 .269 John MacLeod (2nd of six)
Oklahoma State 1971-72 4-22 .154 Sam Aubrey (2nd of three)
Old Dominion 2012-13 5-25 .167 Blaine Taylor* (12th of 12)
Oral Roberts 1992-93 5-22 .185 Ken Trickey (6th of six)
Oregon 1921-22 7-24 .226 George Bohler (2nd of three)
Oregon State 2007-08 6-25 .194 Jay John (6th of six)
Pacific 1983-84 3-27 .100 Tom O'Neil (2nd of six)
Pennsylvania 2009-10 6-22 .214 Jerome Allen* (1st of TBD)
Pennsylvania 2012-13 9-22 .290 Jerome Allen (4th of TBD)
Penn State 2004-05 7-23 .233 Ed DeChellis (2nd of eight)
Pepperdine 1965-66 2-24 .077 Robert Dowell (18th of 20)
Pepperdine 2009-10 7-24 .226 Tom Asbury (8th of nine)
Pittsburgh 1976-77 6-21 .222 Tim Grgurich (2nd of five)
Portland 1988-89 2-26 .071 Larry Steele (2nd of seven)
Portland State 2002-03 5-22 .185 Heath Schroyer (1st of three)
Prairie View 1991-92 0-28 .000 Elwood Plummer (8th of 18)
Presbyterian 2009-10 5-26 .161 Gregg Nibert (21st of TBD)
Presbyterian 2013-14 6-26 .188 Gregg Nibert (25th of TBD
Princeton 2007-08 6-23 .207 Sydney Johnson (1st of four)
Providence 1984-85 11-20 .355 Joe Mullaney (18th of 18)
Purdue 2004-05 7-21 .250 Gene Keady (25th of 25)
Quinnipiac 2000-01 6-21 .222 Joe DeSantis (5th of 11)
Radford 2011-12 6-26 .188 Mike Jones (1st of TBD)
Rhode Island 1999-2000 5-25 .167 Jerry DeGregorio (1st of two)
Rice 2007-08 3-27 .100 Willis Wilson (16th of 16)
Richmond 1977-78 4-22 .154 Carl Slone (4th of four)
Richmond 2006-07 8-22 .267 Chris Mooney (2nd of TBD)
Rider 1988-89 5-23 .179 John Carpenter (23rd of 23)
Robert Morris 1996-97 4-24 .143 Jim Boone (1st of four)
Rutgers 1954-55 2-22 .083 Don White (10th of 11)
Rutgers 1987-88 7-22 .241 Craig Littlepage (3rd of three)
Sacramento State 2008-09 2-27 .069 Brian Katz (1st of TBD)
Sacred Heart 2013-14 5-26 .161 Anthony Latina (1st of TBD)
St. Bonaventure 2004-05 2-26 .071 Anthony Solomon (2nd of four)
St. Francis (N.Y.) 1983-84 2-26 .071 Gene Roberti (5th of five)
St. Francis (N.Y.) 1993-94 1-26 .037 Ron Ganulin (3rd of 14)
Saint Francis (Pa.) 2005-06 4-24 .143 Bobby Jones (7th of nine)
Saint Francis (Pa.) 2012-13 5-24 .172 Rob Krimmel (1st of TBD)
St. John's 2003-04 6-21 .222 Mike Jarvis* (6th of six)
Saint Joseph's 1911-12 6-22 .214 John Donahue (1st of eight)
Saint Joseph's 2010-11 11-22 .333 Phil Martelli (16th of TBD)
Saint Louis 1982-83 5-23 .179 Rich Grawer (1st of 10)
Saint Mary's 2000-01 2-27 .069 Dave Bollwinkel (4th of four)
Saint Peter's 2011-12 5-26 .161 John Dunne (6th of seven)
Samford 1975-76 3-23 .115 Fred Crowell (1st of four)
Sam Houston State 1967-68 9-22 .290 Archie Porter (4th of 11)
Sam Houston State 1978-79 5-22 .185 Dennis Price (4th of four)
San Diego 2003-04 4-26 .133 Brad Holland (10th of 13)
San Diego State 1986-87 5-25 .167 Smokey Gaines (8th of eight)
San Francisco 1985-86 7-21 .250 Jim Brovelli (1st of 10)
San Francisco 2007-08 10-21 .323 Jessie Evans* (4th of four)
San Jose State 2005-06 6-25 .194 George Nessman (1st of eight)
San Jose State 2006-07 5-25 .167 George Nessman (2nd of eight)
Santa Clara 2011-12 8-22 .267 Kerry Keating (5th of TBD)
Savannah State 2004-05 0-28 .000 Ed Daniels Jr. (3rd of three)
Savannah State 2005-06 2-28 .067 Horace Broadnax (1st of TBD)
Seattle 1992-93 6-24 .200 Al Hairston (2nd of nine)
Seton Hall 1982-83 6-23 .207 P.J. Carlesimo (1st of 12)
Siena 2004-05 6-24 .200 Rob Lanier (4th of four)
Siena 2012-13 8-24 .250 Mitch Buonaguro (3rd of TBD)
South Alabama 2001-02 7-21 .250 Bob Weltlich (5th of five)
South Carolina 1937-38 3-21 .125 Ted Petoskey (3rd of five)
South Carolina 1998-99 8-21 .276 Eddie Fogler (6th of eight)
South Carolina 2011-12 10-21 .323 Darrin Horn (4th of four)
South Carolina State 2011-12 5-26 .161 Tim Carter (5th of six)
USC Upstate 1977-78 4-26 .133 Bill Hinson (1st of three)
South Dakota 1987-88 5-23 .179 Doug Martin (6th of six)
South Dakota State 1985-86 8-20 .286 Jim Thorson (1st of eight)
South Dakota State 2008-09 13-20 .394 Scott Nagy (14th of TBD)
Southeast Missouri State 2008-09 3-27 .100 Zac Roman (only season)
South Florida 2010-11 10-23 .303 Stan Heath (4th of seven)
Southeastern Louisiana 1988-89 3-24 .111 Leo McClure (only full season)
Southern 2010-11 4-26 .133 Rob Spivery (6th of six)
Southern California 2011-12 6-26 .188 Kevin O'Neill (3rd of four)
Southern Illinois 2011-12 8-23 .258 Chris Lowery (8th of eight)
SIU-Edwardsville 2009-10 5-23 .179 Lennox Forrester (3rd of TBD)
Southern Methodist 1981-82 6-21 .222 Dave Bliss (3rd of nine)
Southern Methodist 1993-94 6-21 .222 John Shumate (6th of seven)
Southern Methodist 2008-09 9-21 .300 Matt Doherty (3rd of six)
Southern Mississippi 1971-72 0-24 .000 Jeep Clark (1st of five)
Southern Utah 2013-14 2-27 .069 Nick Robinson (2nd of TBD)
Stanford 1992-93 7-23 .233 Mike Montgomery (7th of 18)
Stephen F. Austin 1989-90 2-25 .074 Mike Martin (2nd of two)
Stetson 2013-14 7-24 .226 Corey Williams (1st of TBD)
Stony Brook 2005-06 4-24 .143 Steve Pikiell (1st of TBD)
Syracuse 1961-62 2-22 .083 Marc Guley (12th of 12)
Temple 2013-14 9-22 .290 Fran Dunphy (8th of TBD)
Tennessee 1990-91 12-22 .353 Wade Houston (2nd of five)
Tennessee 1993-94 5-22 .185 Wade Houston (5th of five)
Tennessee-Martin 2011-12 4-27 .129 Jason James (3rd of five)
Tennessee State 2002-03 2-25 .074 Nolan Richardson III* (3rd of three)
Tennessee State 2013-14 5-25 .167 Travis Williams (2nd of TBD)
Tennessee Tech 1979-80 5-21 .192 Cliff Malpass (4th of four)
Tennessee Tech 1993-94 10-21 .323 Frank Harrell (6th of 10)
Tennessee Tech 1997-98 9-21 .300 Frank Harrell (10th of 10)
Texas 1982-83 6-22 .214 Bob Weltlich (1st of six)
Texas A&M 1991-92 6-22 .214 Tony Barone (1st of seven)
Texas A&M 2001-02 9-22 .290 Melvin Watkins (4th of six)
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 2011-12 6-24 .200 Willis Wilson (1st of TBD)
Texas-Arlington 1976-77 3-24 .111 Bob LeGrand (1st of 11)
Texas Christian 2005-06 6-25 .194 Neil Dougherty (4th of six)
Texas-El Paso 2002-03 6-24 .200 Billy Gillispie (1st of two)
Texas-Pan American 2009-10 6-27 .182 Ryan Marks (1st of four)
Texas-San Antonio 1985-86 7-24 .226 Don Eddy* (2nd of two)
Texas Southern 2007-08 7-25 .219 Robert Moreland (27th of 27)
Texas Southern 2008-09 7-25 .219 Tony Harvey (1st of four)
Texas State 2005-06 3-24 .111 Dennis Nutt (6th of six)
Texas Tech 1990-91 8-23 .258 Gerald Myers (21st of 21)
Texas Tech 2011-12 8-23 .258 Billy Gillispie (only season)
Toledo 2009-10 4-28 .125 Gene Cross (2nd of two)
Toledo 2010-11 4-28 .125 Tod Kowalczyk (1st of TBD)
Towson 2011-12 1-31 .031 Patrick Skerry (1st of TBD)
Troy 1977-78 1-23 .042 Wes Bizilia (5th of nine)
Tulane 1989-90 4-24 .143 Perry Clark (1st of 11)
Tulsa 1948-49 4-20 .200 John Garrison (2nd of two)
Tulsa 1976-77 7-20 .259 Jim King (2nd of 5th)
Tulsa 1987-88 8-20 .286 J.D. Barnett (3rd of six)
Tulsa 2003-04 9-20 .310 John Phillips (3rd of four)
Tulsa 2004-05 9-20 .310 John Phillips* (3rd of four)
UAB 2001-02 13-17 .433 Murry Bartow (6th of six)
UCF 2000-01 8-23 .258 Kirk Speraw (8th of 17)
UCLA 1937-38 4-20 .167 Caddy Works (17th of 18)
UCLA 1938-39 7-20 .259 Caddy Works (18th of 18)
UCLA 1940-41 6-20 .231 Wilbur Johns (2nd of nine)
UNLV 1994-95 12-16 .429 Tim Grgurich* (only season)
UNLV 1995-96 10-16 .385 Bill Bayno (1st of six)
Utah 2011-12 6-25 .194 Larry Krystkowiak (1st of TBD)
Utah State 1981-82 4-23 .148 Rod Tueller (3rd of nine)
Utah Valley 2009-10 12-18 .400 Dick Hunsaker (7th of TBD)
Utah Valley 2012-13 14-18 .438 Dick Hunsaker (10th of TBD)
Valparaiso 1989-90 4-24 .143 Homer Drew (2nd of 22)
Vanderbilt 2002-03 11-18 .380 Kevin Stallings (4th of TBD)
Vermont 1987-88 3-24 .111 Tom Brennan (2nd of 19)
Villanova 1973-74 7-19 .269 Rollie Massimino (1st of 19)
Villanova 1992-93 8-19 .296 Steve Lappas (1st of nine)
Villanova 2011-12 13-19 .406 Jay Wright (11th of TBD)
Virginia 1960-61 3-23 .115 Billy McCann (4th of six)
Virginia Commonwealth 1997-98 9-19 .321 Sonny Smith (9th of nine)
Virginia Military 1970-71 1-25 .038 Mike Schuler (2nd of three)
Virginia Military 1981-82 1-25 .038 Charlie Schmaus (6th of six)
Virginia Military 1982-83 2-25 .074 Marty Fletcher (1st of four)
Virginia Tech 1953-54 3-24 .111 Red Laird (7th of eight)
Wagner 1990-91 4-26 .133 Tim Capstraw (2nd of 10)
Wagner 2009-10 5-26 .161 Mike Deane (7th of seven)
Wake Forest 2010-11 8-24 .250 Jeff Bzdelik (1st of four)
Washington 1993-94 5-22 .185 Bob Bender (1st of nine)
Washington State 1952-53 7-27 .206 Jack Friel (25th of 30)
Weber State 1986-87 7-22 .241 Larry Farmer (2nd of three)
Western Carolina 2000-01 6-25 .194 Steve Shurina (1st of five)
Western Illinois 2003-04 3-25 .107 Derek Thomas (1st of five)
Western Kentucky 1945-46 15-19 .441 Ed A. Diddle (24th of 42)
Western Kentucky 1997-98 10-19 .345 Matt Kilcullen* (4th of four)
Western Michigan 1978-79 7-23 .233 Dick Shilts (3rd of three)
Western Michigan 1982-83 5-23 .179 Vern Payne (1st of seven)
West Virginia 2001-02 8-20 .286 Gale Catlett (21st of 24)
Wichita State 1995-96 8-21 .276 Scott Thompson (4th of four)
William & Mary 2011-12 6-26 .188 Tony Shaver (9th of TBD)
Winston-Salem State 2006-07 5-24 .172 Bobby Collins (1st of eight)
Winthrop 1993-94 4-23 .148 Dan Kenney (2nd of six)
Wisconsin 1981-82 6-21 .222 Bill Cofield (6th of six)
Wofford 1979-80 7-25 .219 Wayne Earhardt (3rd of eight)
Wright State 1996-97 7-20 .259 Jim Brown (interim)
Wyoming 1958-59 4-22 .154 Everett Shelton (19th of 19)
Wyoming 1973-74 4-22 .154 Moe Radovich (1st of three)
Xavier 1972-73 3-23 .115 Dick Campbell (2nd of two)
Yale 1998-99 4-22 .154 Dick Kuchen (13th of 13)
Youngstown State 1992-93 3-23 .115 John Stroia (4th of four)
Youngstown State 2001-02 5-23 .179 John Robic (3rd of six)
Youngstown State 2004-05 5-23 .179 John Robic (6th of six)

*Coach wasn't in charge of team the entire season.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Headlines in September MLB Games

Extra! Extra! Read all about memorable major league baseball achievements and moments involving former college basketball players! Baseball is portrayed as a thinking man's game but only four percent of active MLB players earned college diplomas. Nonetheless, numerous ex-college hoopsters had front-row seats to many of the most notable games, transactions and dates in MLB history.

The St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series 50 years ago with a roster featuring six former college basketball players - Roger Craig, Bob Gibson, Dick Groat, Bobby Humphreys, Ray Washburn and Bill White. The Cards defeated the New York Yankees, a club boasting three pitchers with college hoops connections - Al Downing, Steve Hamilton and Rollie Sheldon. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is a September calendar involving such versatile athletes:

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1 - Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading basketball scorer in 1945-46) swatted two homers against the Chicago Cubs in 1960. . . . Chicago Cubs LF Ethan Allen (Cincinnati letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) supplied four hits against the New York Giants in 1936. . . . Baltimore Orioles LF Al Bumbry (Virginia State's runner-up in scoring with 16.7 ppg as freshman in 1964-65) banged out four hits against the Kansas City Royals in 1974. . . . Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Tony Clark (San Diego State's leading scorer in WAC games in 1991-92) collected five RBI against the Colorado Rockies in 2007. . . . Milwaukee Braves 2B Jack Dittmer (played for Iowa in 1949-50), entering the game with a .180 batting average, started a streak of six consecutive multiple-hit contests in 1954. Dittmer homered in three of the tilts. . . . SS Dick Groat (two-time All-American with Duke in 1950-51 and 1951-52 when finishing among nation's top five scorers each season) received a bases-loaded walk in the 21st inning to give the San Francisco Giants a 1-0 victory at Cincinnati in 1967. . . . Detroit Tigers RF Harvey Kuenn (played briefly for Wisconsin in 1951-52 after competing on JV squad previous season) contributed four hits against the Chicago White Sox in 1959. . . . Washington Senators SS Doc Lavan (played for Hope MI from 1908 through 1910) went 4-for-4 against the New York Yankees in 1918. . . . In 1931, New York Giants rookie P Jim Mooney (played for East Tennessee State) notched his fourth win and second shutout since being summoned from the minors three weeks earlier. . . . Cincinnati Reds CF Greasy Neale (graduated in 1915 from West Virginia Wesleyan) went 5-for-5 against the St. Louis Cardinals in the nightcap of a 1918 doubleheader. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers P Preacher Roe (played for Harding AR in late 1930s) yielded five solo homers but the St. Louis Cardinals still were soundly defeated, 12-5, in 1953. . . . New York Yankees rookie P Marius Russo (member of LIU teams compiling 50-2 record in 1934-35 and 1935-36 under legendary coach Clair Bee) earned a save against the Cleveland Indians in the midst of seven straight complete-game victories to close out the 1939 campaign. . . . Cleveland Indians 2B Riggs Stephenson (Alabama letterman in 1920) collected two homers and six RBI against the St. Louis Browns in the nightcap of a 1924 twinbill. . . . P Bob Veale (scored 1,160 points from 1955-56 through 1957-58 with Benedictine KS) made relief appearance for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1971 when they started what is believed to be the first all-black lineup (including several Latinos) in MLB history (against the Philadelphia Phillies). . . . Pittsburgh Pirates OF Bill Virdon (played for Drury MO in 1949) belted a two-out, game-ending grand slam in a 6-4 verdict over the Cincinnati Reds in 1963.
2 - Bonus baby 2B Jerry Adair (one of Oklahoma State's top three scorers in 1956-57 and 1957-58 while ranking among nation's top 12 free-throw shooters each season) made his MLB debut with the Baltimore Orioles in 1958. . . . 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading basketball scorer in 1945-46) pounded a pinch-hit, two-run homer off Bobby Humphreys (four-year letterman graduated from Hampden-Sydney VA in 1958) to give the California Angels a 6-5 win against the Washington Senators in 1966. . . . In 1981, P Jim Beattie (Dartmouth's top rebounder in 1974-75 when selected team MVP and honorable mention All-Ivy League) toiled 10 innings against the Baltimore Orioles en route to setting a Seattle Mariners record for a starter by pitching 19 straight scoreless innings. . . . Philadelphia Athletics rookie P Bill Beckmann (played in late 1920s for Washington MO) hurled his second straight shutout in 1939. . . . INF Bosey Berger (NCAA consensus All-American first-team selection in 1932 for Maryland) combined with Chicago White Sox teammate Mike Kreevich to hit homers as the first two batters in a game for the second time in the 1937 campaign. . . . New York Mets 1B Donn Clendenon (four-sport letterman with Morehouse GA) clobbered two homers against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1969. . . . After sitting out almost a month because of a broken rib, New York Giants SS Alvin Dark (letterman for LSU and USL during World War II) fell and broke his shoulder in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1955. . . . Boston Red Sox P Boo Ferriss (Mississippi State letterman in 1941) won his 12th straight contest for victory No. 24 in the opener of a 1946 twinbill against the New York Yankees. . . . In 1983, Baltimore Orioles P Mike Flanagan (averaged 13.9 ppg for Massachusetts' 15-1 freshman squad in 1971-72) posted his 13th consecutive triumph over the Minnesota Twins when teammate Ken Singleton (Hofstra freshman team in mid-1960s) broke up a scoreless duel with a ninth-inning homer. . . . San Francisco Giants P Ed Halicki (NAIA All-American third-team choice in 1971-72 when leading Monmouth in scoring with 21 ppg after setting school single-game rebounding record with 40 the previous season) fanned 12 opposing batters for the third game in a three-week span in 1975. . . . Brooklyn Robins 1B Buddy Hassett (played for Manhattan teams winning school-record 17 consecutive contests in 1930 and 1931) had four hits against the Chicago Cubs in 1937. Five years later, Hassett duplicated the feat for the New York Yankees against the St. Louis Browns in the nightcap of a 1942 twinbill. . . . Philadelphia Phillies P Lefty Hoerst (four-year letterman for La Salle in late 1930s) yielded only two hits but managed to lose by walking four batters in the eighth inning in 1942. . . . Washington Senators slugging 1B-OF Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) received intentional passes his first three plate appearances, twice leading off an inning, against the Cleveland Indians in 1970. . . . St. Louis Browns SS Doc Lavan (played for Hope MI from 1908 through 1910) went 4-for-4 against the Cleveland Indians in 1916. . . . Chicago Cubs INF Vance Law (averaged 6.8 ppg for Brigham Young from 1974-75 through 1976-77) accounted for the game's only run with a ninth-inning homer off the Los Angeles Dodgers' Bob Welch in 1986. . . . Philadelphia Phillies rookie OF Danny Litwhiler (member of JV squad with Bloomsburg PA three years in mid-1930s), en route to a 21-game hitting streak, collected six safeties and eight RBI in a 1940 doubleheader sweep of the New York Giants. . . . New York Yankees rookie P Zach Monroe (played briefly for Bradley in 1950-51) hurled his lone MLB complete game, defeating the Boston Red Sox, 6-1, in 1958. . . . OF Larry Sheets (All-ODAC selection for Eastern Mennonite VA in 1981-82 and 1982-83) shipped by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Seattle Mariners as part of a conditional deal in 1993. . . . Boston Red Sox P Sonny Siebert (team-high 16.7 ppg for Missouri in 1957-58 as All-Big Eight Conference second-team selection) hurled a one-hitter and socked two homers in a 3-0 triumph against the Baltimore Orioles in 1971. . . . Boston Red Sox P Dave Sisler (All-Ivy League second-team selection for Princeton's first NCAA Tournament team in 1952) surrendered back-to-back homers to Hall of Famers Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle in 1958. It was one of 12 times the New York Yankees' duo whack back-to-back round-trippers. They homered in the same game 50 times. . . . P Bob Veale (scored 1,160 points with Benedictine KS from 1955-56 through 1957-58) purchased from the Pittsburgh Pirates by the Boston Red Sox in 1972. . . . St. Louis Browns OF Hal Warnock (Arizona letterman from 1931-32 through 1933-34) contributed a pinch-hit double in his first MLB plate appearance in the nightcap of a 1935 doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians. . . . Boston Braves 3B Chuck Workman (two-time All-MIAA first-five selection was leading scorer when Central Missouri won inaugural NAIA Tournament in 1937) whacked two homers in the opener of a 1945 twinbill against the Philadelphia Phillies.
3 - Detroit Tigers 1B Tony Clark (San Diego State's leading scorer in WAC games in 1991-92) contributed five RBI against the Atlanta Braves in 1997. . . . Baltimore Orioles P Mike Flanagan (averaged 13.9 ppg for Massachusetts' 15-1 freshman squad in 1971-72) became MLB's first 20-game winner in the 1979 season. . . . In his final MLB appearance in 1975, St. Louis Cardinals P Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer in 1955-56 and 1956-57) allowed a pinch-hit grand slam to the Chicago Cubs' Pete LaCock before retiring SS Don Kessinger (three-time All-SEC selection for Mississippi from 1961-62 through 1963-64 while finishing among nation's top 45 scorers each year). . . . Philadelphia Phillies P Lefty Hoerst (four-year letterman for La Salle in late 1930s) hurled his first complete game (4-1 win against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the nightcap of a 1941 doubleheader). . . . Brooklyn Dodgers rookie P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) hurled his second straight shutout in 1955 (4-0 against the Pittsburgh Pirates). . . . Cleveland Indians OF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling a 35-3 record) tied a MLB record by scoring in his 18th straight game, stole five bases and supplied five hits, including a walk-off homer in the 13th inning, in a 12-11 victory against the Baltimore Orioles in 2000. . . . Philadelphia Athletics rookie P Bill McCahan (three-year Duke letterman named to All-Southern Conference Tournament team in 1942) hurled a no-hitter against Washington in 1947. . . . LF Jimmy Moore (Union TN standout in late 1920s), making his Philadelphia Athletics debut in 1930, collected a double, homer and four RBI in an 11-4 win against the Boston Red Sox. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates OF Ted Savage (led Lincoln MO in scoring average in 1955-56) stroked a pinch-hit, three-run homer against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1963. . . . Chicago Cubs LF Riggs Stephenson (Alabama letterman in 1920) went 4-for-4 against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1933.
4 - Los Angeles Angels 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading basketball scorer in 1945-46) cracked two homers against the Baltimore Orioles in 1964. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates P Jim Bibby (Fayetteville State NC backup player and brother of UCLA All-American Henry Bibby) fired a three-hit shutout against the New York Mets in the nightcap of a 1978 twinbill. . . . Philadelphia Athletics LF Lyle Bigbee (letterman with his brother for Oregon in 1915) smacked his lone MLB homer. . . . Boston Red Sox C Gene Desautels (Holy Cross letterman in 1929 and 1930) went 4-for-4 against the Philadelphia Athletics in the opener of a 1938 doubleheader. . . . Detroit Tigers rookie 1B Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) collected five RBI against the Chicago White Sox in 1933. . . . Chicago White Sox rookie P Paul Gregory (Mississippi State letterman in 1929-30) didn't allow an earned run in a complete-game, 5-1 win against the St. Louis Browns in the nightcap of a 1932 twinbill. . . . The Boston Braves started a streak of nine consecutive doubleheaders in 1928 by losing the opener, 3-2, to Brooklyn on a 10th-inning homer by 2B Jake Flowers (member of Washington College's 1923 "Flying Pentagon" squad in Maryland). . . . San Diego Padres RF Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81) went 4-for-4 against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1996. . . . P Jim Hearn (Georgia Tech letterman in 1941-42) and New York Giants teammate Sal Maglie each hurled a shutout in a 1950 twinbill against the Philadelphia Phillies. . . . P Andy Karl (Manhattan letterman in mid-1930s) traded by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Chicago Cubs in 1943. Karl refused to report to his new team the following spring. . . . 1B Jack Phillips (leading scorer for 14-1 Clarkson NY in 1942-43) traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Chicago White Sox in 1954. . . . St. Louis Cardinals rookie C Dave Ricketts (three-year starter led Duquesne in scoring senior season with 17.9 ppg in 1956-57) ripped his lone MLB homer (against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of a 1967 doubleheader). . . . New York Yankees rookie P Marius Russo (member of LIU teams compiling 50-2 record in 1934-35 and 1935-36 under legendary coach Clair Bee) hurled his second shutout in less than three weeks in 1939. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers P Frank Wurm (acknowledged as best player for Middlebury VT in 1945-46) walked five batters in 1/3 of an inning in his lone MLB appearance and start (against the Boston Braves in nightcap of a 1944 twinbill).
5 - P Ralph Branca (sixth-leading scorer for NYU in 1943-44) earned the victory as Brooklyn Dodgers teammate Gil Hodges (played for Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) hammered a grand slam in a 5-2 verdict over the Philadelphia Phillies in 1951. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers P Roger Craig (forward with North Carolina State's 1949-50 freshman team) won his sixth straight decision in 1960. . . . Philadelphia Athletics P George Earnshaw (Swarthmore PA participant in 1922) tossed a one-hitter against the Boston Red Sox in 1931. . . . Detroit Tigers 1B Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) launched a homer for the third consecutive contest in 1939. . . . Boston Red Sox INF Buddy Myer (Mississippi State letterman in 1923-24) doubled before scoring the winning run in the 18th inning of a 12-11 decision over the New York Yankees in the opener of a 1927 doubleheader. . . . Atlanta Braves P Cecil Upshaw (Centenary's leading scorer as junior in 1962-63) notched four saves and a victory in five-game span of relief appearances in the midst of holding opponents scoreless in last 13 outings of 1972 campaign. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates CF Bill Virdon (played for Drury MO in 1949) accounted for the game's only run when he blasted a 10th-inning homer against the Milwaukee braves in 1958.
6 - P Andy Benes (played briefly for Evansville in 1985-86) defeated his brother, Alan, when the St. Louis Cardinals erupted for 11 third-inning runs in an 11-2 nod over the Chicago Cubs in 2002. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates LF Carson "Skeeter" Bigbee (Oregon letterman in 1915) collected four hits and four runs against the Chicago Cubs in 1919. . . . Philadelphia Athletics C Mickey Cochrane (Boston University player in early 1920s) clobbered a two-run homer in the 10th inning in a 3-1 verdict over the Boston Red Sox, giving Lefty Grove his 25th triumph in 1930. . . . P Vince Colbert (averaged 14.3 ppg and 7.3 rpg for East Carolina in 1966-67 and 1967-68) didn't allow a run in eight innings of a 1-0 triumph against the Baltimore Orioles in the nightcap of a doubleheader. Colbert supplied two complete-game victories the remainder of the month to finish as the Cleveland Indians' only winning hurler (7-6) with 10 or more starts in 1971. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates SS Dick Groat (two-time All-American with Duke in 1950-51 and 1951-52 when finishing among nation's top five scorers each season) suffered a broken wrist in 1960. . . . Oakland Athletics 3B Wayne Gross (led Cal Poly Pomona in assists in 1974-75) whacked two homers against the Chicago White Sox in 1983. . . . Chicago White Sox P Ted Lyons (two-time All-SWC first-team selection for Baylor in early 1920s) knocked in the decisive run with a triple as he reached the 20-win plateau in 1930 with a 2-1 decision over the Cleveland Indians, snapping Wes Ferrell's 13-game winning streak. . . . New York Giants P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) fanned 14 Brooklyn batters in a 6-2 triumph in 1906. . . . Gene Michael (Kent State's leading scorer with 14 ppg in 1957-58) fired as New York Yankees manager in 1981 despite winning the first-half pennant. . . . Minnesota Twins 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) whacked his first MLB homer in 1968. The round-tripper came off 31-game winner Denny McLain of the Detroit Tigers. . . . St. Louis Cardinals rookie RF Don Padgett (freshman in 1934 with Lenoir-Rhyne NC excelled in multiple sports) went 4-for-4 against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the nightcap of a 1937 twinbill to trigger a 12-game hitting streak. . . . Philadelphia Phillies P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) went the distance in a 17-inning, 7-6 victory against the Boston Braves in 1952. . . . In 1948, Boston Braves Hall of Fame P Warren Spahn twice picked off Brooklyn Dodgers INF Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in Pacific Coast Conference both of his seasons with UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41). . . . Bill Virdon (played for Drury MO in 1949) fired as manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1973. Virdon is replaced by Danny Murtaugh, who assumed control of the club for the fourth and final time.
7 - OF Brant Alyea (Hofstra's leading scorer and rebounder in 1960-61 after being runner-up in both categories the previous season) drove in all of the Minnesota Twins' runs with two homers in a 7-6 win against the Milwaukee Brewers in the opener of a 1970 doubleheader. . . . Seattle Mariners LF Bruce Bochte (starting forward for Santa Clara's NCAA playoff team in 1969-70 averaged 7.4 ppg and 4 rpg) went 4-for-4 in a 5-2 victory against the Kansas City Royals in 1982. . . . Baltimore Orioles LF Al Bumbry (Virginia State's runner-up in scoring with 16.7 ppg as freshman in 1964-65) stroked four hits against the Cleveland Indians in 1981. . . . Detroit Tigers C Mickey Cochrane (played for Boston University in early 1920s) went 6-for-7 and scored five runs in a 1935 doubleheader sweep of his original team (the Philadelphia Athletics). . . . Ending a personal six-game losing streak, Philadelphia Phillies P Gene Conley (All-PCC first-team selection led North Division in scoring in 1949-50 as Washington State sophomore) hurled a four-hit shutout against the Chicago Cubs in 1960. . . . Cleveland Indians OF Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA titlist) supplied a pair of homers in a 6-0 verdict over the Baltimore Orioles in 1955. . . . Sammy Esposito (averaged 7 ppg as Indiana starter in 1951-52) started in place of Chicago White Sox 2B Nellie Fox in 1960, ending Fox's consecutive-game streak at 798. . . . Detroit Tigers OF Hoot Evers (starter for Illinois in 1939-40) went for the cycle, adding another triple, and amassing six RBI in a 13-13, 10-inning tie with the Cleveland Indians in 1950. . . . Rookie P Johnny Gee (Michigan captain was Big Ten Conference's sixth-leading scorer in 1936-37) didn't allow an earned run in eight innings in his MLB debut but committed one of eight errors by the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 7-3 setback against the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a 1939 doubleheader. . . . Detroit Tigers 1B Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) collected three extra-base hits, including two homers, against the Cleveland Indians in 1939. . . . New York Giants P Jim Hearn (Georgia Tech letterman in 1941-42) had a 12-game winning streak against the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped in 1953. . . . New York Giants OF Monte Irvin (played for Lincoln PA 1 1/2 years in late 1930s) ripped a 500-foot homer in a 7-3 nod over the Boston Braves in 1951. . . . Kansas City Royals RF Lynn Jones (averaged 10.4 ppg for Thiel PA from 1970-71 through 1973-74) contributed his fourth three-hit game in less than a month in 1984. . . . New York Yankees 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) accounted for the game's only run with a homer against the Detroit Tigers in 1974. But Nettles lost a single when it was discovered he used a corked bat. . . . Detroit Tigers RF Jim Northrup (second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for Alma MI in 1958-59) went 5-for-5 with two homers in a 3-2, 11-inning victory against the Washington Senators in 1971. . . . St. Louis Browns P Jim Park (played for Kentucky in 1911-12 and 1913-14) won his MLB debut in 1915 when he didn't allow an earned run in 11 innings of a 4-1 win against the Cleveland Indians. . . . New York Giants rookie P Roy Parmelee (Eastern Michigan letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) hurled his second straight four-hit, complete-game triumph in 1931. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers P Preacher Roe (played for Harding AR in late 1930s) walked six Philadelphia Phillies batters but raised his record to 19-2 in 1951 with an 11-6 decision over P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47). . . . P Garry Roggenburk (led Dayton in scoring all three seasons from 1959-60 through 1961-62 and grabbed a school-record 32 rebounds in his third varsity game en route to pacing the Flyers in rebounding his first two years) purchased from the Minnesota Twins by the Boston Red Sox in 1966. . . . New York Yankees OF Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) got hung up in a rundown between third base and home plate following a pitchout but escaped to score the decisive run in a 3-2 triumph against the Oakland A's in 1985. . . . New York Giants 1B Babe Young (Fordham letterman in 1935-36) blasted a grand slam in a 4-1 victory against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1940. . . . San Diego Padres P Chris Young (All-Ivy League first-team selection for Princeton in 1999-00) retired the first 23 Milwaukee Brewers batters en route to a two-hitter in 2008. It was Young's lone MLB complete game.
8 - New York Yankees P Jim Beattie (Dartmouth's top rebounder in 1974-75 when he was selected team MVP and honorable mention All-Ivy League) secured a 13-2 win in 1978 when the Boston Red Sox committed seven errors. . . . Cleveland Indians SS Lou Boudreau (leading scorer for Illinois' 1937 Big Ten Conference co-champion) collected four hits and four runs against the Chicago White Sox in 1942. . . . Detroit Tigers 1B Tony Clark (San Diego State's leading scorer in WAC games in 1991-92) homered in his third consecutive contest in 1999. Six years later with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Clark collected two homers and five RBI against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2005. . . . First MLB start for Brooklyn Dodgers P Bill Crouch (Eastern Michigan captain in 1927-28) was a complete-game victory, 11-2, against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1939. Crouch closed out the month with two more complete-game wins. . . . Detroit Tigers LF Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) contributed five RBI against the New York Yankees in 1945. . . . Baltimore Orioles 3B Wayne Gross (led Cal Poly Pomona in assists in 1974-75) walloped two homers against the Milwaukee Brewers in 1984. . . . Bake McBride (averaged 12.7 ppg and 8.1 rpg in 21 games with Westminster MO in 1968-69 and 1969-70) handled 11 chances for the Philadelphia Phillies in a 5-3 victory at Chicago in 1978, tying the N.L. mark for right fielders. . . . Cleveland Indians 2B Dutch Meyer (TCU letterman in 1934-35 and 1935-36) delivered three safeties for the second time in three contests during a career-high 16-game hitting streak in 1945. . . . Gene Michael (Kent State's leading scorer with 14 ppg in 1957-58) fired as Chicago Cubs manager in 1987. . . . Philadelphia Phillies OF Cy Williams (Notre Dame forward in 1909-10) whacked a decisive grand slam in an 8-4 triumph against the Brooklyn Robins in 1926.
9 - SS Alvin Dark (letterman for LSU and USL during World War II) accounted for all of the New York Giants' offense with two homers in a 2-0 victory against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950 as teammate Sal Maglie hurled a MLB-tying fourth straight shutout. . . . Brooklyn Robins 2B Jake Flowers (member of Washington College's 1923 "Flying Pentagon" squad in Maryland) knocked in the winning run in the ninth inning in a 3-2 win against the New York Giants in 1928. . . . P Steve Hamilton (Morehead State's leading scorer and rebounder in 1956-57 and 1957-58) awarded on waivers from the New York Yankees to the Chicago White Sox in 1970. . . . In 1964, Los Angeles Dodgers 1B-OF Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when he led Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) hammered his eighth homer in 20 at-bats against San Francisco Giants P Bob Hendley, including four in a row the previous year (not in the same game). . . . In 1965, Los Angeles Dodgers P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) hurled his fourth no-hitter in as many years. It was a perfect game against the Chicago Cubs, who yielded a lone safety but incurred their second one-hit setback this season against L.A. LF Lou Johnson (Kentucky State teammate of legendary HBCU coach Davey Whitney averaged 5.7 ppg and 2 rpg in 1951-52) secured the game's only hit and scored the lone run. . . . INF Tim Nordbrook (letterman in 1968-69 for Loyola LA) purchased from the Baltimore Orioles by the California Angels in 1976. . . . P John Stuper (two-time all-conference junior college player in mid-1970s for Butler County PA) traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Cincinnati Reds in 1984. . . . Kansas City Athletics 1B-OF Preston Ward (second-leading scorer for Southwest Missouri State in 1946-47 and 1948-49) walloped three homers in a row against the Baltimore Orioles in 1958. . . . Philadelphia Phillies OF Cy Williams (Notre Dame forward in 1909-10) whacked homers in his first two at-bats but they weren't enough to prevent a 12-6 reversal against the Brooklyn Robins in 1926.
10 - In 1954, Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading scorer in 1945-46) broke a N.L. record by hitting his ninth homer on the road against a lone opponent (Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field). . . . Chicago Cubs 2B Glenn Beckert (three-year letterman for Allegheny PA) contributed five RBI against the San Francisco Giants in the midst of a 20-game hitting streak in 1966. . . . Milwaukee Brewers P Jim Colborn (attended Whittier CA in mid-1960s before studying for master's at Edinburgh where he was All-Scotland in basketball) went the distance against the Detroit Tigers for his 19th triumph in 1973. . . . Chicago White Sox CF Guy Curtright (two-time All-MIAA selection led Northeast Missouri State in scoring each of four seasons in early 1930s) collected three extra-base hits against the Washington Senators in 1945. . . . New York Giants 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) went 6-for-6 before grounding out in a 22-1 romp over the Boston Braves in the opener of a 1924 doubleheader. . . . INF Ben Geraghty (letterman for Villanova from 1933-34 through 1935-36) traded by the Brooklyn Dodgers to the Washington Senators in 1937. . . . Washington Senators 1B-OF Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) hammered two homers against the Cleveland Indians in 1970. . . . Atlanta Braves 2B Davey Johnson (averaged 1.7 ppg with Texas A&M in 1961-62) put a jolt into one against the San Francisco Giants for his 40th homer in 1973. . . . Detroit Tigers SS Harvey Kuenn (played briefly for Wisconsin in 1951-52 after competing on JV squad previous season) stroked four hits against the Philadelphia Athletics in 1954. . . . California Angels RF Joe Lahoud (New Haven CT letterman in mid-1960s) amassed five RBI against the Kansas City Royals in 1974. . . . Milwaukee Braves SS Johnny Logan (played for Binghamton in 1948-49) accumulated four hits and six RBI in a 13-5 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1955. . . . Career-high 10-game hitting streak for New York Yankees SS Gene Michael (led Kent State in scoring with 14 ppg in 1957-58) ended in 1969 when the Washington Senators' Dick Bosman hurled a two-hitter. . . . C Nate Smith (letterman for Tennessee State in 1953-54 and 1954-55) purchased from the Los Angeles Dodgers by the Baltimore Orioles in 1962. . . . San Diego Padres P Eric Stults (played for 1999 NAIA D-II Tournament runner-up and 2000 NCCAA Tournament titlist with Bethel IN) won his fifth straight decision in 2012.
11 - Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading scorer in 1945-46) suffered a broken hand, ending his 1954 season. . . . St. Louis Browns P Elden Auker (All-Big Six first-five selection with Kansas State in 1931-32) fired his second five-hit shutout in a 10-day span in 1940. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates LF Carson "Skeeter" Bigbee (Oregon letterman in 1915) banged out four hits for the second time in a seven-game span in 1919. . . . Although only 21 years old, Brooklyn Dodgers P Ralph Branca (sixth-leading scorer for NYU in 1943-44) notched his 20th victory in 1947. . . . Baltimore Orioles rookie OF Al Bumbry (Virginia State's runner-up in scoring with 16.7 ppg as freshman in 1964-65) provided four hits for the second time in a five-game span in 1973. . . . Detroit Tigers 1B Darrell Evans (member of Jerry Tarkanian-coached Pasadena City CA club that won 1967 state community college crown) supplied four hits in a 9-2 triumph against the Baltimore Orioles in 1984. . . . Boston Braves 1B Kerby Farrell (key player for couple of strong Freed-Hardeman TN squads in mid-1930s) supplied four hits against the New York Giants in a 13-inning game in 1943. . . . Chicago Cubs LF Jim Gleeson (captain and all-conference honoree graduated in 1933 from Rockhurst MO) stroked three doubles in an 8-5 win against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the opener of a 1940 doubleheader. . . . Detroit Tigers 1B Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) secured four hits against the Washington Senators in 1935. . . . San Francisco Giants All-Star P Atlee Hammaker (averaged 5.3 ppg as a freshman in 1976-77 and 4.9 as a sophomore in 1977-78 under East Tennessee State coach Sonny Smith) fanned 14 Houston Astros in 1983. . . . Brooklyn Robins CF Harvey Hendrick (Vanderbilt letterman in 1918) went 4-for-4 against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1928. . . . New York Giants OF Monte Irvin (played for Lincoln PA 1 1/2 years in late 1930s) contributed his fifth steal of home during the 1951 campaign. . . . Milwaukee Braves SS Johnny Logan (played for Binghamton in 1948-49) contributed four hits for the second time in three games in 1955. . . . New York Giants P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) tossed shutouts in 1906 and 1909. . . . OF Bake McBride (averaged 12.7 ppg and 8.1 rpg in 21 games with Westminster MO in 1968-69 and 1969-70) scampered all the way home from first base after an errant pickoff attempt for the decisive run, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 25-inning, 4-3 win at New York in 1974. The marathon was the longest game to a decision in MLB history, lasting 7 hours 4 minutes. . . . Detroit Tigers 2B Dutch Meyer (TCU letterman in 1934-35 and 1935-36) manufactured two doubles among his four hits in a 5-4 triumph against the New York Yankees in 1941. . . . Cincinnati Reds 2B Pinky Pittenger (set Toledo's single-game scoring standard with 49 points in 1918-19) went 6-for-8, including his lone MLB homer, and scored five runs against the Boston Braves in a 1927 twinbill. . . . Chicago Cubs INF Paul Popovich (averaged 3.3 ppg for West Virginia's 1960 NCAA playoff team) pounded a grand slam in a 7-0 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1971. . . . Philadelphia Phillies P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) hurled a three-hit shutout against the San Francisco Giants in 1959, ending rookie 1B Willie McCovey's 22-game hitting streak. . . . A pinch-hit, three-run homer in the 12th inning by OF Champ Summers (led SIUE in scoring in 1969-70 after doing same with Nicholls State in 1964-65) powered the Chicago Cubs to a 4-1 win against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1976. . . . OF Evar Swanson (played all five positions for Knox IL when it was known as Lombard College) traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Chicago White Sox for two players to be designated in 1932.
12 - Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading scorer in 1945-46) tied a MLB single-season mark in 1956 when he swatted his 13th homer against a single team (Brooklyn Dodgers). . . . Washington Senators OF Brant Alyea (Hofstra's leading scorer and rebounder in 1960-61 after being runner-up in both categories the previous season) debuted in 1965 with a pinch-hit homer on the first pitch to him against the California Angels. . . . Detroit Tigers P Elden Auker (All-Big Six first-five selection with Kansas State in 1931-32) posted his second win streak of at least six games en route to leading the A.L. in winning percentage in 1935. . . . Boston Braves rookie 2B Jack Dittmer (played briefly for Iowa in 1949-50), entering a 1952 doubleheader hitting .182, belted a homer in both ends of the twinbill as he went 5-for-8 and scored five runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates. . . . Atlanta Braves 1B Darrell Evans (member of Jerry Tarkanian-coached Pasadena City CA club that won 1967 state community college crown) hit a grand slam against the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a 1974 doubleheader. . . . Chicago White Sox P Eddie Fisher (played for Oklahoma's 1954-55 freshman squad) toiled 11 innings to beat the Minnesota Twins, 2-1, in 1962. . . . In 1931, Chicago White Sox rookie C Frank Grube (Lafayette starting guard as senior in 1926-27) launched his lone MLB homer. . . . P Cotton Pippen (Texas Western letterman in 1929-30) awarded on waivers from the Philadelphia Athletics to the Detroit Tigers in 1939. . . . P Dennis Rasmussen (sixth-man for Creighton averaged 5.1 ppg in three seasons from 1977-78 through 1979-80) shipped by the New York Yankees to the San Diego Padres in 1983 to complete an earlier deal. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates rookie P Xavier Rescigno (played for Manhattan in 1932 and 1933) registered his lone MLB shutout (four-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in nightcap of a 1943 doubleheader). . . . Cincinnati Reds 2B Johnny Temple (played briefly in 1945 for Catawba NC before joining U.S. Navy) hit a grand slam against the New York Giants in 1952. . . . Chicago Cubs P Jim Willis (Northwestern State letterman in 1944-45 and from 1947-48 through 1949-50) tossed back-to-back complete-game victories in 1953.
13 - Detroit Tigers 1B Dale Alexander (starting center in mid-1920s for Milligan TN) delivered four hits in an 11-10 win against the New York Yankees in the opener of a 1930 doubleheader. . . . Philadelphia Phillies CF Ethan Allen (Cincinnati letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) provided four hits in a 5-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1935. . . . Final MLB triumph for P Elden Auker (All-Big Six first-five selection with Kansas State in 1931-32) was a three-hit shutout with the St. Louis Browns against the Philadelphia Athletics in 1942. . . . California Angels P Mike Barlow (played for Syracuse from 1967-68 through 1969-70) won his third game in six days in 1977, yielding zero earned runs in 10 2/3 innings in that span. . . . P Bill Beckmann (played in late 1920s for Washington MO) posted a clutch victory in his next-to-last MLB appearance and St. Louis Cardinals' debut to help them win 1942 N.L. pennant. . . . Arizona Diamondbacks P Andy Benes (played briefly for Evansville in 1985-86) hurled a one-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in 1998. . . . P Ownie Carroll (Holy Cross letterman in 1922) purchased from the New York Yankees by the Cincinnati Reds in 1930. . . . In 1997, San Diego Padres OF Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81) reached the 200-hit plateau in a lone season for the fifth time in his career. . . . In 1972, Detroit Tigers 1B-OF Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) socked his 13th career homer off his apparent favorite pitcher - Baltimore Orioles starter Dave McNally. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers LF "Sweet" Lou Johnson (Kentucky State teammate of legendary coach Davey Whitney averaged 5.7 ppg and 2 rpg in 1951-52) smacked two homers against the New York Mets in 1966. . . . Washington Senators CF Don Lock (paced Wichita State in field-goal percentage in 1956-57 and 1957-58 under coach Ralph Miller) secured his fifth two-homer game of the 1964 campaign. . . . In 1992, Cleveland Indians rookie Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling a 35-3 record) broke the A.L. record for stolen bases by a first-year player with thefts #53 and #54. Lofton went on to finish the campaign with a league-high 66 steals and 14 assists by a center fielder. . . . Hall of Fame P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) made his first MLB start for the New York Giants in 1900. . . . Cincinnati Reds rookie LF Greasy Neale (graduated in 1915 from West Virginia Wesleyan) had his 12-game hitting streak snapped by the New York Giants in 1916. . . . Atlanta Braves P Cecil Upshaw (Centenary's leading scorer as junior in 1962-63) scored upon for only time in span of 14 relief appearances until his final regular-season outing in 1969. Six years later with the Chicago White Sox, Upshaw permitted an earned run for the only time in his last 11 MLB relief appearances over the final two months of the 1975 campaign. . . . Boston Red Sox C Sammy White (All-PCC Northern Division first-five selection for Washington in 1947-48 and 1948-49) made an unassisted double play against the Chicago White Sox in 1953.
14 - New York Yankees P Rich Beck (listed on Gonzaga's roster in 1961-62) fanned eight batters and walked none while allowing one earned run in his seven-inning debut against the Washington Senators in 1965. . . . St. Louis Browns RF Beau Bell (two-year letterman for Texas A&M in early 1930s) banged out three extra-base hits against the Philadelphia Athletics in 1937. . . . Showing no indication of 20-year-old jitters in a pennant race, Brooklyn Dodgers P Ralph Branca (sixth-leading scorer for NYU in 1943-44) hurled a 5-0 shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1946. . . . New York Yankees rookie LF Bob Cerv (ranked fourth on Nebraska's career scoring list in 1949-50 when finishing his career) collected two homers and five RBI against the Detroit Tigers in 1954. Four years later with the Kansas City Athletics, Cerv clubbed a homer in both ends of a 1958 doubleheader against the Yankees. . . . Philadelphia Athletics C Mickey Cochrane (played for Boston University in early 1920s) contributed three extra-base hits and four RBI against the St. Louis Browns in 1932. . . . Detroit Tigers CF Hoot Evers (Illinois starter in 1939-40) provided four hits against the Washington Senators in the opener of a 1947 twinbill. . . . Boston Red Sox P Dave Gray (played for Weber State in early 1960s when school was junior college) made his lone MLB start in 1964. . . . Detroit Tigers LF Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) launched a homer for the fifth consecutive contest and extra-base hit for the 10th straight outing in 1940. Six years later, Greenberg contributed two homers and seven RBI in a 7-4 win against the New York Yankees. . . . Oakland Athletics 3B Wayne Gross (led Cal Poly Pomona in assists in 1974-75) smacked a pinch-hit grand slam in an 8-3 victory against the Chicago White Sox in 1979. . . . Philadelphia Phillies P Andy Karl (Manhattan letterman from 1933 through 1935) collected his sixth save the first half of the month in 1945. . . . St. Louis Cardinals P Lindy McDaniel (played for Oklahoma's 1954-55 freshman squad) fanned four Cincinnati Reds batters in 2 1/3 innings but yielded his only earned run in 11 relief appearances during the month in 1960. . . . In 1974, 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) homered for the New York Yankees in the first inning before brother Jim Nettles homered for the Detroit Tigers in the second. . . . St. Louis Browns CF Ray Pepper (Alabama letterman in 1926-27) provided at least four hits in a game for the fifth consecutive month in 1934. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers P Preacher Roe (played for Harding AR in late 1930s) improved his record to 20-2 in 1951 with a 3-1 triumph against the Pittsburgh Pirates. . . . Cincinnati Reds OF Ted Tappe (leading scorer in 1949 NJCAA Tournament was Washington State's third-leading scorer the next year) smacked a pinch-hit homer in his first MLB at-bat (against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950). . . . Pittsburgh Pirates P Bob Veale (scored 1,160 points from 1955-56 through 1957-58 with Benedictine KS), supported by Roberto Clemente's pair of homers, blanked the New York Mets, 6-0, in 1968.
15 - California Angels 1B Bruce Bochte (starting forward with Santa Clara's 1970 NCAA playoff team averaged 7.4 ppg and 4 rpg) went 5-for-5 against the Minnesota Twins in 1975. . . . Washington Senators P Carl Bouldin (All-NCAA Tournament selection for Cincinnati in 1961) posted his first MLB victory with his only complete game (3-1 nod over the Chicago White Sox in 1962). . . . Detroit Tigers rookie CF Hoot Evers (Illinois starter in 1939-40) slugged two homers against the Washington Senators in 1946. . . . In the opener of a 1946 doubleheader, Boston Red Sox P Boo Ferriss (Mississippi State letterman in 1941) registered his 25th triumph, a 4-1 verdict over the Chicago White Sox. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers RF Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) went 4-for-4 and contributed two assists in a 6-4 victory against the Chicago Cubs in 1962. . . . Chicago White Sox rookie P Bob Keegan (Bucknell letterman in 1941-42 and 1942-43) tossed his first of back-to-back shutouts in 1953. . . . In 1961, Los Angeles Dodgers P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) set a N.L. single-season record for most strikeouts by a lefthander. . . . Detroit Tigers SS Harvey Kuenn (played briefly for Wisconsin in 1951-52 after competing on JV squad previous season) supplied first four-hit game in his MLB career (against the Washington Senators in 1952). . . . Chicago White Sox P Ted Lyons (two-time All-SWC first-team selection for Baylor in early 1920s), en route to pacing the A.L. in ERA (2.10), hurled a three-hitter against the Boston Red Sox in 1940 on a day commemorating his career. . . . In 1908, New York Giants P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) defeated the St. Louis Cardinals for the 24th straight time. . . . In his MLB debut, Philadelphia Athletics P Bill McCahan (three-year Duke letterman named to All-Southern Conference Tournament team in 1942) tossed a seven-inning, 2-0 shutout against the Cleveland Indians in the nightcap of a 1946 doubleheader, outdueling Hall of Famer Bob Feller. . . . P Joe Niekro (averaged 8.9 ppg and 3.8 rpg for West Liberty WV from 1963-64 through 1965-66) traded by the Houston Astros to the New York Yankees in 1985. . . . 2B Mel Roach (averaged 9.3 ppg for Virginia in 1952-53) delivered a pinch-hit single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-4 win against the St. Louis Cardinals. . . . Washington Senators P Orlin "Buck" Rogers (Virginia letterman from 1932-33 through 1934-35) lost his lone MLB decision in debut as a starter against the Cleveland Indians in 1935. . . . Milwaukee Brewers LF Ted Savage (led Lincoln MO in scoring average in 1955-56) collected two triples and a homer against the Oakland Athletics in 1970. . . . An eighth-inning bloop single by Philadelphia Athletics 1B Dick Siebert (played for Concordia-St. Paul MN in 1929 and 1930) broke up a no-hit bid by Cleveland Indians P Bob Feller in 1940. . . . Atlanta Braves rookie P George Stone (averaged 14.7 ppg and 6.5 rpg for Louisiana Tech in 1964-65 and 1965-66) won his fourth straight start in 1968. . . . Montreal Expos 2B Gary Sutherland (averaged 7.4 ppg with Southern California in 1963-64) stroked four hits against the Chicago Cubs in 1969. . . . Washington Senators P Eddie Wineapple (averaged 13.9 ppg with Providence in 1928-29) made his lone MLB appearance, toiling for innings in the opener of a 1929 doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers. . . . Cleveland Indians rookie RF Ab Wright (Oklahoma A&M letterman in 1928-29) contributed four hits and four against the Washington Senators in the opener of a 1935 twinbill.
16 - Switch-hitting C Mark Bailey (Southwest Missouri State's top rebounder in 1980-81) homered from both sides of the plate in 1984 as a rookie with the Houston Astros. . . . Chicago Cubs 2B Glenn Beckert (three-year letterman for Allegheny PA) established a dubious MLB record (subsequently tied by Todd Helton in 1998) by stranding 12 baserunners in an 18-5 victory against the New York Mets in 1972. Five years earlier, Beckert provided multiple hits for the sixth consecutive contest in 1967. . . . Baltimore Orioles RF Angelo Dagres (averaged 6 ppg for Rhode Island in 1954-55) delivered a hit and scored a run in both ends of a 1955 doubleheader sweep against the Washington Senators. . . . Cleveland Indians OF Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA titlist) extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a first-inning grand slam against the Washington Senators in 1948. . . . St. Louis Cardinals CF Taylor Douthit (California letterman from 1922 through 1924), en route to amassing 84 RBI as a leadoff hitter, singled in the game's only run against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 10th inning in 1930. . . . St. Louis Browns RF Don Lund (Michigan starter in 1943-44 and 1944-45) went 4-for-4 in a 3-1 against the Boston Red Sox in 1948. . . . OF Jim Northrup (second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for Alma MI in 1958-59) purchased from the Montreal Expos by the Baltimore Orioles in 1974. . . . In 1954, Philadelphia Phillies P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) became the first N.L. hurler to reach the 20-win plateau five successive seasons since Carl Hubbell in the mid-1930s. . . . P Dave Sisler (All-Ivy League second-team selection for Princeton's first NCAA Tournament team in 1952) traded with cash by the Washington Senators to the Cincinnati Reds for P Claude Osteen in 1961. . . . New York Mets C John Stephenson (scored 1,361 points for William Carey MS in early 1960s) swatted two homers against the Cincinnati Reds in 1965. . . . In 1993, Minnesota Twins DH-RF Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) singled against the Oakland A's for his 3,000th hit.
17 - Cincinnati Reds CF Ethan Allen (Cincinnati letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) accumulated four hits in an 8-7 setback against the New York Giants in the nightcap of a 1927 doubleheader. . . . New York Yankees C Benny Bengough (Niagara letterman from 1916-17 through 1918-19) went 3-for-3 for the second time in 17 days in 1926. . . . Cleveland Indians SS Lou Boudreau (leading scorer for Illinois' 1937 Big Ten Conference co-champion) supplied four hits against the Washington Senators in 1949. . . . Baltimore Orioles CF Al Bumbry (Virginia State's runner-up in scoring with 16.7 ppg as freshman in 1964-65) banged out four hits against the New York Yankees in 1984. . . . Chicago Cubs P Ray Burris (two-sport standout in Southwestern Oklahoma State Hall of Fame) won his fifth straight start in 1975. . . . Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Tony Clark (San Diego State's leading scorer in WAC games in 1991-92) homered twice in back-to-back games against the Colorado Rockies in 2005. . . . C Gene Desautels (letterman for Holy Cross in 1929 and 1930) awarded on waivers from the Cleveland Indians to the Philadelphia Athletics in 1945. . . . Houston Astros RF Cameron Drew (averaged 15.4 ppg and team-high 8.9 rpg as sophomore in 1983-84 before becoming NECC first-team selection in 1984-85 when leading New Haven CT in scoring and rebounding) collected two of his three MLB hits, including a triple, against San Francisco Giants P Rick Reuschel in 1988. . . . Philadelphia Athletics RF Walt French (letterman for Rutgers and Army) contributed three hits in a game for the second day in a row in 1925. . . . New York Giants 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) hit a decisive homer in the 10th inning of a 5-4 decision over the Cincinnati Reds in 1926. . . . Detroit Tigers 1B Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) homered in third consecutive contest, sixth out of last seven games and eighth out of last 11 outings. . . . Baltimore Orioles 3B Wayne Gross (led Cal Poly Pomona in assists in 1974-75) cracked a grand slam against the New York Yankees in 1984. . . . New York Giants P Jim Hearn (Georgia Tech letterman in 1941-42) hurled a shutout against the Chicago Cubs in 1952. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) tossed his 11th shutout of the 1963 campaign, a modern MLB record for a lefthander. . . . Cleveland Indians rookie 3B Jack Kubiszyn (All-SEC first-team guard as senior averaged 18.3 ppg for Alabama from 1955-56 through 1957-58) provided a career-high three hits against the Minnesota Twins in the opener of a 1961 twinbill. . . . The longest hitting streak of the 1940 season ended at 21 games when Philadelphia Phillies OF Danny Litwhiler (member of JV squad with Bloomsburg PA three years in mid-1930s) went hitless against the Cincinnati Reds. . . . Philadelphia Phillies 1B Tony Lupien (Harvard captain in 1938-39) went 4-for-4 against the New York Giants in the opener of a 1944 doubleheader. . . . Cleveland Indians 1B Ed Morgan (Tulane letterman from 1923-24 through 1925-26) had four hits in back-to-back games in 1930. . . . New York Yankees 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) supplied a go-ahead homer in the 11th inning of a 5-3 win against the Milwaukee Brewers in 1976. . . . Montreal Expos OF Curtis Pride (led William & Mary in steals three times and in assists twice from 1986-87 through 1989-90), born with 95% hearing disability, stroked his first MLB hit in 1993 (against the Philadelphia Phillies). . . . Philadelphia Phillies SS Don Rader (Oregon letterman in 1912) registered a career-high three hits in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1921.
18 - In 1963, CF Billy Cowan (Utah letterman from 1957-58 through 1959-60 was co-captain of NCAA playoff team as senior) cracked his first MLB homer, a ninth-inning, two-run blast giving the Chicago Cubs a 2-1 win over Pittsburgh Pirates P Joe Gibbon (two-time All-SEC forward for Ole Miss was nation's second-leading scorer as senior in 1956-57). . . . In 1987, Detroit Tigers 1B Darrell Evans (member of Jerry Tarkanian-coached Pasadena City CA club winning 1967 state community college crown) became the first 40-year-old to reach the 40-homer plateau in a single season. . . . Hall of Fame C Rick Ferrell (played for Guilford NC in mid-1920s) and his brother (P Wes Ferrell) thrown out of the game by an umpire after the Boston Red Sox teammates protest a call too vehemently in 1934. . . . In 1928, Brooklyn Robins 2B Jake Flowers (member of 1923 "Flying Pentagon" championship squad for Washington College MD) supplied back-to-back three-hit outings to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games in a row. . . . Cleveland Indians P Oral Hildebrand (Butler All-American in 1928-29 and 1929-30) tossed a two-hitter against the Boston Red Sox, finishing the 1933 campaign with an A.L.-leading six shutouts. . . . Detroit Tigers P Dave Lemanczyk (averaged 4.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg for Hartwick NY teams compiling 51-21 record from 1969-70 through 1971-72) lost his third straight complete game in a 13-day span in 1975. . . . New York Giants P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) tossed his 11th shutout en route to 33rd victory in 1908. . . . Boston Red Sox P Gordon McNaughton (played for Loyola of Chicago in late 1920s) lost his lone MLB decision (6-5 against the Detroit Tigers in 1932). . . . Chicago Cubs SS Pinky Pittenger (set Toledo's single-game scoring standard with 49 points in 1918-19) went 4-for-4 against the New York Giants in 1922. . . . St. Louis Cardinals P Ray Washburn (led Whitworth WA in scoring when named All-Evergreen Conference in 1958-59 and 1959-60) hurled a no-hitter at San Francisco. The gem came the day after Gaylord Perry of the Giants no-hit the Cards, handing P Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer in 1955-56 and 1956-57) one of his five 1-0 defeats in 1968.
19 - Milwaukee Braves 2B Frank Bolling (averaged 7.3 ppg in 1950-51 for Spring Hill AL) contributed four hits against the San Francisco Giants in 1961. . . . Chicago Cubs P Ray Burris (two-sport standout in Southwestern Oklahoma State Hall of Fame) fired his second straight shutout in 1976. . . . New York Yankees Hall of Fame OF Earle Combs (three-year captain for Eastern Kentucky) scored five runs in an 18-9 romp over the Chicago White Sox in 1930. . . . Harry Craft (four-sport letterman with Mississippi College in early 1930s) fired as manager of the Houston Colt .45s in 1964. Twenty-seven years earlier as a Cincinnati Reds CF, Craft collected three hits in his MLB debut in the opener of a 1937 doubleheader against the Boston Braves. . . . Cleveland Indians OF Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA titlist) walked five times in a 15-2 rout of the Boston Red Sox in 1951. . . . 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) and INF Charlie Gelbert (scored at least 125 points each of his last three seasons with Lebanon Valley PA in late 1920s) each stroked three hits for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 9-1 win against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1935. . . . Washington Senators 1B-OF Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) fanned five times against the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a 1970 twinbill. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers LF "Sweet" Lou Johnson (Kentucky State teammate of legendary coach Davey Whitney averaged 5.7 ppg and 2 rpg in 1951-52) jacked two homers against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1966. . . . Detroit Tigers SS Harvey Kuenn (played briefly for Wisconsin in 1951-52 after competing on JV squad previous season) went 5-for-5 against the Cleveland Indians in 1954. . . . Chicago White Sox P Ted Lyons (two-time All-SWC first-team selection for Baylor in early 1920s) had a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth inning broken up by a single from Bobby Veach of the Washington Senators in the nightcap of a 1925 doubleheader. . . . OF Bill Nicholson (played for Washington College MD in mid-1930s), the N.L. leader in homers and RBI in 1943, collected a single, two doubles and a homer to help the Chicago Cubs snap an 11-game losing streak with a 6-0 victory against the World Series-bound St. Louis Cardinals. . . . OF Curtis Pride (led William & Mary in steals three times and assists twice from 1986-87 through 1989-90) helped the Boston Red Sox tie the score with a ninth-inning pinch-hit homer but the Chicago White Sox went on to prevail in the 10th. . . . A 12th-inning homer by OF Rip Repulski (started a few games for St. Cloud State MN) gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 6-5 win against the Chicago Cubs in 1955. . . . Cincinnati Reds P Eppa Rixey (Virginia letterman in 1912 and 1914) tossed a 1-0 shutout against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1923 twinbill. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers P Preacher Roe (played for Harding AR in late 1930s) improved his record to 21-2 in 1951 with a 3-0 shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals. . . . New York Mets P George Stone (averaged 14.7 ppg and 6.5 rpg for Louisiana Tech in 1964-65 and 1965-66) won his fifth straight start in 1973. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates P Bob Veale (scored 1,160 points from 1955-56 through 1957-58 with Benedictine KS) hurled a 10-inning, one-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1965. . . . Wes Westrum (played for Bemidji State MN one season before serving in military during WWII) resigned as manager of the New York Mets in 1967.
20 - Cincinnati Reds CF Ethan Allen (Cincinnati letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) contributed four hits against the Boston Braves in the nightcap of a 1928 doubleheader. . . . Baltimore Orioles CF Al Bumbry (Virginia State's runner-up in scoring with 16.7 ppg as freshman in 1964-65) delivered three doubles against the Boston Red Sox in 1984. . . . Detroit Tigers 1B Darrell Evans (member of Jerry Tarkanian-coached Pasadena City CA club winning 1967 state community college crown) launched his 400th career homer in 1988. . . . Baltimore Orioles bonus baby C Tom Gastall (captain of Boston University's team in 1954-55) died at the age of 24 in 1956 when he crashed into Chesapeake Bay while secretly flying his previously-damaged light plane. . . . C Frank Grube (starter for Lafayette in 1926-27) purchased from the St. Louis Browns by the Chicago White Sox in 1935. . . . San Diego Padres OF Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81) stole five bases against the Houston Astros in 1986, tying the modern N.L. record for thefts in a single contest. . . . Cincinnati Reds P Jay Hook (Northwestern's third-leading scorer as a sophomore with 10.7 ppg in 1955-56) hurled a two-hit shutout, chilling the Milwaukee Braves' pennant aspirations in 1960. . . . 3B Ryan Minor (two-time All-Big Eight Conference first-team selection for Oklahoma was league player of year as a junior in 1994-95 when averaging 23.6 ppg and 8.4 rpg) replaced Cal Ripken Jr. in the Baltimore Orioles' starting lineup, ending Ripken's MLB record consecutive-game streak at 2,632. . . . Philadelphia Phillies P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) yielded a MLB-record 40th homer in 1955. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers INF Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in PCC both of his seasons with UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41) contributed his fifth steal of home in the 1949 campaign. . . . Baltimore Orioles OF Ken Singleton (Hofstra freshman team in mid-1960s) socked his 246th and final MLB homer in 1984. Singleton's last three round-trippers were grand slams.
21 - Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (LSU's top scorer in 1945-46) clobbered two homers against the Chicago Cubs in 1957. . . . Chicago Cubs rookie RF George Altman (appeared in 1953 and 1954 NAIA Tournament with Tennessee State) smacked two homers against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1959. . . . Montreal Expos P Ray Burris (two-sport standout in Southwestern Oklahoma State Hall of Fame) yielded only three hits in 10 innings against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1981. . . . Detroit Tigers 1B Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only semester) contributed six RBI in an 8-6 win against the Philadelphia Athletics in the opener of a 1938 twinbill. . . . Oakland Athletics 3B Wayne Gross (led Cal Poly Pomona in assists in 1974-75) collected two homers and five RBI in a 9-3 triumph against the Kansas City Royals in 1980. . . . New York Giants P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century), appearing for the third time in four games, notched his 30th victory in 1903. . . . St. Louis Cardinals rookie RF Don Padgett (freshman in 1934 with Lenoir-Rhyne NC excelled in multiple sports) went 4-for-4 against the Brooklyn Robins in the nightcap of a 1937 doubleheader. . . . Philadelphia Athletics rookie P Jim Peterson (Penn letterman from 1928-29 through 1930-31) lost his lone MLB complete game (6-5 against the Detroit Tigers in the nightcap of a 1931 twinbill). . . . Chicago Cubs P Don Prince (played for Campbell in 1956-57 and 1957-58 when school was junior college) made his lone MLB appearance (one inning against the New York Mets in 1962). . . . Brooklyn Dodgers P Preacher Roe (played for Harding AR in late 1930s) hurled a shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals in the nightcap of a 1949 doubleheader. . . . New York Yankees 1B Bill "Moose" Skowron (scored 18 points in eight games for Purdue in 1949-50) supplied five hits but they stranded a MLB-mark 20 baserunners in a 13-7 setback against the Boston Red Sox in 1956.
22 - Rookie CF George Altman (appeared in 1953 and 1954 NAIA Tournament with Tennessee State) whacked a ninth-inning, two-run homer to give the Chicago Cubs a 5-4 triumph against the San Francisco Giants in 1959. . . . Cleveland Indians P Jim Bibby (Fayetteville State NC backup player and brother of UCLA All-American Henry Bibby) tossed his second shutout of the month in 1976. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates LF Carson "Skeeter" Bigbee (Oregon letterman in 1915) supplied four hits for the second time in an eight-game span in 1922. . . . In 1965, 2B Frank Bolling (averaged 7.3 ppg for Spring Hill AL in 1950-51) blasted a grand slam off Los Angeles Dodgers P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman basketball squad in 1953-54) as the Braves end their 13-year stint in Milwaukee. . . . A.L. Rookie of the Year OF Al Bumbry (Virginia State's runner-up in scoring 16.7 ppg as a freshman in 1964-65) tied a MLB mark with three triples against the Milwaukee Brewers, helping the Baltimore Orioles clinch the 1973 East Division title. . . . Philadelphia Athletics P George Earnshaw (Swarthmore PA participant in 1922) earned victory #21 in 1931. . . . P Dallas Green (Delaware's second-leading scorer and rebounder in 1954-55) released by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1967. . . . San Francisco Giants C Tom Haller (backup forward for Illinois in 1956-57 and 1957-58 under coach Harry Combes) hammered a game-ending homer in the ninth inning to account for the only run in a win against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1967. . . . Chicago Cubs P Cal Koonce (Campbell standout in 1960 and 1961 when North Carolina-based school was junior college) blanked the Los Angeles Dodgers for eight innings en route to posting his first of three victories the last 10 days of the 1964 campaign. . . . Washington Senators CF Irv Noren (player of the year for California junior college state champion Pasadena City in 1945) tied an A.L. nine-inning record with 11 putouts in 1951. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates P Elmer Ponder (Oklahoma letterman in 1913-14 and 1915-16) tossed a two-hit shutout against the New York Giants in the nightcap of a 1917 doubleheader. . . . In his fourth straight complete-game triumph, New York Yankees P Roy Sherid (Albright PA center in 1926-27 and 1927-28) didn't allow an earned run in a 3-1 verdict over the Chicago White Sox in the nightcap of a 1929 twinbill. . . . San Diego Padres P Chris Young (All-Ivy League first-team selection for Princeton in 1999-2000) took a no-hitter into the ninth inning before finishing with a 6-2 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006 after Joe Randa ripped a two-run homer.
23 - Pittsburgh Pirates P Jim Bibby (Fayetteville State NC backup player and brother of UCLA All-American Henry Bibby) fired a three-hit shutout against the Chicago Cubs in 1979. . . . Seattle Mariners LF Bruce Bochte (starting forward for Santa Clara's 1970 NCAA playoff team averaged 7.4 ppg and 4 rpg) went 4-for-4 against the Chicago White Sox in 1982. . . . Detroit Tigers 2B Frank Bolling (averaged 7.3 ppg in 1950-51 for Spring Hill AL) stroked four hits against the Cleveland Indians in 1956. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers P Roger Craig (forward with North Carolina State's 1949-50 freshman team) hurled his fourth shutout in 1959 (5-0 against the St. Louis Cardinals). . . . Milwaukee Braves 1B George Crowe (four-year letterman from 1939-40 through 1942-43 for Indiana Central after becoming first high school player named state's Mr. Basketball) smashed two homers in a 4-2 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1955. . . . Cleveland Indians Of Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA titlist) hit a grand slam against the Detroit Tigers in 1950. . . . California Angels P Dave Frost (averaged 10.5 ppg and 4 rpg for Stanford from 1971-72 through 1973-74) hurled a complete game, beating the Texas Rangers, 6-1, to finish tied with Nolan Ryan for the team high in victories (16) during the 1979 campaign. . . . San Francisco Giants P Atlee Hammaker (averaged 5.3 ppg as a freshman in 1976-77 and 4.9 as a sophomore in 1977-78 under East Tennessee State coach Sonny Smith), matching Los Angeles Dodgers P Orel Hershiser in zeroes the first seven innings, yielded a homer in the eighth as Hershiser extended his streak of consecutive shutout frames to 49 in 1988. . . . Detroit Tigers SS Harvey Kuenn (played briefly for Wisconsin in 1951-52 after competing on JV squad previous season) went 5-for-5 against the Cleveland Indians in 1956. . . . Washington Senators CF Don Lock (paced Wichita State in field-goal percentage in 1956-57 and 1957-58 under coach Ralph Miller) had a 15-game hitting streak snapped by the Detroit Tigers in 1963. . . . C Cal Neeman (Illinois Wesleyan's leading scorer in 1947-48 and 1948-49) clubbed a 10th-inning homer to give the Chicago Cubs a 9-8 triumph against the San Francisco Giants in 1959. . . . Detroit Tigers P Phil Page (Penn State letterman in 1926-27) didn't allow an earned run in winning his second start in as many MLB appearances (both complete games in 1928). . . . New York Giants P Roy Parmelee (Eastern Michigan letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) fired his second four-hit shutout of the 1934 campaign. . . . Chicago Cubs P Claude Passeau (played for Millsaps MS in late 1920s and early 1930s) scattered four hits and helped his cause with a homer in a 10-0 rout of the St. Louis Cardinals as he posted his 20th triumph in 1940. . . . Detroit Tigers rookie 3B Nolen Richardson (Georgia captain in 1925-26) notched his fourth consecutive multiple-hit contests in 1931. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers P Preacher Roe (played for Harding AR in late 1930s) improved his record to 22-2 in 1951 with a 6-3 decision over the Philadelphia Phillies. . . . New York Yankees P Marius Russo (member of LIU teams compiling 50-2 record in 1934-35 and 1935-36 undfer legendary coach Clair Bee) tossed a two-hit shutout against the Detroit Tigers in 1943. . . . 2B Wayne Terwilliger (two-year letterman for Western Michigan in late 1940s) awarded on waivers from the Brooklyn Dodgers to the Washington Senators in 1952.
24 - Boston Red Sox 2B Jerry Adair (one of Oklahoma State's top three scorers in 1956-57 and 1957-58 while ranking among nation's top 12 free-throw shooters each season) amassed four hits in an 11-7 win against the Baltimore Orioles in 1967. . . . Philadelphia Athletics SS Frank Callaway (Tennessee letterman in 1918 and 1919) collected a career-high three hits in a 7-4 victory against the Chicago White Sox in 1921. . . . New York Mets 1B Donn Clendenon (four-sport letterman with Morehouse GA) cracked two homers against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1969. . . . Philadelphia Athletics C Mickey Cochrane (played for Boston University in early 1920s) contributed three doubles against the Washington Senators in 1933. . . . Cleveland Indians rookie SS Billy Harrell (averaged 10.3 ppg in three seasons for Siena in early 1950s) banged out three hits against the Detroit Tigers for the second time in a week in 1955. . . . New York Mets manager Gil Hodges (played for Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) suffered a heart attack during a 1968 game against the Atlanta Braves. . . . Chicago White Sox 1B Ron Jackson (second-team All-MAC choice from 1951-52 through 1953-54 led Western Michigan in scoring and rebounding his last two seasons) registered four hits against the Kansas City Athletics in 1957. . . . In 1957, Brooklyn Dodgers P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) appeared in relief in the final game at Ebbets Field. Koufax got a chance to go to the plate and struck out for the 12th time in as many at-bats this season. . . . Chicago Cubs C Gordy Massa (played briefly for Holy Cross in 1956-57) supplied two safeties in his MLB debut against the Cincinnati Reds en route to securing hits in all six games the remainder of the 1957 campaign. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Jack Phillips (leading scorer for Clarkson NY in 1942-43) went 4-for-4 in a 3-2 triumph against the Cincinnati Reds in the nightcap of a 1950 twinbill. . . . Milwaukee Brewers LF Ted Savage (led Lincoln MO in scoring average in 1955-56) provided three hits and four RBI in a 7-3 verdict over the California Angels in 1970. . . . P Hal Schumacher (played for St. Lawrence NY in early 1930s) drove in the winning run in the 10th inning of a doubleheader against the Boston Bees as the New York Giants clinched the 1936 N.L. pennant. . . . P Joe Vance (Southwest Texas State letterman in 1927-28 and 1928-29) won his lone decision with the New York Yankees in 1937 by allowing only four hits and one run in eight innings against the Boston Red Sox. . . . In 1992, Toronto Blue Jays DH-RF Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) became the first 40-year-old in MLB history to knock in 100 runs in a season when he stroked a two-run double off Baltimore Orioles P Ben McDonald (started six games as a 6-6 freshman forward for Louisiana State in 1986-87). . . . New York Yankees P Tom Zachary (Guilford NC letterman in 1916) posted his 12th victory in as many decisions in 1929. No hurler will have a better season without losing a game.
25 - Philadelphia Phillies P Stan Baumgartner (played for University of Chicago's Big Ten Conference champion in 1913-14) hurled 10 innings for his first MLB victory, a 3-2 nod over the Chicago Cubs in 1914. . . . St. Louis Browns RF Beau Bell (two-year letterman for Texas A&M in early 1930s) banged out four hits in the nightcap of a 1936 doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians. . . . St. Louis Cardinals CF Taylor Douthit (California letterman from 1922 through 1924) contributed four hits against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1930. . . . In one of his eight multiple-hit contests in a nine-game span, Brooklyn Robins 3B Wally Gilbert (captain played for Valparaiso from 1918-19 through 1920-21) provided four safeties in a 10-9 loss against the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a 1929 twinbill. . . . Toronto Blue Jays rookie P Mark Hendrickson (two-time All-Pacific-10 selection was Washington State's leading rebounder each season from 1992-93 through 1995-96) won his last three starts after debuting as a MLB starter earlier in the month with a no-decision, yielding only three earned runs in 26 innings in those four assignments. Three years later, Hendrickson won his seventh straight verdict with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) tossed a shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1965, raising his season strikeout total of 356. . . . In his only MLB pitching appearance, New York Giants OF Hank Lieber (played for Arizona in 1931) hurled a complete game in a 9-1 setback against the Philadelphia Phillies in the nightcap of a 1942 doubleheader. Teammate Hal Schumacher (played for St. Lawrence NY in early 1930s) earned the win in the opener, 6-3. . . . Boston Red Sox CF Jerry Mallett (two-time All-SWC first-team selection averaged 15.3 ppg and 12.7 rpg for Baylor from 1954-55 through 1956-57) supplied two of his four MLB hits and lone RBI in a 10-4 victory against the Washington Senators in 1959. . . . Cincinnati Reds SS Nolen Richardson (Georgia captain in 1925-26) went 3-for-3 against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1938. . . . Philadelphia Phillies P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) registered his 28th victory in 1952, completing his 30th game in 37 starts. . . . Philadelphia Phillies 3B Gary Sutherland (averaged 7.4 ppg with Southern California in 1963-64) provided his fifth straight multiple-hit game. . . . Finishing regular season with four consecutive holds, P Matt Thornton (averaged 5.8 ppg and 2.4 rpg for Grand Valley State MI from 1995-96 through 1997-98) went unscored upon in his 18 relief appearances with the Washington Nationals after he was acquired from the New York Yankees. . . . In the midst of an eight-game hitting streak, San Francisco Giants 1B Desi Wilson (Fairleigh Dickinson's all-time leading scorer was Northeast Conference player of the year in 1989-90) homered against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1996. . . . Detroit Tigers 1B John Young (played sparingly for Chapman CA in late 1960s) went 2-for-3 in his lone MLB start (against the New York Yankees in 1971).
26 - New York Yankees rookie SS Frank Baker (Southern Mississippi letterman in 1965-66 and 1966-67) banged out three hits for the second consecutive contest against the Detroit Tigers in 1970. . . . In 1972, Milwaukee Brewers P Jerry Bell (played for Belmont in 1965-66 and 1966-67) posted his fifth victory in as many decisions in the span of a month. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates LF Carson "Skeeter" Bigbee (Oregon letterman in 1915) went 4-for-4 against the Chicago Cubs in the opener of a 1924 doubleheader. . . . Chicago Cubs LF Larry Biittner (runner-up in scoring and rebounding in 1966-67 for Buena Vista IA) supplied three extra-base hits in a 10-7 win against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1977. . . . Chicago White Sox SS Sammy Esposito (averaged 7 ppg in 1951-52 as starting guard under Indiana coach Branch McCracken), who hit .207 in his 10-year MLB career, went 3-for-3 against the Kansas City Athletics in 1958. . . . Intended as a sacrifice, Hall of Fame C Rick Ferrell (played for Guilford NC in mid-1920s) contributed a bunt single in 1941 that was the only hit for the St. Louis Browns against Cleveland Indians P Bob Feller. . . . Baltimore Orioles P Mike Flanagan (averaged 13.9 ppg for Massachusetts' 15-1 freshman squad in 1971-72) had his no-hit bid end with two outs in the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians in 1978. . . . Detroit Tigers 1B Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) collected five extra-base hits, five runs and nine RBI in a 1934 twinbill sweep of the Chicago White Sox. . . . In 1954, 1B Gil Hodges (played for Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) hammered his 25th homer at Ebbets Field (a new Brooklyn Dodgers single-season record). He also finished the year with a MLB-high 18 sacrifice flies. . . . Philadelphia Phillies P Jim Konstanty (Syracuse player in late 1930s) made his 71st relief appearance of the 1950 campaign. It was a MLB record (subsequently broken). . . . St. Louis Cardinals CF Wally Moon (averaged 4.3 ppg with Texas A&M in 1948-49 and 1949-50) capped off his 1954 Rookie of the Year season with an 11th-inning, two-run homer at Milwaukee. . . . P Nels Potter (leading scorer during two years he attended Mount Morris IL in early 1930s) purchased from the Boston Braves by the Cincinnati Reds in 1949. . . . In 1951, Brooklyn Dodgers INF Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in PCC both of his seasons for UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41) annoyed the Boston Braves by stealing home with a 13-3 lead in the eighth inning. . . . New York Yankees P Marius Russo (member of LIU teams compiling 50-2 record in 1934-35 and 1935-36 under legendary coach Clair Bee) fired his third three-hit shutout of the 1941 campaign. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates starting P Jim Umbricht (Georgia captain in 1951-52) lost his MLB debut (against the Cincinnati Reds in 1959).
27 - Baltimore Orioles 2B Jerry Adair (one of Oklahoma State's three leading scorers in 1956-57 and 1957-58 while ranking among nation's top 12 free-throw shooters each season) hit his first MLB homer (against the Boston Red Sox in 1960). . . . St. Louis Cardinals 1B Walter Alston (Miami OH letterman from 1932-33 through 1934-35) fanned in his lone MLB at-bat (against the Chicago Cubs in 1936). . . . In 1983, P Jim Beattie (Dartmouth's top rebounder in 1974-75 when he was selected team MVP and honorable mention All-Ivy League) hurled the first one-hitter in Seattle Mariners history. . . . Baltimore Orioles OF Al Bumbry (Virginia State's runner-up in scoring with 16.7 ppg as freshman in 1964-65) stroked four hits against the Detroit Tigers in 1977. Three years later, Bumbry stole three bases against the Cleveland Indians in 1980. . . . Lefthander Danny Coombs (Seton Hall's third-leading scorer and rebounder as a sophomore in 1961-62) made his MLB debut in 1963 as a reliever for the Houston Colt .45s, who started nine rookies including 1B Rusty Staub, 2B Joe Morgan and C Jerry Grote. . . . Detroit Tigers 1B Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) launched two homers for the fourth time in an 18-game span in 1938. . . . Baltimore Orioles reliever Dick Hall (averaged 11.9 ppg in 1948-49, 13.4 in 1949-50 and 15.4 in 1950-51 for Swarthmore PA Southern Division champions in Middle Atlantic States Conference) became the first pitcher in 51 years to end a season with more victories (10) than walks (6 in 61 innings). . . . C Tom Haller (backup forward for Illinois in 1956-57 and 1957-58 under coach Harry Combes) whacked a pair of homers to spark the San Francisco Giants to an 8-4 triumph against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1965. . . . New York Giants P Jim Hearn (Georgia Tech letterman in 1941-42) hurled a shutout against the Philadelphia Phillies to finish the 1950 campaign with a N.L.-leading ERA of 2.49. . . . Kansas City Royals LF Joe Lahoud (New Haven CT letterman in mid-1960s) whacked back-to-back homers against the Oakland Athletics in 1977. . . . St. Louis Cardinals SS Doc Lavan (played for Hope MI from 1908 through 1910) delivered four hits in a 16-1 romp over the Chicago Cubs in 1920. . . . Danny Litwhiler (member of JV squad with Bloomsburg PA three years in the mid-1930s) completed his 151st errorless game for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1942. He was the first OF to avoid an error the entire season. . . . Philadelphia Phillies CF Jerry Martin (1971 Southern Conference Tournament MVP after he was Furman's runner-up in scoring previous season) went 4-for-4 in a 5-4 win against the Montreal Expos in 1978. . . . RF Lyle Mouton (starter in LSU's backcourt with All-American Chris Jackson for 1989 NCAA playoff team) knocked in all of the Baltimore Orioles' runs in a 6-4 loss against the Boston Red Sox in 1998. . . . Winning P Gary Peters (played for Grove City PA in mid-1950s) pounded a three-run homer in a 10-1 victory against the Washington Senators as the Boston Red Sox reached the 200-homer plateau for the first time in franchise history. . . . Boston Braves P Al Pierotti (Washington & Lee VA captain of school's undefeated 1917 squad) posted his lone MLB victory (complete-game 3-2 verdict over the New York Giants in 1920). . . . In 1962, Houston Astros P Jim Umbricht (Georgia captain in 1951-52) won his fourth game of the month as a reliever. . . . Detroit Tigers SS Johnnie Watson (Marshall letterman from 1926-27 through 1929-30) contributed a double and RBI in both ends of a 1930 doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox.
28 - 2B Frank Baker (Southern Mississippi letterman in 1965-66 and 1966-67), replacing Bobby Grich in the Baltimore Orioles' lineup, belted his only MLB homer, a grand slam, and finished with six RBI in an 18-4 trouncing of the Cleveland Indians in the nightcap of a 1973 doubleheader. . . . In the finale of the 1952 campaign, Chicago Cubs lefthanded OF Frank Baumholtz (MVP in 1941 NIT and first player in Ohio University history to score 1,000 career points) reached base on an error after switching over and swinging righthanded at the only delivery Hall of Fame 1B-OF Stan Musial threw from the mound at the MLB level. Musial, who began his Organized Baseball career as a pitcher before incurring an injury, claimed his sixth N.L. batting crown (.336) and Baumholtz finished runner-up (.325). . . . St. Louis Cardinals 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) provided his second extra-inning steal of home plate in 1928. . . . LF "Sweet" Lou Johnson (Kentucky State teammate of legendary HBCU coach Davey Whitney averaged 5.7 ppg and 2 rpg in 1951-52) slugged a 12th-inning homer to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 2-1 victory against the Cincinnati Reds in 1965. . . . In a City Series duel, Chicago White Sox P Ted Lyons (two-time All-SWC first-team selection for Baylor in early 1920s) blanked the Cubs on three hits in only 1 hour and 18 minutes in 1942. The 41-year-old Lyons then departed to enlist as a private in the Marine Corps for military service during World War II. . . . P Bill McCahan (three-year Duke letterman named to All-Southern Conference Tournament team in 1942) traded by Philadelphia Athletics to Brooklyn Dodgers in 1949. . . . Baltimore Orioles rookie P Ben McDonald (started six times as freshman forward for LSU in 1986-87 under coach Dale Brown) hurled a four-hit shutout against the Cleveland Indians in 1990. . . . In 1952, Philadelphia Phillies P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) registered his 28th victory (7-4 over New York Giants) with his 30th complete game. . . . Chicago Cubs LF Riggs Stephenson (Alabama letterman in 1920), who hit safely in all nine World Series outings in his career, provided three safeties in the 1932 opener against the New York Yankees. . . . In 1938, C Birdie Tebbetts (played for Providence in 1932) blasted a grand slam (10th such homer of the season for the Detroit Tigers). . . . San Diego Padres OF Will Venable (All-Ivy League first-team selection as a junior and second-team shoice as a senior averaged 9.3 ppg under Princeton coach John Thompson III from 2001-02 through 2004-05) whacked his first MLB grand slam (against the Chicago Cubs in 2011). . . . St. Louis Cardinals 1B Bill White (played two years with Hiram OH in early 1950s) contributed four hits in a 9-1 triumph against the San Francisco Giants in 1965.
29 - Cincinnati Reds RF Frank Baumholtz (MVP in 1941 NIT and first player in Ohio University history to reach 1,000-point plateau) banged out four hits against the Chicago Cubs in 1948. . . . Detroit Tigers rookie 1B Tony Clark (San Diego State's leading scorer in WAC games in 1991-92) cracked two homers for the second time in last 13 games of the 1996 campaign. . . . In the opener of a 1934 doubleheader, Washington Senators P Syd Cohen (Alabama letterman in 1927) became the last A.L. hurler to strikeout New York Yankees legend Babe Ruth. . . . Boston Red Sox C Gene Desautels (Holy Cross letterman in 1929 and 1930) closed out the 1940 campaign with a career-high nine-game hitting streak. . . . Light-hitting Chicago White Sox SS Sammy Esposito (averaged 7 ppg in 1951-52 as starting guard under Indiana coach Branch McCracken) closed out the 1957 campaign with at least one walk in his last seven games. . . . 3B Gene Freese (captain of 1952 NAIA Tournament team for West Liberty WV) traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Philadelphia Phillies for player-manager Solly Hemus in 1958. . . . St. Louis Cardinals P Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer in 1955-56 and 1956-57) went 3-for-4, including his fifth homer of the 1965 campaign, in an 8-6 win against the San Francisco Giants. . . . Mike Hargrove (Northwestern Oklahoma State letterman) fired as manager of the Baltimore Orioles in 2003. . . . In 1966, Los Angeles Dodgers P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) became the first MLB hurler in the 20th Century to achieve a third 300-strikeout season. . . . Boston Braves RF Joe Mowry (Iowa letterman in 1929-30 and 1930-31) went 3-for-3 against the New York Giants in the opener of a 1935 twinbill. . . . Washington Senators 2B Buddy Myer (Mississippi State letterman in 1923-24) went 4-for-5 against the Philadelphia Athletics to capture the 1935 A.L. batting championship (.349). . . . Kansas City Royals P Dennis Rasmussen (sixth-man for Creighton averaged 5.1 ppg in three seasons from 1977-78 through 1979-80) hurled a one-hit shutout against the California Angels in 1992. . . . P Preacher Roe (played for Harding AR in late 1930s) purchased from the St. Louis Cardinals by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1943. . . . Birdie Tebbetts (played for Providence in 1932) named manager of the Cincinnati Reds in 1953. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Kent Tekulve (played as freshman in mid-1960s for Marietta OH) won both ends of a 1978 doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies.
30 - Detroit Tigers P Elden Auker (All-Big Six first-five selection with Kansas State in 1931-32) closed out his 1933 rookie campaign with a four-hit shutout against the Cleveland Indians. . . . P Mike Barlow (Syracuse substitute from 1967-68 through 1969-70) shipped by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Houston Astros in 1975 to complete an earlier deal. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Donn Clendenon (four-sport letterman with Morehouse GA) collected four hits against the Cincinnati Reds in 1961. . . . In 1967, Houston Astros P Danny Coombs (Seton Hall's third-leading scorer and rebounder as sophomore in 1961-62) posted his third relief victory in as many decisions in a 19-day span. . . . Roger Craig (forward with North Carolina State's 1949-50 freshman team) fired as manager of the San Diego Padres in 1979. . . . LF Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) smacked a ninth-inning grand slam against the St. Louis Browns on final day of 1945 campaign to clinch the A.L. pennant for the Detroit Tigers. . . . New York Yankees 1B Buddy Hassett (played for Manhattan teams winning school-record 17 consecutive games in 1930 and 1931) twice knocked in Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio with safeties in a 7-4 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of the 1942 World Series. . . . In 1975, 1B-OF Doug Howard (All-WAC second-team selection with Brigham Young in 1968-69 and 1969-70) shipped by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Cleveland Indians to complete an earlier deal. . . . OF-1B Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) hit a homer against the New York Yankees in the Senators' final game in Washington in 1971. . . . OF Irv Noren (player of the year for California junior college state champion Pasadena City in 1945) purchased from the Brooklyn Dodgers by the Washington Senators for $50,000 in 1949. . . . Setting the stage for a 1951 playoff with the New York Giants, INF Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in PCC both of his seasons with UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41) ripped an upper-deck homer in the 14th inning off Philadelphia Phillies Hall of Fame P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47), giving the Brooklyn Dodgers a 9-8 victory. Five years later, New York Giants rookie 1B Bill White (played two years with Hiram OH in early 1950s) whacked two homers off Roberts. . . . INF Whitey Wietelmann (captain for Muskingum OH in mid-1940s) traded by the Boston Braves to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1946. . . . Philadelphia Phillies OF Cy Williams (Notre Dame forward in 1909-10) contributed two homers in a 6-4 win against the Brooklyn Robins in 1923. . . . Philadelphia Athletics LF Joe Zapustas (Fordham letterman in 1932-33) secured his lone MLB hit (a single against the Boston Red Sox in the nightcap of a 1933 doubleheader).

MLB achievements in August by former college basketball players

MLB achievements in July by former college basketball players

MLB achievements in June by former college basketball players

MLB achievements in May by former college basketball players

MLB achievements in April by former college basketball players

Learning Curve: How Will Louisville, Maryland and Rutgers Fare in New Digs?

More than half of the Big East Conference's 14-member lineup in 2003-04 are gone upon all of the league realignments. The American Athletic Conference, a splinter group of the Big East, looks more like Conference USA's 2004-05 alignment than anything else. If the C-USA wasn't considered a power league, then why should a stitched-together AAC?

Louisville, Maryland and Rutgers should have kept an eye on how Creighton and Syracuse made the transition to new digs last season with second-place finishes. History shows that it frequently is a difficult adjustment. There is good reason to be anxious. Only 12 of the last 34 schools to join power conferences, including eight of the last 21 since 2005-06, posted a winning league record in their inaugural campaign.

Arkansas is the only school to win a championship in its debut campaign in a power league (1991-92 in SEC Western Division after leaving SWC). The average conference record for the last 34 schools in this category is four games below .500. Michigan State posted a comparable anemic mark (5-9) in its first season in the Big Ten in 1950-51.

Following is an alphabetical list of first-year league records compiled by schools joining an existing power alliance since Arizona and Arizona State left the WAC for the Pac-8/10 in the late 1970s:

Power School 1st Year New League (Mark/Finish) Previous League
Arizona 1978-79 Pac-10 (10-8/T4th) Western Athletic
Arizona State 1978-79 Pac-10 (7-11/T6th) Western Athletic
Arkansas 1991-92 Southeastern (13-3/1st in West Division) Southwest
Boston College 2005-06 Atlantic Coast (11-5/3rd) Big East
Butler 2013-14 Big East (4-14/9th) Atlantic 10
Cincinnati 2005-06 Big East (8-8/8th) Conference USA
Colorado 2011-12 Pac-12 (11-7/T5th) Big 12
Creighton 2013-14 Big East (14-4/2nd) Missouri Valley
DePaul 2005-06 Big East (5-11/T13th) Conference USA
Florida State 1991-92 Atlantic Coast (11-5/2nd) Metro
Georgia Tech 1979-80 Atlantic Coast (1-13/8th) Metro
Louisville 2005-06 Big East (6-10/T11th) Conference USA
Louisville 2014-15 Atlantic Coast (TBD) American Athletic
Marquette 2005-06 Big East (10-6/T4th) Conference USA
Maryland 2014-15 Big Ten (TBD) Atlantic Coast
Miami (Fla.) 1991-92 Big East (1-17/10th) independent
Miami (Fla.) 2004-05 Atlantic Coast (7-9/T6th) Big East
Missouri 2012-13 Southeastern (11-7/T5th) Big 12
Nebraska 2011-12 Big Ten (4-14/T11th) Big 12
Notre Dame 1995-96 Big East (4-14/6th in BE 6) independent
Notre Dame 2013-14 Atlantic Coast (6-12/T11th) Big East
Penn State 1992-93 Big Ten (2-16/11th) Atlantic 10
Pittsburgh 1982-83 Big East (6-10/6th) Eastern 8
Pittsburgh 2013-14 Atlantic Coast (11-7/5th) Big East
Rutgers 1995-96 Big East (6-12/6th in BE 7) Atlantic 10
Rutgers 2014-15 Big Ten (TBD) American Athletic
South Carolina 1991-92 Southeastern (3-13/6th in East Division) Metro
South Florida 2005-06 Big East (1-15/16th) Conference USA
Syracuse 2013-14 Atlantic Coast (14-4/2nd) Big East
Texas A&M 2012-13 Southeastern (7-11/11th) Big 12
Texas Christian 2012-13 Big 12 (2-16/10th) Mountain West
Utah 2011-12 Pac-12 (3-15/11th) Mountain West
Villanova 1980-81 Big East (8-6/T3rd) Eastern Athletic Association
Virginia Tech 2000-01 Big East (2-14/7th in East Division) Atlantic 10
Virginia Tech 2004-05 Atlantic Coast (8-8/T4th) Big East
West Virginia 2012-13 Big 12 (6-12/8th) Big East
Xavier 2013-14 Big East (10-8/T3rd) Atlantic 10

Hands Off, Don't Loot: Get Grades/Get Job/Get Tired/Get Good Night's Sleep

Showing law enforcement how we can all get along, did Top Cop Eric the Dread pass out free cigarillos to his puppet peeps celebrating the birth of first orchestrating outcome in a St. Louis suburb? Based on his checkered selective-outrage track record, our nation of cowards can't rest easy because "color-brave" Attorney General Eric Holder is putting-cart-before-horse dispatched by a community-organizing sociopath to be more involved in the Michael Brown shooting death in Ferguson, Mo., including ordering an additional autopsy probably because the first one didn't measure up to their audience's preconceived shot-in-the-back narrative. Deeply-personal, raced-obsessed Holder, receiving support from the golfer-in-chief and fellow JV leftists comparable to humiliated Huma (Shrillary Rotten II) standing by perverted Carlos Danger after the weiner's he-man online dialogue with a progressive activist from the Midwest, is showing as much legal expertise on a wide variety of issues as he did as a Columbia hoopster (missing all four field-goal attempts for the Lions' 1969-70 freshman squad).

Led by completely inept scripted rush-to-judgment Gov. Jay Nixon (Dem.), a lynch mob-like Saturday afternoon travesty of a press conference in a church chock full of apostates exhibited decorum akin to an inmate shouting match/battle of wits featuring energized ebonics in a federal penitentiary. We saw a comparable tired act last summer in the Trayvon Martin shooting and now we get a similar fairytale from journalistic lemons such as aptly-named Don Lemon of CNN (Contemptible News Network promoting suspect audio) playing judge and jury by portraying Brown on his way to Grandma's house in the hood as if he was Gentle Ben Walking Hood trying to avoid the wolf in sheep's clothes (unprincipled and ill-informed parroting pap about perpetually pestilent police targeted for pinata pelting).

Apparently incapable of comprehending the difference between a road and sidewalk or just needing a wider swath, he lumbered through middle of the street following his heavyweight pre-fight intimidation tactics with a dwarf. Even if Fundraiser Extraordinaire Barry is too busy on a golf course to join them or assemble a strategy to combat ISIS while the thugs conduct a pool party at U.S. embassy in Libya, it won't be long before ignorance-is-bliss mental midgets will march in middle of night seeking to have the public right-of-way named after the deceased to honor his larger-than-life contributions in Mr. Brown's Neighborhood. In the meantime, know-it-all petty politicians such as Demorat Air Claire McCaskill try to rev up the base with insinuations of voting restrictions.

Last year, Dwyane Wade and his hypersensitive Miami Heat teammates discerned how to don hoodies in their self-appointed roles as victimization humanitarians but he couldn't explain the Martin verdict declaring George Zimmerman not guilty. "What do I tell my kids?" Wade tweeted, opening a lane for a mocking layup. Wade, rather than brushing up on facts concerning the Zimmerman case, exploited his sons as hoodie-donning props on an Ebony magazine cover. In conjunction with ambulance-chasing attorney Benjamin Crump's college-bound crumbs to enhance "racial spoils" budding settlement value, similar celebrities predictably racially soiled the scene in the Brown case.

"Leaders" could have emphasized cooperation with, not condemnation of, the cops in an effort to possibly start upgrading community standards. Instead, the double-digit IQ crowd seeking to add a third digit after midnight is convinced it's the fault of the untrustworthy police, yadda, yadda, yadda, via another myth-making template about a prowling renegade bigoted white cop with no disciplinary history extemporaneously seeking to execute Gentle Ben in cold blood. His Earness, ESPN's NCAA playoff prognosticator, certainly implied as much "justice" with funeral representation and pandering pap to the otherwise "numbers-don't-lie" daytime audience for the sports cable network while most of America is working (and paying for their free goodies and "40 or so" FBI-agent invasion plus biased far-left ideologue DOJ flaks overdosing on secular-progressive politics "racing" to probe a single death).

Whether or not they are purchased or stolen, it won't be long before denials will surface about Swisher Sweets being sliced open and swapping all or a portion of tobacco with marijuana for a gentle high or bullish rush. The quality of the players for some schools might be more like Holder than Wade, but college basketball would benefit enormously if there was an influx of sanity stemming from enforcing more common-sense roster control and higher academic standards. Turning the "national-conversation" heat high while unsure of the quality of classes Wade took under coach Tom Crean at Marquette, following are dos and don'ts (a/k/a "affirmative action") do-gooder Dwyane and other minority fathers (if they're around) should tell their sons so they wade in wise, not wayward, waters by adhering to a series of elusive community-healing guidelines:

  • Don't show any confidence in an elitist mass media reporting the news fully, accurately and fairly if an incident doesn't fit their liberal narrative (see sexy domestic terrorist Rolling Stones cover as classic example). Also, maybe we missed the politically-correct police memo, but is it now OK to deploy the word "boy" with such regularity or is it reserved solely for excuse-filled leftists similar to other intemperate terms?

  • Do the right thing like the courageous IT director even if you get fired by a fluffy Florida state attorney for sharing all of the trial evidence. Tell the whole truth unlike the putrid press, dishonorable state attorney who filed a misleading affidavit in the Martin case and changing-story Brown accomplice/scholar with checkered past propped up by his attorney/ex-St. Louis mayor. Naturally, one-sided CNN and MSLSD, the ebola of journalism, don't tell the whole truth by at least acknowledging the honorable mayor's suspect legal expertise. The lame-stream media doesn't give a "smidgeon" of an effort to try to tell a balanced entire story and it's left up to a citizen journalist to try to unearth juvenile record. Simply support a proper cause more than petulant POTUS does the Middle East Christian carnage although his administration seems fond of a Charlie Chaplin convention or golf course banter while Syrians are gassed and kidnapped reporters beheaded by murderous Muslims.

  • Don't impair your education by conducting yourself in such a manner you get kicked out of your home and/or school. Remember: Only about half of black males graduate from high school. In your academic pursuits, don't fall for POTUS pap such as the hoopster-in-chief claiming that raising the debt ceiling does not increase the nation's debt or ObamaCare is a first-rate online venture. Rather than lamely explaining away the fact a disproportionate number of lawbreakers are angelic young black males, provide a cogent response why resembling some repulsive rapper from the wrong side of the hood might make you look like a real or wannabee "knockout" criminal. For instance, former New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets minority owner Jay Z said dealing drugs helped shape his business skills long before inspiring our nation by becoming comrade cozy in Communist Cuba with wife Beyoncé for their anniversary vacation. Set your rapt on correcting the gap between graduation ratios for white and black athletes.

  • Do become an authentic "national action" leader such as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Thomas Sowell and Dr. Ben Carson while rejecting the predictable pandering poison from retread race-baiting hustlers, aspiring to be relevant through their all-dark rainbow prism, directed at the low-information sheep mob prior to passing their donations cap. You need a "lifetime of resistance" from affiliating with half-baked reverends wallowing in the grievance industry of shakedown selective civil rights such as their sainthood of Anita Hill. Rather than resembling CNN's Van Jones, MSLSD's hyphenated weekend agitator and knucklehead Spike Lee doing more harm to blacks than David Duke and George Wallace combined by always playing the "battered race syndrome" card from the bottom of a decadent deck, it might be a mite more prudent to focus on paying your taxes and explaining to your son how to handle campaign money and a mistress.

  • Don't be a parasite smoking weed and getting involved with drugs unless it helps prevent you from becoming a nanny-state social engineer fantasizing in the "could've-been-me" world of dismissive and derisive phony scandals. Let me be clear! Phony is telling glaring untruths from the "bullying" pulpit about retaining your existing healthcare or standing in front of caskets and hiding behind a hyped video while meandering to get to the bottom of patriotic, not languishing, Americans being murdered and belittling folks who deserve straight answers. Lacking credibility and courage, you're also a chip-on-your-shoulder phony who will always be left behind if you can't exercise deductive reasoning and comprehend straight-answer facts staring smear merchants flush in their anti-police, high-tech lynching faces.

  • Do steer clear of street thuggery attacks and the low-pants Gangsta culture in every way. Spend more time like blustery Big O keeping an inventory of how items such as jewelry, not Skittles or cigarillos, came in your possession. Then you might be able to concentrate on "a spiritual union" with a partner (Mr. Oprah) or keep a keen watch on the "racist" Swiss. The devastation of fatherless boys caused by liberal welfare policies is a factor in the Centers for Disease Control reporting that young black men are 14 times more likely to commit murder than young white men.

  • Don't use the creepy term "Cracka" (offensive to Wheat Thins) when describing a Hispanic; let alone a wily White-Spanic or full-fledged caustic Caucasian. Although you might have a female friend claiming you "wanted to be a basketball player," that dialogue similar to homegrown ISIS fighter Douglas McCain won't get you a passing grade in Trash Talking 101. Let your standards resonate a mite higher than rolling the dice like an AAU team from Atlanta donning "I AM TRAYVON" shirts before and after games in a Las Vegas tournament or the grandstanding Alabama State marching band spelling out his name for some sort of symbolic gesture at halftime of a football game. Please get an injection of brain cells! You can do better than this drivel! Let's see if Alabama State's bereaved band can spell the name of any "Cracka" victim stemming from the Navy Yard rampage in the District of Columbia.

  • Do be sufficiently discriminating not to be a peer-pressure slave to liberal racism resulting in 90% of tunnel-vision blacks voting one way. Compare the percentage of blacks who voted for McCain/Romney in the last two presidential elections to percentage of whites who voted for Obama and then be honest with yourself asking who immerses themselves in tarnished practice of bigoted racial profiling to deal with never-forgotten white privilege. An I-have-a-dream struggle does continue trying to overcome prejudiced one-way voting expression. Enhance your independent-thinking credibility by making sure you develop enough remedial initiative to secure simplistic voter ID to exhibit such dynamic diversity. If the biased balloting ceased, the emancipation could be profiled online at www.blackpeoplefeat.com rather than wasting energy stalking Paula Deen. With respect to stark percentages, check out the Department of Justice's annual Victimization Report showing blacks committing more than half of the violent crimes against whites while whites commit only a few percent of the violent crimes against blacks.

  • Don't become "a terrible husband" like many promiscuous NBA players or infatuated with 72 virgins via Islamic martyrdom no matter how many condoms you can freely secure from a public school to mingle with a two-bit twerker. After all, "A Father First" divorce settlement in the "War on Women" can cost you in excess of $5 million. Records are made to be broken but don't get on the dead-beat "BabyDaddies" list of multiple illegitimate children with irresponsible Sperminators Kenny Anderson, Willie Anderson, Jason Caffey, Dwight Howard, Larry Johnson, Shawn Kemp, Calvin Murphy, Clifford Rozier, Scott Skiles, Latrell Sprewell, Royce White, etc. Moreover, don't be as shamelessly reality-show shallow as Lamar Odom, a Heat teammate in 2003-04 when Wade was a rookie, and marry, however briefly, a no-talent Left Coast celebrity only a month after meeting her Kardashian can and/or clan. There is also something to be said for not duplicating the entitlement rudeness of hip-hop "artist" Kanye West when interrupting singer Taylor Swift's awards acceptance speech or exhibiting a mite more class than Seattle Seahawks defensive back Roger Sherman following a Super Bowl-bound victory.

  • Do show respect for the opposite sex and sanctity of life by not contributing to more than 70% unwed mothers in the black community. Examine why FBI crime statistics show blacks raping several thousand white women annually while white-on-black rapes number between "0.0" and "sample based on 10 or fewer" (see Chapter 11 of "Mugged"). And if you say you're pro-little guy (such as highly-motivated work force seeking to double wages in their "career" at McDonalds); then "choose" to support the ultimate little guy (baby in a womb). If not black-on-black crime, where are the marches to curtail the barbaric ISIS-like Planned Murderhood genocide of nearly 1,900 black baby abortions per day? A precise definition of blind-eye targeting is when 13% of the nation's population look like the serial-killer nurse from Houston undergoing 35% of all abhorrent abortions. How low can we sink as a society if the remainder of the country ever becomes like New York City where more black babies are killed by abortion than are born there? Incredibly, the New York Slimes was hailed by lib-nut bloodthirsty bloggers when Wade's teammate, Udonis Haslem, and his wife were depicted as courageous for challenging the "persistent abortion stigma that's deeply ingrained in our society."

  • Don't besmirch Kobe Bryant for failing to toe the solidarity line and don't associate extensively with "We Be New School People" who can't read cursive or speak English properly (eloquent to MSLSD's not-so-sharp ton of tampon-earring misfits, pundits ill-equipped to handle prankster and "clever" editing). Unless, of course, you've undergone sensitivity training and helping someone with a genuine learning disability (whether or not they're a homophobic perjurer).

  • Do stand your moral ground following these ethical principles so your personal responsibility will significantly decrease the odds you'll end up with a suspect legacy like slain boy scouts Martin and Brown or the chronic whiners exploiting tragedy on dopey ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, liberal mouthpiece MSLSD (landfill of shameless dolts) and NPR (National Puke Radio). Always "doing stupid stuff," many of the so-called experts should be featured among the lunatic lineup of MSLSD's weekend "Lockup."

Wade was superior at playing on both ends of the court until knee problems left him incapable of being a lockup defender and he just exerted effort primarily on one side (offensively); symbolic of the African-American political effort when it comes to sizing up the entirety of an issue. Thus he could play both sides of the lecture fence comparable to lunatic liberal activists condemning demented Demorat sexual escapades after the same enablers staunchly defended Sick Willie, the self-styled first black POTUS, for similar political-theatre bozo behavior. At the very least, any perceived problem could be blamed by genuine racial rodeo clowns on George Dubya, global warming, the Australian catcher for East Central (Okla.) murdered by human debris when shot in the back by hate-crime valueless scum while jogging or the white student "justifiably" assaulted on a Florida bus by three black teens for alleged drug ratting. Hopefully, Wade's World won't also take up the mantle of the "stop snitchin'" movement reminiscent of Syracuse All-American Carmelo Anthony, who appeared to do just that in an underground DVD circulated in his hometown of Baltimore in 2004 encouraging those individuals questioned by the police to refuse to "snitch" on drug dealers and other criminals. It's the equivalent of failing to allow anyone to openly display any support for the Ferguson police officer.

Encumbered by loathsome leftist leaders, we see low-life decay from sea (fatally shooting baby in a stroller in coastal GA, 14-year-old murdering his MA math teacher with a box cutter and slaughtering civilians at a Navy complex in nation's capitol) to dying sea (beating WWII veteran to death with flashlight in Washington state after he survived Okinawa). The so-called leaders with a deficit in character content 50 years removed from MLK mooch off vet Shorty's sacrifice but probably never would mention him unless it was for gun-control purposes if he had tried to defend his "welfare" with a weapon.

Where are the facts-challenged arrogant activists when it comes to excessive black-on-black crime? Are the black thrill killers in Oklahoma also going to be portrayed as possible bored sons of POTUS as he "takes us to darker places"? Would Aaron Alexis, Brown, Martin, Jesse Matthew and Alton Nolten have been in a healthier state of mind if they simply drank more water, ate more organic food and participated regularly in "Let's Move" exercises? Will wise Wade or any of the race-card charlatans show solidarity with a Melbourne mom by having him and his sons don a catcher's mask for a magazine cover shot or math flash cards supporting the young MA math teacher or Naval gear honoring the D.C. deceased? Integrity questions to ponder after shedding authentic "Be Like Mike" mementos and trying to learn how to put on a "Hands Off, Don't Loot" hoodie (not made from white sheets contrary to rumors stemming from legal meal-ticket vultures descending upon Brown household like repugnant Rev. Sharpnado and his defining-moment ilk).

Finally, here's a novel thought to modifying a genuine culture of corruption: How about not protesting a modest late-night curfew by simply getting a good night's sleep to either function better the next day as a student or parent or employee? Unless, of course, none of those objectives mean as much to you as a contrived definition of assassinating character after a "Mikey Beats Anything" (especially pint-sized store owner and cop) surveillance video clearly defines an individual exhibiting his authentic "character." Following the crowd like trained animals, the carcasses of integrity and intellect were left abandoned in the stereotypical shallow streets by so many victimization sellouts much longer than any 4 1/2 hours in plain view. It's really not that difficult and can be summarized somewhere between 4 1/2 seconds and 4 1/2 minutes. In regard to college hoops although the one-sided sports media won't acknowledge it, coaches should discard efforts to be a hipster rubbing shoulders with "respectable" rappers to reel in regal recruits and simply preach these time-tested basics: Get grades! Get job! Get tired! Get to bed!

Charter Schools: Maryland Joins Big Ten After Settling ACC Exit-Fee Suit

"Each generation wants new symbols, new people, new names. They want to divorce themselves from their predecessors." - Jim Morrison

Nothing lasts forever. No university ever has discarded such a longstanding affiliation with a conference as Maryland did when the Terrapins chose to divorce the ACC for wealthier Big Ten. The Terps jettisoned 61 years of history when they aligned with the Big Ten, which is the only alliance other than the Ivy League never to have a member leave to join another major conference.

Maryland can formally make the switch after settling an exit-fee money mess with the ACC for $31.362 million. The ACC seemed hypocritical in suing the Terps) after allegedly targeting at least two unidentified Big Ten schools to leave after learning about Maryland's intent to seek "greener" pastures. But the chances of a "bullying" power league school resisting a race chasing the almighty dollar is about the same as one of the clueless clowns in riot-ridden Ferguson, Mo., looting a library to stimulate brainpower or strive to raise standard of living before, while or after Rev. Sharpnado munches on honky following descending upon St. Louis with his frequently rehearsed "Resist We Much" race-hustling message. If it isn't black-on-black crime, then the agenda-driven DOJ seeks to suppress video surveillance of vandalism and chants led by NotsoSharpton or Jesse Jerkson probably should be: "No (Free) Cigars. No Peace!"

Hopefully, the ACC will invest its hefty settlement in addressing academics amid North Carolina's shoddy scholastic standing emphasizing Afro-American Studies and similar such shenanigans. If a university with Carolina's stature has lost its higher education "way" suspending research of reading specialist/academic adviser allegedly facing death threats, then what the fraud is happening regarding unsupervised lower standards at other ACC institutions and power leagues across the nation? For instance, N.C. State hired Sidney Lowe as coach before he even earned his diploma more than 20 years after leaving the school and subsequently showing apparent evasion taking any modestly-taxing classes such as ethics or tax preparation while in college playing under Jim Valvano.

Fordham, fleeing the Metro Atlantic and Patriot League the first half of the 1990s, is the only institution to twice be in this charter-school departure category. Following is a list from longest to shortest tenures of the first schools to leave an intact league for another conference after being a founding member:

Founding Member (Years) Original League Tenure Next League 1st Season
Maryland (61) Atlantic Coast 1954-2014 Big Ten 2015
Boston College (26) Big East 1980-2005 Atlantic Coast 2006
St. Joseph's and Temple (24) East Coast 1959-82 Atlantic 10 1983
Arkansas State (19) Southland 1969-87 American South 1988
San Jose State (17) West Coast Athletic 1953-69 PCAA 1970
Arizona and Arizona State (16) Western Athletic 1963-78 Pacific-10 1979
Gonzaga (16) Big Sky 1964-79 West Coast Athletic 1980
Missouri and Texas A&M (16) Big 12 1997-2012 Southeastern 2013
Brigham Young and Utah (12) Mountain West 2000-11 West Coast and Pac-12 2012
San Diego State (9) Big West 1970-78 Western Athletic 1979
Army and Fordham (9) Metro Atlantic 1982-90 Patriot League 1991
Navy (9) ECAC South/Colonial Athletic 1983-91 Patriot League 1992
Campbell (9) Big South 1986-94 Trans America Athletic 1995
SW Missouri State (8) Mid-Continent 1983-90 Missouri Valley 1991
Pittsburgh (6) Eastern 8 1977-82 Big East 1983
Fordham (5) Patriot League 1991-95 Atlantic 10 1996
Marshall (4) Ohio Valley 1949-52 Mid-American 1954
Georgia Tech (3) Metro 1976-78 Atlantic Coast 1980
Northeast Louisiana (3) Trans America Athletic 1980-82 Southland 1983
Rhode Island (1) ECAC North 1980 Eastern 8 1981
Towson State (1) Northeast 1982 East Coast 1983
Louisville and Rutgers (1) American Athletic 2014 ACC and Big Ten 2015

NOTES: Cincinnati (member of Mid-American from 1947-53), Georgia Tech (SEC from 1933-64), New Orleans (Sun Belt from 1977-80), Oral Roberts (Midwestern City from 1980-87), Penn State (ECBL/Eastern 8 from 1977-79), Rutgers (Middle Atlantic from 1959-62) and South Carolina (ACC from 1954-71) joined the independent ranks the next season. . . . Seven C-USA charter members joined other leagues following their 10th year in the league in 2004-05. . . . Campbell rejoined Big South in 2011-12.

From Peon to Pedestal: Small-College Stars Still Shine at Big-Time Level

Niagara coach Chris Casey hopes guard Emile Blackman continues to make the progress he displayed at the end of the 2012-13 campaign before tagging along with his coach from LIU Post. In his last six small-college games, Blackman averaged 16.8 ppg and 4.8 rpg while shooting 52% from the floor and nearly 58% on three-pointers. Niagara struck small-school lightning at the turn of the 21st Century when Mercyhurst (Pa.) transfer Demond Stewart became Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference MVP in 2000-01.

Despite what you might read elsewhere, a striking number of major-college standouts started their careers playing for a four-year small college before transferring. Of course, the most prominent player in this category is all-time great Elgin Baylor. After leaving College of Idaho, Baylor became an NCAA unanimous first-team All-American with Seattle in 1957-58.

More than 30 different players became NCAA Division I conference all-league selections in the 1980s and 1990s after beginning their careers with a small four-year college. In 2013-14, Weber State swingman Davion Berry (transfer from Cal State Monterey Bay) became the fourth player thus far in the 21st Century to earn MVP honors in a DI league after transferring from a small college.

Michigan recently added forward Duncan Robinson from Williams (Mass.) but the odds are against him making a huge impact in a power conference similar to what Gerald Glass did in the SEC for Ole Miss after departing Delta State. Who will be next player to join the following chronological list of first-team all-conference selections since the NCAA playoffs expanded to at least 64 teams in 1985 after starting their college careers playing for non-Division I four-year schools?

Season First-Team Selection Pos. Division I School Conference Four-Year Small College
1984-85 Curtis High G Nevada-Reno Big Sky Tennessee-Martin
1984-85 Jim McCaffrey G Holy Cross Metro Atlantic St. Michael's (Vt.)
1984-85 Bob McCann C Morehead State Ohio Valley Upsala (N.J.)
1985-86 Oscar Jones G Delaware East Coast Winston-Salem State (N.C.)
1985-86 Jim McCaffrey G Holy Cross Metro Atlantic St. Michael's (Vt.)
1985-86 Bob McCann C Morehead State Ohio Valley Upsala (N.J.)
1985-86 Jerry Stroman F Utah Western Athletic Benedict (S.C.)
1986-87 Marchell Henry F East Carolina Colonial Athletic St. Andrews (N.C.)
1986-87 Avery Johnson G Southern (La.) SWAC Cameron (Okla.)
1986-87 Bob McCann* C Morehead State Ohio Valley Upsala (N.J.)
1986-87 Ron Simpson F Rider East Coast Adelphi (N.Y.)
1987-88 Avery Johnson* G Southern (La.) SWAC Cameron (Okla.)
1987-88 Larry Jones* F Boston University ECAC North Atlantic C.W. Post (N.Y.)
1988-89 Gerald Glass F Mississippi SEC Delta State (Miss.)
1989-90 Gerald Glass F Mississippi SEC Delta State (Miss.)
1990-91 Marcus Kennedy* F-C Eastern Michigan Mid-American Ferris State (Mich.)
1990-91 Tony Walker F Saint Peter's Metro Atlantic Kean College (N.J.)
1992-93 Leon McGee G Western Michigan Mid-American Michigan Tech
1993-94 Tucker Neale* G Colgate Patriot League Ashland (Ohio)
1994-95 Tucker Neale G Colgate Patriot League Ashland (Ohio)
1995-96 Johnny Taylor F UT-Chattanooga Southern Knoxville (Tenn.)
1996-97 Johnny Taylor* F UT-Chattanooga Southern Knoxville (Tenn.)
1996-97 Raymond Tutt G UC Santa Barbara Big West Azusa Pacific (Calif.)
1997-98 Andrew Betts C Long Beach State Big West C.W. Post (N.Y.)
1997-98 Chad Townsend G Murray State Ohio Valley St. Edward's (Tex.)
1999-00 Matt Gladieux G Coastal Carolina Big South Bellarmine (Ky.)
2000-01 Demond Stewart* G Niagara Metro Atlantic Mercyhurst (Pa.)
2001-02 Justin Rowe C Maine America East Clearwater Christian (Fla.)
2003-04 Miah Davis* G Pacific Big West Cal State Stanislaus
2004-05 Yemi Nicholson* C Denver Sun Belt Fort Lewis (Colo.)
2012-13 Davion Berry G-F Weber State Big Sky Cal State Monterey Bay
2013-14 Davion Berry* G-F Weber State Big Sky Cal State Monterey Bay

*Ten of these players were named conference MVP.
NOTE: Tennessee-Martin subsequently moved up to the DI level.

Classic Rivalries: Hoyas/Orange, Zags/Huskies and Demons/Wildcats Join List

"Holy shadows of the dead, I am not to blame for your cruel and bitter fate, but the accursed rivalry which brought sister nations and brother people to fight one another. I do not feel happy for this victory of mine. On the contrary, I would be glad, brothers, if I had all of you standing here next to me, since we are united by the same language, the same blood and the same visions." - Alexander the Great

After 105 years steeped in history amid off-the-chart contempt, the rivalry between Kansas and Missouri expired for the foreseeable future when Mizzou departed the Big 12 Conference for the SEC. KU has a commanding edge in nearly every category (winning percentage, victories away from home and close games decided by single digits), but the Tigers have been enough of a tormentor to make the series as energetic and entertaining as you can find anywhere. Their border war stacked right up there with the more nationally-acclaimed "Clash of the Titans" between Duke and North Carolina.

Making about as much sense as Dennis Rodman becoming the de facto U.S. ambassador to North Korea, it was shortsighted of KU and Mizzou to let their rivalry end. They simply join top six conference members DePaul/Illinois, Maryland/Georgetown and Cincinnati/Ohio State as potentially great natural non-league match-ups that their fans can't enjoy. At least Georgetown/Syracuse, Gonzaga/Washington and DePaul/Northwestern have seen the light and will resume their must-see games in the not-too-distant future.

If bruised egos heal in the near future, perhaps sounder minds will prevail with Mizzou annually opposing KU in Kansas City much like it does in St. Louis against Illinois. But Mizzou can't complain if the Jayhawks continue to act like a jilted lover because the self-centered Tigers fail to oppose competent in-state foes such as Missouri State and Saint Louis.

By almost any measure including Alexander the Great's input, KU has a superior program to Mizzou. But Jayhawks coach Bill Self should rein in his rhetoric as the divorce dialogue intensified or at least take a crash course in college basketball history. When comparing the significance of the Kentucky/Louisville rivalry to the termination of KU's home-and-home conference conflicts with the Tigers, Self said: "Well, they've always played every year (out of league). That's all they know."

Well, Self needs to "always know" that UK and Louisville went 61 years from 1923 through 1983 without a regular-season matchup before they came to their senses and saw the light. Speaking of light, KU and Mizzou simply have to shed one lightweight apiece to keep a good thing going for the sport in general and for their fans specifically like the entertaining Philly Big 5. KU shouldn't also deny hoop fans a Top 20 matchup with Wichita State.

By toning down picking on patsies, there is plenty of room on their respective non-league schedules to keep playing each other. Ditto for Indiana and Kentucky plus Memphis and Tennessee resuming their rivalries, which would definitely be among the top 10 such confronations in the country. If the century-old KU/Mizzou spectacle returns, it could immediately surpass Kentucky/Louisville and go atop the following list of the nation's top 25 non-conference rivalries if only because of longevity:

  1. Kentucky/Louisville
  2. Illinois/Missouri
  3. Cincinnati/Xavier
  4. Georgetown/Syracuse
  5. Indiana/Notre Dame
  6. Brigham Young/Utah
  7. Iowa/Iowa State
  8. St. Joseph's/Villanova
  9. Georgia/Georgia Tech
  10. Florida/Florida State
  11. Clemson/South Carolina
  12. Marquette/Wisconsin
  13. New Mexico/New Mexico State
  14. Utah/Utah State
  15. Temple/Villanova
  16. La Salle/Villanova
  17. Florida/Miami (FL)
  18. Iowa/Northern Iowa
  19. Colorado/Colorado State
  20. Drake/Iowa
  21. Penn/Villanova
  22. Providence/Rhode Island
  23. Creighton/Nebraska
  24. Gonzaga/Washington
  25. DePaul/Northwestern

Tackling College Basketball's Hard-Hitting Connection to NFL Hall of Fame

College basketball boasts a significant presence during the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement weekend in Canton, Ohio. The following alphabetical list of former college hoopsters comprise more than 10% of the HOF members:

DOUG ATKINS, Tennessee
Member of College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame. Eight-time Pro Bowl participant played 17 NFL seasons (1953 through 1969) as a defensive end with the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints. He was a first-round NFL draft selection (11th pick overall) after competing in two Cotton Bowls and one Sugar Bowl. . . . Atkins originally enrolled on a basketball scholarship at Tennessee, where he played one season of varsity basketball before concentrating on football. The 6-5, 210-pound center averaged 9.9 points per game for the 1950-51 Volunteers, ranking third on the team in scoring. He was selected by the Minneapolis Lakers in the 1953 NBA draft.

MORRIS "RED" BADGRO, Southern California
Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame was an offensive and defensive end with the New York Yankees (1927 and 1928), New York Giants (1930 through 1935) and Brooklyn Dodgers (1936) in a nine-year NFL career that was interrupted by a stint in major league baseball. Hit .257 in two seasons (1929 and 1930) as an outfielder with the St. Louis Browns after becoming a three-time All-Pro with the Giants. . . . Earned varsity basketball letters for the Trojans in 1924-25 and 1926-27. Named to the first five on the All-Pacific Coast Conference team as a forward in 1926-27 when he was USC's MVP.

CLIFF BATTLES, West Virginia Wesleyan College
Halfback became member of College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame. Led the NFL in rushing as a rookie with Boston in 1932 and in his final season with Washington in 1937. First NFL player to rush for 200 yards in a game (215 yards in 16 carries for the Boston Redskins against the New York Giants in 1933). . . . The 6-1, 195-pounder played four seasons of varsity basketball in college.

SAMMY BAUGH, Texas Christian
Member of College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame is considered by many as the finest quarterback in history. Consensus All-American in 1936. Passed for 21,886 yards and 186 touchdowns in 16 years (1937 through 1952) with the Washington Redskins. First-round pick led the NFL in passing five times, in punting five times and in pass interceptions once. Five-time All-Pro participant held almost all of the NFL's passing records when he retired. His 44-yard gallop was the longest run from scrimmage in a 3-2 victory over LSU in the 1936 Sugar Bowl before helping the Horned Frogs defeat Marquette, 16-6, in the 1937 Cotton Bowl. . . . Three-year letterman in basketball at TCU was an honorable mention selection on the All-Southwest Conference team as a senior in 1936-37.

BOBBY BELL, Minnesota
Member of the College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was a consensus All-American choice as a tackle and winner of the Outland Award as the nation's outstanding interior lineman in 1962. Selected in the seventh round of the 1963 AFL draft by the Dallas Texans. As a linebacker, the nine-time All-Pro selection intercepted 25 passes in his 12-year career with the Kansas City Chiefs. Bell played in two Super Bowls (I and IV). . . . He became the first African-American basketball player for Minnesota when he appeared in three games in the 1960-61 season, collecting four points and four rebounds.

JIM BROWN, Syracuse
Movie actor is member of College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame. Earned All-American honors in football and lacrosse. Averaged 6.2 yards per carry as a senior in 1956 and scored 43 points in a game against Colgate. Co-MVP in 1957 Cotton Bowl. The first-round draft choice established NFL career records for yards rushing (12,312), rushing attempts (2,359), rushing average (5.2 per carry), touchdowns (126) and years leading league in rushing (eight) in his nine seasons (1957 through 1965) with the Cleveland Browns. Nine-time Pro Bowl selection. . . . Averaged 14 ppg for the Orangemen basketball team as a sophomore and 11.3 as a junior. He is reluctant to specifically say why he quit the team before his senior season when Syracuse participated in the NCAA Tournament for the first time, but indicated it was because of a racial quota. "Well, they basically didn't want to start more than two blacks (Vinnie Cohen and Manny Breland) although nobody could outrun, outjump or outshoot me," said Brown, who was selected in the ninth round of the 1957 NBA draft by the Syracuse Nationals. "It really was a tragedy the way athletics were handled there at the time," said Cohen, who went on to become a Washington, D.C., lawyer for 40 years. Excerpt from school guide: "Brownie is a powerfully built youth, who helps under the boards, and is an excellent shot as well." His son Jimmy, a two-time All-MEAC first-team selection, played for three NCAA Tournament teams with North Carolina A&T from 1983 through 1985 after transferring from Southern Cal and was the Aggies' leading scorer as a senior with 18.2 ppg.

JUNIOUS "BUCK" BUCHANAN, Grambling
Pro Football Hall of Famer was the first pick overall in the 1962 AFL draft by the Dallas Texans. The 6-7, 285-pound defensive tackle missed only one game because of injury in his 13-year pro career, which included a streak of eight consecutive seasons being named to either the AFL All-Star Team or NFL Pro Bowl. Instrumental in the Kansas City Chiefs' victory over the heavily-favored Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV. . . . Concentrated solely on football after earning a basketball letter as a freshman in 1958-59. Buchanan and teammate Ernie Ladd both intended on only playing basketball for Grambling before legendary coach Eddie Robinson kept both from transferring by allegedly giving them a key to the cafeteria's kitchen so they could go there and eat whenever they were hungry if the pair would come out for the football squad.

EARL "DUTCH" CLARK, Colorado College
Member of College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame. Halfback and quarterback was named to All-NFL team in six of his seven seasons with Portsmouth (1931 and 1932) and Detroit (1934 through 1938). Led the NFL in scoring in 1932, 1935 and 1936. Player-coach of Detroit in 1937 and 1938) and head coach of Cleveland Rams from 1939 through 1942. First-team QB on the 1928 AP All-American team. Scored at least one touchdown in 21 consecutive college football games. . . . The 6-0, 180-pounder was an All-Rocky Mountain Conference choice in basketball all four seasons (first team as a freshman and senior, second team as a junior and third team as a sophomore). Sketch in Spalding Official Guide: "There isn't a man who could match Clark as a floor guard. The best dribbler ever to bounce a ball in the conference."

GEORGE CONNOR, Holy Cross/Notre Dame
Member of College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame was Outland Trophy winner (outstanding interior lineman) as a tackle on Notre Dame's 1946 national championship team. Consensus All-American football choice in 1946 and 1947. Earned All-America honors as a tackle at Holy Cross in 1943 before transferring to Notre Dame. First-round draft choice by the New York Giants in 1946 (5th pick overall). Played offensive/defensive tackle and linebacker with the Chicago Bears for eight years from 1948 through 1955, earning All-NFL first-team honors from 1949 through 1953. . . . Averaged 2.5 points per game as a 6-3, 225-pound center on the Irish's 1946-47 basketball team. Basketball letterman with Holy Cross in 1943 and 1944.

LEN DAWSON, Purdue
Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame completed 2,136 passes for 28,731 yards and 239 touchdowns in 19 seasons (1957 through 1975) with the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Texans and Kansas City Chiefs. First-round draft choice of the Pittsburgh Steelers went on to become a seven-time All-Pro. Quarterbacked the Chiefs to victory over Minnesota in Super Bowl following 1969 season. . . . Played in two games as a 6-0, 180-pound guard for Purdue's basketball team in the 1956-57 campaign.

MIKE DITKA, Pittsburgh
Member of College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame. The tight end caught 427 passes for 5,812 yards and 43 touchdowns in 12 NFL seasons (1961 through 1972) with the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. The first-round draft choice participated in two Super Bowls with Dallas (V and VI) after playing five Pro Bowls with the Bears (1962 through 1966). Coached Super Bowl winner in 1985 season when the Bears compiled an 18-1 overall record. Registered a 112-68 mark in 11 years (1982-92) as coach of the Bears. Coached the New Orleans Saints in the late 1990s between stints as a network analyst. . . . The 6-2, 205-pound forward averaged 2.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in two seasons with the Panthers (1958-59 and 1959-60) after playing in high school under Press Maravich, the father of Pete Maravich, the NCAA's all-time leading scorer. Sketch in school basketball guide: "A natural athlete who never quits. If Pitt wins a few games, there is a good chance he will be in the thick of things."

WILBUR "WEEB" EWBANK, Miami (Ohio)
Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame is the only head coach to win championships in both the NFL (Baltimore Colts in 1958 and 1959) and AFL (New York Jets in 1968). . . . Two-year basketball letterman for Miami (1926-27 and 1927-28) compiled a 5-13 record as head basketball coach at his alma mater in 1938-39 and an 8-12 mark as Brown's head basketball coach in 1946-47.

OTTO GRAHAM, Northwestern
Member of College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame. Quarterback earned All-American honors and finished third in Heisman Trophy voting as a senior in 1943. First-round draft choice of the Detroit Lions in 1944 (4th pick overall). Played 10 seasons (1946 through 1955) with the Cleveland Browns and quarterbacked team to championship game each year (All-America Football Conference from 1946 through 1949 and NFL from 1950 through 1955). Compiled a 105-17-4 playing record in regular-season pro competition, completing 1,464 of 2,626 passes for 23,584 yards and 174 touchdowns. Five-time Pro Bowl selection (1951 through 1955). Compiled a 17-22-3 record as coach of the Washington Redskins in three years from 1966 through 1968. . . . Played three seasons of varsity basketball, finishing second in the Big Ten Conference in scoring as a sophomore (13.1 ppg) and as a junior (15.8). The 6-0 forward earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 1941-42 and first five honors in 1942-43. Also played for Colgate as a senior. NCAA consensus first-team All-American in 1944 and second-team All-American in 1943. Left Northwestern with the highest scoring total in school history with more than 600 points. Played one season with the Rochester Royals in the National Basketball League, averaging 5.2 points per game for the 1945-46 squad that won the NBL title.

HARRY "BUD" GRANT, Minnesota
Former NFL and CFL end and coach. First-round choice by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1950 NFL draft. Played with Philadelphia in 1951 and 1952 and Winnipeg of the CFL from 1953 through 1956. Caught 272 passes for 4,197 yards and 20 touchdowns in six pro seasons, leading the CFL in pass receptions in 1953 (with 68), 1954 (49) and 1956 (63). Coached Winnipeg in the CFL (1957-66) and Minnesota in the NFL (1967-85). Coach of four CFL champions and four NFL Super Bowl teams. . . . Third-leading scorer for the Gophers' basketball squad in 1948-49 (8.5 ppg) after being named team MVP the previous season over first-team All-American Jim McIntyre. Finished 13th in the Big Ten Conference in scoring in 1946-47 with a 9.3 average. Played two seasons in the NBA, including a rookie year when he was a member of the Lakers' 1950 championship team.

GEORGE HALAS, Illinois
Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame compiled a 324-151-31 record as an NFL coach, guiding the Chicago Bears to seven NFL titles. His 40-year NFL coaching career also included stints with the Decatur/Chicago Staleys. MVP of the 1919 Rose Bowl as an end for Great Lakes. . . . The 6-0, 175-pound Halas, known for his gritty defense, was a starting guard for the Illini team that won the Big Ten Conference basketball title in 1916-17 with a 10-2 record. He was captain of the squad the next season before entering the armed forces in mid-January. He was also an outfielder in 12 games for the New York Yankees in 1919.

MEL HEIN, Washington State
Hall of Fame charter member played with the New York Giants for 15 years from 1931 through 1945. In 1994, Hein was named to the NFL's all-time 75-year anniversary team. Eight-time All-NFL center scored a touchdown in 1938 when he was named the league's MVP. In college, he intercepted eight passes in a game against Idaho. . . . The 6-2, 220-pounder was a basketball letterman in 1930 after leading WSU to a Rose Bowl bid. He was supervisor of officials for the American Football Conference of the NFL until his retirement.

ELROY "CRAZY LEGS" HIRSCH, Wisconsin/Michigan
Member of College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame. First-round draft choice by Cleveland in 1945 (5th pick overall). Played halfback, defensive back and offensive end as a pro with the Chicago Rockets of the All-America Football Conference from 1946 through 1948 and Los Angeles Rams of the NFL from 1949 through 1957. Caught 387 passes and scored 66 touchdowns as a pro. Played in four NFL championship games. Held the Rams' team record for most touchdown receptions for almost 40 years until it was broken by Isaac Bruce in 2001. . . . Starting center for the Wolverines' basketball team in 1944 while undergoing military training there. Sketch in Michigan guide: "Naval transfer from Wisconsin was a big aid, chiefly through his flaming competitive spirit."

PAUL HORNUNG, Notre Dame
Member of College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame earned All-American honors as a quarterback in 1955 and 1956. Only Heisman Trophy winner to play for a losing team (2-8 as a senior). First pick overall in the NFL draft as a bonus selection. Played nine seasons as a halfback/placekicker with the Green Bay Packers, leading the NFL in scoring in 1959, 1960 and 1961. He rushed for 3,711 yards and 50 touchdowns and caught 130 passes for 1,480 yards and 12 touchdowns. Played in five NFL championship games and two Pro Bowls (1960 and 1961). . . . Played varsity basketball for the Irish as a sophomore, averaging 6.1 points per game in 10 contests. Wrote Hornung in his autobiography Golden Boy: "(Coach Johnny) Jordan liked to tip a few, and sometimes, on the road, he'd take me out drinking with him. He could do that because I wasn't on basketball scholarship."

MARV LEVY, Coe (Iowa)
Hall of Famer (elected in 2001) compiled a 143-112 record as coach of the Kansas City Chiefs (1978-82) and Buffalo Bills (1986-97). He had a 17-5 mark against Don Shula, the winningest coach in NFL history. Posted an 11-8 postseason mark with the Bills en route to becoming the only NFL coach to win four consecutive league or conference championships. But he lost four straight Super Bowls. He was special teams coach of the Washington Redskins' 1972 Super Bowl entrant. Also served as head coach for three colleges--New Mexico (14-6 record in two years in 1958 and 1959), California (8-29-3 record in four years from 1960 through 1963) and William & Mary (23-25-2 in five years from 1964 through 1968). . . . Coached basketball one season for his alma mater in 1955-56. The team compiled a 20-5 record, won the Midwest Collegiate Conference with a 14-2 mark and lost to Stephen F. Austin, 74-62, in the first round of the NAIA Tournament. Levy earned a basketball letter with the 1949-50 Coe squad that posted a 3-14 mark.

RONNIE LOTT, Southern California
Unanimous All-American defensive back played 15 seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Raiders, New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs (1981 through 1995). Intercepted 14 passes for the Trojans (two for touchdowns) before intercepting 63 passes in regular-season NFL competition and nine in the postseason. First-round draft choice played in 10 Pro Bowl games and four Super Bowls. . . . Collected nine assists, four points and three rebounds in six games for the Trojans' basketball squad as a junior in 1979-80.

JOHN MACKEY, Syracuse
Three-time All-Pro tight end became an NFL Hall of Famer after being a second-round draft choice by the Baltimore Colts in 1963. The 6-2, 220-pounder caught 331 passes for 5,236 yards and 38 touchdowns in 10 seasons. Six of his nine TD catches in 1966 came on plays of more than 50 yards. He grabbed a deflected pass from Johnny Unitas for a 75-yard TD in Super Bowl V after having three pass receptions in Super Bowl III. . . . Mackey collected 28 points and 28 rebounds in six basketball games with the Orangemen in 1960-61.

GEORGE MUSSO, Millikin (Ill.)
Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame played for seven divisional winners and four NFL title teams. The 6-2, 270-pound guard and tackle played for 12 seasons (1933 through 1944) with the Chicago Bears. As a collegian, he played against future President Ronald Reagan, who attended Eureka. As a member of the Bears in 1935, Musso played against future President Gerald Ford in the Bears-College All-Star Game in Chicago. . . . Three-year basketball letterman in college.

EARLE "GREASY" NEALE, West Virginia Wesleyan College
Pro Football Hall of Famer compiled a 63-43 record as coach of the Philadelphia Eagles for 10 years from 1941 through 1950, winning back-to-back NFL titles by shutting out their opponents in championship games in 1948 and 1949. Guided Washington and Jefferson (Pa.) to the 1922 Rose Bowl before coaching Virginia and West Virginia. He starred as an end on Jim Thorpe's pre-World War I Canton Bulldogs. Also played as a major league outfielder with the Cincinnati Reds for eight years from 1916 to 1924, hitting .357 in the infamous "Black Sox" 1919 World Series. . . . Class of 1915 at WVWC.

ERNIE NEVERS, Stanford
Member of College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame. He was a consensus All-American selection as a senior fullback in 1925 before rushing for 37 touchdowns in five NFL seasons with the Duluth Eskimos (1926 and 1927) and Chicago Cardinals (1929 through 1931). Set NFL record with a 40-point game against the Chicago Bears in 1929. Co-MVP of the 1925 Rose Bowl. . . . Compiled a 6-12 pitching record in three seasons (1926 through 1928) with the St. Louis Browns. He yielded two of Babe Ruth's record-tying 60 home runs in 1927. . . . Lettered in basketball for Stanford as a sophomore and junior. Named to the All-Pacific Coast Conference second five as a junior in 1924-25. Historians say he was a fine shooter, an excellent dribbler, tough on defense, and generally a terrifying figure for the opposition. The Spalding Basketball Guide said: "He is almost as good a basketball player as he is a football star. With his speed, weight and general all-around ability, he was a stellar performer."

CLARENCE "ACE" PARKER, Duke
College Hall of Famer led the Blue Devils to a three-year record of 24-5 in the mid-1930s, serving as team captain in his final season in 1936 when they went 9-1. After playing a variety of positions (quarterback, tailback, defensive back and punter), was a second-round choice in the 1937 NFL draft (13th overall). Passed for 3,935 yards and 22 touchdowns, rushed for 1,108 yards and 10 TDs and punted for a 39.5-yard average with the Brooklyn Dodgers/Boston Yanks in six years from 1937 through 1941 and 1945. Three-time consensus All-Pro led the NFL in passing yards in 1938 with 865. He paced the league with six interceptions in 1940 when he was named NFL Most Valuable Player. . . . Basketball letterman for the Blue Devils in 1935-36. Also played major league baseball with the Philadelphia Athletics.

ART SHELL, Maryland-Eastern Shore
Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame was head coach of the Los Angeles Raiders for six years from 1989 through 1994. Offensive tackle for the Raiders from 1968 through 1982 played in eight Pro Bowls (1973 through 1979 and 1981) after being picked in the third round. Participated in Super Bowls XI and XV. . . . Two-year basketball letterman as a 6-5, 265-pound center at school that was then known as Maryland State College. Sketch from school guide: "Pure muscle. Amazing agility. Uncompromising under the boards, nobody pushes big Art without a battle."

ROGER STAUBACH, Navy
Member of College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame won Heisman Trophy in 1963. Passed for 3,571 yards and rushed for 682 in his career at Navy (1962 through 1964). Quarterback in four Super Bowls during his 11 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. Six-time Pro Bowl selection passed for 22,700 yards and 153 touchdowns after being a 10th-round draft choice in 1964. . . . Averaged 9.3 ppg for the 1961-62 Navy plebe (freshman) basketball team. The 6-2, 190-pound forward scored five points in four games for Midshipmen varsity squad the next season.

JOE STYDAHAR, West Virginia
Member of College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame. Earned All-American honors as a 6-4, 230-pound tackle in 1935. Played nine seasons (1936 through 1942, 1945, and 1946) with the Chicago Bears after being their first-round pick in the first NFL draft. Named to All-NFL team four times from 1937 through 1940. Coached Los Angeles Rams (1950-51) and Chicago Cardinals (1953-54), leading Rams to 1951 NFL title. In 1934, he he set a school record with seven blocked punts, including three for touchdowns. Participated in both the East-West Shrine Game and College Football All-Star Game in Chicago. . . . Three-year basketball letterman was captain of the Mountaineers' 1934-35 team that compiled a 16-6 record. Selected as a center to the first five on West Virginia's Pre-World War II team that was named as part of the university's all-time basketball squad.

EMLEN TUNNELL, Toledo
Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame played in nine Pro Bowl games (1951 through 1958 and 1960). Defensive back established career records for interceptions (79), yards gained on interceptions (1,282) and yards gained on punt returns (2,209) in 14 seasons (1948 through 1961) with the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers. . . . The 6-1, 180-pound forward was a top reserve for the 1942-43 Toledo basketball team compiling a 22-4 record and finishing second in the NIT.

DOAK WALKER, Southern Methodist
Member of both the College Football and Pro Football Hall of Fame. SMU legend was a three-time All-American halfback and the school's only Heisman Trophy winner (as a junior in 1948). Finished third in Heisman voting in 1947 and 1949. Scored 38 touchdowns in his four-year SMU career, including two kickoff returns in 1947. Walker rushed for 1,928 yards in college, passed for 1,654, caught passes for 454 and returned eight interceptions for 176. He was also a punter and placekicker for the Mustangs. Co-MVP in back-to-back Cotton Bowls (1948 and 1949). First-round choice by the New York Bulldogs in the 1949 NFL draft (3rd pick overall). Walker rushed for 1,520 yards and 12 touchdowns in six years with the Detroit Lions (1950 through 1955), leading the NFL in scoring as a rookie (128 points) and in his final season (96). Member of NFL championship teams in 1952 and 1953 scored on a 62-yard run in the '52 title game. Five-time Pro Bowl selection (1951-52-54-55-56). . . . Walker was a basketball letterman in 1945-46 with SMU as a freshman.

LARRY RAYFIELD WRIGHT, Fort Valley State (Ga.)
Seventh-round draft choice played with the Dallas Cowboys for 13 years from 1967 through 1979. All-Pro offensive tackle six straight seasons from 1971 through 1976. Caught a touchdown pass as a tight end in 1968. Played in five Super Bowls (following 1970, 1971, 1975, 1977 and 1978 campaigns). . . . The 6-6, 245-pounder, an All-SIAC basketball player, averaged 17 ppg and 15 rpg as a junior and 21 ppg and 17.4 rpg as a senior.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Headlines in August MLB Games

Extra! Extra! Read all about memorable major league baseball achievements and moments involving former college basketball players! Baseball is portrayed as a thinking man's game but only four percent of active MLB players earned college diplomas. Nonetheless, numerous ex-college hoopsters had front-row seats to many of the most notable games, transactions and dates in MLB history.

The St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series 50 years ago with a roster featuring six former college basketball players - Roger Craig, Bob Gibson, Dick Groat, Bobby Humphreys, Ray Washburn and Bill White. The Cards defeated the New York Yankees, a club boasting three pitchers with college hoops connections - Al Downing, Steve Hamilton and Rollie Sheldon. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August calendar involving such versatile athletes:

AUGUST
1 - Chicago Cubs RF Frankie Baumholtz (MVP in 1941 NIT and first player in Ohio University history to score 1,000 career points) banged out four hits against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1953. . . . Cleveland Indians 2B Bosey Berger (Maryland's first basketball All-American led Southern Conference in scoring in league competition in 1930-31) provided four hits, including three doubles, against the Chicago White Sox in 1935. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates P Jim Bibby (Fayetteville State NC backup player and brother of UCLA All-American Henry Bibby) incurred his only defeat (1-0 against the San Diego Padres) in 11 decisions from early June to mid-August en route to leading the N.L. in winning percentage in 1980. . . . Milwaukee Braves 2B Frank Bolling (averaged 7.3 ppg in 1950-51 for Spring Hill AL) went 3-for-4 in both ends of a 1965 twinbill sweep of the San Francisco Giants. . . . Chicago Cubs INF Don Eaddy (averaged team-high 13.8 in Big Ten Conference competition as Michigan sophomore in 1952-53) fanned in his lone MLB plate appearance in 1959. . . . Philadelphia Athletics rookie 2B Gene Handley (Bradley letterman in 1932-33 and 1933-34) manufactured four hits against the Chicago White Sox in 1946. . . . In 1957, 1B Gil Hodges (played for Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) hit his 13th career grand slam to set a new N.L. record. It was the final grand slam in the history of the Brooklyn franchise before the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles. . . . In 1913, New York Giants P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) reached the 20-win plateau for the 11th consecutive season. . . . Hitless in his first six at-bats, RF Jim Northrup (second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for Alma MI in 1958-59) homered in the 16th inning to give the Detroit Tigers a 4-3 victory against the California Angels in 1971. . . . Philadelphia Phillies P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) posted his 200th triumph with a three-hit, 3-1 success at Chicago in 1958. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates P Don Schwall (All-Big Seven Conference second-team selection led Oklahoma saved both ends of a 1965 doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs with three innings of scoreless relief in each contest. . . . Atlanta Braves P Cecil Upshaw (Centenary's leading scorer as junior in 1962-63) tossed nine innings of four-hit, scoreless relief to secure a 4-2 win against the New York Mets in 1968. . . . Boston Braves rookie RF Chuck Workman (two-time All-MIAA first-five selection was leading scorer when Central Missouri won inaugural NAIA Tournament in 1937) went 4-for-4 against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of a 1943 twinbill.
2 - New York Yankees LF Bob Cerv (ranked fourth on Nebraska's career scoring list in 1949-50 when finishing his career) led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a pinch-hit, game-winning homer in a 3-2 triumph against the Detroit Tigers in 1960. . . . Philadelphia Athletics C Mickey Cochrane (Boston University player in early 1920s) hit for the cycle against the New York Yankees in 1933. . . . INF Tim Cullen (starting guard for Santa Clara in 1962-63 when he averaged 10 ppg) traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Washington Senators for SS Ron Hansen in 1968. . . . Cleveland Indians OF Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA titlist) hammered three homers in an 11-0 victory against the Washington Senators in 1950. . . . Brooklyn Robins rookie 1B Buddy Hassett (played for Manhattan teams winning school-record 17 consecutive games in 1930 and 1931) went 4-for-4 against the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a 1936 doubleheader. . . . P Cal Koonce (standout for Campbell in 1960 and 1961 when North Carolina-based school was a junior college) purchased from the Chicago Cubs by the New York Mets in 1967. . . . P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) yielded 15 singles but the New York Giants still defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-4, in 1911. . . . Oakland Athletics CF Billy North (played briefly for Central Washington in 1967-68) collected three hits and three stolen bases in a 3-2 win against the Chicago White Sox in 1974. . . . Milwaukee Braves 2B Mel Roach (averaged 9.3 ppg for Virginia in 1952-53) ripped homer in back-to-back games against the San Francisco Giants in 1958. . . . Bill Virdon (played for Drury MO in 1949) fired as manager of the New York Yankees and succeeded by Billy Martin in 1975.
3 - Philadelphia Phillies P Gene Conley (All-PCC first-team selection led North Division in scoring in 1949-50 as Washington State sophomore) hurled two innings of hitless relief for the N.L. in a 5-3 setback against the A.L. in the second 1959 All-Star Game. . . . SS Dick Culler (Little All-American in 1935 and 1936 with High Point, NC) purchased from the Chicago Cubs by the New York Giants in 1948. . . . Alvin Dark (letterman for LSU and USL during World War II) fired as manager of the Oakland Athletics in 1967. . . . St. Louis Cardinals SS Charlie Gelbert (scored at least 125 points each of last three seasons in late 1920s for Lebanon Valley PA) garnered three hits for the third consecutive contest in 1930. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) hammered three homers against the New York Giants in a 1947 doubleheader. . . . Boston Braves 1B Buddy Hassett (played for Manhattan teams winning school-record 17 consecutive games in 1930 and 1931) went 4-for-4 against the Cincinnati Reds in 1940. . . . Cleveland Indians SS Jack Kubiszyn (All-SEC first-team guard as senior averaged 18.3 ppg for Alabama from 1955-56 through 1957-58) connected for his lone MLB homer, accounting for the game's only run against the Kansas City Athletics in 1962. . . . P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) surrendered 15 hits in 10 innings but the New York Giants still defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 7-6, in 1909. . . . Gene Michael (Kent State's leading scorer with 14 ppg in 1957-58) dismissed as New York Yankees manager in 1982 after losing a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox. . . . Montreal Expos OF Ken Singleton (Hofstra freshman team in mid-1960s) secured the only hit off Bill Hands of the Chicago Cubs in the nightcap of a 1972 doubleheader. . . . In 1975, Kansas City Royals P Paul Splittorff (runner-up in scoring and rebounding in 1967-68 for Morningside IA) retired the last 26 Oakland Athletics batters while throwing one of his two career one-hitters.
4 - Cincinnati Reds CF Ethan Allen (Cincinnati letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) went 7-for-9 in a 1928 doubleheader against the New York Giants. . . . In 1961, Chicago Cubs OF George Altman (appeared in 1953 and 1954 NAIA Tournament with Tennessee State) became the first player ever to hit two homers in a single game off Los Angeles Dodgers Hall of Fame P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54). . . . Chicago Cubs 2B Glenn Beckert (three-year letterman for Allegheny PA) banged out five hits against the Houston Astros in 1969. . . . California Angels LF Bruce Bochte (starting forward for Santa Clara's NCAA playoff team in 1969-70 averaged 7.4 ppg and 4 rpg) collected four hits and four runs in a 9-6 win against the Texas Rangers in 1976. . . . In 1971, St. Louis Cardinals P Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer in 1955-56 and 1956-57) posted his 200th career victory. . . . San Diego Padres OF Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81), securing at least five hits in a game for the fourth time in the 1993 season, stroked six safeties in an 11-10 triumph against the San Francisco Giants. . . . Brooklyn Robins 1B Buddy Hassett (played for Manhattan teams winning school-record 17 consecutive games in 1930 and 1931) had four hits against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1937. . . . In a stunning relief performance, New York Yankees P Lindy McDaniel (played for Oklahoma's 1954-55 freshman squad) permitted only one run in 13 innings to earn a 3-2 win against the Detroit Tigers. It was one of five triumphs for McDaniel in less than three weeks in 1973. . . . St. Louis Browns P Ernie Nevers (All-PCC second-five choice in 1924-25 for Stanford) hurled his first complete game, defeating the Philadelphia Athletics, 3-1, in 1926. . . . Oakland Athletics CF Billy North (played briefly for Central Washington in 1967-68) stole three bases against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1979. . . . New York Mets 3B Ted Schreiber (played briefly for St. John's in 1957-58 under coach Joe Lapchick) supplied a career-high two hits when he singled in both at-bats against the Milwaukee Braves in 1963 before giving way to pinch-hitter Duke Snider. . . . Houston Colt .45s 2B Johnny Temple (played briefly in 1945 for Catawba NC before joining U.S. Navy) broke up Los Angeles Dodgers P Johnny Podres' bid for a no-hitter with a one-out, ninth-inning single in 1963. . . . While warming up prior to the fifth inning in a 1983 game at Toronto, New York Yankees OF Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) accidentally killed a seagull with a thrown ball. . . . New York Yankees P Tom Zachary (Guilford NC letterman in 1916) notched his seventh straight win with a shutout against the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a 1929 doubleheader.
5 - San Diego Padres P Mike Adams (played for Texas A&M-Kingsville in 1996-97) scored upon for the only time in a span of 19 relief appearances in 2008. . . . Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading scorer in 1945-46) collected two homers and five RBI for the third time in a 15-game span in 1962. . . . Cleveland Indians SS Lou Boudreau (leading scorer for Illinois' 1937 Big Ten Conference co-champion) provided four hits for the second time in a five-game span in 1945. . . . Baltimore Orioles OF Al Bumbry (Virginia State's runner-up in scoring with 16.7 ppg as a freshman in 1964-65) belted his second leadoff homer in two days in 1982. . . . OF Billy Cowan (co-captain of Utah's 1960 NCAA playoff team) traded by the New York Mets to the Milwaukee Braves in 1965. . . . P Dave Giusti (made 6 of 10 field-goal attempts in two games for Syracuse in 1959-60) purchased from the Oakland Athletics by the Chicago Cubs in 1977. . . . Posting one of his N.L.-leading five shutouts in 1950, New York Giants P Jim Hearn (Georgia Tech letterman in 1941-42) yielded a leadoff single before throttling the Pittsburgh Pirates the remainder of the way in a 5-0 whitewash. . . . New York Mets 1B Rick Herrscher (SMU's leading scorer in 1957-58 as All-SWC first-team selection) hammered his lone MLB homer (three-run blast against the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a 1962 doubleheader). . . . Chicago White Sox 1B Gail Hopkins (averaged 2.5 ppg with Pepperdine in 1963-64) supplied four hits against the Washington Senators in 1969. . . . CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling a 35-3 record) scored the winning run in the 11th inning in 2001 when the Cleveland Indians erased a 14-2 deficit in the seventh to prevail, 15-14, against the Seattle Mariners. . . . Chicago Cubs RF Jerry Martin (1971 Southern Conference Tournament MVP after he was Furman's runner-up in scoring the previous season) whacked two homers against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1980. . . . Baltimore Orioles P Ben McDonald (started six games as a 6-6 freshman forward for LSU in 1986-87 under coach Dale Brown) hurled a one-hit shutout against the Milwaukee Brewers in 1994. . . . OF Richie Scheinblum (averaged 6.1 ppg and 3.6 rpg in 1962-63 and 1963-64 with LIU-C.W. Post) purchased from the Kansas City Royals by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1974. . . . P Matt Thornton (averaged 5.8 ppg and 2.4 rpg for Grand Valley State MI from 1995-96 through 1997-98) awarded on waivers from the New York Yankees to the Washington Nationals in 2014. . . . Philadelphia Phillies OF Cy Williams (Notre Dame forward in 1909-10), who went on to lead the N.L. in homers in 1927, hit for the cycle in a 9-7 triumph against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
6 - In 1932, 1B Dale Alexander (starting center for Milligan TN in mid-1920s) provided a single for the Boston Red Sox' lone safety off Wes Ferrell of the Cleveland Indians. . . . Mickey Cochrane (Boston University player in early 1920s) fired as Detroit Tigers manager in 1938. . . . Cincinnati Reds rookie CF Harry Craft (four-sport letterman with Mississippi College in early 1930s) hit a grand slam in an 11-6 triumph against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1938. . . . San Diego Padres OF Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81) went 4-for-5 in a 12-10 win against the Montreal Expos in 1999, posting the 3,000th hit of his MLB career. . . . P Mark Hendrickson (two time All-Pacific-10 Conference selection paced Washington State in rebounding four straight seasons from 1992-93 through 1995-96) made his MLB debut with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2002. . . . INF Davey Johnson (averaged 1.7 ppg with Texas A&M in 1961-62) traded by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Chicago Cubs in 1978. . . . San Francisco Giants 1B-OF Rick Leach (averaged 15.5 ppg for Michigan's junior varsity team in 1975-76) suspended for 60 days in 1990 following a positive drug test. . . . New York Yankees P Lindy McDaniel (played for Oklahoma's 1954-55 freshman squad) posted his eighth save in last 10 relief appearances en route to 12 straight scoreless games in 1970. . . . Cleveland Indians RF Ed Morgan (Tulane letterman from 1923-24 through 1925-26) raised his batting average to .372 with back-to-back three-hit games. . . . Washington Senators INF Buddy Myer (Mississippi State letterman in 1923-24) contributed four hits in a 13-11 victory against the New York Yankees in the opener of a 1929 doubleheader. . . . 1B Jack Phillips (leading scorer for 14-1 Clarkson NY in 1942-43) purchased from the New York Yankees by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1949.
7 - Detroit Tigers rookie 1B Dale Alexander (starting center in mid-1920s for Milligan TN) amassed three extra-base hits and six RBI in a 14-4 win against the Cleveland Indians in 1929. . . . Cleveland Indians SS Lou Boudreau (leading scorer for Illinois' 1937 Big Ten Conference co-champion) collected two homers and six RBI against the Chicago White Sox in 1940. . . . Brooklyn Robins LF Buddy Hassett (played for Manhattan teams winning school-record 17 consecutive contests in 1930 and 1931) went 4-for-4 against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the nightcap of a 1938 doubleheader. . . . Washington Senators rookie P Bucky Jacobs (member of undefeated team in 1935 was among Richmond's top two scorers each of next two seasons) earned his lone MLB victory (against the Detroit Tigers in the nightcap of a 1937 twinbill). . . . 2B Dutch Meyer (letterman for TCU in 1934-35 and 1935-36) traded by the New York Giants to the Detroit Tigers in 1940. . . . P Joe Niekro (averaged 8.9 ppg and 3.8 rpg for West Liberty WV from 1963-64 through 1965-66) awarded off waivers from the Detroit Tigers to the Atlanta Braves in 1973. . . . OF Jim Northrup (second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for Alma MI in 1958-59) shipped by the Detroit Tigers to the Montreal Expos as part of a conditional deal in 1974. . . . In 1987, Detroit Tigers P Jeff Robinson (two-time NAIA All-District 3 honoree in early 1980s left Azusa Pacific CA as its No. 9 all-time scorer) blanked the New York Yankees, 8-0, retiring the last 24 batters in a row. . . . Boston Red Sox rookie P Don Schwall (All-Big Seven Conference second-team selection led Oklahoma won seventh straight start, improving his record to 13-2 in 1961. . . . Cleveland Indians 2B Riggs Stephenson (Alabama letterman in 1920) went 4-for-4 against the New York Yankees in 1924. . . . In 1990, California Angels OF Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) collected his 2,500th career hit.
8 - Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading scorer in 1945-46) launched two homers against the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a 1956 twinbill. . . . Detroit Tigers rookie 1B Dale Alexander (starting center in mid-1920s for Milligan TN) went 5-for-5 in a 9-6 win against the Cleveland Indians in 1929. Two years later, Alexander contributed four hits in a 7-1 triumph against the Indians. . . . Chicago Cubs 2B Joey Amalfitano (played for Loyola Marymount in 1952-53) contributed a career-high four hits in a 14-10 triumph against the New York Mets in 1965. . . . Chicago Cubs CF Frankie Baumholtz (MVP in 1941 NIT and first player in Ohio University history to score 1,000 career points) had career-high 16-game hitting streak snapped by his original team (the Cincinnati Reds) in the nightcap of a 1951 doubleheader. . . . Chicago Cubs 2B Glenn Beckert (three-year letterman for Allegheny PA) collected seven hits against the San Francisco Giants in a 1971 twinbill split. . . . Kansas City Royals P Rich Gale (led New Hampshire with 7.2 rpg in 1975-76) hurled a four-hit shutout against the Toronto Blue Jays in 1980. . . . Kansas City Royals 1B Gail Hopkins (averaged 2.5 ppg with Pepperdine in 1963-64) went 4-for-4 against the Milwaukee Brewers in 1971. . . . SS Gene Michael (Kent State's leading scorer with 14 ppg in 1957-58) stroked a two-out single in the ninth inning to give the New York Yankees a 3-2 victory against the Texas Rangers in 1973. . . . OF Bill Nicholson (played for Washington College MD in mid-1930s) pounded an 11th-inning homer to propel the Chicago Cubs to a 2-1 triumph against the Cincinnati Reds in 1947. . . . Philadelphia Phillies P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) won his eighth straight decision and fourth game in 10 days in 1956. . . . Baltimore Orioles LF Larry Sheets (All-ODAC selection in 1981-82 and 1982-83 with Eastern Mennonite VA) socked two homers in each of back-to-back games against the Texas Rangers in 1987. . . . Baltimore Orioles P Tim Stoddard (starting forward opposite All-American David Thompson for North Carolina State's 1974 NCAA champion) notched his fourth save in as many relief appearances during a 12-game scoreless stretch in 1980.
9 - Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading scorer in 1945-46) hit two homers in an 8-3 setback against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1961. . . . New York Mets P Roger Craig (forward with North Carolina State's 1949-50 freshman team) ended his N.L. record-tying 18-game losing streak by beating the Chicago Cubs, 7-3, thanks to OF Jim Hickman's ninth-inning grand slam off P Lindy McDaniel (played for Oklahoma's 1954-55 freshman squad). Craig was on the losing end of a shutout nine times in 1963. . . . New York Giants SS Alvin Dark (letterman for LSU and USL during World War II) extended his hitting streak to 17 games in 1951. . . . Chicago White Sox P Eddie Fisher (played for Oklahoma's 1954-55 freshman squad) tossed a three-hit shutout against the Los Angeles Angels in 1962, igniting a personal streak of five straight triumphs. . . . St. Louis Cardinals SS Charlie Gelbert (scored at least 125 points each of last three seasons in late 1920s for Lebanon Valley PA) generated four hits against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1932. . . . Cincinnati Reds 1B Harvey Hendrick (Vanderbilt letterman in 1918) had four hits in a 9-8 win against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1932. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Davey Lopes (NAIA All-District 15 selection for Iowa Wesleyan averaged 16.9 ppg as freshman in 1964-65 and 12.1 ppg as sophomore in 1965-66) set new MLB record by stealing his 32nd consecutive base without being caught in 1975. . . . Cleveland Indians 2B Dutch Meyer (TCU letterman in 1934-35 and 1935-36) contributed four hits in a 3-2 loss against the New York Yankees in 1945. . . . OF Bill Nicholson (played for Washington College MD in mid-1930s) traded by the Philadelphia Athletics to the Washington Senators in 1938. . . . Boston Braves rookie C Ebba St. Claire (Colgate letterman in 1941-42) tied a N.L. backstop standard by participating in three double plays in a single game in 1951. . . . Atlanta Braves P George Stone (averaged 14.7 ppg and 6.5 rpg for Louisiana Tech in 1964-65 and 1965-66) hurled a six-hit shutout against the Houston Astros in 1972. . . . Detroit Tigers 2B Gary Sutherland (averaged 7.4 ppg with USC in 1963-64) had his sixth straight multiple-hit outing in the midst of a career-high 15-game hitting streak.
10 - Philadelphia Phillies LF Ethan Allen (Cincinnati letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) delivered three doubles en route to a N.L.-high 42 in a 5-3 loss against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1934. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates LF Carson "Skeeter" Bigbee (Oregon basketball letterman in 1915) posted his second five-hit game in less than two months in 1922. . . . 1B-OF Dick Gernert (letterman with Temple in 1948-49 when he averaged 2.7 ppg) homered in the 10th inning to help catapult the Boston Red Sox to a 3-1 victory against the New York Yankees in 1952. . . . St. Louis Cardinals P Lindy McDaniel (played for Oklahoma's 1954-55 freshman squad) secured his seventh relief win in as many decisions covering a little more than five weeks in 1960. . . . Baltimore Orioles 3B Ryan Minor (two-time All-Big Eight Conference first-team selection for Oklahoma was league player of year as junior in 1994-95 when averaging 23.6 ppg and 8.4 rpg) had a career-high three hits against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1999. . . . In 1936, INF Buddy Myer (Mississippi State letterman in 1923-24), the defending A.L. batting champion, sent home by the Washington Senators to recover from a season-long stomach ailment. . . . C Cal Neeman (Illinois Wesleyan's leading scorer in 1947-48 and 1948-49) purchased from the Cleveland Indians by the Washington Senators in 1963. . . . In the midst of five complete-game victories in less than a month in 1933, New York Giants P Roy Parmelee (Eastern Michigan letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) tossed a two-hit shutout against the Philadelphia Phillies. . . . San Diego Padres RF Clint Venable (two-time All-Ivy League selection averaged 9.3 ppg under Princeton coach John Thompson III from 2001-02 through 2004-05) contributed three extra-base hits in a 9-5 win against the New York Mets in 2011. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates CF Bill Virdon (played for Drury MO in 1949) tied a MLB mark by notching two assists in the seventh inning of the nightcap of a 1958 doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds. Twenty-four years later in 1982, Virdon was fired as manager of the Houston Astros.
11 - In the midst of a career-high 20-game hitting streak in 1959, Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading scorer in 1945-46) went 4-for-4 against the Cincinnati Reds, homering in his third straight outing. . . . Detroit Tigers P Elden Auker (All-Big Six Conference first-five selection with Kansas State in 1931-32) hurled his second shutout in a 10-day span in 1934. . . . New York Giants P Curt Barclay (Oregon's third-leading scorer and rebounder as a sophomore in 1950-51) hurled a three-hit, 5-0 shutout against the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a 1957 doubleheader. It was Barclay's second straight whitewash. . . . Chicago Cubs OF Frankie Baumholtz (MVP in 1941 NIT and first player in Ohio University history to score 1,000 career points) furnished his third consecutive contest with three safeties in 1952. . . . Texas Rangers P Jim Bibby (Fayetteville State NC backup player and brother of UCLA All-American Henry Bibby) fired his second shutout against the Detroit Tigers during the 1974 campaign. . . . In 1990, Atlanta Braves P Marty Clary (Northwestern letterman in 1981-82 and 1982-83) incurred his seventh defeat in as many decisions in a five-week span. . . . C Mickey Cochrane (Boston University player in early 1920s) delivered a decisive ninth-inning hit to give the win to P George Earnshaw (Swarthmore PA player in 1922) in the Philadelphia Athletics' 3-2 decision over the Washington Senators in 1928. . . . Gene Desautels (Holy Cross letterman in 1929 and 1930) caught the entire game for the Cleveland Indians without a putout (no strikeouts) in 1942 when they have a 14-inning scoreless tie with the Detroit Tigers. . . . OF Bill Nicholson (played for Washington College MD in mid-1930s) capped off back-to-back-to-back homers by the Chicago Cubs but the three straight round-trippers weren't enough to prevent a 7-5 defeat against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1941. . . . In 1945, Chicago Cubs P Claude Passeau (played for Millsaps MS in late 1920s and early 1930s) restricted the Boston Braves to two hits - both coming with two outs in the eighth inning. . . . In 1987, Baltimore Orioles LF Larry Sheets (All-ODAC selection in 1981-82 and 1982-83 with Eastern Mennonite VA) smacked two homers for the third time in his last five games. . . . Chicago Cubs 2B Rob Sperring (averaged 8.7 ppg and 2.9 rpg for Pacific from 1968-69 through 1970-71) collected a homer and double in his MLB debut against the San Francisco Giants in 1974. . . . 2B Johnny Temple (played briefly for Catawba NC in 1945 before serving in U.S. Navy) purchased from the Baltimore Orioles by the Houston Colt .45s in 1962. . . . In 1959, Detroit Tigers SS Coot Veal (Auburn's scoring leader as sophomore in 1951-52) connected for his lone MLB homer (against the Chicago White Sox). . . . P Jim Wilson (letterman for San Diego State's 1942 NAIA Tournament participant) traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Detroit Tigers in 1949.
12 - California Angels P Chris Beasley (Arizona State's leading scorer in 1983-84) lost his only MLB decision in 1991 (4-3 against the Minnesota Twins). . . . Cleveland Indians SS Lou Boudreau (leading scorer for Illinois' 1937 Big Ten Conference co-champion) went 4-for-4, including two triples, against the Philadelphia Athletics in 1943. . . . Chicago Cubs rookie P Paul Reuschel (averaged 12.1 rpg for Western Illinois in 1966-67 and 1967-68) surrendered his only run in a 13-game relief span through the end of the month in 1975. . . . In 1953, Philadelphia Phillies P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) beat the Pittsburgh Pirates for the 15th consecutive time. Roberts reached the 20-win plateau for the fourth straight season. . . . Baltimore Orioles OF Larry Sheets (All-ODAC selection for Eastern Mennonite VA in 1981-82 and 1982-83) and teammate Wayne Gross (led Cal Poly Pomona in assists in 1974-75) socked back-to-back pinch-hit homers but they weren't enough to prevent an 8-5 setback against the Cleveland Indians in 1985. . . . In 1960, Detroit Tigers P Dave Sisler (All-Ivy League second-team selection for Princeton's first NCAA playoff team in 1952) supplied his eighth straight relief appearance without yielding an earned run. . . . Arizona Diamondbacks rookie 2B Junior Spivey (redshirted his only semester at Northwestern Oklahoma State on a basketball scholarship before transferring to a KS junior college) registered his second five-hit game of the 2001 campaign. . . . Chicago Cubs INF-OF Riggs Stephenson (Alabama letterman in 1920) knocked in the winning run in the 11th inning of a 3-2 victory against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1930. . . . San Francisco Giants OF Randy Winn (Santa Clara backcourtmate of eventual two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash in 1993-94) accounted for the game's only run with a homer at Florida in 2005.
13 - Toronto Blue Jays CF Danny Ainge (three-time Brigham Young All-American and national player of year as senior in 1980-81) went 3-for-3 in a 5-4 setback against the Milwaukee Brewers in 1980. . . . Chicago Cubs rookie RF George Altman (appeared in 1953 and 1954 NAIA Tournament with Tennessee State) collected five hits, including two homers, and five RBI in a 20-9 win against the San Francisco Giants in 1959. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates P Jim Bibby (Fayetteville State NC backup player and brother of UCLA All-American Henry Bibby) won his sixth decision in a row en route to leading the N.L. in winning percentage in 1979. . . . St. Louis Cardinals 1B George Crowe (four-year letterman from 1939-40 through 1942-43 for Indiana Central after becoming first high school player named state's Mr. Basketball) cracked a pinch-hit grand slam against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1959. . . . Chicago White Sox P Dave DeBusschere (three-time All-American for Detroit from 1959-60 through 1961-62) tossed a shutout against the Cleveland Indians in 1963. . . . In 1955, Cleveland Indians OF Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA titlist) made his first miscue after an A.L.-record 165 errorless games. . . . Boston Red Sox P Boo Ferriss (Mississippi State letterman in 1941) won his eighth straight game for victory No. 20 in 1946. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates P Dave Giusti (made 6 of 10 field-goal attempts in two games for Syracuse in 1959-60) hurled a one-hitter to beat the Chicago Cubs, 1-0, in 1966. . . . Detroit Tigers rookie 1B Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) provided three doubles in a 17-inning contest against the Chicago White Sox in 1933. . . . New York Giants P Jim Hearn (Georgia Tech letterman in 1941-42) shut out the Philadelphia Phillies' Whiz Kids in 1950. . . . Baltimore Orioles rookie P Ben McDonald (started six games as a 6-6 freshman forward for LSU in 1986-87 under coach Dale Brown) won his first five MLB starts in 1990. . . . Chicago White Sox P Jimmy Miles (averaged 5.2 ppg and 8.9 rpg for Delta State MS in 1964-65) lost his lone MLB decision (7-3 against the Kansas City Royals in 1969). . . . C Don Prohovich (member of Holy Cross' 1954 NIT champion) traded with $15,000 by the White Sox to the Cubs for utilityman Earl Averill Jr. in 1960. Deal was the first swap of players between the two Chicago franchises. . . . OF Rip Repulski (started a few games for St. Cloud State MN) hit a three-run pinch homer for the Philadelphia Phillies but they still lost against the Pittsburgh Pirates, 10-9, in 1958. . . . Cincinnati Reds P Eppa Rixey (Virginia letterman in 1911-12 and 1913-14) drove in two runs and blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-0, in 1932. . . . Milwaukee Braves 2B Mel Roach (averaged 9.3 ppg for Virginia in 1952-53) went 3-for-3, including a homer, and chipped in with three RBI in a 4-2 win against the San Francisco Giants in 1960.
14 - Cleveland Indians SS Lou Boudreau (leading scorer for Illinois' 1937 Big Ten Conference co-champion) suffered a broken right ankle in a collision at second base in 1945. The next year, Boudreau supplied four hits against the Detroit Tigers in 1946. . . . P Ralph Branca (sixth-leading scorer for NYU in 1943-44) won his first and only decision with the New York Yankees (3-1 over the Boston Red Sox in 1954). . . . Cincinnati Reds CF Harry Craft (four-sport letterman with Mississippi College in early 1930s) contributed three extra-base hits (double, triple and homer) against the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a 1938 twinbill. . . . St. Louis Cardinals P Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer in 1955-56 and 1956-57) hurled a no-hitter at Pittsburgh in 1971. . . . Texas Rangers 1B Mike Hargrove (Northwestern Oklahoma State basketball letterman) supplied a leadoff homer for the second straight game in 1977. . . . Philadelphia Phillies 3B Chuck Harmon (second-leading scorer for Toledo in 1946-47 and 1947-48) went 4-for-4 against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1957. . . . P Dave Madison (letterman for LSU from 1939-40 through 1942-43) traded by the St. Louis Browns to the Detroit Tigers in an eight-player swap in 1952. . . . In 1991, St. Louis Cardinals reliever Lee Smith (averaged 3.4 ppg and 1.9 rpg with Northwestern State in 1976-77) reached the 30-save plateau for the sixth time en route to leading the N.L. with 47. . . . New York Mets P Darrell Sutherland (averaged 8.1 ppg and 2.2 rpg for Stanford from 1960-61 through 1962-63 under coach Howie Dallmar) tripled and hurled four innings of hitless relief in posting his first MLB victory (1-0 in 10 frames against the Houston Astros in 1965). . . . Birdie Tebbetts (played for Providence in 1932) resigned as manager of the Cincinnati Reds in 1958. . . . Detroit Tigers rookie SS Coot Veal (Auburn's scoring leader as sophomore in 1951-52) contributed three safeties against the Cleveland Indians, triggering a 13-game hitting streak in 1958. . . . St. Louis Cardinals 1B Bill White (played two years with Hiram OH in early 1950s) hit for the cycle in the opener of a 1960 doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates. . . . In 1991, California Angels RF-DH Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) slugged the 400th homer of his career.
15 - California Angels 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading scorer in 1945-46) socked two homers against the Minnesota Twins in 1966. . . . Philadelphia Phillies CF Ethan Allen (Cincinnati letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) provided four hits against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1935. . . . California Angels 1B Bruce Bochte (starting forward for Santa Clara's NCAA playoff team in 1970 averaged 7.4 ppg and 4 rpg) contributed three extra-base hits in an 8-0 win against the Detroit Tigers in 1975. . . . 2B Frank Bolling (averaged 7.3 ppg in 1950-51 for Spring Hill AL) knocked in all of the Detroit Tigers' runs in a 12-5 setback against the Kansas City Athletics in 1958. . . . Cleveland Indians SS Lou Boudreau (leading scorer for Illinois' 1937 Big Ten Conference co-champion) secured seven safeties in a 1948 doubleheader sweep of the Chicago White Sox. . . . Milwaukee Braves P Gene Conley (All-PCC first-team selection led North Division in scoring in 1949-50 as a Washington State sophomore) won his ninth consecutive contest in 1954 (2-1 against the Chicago Cubs). Seven years later, Conley was with the Boston Red Sox in 1961 when he tossed a shutout and hit a homer in an 8-0 shelling of the Cleveland Indians. . . . 1B Walt Dropo (Connecticut's first player ever to average 20 points for a season with 21.7 ppg in 1942-43) was hospitalized after beaning in 1950 but the Boston Red Sox began a streak of winning 27 of their next 30 games. . . . Boston Red Sox 1B Tony Lupien (Harvard captain in 1938-39 accumulated four hits against the St. Louis Browns for the third time in 1943. . . . New York Giants P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) blanked opponents going into extra innings but wound up losing each contest - against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1910 and Boston Braves in 1914. . . . OF Greasy Neale (West Virginia Wesleyan College hoopster graduated in 1915) pilfered second, third and home in the ninth inning to help the Cincinnati Reds upend the New York Giants, 4-0, in 1919. . . . OF Bill Nicholson (played for Washington College, MD, in the mid-1930s) socked three homers, two doubles and a single but the Chicago Cubs dropped both ends of a 1942 doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates. . . . Houston Astros 2B Rob Sperring (averaged 8.7 ppg and 2.9 rpg for Pacific from 1968-69 through 1970-71) supplied a career-high four hits in a 15-3 rout of the Atlanta Braves in 1977. . . . New York Giants C Wes Westrum (played for Bemidji State MN one season before serving in military during WWII) provided the difference with an eighth-inning, two-run homer in a 3-1 decision over the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951. . . . OF Randy Winn (Santa Clara backcourtmate of eventual two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash in 1993-94), playing his first home game with the San Francisco Giants, hit for the cycle against the Cincinnati Reds in 2005.
16 - Chicago Cubs 2B Glenn Beckert (three-year letterman for Allegheny PA) contributed four hits against the San Francisco Giants in 1972. . . . Chicago Cubs P Tom Dettore (averaged team-high 14.1 ppg plus 9 rpg in 1965-66 for Juniata PA) earned his first MLB victory with 6 1/3 innings of shutout relief against the San Diego Padres in 1974. . . . Chicago White Sox 1B Kerby Farrell (key player for couple of strong Freed-Hardeman TN squads in mid-1930s) collected three hits for the second consecutive contest in 1945. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) clobbered two homers against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1947. . . . Kansas City Royals CF Lynn Jones (averaged 10.4 ppg for Thiel PA from 1970-71 through 1973-74) had four hits against the Toronto Blue Jays in 1985. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) improved his record to 19-5 with a 3-0 shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals but will miss the remainder of the 1964 season because of an elbow injury incurred while sliding back into second base earlier in the month. . . . In 1911, New York Giants P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) defeated the Cincinnati Reds for the 22nd straight time. . . . Detroit Tigers LF Curtis Pride (led William & Mary in steals three times and assists twice while averaging 5.6 ppg and 3.1 apg from 1986-87 through 1989-90) hit safely in first 10 games of the month, a career high, before he was blanked by the Cleveland Indians in 1996.
17 - San Diego Padres P Mike Adams (played for Texas A&M-Kingsville in 1996-97) surrendered his only earned run (against the Chicago Cubs) in last 34 relief appearances in 2009. . . . 1B Ron Allen (Youngstown State's scoring and rebounding leader as a sophomore in 1961-62) secured his only MLB hit, a ninth-inning homer at San Diego in 1972, after the brother of standout 1B Dick Allen replaced ejected St. Louis Cardinals teammate Joe Torre. . . . San Diego Padres SS Bill Almon (averaged 2.5 ppg in half a season for Brown's 1972-73 team ending school streak of 12 straight losing records) collected three hits and five RBI in a 7-4 win against the Cincinnati Reds in 1977. . . . OF Billy Cowan (Utah letterman from 1957-58 through 1959-60 was co-captain of NCAA playoff team as senior) clubbed a two-run, pinch homer off Juan Pizzaro in the eighth inning to give the California Angels a 7-6 victory against the Cleveland Indians in 1969. . . . Bing Devine (Washington, MO, letterman in mid-1930s) fired as general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1964 before they go on to win the World Series against the New York Yankees. . . . P Eddie Fisher (played for Oklahoma's 1954-55 freshman squad) traded by the California Angels to the Chicago White Sox in 1972. . . . OF Curt Flood and 3B Gene Freese (captain of 1952 NAIA Tournament team for West Liberty WV), the first two St. Louis Cardinals batters, hammered back-to-back homers off Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) in the opener of a 1958 doubleheader. . . . Philadelphia Athletics RF Walt French (letterman for Rutgers and Army) went 4-for-4 against the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a 1926 twinbill. . . . Baltimore Orioles P Dick Hall (averaged 11.9 ppg in 1948-49, 13.4 in 1949-50 and 15.4 in 1950-51 for Swarthmore PA Southern Division champion in Middle Atlantic States Conference) provided a perfect inning of relief against the Kansas City Athletics in 1963, giving him 28 consecutive batters retired in a span of five appearances. . . . In 2008, Florida Marlins P Mark Hendrickson (two-time All-Pacific-10 Conference selection was Washington State's leading rebounder each season from 1992-93 through 1995-96) allowed his only run in nine relief appearances during the month. . . . In 1985, Reggie Jackson of the New York Yankees, moving past Willie McCovey and Ted Williams on the all-time homer list, swatted his 522nd career round-tripper off Oakland A's P Bill Krueger (led WCAC in free-throw percentage in 1975-76 with Portland). . . . New York Giants P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) hurled his second straight three-hit shutout against Chicago in 1905. . . . New York Giants P Jim Mooney (played for East Tennessee State) tossed a four-hit shutout against the Cincinnati Reds in 1932. . . . Cincinnati Reds rookie RF Greasy Neale (graduated in 1915 from West Virginia Wesleyan) had his 12-game hitting streak snapped by the Chicago Cubs in 1920. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers CF Billy North (played briefly for Central Washington in 1967-68) stole three bases against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1978. . . . Boston Braves rookie C Ebba St. Claire (Colgate letterman in 1941-42) had an 11-game hitting streak snapped by the Brooklyn Dodgers' Carl Erskine in the opener of a 1951 doubleheader.
18 - In the midst of a 21-game hitting streak, St. Louis Browns RF Beau Bell (two-year letterman for Texas A&M in early 1930s) went 5-for-5 in the opener of a 1936 doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers. . . . P Ray Burris (played for Southwestern Oklahoma State) purchased from the New York Yankees by the New York Mets in 1979. . . . INF Charlie Gelbert (scored at least 125 points each of his last three seasons with Lebanon Valley PA in late 1920s) awarded on waivers from the Washington Senators to the Boston Red Sox in 1940. . . . Dallas Green (Delaware's second-leading scorer and rebounder in 1954-55) fired as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1989. . . . Chicago White Sox P Harry Kinzy (starting forward for TCU from 1931-32 through 1933-34) lost his lone MLB decision and complete game when walking 10 Washington Senators batters in 1934. . . . Cleveland Indians RF Harvey Kuenn (played briefly for Wisconsin in 1951-52 after competing on JV squad previous season) went 4-for-4 against the Chicago White Sox in 1960. . . . New York Giants CF Hank Lieber (played for Arizona in 1931) collected a homer, triple and two doubles in an 8-4 triumph against the Cincinnati Reds in 1935. . . . Milwaukee Braves SS Johnny Logan (played for Binghamton in 1948-49) doubled in his fifth consecutive contest in 1956. . . . Cleveland Indians 2B Dutch Meyer (TCU letterman in 1934-35 and 1935-36) went 4-for-4 in a 7-4 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1945. . . . Oakland Athletics CF Billy North (played briefly for Central Washington in 1967-68) stroked four hits in a 6-3 win against the Milwaukee Brewers in 1973. . . . P Claude Passeau (played for Millsaps MS in late 1920s and early 1930s) tossed a three-hit shutout as the Philadelphia Phillies ended a 14-game losing streak with a 7-0 verdict over the Boston Bees in 1936. . . . P Steve Renko (averaged 9.9 ppg and 5.8 rpg as Kansas sophomore in 1963-64) traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Chicago White Sox in 1977.
19 - Chicago Cubs 1B George Altman (appeared in 1953 and 1954 NAIA Tournament with Tennessee State) had four hits in a 4-3 win against the Houston Colt .45s in 1962. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates LF Clyde Barnhart (played for Shippensburg PA predecessor Cumberland Valley State Normal School prior to World War I) went 4-for-4 and chipped in with five RBI against the Brooklyn Robins in 1925. . . . 2B Marv Breeding (played for Samford in mid-1950s) purchased from the Los Angeles Dodgers by the Baltimore Orioles in 1964. . . . Detroit Tigers rookie P Ownie Carroll (Holy Cross letterman in 1922) hurled his third complete-game victory of the month in 1927. . . . Detroit Tigers 1B Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) collected three homers and eight RBI in a 1938 doubleheader sweep of the St. Louis Browns. . . . Philadelphia Phillies P Andy Karl (Manhattan letterman from 1933 through 1935) saved slugger Jimmie Foxx's only MLB pitching decision in 1945 (6-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds). . . . Detroit Tigers SS Harvey Kuenn (played briefly for Wisconsin in 1951-52 after competing on JV squad previous season) contributed four hits against the Cleveland Indians in the nightcap of a 1954 doubleheader. . . . New York Giants P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) had his 22-game winning streak against the Cincinnati Reds snapped in 1911. . . . Detroit Tigers LF Curtis Pride (led William & Mary in steals three times and assists twice while averaging 5.6 ppg and 3.1 apg from 1986-87 through 1989-90) smacked a pinch-hit, three-run homer against the Chicago White Sox in 1996. . . . OF Gary Redus (J.C. player for Athens, AL, and father of Centenary/South Alabama performer) traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1988. . . . 1B-OF Norm Siebern (member of Southwest Missouri State's back-to-back NAIA Tournament titlists in 1952 and 1953) supplied a pinch-hit, bases-loaded triple to help the Boston Red Sox outlasted the California Angels, 12-11, in 1967. . . . Philadelphia Phillies rookie SS Gary Sutherland (averaged 7.4 ppg with USC in 1963-64) went 3-for-3, including his first MLB homer, against the Chicago Cubs in 1967. . . . San Diego Padres CF Clint Venable (two-time All-Ivy League selection averaged 9.3 ppg under Princeton coach John Thompson III from 2001-02 through 2004-05) went hitless for the only time in his first 25 games of the month in 2013. . . . Bill Virdon (played for Drury MO in 1949) hired as manager by the Houston Astros in 1975.
20 - Houston Astros C Mark Bailey (led Southwest Missouri State in rebounding and field-goal percentage in 1980-81) collected three hits, four runs and four RBI in a 17-2 romp over the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985. . . . Detroit Tigers 2B Frank Bolling (averaged 7.3 ppg in 1950-51 for Spring Hill AL) collected two homers and five RBI against the New York Yankees in 1959. . . . In the midst of a career-high 17-game hitting streak, Kansas City Athletics LF Bob Cerv (ranked fourth on Nebraska's career scoring list in 1949-50 when finishing his career) collected three homers and six RBI in an 11-10 defeat against the Boston Red Sox in 1959. . . . P Bill Connors (averaged 6 ppg and 2.3 rpg for Syracuse in 1960-61) purchased from the Chicago Cubs by the New York Mets in 1967. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers SS Jake Flowers (member of 1923 "Flying Pentagon" basketball championship squad for Washington College MD) contributed four hits against the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a 1933 doubleheader. . . . Chicago White Sox P Bob Keegan (Bucknell letterman in 1941-42 and 1942-43), utilizing a new slow delivery, hurled a 6-0 no-hitter against the Washington Senators in 1957. . . . SS Don Kessinger (three-time All-SEC selection for Mississippi from 1961-62 through 1963-64 while finishing among nation's top 45 scorers each year) traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Chicago White Sox in 1977. . . . 2B Davey Lopes (NAIA All-District 15 selection for Iowa Wesleyan averaged 16.9 ppg as a freshman in 1964-65 and 12.1 as a sophomore in 1965-66) set a Los Angeles Dodgers record with 15 total bases in an 18-8 romp over the Chicago Cubs in 1974 (three homers, double and single). . . . Philadelphia Phillies P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) had his 15-game winning streak against the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped in 1953. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers SS Tommy Brown (17 years old) became the youngest player to hit a MLB homer in 1945 when he connected off Pittsburgh Pirates P Preacher Roe (played for Harding AR in late 1930s). . . . St. Louis Cardinals P John Stuper (two-time all-conference junior college player in mid-1970s with Butler County PA) hurled his lone MLB shutout (five-hitter against the Houston Astros in 1983). . . . Birdie Tebbetts (played for Providence in 1932) resigned as manager of the Cleveland Indians in 1966. . . . New York Yankees OF Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) walloped the 300th homer of his career in 1986.
21 - Boston Red Sox INF Jack Barry (letterman for Holy Cross in 1908) tied a MLB record with four sacrifices at Cleveland in 1916. . . . Philadelphia Athletics P Bill Beckmann (played in late 1920s for Washington MO) tossed a shutout against the Chicago White Sox in 1940 for his fifth victory in as many decisions in a 3 1/2-week span. . . . Cleveland Indians SS Lou Boudreau (leading scorer for Illinois' 1937 Big Ten Conference co-champion) banged out four hits against the Chicago White Sox in the opener of a 1949 twinbill. . . . Philadelphia Phillies rookie P Ron Diorio (New Haven CT runner-up in scoring and rebounding in 1968-69) yielded the only run in his first 17 relief appearances in the 1973 campaign (0.60 ERA in that span). . . . Pittsburgh Pirates P Dave Giusti (made 6 of 10 field-goal attempts in two games for Syracuse in 1959-60) twirled a shutout and knocked in six runs with a pair of bases-loaded doubles in an 11-0 rout of the Cincinnati Reds in 1966. . . . Monte Irvin (played for Lincoln PA 1 1/2 years in late 1930s) named special assistant to Commissioner William Eckert in 1968. . . . Chicago White Sox P Ted Lyons (two-time All-SWC first-team selection for Baylor in early 1920s) hurled a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox in 1926. Lyons required only 67 minutes and 81 pitches. . . . Philadelphia Athletics P Bill McCahan (three-year Duke letterman named to All-Southern Conference Tournament team in 1942) earned his fourth consecutive complete-game victory in 1947. . . . 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) accounted for both of the New York Yankees' runs via a homer and double in a 2-1 triumph against the Texas Rangers in 1977. . . . P Floyd Newkirk (Hall of Fame selection at Illinois College) made his lone MLB appearance with the New York Yankees in 1934. . . . Pitchers Paul Reuschel (Western Illinois' leading rebounder in 1966-67 with 15.2 per game) and Rick Reuschel collaborated on a 7-0 victory for the Chicago Cubs against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1975 - the first time brothers combined on a shutout. Paul relieved in the seventh inning after Rick was forced to leave because of a blister on his finger. . . . San Diego Padres RF Clint Venable (two-time All-Ivy League selection averaged 9.3 ppg under Princeton coach John Thompson III from 2001-02 through 2004-05) had four hits in a 7-5 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012.
22 - Detroit Tigers 1B Dale Alexander (starting center in mid-1920s for Milligan TN) delivered four hits in a 9-6 win against the Boston Red Sox in 1931. . . . San Diego Padres SS Bill Almon (averaged 2.5 ppg in half a season for Brown's 1972-73 team ending school streak of 12 straight losing records) went 4-for-4 against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1979. . . . St. Louis Browns rookie RF Red Badgro (first-five pick on All-Pacific Coast Conference team in 1926-27 as USC's MVP) banged out four hits in a 10-0 victory against the New York Yankees in 1929. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates LF Carson "Skeeter" Bigbee (Oregon letterman in 1915), playing in his third straight extra-inning game against Brooklyn, went 6-for-11 in a 22-inning marathon in 1917. . . . P Jim Konstanty (Syracuse player in late 1930s) awarded on waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies to the New York Yankees in 1954. . . . In 1973, OF Joe Lahoud (New Haven CT letterman in mid-1960s) launched a ninth-inning, pinch-hit grand slam to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-3 lead but they wound up losing against the California Angels, 5-4, in 10 innings. . . . Chicago Cubs OF Bill Nicholson (played for Washington College, MD, in mid-1930s) socked a game-winning homer in the bottom of the 11th inning in a 5-4 decision over the Cincinnati Reds in 1942. . . . St. Louis Cardinals C Don Padgett (freshman in 1934 with Lenoir-Rhyne NC excelled in multiple sports) provided four hits against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1939. . . . INF Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in Pacific Coast Conference both of his seasons with UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41) contributed five hits in the nightcap of a 1951 doubleheader to spark the Brooklyn Dodgers to their 14th straight victory against the St. Louis Cardinals.
23 - Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading scorer in 1945-46) provided four hits against the Chicago Cubs in the opener of a 1953 twinbill. . . . In 1989, Atlanta Braves P Marty Clary (Northwestern letterman in 1981-82 and 1982-83) notched his lone MLB shutout (3-0 against the St. Louis Cardinals). . . . 3B Gene Freese (captain of 1952 NAIA Tournament team for West Liberty WV) purchased from the Pittsburgh Pirates by the Chicago White Sox in 1965. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates SS Dick Groat (two-time All-American with Duke in 1950-51 and 1951-52 when finishing among nation's top five scorers each season) knocked in the winning run in the 11th inning of the nightcap of a 1959 doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers to give reliever Elroy Face his 16th victory without a loss. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Gil Hodges (played for Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) hammered his 14th career grand slam to set a new N.L. record. It was the first grand slam in the history of the franchise on the West Coast. . . . Detroit Tigers RF Harvey Kuenn (played briefly for Wisconsin in 1951-52 after competing on JV squad previous season) went 5-for-5 against the Baltimore Orioles in 1959. . . . New York Yankees rookie RF Jim Lyttle (led Florida State in free-throw shooting in 1965-66 when averaging 12.4 ppg) went 4-for-4 with three RBI in a 7-5 win against the Chicago White Sox in the nightcap of a 1970 twinbill. . . . Utilityman Jimmy Stewart (All-Volunteer State Athletic Conference selection for Austin Peay State in 1959-60 and 1960-61) slugged a three-run, pinch-hit homer off Hall of Famer Tom Seaver to spark the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 triumph against the New York Mets in 1970. . . . Chicago Cubs rookie OF Champ Summers (led SIUE in scoring in 1969-70 after doing same with Nicholls State in 1964-65) smacked his first MLB homer, a pinch-hit grand slam, against the Houston Astros in 1975. . . . P Tom Zachary (Guilford NC letterman in 1916) awarded on waivers from the Washington Senators to the New York Yankees in 1928.
24 - Baltimore Orioles 2B Jerry Adair (one of Oklahoma State's top three scorers in 1956-57 and 1957-58 while ranking among nation's top 12 free-throw shooters each season) collected eight hits in a 1962 doubleheader sweep of the New York Yankees. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers P Ralph Branca (sixth-leading scorer for NYU in 1943-44) hurled a three-hit shutout against the Chicago Cubs in 1951, striking out 10 and walking none. . . . Baltimore Orioles CF Al Bumbry (Virginia State's runner-up in scoring with 16.7 ppg as freshman in 1964-65) went 4-for-4 against the Chicago White Sox in 1977. . . . Cincinnati Reds CF Harry Craft (four-sport letterman with Mississippi College in early 1930s) contributed two homers, a double and six RBI in a 13-9 win against the New York Giants in 1941. . . . Cleveland Indians P Johnson Fry (Marshall letterman in 1921-22) made his lone MLB appearance in 1923. . . . San Francisco Giants P Ed Halicki (set Monmouth's single-game rebounding record with 40 as a junior in 1970-71 before leading Hawks in scoring with 21 ppg as a senior) hurled a no-hitter against the New York Mets in 1975. . . . P Bobby Humphreys (four-year letterman graduated Hampden-Sydney VA in 1958) won his third game in relief in six days for the Washington Senators in 1966. . . . SS Doc Lavan (played for Hope MI from 1908 through 1910) purchased from the St. Louis Browns by the Philadelphia Athletics in 1919. . . . New York Giants OF Hank Lieber (played for Arizona in 1931) tied a MLB single-inning record by lashing two homers during an eight-run uprising in the second frame against the Chicago Cubs in 1935. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Davey Lopes (NAIA All-District 15 selection for Iowa Wesleyan averaged 16.9 ppg as a freshman in 1964-65 and 12.1 as a sophomore in 1965-66) stole five bases in a 3-0 triumph against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1974. The next year, Lopes extended his MLB record streak to 38 consecutive successful steal attempts before he was thrown out by Montreal Expos C Gary Carter in the 12th inning. . . . Cleveland Indians 1B Ed Morgan (Tulane letterman from 1923-24 through 1925-26) collected five RBI in an 11-7 win against the Boston Red Sox in 1931. . . . Philadelphia Phillies P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) had a streak of 13 consecutive complete games against the Milwaukee Braves snapped in 1954. . . . In 1952, Brooklyn Dodgers P Preacher Roe (played for Harding AR in late 1930s) registered his 10th straight victory against the St. Louis Cardinals, 10-4. . . . Chicago Cubs 2B Rob Sperring (averaged 8.7 ppg and 2.9 rpg for Pacific from 1968-69 through 1970-71) had his career-high 11-game hitting streak snapped by the Houston Astros in 1976. . . . Atlanta Braves P George Stone (averaged 14.7 ppg and 6.5 rpg for Louisiana Tech in 1964-65 and 1965-66) tossed a three-hit shutout against the Montreal Expos in 1970.
25 - Cleveland Indians SS Lou Boudreau (leading scorer for Illinois' 1937 Big Ten Conference co-champion) contributed four hits against the Boston Red Sox in 1947. . . . New York Yankees Hall of Fame OF Earle Combs (three-year captain for Eastern Kentucky) incurred a severe shoulder injury colliding with a teammate in the outfield, contributing to Combs retiring following the 1935 campaign. . . . Boston Red Sox P Boo Ferriss (Mississippi State letterman in 1941) topped the visiting Cleveland Indians, 2-1, to improve his 1946 Fenway Park mark to 13-0. . . . Philadelphia Athletics starting P Stu Flythe (North Carolina State letterman from 1932-33 through 1934-35) walked 11 Chicago White Sox batters in three innings in 1936. . . . In 1982, San Diego Padres rookie OF Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81) broke his wrist diving for a fly ball en route to falling short of a .300 batting average for the only time in his 20-year career (.289). . . . OF David Justice (led Thomas More KY in assists in 1984-85) and Atlanta Braves teammate Fred McGriff whacked back-to-back homers for the second time in 10 days in 1993. . . . Washington Senators SS Doc Lavan (played for Hope MI from 1908 through 1910) went 4-for-4 against the Chicago White Sox in the nightcap of a 1918 twinbill. . . . New York Giants P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) reached the 20-win plateau for the seventh straight season in 1909. . . . New York Yankees P Lindy McDaniel (played for Oklahoma's 1954-55 freshman squad) retired 32 consecutive batters covering four relief appearances in 1968. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates OF Gary Redus (J.C. player for Athens AL and father of Centenary/South Alabama hoopster) hit for the cycle against the Cincinnati Reds in 1989. . . . New York Yankees 3B Red Rolfe (played briefly with Dartmouth in 1927-28 and 1929-30) extended his streak of scoring at least one run to 18 straight contests in 1939. . . . Chicago Cubs LF Riggs Stephenson (Alabama letterman in 1920) went 7-for-10 in a 1933 doubleheader split against the Philadelphia Phillies.
26 - St. Louis Browns RF Ethan Allen (Cincinnati letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) went 4-for-4 against the New York Yankees in 1937. . . . 1B Kevin "Chuck" Connors (scored 32 points in 15 varsity games for Seton Hall in 1941-42 before leaving school for military service) clubbed a game-tying three-run homer for the Chicago Cubs at the Polo Grounds against the New York Giants before Giants C Wes Westrum (played for Bemidji State MN one season before serving in military during WWII) whacked a game-winning, ninth-inning homer in the opener of a 1951 doubleheader. . . . Boston Red Sox P Boo Ferriss (Mississippi State letterman in 1941) posted his 20th victory by doubling home the game-winning run in a 4-3 verdict over the Philadelphia Athletics in the opener of a 1945 doubleheader. . . . Dallas Green (Delaware's second-leading scorer and rebounder in 1954-55) fired as manager of the New York Mets in 1996. . . . New York Giants P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) tossed his seventh shutout of the 1902 campaign. Twelve years later, Mathewson hurled a two-hit shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals in the nightcap of a twinbill to register his 20th triumph in 1914. . . . In 1977, 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) stroked a two-run triple in the ninth inning to lift the New York Yankees to their 12th win in 13 contests (6-5 against the Texas Rangers). . . . St. Louis Cardinals LF Don Padgett (freshman in 1934 with Lenoir-Rhyne NC excelled in multiple sports) had three hits against the Brooklyn Dodgers in both ends of a 1941 doubleheader split. . . . P Dennis Rasmussen (sixth-man for Creighton averaged 5.1 ppg in three seasons from 1977-78 through 1979-80) traded by the New York Yankees to the Cincinnati Reds in 1987. . . . Baltimore Orioles P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47), released earlier in the year by the Yankees, outdueled New York star lefthander Whitey Ford, 2-1, in 1962. . . . In 1939, Cincinnati Reds 3B Billy Werber (first Duke All-American in 1929-30) became the initial player to bat in a televised major league game (against the Brooklyn Dodgers).
27 - In 1964, California Angels 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading scorer in 1945-46) became the 23rd player to reach the 300-homer plateau when he connected at Kansas City. . . . Philadelphia Athletics P Stan Baumgartner (played on Big Ten Conference champion for University of Chicago in 1914) posted his third straight complete-game victory closing out the month in 1924. . . . Starting on two days rest, Brooklyn Dodgers P Ralph Branca (sixth-leading scorer for NYU in 1943-44) spun a two-hit shutout against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1951, entering the ninth inning with a no-hitter. . . . Montreal Expos P Ray Burris (two-sport standout in Southwestern Oklahoma State Hall of Fame) surrendered only one hit in eight innings against the Cincinnati Reds in 1981. . . . Chicago Cubs 1B Harvey Hendrick (Vanderbilt letterman in 1918) went 4-for-4 in a 2-0 win against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1933. . . . In his second MLB start, Brooklyn Dodgers P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) fanned 14 Cincinnati Reds in a 7-0 two-hit shutout in 1955. . . . Hall of Fame P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) resigned as Cincinnati Reds manager in 1918 to accept a commission as a captain in the chemical warfare branch of the Army during World War I. . . . St. Louis Browns rookie P Jack Ogden (played for Swarthmore PA in 1918), posting his third straight complete-game victory, hurled a four-hit shutout against the Boston Red Sox in the nightcap of a 1928 twinbill. . . . Chicago White Sox P Gary Peters (played for Grove City PA in mid-1950s) hurled an 11-inning shutout against the Boston Red Sox in the nightcap of a 1967 doubleheader. . . . St. Louis Browns P Bob Poser (Wisconsin letterman from 1929-30 through 1931-32) posted his lone MLB victory (against the Washington Senators in the opener of a 1935 twinbill). . . . Detroit Tigers rookie 3B Nolen Richardson (Georgia captain in 1925-26) went 3-for-3 in a 9-4 win against the Chicago White Sox in 1931. . . . Pinch-hitter Jimmy Stewart (All-Volunteer State Athletic Conference selection for Austin Peay State in 1959-60 and 1960-61) stroked a bases-loaded triple to spur the Cincinnati Reds to an 8-7 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1971.
28 - New York Yankees 1B Tony Clark (San Diego State's leading scorer in WAC games in 1991-92) slugged three homers in an 18-6 trouncing of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2004. . . . In 1927, Philadelphia Athletics RF Walt French (letterman for Rutgers and Army) had his fourth three-hit game in an eight-day span. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates 3B Lee Handley (Bradley letterman from 1932-33 through 1934-35) provided four hits, including a two-run safety in the ninth inning, in a 3-2 win against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1941. . . . Boston Braves 1B Buddy Hassett (played for Manhattan teams winning school-record 17 consecutive contests in 1930 and 1931) had four hits in a 10-5 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1939. . . . Cleveland Indians P Dutch Levsen (Iowa State letterman in 1918-19) became the last MLB hurler to register a complete-game win in both ends of a doubleheader with a pair of four-hitters against the Boston Red Sox in 1926. . . . Detroit Tigers RF Jim Northrup (second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for Alma, MI, in 1958-59) went 6-for-6 against the Oakland A's in 1969. Northrup's 13th-inning homer over the roof won the game, 5-3. . . . Washington Senators P Denny Riddleberger (averaged 5.7 ppg and 2.5 rpg for Old Dominion in 1965-66) yielded his only earned run in a 15-game span of relief appearances during the 1971 campaign. . . . P Jeff Shaw (freshman guard for Rio Grande OH squad compiling a 31-5 record and reaching second round of 1985 NAIA Tournament) traded by the Montreal Expos to the Chicago White Sox in 1995.
29 - In 1959, Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading scorer in 1945-46) homered in his third consecutive contest for the second time this month. . . . Cincinnati Reds rookie CF Ethan Allen (Cincinnati letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) had four hits and scored three runs in a 6-5 win against the Boston Braves in the nightcap of a 1927 doubleheader. . . . St. Louis Browns P Elden Auker (All-Big Six Conference first-five selection with Kansas State in 1931-32) notched his fourth consecutive complete-game triumph the last half of the month in 1941. . . . Detroit Tigers CF Hoot Evers (Illinois starter in 1939-40) contributed four hits against the New York Yankees in the nightcap of a 1948 twinbill. . . . P Eddie Fisher (played for Oklahoma's 1954-55 freshman squad) purchased from the Chicago White Sox by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1973. . . . Detroit Tigers LF Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) supplied four hits against the Washington Senators in the opener of a 1940 doubleheader. . . . In 1951, New York Giants P Jim Hearn (Georgia Tech letterman in 1941-42) defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates for the eighth straight time. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers 1B Gil Hodges (played for Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) drove in seven runs and whacked two homers in a 13-1 victory against the Cincinnati Reds in 1951. . . . New York Mets P Cal Koonce (Campbell standout in 1960 and 1961 when North Carolina-based school was a junior college) hurled a five-hit shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1967. . . . St. Louis Browns RF Don Lund (Michigan starter in 1943-44 and 1944-45) had five RBI in a 12-4 win against the Boston Red Sox in the nightcap of a 1948 doubleheader. . . . Boston Red Sox 3B Pinky Pittenger (set Toledo's single-game scoring standard with 49 points in 1918-19) went 4-for-4 against the Philadelphia Athletics in 1922. . . . In 1966, Chicago Cubs P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) registered the final triumph of his 19-year Hall of Fame career. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers INF Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in Pacific Coast Conference both of his seasons with UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41) hit for the cycle against the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a 1948 twinbill. . . . New York Yankees P Marius Russo (member of LIU teams compiling 50-2 record in 1934-35 and 1935-36 under legendary coach Clair Bee) registered his fifth complete-game victory of the month in 1940. . . . Chicago Cubs rookie 2B Jimmy Stewart (two-time All-VSAC selection was Austin Peay's third-leading scorer in 1959-60 and 1960-61 when participating in NCAA DII Tournament) supplied back-to-back games with three hits against the New York Mets in 1964. . . . San Diego Padres OF Will Venable (All-Ivy League first-team selection as a junior and second-team choice as a senior averaged 9.3 ppg under Princeton coach John Thompson III from 2001-02 through 2004-05) tripled in his first MLB at-bat in 2008. . . . Detroit Tigers P Ed Wells (multi-sport athlete graduated in 1924 from Bethany WV) won his fifth straight decision of the month in 1925.
30 - Texas Rangers RF Larry Biittner (runner-up in scoring and rebounding in 1966-67 for Buena Vista IA) banged out four hits against the Minnesota Twins in 1973. . . . Philadelphia Athletics SS John Chapman (played multiple seasons for Mount St. Mary's) chipped in with a career-high three hits against the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a 1924 doubleheader. . . . Tim Cullen (starting guard for Santa Clara in 1962-63 when he averaged 10 ppg) tied a MLB single-inning record with three errors in the eighth frame for the Washington Senators against the Oakland A's in 1969 one year before he led A.L. second basemen in fielding percentage. Washington 1B-OF Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when he led Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) contributed four hits in the Senators' 11-3 victory. . . . 2B Jack Dittmer (played basketball for Iowa in 1949-50) supplied one of the Milwaukee Braves' eight homers in a 19-4 romp over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of a 1953 doubleheader. . . . New York Yankees C Mike Garbark (letterman for Villanova's 25-5 squad in 1937-38 under coach Alex Severance) had four hits in a 9-7 win against the Boston Red Sox in 1944. . . . Milwaukee Braves SS Johnny Logan (played for Binghamton in 1948-49) homered in both ends of a 1953 doubleheader sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates. . . . INF Tim Nordbrook (letterman in 1968-69 for Loyola LA) purchased from the Chicago White Sox by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1977. . . . In 1953, Pittsburgh Pirates rookie 2B Johnny O'Brien (consensus All-American second-team choice as junior and consensus first-team selection as senior averaged 25.8 ppg for Seattle from 1950-51 through 1952-53) supplied three contests with three hits and chipped in with a four-RBI outing in his last seven games of the month. . . . Bill Virdon (played for Drury MO in 1949) fired as manager of the Montreal Expos in 1984.
31 - New York Giants LF Babe Barna (West Virginia letterman in 1936 and 1937) provided a career-high four hits in a 7-6 win against the Chicago Cubs in 1942. . . . Chicago Cubs 2B Glenn Beckert (three-year letterman for Allegheny PA) supplied four hits against the Atlanta Braves in 1969. . . . California Angels rookie LF Bruce Bochte (starting forward for Santa Clara's NCAA playoff team in 1970 averaged 7.4 ppg and 4 rpg) belted two homers against the Milwaukee Brewers in 1974. . . . Milwaukee Braves 1B George Crowe (four-year letterman from 1939-40 through 1942-43 for Indiana Central after becoming first high school player named state's Mr. Basketball) smacked two homers against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955. . . . Boston Braves SS Dick Culler (#9 jersey retired by High Point for Little All-American in 1935 and 1936) contributed four hits against the Philadelphia Phillies in the nightcap of a 1946 doubleheader. . . . P Mike Flanagan (averaged 13.9 ppg for Massachusetts' 15-1 freshman squad in 1971-72) traded by the Baltimore Orioles to the Toronto Blue Jays in 1987. Toronto released knuckleballer Phil Niekro to make room on roster for Flanagan. . . . 1B-OF Dick Gernert (Temple letterman in 1948-49 when averaging 2.7 ppg) purchased from the Chicago Cubs by the Detroit Tigers in 1960. . . . Dallas Green (Delaware's second-leading scorer and rebounder in 1954-55) named manager of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1979. . . . In 1934, St. Louis Browns C Frank Grube (Lafayette starting guard as senior in 1926-27) closed out the month with his seventh multiple-hit contest in an eight-game span. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers 1B Gil Hodges (played for Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) swatted four homers in a 19-3 romp over the Boston Braves in 1950. . . . 1B-OF Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) purchased from the Texas Rangers by the Detroit Tigers in 1972. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates P Herb Kelly (played for Notre Dame from 1911-12 through 1913-14) notched his lone MLB victory (against the Brooklyn Robins in 1915). . . . P Bill Krueger (led WCAC in free-throw percentage in 1975-76 with Portland) traded by the Minnesota Twins to Montreal Expos in 1992. It is one of four seasons Krueger split time between the A.L. and N.L. during his career. . . . 2B Davey Lopes (NAIA All-District 15 selection for Iowa Wesleyan averaged 16.9 ppg as a freshman in 1964-65 and 12.1 as a sophomore in 1965-66) shipped by the Oakland Athletics to the Chicago Cubs in 1984 to complete an earlier deal. . . . Chicago White Sox P Ted Lyons (two-time All-SWC first-team selection for Baylor in early 1920s) lifted after seven innings and 15 hits opposing the St. Louis Browns in 1941. It is Lyons' final incomplete MLB game as he finished three subsequent starts in 1941, all 20 in 1942 and all five in 1946 (after serving in U.S. military during World War II). . . . SS Gene Michael (Kent State's leading scorer with 14 ppg in 1957-58) banged out a career-high four of the New York Yankees' 25 hits in an 18-6 romp over the Chicago White Sox in 1974. . . . A three-run, ninth-inning homer by OF Wally Moon (averaged 4.3 ppg with Texas A&M in 1948-49 and 1949-50) gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a 5-2 victory against the San Francisco Giants in 1959 when teammate Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) broke Dizzy Dean's N.L. mark and tied Bob Feller's MLB record of 18 strikeouts in a single game. . . . In 1930, Cleveland Indians 1B Ed Morgan (Tulane letterman from 1923-24 through 1925-26) collected four hits and four RBI for the second time in last four games of the month. . . . In the midst of a 10-game hitting streak, Chicago White Sox rookie OF Lyle Mouton (starter in LSU's backcourt with All-American Chris Jackson for 1989 NCAA playoff team) went 4-for-4 against the Detroit Tigers in 1995. Six years later, he was shipped by the Tigers to the Houston Astros as part of a conditional deal in 2001. . . . 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) belted two homers to power the New York Yankees to a 5-4 victory against Seattle in 1977. . . . OF Irv Noren (player of year for California junior college state champion Pasadena City in 1945) awarded off waivers from the Kansas City Athletics to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1957. . . . P Denny Riddleberger (averaged 5.7 ppg and 2.5 rpg for Old Dominion in 1965-66) traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates with cash to the Washington Senators for P George Brunet in 1970. . . . Closer Lee Smith (averaged 3.4 ppg and 1.9 rpg with Northwestern State in 1976-77) traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the New York Yankees in 1993. . . . New York Yankees P Ed Wells (multi-sport athlete graduated in 1924 from Bethany WV) hurled a one-hit shutout against the Washington Senators in the opener of a 1929 doubleheader. . . . Chicago Cubs RF Bob Will (all-league athlete was captain for Mankato State MN in 1954-55) contributed two safeties in both ends of a 1960 twinbill against the Milwaukee Braves. He had 11 multiple-hit games during the month. . . . DH Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) purchased from the Minnesota Twins by the Cleveland Indians in 1994.

MLB achievements in July by former college basketball players

MLB achievements in June by former college basketball players

MLB achievements in May by former college basketball players

MLB achievements in April by former college basketball players

A Career on Brink? Feinstein Critics Can't Hold His Laptop Carrying Case

Prior to the 1982-83 season, John Feinstein impressed Bob Knight after penning an incisive "Knight School" feature on Knight's coaching proteges in The Sporting News' inaugural Basketball Yearbook promptly challenging Street & Smith's annual edition for preseason prominence at newsstands a quarter century before they merged. Midway through the 1980s, there was testimony to the explosion of interest in college hoops when "A Season on the Brink," written by Feinstein chronicling a campaign with Indiana's storied program under Knight, emerged as the best-selling sports book of all time. Those sterling credentials among many more didn't matter much recently when the acclaimed author claimed in his Washington Post column that cocaine-overdose Fall-American Len Bias shouldn't be in Maryland's Hall of Fame.

Numerous critics challenged Feinstein's literary standing and ripped him as idiotic, inane, irrational, moronic, myopic, ridiculous, sanctimonious, simplistic, ad nauseam, until the intolerant politically-correct police shifted their ire toward ex-NFL coach Tony Dungy regarding his candid "religious-right" remark about about not wanting to get on the gay-support train with Sam Who I Am. The anti-faith lame-stream media's pitchforks and torches flourish if someone is an open Christian and advocate for traditional marriage. Of course, the country certainly needs ESPN's self-absorbed Edward R. Murrow-Olbermann lecturing us on ethics and morality rather than selfless Dungy's longstanding example.

An exceptional debate on Bias sets the generational-gap stage for displaying how American exceptionalism across-the-board is on the wane. Far too many media elite and lunatic liberals live in an ideological fantasy world of teachable moments and what should be rather than personal responsibility and what actually exists. It seems we are at a pivotal crossroads; not only in sports but the nation as a whole. As standards erode, it likely won't be long until weed no longer is a banned substance by the NCAA. The culture conflict has seasoned veterans and traditions frowned upon by individualism gone crazy. By any measure, a majority of today's strapping jocks can't hold a jock strap to #34 Bias and most of the current lapdog sports media can't hold a laptop carrying case to Feinstein.

There is a character clause attached to the UM Hall of Fame ("not been a source of embarrassment in any way"). As values erode over the decades in a celebrity-obsessed culture, dying of cocaine abuse must no longer signify a character blemish. It appears as if many permissive observers have become as delusional as former Terrapins coach Lefty Driesell, a Duke graduate who was convinced Bias had never used cocaine prior to the night of his demise. If gifted Bias had kept his nose clean and wasn't so fond of the Chapter III nightlife, the second pick overall in the 1986 NBA draft (by the Boston Celtics) boasted the potential to become an all-time great pro. Woulda. Coulda. Shoulda. Instead, he is in the Hall of Shame for anyone with fine and lasting standards in an increasingly valueless society simply looking the other way. After all, spit happens; especially when utilizing a moral-relativity cop-out regarding it's a disease and not a personal choice.

Whether or not disconcerting signs stemmed from Bias' off-the-court personal-responsibility activity, there were underachiever warnings amid a modest 5-4 NCAA playoff record and career averages of 16.4 ppg and 5.7 rpg. He was capable of so much more than being propped up as a textbook student-athlete Geek tragedy martyr of some sort. Ringing a mite hollow are his last words: "I (a horse) can handle anything." Sans an intervention (corralling a horse), odds are he would have flamed out in the NBA much like fellow "high" draft choices William Bedford and Chris Washburn. And, by the way, Juan Dixon and Joe Smith clearly had more productive Terrapin careers than Bias, who acted as a "courtesy middleman" in the drug dealing according to a prosecutor. Isn't that unsavory charge a source of embarrassment in some way? Apparently, the HOF nominating committee failed to put any stock in the book "Lenny, Lefty and the Chancellor" where C. Fraser Smith wrote: "Bias died under circumstances that were, at best, acutely embarrassing, and, at worst, immensely costly in reputation."

The Big Ten Conference lowered its on-court standards accepting Rutgers as a member. Did the league lower its off-the-court standards accepting Maryland as a member? Didn't Bias' dad accuse UM of neglecting scholastic endeavors? Diminished values spill over into all areas of our life and the buyer's-remorse consequences of piss-poor decisions are a pervert such as Sick Willie in the Out House, more tranquil abortions created than good-paying jobs, philandering preachers lecturing us on morality, IRS employee tax cheats earning bonuses, sick prankster toying with MSLSD's Mental Stall for a Democrap ditz "Eyewitness Exclusive" of a catastrophe and a bystander-in-chief out fundraising and telling lame jokes immediately after 300 people were missile murdered. Pardon the interruption, but the "Audacity of Hype" doesn't take the time to do his job and visit our porous border (If the golfer-in-chief won't defend our border then how in chutzpah is he going to provide any meaningful insight to the Israelis protecting their border?) yet recently squeezed in multiple "enlightened" outings with ESPN golfing buddy Michael Wilbon, a former colleague of Feinstein at the Washington Post. Quite frankly, did domestic violence expert Screamin' A. Stiff show up with a canned spiel to provoke anyone by inquiring if the First Lady plans to increase the national debt by taking a separate plane again on vacation while hubby and his JV administration nuance following ISIS to the gates of hell?

Presuming we could discard pathetic political posturing and moral equivalency for a moment or two of diversion immersed in sports, college basketball disappoints by offering "The Carolina Way" becoming a Afro-Studies symbol for academic fraud, mediocre Duke player boasting credentials to purchase $97,800 worth of jewelry, suspect schools craving certifiable liar Bruce Pearl's wisdom to headline their program, customized classes for Air Force standouts infecting the academy, disgraced academician Jimmy V honored incessantly by ESPN and the coaching community despite North Carolina State's academic anemia during his tenure plus Slick Rick moonlighting as a porn star wannabee satisfying his dessert appetite in a deserted Louisville restaurant before giving "partner" $3,000 for "health insurance" to take care of business. Have our standards sunk even below the average SAT score for N.C. State's roster under Jim Valvano?

Feinstein wrote an illuminating TSN cover story on "Hoya Paranoia" at Georgetown under coach John Thompson Jr. for which Joltin' John endured similar flak including from intimidating Big Bad John. After all, one can't criticize a prominent African-American without risk of immediate branding as a racist. If Feinstein could go back in time, perhaps another feature assignment should have been "Terrapin What Might Have Been" focusing on what occurs during recruiting visits for regal recruits such as Bias and subsequent influences on them as impressionable teenagers before the me-myself-and-I scholars are corrupted by their surroundings and spiral out of control at many of these institutions of leftist lower learning. Some of the stimulating extracurricular activity where Bias exercised his self control was dubbed "draining the lizard" by him in the book Born Ready.

At any rate, Feinstein has forgotten more about sports and journalism than most of his biased critics ever will know. And John hasn't forgotten very much, including a proper perspective on Len Bias, who was anything but an innocent victim. Baylor's Isaiah Austin (Marfan Syndrome) was an innocent victim; not Bias. If he is worthy of Maryland's HOF, should Bias also secure a plaque in the ACC's HOF and/or the Naismith HOF? How about a Medal of Freedom honor from passive POTUS since the drug users have something in common beyond basketball? Feinstein's ill-informed detractors, who need "a season inside" his brain to raise their hoop IQs, probably believe so. Assuaging their social-justice guilt, spouting off about "a-great-career-spoiled" makes the authentically simplistic feel better about themselves.

A significant portion of the pious pot-pushing press are comparable to Brent Musburger aimlessly mouthing off to Feinstein in an unseemly fashion prior to the 1989 NCAA championship game between Michigan and Seton Hall. Compared to Feinstein, the derelict media knuckleheads, with the majority of their JV brain cells inactive even before ice bucket challenges, offer as much credibility as Al Bore global-warming claims as stupefying as flying Sharknado.

Men For All Seasons: Numerous MLB All-Stars Previously Played College Hoops

Four former college basketball players - Rick Ferrell, Frankie Frisch, Oral Hildebrand and Hal Schumacher - appeared in the inaugural major league baseball All-Star Game in 1933 and at least one ex-college hoopster participated in every All-Star festivity through the remainder of the 20th Century.

An annual average of seven former college hoopsters were MLB All-Stars the first half of the 1950s (including Hall of Famers Monte Irvin, Robin Roberts and Jackie Robinson). That's a higher figure that the total number of ex-college hoopsters competing at the MLB level the last several seasons. Evidence of the recent reduction of dual-sport athletes is exhibited by the fact that pitchers Chris Young (2007) and Matt Thornton (2010) are the only players in this unique category since outfielder Randy Winn (2002).

Former St. John's prize prospect Amir Garrett, who transferred to Cal State Northridge, gave up his basketball career this summer to concentrate on baseball. Garrett probably aspires to pitch in a MLB All-Star Game, but he likely will learn its more difficult to earn a spot on a MLB 40-man roster than a DI college hoop roster.

Arizona, Illinois, San Diego State and Texas A&M each have had three former hoopsters go on to become MLB All-Stars. Following is an alphabetical list of MLB All-Stars who played varsity basketball as a regular for a four-year college:

MLB All-Star Team(s) Pos. All-Star Seasons College Played Hoops
Joe Adcock Braves 1B 1960 Louisiana State
George Altman Cubs OF 1961 and 1962 Tennessee State
Glenn Beckert Cubs 2B 1969 through 1972 Allegheny (PA)
R.C. "Beau" Bell Browns OF 1937 Texas A&M
Bruce Bochte Mariners 1B 1979 Santa Clara
Frank Bolling Braves 2B 1961 and 1962 Spring Hill (AL)
Lou Boudreau* Indians SS 1940-41-42-43-44-47-48 Illinois
Ralph Branca Dodgers P 1947 through 1949 New York University
Al Bumbry Orioles OF 1980 Virginia State
Bob Cerv Athletics LF 1958 Nebraska
Tony Clark Tigers 1B 2001 Arizona/San Diego State
Mickey Cochrane* Tigers C 1934 and 1935 Boston University
Gene Conley Braves/Phillies P 1954-55-59 Washington State
George Crowe Reds 1B 1958 Indiana Central
Alvin Dark Giants SS 1951-52-54 LSU/Southwestern Louisiana
Larry Doby Indians OF 1949 through 1955 Virginia Union
Walt Dropo Red Sox 1B 1950 Connecticut
Hoot Evers Tigers OF 1948 and 1950 Illinois
Rick Ferrell* Red Sox/Senators C 1933 through 1938 and 1944 Guilford (NC)
Boo Ferriss Red Sox P 1946 Mississippi State
Frankie Frisch* Cardinals INF 1933 through 1935 Fordham
Bob Gibson* Cardinals P 1962-65-66-67-68-69-70-72 Creighton
Dick Groat Pirates/Cardinals SS 1959-60-62-63-64 Duke
Wayne Gross Athletics 3B 1977 Cal Poly Pomona
Tony Gwynn* Padres OF 1984 through 1999 (except for 1988) San Diego State
Tom Haller Giants/Dodgers C 1966 through 1968 Illinois
Atlee Hammaker Giants P 1983 East Tennessee State
Mike Hargrove Rangers OF-1B 1975 Northwestern Oklahoma State
Jim Hearn Giants P 1952 Georgia Tech
Oral Hildebrand Indians P 1933 Butler
Chuck Hinton Senators OF 1964 Shaw (NC)
Gil Hodges Dodgers 1B 1949 through 1955 and 1957 St. Joseph's (IN)/Oakland City (IN)
Frank Howard Senators OF 1968 through 1971 Ohio State
Monte Irvin* Giants OF 1952 Lincoln (PA)
Davey Johnson Orioles/Braves 2B 1968-69-70-73 Texas A&M
Duane Josephson White Sox C 1968 Northern Iowa
David Justice Braves/Indians OF 1993-94-97 Thomas More (KY)
Bob Keegan White Sox P 1954 Bucknell
Charlie Keller Yankees OF 1940-41-43-46-47 Maryland
Don Kessinger Cubs SS 1968-69-70-71-72-74 Mississippi
Jim Konstanty Phillies P 1950 Syracuse
Vance Law Cubs 3B 1988 Brigham Young
Dave Lemanczyk Blue Jays P 1979 Hartwick (NY)
Hank Lieber Giants/Cubs OF 1938-40-41 Arizona
Danny Litwhiler Phillies OF 1942 Bloomsburg (PA)
Kenny Lofton Indians/Braves OF 1994 through 1999 Arizona
Johnny Logan Braves SS 1955-57-58-59 Binghamton
Davey Lopes Dodgers 2B 1978 through 1981 Iowa Wesleyan
Jerry Lumpe Tigers 2B 1964 Southwest Missouri State
Ted Lyons* White Sox P 1939 Baylor
Bake McBride Cardinals OF 1976 Westminster (MO)
Wally Moon Cardinals/Dodgers OF 1957 and 1959 Texas A&M
Buddy Myer Senators 2B 1935 and 1937 Mississippi State
Graig Nettles Yankees/Padres 3B 1975-77-78-79-80-85 San Diego State
Bill Nicholson Cubs RF 1940-41-43-44 Washington College (MD)
Joe Niekro Astros P 1979 West Liberty (WV)
Claude Passeau Cubs P 1941-42-43-45-46 Millsaps (MS)
Gary Peters White Sox P 1964 and 1967 Grove City (PA)
Ron Reed Braves P 1968 Notre Dame
Rip Repulski Cardinals OF 1956 St. Cloud State (MN)
Robin Roberts* Phillies P 1950 through 1956 Michigan State
Jackie Robinson* Dodgers INF-OF 1949 through 1954 UCLA
Preacher Roe Dodgers P 1949 through 1952 Harding (AR)
Red Rolfe Yankees 3B 1937 through 1940 Dartmouth
Marius Russo Yankees P 1941 Long Island
Richie Scheinblum Royals OF 1972 LIU-C.W. Post (NY)
Hal Schumacher Giants P 1933 and 1935 St. Lawrence (NY)
Don Schwall Red Sox P 1961 Oklahoma
Jeff Shaw Dodgers P 1998 and 2001 Rio Grande (OH)
Norm Siebern Athletics 1B 1962 through 1964 Southwest Missouri State
Sonny Siebert Indians/Red Sox P 1966 and 1971 Missouri
Lee Smith Cubs/Cardinals/Orioles/Angels P 1983-87-91-92-93-94-95 Northwestern State
Dave Stenhouse Senators P 1962 Rhode Island
Matt Thornton White Sox P 2010 Grand Valley State (MI)
Bob Veale Pirates P 1965 and 1966 Benedictine (KS)
Wes Westrum Giants C 1952 and 1953 Bemidji State (MN)
Bill White Cardinals 1B 1959-60-61-63-64 Hiram (OH)
Sammy White Red Sox C 1953 Washington
Dave Winfield* Padres/Yankees OF 1977 through 1988 Minnesota
Randy Winn Devil Rays OF 2002 Santa Clara
Chris Young Padres P 2007 Princeton

*Baseball Hall of Famers.

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