On This Date: Ex-College Hoopers Make Their Mark on August 4 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 4% of active MLB players earned college diplomas. Nonetheless, numerous ex-college hoopers had front-row seats to many of the most notable games, transactions and dates in MLB history.

Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 4 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:


  • Cincinnati Reds CF Ethan Allen (Cincinnati basketball 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 (hooper appearing 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 LHP Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54).

  • Chicago Cubs 2B Glenn Beckert (three-year hoops letterman for Allegheny PA) banged out five hits against the Houston Astros in a 1969 game.

  • 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.

  • Philadelphia Athletics RHP Jack Coombs (captain and starting hoops center for Colby ME) went the distance in a 16-inning duel against the Chicago White Sox ending in a scoreless tie.

  • Atlanta Braves 3B Darrell Evans (member of Jerry Tarkanian-coached Pasadena City CA hoops club winning 1967 state community college crown) homered in his third consecutive contest in 1975.

  • In 1971, St. Louis Cardinals RHP Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer and rebounder in 1955-56 and 1956-57) posted his 200th career victory.

  • San Diego Padres RF 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 (hooper for Manhattan teams winning school-record 17 consecutive games in 1930 and 1931) delivered four hits against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 1937 contest.

  • Chicago Cubs 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) scored four runs in a 1969 outing against the Houston Astros.

  • A pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the ninth inning by INF Jerry Kindall (averaged 6.9 ppg for Minnesota as junior in 1955-56) tied the score for the Minnesota Twins en route to a 4-3 win against the Washington Senators in 1965.

  • 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 before transferring with his coach to Washburn KS) stole four bases against the Houston Astros in a 1974 game.

  • In a stunning relief performance, New York Yankees RHP Lindy McDaniel (played for Oklahoma's 1954-55 freshman hoops 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.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers LF Wally Moon (averaged 4.3 ppg with Texas A&M in 1948-49 and 1949-50) went 4-for-4 against the Chicago Cubs in a 1961 contest.

  • St. Louis Browns RHP 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 hoops briefly for Central Washington in 1967-68) stole three bases against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 1979 game.

  • New York Yankees 3B Red Rolfe (played hoops briefly with Dartmouth in 1927-28 and 1929-30) went 5-for-5, including three extra-base hits, against the Washington Senators in a 1935 outing.

  • New York Mets 3B Ted Schreiber (played hoops 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.

  • St. Louis Cardinals rookie RHP Ray Washburn (Whitworth WA scoring leader when named All-Evergreen Conference in 1958-59 and 1959-60) fired a four-hit shutout against the Houston Colt .45s in 1962.

  • While warming up prior to the fifth inning in a 1983 game at Toronto, New York Yankees CF Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) accidentally killed a seagull with a thrown ball.

  • New York Yankees LHP Tom Zachary (Guilford NC hoops letterman in 1916) notched his seventh straight win with a shutout against the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a 1929 doubleheader.