Gender Neutral: DI Men's Head Coaches Who Previously Coached Females

Is there any doubt Michael Porter Sr. received a whopping three-year, $1.125 million contract as assistant coach at Missouri more for delivering two sons who are regal recruits rather than value of his one season of experience as an NCAA Division I men's coaching aide at Washington? But perhaps Mizzou also factored in worth of Porter's previous collegiate coaching experience as an assistant for the Tigers' female program. At any rate, how many current DI head coaches have coaching women at collegiate or professional level on their resumes? Former Maryland All-American Juan Dixon, new mentor for Coppin State, is among four HBCU head coaches on the following alphabetical list of bench bosses in this unique category:

Active DI Mentor School Experience Coaching Women at Collegiate or Professional Level
Scott Cherry High Point Middle Tennessee State assistant in 1998-99
Juan Dixon Coppin State University of District of Columbia head coach in 2016-17
Wes Flanigan UALR Northwest Mississippi Community College assistant at turn of 21st Century
Bob Hoffman Mercer Compiled 88-16 record at Southern Nazarene (Okla.) from 1987-88 through 1989-90
George Ivory Arkansas-Pine Bluff Jackson State assistant from 1987-88 through 1997-98
Edward Joyner Jr. Hampton Johnson C. Smith assistant from 2002-03 through 2006-07
Mike Maker Marist Hartnell Community College (Calif.) coach in 1990-91
Kevin Nickelberry Howard University Columbia Union (Md.) head coach from 1991-92 through 1993-94
Fran O'Hanlon Lafayette Temple assistant in 1984-85
Russ Pennell Central Arkansas Phoenix Mercury interim head coach in 2013 (9-4 record)

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopers Make Their Mark on August 5 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.

Former Morehead State hoopers Denny Doyle and Steve Hamilton had significant MLB career games on this date. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 5 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 5

  • San Diego Padres RHP Mike Adams (played basketball 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 CF 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 hoops playoff team) traded by the New York Mets to the Milwaukee Braves in 1965.

  • Boston Red Sox 2B Denny Doyle (averaged 2.7 ppg for Morehead State in 1962-63) went hitless, snapping his career-high 22-game hitting streak in 1975. The next day, Doyle started a seven-game hitting skein.

  • RHP 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.

  • New York Yankees LHP Steve Hamilton (All-OVC selection was Morehead State's leading scorer and rebounder in 1956-57 and 1957-58) secured the lone MLB shutout in his 12-year career (five-hitter against Cleveland Indians in nightcap of 1966 doubleheader).

  • Posting one of his N.L.-leading five shutouts in 1950, New York Giants RHP Jim Hearn (Georgia Tech hoops 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 Cincinnati Reds in opener of 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 a 1969 game.

  • 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. Five years earlier, Lofton went 11-for-20 with three homers in a four-game series against the Baltimore Orioles in 1996.

  • Chicago Cubs RF Jerry Martin (1971 Southern Conference Tournament MVP after finishing runner-up in scoring previous season for Furman's) whacked two homers against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 1980 contest.

  • Baltimore Orioles RHP Ben McDonald (started six games as 6-6 freshman forward for LSU in 1986-87 under coach Dale Brown) hurled a one-hit shutout against the Milwaukee Brewers in 1994.

  • Washington Senators 2B Buddy Myer (Mississippi State hoops letterman in 1923-24) went 4-for-4 with four runs scored and seven RBI against the Detroit Tigers in a 1929 game.

  • Chicago Cubs RF Bill Nicholson (hoops guard for Washington College MD two years in mid-1930s) banged out four hits against the Pittsburgh Pirates after homering in three previous games in 1944.

  • Detroit Tigers OF Jim Northrup (second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for Alma MI in 1958-59) went 4-for-4 against the New York Yankees in 1973, capping off a six-game spurt raising his batting average from .268 to .310.

  • 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.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Kent Tekulve (freshman hooper for Marietta OH in mid-1960s) won opener and saved nightcap of 1979 twinbill against the Philadelphia Phillies.

  • LHP 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 RF Cy Williams (Notre Dame forward in 1909-10), who went on to lead the N.L. in homers in 1927, hit for the cycle and knocked in six runs in a 9-7 triumph against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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:

AUGUST 4

  • 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.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopers Make Their Mark on August 3 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.

Several former small-college hoopers from Pennsylvania - Charlie Gelbert (Lebanon Valley), Danny Litwhiler (Bloomsburg) and Christy Mathewson (Bucknell) - made MLB news on this date. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 3 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 3

  • In the midst of homering in three consecutive contests, New York Mets 1B Tony Clark (San Diego State's leading scorer in WAC basketball games in 1991-92) amassed two round-trippers and five RBI against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 2003 game.

  • Philadelphia Phillies RHP 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 (hoops Little All-American in 1935 and 1936 with High Point) purchased from the Chicago Cubs by the New York Giants in 1948.

  • Alvin Dark (hoops 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 hoops scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) hammered three homers against the New York Giants in a 1947 doubleheader.

  • San Francisco Giants C Tom Haller (Illinois backup forward in 1956-57 and 1957-58) hammered two homers against the New York Mets in a 1966 contest.

  • Boston Braves 1B Buddy Hassett (hooper for Manhattan teams winning school-record 17 consecutive games in 1930 and 1931) went 4-for-4 against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1940 game.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers 1B Gil Hodges (hooper for St. Joseph's IN in 1943 and Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) collected two homers and six RBI against the Milwaukee Braves in a 1955 contest.

  • Washington Senators LF 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) homered in both ends of doubleheader split against the Minnesota Twins in 1965.

  • New York Yankees LF Charlie Keller (Maryland hoops letterman from 1934-35 through 1936-37) contributed two homers and five RBI against the Detroit Tigers in the nightcap of a 1943 twinbill.

  • 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.

  • St. Louis Cardinals LF Danny Litwhiler (member of JV hoops squad with Bloomsburg PA in mid-1930s) delivered four hits and six RBI against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 1944 game.

  • Cleveland Indians rookie CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling 35-3 record) supplied three extra-base hits against the New York Yankees in a 1992 outing. The next year, Lofton logged four runs and three stolen bases against the Detroit Tigers in a 1993 contest.

  • RHP Christy Mathewson (Bucknell hooper 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.

  • Chicago Cubs rookie RF Bill Nicholson (hoops guard for Washington College MD two years in mid-1930s) smacked two triples against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1939 contest.

  • Minnesota Twins RHP Joe Niekro (averaged 8.9 ppg and 3.8 rpg for West Liberty WV from 1963-64 through 1965-66) suspended for 10 games by A.L. President Bobby Brown after he was caught with a file on the mound and ejected during the fourth inning of a game against the California Angels in 1987.

  • New York Yankees LF Irv Noren (hooper of year for California community college state champion Pasadena City in 1945) notched four hits for the second time in a six-game span in 1953.

  • Detroit Tigers OF Jim Northrup (second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for Alma MI in 1958-59) drilled a game-winning, pinch homer in the bottom of the ninth inning against Chicago White Sox reliever Hoyt Wilhelm in the opener of a 1966 doubleheader.

  • Philadelphia Phillies RHP Ron Reed (Notre Dame's leading rebounder in 1963-64 and 1964-65) registered a save, victory or hold in eight straight relief appearances in 1982.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers 2B Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in Pacific Coast Conference both of his seasons with UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41) homered in both ends of a 1952 twinbill sweep of the Chicago Cubs.

  • Montreal Expos RF Ken Singleton (Hofstra freshman hoops 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 LHP 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.

  • St. Louis Cardinals rookie CF Bill Virdon (Drury MO hooper in 1949) blasted two homers against the New York Giants in a 1955 game.

  • Boston Braves LHP Tom Zachary (Guilford NC hoops letterman in 1916) tossed a two-hit shutout against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1933.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopers Make Their Mark on August 2 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.

Former Fordham hoopers Frankie Frisch and Babe Young delivered dynamic MLB doubleheaders on this date. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 2 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 2

  • New York Yankees LF Bob Cerv (ranked fourth on Nebraska's all-time scoring list in 1949-50 when finishing his basketball 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 hooper in early 1920s) hit for the cycle against the New York Yankees in a 1933 game.

  • Milwaukee Braves RHP Gene Conley (All-PCC first-team selection led North Division in scoring in 1949-50 as Washington State sophomore) fired a four-hit shutout against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1957.

  • 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 CF Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA hoops titlist) hammered three homers in an 11-0 victory against the Washington Senators in 1950.

  • St. Louis Cardinals 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham hoops captain) stroked three hits in both ends of a 1936 doubleheader sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies.

  • Brooklyn Robins rookie 1B Buddy Hassett (hooper 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.

  • RHP Cal Koonce (hoops standout for Campbell in 1960 and 1961 when North Carolina-based school was junior college) purchased from the Chicago Cubs by the New York Mets in 1967.

  • Cleveland Indians CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling 35-3 record) logged four hits and four RBI against the Detroit Tigers in a 1994 contest.

  • OF Les Mann (Springfield MA hooper in 1913 and 1914) traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Boston Braves in 1919.

  • RHP Christy Mathewson (Bucknell hooper at turn of 20th Century) yielded 15 singles but the New York Giants still defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-4, in 1911.

  • New York Yankees 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) homered in both ends of 1983 twinbill against the Toronto Blue Jays.

  • Oakland Athletics CF Billy North (played hoops 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.

  • Philadelphia Phillies LF Gary Redus (J.C. hooper for Athens AL and father of Centenary/South Alabama guard with same name) smacked two triples against the Chicago Cubs in a 1986 game.

  • 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.

  • St. Louis Cardinals RHP Lee Smith (averaged 3.4 ppg and 1.9 rpg with Northwestern State in 1976-77) notched a save in his seventh straight relief appearance in 1990, capping off 16 consecutive contests covering 24 1/3 innings without allowing an earned run.

  • Bill Virdon (Drury MO hooper in 1949) fired as manager of the New York Yankees and succeeded by Billy Martin in 1975.

  • New York Giants rookie 1B Babe Young (Fordham hoops letterman in 1935-36) belted two homers against the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a 1940 twinbill.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopers Make Their Mark on August 1 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.

Former San Diego State hoopers Tony Clark and Graig Nettles made MLB news on this date. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 1 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 1

  • Chicago Cubs RF Frankie Baumholtz (MVP in 1941 NIT and first basketball player in Ohio University history to score 1,000 career points) banged out four hits against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 1953 game.

  • Cleveland Indians 2B Bosey Berger (Maryland's first hoops 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 a 1935 contest.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Jim Bibby (Fayetteville State NC backup hooper and brother of UCLA All-American Henry Bibby) incurred his only defeat (1-0 against 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.

  • Detroit Tigers 1B Tony Clark (San Diego State's leading scorer in WAC games in 1991-92) clobbered two homers for the second time in a six-game span in 1998.

  • Boston Red Sox 2B Denny Doyle (averaged 2.7 ppg for Morehead State in 1962-63) delivered four hits in a 1976 game against the New York Yankees.

  • 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.

  • Atlanta Braves 3B Darrell Evans (member of Jerry Tarkanian-coached Pasadena City CA club winning 1967 state community college crown) homered for the fourth straight day in 1973.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers C Joe Ferguson (hooper in 1967 NCAA playoffs with Pacific) jacked a game-winning homer in the bottom of the 10th inning in a 2-1 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1980.

  • Philadelphia Athletics rookie 2B Gene Handley (Bradley hoops letterman in 1932-33 and 1933-34) manufactured four hits against the Chicago White Sox in a 1946 outing.

  • In 1957, 1B Gil Hodges (hooper for St. Joseph's IN in 1943 and 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.

  • Atlanta Braves 2B Davey Johnson (averaged 1.7 ppg with Texas A&M in 1961-62) drilled two homers against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1973 game.

  • St. Louis Cardinals CF Les Mann (Springfield MA hooper in 1913 and 1914) went 4-for-4 with three doubles against the Brooklyn Robins in a 1921 outing.

  • In 1913, New York Giants RHP Christy Mathewson (Bucknell hooper at turn of 20th Century) reached the 20-win plateau for the 11th consecutive season.

  • Cleveland Indians 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) had his 19-game hitting streak snapped by the Oakland Athletics in 1971.

  • 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 RHP 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 RHP 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 RHP 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 hoops 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.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopers Make Their Mark on July 31 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.

Former LSU hoopers Joe Adcock and Alvin Dark supplied significant MLB performances on this date. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is a July 31 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

JULY 31

  • RHP Mike Adams (played basketball for Texas A&M-Kingsville in 1996-97) traded by the San Diego Padres to the Texas Rangers in 2011.

  • Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading scorer in 1945-46) belted four homers off four different pitchers plus a double against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954, setting a MLB record for most total bases in a game (18) standing until broken by RF Shawn Green in 2002.

  • Chicago Cubs 2B Glenn Beckert (three-year hoops letterman for Allegheny PA) contributed seven hits against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1970 twinbill sweep.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates LF Carson "Skeeter" Bigbee (Oregon hoops letterman in 1915) banged out four hits against the New York Giants in the opener of a 1917 doubleheader.

  • St. Louis Cardinals SS Alvin Dark (LSU and USL hoops letterman in mid-1940s) went 4-for-4 against the New York Giants in a 1957 contest.

  • St. Louis Cardinals CF Taylor Douthit (California hoops letterman from 1922 through 1924) collected five hits and scored four runs in an 18-5 pounding of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1928.

  • In the midst of eight straight scoreless relief appearances, Baltimore Orioles LHP Mike Flanagan (averaged 13.9 ppg for UMass' freshman squad in 1971-72) notched the final of his 167 MLB wins. Earlier in the 1991 campaign, Flanagan amassed 10 consecutive contests where he failed to yield an earned run.

  • Houston Astros INF Gene Freese (West Liberty WV hoops captain of 1952 NAIA Tournament team) stroked a pinch single against the Cincinnati Reds in 1966 before going 0-for-21 during the last two months of his 12-year MLB career.

  • LHP Johnny Gee (captain of Michigan's 16-4 team in 1936-37) absorbed his first defeat since returning to the New York Giants in 1946 after a year's retirement.

  • Cleveland Indians 1B Mike Hargrove (Northwestern Oklahoma State letterman) scored five runs in a 16-11 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays in 1983.

  • Chicago Cubs LF Monte Irvin (Lincoln PA hooper 1 1/2 years in late 1930s) manufactured four hits and five RBI against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1956 game.

  • 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 season) closed out the month with five consecutive multiple-hit contests in 1970.

  • San Diego Padres LHP Dennis Rasmussen (sixth-man for Creighton averaged 5.1 ppg from 1977-78 through 1979-80) yielded more than three runs for the only time in his last 15 starts of the 1988 campaign.

  • Chicago White Sox LF Gary Redus (J.C. hooper for Athens AL and father of Centenary/South Alabama guard with same name) registered two hits in his fifth consecutive contest in 1987.

  • Boston Red Sox rookie RHP Don Schwall (All-Big Seven Conference second-team selection as sophomore in 1956-57 when leading Oklahoma in rebounding) hurled the middle three innings for the A.L., yielding the only run, in a 1-1 tie in the second of two All-Star Games in 1961. St. Louis Cardinals 1B Bill White (played two years with Hiram OH in early 1950s) of the N.L. and Detroit Tigers RF Al Kaline of the A.L. were the only All-Stars with two safeties. Five years later with the Philadelphia Phillies, White went 5-for-5, including four extra-base hits, and chipped in with five RBI in the opener of a 1966 doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

  • Securing his fifth victory of the month, Boston Red Sox RHP Sonny Siebert (team-high 16.7 ppg for Mizzou in 1957-58 as All-Big Eight Conference second-team selection) hurled a one-hitter at California in 1970.

  • Washington Senators rookie RHP Monte Weaver (hoops center for Emory & Henry VA in mid-1920s) secured his eighth victory of the month in 1932.

  • Chicago Cubs OF Cy Williams (Notre Dame forward in 1909-10) clobbered a three-run homer to chase New York Giants Hall of Fame RHP Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) in the opener of a 1915 doubleheader.

  • San Diego Padres RF Dave Winfield (starting forward for Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) went 5-for-5 with four RBI and scored four runs in a 1979 outing against the Atlanta Braves.

  • Boston Braves 3B Chuck Workman (All-MIAA first-five hoops selection for Central Missouri State as sophomore and junior in mid-1930s) blasted two homers against the New York Giants in the nightcap of a 1945 twinbill.

  • Washington Senators LHP Tom Zachary (Guilford NC hoops letterman in 1916) tossed a three-hit shutout against the Detroit Tigers in 1924.

Romar and Orr Lend DI Coaching Experience as Aide at Power-League Member

Whether you're a long-time successful mentor such as Sean Miller (Arizona) or head coaching newcomer like Patrick Ewing (Georgetown), even power-league members are interested in hiring assistant coaches to capitalize on their experience. Following are a dozen current aides who previously were head coach for three different NCAA Division I schools:

Assistant Coach Current School NCAA DI Head Coaching Experience
Tom Abatemarco Florida Gulf Coast Lamar, Drake and Cal State Sacramento
Ron Everhart West Virginia McNeese State, Northeastern and Duquesne
Larry Farmer Western Michigan UCLA, Weber State and Loyola of Chicago
Stan Heath Boston College Kent State, Arkansas and South Florida
Johnny Jones Nevada Memphis, North Texas and Louisiana State
Ray McCallum Georgia State Ball State, Houston and Detroit
Jim Molinari Nebraska Northern Illinois, Bradley and Western Illinois
Louis Orr Georgetown Siena, Seton Hall and Bowling Green
Lorenzo Romar Arizona Pepperdine, Saint Louis and Washington
Heath Schroyer Brigham Young Portland State, Wyoming and Tennessee-Martin
Joe Scott Holy Cross Air Force, Princeton and Denver
Jerry Wainwright Fresno State UNC Wilmington, Richmond and DePaul

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopers Make Their Mark on July 30 MLB Games

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Several former non-DI hoopers from Alabama colleges - Frank Bolling (Spring Hill), Marv Breeding (Samford) and Gary Redus (Athens J.C.) - made MLB news on this date. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is a July 30 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

JULY 30

  • Chicago Cubs 2B Glenn Beckert (three-year basketball letterman for Allegheny PA) provided four hits against the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a 1967 twinbill.

  • Texas Rangers RHP Jim Bibby (Fayetteville State NC backup hooper and brother of UCLA All-American Henry Bibby) fanned 13 batters while hurling a no-hitter against the first-place Oakland A's in 1973.

  • Texas Rangers 1B Larry Biittner (runner-up in scoring and rebounding in 1966-67 for Buena Vista IA) went 4-for-4 in a 2-1 victory against the Oakland Athletics in the opener of a 1972 doubleheader.

  • Milwaukee Braves 2B Frank Bolling (averaged 7.3 ppg in 1950-51 for Spring Hill AL) belted a double off Hank Aguirre for the N.L. in the second 1962 All-Star Game. 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) contributed two hits and two RBI for the N.L. and Washington Senators RHP Dave Stenhouse (three-time All-Yankee Conference selection for Rhode Island from 1952-53 through 1954-55) started for the A.L.

  • 2B Marv Breeding (Samford hooper in mid-1950s) traded by the Washington Senators to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1963.

  • In the midst of a career-high 12-game hitting streak, Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Donn Clendenon (four-sport letterman with Morehouse GA) manufactured four safeties against the Atlanta Braves in a 1968 game.

  • Philadelphia Athletics C Mickey Cochrane (Boston University hooper in early 1920s) went 4-for-4 with two homers and six RBI in an 8-5 win against the St. Louis Browns in 1931.

  • Alvin Dark (hoops letterman for LSU and USL during World War II) fired as manager of the Cleveland Indians in 1971.

  • Philadelphia Phillies 2B Denny Doyle (averaged 2.7 ppg for Morehead State in 1962-63) went 4-for-4 against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 1971 outing, triggering a nine-game hitting streak.

  • Detroit Tigers CF Hoot Evers (Illinois hoops starter in 1939-40) accumulated three hits and four runs against the Philadelphia Athletics in a 1948 contest.

  • New York Giants 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham hoops captain) collected five hits and four runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the nightcap of a 1923 twinbill.

  • In his initial MLB start, St. Louis Cardinals RHP Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer and rebounder in 1955-56 and 1956-57) posted his first of 251 career victories with #1 of 56 shutouts (1-0 against Cincinnati Reds in 1959).

  • In the midst of a career-high 13-game hitting streak, Oakland Athletics 3B Wayne Gross (Cal Poly Pomona assists leader in 1974-75) whacked two homers in an 11-1 win against the Toronto Blue Jays in 1980.

  • New York Giants OF Monte Irvin (Lincoln PA hooper 1 1/2 years in late 1930s) tied a N.L. record by grounding into three double plays against the Milwaukee Braves in a 1953 game.

  • Cleveland Indians DH David Justice (Thomas More KY assists leader in 1984-85) jacked two homers against the Seattle Mariners in a 1998 contest.

  • In 1991, Seattle Mariners LHP Bill Krueger (led WCAC in free-throw percentage as freshman en route to averaging 5.1 ppg for Portland from 1975-76 through 1979-80) collected his eighth triumph in nine decisions over a two-month span.

  • New York Giants RHP Christy Mathewson (Bucknell hooper at turn of 20th Century) had his 13-game winning streak snapped by the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-1, in 1909.

  • Washington Senators RF Sam Mele (NYU's leading scorer in 1943 NCAA playoffs) homered and provided four RBI in both ends of a 1950 doubleheader sweep against the St. Louis Browns.

  • Cleveland Indians RF Ed Morgan (Tulane hoops letterman from 1923-24 through 1925-26) contributed four hits against the Boston Red Sox in a 1929 outing.

  • San Diego Padres 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) amassed two homers and five RBI against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1986 game.

  • St. Louis Cardinals C Don Padgett (freshman in 1934 with Lenoir-Rhyne NC excelled in multiple sports) provided four hits against the Boston Braves in a 1940 contest.

  • Chicago White Sox LHP Gary Peters (Grove City PA hooper in mid-1950s) faced only 29 batters in a 75-pitch, 6-0 shutout of the New York Yankees in 1966. Two years earlier, Peters hurled his third three-hit complete game this month en route to leading the A.L. with 20 victories in 1964.

  • Philadelphia Phillies LF Gary Redus (J.C. hooper for Athens AL and father of Centenary/South Alabama guard with same name) registered two doubles among his four hits against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 1986 game.

  • Philadelphia Phillies RHP Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) spun his third shutout in a row en route to a N.L.-high five whitewashes in 1950.

  • Chicago Cubs SS Roy Smalley Jr. (one of top scorers in 1942-43 and 1943-44 for Drury MO) collected five RBI, including a decisive two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning, in a 7-6 triumph against the New York Giants in 1951.

  • San Diego Padres CF Will Venable (All-Ivy League first-team selection as junior and second-team choice as senior averaged 9.3 ppg under Princeton coach John Thompson III from 2001-02 through 2004-05) contributed four safeties against the Cincinnati Reds in a 2009 game. Venable belted a homer for the first of three consecutive contests.

  • OF Randy Winn (Santa Clara backcourtmate of eventual two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash in 1993-94) traded by the Seattle Mariners to the San Francisco Giants in 2005. Two years earlier, Winn amassed two homers and six RBI against the Detroit Tigers in a 2003 game.

  • Boston Braves LHP Tom Zachary (Guilford NC hoops letterman in 1916) won his fifth game of the month in 1932.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopers Make Their Mark on July 29 MLB Games

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Former NYU hoopers Hank Greenberg and Sam Mele made MLB news on this date. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is a July 29 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

JULY 29

  • Philadelphia Athletics RHP Jack Coombs (captain and starting basketball center for Colby ME) posted his 10th victory of the month in 1910.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers RHP Roger Craig (forward with North Carolina State's 1949-50 freshman hoops team) secured his second shutout in a nine-day span in 1959. Three years later with the New York Mets, Craig lost his sixth straight decision during the month in 1962.

  • Chicago White Sox CF Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA hoops titlist) homered twice in the opener en route to knocking in eight runs in a 1956 doubleheader sweep of the Boston Red Sox.

  • OF Hoot Evers (hoops starter for Illinois in 1939-40) awarded on waivers from the New York Giants to the Detroit Tigers in 1954.

  • Philadelphia Phillies 3B Gene Freese (West Liberty WV hoops captain of 1952 NAIA Tournament team) homered in his third consecutive contest in 1959.

  • Detroit Tigers 1B Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoops scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) banged out four hits against the New York Yankees in 1937. the next year, Greenberg blasted two homers for the third time in a four-game span in 1938.

  • San Diego Padres RF Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81) stroked three doubles against the New York Mets in a 1998 game.

  • New York Yankees LHP Steve Hamilton (All-OVC selection was Morehead State's leading scorer and rebounder in 1956-57 and 1957-58) notched a hold against the California Angels as he went unscored upon two months in a row covering 12 relief appearances in 1970.

  • Cleveland Indians 1B Mike Hargrove (Northwestern Oklahoma State hoops letterman) homered twice against the Seattle Mariners in a 1980 contest.

  • Brooklyn Robins rookie 1B Buddy Hassett (hooper for Manhattan team winning school-record 17 consecutive games in 1930 and 1931) collected four runs, two triples and five RBI against the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a 1936 doubleheader.

  • 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) homered in all five games of series against the San Francisco Giants closing out the month in 1962.

  • Detroit Tigers SS Harvey Kuenn (played hoops briefly for Wisconsin in 1951-52 after competing on JV squad previous season) contributed four hits against the Philadelphia Athletics in the nightcap of a 1954 twinbill.

  • Chicago Cubs 3B Vance Law (averaged 6.8 ppg for Brigham Young from 1974-75 through 1976-77) smacked two homers against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1988 game.

  • Cincinnati Reds RF Danny Litwhiler (member of JV hoops squad with Bloomsburg PA in mid-1930s) went 4-for-4 for the second time in an eight-game span in 1948.

  • Chicago White Sox P Joel Horlen, flirting with a no-hitter entering the ninth inning, wound up losing the game, 2-1, when OF Don Lock (Wichita State field-goal percentage leader in 1956-57 and 1957-58 under coach Ralph Miller) socked a homer for the Washington Senators in 1963. LF Chuck Hinton (played multiple sports for Shaw NC) broke up the no-hit bid with a one-out single in the ninth. The next year, Lock knocked in all of the Senators' runs with two homers in a 4-1 win against the Cleveland Indians.

  • St. Louis Cardinals rookie CF Bake McBride (averaged 12.7 ppg and 8.1 rpg in 21 games with Westminster MO in 1968-69 and 1969-70) posted his third three-hit game in a row in series against the Chicago Cubs in 1974.

  • OF Sam Mele (NYU's leading scorer in 1943 NCAA playoffs) awarded on waivers from the Baltimore Orioles to the Boston Red Sox in 1954.

  • Cleveland Indians 1B Ed Morgan (Tulane hoops letterman from 1923-24 through 1925-26) went 5-for-5 and chipped in with five RBI in a 14-7 win against the Detroit Tigers in 1929.

  • Oakland Athletics CF Billy North (played hoops briefly for Central Washington in 1967-68) collected four RBI in an 11-9 victory against the Chicago White Sox in 1974.

  • RHP Paul Reuschel (Western Illinois' leading rebounder in 1966-67 with 15.2 per game) posted the save when the Cleveland Indians extended their winning streak to seven games with a 9-6 decision over the Chicago White Sox in 1979.

  • In 1963, Minnesota Twins rookie LHP Garry Roggenburk (Dayton's leading scorer three straight seasons from 1959-60 through 1961-62 grabbed school-record 32 rebounds in third varsity game) didn't allow an earned run in his first eight relief appearances of the month until the Red Sox tallied one earned run 4 2/3 innings against him.

  • Philadelphia Phillies SS Roy Smalley Jr. (one of top scorers for Drury MO in 1942-43 and 1943-44) snapped a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning with his second of two triples against the Milwaukee Braves in a 1956 game.

  • St. Louis Cardinals RHP Ray Washburn (Whitworth WA leading scorer as All-Evergreen Conference pick in 1958-59 and 1959-60) won his seventh straight decision in 1968 with fifth victory of the month while compiling a 0.90 ERA over those last five starts.

  • Boston Red Sox C Sammy White (All-PCC Northern Division first-five selection for Washington in 1947-48 and 1948-49) went 4-for-4 in a 1959 contest against the Cleveland Indians.

  • Philadelphia Phillies CF Cy Williams (Notre Dame hoops forward in 1909-10) homered twice against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 1923 outing.

  • In 2005, LF Randy Winn (Santa Clara backcourtmate of eventual two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash in 1993-94) manufactured four hits in his final game with the Seattle Mariners.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopers Make Their Mark on July 28 MLB Games

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Former college hoopers Billy North (Central Washington), Ossie Orwoll (Luther IA) and Ace Parker (Duke) provided key MLB performances on this date for the Athletics' franchise. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is a July 28 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

JULY 28

  • Cincinnati Reds CF Ethan Allen (Cincinnati basketball letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) went 4-for-4 in a 7-5 win against the Brooklyn Robins in the nightcap of a 1929 doubleheader.

  • 1B Donn Clendenon (hoops letterman for Morehouse GA) clobbered two homers en route to setting a New York Mets record by knocking in seven runs in a 12-2 rout of the San Francisco Giants in 1970.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers rookie RHP Roger Craig (forward with North Carolina State's 1949-50 freshman hoops team) fanned 11 Cincinnati Reds batters to post his third MLB victory in as many starts in 1955.

  • Detroit Tigers CF Hoot Evers (Illinois hoops starter in 1939-40) contributed four hits against the Boston Red Sox in a 1948 contest.

  • Kansas City Royals rookie RHP Rich Gale (led New Hampshire with 7.2 rpg in 1975-76), improving his mark to 12-3, posted his fifth triumph of the month by tossing his third shutout in 1978.

  • Detroit Tigers 1B Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) stroked four hits against the Cleveland Indians in a 1935 game.

  • Washington Senators rookie OF Gary Holman (USC hoops letterman in 1962-63) delivered a career-high three hits against the Boston Red Sox in a 1968 outing.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers rookie 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) furnished six RBI in an 8-6 win against the Cincinnati Reds in 1960.

  • New York Yankees LF Charlie Keller (Maryland three-year hoops letterman from 1934-35 through 1936-37) cracked three homers against the Chicago White Sox in the opener of a 1940 twinbill. Keller went yard only once more in the remaining 58 games of the campaign.

  • Toronto Blue Jays RHP Dave Lemanczyk (averaged 4.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg from 1969-70 through 1971-72 on couple of NCAA College Division Tournament teams for Hartwick NY) registered his third shutout in 1979, blanking his former team, the Detroit Tigers, 3-0.

  • CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling 35-3 record) traded by the Chicago White Sox to the San Francisco Giants in 2002.

  • Chicago White Sox RHP Ted Lyons (two-time All-SWC first-team selection for Baylor in early 1920s) tied a MLB record with two doubles in a 10-run second inning en route to a 14-6 decision over the St. Louis Browns in the opener of a 1935 doubleheader.

  • Oakland Athletics CF Billy North (played four basketball games with Central Washington in 1967-68) made an unassisted double play against the Kansas City Royals in a 1973 contest.

  • Philadelphia Athletics rookie 1B Ossie Orwoll (Luther IA hooper in first half of 1920s), raising his batting average to .390, manufactured four hits against the St. Louis Browns in a 1928 game.

  • Philadelphia Athletics rookie SS Ace Parker (Duke hoops letterman in 1935-36) provided a career-high three hits and four RBI in an 11-7 win against the Cleveland Indians in 1937.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers INF Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in PCC both of his seasons with UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41) went on a 12-for-25 spurt en route to capturing the 1949 N.L. batting title.

  • Boston Red Sox RF Arlie Tarbert (Ohio State hoops letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) collected a career-high two hits in a 3-0 win against the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a 1927 doubleheader.

  • In the midst of a career-high 20-game hitting streak, St. Louis Cardinals 1B Bill White (two-year hooper with Hiram OH in early 1950s) doubled in his fourth consecutive contest in 1964.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopers Make Their Mark on July 27 MLB Games

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Former college hoopers Frankie Frisch (Fordham), Wally Moon (Texas A&M) and Ray Washburn (Whitworth WA) supplied significant MLB performances on this date for the St. Louis Cardinals. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is a July 27 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

JULY 27

  • Chicago Cubs RHP Ray Burris (basketball standout in Southwestern Oklahoma State Hall of Fame) capped off a streak of six straight winning starts in 1976 with his second shutout in that span.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers RHP Roger Craig (forward with North Carolina State's 1949-50 freshman hoops team) hurled one of his four shutouts in 1959.

  • St. Louis Cardinals 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham hoops captain) contributed four hits against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1933 contest.

  • In an 8-0 victory against the Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres RF Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81) secured five hits in a game for the third time in the 1993 campaign.

  • Los Angeles LHP Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman hoops squad in 1953-54) fanned 16 Philadelphia Phillies in 11 innings before the Dodgers prevailed in 16 frames, 2-1, in 1966.

  • Boston Red Sox rookie OF Joe Lahoud (hoops letterman for New Haven CT) hammered a two-run homer in the top of the 20th inning in a 5-3 win at Seattle in 1969.

  • Toronto Blue Jays DH Rick Leach (averaged 15.5 ppg for Michigan's junior varsity team in 1975-76) singled in the go-ahead run in a 10-8 triumph against the Boston Red Sox in 1987.

  • Washington Senators CF Don Lock (Wichita State field-goal percentage leader in 1956-57 and 1957-58 under coach Ralph Miller) launched back-to-back homers and had five RBI in an 8-4 victory against the Detroit Tigers in 1963.

  • CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling a 35-3 record) traded by the Texas Rangers to the Cleveland Indians in 2007.

  • Cleveland Indians RF Bake McBride (averaged 12.7 ppg and 8.1 rpg in 21 games with Westminster MO in 1968-69 and 1969-70) went 4-for-4 against the Kansas City Royals in a 1983 game.

  • In the ninth inning against the California Angels, New York Yankees SS Gene Michael (Kent State's leading scorer with 14 ppg in 1957-58) pulled the hidden-ball trick for the second time in six weeks in 1970.

  • St. Louis Cardinals rookie CF Wally Moon (averaged 4.3 ppg with Texas A&M in 1948-49 and 1949-50) manufactured four hits for the third time in a 17-game span in 1954.

  • LF Greasy Neale (hooper graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1915) supplied three of the Cincinnati Reds' eight stolen bases in a 14-5 triumph against the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a 1918 doubleheader.

  • Chicago Cubs LF Riggs Stephenson (Alabama hoops letterman in 1920) incurred a season-ending broken ankle stepping on first base against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1931.

  • St. Louis Cardinals RHP Ray Washburn (Whitworth WA leading scorer as All-Evergreen Conference pick in 1958-59 and 1959-60) won for the fifth time in as many starts during the month in 1966.

  • Chicago White Sox 2B Frank Whitman (one of leading scorers with Eureka IL as freshman in 1942-43) stroked a single for his lone MLB hit (against New York Yankees in 1946).

  • New York Yankees RF Dave Winfield (starting forward for Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) collected two homers and five RBI for the second time in a five-game span in 1988.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopers Make Their Mark on July 26 MLB Games

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Former Duke hoops All-Americans Dick Groat and Billy Werber went a combined 9-for-9 as infielders in MLB games on this date. Ex-Fordham hoopers Frankie Frisch and Babe Young also made MLB news on this date. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is a July 26 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

JULY 26

  • Philadelphia Phillies LF Morrie Arnovich (Wisconsin-Superior hooper in early 1930s) went 4-for-4 in a 3-1 setback against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1939.

  • Chicago Cubs 2B Glenn Beckert (three-year hoops letterman for Allegheny PA) banged out five straight hits in a 7-6 decision over the Atlanta Braves in the nightcap of a 1970 doubleheader.

  • Cleveland Indians SS Lou Boudreau (leading scorer for Illinois' 1937 Big Ten Conference co-champion) went 4-for-4 against the Washington Senators in a 1940 game.

  • After incurring a 13-3 defeat against the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox RHP Gene Conley (All-PCC first-team selection led North Division in scoring in 1949-50 as Washington State sophomore) and teammate Pumpsie Green mysteriously disappeared in 1962. Conley wanted to fly to Israel and went to the airport but was denied a ticket because he didn't have a visa.

  • OF Billy Cowan (hoops co-captain of Utah's 1960 NCAA playoff team) purchased from the New York Yankees by the California Angels in 1969.

  • Boston Red Sox C Rick Ferrell (played forward for Guilford NC before graduating in 1928) stroked four hits against the Detroit Tigers in a 1934 contest.

  • Chicago White Sox 3B Gene Freese (West Liberty WV hoops captain of 1952 NAIA Tournament team) collected five hits (including three for extra bases), four runs and four RBI against the Boston Red Sox in a 1960 game.

  • Acting St. Louis Cardinals manager Frankie Frisch (Fordham hoops captain) contributed four hits but they weren't enough to prevent a 6-5 setback at Boston in the nightcap of a 1930 twinbill against the Braves.

  • New York Giants LHP Johnny Gee (Michigan hoops captain was Big Ten Conference's sixth-leading scorer in 1936-37) hurled a complete-game, 3-2 win against the Cincinnati Reds in 1946.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates rookie SS Dick Groat (two-time All-Ameican with Duke in 1950-51 and 1951-52 when finishing among nation's top five scorers each season) ended an 0-for-19 slump by going 5-for-5 in a 6-4 win against the Boston Braves in 1952.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers 1B Gil Hodges (hooper for St. Joseph's IN in 1943 and Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) knocked in five runs against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1958 game.

  • Washington Senators LF 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) homered in his third consecutive contest against the California Angels in 1970. Three years later with the Detroit Tigers, Howard connected for round-trippers in both at-bats against the Boston Red Sox in a 1973 contest.

  • Atlanta Braves 2B Davey Johnson (averaged 1.7 ppg with Texas A&M in 1961-62) homered in both ends of a 1973 doubleheader split against the Cincinnati Reds.

  • New York Yankees LF Charlie Keller (Maryland three-year hoops letterman from 1934-35 through 1936-37) clobbered two homers against the Detroit Tigers in a 1942 game.

  • New York Giants LF Hank Leiber (Arizona hooper in 1931) started a fourth-inning triple play with a brilliant catch near the wall in a 5-4 verdict over the Cincinnati Reds in 1936.

  • New York Giants RHP Christy Mathewson (Bucknell hooper at turn of 20th Century) won his 21st consecutive contest from the Cincinnati Reds in 1911.

  • In the midst of a career-high 15-game hitting streak in 1973, Oakland Athletics CF Billy North (played briefly for Central Washington in 1967-68) supplied multiple safeties for the sixth time in last nine outings.

  • Baltimore Orioles RF Ken Singleton (Hofstra freshman hoops squad in mid-1960s) knocked in five runs against the Seattle Mariners in a 1979 game.

  • Boston Red Sox 3B Billy Werber (first Duke hoops All-American in 1929-30) went 4-for-4 against the Detroit Tigers in a 1934 contest.

  • 1B Babe Young (Fordham hoops letterman in 1935-36) traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1948.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopers Make Their Mark on July 25 MLB Games

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Former Alabama hoopers Riggs Stephenson and Jim Tabor each had four hits in a MLB game on this date. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is a July 25 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

JULY 25

  • Joey Amalfitano (Loyola Marymount hooper in 1952-53) became manager of the Chicago Cubs in 1980.

  • In his second MLB start, California Angels 1B Bruce Bochte (starting forward for Santa Clara's NCAA playoff team in 1969-70 when averaging 7.4 ppg and 4 rpg) banged out four hits against the Kansas City Royals in a 1974 game.

  • Detroit Tigers 1B Tony Clark (San Diego State's leading scorer in WAC games in 1991-92) homered from each side of the plate for the second time in 1999 season in a 9-1 triumph against the Boston Red Sox.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers RF Joe Ferguson (hooper in 1967 NCAA playoffs with Pacific) knocked in five runs against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1979 contest.

  • Philadelphia Athletics RF Walt French (hoops letterman for Rutgers and Army) supplied four hits against the Detroit Tigers in a 1927 outing.

  • St. Louis Cardinals rookie SS Charlie Gelbert (scored at least 125 points each of last three seasons in late 1920s for Lebanon Valley PA) went 4-for-4 against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1929 game.

  • RF David Justice (Thomas More KY assists leader in 1984-85) jacked a home run to account for the Atlanta Braves' lone hit and game's only run in a 1-0 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1992.

  • Boston Red Sox 1B Tony Lupien (Harvard hoops captain in 1938-39) went 5-for-6, including three extra-base hits, in a 9-8 win against the Louis Browns in 1942.

  • Cleveland Indians rookie 1B Ed Morgan (Tulane hoops letterman from 1923-24 through 1925-26) manufactured five RBI in a 15-5 win against the Boston Red Sox in the nightcap of a 1928 doubleheader.

  • Detroit Tigers RF Jim Northrup (second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for Alma MI in 1958-59) launched two homers against the Washington Senators in a 1968 contest.

  • New York Yankees rookie LHP Dennis Rasmussen (sixth-man for Creighton averaged 5.1 ppg from 1977-78 through 1979-80) blanked the Milwaukee Brewers over seven innings en route to one of his six straight winning decisions in 1984.

  • Philadelphia Phillies RHP Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) fired the second of back-to-back shutouts in 1951.

  • Cleveland Indians 2B Freddy Spurgeon (Kalamazoo MI hooper in 1921-22) stroked four hits against the St. Louis Browns in 1926. The next year, Spurgeon extended his career-high hitting streak to 14 games in a row.

  • Chicago Cubs INF-OF Riggs Stephenson (Alabama hoops letterman in 1920) contributed four hits in a 9-5 win against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1930.

  • Cincinnati Reds rookie LF Evar Swanson (played all five positions for Knox IL) went 5-for-6 against the Boston Braves in a 1929 outing.

  • Boston Red Sox 3B Jim Tabor (Alabama hoops letterman in 1936-37) blasted two homers against the Chicago White in a 1940 game and the Cleveland Indians in a 1941 contest. In a 1944 outing, Tabor went 4-for-4 against the Detroit Tigers.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopers Make Their Mark on July 24 MLB Games

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Former college hoopers Morrie Arnovich (Wisconsin-Superior), Joe Ferguson (Pacific), Dick Groat (Duke), Frank Grube (Lafayette), Harvey Kuenn (Wisconsin) and Tony Lupien (Harvard) had more than three hits in a MLB game on this date. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is a July 24 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

JULY 24

  • Philadelphia Phillies LF Morrie Arnovich (Wisconsin-Superior hooper in early 1930s) went 4-for-4 and scored four runs in a 13-11 win against the Cincinnati Reds in 1937.

  • Philadelphia Athletics LHP Stan Baumgartner (hooper for Western Conference champion for University of Chicago in 1914) hurled a shutout against the St. Louis Browns in 1924.

  • New York Yankees Hall of Fame LF Earle Combs (three-year hoops captain for Eastern Kentucky) crashed into the wall in St. Louis in 1934, incurring a broken collarbone and fractured skull.

  • St. Louis Cardinals SS Alvin Dark (hoops letterman for LSU and USL in mid-1940s) stroked two triples in a 1957 game against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

  • Cleveland Indians CF Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA hoops titlist) smashed a decisive 10th-inning, two-run homer at New York in 1954. The blast was Doby's third round-tripper in two days at Yankee Stadium.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers RF Joe Ferguson (hooper in 1967 NCAA playoffs with Pacific) delivered four hits against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1979 game.

  • A four-hitter against the Seattle Mariners in 1988 was the first shutout with the Toronto Blue Jays by LHP Mike Flanagan (averaged 13.9 ppg for UMass' freshman squad in 1971-72).

  • Pittsburgh Pirates SS Dick Groat (two-time All-American with Duke in 1950-51 and 1951-52 when finishing among nation's top five scorer each season) went 4-for-4 against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1957 contest.

  • Chicago White Sox C Frank Grube (Lafayette starting hoops guard as senior in 1926-27) went 7-for-10 in a 1932 doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians.

  • In his MLB debut, Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Dick Hall (averaged 13.5 ppg from 1948-49 through 1950-51 for Swarthmore PA Southern Division champions in Middle Atlantic States Conference) fanned 11 opposing batters in a complete-game, 12-5 win against the Chicago Cubs in the opener of a 1955 twinbill.

  • The lone MLB homer for Doug Howard (second-team All-WAC choice for BYU in 1968-69 and 1969-70) was a pinch-hit circuit clout for the St. Louis Cardinals off Burt Hooton of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1975.

  • San Francisco Giants OF Harvey Kuenn (played hoops briefly for Wisconsin in 1951-52 after competing on JV squad previous season) collected three doubles among his four hits against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 1964 game.

  • Texas Rangers DH Rick Leach (averaged 15.5 ppg for Michigan's junior varsity hoops team in 1975-76) logged six hits in last seven at-bats after going 3-for-4 against the Toronto Blue Jays in 1989.

  • Washington Senators CF Don Lock (Wichita State field-goal percentage leader in 1956-57 and 1957-58 under coach Ralph Miller) lashed back-to-back homers against the Kansas City Athletics in a 1965 contest.

  • Chicago White Sox 1B Tony Lupien (Harvard hoops captain in 1938-39) stroked five hits in an 8-4 win against the New York Yankees in the nightcap of a 1948 doubleheader.

  • St. Louis Cardinals RF Wally Roettger (Illinois hoops letterman in 1921-22 and 1922-23) contributed four RBI in a 6-4 triumph against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1929.

  • Boston Red Sox 3B Jim Tabor (Alabama hoops letterman in 1936-37) knocked in six runs against the Chicago White Sox in a 1941 game.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopers Make Their Mark on July 23 MLB Games

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Former Southwest Missouri State hoopers Mark Bailey, Jerry Lumpe and Norm Siebern had big moments in their MLB careers on this date. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is a July 23 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

JULY 23

  • Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading basketball scorer in 1945-46) contributed four hits against the Brooklyn Dodgers in a 1955 game.

  • C Mark Bailey (led Southwest Missouri State in rebounding and field-goal shooting in 1980-81) traded by the Houston Astros to the Montreal Expos in 1988.

  • Washington Senators RHP Whitey Campbell (Alabama forward was hoops letterman from 1927 through 1929) made his lone MLB appearance (one inning with no earned runs against Detroit Tigers in 1933).

  • OF Bob Cerv (ranked fourth on school all-time scoring list in 1949-50 when finishing Nebraska career) and C Elston Howard socked back-to-back pinch-hit homers for the New York Yankees in the ninth inning in 1955 but they still lost to the Kansas City Athletics, 8-7, in 11 frames.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers RHP Roger Craig (forward with North Carolina State's 1949-50 freshman hoops team) fired a three-hit shutout against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1960.

  • Boston Braves rookie SS Alvin Dark (hoops letterman for LSU and USL in mid-1940s) manufactured four safeties to cap off a nine-game hitting streak in 1948 after having his career-high 23-game hitting skein end in the opener of a July 15 doubleheader.

  • Boston Red Sox LF Hoot Evers (Illinois hoops starter in 1939-40) supplied three extra-base hits in a 4-3 victory against the Chicago White Sox in 1953. Two years later, Evers' two-run, pinch-hit homer powered the Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 triumph against the Baltimore Orioles, who had traded him earlier in the month.

  • New York Giants 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham hoops captain) went 4-for-4 against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1943 contest.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates LHP Johnny Gee (Michigan captain was Big Ten Conference's sixth-leading scorer in 1936-37) yielded only two hits in seven innings of scoreless relief to notch a 3-2 win against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1943.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates SS Dick Groat (two-time All-American with Duke in 1950-51 and 1951-52 went 4-for-4 against the Chicago Cubs in a 1955 outing.

  • Utilityman Harvey Hendrick (Vanderbilt hoops letterman in 1918) provided a pinch-hit grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Chicago Cubs a 9-5 win in the opener of a 1933 doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies.

  • Washington Senators LF 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) homered for the A.L. off Philadelphia Phillies P Steve Carlton in the 1969 All-Star Game.

  • 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) smacked a triple off Oakland A's P Rollie Fingers in the 1974 All-Star Game.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers 2B Barney Koch (Oregon hoops letterman in 1943-44) contributed a career-high three hits in his MLB debut in the opener of a 1944 twinbill against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

  • Detroit Tigers RF Harvey Kuenn (played hoops briefly for Wisconsin in 1951-52 after competing on JV squad previous season) went 4-for-4 and scored four runs against the Washington Senators in a 1959 game.

  • New York Yankees 3B Jerry Lumpe (member of Southwest Missouri State's 1952 NAIA Tournament championship hoops team) logged his third consecutive contest with three hits in 1958.

  • Chicago White Sox RF Danny Moeller (Millikin IL hoops captain in 1905-06) had a 12-game hitting streak snapped by the Detroit Tigers in 1915.

  • Chicago Cubs RF Bill Nicholson (hooper for Washington College MD in mid-1930s), after swatting four consecutive homers in two 1944 games (three in opener of doubleheader against New York Giants), received the ultimate compliment. In the nightcap of the twinbill, Nicholson is issued an intentional walk forcing in a run.

  • In 1962, Brooklyn Dodgers iNF Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in Pacific Coast Conference both of his seasons with UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41) became the first African-American inductee to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

  • In the midst of nine multiple-hit outings in a 10-game span, New York Yankees 3B Red Rolfe (played hoops briefly with Dartmouth in 1927-28 and 1929-30) provided two of his A.L.-leading 15 triples in a 1936 contest.

  • Philadelphia Athletics rookie 3B Al Rubeling (Towson hooper in early 1930s) went hitless for the only time in a 19-game span in 1940.

  • Kansas City Athletics 1B Norm Siebern (member of Southwest Missouri State squads capturing back-to-back NAIA Tournament titles in 1952 and 1953) went 8-for-12 in a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers in 1961.

  • Cleveland Indians 2B Riggs Stephenson (Alabama hoops letterman in 1920) went 4-for-4 against the Boston Red Sox in a 1924 contest. Eight years later as a Chicago Cubs LF, Stephenson contributed four hits against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 1932 outing.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates CF Bill Virdon (Drury MO hooper in 1949) scored four runs against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a 1958 twinbill. Ten years later in 1968, Virdon's two-run pinch homer in the bottom of the ninth inning was his final MLB hit (after activated from coaching staff).

  • Philadelphia Athletics 3B Billy Werber (first Duke hoops All-American in 1929-30) provided at least three hits for the fourth time in a seven-game span in 1937.

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Former SEC hoopers Joe Adcock (Louisiana State), Boo Ferriss (Mississippi State) and Riggs Stephenson (Alabama) supplied significant MLB performances on this date. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is a July 22 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

JULY 22

  • Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading basketball scorer in 1945-46) homered in both ends of a 1956 doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies.

  • Chicago Cubs 2B Glenn Beckert (three-year hoops letterman for Allegheny PA) chipped in with four hits against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1970 game.

  • St. Louis Browns C Benny Bengough (Niagara hoops letterman from 1916-17 through 1918-19) went 4-for-4 against the Washington Senators in a 1931 contest.

  • Philadelphia Athletics C Mickey Cochrane (Boston University hooper in early 1920s) hit for the cycle against the Washington Senators in a 1932 outing.

  • Cincinnati Reds CF Harry Craft (four-sport letterman with Mississippi College in early 1930s) had his 15-game hitting streak snapped by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1939.

  • Boston Red Sox rookie RHP Boo Ferriss (Mississippi State hoops letterman in 1941) posted his second eight-game winning streak in the 1945 campaign.

  • A two-run, 13th-inning homer by Boston Red Sox rookie 1B Dick Gernert (Temple hoops letterman in 1948-49 when averaging 2.7 ppg) proved to be the difference in a 4-2 win against the Chicago White Sox in 1952.

  • RHP Dallas Green (Delaware's runner-up in scoring and rebounding In 1954-55) purchased from the Philadelphia Phillies by the New York Mets in 1966. Green was returned to Philly three weeks later.

  • In 1999, Cleveland Indians manager Mike Hargrove (Northwestern Oklahoma State hoops letterman) accidentally handed in an incorrect lineup card against the Toronto Blue Jays, forcing the Tribe to forfeit the DH and bat their pitcher in the seventh spot in the batting order.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers 1B Gil Hodges (hooper for St. Joseph's IN in 1943 and Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) homered in both ends of a 1953 doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs.

  • 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) smashed a pinch homer in the 11th inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 5-4 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1961.

  • Detroit Tigers SS Harvey Kuenn (played hoops briefly for Wisconsin in 1951-52 after competing on JV squad previous season) delivered four hits against the Washington Senators in a 1955 game.

  • Chicago Cubs 3B Vance Law (averaged 6.8 ppg for Brigham Young from 1974-75 through 1976-77) whacked two homers against the San Francisco Giants in a 1989 contest.

  • Baltimore Orioles RHP Dave Leonhard (averaged 4.8 ppg for Johns Hopkins MD in 1961-62) tossed a five-hit shutout against the Kansas City Royals in 1971.

  • CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling a 35-3 record) traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Chicago Cubs in 2003. Nine years earlier, Lofton pilfered four bases with the Cleveland Indians against the Chicago White Sox in a 1994 contest.

  • In the midst of closing out the month with eight saves in as many appearances, Los Angeles Dodgers RHP Jeff Shaw (freshman guard for Rio Grande OH hoops squad compiling 31-5 record and reaching second round of 1985 NAIA Tournament) allowed a run for the only time in a span of 17 games in 1998.

  • Baltimore Orioles RF Larry Sheets (All-ODAC hoops selection in 1981-82 and 1982-83 with Eastern Mennonite VA) contributed four RBI in the second of back-to-back games with three hits against the Chicago White Sox in 1987.

  • Kansas City Royals LHP Paul Splittorff (runner-up in scoring and rebounding for Morningside IA in 1967-68) won his eighth decision in a row in 1976.

  • Chicago Cubs LF Riggs Stephenson (Alabama hoops letterman in 1920) went 4-for-4 against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1927, including two of his N.L.-high 46 doubles. Three years later, Stephenson raised his 1930 batting average to .391 by extending a career-high hitting streak to 16 in a row.

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Former college hoopers Frankie Frisch (Fordham), Bob Gibson (Creighton), Hank Greenberg (NYU), Robin Roberts (Michigan State) and Jackie Robinson (UCLA) supplied significant MLB performances on this date en route to becoming Hall of Famers. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is a July 21 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

JULY 21

  • Chicago Cubs 2B Glenn Beckert (three-year basketball letterman for Allegheny PA) contributed four safeties for the second time during a career-high 27-game hitting streak in 1968.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Jim Bibby (Fayetteville State NC backup hooper and brother of UCLA All-American Henry Bibby) tossed a six-hit shutout against the San Francisco Giants in 1978.

  • St. Louis Cardinals 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham hoops captain) homered in both ends of a 1930 doubleheader split against the Brooklyn Robins.

  • St. Louis Cardinals RHP Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer and rebounder in 1955-56 and 1956-57) smacked his fourth homer in a span of nine starts in 1972.

  • Detroit Tigers 1B Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) went 4-for-4, including three extra-base hits, against the Philadelphia Athletics in a 1934 contest.

  • Baltimore Orioles RHP Dick Hall (averaged 13.5 ppg from 1948-49 through 1950-51 for Swarthmore PA Southern Division champions in Middle Atlantic States Conference) fanned three of four Minnesota Twins batters he faced in his 11th straight scoreless relief appearances in 1962.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers INF-OF Harvey Hendrick (Vanderbilt hoops letterman in 1918) hammered a game-winning, three-run homer in the ninth inning of a 9-8 decision over the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a 1930 doubleheader. Hendrick's decisive blast was one of four pinch-hit round-trippers during the twinbill (two for each team).

  • In 2003, Toronto Blue Jays LHP Mark Hendrickson (two-time All-Pacific-10 Conference selection paced Washington State in rebounding four straight seasons from 1992-93 through 1995-96) hurled his first MLB shutout (against New York Yankees).

  • Cleveland Indians RHP Dutch Levsen (Iowa State hoops letterman in 1918-19) hurled the second of back-to-back shutouts in 1926.

  • Milwaukee Braves SS Johnny Logan (Binghamton hooper in 1948-49) went 5-for-5 in a 7-4 win against the New York Giants in the nightcap of a 1957 doubleheader.

  • 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) traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Houston Astros in 1986.

  • Philadelphia Phillies RF Jerry Martin (1971 Southern Conference Tournament MVP after finishing as Furman's runner-up in scoring previous season), pinch-hitting for Bake McBride (averaged 12.7 ppg and 8.1 rpg in 21 games with Westminster MO in 1968-69 and 1969-70), manufactured the game-winning hit with a bases-loaded triple in a 9-6 verdict over the San Francisco Giants in 1977.

  • In his first MLB start, Baltimore Orioles RHP Ben McDonald (started six games as 6-6 freshman forward for LSU in 1986-87 under coach Dale Brown) blanked the Chicago White Sox, 2-0, in 1990.

  • In the midst of a 10-game hitting streak, New York Yankees RF Bud Metheny (hoops letterman for William & Mary from 1935-36 through 1937-38) went 4-for-4 against the St. Louis Browns in a 1943 game. Two years later, Metheny homered in a 12-3 romp over the Chicago White Sox in 1945.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates bonus-baby rookie SS Eddie O'Brien (third-team All-American selection as Seattle senior in 1952-53 when finishing second in nation in field-goal percentage) went 3-for-4 in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak in 1953.

  • Philadelphia Athletics RHP Cotton Pippen (Texas Western hoops letterman in 1929-30) posted his second complete-game victory in less than a month in 1939.

  • In 1960, Philadelphia Phillies RHP Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) hurled his third career one-hitter.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers 2B Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in PCC both of his seasons with UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41) went 4-for-4 against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 1951 outing.

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Former Fordham hoopers Frankie Frisch and Babe Young had outstanding offensive outputs in National League games on this date. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is a July 20 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

JULY 20

  • St. Louis Browns RF Beau Bell (two-year basketball letterman for Texas A&M in early 1930s) banged out three hits in both ends of a 1937 doubleheader against the New York Yankees.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Donn Clendenon (four-sport letterman with Morehouse GA) collected five RBI, including a decisive three-run homer in the seventh inning, in an 8-5 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1966.

  • Boston Red Sox LF Hoot Evers (Illinois hoops starter in 1939-40) scored four runs in an 8-7 win against the Cleveland Indians in 1952.

  • St. Louis Cardinals 3B Jake Flowers (member of Washington College MD "Flying Pentagon" hoops squad in 1923) furnished five hits in a 16-5 romp over the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1932.

  • 3B Gene Freese (captain of 1952 NAIA Tournament hoops team for West Liberty WV) traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Houston Astros for P Jim Mahoney and cash in 1966.

  • St. Louis Cardinals 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham hoops captain) contributed six RBI against the Brooklyn Robins in a 1930 game.

  • St. Louis Cardinals SS Charlie Gelbert (scored at least 125 points each of last three seasons in late 1920s for Lebanon Valley PA) delivered four hits against the Brooklyn Robins in a 1930 contest. Two years later, Gelbert collected three safeties, three runs and three RBI against the same opponent to trigger a career-high 12-game hitting streak in 1932.

  • Detroit Tigers LF Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) went 4-for-4 in a 3-1 victory against the New York Yankees in 1940.

  • In a 1956 contest, Chicago Cubs LF Monte Irvin (Lincoln PA hooper 1 1/2 years in late 1930s) mashed two homers against his original team (New York Giants).

  • San Francisco Giants OF Harvey Kuenn (played hoops briefly for Wisconsin in 1951-52 after competing on JV squad previous season) contributed four hits against the Chicago Cubs in a 1964 game.

  • Cleveland Indians CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling a 35-3 record) provided five hits in a 6-5 win against the Minnesota Twins in 1996.

  • Milwaukee Braves SS Johnny Logan (Binghamton hooper in 1948-49) logged three doubles in a 4-3 loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1955.

  • RHP Christy Mathewson (Bucknell hooper at turn of 20th Century) traded by the New York Giants to the Cincinnati Reds in 1916.

  • Baltimore Orioles RHP Ben McDonald (started six games as a 6-6 freshman forward for LSU in 1986-87) hurled a one-hit shutout against the Kansas City Royals in 1993.

  • LHP Dennis Rasmussen (sixth-man for Creighton averaged 5.1 ppg from 1977-78 through 1979-80) bowed against the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-2, for his lone setback in first 11 decisions with the San Diego Padres in 1988.

  • Cincinnati Reds rookie LF Evar Swanson (played all five positions for Knox IL) went 6-for-9 in a 1929 doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies.

  • In 1955, Preston Ward (second-leading scorer for Southwest Missouri State in 1946-47 and 1948-49) whacked a key three-run pinch homer for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 4-3 win against a Milwaukee Braves squad featuring second baseman Hank Aaron.

  • Cincinnati Reds 1B Babe Young (Fordham hoops letterman in 1935-36) homered in both ends of a 1947 twinbill for the third time this month.

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Former Arizona hoopers Hank Leiber and Kenny Lofton supplied significant games as MLB center fielders on this date. Ditto Ivy Leaguers Bill Almon (Brown), Tony Lupien (Harvard), Red Rolfe (Dartmouth) and Chris Young (Princeton) making MLB news along with LSU's Joe Adcock, who homered twice in a game in each league. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is a July 19 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

JULY 19

  • Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading basketball scorer in 1945-46) went 4-for-4 with two homers and eight RBI against the New York Giants in a 1956 game. Eight years later with the Los Angeles Angels in 1964, Adcock homered twice in a 4-0 victory against the Minnesota Twins in the nightcap of a twinbill.

  • New York Mets SS Bill Almon (averaged 2.5 ppg in half a season for Brown's 1972-73 team ending school's streak of 12 straight losing records) amassed four hits and scored four runs in a 13-3 win against the Cincinnati Reds in 1980.

  • Cleveland Indians SS Lou Boudreau (leading scorer for Illinois' 1937 Big Ten Conference co-champion) contributed three hits in both ends of a 1942 doubleheader sweep against the Boston Red Sox.

  • Washington Senators SS Tim Cullen (starting guard for Santa Clara in 1962-63 when averaging 10 ppg and 3.4 rpg) collected four hits in a 4-2 victory against the Detroit Tigers in 1967.

  • Boston Braves rookie 2B Jack Dittmer (Iowa hooper in 1949-50), entering the game hitting .150, erupted for three safeties and five RBI in a 6-2 triumph against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1952.

  • Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame C Rick Ferrell (Guilford NC hooper in mid-1920s) launched a homer off his brother (Wes Ferrell of Cleveland Indians) in 1933. Wes, who whacked a round-tripper in the same inning (fourth), finished his career with 38 HRs in 548 games while Rick had 28 in 1,884 contests.

  • Houston Astros reliever Buddy Harris (Philadelphia Textile hoops letterman in 1965-66 and 1966-67) posted his lone MLB victory (against Philadelphia Phillies in 1971).

  • 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) whacked two homers against the Milwaukee Braves in a 1963 contest.

  • Chicago White Sox C Duane Josephson (Northern Iowa scoring leader in 1962-63 and 1963-64 under coach Norm Stewart) went 4-for-4 in a 6-3 success against the Baltimore Orioles in the nightcap of a 1970 doubleheader.

  • LHP Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman hoops squad in 1953-54) started a second straight game for the last-place Los Angeles Dodgers in 1958. Koufax was lifted after walking four batters in the first inning the previous day.

  • New York Giants CF Hank Leiber (Arizona hooper in 1931) knocked in five runs against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 1938 game.

  • Washington Senators CF Don Lock (Wichita State field-goal percentage leader in 1956-57 and 1957-58 under coach Ralph Miller) went 4-for-4 with two homers and five RBI against the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a 1964 doubleheader.

  • Chicago White Sox CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling a 35-3 record) lashed a leadoff homer for the second straight game against the Kansas City Royals in 2002.

  • Boston Red Sox 1B Tony Lupien (Harvard hoops captain in 1938-39) tripled in both ends of a 1942 twinbill against the Cleveland Indians.

  • Washington Senators RF Danny Moeller (Millikin IL hoops captain in 1905-06) stole second, third and home in the opening inning before doubling and tripling later in the game against the Cleveland Indians in 1915.

  • LHP Gary Peters (Grove City PA hooper in mid-1950s) whacked a 13th-inning pinch-hit homer to give the Chicago White Sox a 3-2 win against the Kansas City Athletics in 1964.

  • Atlanta Braves RF 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) scored four runs against the Milwaukee Brewers in a 1998 outing.

  • New York Yankees 3B Red Rolfe (played hoops briefly with Dartmouth in 1927-28 and 1929-30) homered in his fourth consecutive contest in 1942.

  • OF Ted Savage (Lincoln MO scoring average leader in 1955-56) knocked in the game-winning run in the 11th inning as the Cincinnati Reds overcame a 9-0 deficit to edge the Houston Astros, 10-9, in 1969.

  • New York Giants RHP Hal Schumacher (St. Lawrence NY hooper in early 1930s) hurled a 12-hit shutout against the Cincinnati Reds in 1934. The whitewash was Schumacher's ninth straight winning decision.

  • New York Yankees 1B-OF Norm Siebern (member of Southwest Missouri State's back-to-back NAIA Tournament hoops titlists in 1952 and 1953) notched his second five-hit game of the month in 1958 (against Kansas City Athletics).

  • In the midst of a career-high 17-game hitting streak, Baltimore Orioles RF Ken Singleton (Hofstra freshman hoops squad in mid-1960s) provided four safeties in a 1978 contest against the Chicago White Sox.

  • New York Yankees 1B Bill "Moose" Skowron (scored 18 points in eight games for Purdue in 1949-50) stroked a decisive ninth-inning, bases-loaded double in the ninth inning after previously providing two homers in a 13-11 triumph against the Cleveland Indians in 1960.

  • Chicago Cubs LF Riggs Stephenson (Alabama hoops letterman in 1920) went 4-for-4 against the New York Giants in a 1926 game.

  • In the midst of a 15-game hitting streak in 1962, St. Louis Cardinals LF-1B Bill White (two-year hooper for Hiram OH in early 1950s) supplied multiple safeties in his fifth consecutive contest.

  • In 1977, San Diego Padres LF Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) went 2-for-2, including a two-run single off Sparky Lyle, in Winfield's first of 12 consecutive All-Star Game appearances.

  • San Diego Padres RHP Chris Young (All-Ivy League first-team selection for Princeton in 1999-00) earned his fifth straight victory, surrendering only two hits in seven innings of a 1-0 verdict over the Philadelphia Phillies in 2007.

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Former NYU hoopers Ralph Branca and Sam Mele supplied significant MLB achievements on this date. Ditto ex-Toledo hoopers Chuck Harmon and Pinky Pittenger as MLB infielders. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is a July 18 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

JULY 18

  • RHP Mike Adams (played basketball for Texas A&M-Kingsville in 1996-97) traded by the Cleveland Indians to the San Diego Padres in 2006.

  • Philadelphia Phillies LF Ethan Allen (Cincinnati hoops letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) delivered four hits and four RBI in a 9-8 loss against the Cincinnati Reds in 1934. The next year, Allen stroked three doubles in an 11-3 defeat against the Chicago Cubs in 1935.

  • Cincinnati Reds CF Frankie Baumholtz (MVP in 1941 NIT and first player in Ohio University history to score 1,000 career points) went 4-for-4 against the New York Giants in the opener of a 1948 doubleheader. It was Baumholtz's third consecutive contest with at least three safeties.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers RHP Ralph Branca (sixth-leading scorer for NYU in 1943-44) hurled a one-hitter in a 7-0 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1947.

  • New York Yankees LHP Al Downing (attended Muhlenberg PA on hoops scholarship but left before ever playing), in the midst of posting six straight triumphs, toiled 10 innings in a no-decision outing against the Cleveland Indians in 1964.

  • Philadelphia Phillies rookie 2B Denny Doyle (averaged 2.7 ppg for Morehead State in 1962-63) delivered his fifth consecutive two-hit game in 1970.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers C-OF Joe Ferguson (hooper for Pacific's 1967 NCAA playoff team) broke up a no-hit bid by Luke Walker of the Pittsburgh Pirates with a ninth-inning homer in the nightcap of a 1971 twinbill.

  • St. Louis Cardinals 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham hoops captain) smacked two homers but they were in vain in an 8-7 setback against the New York Giants in 1930.

  • All-time hits leader Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds hit the only grand slam of his career with the homer yielded in 1964 by Philadelphia Phillies RHP Dallas Green (Delaware's second-leading scorer and rebounder in 1954-55).

  • Cincinnati Reds rookie 3B Chuck Harmon (second-leading scorer for Toledo in 1946-47 and 1947-48) stroked four hits against the New York Giants in the opener of a 1954 doubleheader.

  • 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) hammered two homers against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1962 game (including decisive blast in top of ninth inning).

  • 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) collected four hits and five RBI against the Atlanta Braves in a 1967 contest.

  • OF Jim Lyttle (led Florida State in free-throw shooting in 1965-66 when he averaged 12.4 ppg) purchased from the Chicago White Sox by the Montreal Expos in 1975.

  • New York Giants RHP Christy Mathewson (Bucknell hooper at turn of 20th Century) blanked the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-0, in the nightcap of a 1913 doubleheader but his record string of 68 walkless innings came to a halt.

  • Baltimore Orioles RHP Ben McDonald (started six times as freshman forward for LSU in 1986-87 under coach Dale Brown) tossed a two-hit shutout against the Texas Rangers in 1992.

  • LF Sam Mele (NYU's leading scorer in 1943 NCAA playoffs) managed the only hit for the Baltimore Orioles against Boston Red Sox P Russ Kemmerer in the opener of a 1954 twinbill.

  • Boston Red Sox SS Buddy Myer (Mississippi State hoops letterman in 1923-24) went 4-for-4 against the Cleveland Indians in the nightcap of a 1927 doubleheader. Thirteen years later as a Washington Senators 2B, Myer went 4-for-4 against the Chicago White Sox in 1940.

  • Boston Red Sox 2B Pinky Pittenger (set Toledo's single-game scoring record with 49 points in 1918-19) went 4-for-4 against the Chicago White Sox in the nightcap of a 1923 twinbill.

  • Cincinnati Reds LHP Eppa Rixey (Virginia hoops letterman in 1912 and 1914) fired his second shutout in less than a week en route to a N.L. leading four whitewashes in 1924.

  • After speaking out against racial discrimination testifying in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee, Brooklyn Dodgers INF Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in Pacific Coast Conference both of his seasons with UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41) scored twice, once on a steal of home in the sixth inning, in a 3-0 triumph against the Chicago Cubs in 1949.

  • New York Giants RHP Hal Schumacher (multiple-sport athlete for St. Lawrence NY in early 1930s) allowed fewer than two earned runs in his seventh straight start in 1933.

  • Kansas City Athletics 1B Norm Siebern (member of Southwest Missouri State squads capturing back-to-back NAIA Tournament hoops titles in 1952 and 1953) smashed two homers against the Boston Red Sox in a 1963 game.

  • In the midst of a career-high 10-game hitting streak in a one-week span in 1955 (including three twinbills), Philadelphia Phillies SS Roy Smalley Jr. (one of top scorers in 1942-43 and 1943-44 for Drury MO) whacked a homer for the third time in a four-game stretch.

  • St. Louis Cardinals 1B Bill White (two-year hooper with Hiram OH in early 1950s) went 3-for-4 in each end of a twinbill sweep of the Chicago Cubs in 1961. White tied Ty Cobb's 49-year-old record of 14 hits in back-to-back doubleheaders. Three years later, White went 4-for-4 with three extra-base safeties against the New York Mets in a 1964 outing.

  • Baltimore Orioles RHP Jim Wilson (hoops letterman for San Diego State's 1942 NAIA Tournament participant) fired his second shutout in a 13-day span in 1955.

More Than Half of Power-League Member Coaches Hired From Mid-Majors

A total of 38 power-conference members - Pac-12 (9)/ACC (7)/Big Ten (7)/SEC (6)/Big 12 (5)/Big East (4) - hired coaches directly from the mid-major level. Who'll be next to move up to the big time? Mark Few (Gonzaga) and Gregg Marshall (Wichita State) generate most of the headlines, obscuring the following most overlooked achievements by current mid-major mentors:

Coach Mid-Major School Recent Success
John Becker Vermont six 20-win campaigns in as many seasons
Randy Bennett Saint Mary's 10 consecutive campaigns compiling more than 20 victories
Will Brown Albany six consecutive seasons posting at least 19 victories
Rick Byrd Belmont eleven 20-win seasons in last 12 years
Tim Cluess Iona seven 20-win seasons in as many years
Keith Dambrot Duquesne 12 consecutive 21-plus win seasons with Akron before departing
Kermit Davis Jr. Middle Tennessee State averaged nearly 26 wins annually over last six seasons
Joe Dooley Florida Gulf Coast four 21-plus win seasons in as many years
Mitch Henderson Princeton six winning records in as many years, including four 20-win seasons
Jason Hooten Sam Houston State averaged more than 22 triumphs annually over previous four seasons
Ben Jacobson Northern Iowa seven 20-win seasons in last nine years
James Jones Yale six winning records and top three Ivy League finishes in last seven seasons
Pat Kelsey Winthrop averaged 22 victories annually over previous four seasons
Bashir Mason Wagner four top three finishes in Northeast Conference in first five seasons
LeVelle Moton North Carolina Central four seasons compiling at least 22 victories in last five years
Dan Muller Illinois State manufactured at least 18 victories each of first five seasons
Leon Rice Boise State five consecutive 20-win seasons
David Richman North Dakota State three seasons notching at least 19 victories in as many years
Mark Schmidt St. Bonaventure four consecutive seasons registering at least 18 victories
Rob Senderoff Kent State posted at least 19 victories in five of first six seasons
Tony Shaver William & Mary three 20-win seasons in a row
Pat Skerry Towson three 20-win seasons in last four years after Tigers went 1-31 in his inaugural campaign with them in 2011-12
Rodney Terry Fresno State three 20-win seasons in last four years
Russell Turner UC Irvine won more than 20 games each of last five seasons

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopers Make Their Mark on July 17 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.

Former major university hoopers Joe Adcock (Louisiana State), Bruce Bochte (Santa Clara) and Tony Clark (San Diego State) made news as MLB first basemen on this date. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is a July 17 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

JULY 17

  • Cincinnati Reds LF Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading basketball scorer in 1945-46) went 4-for-4, scored four runs and threw out a runner at home plate in the ninth inning in a 9-8 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a 1951 twinbill. Four years later as a Milwaukee Braves 1B in 1955, Adcock pounded two homers in an 8-7 win against the New York Giants in the lidlifter of a doubleheader.

  • Texas Rangers RHP Jim Bibby (Fayetteville State NC backup hooper and brother of UCLA All-American Henry Bibby) fired a three-hit shutout against the New York Yankees in 1974.

  • Seattle Mariners 1B Bruce Bochte (starting forward for Santa Clara's NCAA playoff team in 1969-70 when averaging 7.4 ppg and 4 rpg) contributed a pinch-hit single for the A.L. in front of his hometown fans in the 1979 All-Star Game.

  • 1B Tony Clark (San Diego State's leading scorer in WAC games in 1991-92) traded by the San Diego Padres to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2008.

  • Philadelphia Athletics C Mickey Cochrane (Boston University hooper in early 1920s) smacked three extra-base hits against the Detroit Tigers in a 1928 game.

  • After tossing 5 1/3 innings of one-hit relief, New York Yankees LHP Steve Hamilton (All-OVC selection was Morehead State's leading scorer and rebounder in 1956-57 and 1957-58) won his first seven decisions in 1964.

  • Legendary Babe Ruth drew his 2,000th career base on balls in 1934 at Cleveland off RHP Oral Hildebrand (All-American hooper for Butler in 1928-29 and 1929-30).

  • Cleveland Indians OF Chuck Hinton (played multiple sports for Shaw NC) hammered three homers and a triple in a 1966 doubleheader sweep of the Detroit Tigers.

  • Washington Senators LF Don Lock (Wichita State field-goal percentage leader in 1956-57 and 1957-58 under coach Ralph Miller) homered in his first MLB game in the opener of a 1962 twinbill against the Chicago White Sox.

  • In 1964, Baltimore Orioles RHP Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) hurled a 5-0 shutout against the Detroit Tigers despite yielding 11 hits.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers LF Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in PCC both of his seasons with UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41) ripped two homers against the St. Louis Cardinals in the nightcap of a 1953 twinbill.

  • In the midst of four straight complete-game victories, Washington Senators rookie RHP Dave Stenhouse (three-time All-Yankee Conference hoops selection for Rhode Island from 1952-53 through 1954-55) spun a three-hit shutout against the Chicago White Sox in 1962.

  • In the midst of winning five straight starts in 1971, Atlanta Braves LHP George Stone (averaged 14.7 ppg and 6.5 rpg for Louisiana Tech in 1964-65 and 1965-66) tossed his second shutout in three weeks.

  • Detroit Tigers C Birdie Tebbetts (Providence hooper in 1932) knocked in five runs against the Boston Red Sox in a 1939 contest.

  • Boston Red Sox 3B Billy Werber (first Duke hoops All-American in 1929-30) became the first A.L. player to hit four consecutive doubles in one game (opener of 1935 doubleheader against Cleveland Indians).

  • St. Louis Cardinals 1B Bill White (two-year Hiram OH hooper in early 1950s) went 8-for-10 in a 1961 twinbill sweep of the Chicago Cubs.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopers Make Their Mark on July 16 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.

Jerry Lumpe (New York Yankees) and Norm Siebern (Kansas City Athletics) - hoop teammates for Southwest Missouri State's 1952 NAIA Tournament titlist - provided significant MLB games on this date against the Detroit Tigers. Ditto Darrell Evans and Irv Noren for separate CA community college champions at Pasadena City. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is a July 16 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

JULY 16

  • Cincinnati Reds rookie LF Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading basketball scorer in 1945-46) collected two homers and five RBI against the New York Giants in the nightcap of a 1950 twinbill. Eleven years later as a Milwaukee Braves 1B in a 1961 game, Adcock swatted two homers against the St. Louis Cardinals.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates LF Clyde Barnhart (hooper for Shippensburg PA predecessor Cumberland Valley State Normal School prior to World War I) provided four hits, including three doubles, against the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a 1927 doubleheader.

  • Chicago Cubs 2B Glenn Beckert (three-year hoops letterman for Allegheny PA) stretched his hitting streak to 21 games with a decisive 12th-inning double in a 4-3 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1968. Three years later in a 1971 contest, Beckert banged out four hits against the Phillies.

  • Philadelphia Athletics rookie C Mickey Cochrane (Boston University hooper in early 1920s) contributed at least three hits for the fifth time in a seven-game span in 1925.

  • CF Harry Craft (four-sport letterman with Mississippi College in early 1930s) traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the New York Yankees in 1942 although he never played for the Yanks.

  • St. Louis Cardinals CF Taylor Douthit (California hoops letterman from 1922 through 1924) tallied four hits against the New York Giants in the midst of four consecutive contests with at least three safeties in 1929.

  • Detroit Tigers 1B Walt Dropo (Connecticut's first hooper to average 20 points for single season with 21.7 ppg in 1942-43) delivered two more hits, giving him an A.L. record-tying 15 safeties over a four-game span in 1952.

  • Atlanta Braves 1B Darrell Evans (member of Jerry Tarkanian-coached Pasadena City CA club winning 1967 state community college crown) homered twice in a 1989 game against the New York Mets.

  • Philadelphia Athletics RF Walt French (hoops letterman for Rutgers and Army) furnished four hits against the St. Louis Browns in the nightcap of a 1926 doubleheader.

  • After 16 scoreless innings, New York Giants 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham hoops captain) stroked a bases-loaded triple to ignite a 7-0 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1920.

  • San Francisco Giants RHP 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 previous season) hurled back-to-back shutouts in a six-day span in 1976.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers C Tom Haller (backup forward for Illinois in 1956-57 and 1957-58 under coach Harry Combes) amassed four hits and four RBI against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1968 game.

  • Cleveland Indians rookie RHP Rich Hand (averaged 6.2 ppg for Puget Sound WA in 1967-68) hurled a four-hit shutout against the Kansas City Royals in 1970.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers 1B Gil Hodges (hooper for St. Joseph's IN in 1943 and Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) collected two homers and five RBI against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 1953 contest.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers manager Davey Johnson (averaged 1.7 ppg with Texas A&M in 1961-62) hospitalized in 2000 after experiencing dizziness as a result of an irregular heartbeat.

  • California Angels LF Joe Lahoud (New Haven CT hoops letterman in mid-1960s) launched a pair of two-run homers against the Cleveland Indians in a 1974 outing.

  • New York Giants CF Hank Leiber (Arizona hooper in 1931) logged three extra-base hits against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1935 game.

  • A three-run homer by 3B Jerry Lumpe (member of Southwest Missouri State's 1952 NAIA Tournament hoops championship team) gave the New York Yankees a 3-2 win against the Detroit Tigers in 1958.

  • New York Yankees RF Irv Noren (hooper of year for California community college state champion Pasadena City in 1945) went 4-for-4, including game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, against the Baltimore Orioles in 1954.

  • Kansas City Athletics 1B Norm Siebern (member of Southwest Missouri State squads capturing back-to-back NAIA Tournament titles in 1952 and 1953) went 4-for-4 against the Detroit Tigers in the nightcap of a 1961 doubleheader.

  • Chicago Cubs SS Roy Smalley Jr. (one of top scorers in 1942-43 and 1943-44 for Drury MO) homered in each end of a 1950 twinbill sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies.

  • Boston Braves OF Ab Wright (Oklahoma A&M hoops letterman in 1928-29) whacked a three-run, pinch-hit homer against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the nightcap of a 1944 doubleheader.

On Hot Seat: Which DI Coaches Should Be Looking Over Their Shoulders?

An average of nearly 50 Division I schools annually made head coaching changes since the mid-1990s. The dominoes already started to fall this summer when Thad Matta was forced out at Ohio State and Dave Wojcik abandoned ship amid seeing handwriting on the wall at San Jose State. Following is an alphabetical list of active coaches who probably are looking over their shoulders heading into a shaky-ground 2017-18 campaign:

Hot-Seat Coach School Principal Reason Mentor on Shaky Ground
Todd Bozeman Morgan State four consecutive losing campaigns
Brad Brownell Clemson six consecutive seasons failing to reach NCAA playoffs
Joe Callero Cal Poly four consecutive losing seasons
Chris Casey Niagara four losing records at least 13 games below .500 in as many years
Michael Curry Florida Atlantic three losing records at least 10 games below .500 in as many seasons
Dennis Cutts UC Riverside four losing seasons in as many years
Tommy Dempsey Binghamton five losing records in as many seasons
Tracy Dildy Chicago State seven losing records in as many seasons
Pat Duquette UMass Lowell four losing records in as many seasons
Anthony Evans Florida International four losing records in as many seasons
Bill Evans Idaho State finished 10th or worse in Big Sky Conference standings four times in last five years
Jim Fox Appalachian State won only 1/3 of games past three seasons
John Gallagher Hartford three straight losing seasons including being at least 13 games below .500 each of past two years
Murray Garvin South Carolina State three 20-loss seasons in last four years
Jayson Gee Longwood four losing seasons at least 12 games below .500 in as many years
John Giannini La Salle losing overall and Atlantic 10 Conference records covering last four seasons
Matthew Graves South Alabama four losing records overall and in Sun Belt Conference competition in as many seasons
Larry Hunter Western Carolina five losing records in last six seasons
George Ivory Arkansas-Pine Bluff six losing records in last seven seasons
Brian Katz Cal State Sacramento eight losing records in nine seasons
Matt Langel Colgate six losing records in as many seasons
Anthony Latina Sacred Heart four losing records in as many seasons
Jeff Lebo East Carolina four consecutive non-winning records and second-division finishes in league standings
Paul Lusk Jr. Missouri State six non-winning Missouri Valley Conference records in as many seasons
Mike Maker Marist three records at least 16 games below .500 in as many seasons
Mike Martin Brown five non-winning Ivy League records in as many seasons
Mark Montgomery Northern Illinois six non-winning Mid-American Conference records in as many seasons
Jack Murphy Northern Arizona only one winning record in first five seasons with fewer than 10 victories each of last two campaigns
Kevin Nickelberry Howard University seven non-winning records in as many seasons
Fran O'Hanlon Lafayette 10 non-winning records in last 13 seasons, including fewer than 10 victories each of past two campaigns
Andre Payne Mississippi Valley State three years compiling fewer than nine victories each season
Russ Pennell Central Arkansas three years registering fewer than nine victories each season
Dave Pilipovich Air Force four consecutive losing records overall and in Mountain West Conference competition
Dave Simmons McNeese State five consecutive losing records including fewer than nine wins each of last two seasons
G.G. Smith Loyola (Md.) four losing records in as many seasons
Keith Walker Delaware State three non-winning records in as many full seasons with last two notching fewer than 11 victories
Bob Walsh Maine three seasons in as many years posting fewer than nine victories
Corey Williams Stetson four seasons at least nine games below .500
Billy Wright Western Illinois three seasons in as many years notching fewer than 11 victories

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