Oregon State coach Craig Robinson, beseeching the country for seven-footers regarding his welfare, was part of the Democratic Convention in Charlotte last year helping introduce sister Michelle Obama. Amid questioning whether the party was guilted into putting God back into its platform, a "Fluke" inquiry lingers regarding if Robinson gets a vacation from significant media criticism because he is brother-in-law of paternalistic POTUS.
If circumstances don't change in a hurry this campaign, Robinson may need a presidential pardon mixed in with halfhearted apologies to retain his position unless there is as much personal responsibility at OSU as there is in the First Hustler's unaccountable White House rebooting a - - - - health-care scheme. The Beavers dropped their season opener against visiting Coppin State, the second HBCU to win in Corvallis the last four campaigns. Can the golfer-in-chief, fond of comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln but too busy to attend the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, unilaterally give Robinson a mulligan or is he too busy assembling an excuse for not saying "under God" while reciting a portion of the famous speech for historian Ken Burns?
At least Oregon State is sufficiently God-fearing to know not to put Seattle back on its schedule after losing at home to the Reclassifying DI school, 99-48, in 2009-10. That regrettable result reminiscent of Reagan mauling Mondale has to qualify as the most embarrassing clunker by a power league member thus far this century. It was perhaps as appalling as Central Planning's health care rollout debacle - the signature legislation for the selfie-taking "Audacity of Hype" - or his Marvin Gaye routine "I (Only) Heard It Through the Grapevine" pleading of ignorance regarding a series of scandals and shortcomings. After shaking down the health-care industry for money rather than closely monitor website development, his sniveling HHS secretary said during Congressional testimony: "Don't do this to me!" Meanwhile, the non-Medicade populace says: "Don't do this to us!"
Right-thinking Americans don't like the White House "apology" and DC can keep it, period! Let me be clear about the ideology as defenseless as the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, ill-conceived as shaking hands with/bowing down to dictators and insidious as intimidating witnesses of the Libyan lynching! But chill out, if your identity is pilfered by a navigator felon/former ACORN staffer, no one will be more upset than Mr. Teleprompter's neighborhood. In order to show compassion and not run the race-baiting risk of offending a grandstanding Big O, it's time to give the ObowwowCare apologists a hug like you would your little puppy and then let them go back to supporting sucking on the government nanny's teat.
There is no need to give them the old razzle dazzle by being Clintonesque and parcing "is is" words amid the chronic fabrication. Even a sports intern realizes no evidence exists from an unimpeachable source that Robinson is on the verge of ending OSU's bump-in-the-road streak of 31 consecutive campaigns winless in the NCAA playoffs. At least Robinson doesn't chronically immerse himself in the Bush-league ploy of blaming his predecessor (Jay John) for the past five lackluster years. They are not in an IRS targeting binder, but following are some optimal "facts" why Robinson didn't deserve a contract extension because he is among the following alphabetical list of the 10 most overrated coaches from power conferences:
|Overrated Coach||Current School||Career Truth Detector|
|Jeff Bzdelik||Wake Forest||Career losing overall record and abysmal 21-79 mark in first six seasons in Big 12 and ACC league competition. No NCAA playoff victory in 10 DI campaigns.|
|Mick Cronin||Cincinnati||Total of 10 games below .500 in Big East competition in first seven seasons with the Bearcats, finishing among top five in Big East only once.|
|Johnny Dawkins||Stanford||Total of 12 games below .500 in Pac-10/12 competition in first five seasons with the Cardinal with no NCAA playoff appearance.|
|Stan Heath||South Florida||Only two winning league records in first 11 seasons in the SEC and Big East.|
|Trent Johnson||Texas Christian||A total of 38 games below .500 in league competition the last four seasons in the SEC and Big 12 with LSU and TCU, respectively.|
|Andy Kennedy||Mississippi||Losing record in Big East/SEC competition and only one NCAA playoff appearance in eight seasons.|
|Oliver Purnell||DePaul||Total of 54 games below .500 in conference competition the last 10 seasons in the ACC and Big East. Never won an NCAA playoff game in 25 years.|
|Craig Robinson||Oregon State||Losing overall record with the Beavers the last five seasons when he posted losing mark in Pac-10/12 competition each year.|
|Herb Sendek||Arizona State||No regular-season conference championship and only six winning league records in first 17 seasons in the ACC and Pac-12. Worst record in the nation among veteran active coaches in close contests (minimum of 125 games decided by fewer than six points).|
|Bruce Weber||Kansas State||Losing record his last six seasons with Illinois in Big Ten competition before winning big last season at K-State with someone else's recruits.|
Numerous universities have had versatile athletes who played college basketball before going on to major league baseball careers. While many single-minded basketball fans are assessing polls and rankings in preseason hoop magazines and websites, following is an incisive "Who Am I?" quiz for well-rounded basketball/baseball enthusiasts taking a toll on their memories as they try to recall World Series participants, including former members of the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals, who played varsity basketball for a current NCAA Division I college.
Keep your chin up if you need relief answering the following questions because they're almost as difficult as both teams probably will find scoring off brilliant bullpens:
I was a 13-year major league second baseman who set several fielding records and played in the 1967 World Series
with the Boston Red Sox after ranking among the nation's top 12 free-throw shooters both of my college basketball
seasons with Oklahoma State.
Who am I? Jerry Adair
I was a 17-year first baseman who hit four homers and a double in a single game and played in back-to-back World
Series with the Milwaukee Braves after being LSU's leading scorer (18.6 points per game) for the Tigers' 1945-46
team that compiled an 18-3 record and lost against Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference Tournament final.
Who am I? Joe Adcock
I was a 10-year pitcher who led the A.L. in winning percentage in 1935 with an 18-7 record (.720) for the World
Series-bound Detroit Tigers after I was named to the first five on an all-conference basketball team in my final
season at Kansas State. I was a submariner who hurled a complete game victory in a 10-4 verdict over the St.
Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of the '34 Series before losing Game 7 to Dizzy Dean.
Who am I? Eldon Auker
I was a shortstop who participated in five World Series, four with the champion, in a six-year span from 1910
through 1915 after earning a basketball letter for Holy Cross in 1908.
Who am I? John "Jack" Barry
I was a rookie pitcher in 1978 with the New York Yankees who went the distance for the first time in my major
league career in a Game 5 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. I was a 6-5 forward who
averaged 14.3 points and a team-high 8.9 rebounds per game for Dartmouth in 1974-75 when I was selected team MVP
and honorable mention All-Ivy League.
Who am I? Jim Beattie
I was a catcher who appeared in back-to-back World Series with the New York Yankees (1927 and 1928) after being a
basketball letterman for Niagara from 1916-17 through 1918-19.
Who am I? Bernard "Benny" Bengough
I was an outfielder who, during my 11-year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, hit a double in the 1925 World
Series to help them become the first team to come back from a 3-1 deficit in a seven-game series. I played with
my brother on Oregon's basketball squad before we briefly played alongside each other with the Pirates.
Who am I? Carson "Skeeter" Bigbee
I was a player-manager who earned American League MVP honors in leading the Cleveland Indians to the 1948 World
Series after being the top scorer for an Illinois team that shared a Big Ten basketball title.
Who am I? Lou Boudreau
I was a pitcher who appeared in the 1947 and 1949 World Series with the Brooklyn Dodgers after notching 21-12 and
13-5 won-loss marks, respectively, following a basketball career at NYU, where I was the Violets' sixth-leading
scorer in 1943-44 with an average of 3.8 points per game. Major league player and manager Bobby Valentine is my
Who am I? Ralph Branca
I was a 12-year outfielder who played in three World Series with the New York Yankees and hit 38 home runs in one
season with Kansas City after finishing my college basketball career ranking fourth on Nebraska's career scoring
Who am I? Bob Cerv
I am a Hall of Fame catcher who participated in five World Series (1929-30-31-34-35) with the Philadelphia Athletics and Detroit Tigers after playing basketball for Boston University.
Who am I? Mickey Cochrane
I posted a 1.88 ERA in 14 1/3 innings for the Boston Red Sox against the New York Giants in the 1912 World Series
after being a two-year basketball letterman with Vermont.
Who am I? Ray Collins
I am a Hall of Fame outfielder for the New York Yankees who compiled a .350 batting average in four World Series (1926-27-28-32) after being captain with Eastern Kentucky's basketball squad.
Who am I? Earle Combs
I am a three-time All-Star Game performer who pitched in the 1957 World Series for the Milwaukee Braves after
being an All-Pacific Coast Conference first-team selection in 1949-50 when the 6-7 sophomore center led
Washington State and the PCC North Division in scoring (13.3 points per game).
Who am I? Gene Conley
I hit .323 in three World Series (1948 with Boston Braves; 1951 and 1954 with New York Giants). Member of LSU's
1942-43 basketball squad before entering military service (Marine Corps V-12 program) during World War II. Known
as the "Swamp Fox," I was a five-sport letterman with Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now Louisiana-Lafayette)
Who am I? Alvin Dark
I led N.L. outfielders in putouts three years and hit near or over .300 for three St. Louis Cardinal pennant
winners (1926, 1928 and 1930) after lettering three seasons in basketball for California.
Who am I? Taylor Douthit
I was a 10-year utility infielder who saw action in two World Series games in 1959 with the Chicago White Sox
after averaging seven points per contest as a 5-9 starting guard for Indiana in 1951-52.
Who am I? Sammy Esposito
I was a catcher who appeared in two World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1974 and 1978). Pacific teammate
of All-American Keith Swagerty averaged 3.7 ppg and 2.3 rpg in 1965-66 and 1966-67 under coach Dick Edwards,
scoring two points against eventual NCAA champion UCLA in the 1967 West Regional final.
Who am I? Joe Ferguson
I led the A.L. in won-loss percentage in 1946 with a 25-6 mark before pitching a shutout in Game 3 of the World
Series for the Boston Red Sox against the St. Louis Cardinals after being a basketball letterman for Mississippi
State in 1940-41.
Who am I? Boo Ferriss
I was a lefthanded hitting backup outfielder who participated in the 1929 World Series with the Philadelphia
Athletics after being a basketball letterman for Army's 18-5 team in 1921.
Who am I? Walter French
I wasa righthanded pitcher who appeared in the 1980 World Series with the Kansas City Royals after leading New
Hampshire with 7.2 rpg in 1975-76.
Who am I? Rich Gale
I was a first baseman-outfielder who hit 103 major league homers and pinch hit four times for the Cincinnati Reds
in the 1961 World Series after earning a letter with Temple's basketball team in 1948-49 when I averaged 2.7
points per game.
Who am I? Dick Gernert
I was a lefthanded pitcher who appeared in the 1960 World Series with the Pittsburgh Pirates after finishing my
four-year college career as Mississippi's leader in career scoring and rebounds following a senior season when my
scoring average was higher than first-team All-Americans Elgin Baylor (Seattle) and Wilt Chamberlain (Kansas).
Who am I? Joe Gibbon
I am a Hall of Fame pitcher who set a record with 17 strikeouts against the Detroit Tigers in my third World
Series in five years after becoming the first player in Creighton history to average at least 20 points per game
in a career.
Who am I? Bob Gibson
I am a palm-ball specialist who blanked the Baltimore Orioles in 5 1/3 innings in three relief appearances for the champion Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1971 World Series after becoming the first N.L. pitcher to appear in each contest of a four-game LCS. I connected on 6 of 10 field-goal attempts in two games for Syracuse in 1959-60.
Who am I? Dave Giusti
I am an eight-time All-Star Game shortstop who started for World Series championship teams with the Pittsburgh
Pirates in 1960 and St. Louis Cardinals in 1964 after twice ranking among the top four scorers in the country
Who am I? Dick Groat
I was a perennial All-Star outfielder with multiple Gold Gloves and N.L. batting titles who sparked the San Diego
Padres to two World Series (1984 and 1998) after being a two-time All-WAC second-team selection as a San Diego
State guard who led the league in assists as a sophomore and junior.
Who am I? Tony Gwynn
I was a three-time All-Star catcher who played in the 1962 World Series with the San Francisco Giants (swatted a
two-run homer off Hall of Famer Whitey Ford of the Yankees in Game Four) after playing as a backup forward for
Illinois' basketball squad as a sophomore (1956-57) and junior (1957-58).
Who am I? Tom Haller
I was a 12-year lefthanded reliever who appeared in back-to-back World Series with the New York Yankees after
being a 6-7 Morehead State forward-center who ranked 15th in the country in scoring as a junior (24.2 ppg) and
among the nation's top 10 rebounders as a senior (19.1 rpg).
Who am I? Steve Hamilton
I was a 12-year lefthanded pitcher who appeared in the 1989 World Series with the San Francisco Giants after
being a 6-2 guard who averaged 5.3 points per game as a freshman in 1976-77 and 4.9 ppg as a sophomore in 1977-78
for East Tennessee State.
Who am I? Atlee Hammaker
I was a first baseman-outfielder who participated in the 1942 World Series with the New York Yankees after
playing for Manhattan basketball teams that won a school-record 17 consecutive games in 1930 and 1931.
Who am I? John "Buddy" Hassett
I was a lefthanded hitting utilityman who participated as a rookie with the New York Yankees in the 1923 World
Series against the New York Giants after being a basketball letterman for Vanderbilt in 1918.
Who am I? Harvey Hendrick
I was a 10-year pitcher who hurled four shutout innings as the fourth-game starter for the New York Yankees in
the 1939 World Series after being a basketball All-American for Butler. I was named to the first A.L. All-Star
team in 1933.
Who am I? Oral Hildebrand
I was a 16-year first baseman/outfielder who homered in Game 4 of the 1963 World Series to help the Los Angeles
Dodgers sweep the New York Yankees and twice led the A.L. in homers after leading Ohio State in scoring and
rebounding as a junior and senior.
Who am I? Frank Howard
I was a 13-year infielder who slugged 43 of my 136 career homers for the Atlanta Braves in 1973 after appearing
in four World Series with the Baltimore Orioles (1966, 1969, 1970 and 1971). I averaged 1.7 points per game as a
sophomore in my only varsity basketball season (1961-62) with Texas A&M before signing a pro baseball contract.
Who am I? Davey Johnson
I was a 13-year outfielder who hit .306 for the New York Yankees in 19 World Series games after being a three-year basketball letterman for Maryland.
Who am I? Charlie Keller
I was a Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher who became N.L. MVP but lost the 1950 World Series opener to the New
York Yankees as a starter, 1-0, after playing two seasons for Syracuse basketball teams.
Who am I? Jim Konstanty
I began my rookie year with the Chicago Cubs by winning nine of my first 10 decisions before becoming a reliever
for the 1969 Amazin' Mets World Series champion. I was a standout basketball player for Campbell in 1960 and 1961
when the North Carolina-based school was a junior college.
Who am I? Cal Koonce
I was an infielder-outfielder who hit .303 in my 15-year career. When I was with the Detroit Tigers, I led the
A.L. in batting average once (.353 in 1959), hits four times (209 in 1953 when he was rookie of the year, 201 in
1954, 196 in 1956 and 198 in 1959) and doubles on three occasions (38 in 1955, 39 in 1958 and 42 in 1959) before
appearing in the 1962 World Series with the San Francisco Giants. I managed the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1982
World Series. I played in five games for Wisconsin's basketball team in the 1951-52 season.
Who am I? Harvey Kuenn
I was a three-time All-Star outfielder who posted a .331 average with 22 HRs and 107 RBI in my first full season with the New York Giants in 1935 before appearing in the World Series in 1936 and 1937. I had two hits in a six-run second inning of Game Four in the Giants' lone victory against the New York Yankees in 1937 after scoring 16 points in nine basketball games for Arizona in 1931.
Who am I? Hank Lieber
I am an outfielder who led the A.L. in stolen bases, a record for an A.L. rookie, and appeared in the World
Series with three different teams (Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants) after setting
Arizona basketball records for steals in a season and career.
Who am I? Kenny Lofton
I was a 12-year infielder who played in the 1957 and 1958 World Series with the New York Yankees after being a
member of Southwest Missouri State squads that won 1952 and 1953 NAIA Tournament titles.
Who am I? Jerry Lumpe
I was a lefthanded outfielder who appeared in 1943 World Series for the New York Yankees against the St. Louis
Cardinals after being a basketball letterman with William & Mary from 1935-36 through 1937-38.
Who am I? Arthur "Bud" Metheny
I was a Gold Glove left fielder in 1960 between participating in two World Series with the Dodgers (1959 and
1965) after averaging 4.3 ppg with Texas A&M in 1948-49 and 1949-50.
Who am I? Wally Moon
I was a righthander who appeared in 1934 World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals' Gas House Gang against the
Detroit Tigers. I was an all-around athlete at East Tennessee State.
Who am I? Jim Mooney
I was an infielder who hit .303 with the Washington Senators and Boston Red Sox in 17 A.L. seasons from 1925
through 1941, participating in two World Series (1925 and 1933). I was a basketball letterman for Mississippi
State in 1923-24.
Who am I? Charles "Buddy" Myer
I was a five-time All-Star who holds the A.L. record for most homers by a third baseman (319), but was homerless
in five World Series (four with the New York Yankees and one with the San Diego Padres). The highlight of my
career was four dazzling stops in Game 3 of the 1978 World Series to help the Yankees win their first of four
consecutive games. I averaged 5.3 points per game while earning basketball letters in my hometown for San Diego
State in 1963-64 and 1964-65, shooting 87.8% from the free-throw line (36 of 41) as a sophomore.
Who am I? Graig Nettles
I was a 19-year pitcher who appeared in two World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies after averaging 18.9
points and 14.3 rebounds in three varsity basketball seasons with Notre Dame.
Who am I? Ron Reed
I was a catcher who played with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1967 and 1968 World Series. I led Duquesne in
scoring in my senior season with a 17.9 average in 1956-57 when I finished fourth in the nation in free-throw
percentage (86.2). As a sophomore, I was a starter for an NIT championship team that compiled a 22-4 record and
finished sixth in the final AP poll.
Who am I? Dave Ricketts
I appeared in 1915 World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies en route to becoming the N.L.'s winningest
lefthanded pitcher until Warren Spahn broke my record. I earned basketball letters with Virginia in 1911-12 and
Who am I? Eppa Rixey Jr.
I am a Hall of Fame pitcher who was a 20-game winner for six consecutive seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies
after leading Michigan State in field-goal percentage as a junior captain. In 1950, I lost my only World Series
start, 2-1, when the Yankees' Joe DiMaggio homered off me in the 10th inning.
Who am I? Robin Roberts
I am a Hall of Fame infielder who was a regular for six National League pennant winners after compiling league-high scoring averages in both of my seasons with UCLA. I collected two homers and seven doubles in World Series competition for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Who am I? Jackie Robinson
I was a four-time All-Star third baseman with the New York Yankees who appeared in six of the seven World Series
from 1936 through 1942. I managed the Detroit Tigers after being a head basketball coach at Yale and with the
Toronto Huskies of the Basketball Association of America. I played in a handful of basketball games for
Who am I? Robert "Red" Rolfe
I was a New York Yankees lefthander who registered a pair of 2-1 World Series victories (over the Brooklyn
Dodgers in 1941 and St. Louis Cardinals in 1943) after playing for two of the premier teams in college basketball
history when LIU went 24-2 in 1934-35 and 26-0 in 1935-36. I was named to the first five on the Metropolitan New
York Basketball Writers Association All-Star Team after the undefeated season.
Who am I? Marius Russo
I pitched in two World Series games for the New York Yankees in 1964 after being a 6-4 sophomore forward who
averaged 13.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for Connecticut's NCAA Tournament team in 1959-60.
Who am I? Rollie Sheldon
I was a three-time All-Star first baseman-outfielder who played in the 1956 and 1958 World Series with the New
York Yankees and 1967 World Series with the Boston Red Sox. I was a member of Southwest Missouri State squads
that won back-to-back NAIA Tournament titles in 1952 and 1953.
Who am I? Norm Siebern
I was an infielder-outfielder who batted .319 or better in 12 of 14 major league seasons with the Cleveland
Indians and Chicago Cubs from 1921 through 1934. In 1927, my first full season with the Cubs, I led the N.L. with
46 doubles. In the Cubs' 1929 pennant-winning season, I combined with Hall of Famers Kiki Cuyler and Hack Wilson
to become the first outfield in N.L. history to have each starter finish with more than 100 RBI. I hit .378 in
nine World Series games with the Cubs in 1929 and 1932 after being a guard who earned a basketball letter with
the Alabama Crimson Tide in 1920.
Who am I? Riggs Stephenson
I was a 10-year switch-hitting utilityman who played in the 1970 World Series with the Cincinnati Reds. I was an
all-conference selection both years when I finished third in scoring for Austin Peay teams in 1959-60 (11.5
points per game) and 1960-61 (10.4 ppg) that participated in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Who am I? Jimmy Stewart
I was a 13-year veteran who appeared in 485 major league games, all as a reliever, and won a 1979 World Series
game with the Baltimore Orioles after being a starting forward opposite national player of the year David
Thompson of North Carolina State for an NCAA basketball champion.
Who am I? Tim Stoddard
I was a lefthander who led the N.L. in won-loss percentage in 1973 (12-3 mark with the New York Mets) before
appearing in the World Series and notching a save in Game 2 against the Oakland A's. Basketball letterman for
Louisiana Tech in 1964-65 and 1965-66 (averaged 14.7 ppg as teammate of noted women's coach Leon Barmore).
Who am I? George Stone
I was a lefthanded swinging catcher-utilityman who participated in 1940 World Series with the Detroit Tigers
after being a basketball letterman for Portland in the late 1920s.
Who am I? Billy Sullivan
I was an 11-year infielder who led the A.L. in stolen bases three times and hit .326 in the World Series for back-to-back N.L. pennant winners with the Cincinnati Reds after becoming the first Duke player to earn All-American honors in basketball. I was the initial player to bat in a televised major league game (Reds vs. Brooklyn on August 26, 1939) and the only player ever to hit four consecutive doubles in a game in both leagues.
Who am I? Billy Werber
I was an outfielder who played in 12 All-Star Games and had over 3,000 career hits after playing the entire game
for Minnesota in the Gophers' first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1972. I participated in the World Series with
the New York Yankees (1981) and Toronto Blue Jays (1992).
Who am I? Dave Winfield
The previously-proud G-Men, where a long-time school president (Dr. Jones) also served honorably as the baseball coach, are now the hand-wringing Q-Men (as in "Quit"). Grambling's struggling football program, which had its own weekend TV network during legendary coach Eddie Robinson's heyday, was tarnished by boycotting a game at Jackson State for reasons equivalent to McDonald's minions whining about work conditions.
Evidence that the gloomy days at Grambling could be worse surfaced when the CIAA championship game was cancelled after Winston-Salem State's quarterback was allegedly beaten by a group of Virginia State players in a bathroom of a WSSU campus building during the league's football banquet. Boys will be boys, but did "The Longest Yard" incident make you wonder what the average college board score was for this collection of contemptible characters?
The chaos at Grambling isn't confined to the gridiron. The school's basketball program, winless last season (ghastly 0-28 after squandering halftime lead in opening round of SWAC tourney against Alabama A&M) with all of its regular-season defeats by double-digit margins, has faced DI misery "mold" in its locker room for an extended period. The toothless Tigers never have appeared in the NCAA Division I Tournament.
Grambling, boasting as much athletic competence as a criminal navigator in the objectionable ObamaCare rollout (reportedly grand total of six enrollments the first day), isn't the only HBCU institution imprisoned at the NCAA Division I level. Most of them are little more than indentured servants doing the bidding of their major university masters almost always getting whipped on the road as picking-on-patsies fodder during non-conference competition. In a form of "gaming the system," a striking number of power league schools appear as if they want to celebrate Black History Month in advance during their non-conference slates by overdosing on scheduling outmatched opponents from the MEAC and SWAC.
Most fans are unaware that Robinson won more than 70% of his games as Grambling's basketball coach from 1942 to 1956. The Tigers, coached at the time by Fred Hobdy, placed in the top five of College Division/Division II polls 40 consecutive weeks from March 2, 1961, through January 28, 1965. Beginning with third-rounder Charles Hardnett in 1962, the G-Men supplied one of the top 21 NBA draft picks four consecutive years through 1965. But the "New Deal" moving up to major-college status has been a raw deal for the Tigers since the mid-1970s. They even lost to Xavier (La.), a small school from New Orleans, by 37 points in 1991-92 (106-69).
Grambling A.D. Aaron James was the 28th pick in the 1974 NBA draft. Despite James' prowess, he wasn't one of the total of 23 products from historically black colleges and universities now at the NCAA DI level, including eight from Grambling, among the following top 22 NBA draft choices in a 20-year span from 1957 through 1976:
1957 - Sam Jones (North Carolina Central/8th pick overall) and Bob McCoy (Grambling/10th)
1958 - Ben Swain (Texas Southern/8th)
1959 - Dick Barnett (Tennessee A&I/5th)
1960 - none
1961 - Ben Warley (Tennessee A&I/6th) and Cleo Hill (Winston-Salem State/8th)
1962 - Zelmo Beaty (Prairie View/3rd) and Charles Hardnett (Grambling/21st)
1963 - Hershell West (Grambling/16th)
1964 - Willis Reed (Grambling/10th)
1965 - Wilbert Frazier (Grambling/12th) and Harold Blevins (Arkansas AM&N/17th)
1966 - none
1967 - Earl Monroe (Winston-Salem State/2nd) and James Jones (Grambling/13th)
1968 - none
1969 - Willie Norwood (Alcorn A&M/19th)
1970 - Jake Ford (Maryland State/20th)
1971 - Fred Hilton (Grambling/19th) and Ted McClain (Tennessee State/22nd)
1972 - none
1973 - none
1974 - Truck Robinson (Tennessee State/22nd)
1975 - Marvin Webster (Morgan State/3rd), Eugene Short (Jackson State and Tom Boswell (South Carolina State before transferring to South Carolina/17th)
1976 - Larry Wright (Grambling/14th)
Amid Grambling's recent groveling, is it time for hapless HBCU affiliates to return to the DII level? The truth about black crime in basketball is that it's a big sin many observers don't know or can't recall the high degree of success historically-black colleges and universities enjoyed there. It simply isn't going to the back of the bus. For instance, Norfolk State appeared in the NCAA Division II Tournament 10 times in a 12-year span from 1984 until finishing third in the 1995 tourney. The Spartans upset Missouri in the 2012 NCAA DI playoffs but no HBCU ever has reached a Sweet 16.
What many observers should know is seven different historically black colleges and universities advancing to the NCAA DI level captured a total of nine NAIA and NCAA College Division Tournament championships in a 21-year span from 1957 through 1977 (Tennessee State from 1957 through 1959, Grambling '61, Prairie View A&M '62, Winston-Salem State '67, Morgan State '74, Coppin State '76 and Texas Southern '77). Coppin State is the lone school in this group to go on and post a triumph in the NCAA Division I playoffs.
Winson-Salem State saw what life looked like on the DI side of the fence and abandoned ship after only one season. All but two of the 25 HBCUs endured at least one season with 20 defeats in a six-year span from 2003-04 through 2008-09. The pair that emerged unscathed during that stretch were Hampton (worst record was 13-17 in 2003-04) and Norfolk State (11-19 in 2006-07).
Conference members from the Mid-Eastern Athletic and Southwestern Athletic have won only 10% of their NCAA Division I Tournament games. Alcorn State registered the first three of the following modest total of nine HBCU wins over 33 years in the DI tourney (four in preliminary round competition; including Florida A&M's 15-point victory over Lehigh in 2004) since the SWAC and MEAC moved up to the DI level in 1979-80 and 1980-81, respectively:
1980 Midwest First Round: #8 Alcorn State 70 (Baker/Smith game-high 18 points), #9 South Alabama 62 (Rains 22)
1983 Midwest Preliminary Round: Alcorn State 81 (Phelps 18), Xavier 75 (Fleming 16)
1984 Midwest Preliminary Round: Alcorn State 79 (Phelps 21), Houston Baptist 60 (Lavodrama 14)
1993 West First Round: #13 Southern (LA) 93 (Scales 27), #4 Georgia Tech 78 (Mackey 27)
1997 East First Round: #15 Coppin State 78 (Singletary 22), #2 South Carolina 65 (McKie 16)
2001 West First Round: #15 Hampton 58 (Williams 16), #2 Iowa State 57 (Rancik/Shirley 10)
2004 Preliminary Round: Florida A&M 72 (Woods 21), Lehigh 57 (Tempest 13)
2010 Preliminary Round: Arkansas-Pine Bluff 61 (Smith 14), Winthrop 44 (Corbin 13)
2012 West First Round: #15 Norfolk State 86 (O'Quinn 26), #2 Missouri (Dixon 22)
If Doug McDermott (#3) lives up to billing in Creighton's inaugural season in the Big East Conference, he could join North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough as the only three-time first-team All-American since Georgetown's Patrick Ewing and Oklahoma's Wayman Tisdale in the mid-1980s. Hansbrough (2007 through 2009) is the only three-time first-team All-American in the previous 28 campaigns.
There were a total of 15 three-time first-teamers in less than 20 years from 1960 (Cincinnati's Oscar Robertson) to 1978 (North Carolina's Phil Ford). After several decades when a majority of players departed at the first scent they could possibly play in the pros, following is an alphabetical list of the individuals earning All-American recognition three or four college seasons:
|Player||Pos.||College||Three- or Four-Year All-American Recognition|
|Mark Aguirre||F||DePaul||1979 (C2), 1980 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1) and 1981 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Danny Ainge||G||Brigham Young||1979 (NABC4), 1980 (NABC3) and 1981 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Lew Alcindor||C||UCLA||1967 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1), 1968 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1) and 1969 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Marvin Barnes||C||Providence||1972 (NABC4), 1973 (C2, UPI3, NABC4) and 1974 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Ralph Beard||G||Kentucky||1947 (C1, NABC1), 1948 (AP1, C1, NABC1) and 1949 (AP1, NABC1, UP1, C2)|
|Kent Benson||C||Indiana||1975 (C2, NABC4), 1976 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1) and 1977 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1)|
|Larry Bird||F||Indiana State||1977 (NABC3, UPI3), 1978 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1) and 1979 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Bill Bradley||F||Princeton||1963 (AP2, C2, UPI2, NABC3), 1964 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1) and 1965 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Quinn Buckner||G||Indiana||1974 (NABC4), 1975 (C2, UPI2, NABC3) and 1976 (C2)|
|Bill Cartwright||C||San Francisco||1977 (AP2, UPI2, NABC3), 1978 (C2) and 1979 (AP1, C1, USBWA1, NABC2, UPI2)|
|Calbert Cheaney||F||Indiana||1991 (USBWA2, AP3, NABC3, UPI3), 1992 (AP3, NABC3, UPI3) and 1993 (AP1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Mateen Cleaves||G||Michigan State||1998 (USBWA1, AP2, NABC3), 1999 (AP1, NABC1, USBWA1) and 2000 (AP2, NABC3)|
|Bob Cousy||G||Holy Cross||1948 (NABC2, AP3), 1949 (AP2, UP2, C4) and 1950 (AP1, NABC1, UP1, C2)|
|Dave DeBusschere||F||Detroit||1960 (C2, UPI3), 1961 (C2, NABC2, UPI3) and 1962 (C2, AP3, NABC3, UPI3)|
|Terry Dischinger||C-F||Purdue||1960 (C1, USBWA1, AP2, NABC2, UPI1), 1961 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1) and 1962 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Tim Duncan||C||Wake Forest||1995 (AP3, NABC3), 1996 (AP1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1) and 1997 (AP1, NABC1, USBWA1)|
|Paul Ebert||C||Ohio State||1952 (C3), 1953 (AP2, C3, UP3) and 1954 (C3, UP3)|
|Maurice "Bo" Ellis||F||Marquette||1975 (C2, NABC4), 1976 (C2) and 1977 (C2, NABC2, AP3)|
|Patrick Ewing*||C||Georgetown||1982 (C2), 1983 (AP1, C1, NABC1, USBWA1, UPI2), 1984 (AP1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1) and 1985 (AP1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Arnie Ferrin*||F||Utah||1944 (C1), 1945 (C1), 1947 (C2, NABC3) and 1948 (C1, AP2)|
|Phil Ford*||G||North Carolina||1975 (C2), 1976 (C1, NABC1, AP2, UPI2), 1977 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1) and 1978 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Mike Gminski||C||Duke||1978 (C2), 1979 (NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1, AP2, C2) and 1980 (AP2, NABC2, UPI2)|
|Tom Gola*||C-F||La Salle||1952 (C1), 1953 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UP1), 1954 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UP1) and 1955 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UP1)|
|Sihugo Green||G||Duquesne||1954 (C4), 1955 (C1, NABC1, UP1, AP2) and 1956 (AP1, NABC1, UP1, C2)|
|Darrell Griffith||G||Louisville||1978 (C2), 1979 (C1, NABC3) and 1980 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Alex Groza||C||Kentucky||1947 (NABC1, C2), 1948 (C1, AP2, NABC2) and 1949 (AP1, C1, UP1)|
|Tyler Hansbrough*||F-C||North Carolina||2006 (AP3, NABC3), 2007 (NABC1, USBWA1, AP2), 2008 (AP1, NABC1, USBWA1) and 2009 (AP1, NABC1, USBWA1)|
|Elvin Hayes||F-C||Houston||1966 (C2), 1967 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1) and 1968 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Fred Hetzel||F-C||Davidson||1963 (C2), 1964 (C1, AP2, UPI2, NABC3) and 1965 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Art Heyman||F||Duke||1961 (C2, AP3, UPI3), 1962 (USBWA1, AP2, C2, NABC2, UPI2) and 1963 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Grant Hill||F||Duke||1992 (UPI2), 1993 (NABC2, UPI2, USBWA2, AP3) and 1994 (AP1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|"Hot" Rod Hundley||G-F||West Virginia||1955 (C4), 1956 (AP2, C2, NABC2, UP2) and 1957 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UP1, USBWA1)|
|Tony Jackson||F||St. John's||1959 (NABC3), 1960 (AP1, C2, NABC2, UPI2) and 1961 (AP2, C2, NABC2, UPI2)|
|Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones||F-C||Kentucky||1947 (C2), 1948 (C3) and 1949 (C1, UP1, AP2)|
|Bernard King||F||Tennessee||1975 (C2, UPI2, NABC3), 1976 (USBWA1, C2, UPI2, AP3, NABC3) and 1977 (AP1, C1, UPI1, USBWA1, NABC2)|
|Bob Kurland||C||Oklahoma A&M||1944 (C2), 1945 (C1) and 1946 (C1)|
|Bob Lanier||C||St. Bonaventure||1968 (USBWA1, AP2, C2, NABC2, UPI2), 1969 (AP2, C2, NABC2, UPI2) and 1970 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|York Larese||G||North Carolina||1959 (AP3), 1960 (C2, NABC3) and 1961 (NABC2, AP3, UPI3)|
|Tony Lavelli*||F||Yale||1946 (C3), 1947 (NABC2), 1948 (NABC1, AP2, C2) and 1949 (AP1, UP1, C2)|
|Keith Lee*||F-C||Memphis State||1982 (C1, AP2), 1983 (C1, UPI1, USBWA2, AP2, NABC2), 1984 (NABC2, UPI2, USBWA2, AP3) and 1985 (AP1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Ron Lee||G||Oregon||1974 (C2, NABC4), 1975 (NABC1, C2, UPI2, AP3) and 1976 (AP2, C2, NABC3, UPI3)|
|Clyde Lovellette||C||Kansas||1950 (C2, AP3), 1951 (AP1, NABC1, UP1, C2) and 1952 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UP1)|
|Jerry Lucas||C||Ohio State||1960 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1), 1961 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1) and 1962 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|John Lucas Jr.||G||Maryland||1974 (AP2, C2, NABC3), 1975 (C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1, AP2) and 1976 (AP1, C1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Angelo "Hank" Luisetti||F||Stanford||1936 (C1), 1937 (C1) and 1938 (C1)|
|Kyle Macy||G||Kentucky||1978 (UPI3), 1979 (C2, NABC3) and 1980 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Mike Maloy||C||Davidson||1968 (C2), 1969 (C1, USBWA1, AP2, UPI2, NABC3) and 1970 (C2, AP3, NABC3, UPI3)|
|Danny Manning||F||Kansas||1986 (AP2, NABC2, UPI2, USBWA2), 1987 (AP1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1) and 1988 (AP1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Pete Maravich||G||Louisiana State||1968 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1), 1969 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1) and 1970 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Billy McGill||C||Utah||1960 (AP3, NABC3), 1961 (USBWA1, AP2, C2, NABC2, UPI2) and 1962 (AP1, C1, UPI1, USBWA1, NABC2)|
|Tom McMillen||F||Maryland||1972 (C2, AP3, UPI3), 1973 (C1, NABC2, UPI2, AP3) and 1974 (C1, NABC2, UPI2, AP3)|
|Jim McMillian||F||Columbia||1968 (UPI3), 1969 (USBWA1, C2, NABC2, UPI3) and 1970 (C2, AP3)|
|George Mikan||C||DePaul||1944 (C1), 1945 (C1) and 1946 (C1)|
|John Moir||F||Notre Dame||1936 (C2), 1937 (C1) and 1938 (C1)|
|Rick Mount||G||Purdue||1968 (C1, UPI2, AP3, NABC3), 1969 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1) and 1970 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Alonzo Mourning*||C||Georgetown||1989 (AP3, UPI3), 1990 (NABC1, AP2), 1991 (NABC3) and 1992 (AP1, UPI1, USBWA1, NABC2)|
|Chris Mullin||G-F||St. John's||1983 (C2, UPI3), 1984 (NABC1, UPI1, AP2, USBWA2) and 1985 (AP1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Calvin Murphy||G||Niagara||1968 (UPI1, USBWA1, AP2, C2, NABC2), 1969 (AP1, C1, UPI1, USBWA1, NABC2) and 1970 (AP1, C1, UPI1, USBWA1, NABC2)|
|Charles "Cotton" Nash||F-C||Kentucky||1962 (USBWA1, AP2, C2, UPI2, NABC3), 1963 (USBWA1, AP2, C2, NABC2, UPI2) and 1964 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Mike O'Koren||F||North Carolina||1978 (C2, NABC3), 1979 (C1, USBWA1, NABC2, UPI2) and 1980 (C1, USBWA1, NABC2, UPI2)|
|Kevin O'Shea*||G||Notre Dame||1947 (NABC3), 1948 (AP1, C1, NABC1), 1949 (AP3) and 1950 (AP1, UP1, C2)|
|Robert Parish||C||Centenary||1974 (NABC5), 1975 (NABC5) and 1976 (AP2, C2)|
|Sam Perkins||F-C||North Carolina||1982 (USBWA1, C2, NABC2, UPI2), 1983 (C1, UPI1, USBWA1, NABC2, AP3) and 1984 (AP1, UPI1, USBWA1, NABC2)|
|Bob Pettit||C||Louisiana State||1952 (AP2, UP2, C4), 1953 (AP2, NABC2, UP2, C3) and 1954 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UP1)|
|Andy Phillip||F||Illinois||1942 (C3), 1943 (C1) and 1947 (NABC1)|
|Howard Porter||F||Villanova||1969 (C2, AP3, NABC3, UPI3), 1970 (C2) and 1971 (C1, NABC2, UPI2, AP3)|
|Mark Price||G||Georgia Tech||1984 (UPI3), 1985 (AP2, NABC2, UPI3) and 1986 (NABC2, AP3, UPI3)|
|Frank Ramsey||F||Kentucky||1951 (AP3, C3, UP3), 1952 (C1, AP2, UP2) and 1954 (C1, AP2, NABC2, UP2)|
|Jonathan "J.J." Redick||G||Duke||2004 (NABC3), 2005 (AP1, NABC1, USBWA1) and 2006 (AP1, NABC1, USBWA1)|
|Oscar Robertson||F||Cincinnati||1958 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UP1, USBWA1), 1959 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1) and 1960 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|John Roche||G||South Carolina||1969 (C2), 1970 (C1, USBWA1, AP2, UPI2, NABC3) and 1971 (C1, UPI1, USBWA1, AP2, NABC2)|
|Cazzie Russell||G||Michigan||1964 (C1, USBWA1, AP2, NABC2, UPI2), 1965 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1) and 1966 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Ralph Sampson*||C||Virginia||1980 (C2), 1981 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1), 1982 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1) and 1983 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Don Schlundt||C||Indiana||1953 (AP2, C2, NABC2, UP2), 1954 (AP1, NABC1, UP1, C2) and 1955 (NABC1, AP2, UP2, C4)|
|Charlie Scott||G-F||North Carolina||1968 (C2), 1969 (C1, NABC1, USBWA1, AP2, UPI2) and 1970 (C1, NABC1, USBWA1, AP2, UPI2)|
|Frank Selvy||F||Furman||1952 (C3), 1953 (AP2, C2, UP2) and 1954 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UP1)|
|Paul Silas||C||Creighton||1962 (C2), 1963 (C2) and 1964 (C2, NABC2, AP3, UPI3)|
|Lionel Simmons||F||La Salle||1988 (UPI3), 1989 (NABC2, UPI2, USBWA2, AP3) and 1990 (AP1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Meyer "Whitey" Skoog||G-F||Minnesota||1949 (AP3), 1950 (AP2) and 1951 (C2, NABC2, AP3, UP3)|
|Doug Smart||F-C||Washington||1957 (C2), 1958 (C2) and 1959 (C2)|
|Dave Stallworth||F||Wichita State||1963 (C1, UPI3), 1964 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1) and 1965 (C1, USBWA1, AP2, NABC2, UPI2)|
|David Thompson||F||North Carolina State||1973 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1), 1974 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1) and 1975 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Wayman Tisdale||C-F||Oklahoma||1983 (AP1, C1, USBWA1, UPI2, NABC3), 1984 (AP1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1) and 1985 (AP1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Kelly Tripucka||F-G||Notre Dame||1979 (USBWA1, NABC2, UPI2, AP3), 1980 (UPI3) and 1981 (UPI1, NABC2)|
|Wes Unseld||C||Louisville||1966 (C2), 1967 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1) and 1968 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Darnell Valentine*||G||Kansas||1978 (C2), 1979 (C2), 1980 (C1) and 1981 (C1, AP2)|
|Jacque Vaughn||G||Kansas||1995 (UPI3), 1996 (AP2, NABC2, UPI2, USBWA2) and 1997 (AP2, NABC2, USBWA2)|
|Chet Walker||F||Bradley||1960 (AP2, C2, NABC2, UPI2), 1961 (AP1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1, C2) and 1962 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Jimmy Walker||G||Providence||1965 (C2, AP3, NABC3), 1966 (UPI1, USBWA1, AP2, C2) and 1967 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Bill Walton||C||UCLA||1972 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1), 1973 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1) and 1974 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Jerry West||F-G||West Virginia||1958 (C2, AP3, UP3), 1959 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1) and 1960 (AP1, C1, NABC1, UPI1, USBWA1)|
|Joseph "Jo Jo" White||G||Kansas||1967 (C2), 1968 (USBWA1, C2, NABC2, AP3, UPI3) and 1969 (C1, AP2, NABC2, UPI2)|
*Among the total of 11 four-time All-Americans.
Pepperdine is runner-up to San Francisco for most all-league selections in West Coast Conference history. But the Waves have fallen on hard times and are the nation's only school not to have an all-conference choice in the last eight seasons. The best bet for ending Pepperdine's string of futility is sturdy Stacy Davis, the WCC's newcomer of the year last season.
Elsewhere, Rutgers might need to visit its archives and bring Dick Vitale back as a recruiter. Vitale helped lure diploma-less coach Eddie Jordan to Piscataway before the Scarlet Knights reached the 1976 Final Four. Rutgers, failing to secure All-Big East Conference acclaim since Quincy Douby in 2005-06, has the longest all-league famine among members of power alliances. Unless guard Myles Mack earns acclaim, the Big Ten Conference might have more Nebraska, Northwestern or Penn State mediocrity on its hands - trio combined for three NCAA playoff victories in previous 58 years (all by Nittany Lions) - after the Scarlet Knights complete their one and only campaign in the American Athletic Conference.
Perhaps the biggest surprise among schools seeking all-league famine relief is Southern Illinois, which had at least two All-Missouri Valley selections six times in a seven-year span from 2001-02 through 2007-08. Following is an alphabetical list of schools enduring honor droughts having no all-league picks at least the past five seasons:
School Conference Last All-League Selection(s) DePaul Big East Draelon Burns in 2007-08 Louisiana-Monroe Sun Belt Tony Hooper in 2006-07 Pepperdine West Coast Alex Acker and Glen McGowan in 2004-05 Rutgers Big East Quincy Douby in 2005-06 Sacramento State Big Sky Alex Bausley and DaShawn Freeman in 2005-06 Samford Ohio Valley Travis Peterson in 2007-08 Southern Illinois Missouri Valley Randal Falker and Bryan Mullins in 2007-08 Texas Tech Big 12 Martin Zeno in 2007-08
By any measure, it was shortsighted of Indiana and Kentucky to let their "Clash of the Titans" rivalry expire because of colossal coaching egos. Regrettably, the schedule neglect doesn't end there. Notre Dame finally met Purdue last year but it's obscene that fans aren't able to enjoy the following potentially great natural non-league matchups between in-state power league members: Cincinnati/Ohio State, DePaul/Illinois, Georgetown/Maryland and Penn State/Villanova.
Misguided Memphis mentor Josh Pastner didn't see the benefit in continuing the Tigers' series with Tennessee. He'd rather just sit at home and beat up on out-of-state fodder. Do you think there is any connection between that misguided mindset and Pastner going winless in his first 11 assignments against opponents ranked in the Top 25? But mark a date on your calendar. Instead of Memphis vs. Tennessee, we get the titantic tilt featuring the Volunteers vs. Tusculum.
Maryland, rather than coping with an exit fee lawsuit from the ACC, should face litigation from Terrapin fans because of a woeful non-league home schedule that probably cost them an at-large berth in the NCAA playoffs. To their credit, the Terps are playing a better non-league slate this season (incuding George Washington) but not enough to still be in a category with other schools that could be denied an at-large bid because of a lack of foresight. Ohio State and Pittsburgh could succeed Maryland this campaign as the most shortsighted schools possibly ending up in the NIT rather than the NCAA tourney. Shouldn't the overriding view be what's best for the fans, players and game in general? Instead, a striking number of schools should be criticized for their fiasco picking on an excessive number of patsies. Kudos to Virginia for scheduling Virginia Commonwealth although the Cavaliers succumbed at home against VCU in a credential-building contest.
The last two NCAA titlists - Kentucky and Louisville - should be embarrassed about their non-conference schedules leading up to their annual battle. Thankfully, Oklahoma is finally opposing Tulsa, Penn State is pitted against Pittsburgh in ACC/Big Ten Challenge and Purdue meets Butler. But rather than insomnia-curing mismatches, how much more interest would there be in Wichita State opposing Kansas and Kansas State, Akron and Dayton against Cincinnati and Ohio State, Tulsa against Oklahoma State, Illinois State against DePaul and Illinois, Missouri against Missouri State and Saint Louis, plus Belmont against Tennessee and Vanderbilt? KU may have the nation's most rigorous non-league slate for a Top 20 team but the Jayhawks should still have an entertaining duel with the Shockers on the heels of their Final Four appearance. At some point, Self-serving needs to defer to what's best for the sport.
Isn't this supposed to be the era for putting an end to bullying? The hoop haughtiness of power schools denying fans stimulating non-league games isn't a new phenomenon. For instance, LSU avoided potentially attractive in-state assignments for decades by never opposing McNeese State's Joe Dumars, Tulane's Jerald Honeycutt, New Orleans' Ervin Johnson, Louisiana Tech's Karl Malone, Northeast Louisiana's Calvin Natt, Centenary's Robert Parish and Southwestern Louisiana's Andrew Toney. Similarly, North Carolina shunned Davidson first- and second-team All-Americans Stephen Curry, Mike Maloy and Dick Snyder during the regular season. The Tar Heels did defeat Davidson in exciting back-to-back East Regional finals by a total of six points in 1968 and 1969 when Maloy averaged 21.5 ppg and 13 rpg.
Don't we deserve to see national players of the year such as Indiana State's Larry Bird (never opposed Indiana), Navy's David Robinson (Georgetown and Maryland) and Bradley's Hersey Hawkins (Illinois) strut their stuff in regular-season contests against nearby prominent programs? The Terrapins only met "The Admiral" upon being forced to compete in the second round of 1985 Southeast Regional when Robinson contributed game-high figures in scoring, rebounding and blocks.
In a form of "gaming," a striking number of power league schools "man up" by appearing as if they want to celebrate Black History month in advance during their non-conference slates by overdosing on scheduling outmatched opponents from the MEAC and SWAC. Mississippi State, infamous 50 years ago for failing to compete against black players, is virtually an HBCU adjunct member this season in an effort to try to avoid repeating as the nation's worst power conference team.
Utah players, officials and coaching staff should don hoodies hiding their faces in shame during the Utes' non-league home slate. Why would anyone spend their hard-earned money on attending many of these mismatches? Even if an observer detests government involvement, perhaps state legislatures should step in where they can and force power league members to get off their high horse and play the following potentially entertaining intra-state games against quality mid-level opponents:
|Power League Member||Shunned Quality In-State Mid-Major Foes||Out-of-State Non-League Weak Sisters on 2013-14 Home Schedule|
|Alabama||South Alabama and UAB||Charleston Southern, Georgia State, North Florida, Robert Morris and Stillman|
|Arizona State||Grand Canyon and Northern Arizona||UC Irvine, Grambling State, Idaho State, Maryland-Baltimore County and Miami (Ohio)|
|Arkansas||Arkansas State and UALR||High Point, Louisiana-Lafayette, Savannah State, South Alabama, Southeastern Louisiana, SIU-Edwardsville, Tennessee-Martin and Texas-San Antonio|
|Auburn||South Alabama and UAB||Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Florida A&M, Jacksonville State, Nicholls State, Northwestern State and Tennessee State|
|Baylor||numerous school in Texas||Charleston Southern, Hardin-Simmons, Louisiana-Lafayette, Northwestern State, Oral Roberts, Savannah State and Southern (La.)|
|California||Saint Mary's, San Francisco, San Jose State and Santa Clara||UC Irvine, Coppin State, Denver, Furman, Nevada, Oakland and Southern Utah|
|Cincinnati||Cleveland State, Dayton and MAC schools||Appalachian State, Campbell, Chicago State, Kennesaw State, Massachusetts-Lowell, Middle Tennessee State, North Carolina Central and USC Upstate|
|Connecticut||Central Connecticut State, Fairfield, Hartford, Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart||Boston University, Detroit, Eastern Washington, Harvard, Loyola (Md.), Maine and Yale|
|Georgetown||American, George Mason and George Washington||Colgate, Elon, Florida International, High Point, Lipscomb and Wright State|
|Georgia||Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Kennesaw State and Mercer||Appalachian State, Chattanooga, Gardner-Webb, Lipscomb, Western Carolina and Wofford|
|Georgia Tech||Georgia Southern, Georgia State and Mercer||Delaware State, East Tennessee State, Mississippi Valley State, North Carolina A&T and Presbyterian|
|Illinois||Bradley, Illinois State, Loyola of Chicago and Southern Illinois||Alabama State, Chicago State, Dartmouth, IPFW, Jacksonville State, UIC and Valparaiso|
|Iowa||Northern Iowa||Abilene Christian, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Fairleigh Dickinson, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Nebraska-Omaha, UNC-Wilmington and Penn|
|Kansas State||Wichita State||Central Arkansas, George Washington, Long Beach State, Northern Colorado, Oral Roberts, South Dakota and Troy|
|Kentucky||Eastern Kentucky, Morehead State, Murray State and Western Kentucky||Belmont, Boise State, Cleveland State, Eastern Michigan, UNC-Asheville, Northern Kentucky, Robert Morris and Texas-Arlington|
|Louisville||Eastern Kentucky, Morehead State and Murray State||College of Charleston, Cornell, Hartford, Hofstra, Louisiana-Lafayette, Missouri-Kansas City, Missouri State and Southern Mississippi|
|Marquette||Green Bay and Milwaukee||Ball State, Grambling State, IUPUI, New Hampshire, Samford and Southern (La.)|
|Maryland||American, George Mason and Loyola (Md.)||Abilene Christian, Boston University, Florida Atlantic, Morgan State, North Carolina Central and Tulsa|
|Memphis||Belmont, Chattanooga and Middle Tennessee||Arkansas-Little Rock, Austin Peay, Jackson State, LeMoyne-Owen, Nicholls State, Northwestern State and Southeast Missouri State|
|Michigan State||Detroit and MAC members||Columbia, McNeese State, Mount St. Mary's, New Orleans, North Florida, Oakland and Portland|
|Mississippi||Southern Mississippi||Louisiana-Monroe, Mercer, Middle Tennessee State, North Carolina A&T, MVSU and Troy|
|Mississippi State||Southern Mississippi||Florida A&M, Florida Gulf Coast, Jackson State, Kennesaw State, Loyola of Chicago, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Mississippi Valley State, Prairie View A&M and Southeastern Louisiana|
|Notre Dame||Ball State and Butler||Army, Bryant, Canisius, Cornell, Delaware, Miami (Ohio), North Dakota State, Santa Clara and Stetson|
|Ohio State||Akron, Cleveland State, Dayton and Xavier||American, Bryant, Central Connecticut State, Delaware, Louisiana-Monroe, Morgan State, North Dakota State, North Florida and Wyoming|
|Oklahoma||Oral Roberts||Arkansas-Little Rock, Idaho, Louisiana Tech, Mercer, North Texas, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Texas-Arlington|
|Oregon||Portland and Portland State||UC Irvine, Cal Poly, Morgan State, North Dakota, Pacific, San Francisco, Utah Valley and Western Carolina|
|Oregon State||Portland State||Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Coppin State, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Quinnipiac, SIU-Edwardsville and Towson|
|Pittsburgh||Robert Morris||Albany, Cal Poly, Fresno State, Howard, Loyola Marymount, Savannah State and Youngstown State|
|Purdue||Evansville, Indiana State and Valparaiso||Central Connecticut State, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Northern Kentucky, Rider and Siena|
|Rutgers||FDU, Monmouth, Rider and Saint Peter's||Army, Canisius or Elon, Florida A&M, UNC-Greensboro, William & Mary and Yale|
|St. John's||Iona, Long Island, Manhattan and Stony Brook||Bucknell, Columbia, Longwood, Monmouth, San Francisco, Wagner and Youngstown State|
|UCLA||Fresno State, Long Beach State and Loyola Marymount||UC Santa Barbara, Chattanooga, Drexel, Morehead State, Oakland, Prairie View A&M, Sacramento State and Weber State|
|Utah||Utah State and Utah Valley||Ball State, UC Davis, Evergreen State, Fresno State, Grand Canyon, Idaho State, Lamar, St. Katherine, Savannah State and Texas State|
|Wake Forest||Appalachian State, East Carolina and Western Carolina||The Citadel, Colgate, Jacksonville, UNC-Greensboro, Presbyterian, St. Bonaventure, Tulane and Virginia Military|
Denver forward Chris Udofia averaged a modest 13.8 ppg and 4.8 rpg the previous two seasons but he has a chance to reach a summit. After the Pioneers became a member of the Summit League, Udofia could become the first player ever to be named an all-conference first-team selection in three different leagues.
Joining Udofia last season in this category was Belmont's Ian Clark, who showed he should have been an NBA draft choice by erning a spot on an opening-day roster. Udofia already is on the following alphabetical list of all-conference first-team choices in two different alliances that should increase significantly with nearly 50 schools joining different leagues this season:
Extra! Extra! Read all about memorable major league baseball achievements and moments involving former college basketball players! Baseball is portrayed as a thinking man's game but only four percent of active MLB players earned college diplomas.
Nonetheless, numerous ex-college hoopsters had front-row seats to many of the most notable games, transactions and dates in MLB history. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an October calendar involving such versatile athletes:
31 - SS Alvin Dark (basketball letterman for LSU and USL during World War II) traded by the Milwaukee Braves to the San Francisco Giants in 1960. . . . Baltimore Orioles P Mike Flanagan (averaged 13.9 ppg for Massachusetts' 15-1 freshman squad in 1971-72) named winner of the 1979 A.L. Cy Young Award.
30 - Los Angeles Dodgers P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) and St. Louis Cardinals SS Dick Groat (two-time All-American with Duke in 1950-51 and 1951-52 when finishing among nation's top five scorers each season) finished 1-2 in N.L. MVP voting in 1963. . . . 1B Gary Holle (Siena's scoring and rebounding leader in 1974-75 and 1975-76) traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1981. . . . Davey Johnson (averaged 1.7 ppg with Texas A&M in 1961-62) hired as manager of the Baltimore Orioles in 1995.
29 - Dallas Green (Delaware's second-leading scorer and rebounder in 1954-55) stepped down as president and general manager of the Chicago Cubs in 1987. . . . OF Wally Roettger (Illinois letterman in 1921-22 and 1922-23) purchased from the New York Giants by the Cincinnati Reds in 1930.
28 - St. Louis Cardinals P Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer in 1955-56 and 1956-57) captured the Cy Young Award in 1968. . . . A homer by Atlanta Braves OF David Justice (led Thomas More, KY, in assists in 1984-85) against the Cleveland Indians accounted for the only run in Game 6 of the 1995 World Series as the Braves became the first franchise to win championships representing three different cities (previously Boston and Milwaukee). . . . SS Don Kessinger (three-time All-SEC selection for Mississippi from 1961-62 through 1963-64 while finishing among nation's top 45 scorers each year) traded by the Chicago Cubs to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1975. . . . OF Randy Winn (Santa Clara backcourtmate of eventual two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash in 1993-94) traded by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to the Seattle Mariners in 2002.
27 - SS Dick Groat (two-time All-American with Duke in 1950-51 and 1951-52 when finishing among nation's top five scorers each season) traded with 1B Bill White (played two years with Hiram, OH, in early 1950s) and C Bob Uecker by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Philadelphia Phillies for C Pat Corrales, OF Alex Johnson and P Art Mahaffey in 1965.
26 - Detroit Tigers OF Hank Greenberg (attended NYU briefly on basketball scholarship in late 1920s) won 1940 A.L. MVP. . . . In 1960, Washington Senators President Calvin Griffith (letterman in 1934 and 1935 when George Washington compiled 25-10 record) made decision to move franchise to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. . . . P Oral Hildebrand (All-American for Butler in 1928-29 and 1929-30) traded by the St. Louis Browns to the New York Yankees in 1938. . . . P Sonny Siebert (team-high 16.7 ppg for Mizzou in 1957-58 as All-Big Eight Conference second-team selection) traded by the Texas Rangers to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1973.
25 - OF Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA titlist) traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Chicago White Sox in 1955. . . . C Tom Haller (backup forward for Illinois in 1956-57 and 1957-58 under coach Harry Combes) purchased from the Detroit Tigers by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1972. . . . 1B Mike Hargrove (Northwestern Oklahoma State letterman) traded by the Texas Rangers to the San Diego Padres in 1978.
24 - Philadelphia Athletics SS Jack Barry (basketball letterman for Holy Cross in 1908) stroked two doubles among his three hits in a 4-2 Game 4 victory against the New York Giants in the 1911 World Series. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers INF Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in PCC both of his seasons for UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41), the first black major leaguer of the 20th Century, died of heart disease at the age of 53 in 1972. . . . DH-RF Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) banged out a two-out, two-run double in the top of the 11th inning to spark the Toronto Blue Jays to their first World Series championship with a 4-3 decision over the Atlanta Braves in Game 6 in 1992.
23 - Boston Red Sox P Bruce Hurst (played J.C. basketball for Dixie, UT, in mid-1970s) notched a 4-2 complete-game victory against the New York Mets in Game 5 of the 1986 World Series. . . . Davey Johnson (averaged 1.7 ppg with Texas A&M in 1961-62) hired as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1998. . . . Gene Michael (Kent State's leading scorer with 14 ppg in 1957-58) replaced by Bob Watson as general manager of the New York Yankees in 1995. . . . INF Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in PCC both of his seasons for UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41) signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945, paving the way for MLB integration.
22 - P Danny Coombs (Seton Hall's third-leading scorer and rebounder in 1961-62) purchased from the Houston Astros by the San Diego Padres in 1969. . . . C Art Kusnyer (led Kent State in field-goal percentage in 1965-66 when he was team's third-leading scorer and rebounder) traded by the California Angels to the Milwaukee Brewers in a nine-player swap in 1973. . . . OF Joe Lahoud (letterman for New Haven, CT, in mid-1960s) traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the California Angels in a nine-player swap in 1973.
21 - 1B Bill Davis (averaged 12.5 ppg in 1963-64 for Minnesota team including eventual NBA standouts Archie Clark and Lou Hudson) traded by the Cleveland Indians to the San Diego Padres in 1968. . . . Kansas City Royals P Rich Gale (led New Hampshire with 7.2 rpg in 1975-76) lost Game 6 when the Philadelphia Phillies clinched the 1980 World Series championship. . . . P Dave Giusti (made 6 of 10 field-goal attempts in two games for Syracuse in 1959-60) traded with C Dave Ricketts (Duquesne's leading scorer with 17.9 ppg in 1956-57) by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1969. . . . In 1995 opener against the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four squad compiling 35-3 record) became the first player since 1921 to steal two bases in one inning of a World Series game. . . . P Claude Passeau (played for Millsaps, MS, in late 1920s and early 1930s) traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1935.
20 - St. Louis Cardinals 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham basketball captain) captured the 1931 N.L. MVP. . . . Detroit Tigers 1B Hank Greenberg (attended NYU briefly on basketball scholarship in late 1920s) won 1935 A.L. MVP. . . . Mike Hargrove (Northwestern Oklahoma State letterman) named manager of the Seattle Mariners in 2004.
19 - P Bob Garibaldi (starting forward for Santa Clara in 1961-62 when averaging 10.6 ppg and 5.6 rpg) traded by the San Francisco Giants to the Kansas City Royals in 1970. . . . In 1978, Don Kessinger (three-time All-SEC selection for Mississippi from 1961-62 through 1963-64 while finishing among nation's top 45 scorers each year) named player-manager of the Chicago White Sox after they dismissed Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA titlist).
18 - P Jim Bibby (Fayetteville State, NC, backup player and brother of UCLA All-American Henry Bibby) traded by the New York Mets to the St. Louis Cardinals in an eight-player swap in 1971. . . . Boston Red Sox P Bruce Hurst (played J.C. basketball for Dixie, UT, in mid-1970s) notched a 1-0 victory against the New York Mets in the 1986 World Series opener.
17 - OF George Altman (appeared in 1953 and 1954 NAIA Tournament with Tennessee State) traded by the Chicago Cubs to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1962. . . . Alvin Dark (letterman for Louisiana State and Louisiana-Lafayette during World War II) fired as manager of the Oakland A's in 1975. . . . OF David Justice (led Thomas More, KY, in assists in 1984-85), winner of the 2000 ALCS MVP award, contributed a three-run homer to help the New York Yankees defeat the Seattle Mariners, 9-7. . . . After winning the opener of the 1911 World Series, New York Giants Hall of Fame P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) took a shutout into the ninth inning in Game 3 when 3B John Baker belted a contest-tying homer for the Philadelphia Athletics, who went on to win in the 11th frame. The clutch blast helped him become known as "Home Run" Baker.
16 - 1B Donn Clendenon (played for Morehouse, GA) homered in Game 5 against the Baltimore Orioles to help power the New York Mets to the 1969 World Series title. . . . Hall of Fame P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) purchased from the Philadelphia Phillies by the New York Yankees in 1961.
15 - 2B Jerry Adair (one of Oklahoma State's top three scorers in 1956-57 and 1957-58 while ranking among nation's top 12 free-throw shooters each season) selected from the Boston Red Sox by the Kansas City Royals in 1968 expansion draft. . . . New York Yankees P Jim Beattie (Dartmouth's top rebounder in 1974-75 when selected team MVP and honorable mention All-Ivy League) went the distance, striking out eight Los Angeles Dodgers batters in a 12-2 success, in Game 5 of the 1978 World Series. . . . OF Bob Cerv (ranked fourth on Nebraska's career scoring list in 1949-50 when finishing his career) purchased from the New York Yankees by the Kansas City Athletics in 1956. . . . In 1957, 2B Jack Dittmer (played for Iowa in 1949-50) traded by the Detroit Tigers to the New York Giants for 2B Wayne Terwilliger (two-year letterman for Western Michigan in late 1940s). . . . St. Louis Cardinals P Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer in 1955-56 and 1956-57) won decisive Game 7 against the New York Yankees in the 1964 World Series. . . . Dallas Green (Delaware's second-leading scorer and rebounder in 1954-55) stepped down as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies to become general manager of the Chicago Cubs in 1981. . . . P Rich Hand (averaged 6.2 ppg for Puget Sound, WA, in 1967-68) shipped by the California Angels to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1974 to complete an earlier deal. . . . Mike Hargrove (Northwestern Oklahoma State letterman) fired as manager of the Cleveland Indians in 1999. . . . In 2001, OF David Justice (led Thomas More, KY, in assists in 1984-85) whacked a pinch-hit homer to help the New York Yankees defeat the Oakland A's and become the first team ever to capture a best-of-5 series after dropping the first two contests at home.
14 - Montreal Expos P Ray Burris (Southwestern Oklahoma State player) hurled a shutout against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of 1981 NLCS. Five days later in Game 5, Burris yielded only five hits in eight innings. . . . 1B Donn Clendenon (played for Morehouse, GA) selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates by the Montreal Expos in 1968 expansion draft. . . . P Dave Giusti (made 6 of 10 field-goal attempts in two games for Syracuse in 1959-60) selected from the St. Louis Cardinals by the San Diego Padres as the third pick in 1968 expansion draft. . . . New York Yankees reliever Steve Hamilton (Morehead State's leading scorer and rebounder in 1956-57 and 1957-58) saved Game 6 in the 1964 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals after replacing starter Jim Bouton. . . . New York Yankees OF David Justice (led Thomas More, KY, in assists in 1984-85) homered in a 5-0 win against the Seattle Mariners in Game 4 of 2000 ALCS. . . . Toiling on two days rest, Los Angeles Dodgers P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) hurled a three-hit shutout in Game 7 of the 1965 World Series against the Minnesota Twins. Supporting Koufax with a fourth-inning homer was LF "Sweet" Lou Johnson (Kentucky State teammate of legendary coach Davey Whitney averaged 5.7 ppg and 2 rpg in 1951-52). . . . OF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling a 35-3 record) delivered the game-winning safety in the bottom of the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2002 NLCS to send the San Francisco Giants to the World Series. . . . In Game 5, New York Giants Hall of Fame P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) tossed his third shutout against the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1905 World Series. . . . Philadelphia Phillies OF Bake McBride (averaged 12.7 ppg and 8.1 rpg in 21 games with Westminster, MO, in 1968-69 and 1969-70) homered in a 7-6 decision over the Kansas City Royals in the opener of 1980 World Series. . . . New York Yankees 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) singled twice in a seven-run fourth inning in Game 2 of the 1981 ALCS against the Oakland A's to become the first player ever to collect two safeties in a single frame in LCS competition. . . . P George Stone (averaged 14.7 ppg and 6.5 rpg for Louisiana Tech in 1965-66) notched a save in Game 2 of the 1973 World Series when the New York Mets outlasted the Oakland A's, 10-7, in 12 innings. . . . INF Gary Sutherland (Southern California's fifth-leading scorer in 1963-64 when averaging 7.4 ppg) selected from the Philadelphia Phillies by the Montreal Expos in 1968 expansion draft. . . . 1B-OF Preston Ward (second-leading scorer for Southwest Missouri State in 1946-47 and 1948-49) purchased from the Brooklyn Dodgers by the Chicago Cubs for $100,000 in 1949.
13 - 1B Gail Hopkins (averaged 2.5 ppg for Pepperdine in 1963-64) traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Kansas City Royals in 1970. . . . Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) fired as manager of the San Diego Padres in 1981. . . . OF Jim Lyttle (led Florida State in free-throw shooting in 1965-66 when averaging 12.4 ppg) traded by the New York Yankees to the Chicago White Sox in 1971. . . . 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) hit a three-run, first-inning double to spark the New York Yankees to a 3-1 victory against the Oakland A's in the 1981 ALCS opener. Nettles' spectacular defense highlighted a 5-1 triumph for the Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of the 1978 World Series. Nettles whacked two homers in Game 4 of the 1976 ALCS for the Yankees but they weren't enough to prevent a 7-4 loss against the Kansas City Royals. . . . Philadelphia Phillies P Eppa Rixey (Virginia letterman in 1912 and 1914) allowed two homers in 6 2/3 innings in a 5-4 defeat against the Boston Red Sox in Game 5 of the 1915 World Series. . . . Baltimore Orioles reliever Tim Stoddard (starting forward opposite All-American David Thompson for North Carolina State's 1974 NCAA champion) won Game 4 against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1979 World Series.
12 - St. Louis Cardinals P Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer in 1955-56 and 1956-57) won decisive Game 7 against the Boston Red Sox in the 1967 World Series. Gibson helped his cause with a homer. . . . New York Yankees OF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling 35-3 record) socked a homer in a 10-7 triumph against the Boston Red Sox in the opener of the 2004 ALCS. . . . In Game 3, New York Giants Hall of Fame P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) tossed his second of three shutouts against the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1905 World Series. . . . Philadelphia Phillies P Ron Reed (Notre Dame's leading rebounder in 1963-64 and 1964-65) yielded back-to-back homers to LF George Foster and C Johnny Bench to start the ninth inning as the Cincinnati Reds came from behind to win, 7-6, and sweep their 1976 NLDS. . . . Toronto Blue Jays DH-RF Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) walloped a homer but it was in vain as the Oakland A's avoided elimination with a 6-2 Game 5 victory in the 1992 ALCS.
11 - P Dave Giusti (made 6 of 10 field-goal attempts in two games for Syracuse in 1959-60) traded by the Houston Astros to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1968. . . . P Jim Hearn (Georgia Tech letterman in 1941-42) traded by the New York Giants to the Philadelphia Phillies for P Stu Miller in 1956. . . . INF Davey Johnson (averaged 1.7 ppg with Texas A&M in 1961-62) was the on-deck batter in Japan in 1976 when Sadaharu Oh stroked his 715th homer to pass Babe Ruth's mark. Incredibly, Johnson was also the next hitter in April 1974 when Atlanta Braves OF Hank Aaron hammered his 715th round-tripper. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) hurled a four-hit shutout in Game 5 of the 1965 World Series against the Minnesota Twins. . . . Cleveland Indians OF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling 35-3 record) whacked a homer but it wasn't enough to prevent a 5-3 defeat against the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the 1998 ALCS.
10 - OF Ethan Allen (Cincinnati letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) and P Jim Mooney (played for East Tennessee State) traded by the New York Giants to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1932. . . . 1B Kevin "Chuck" Connors (scored 32 points in 15 varsity games for Seton Hall in 1941-42 before leaving school for military service) traded by the Brooklyn Dodgers to the Chicago Cubs in 1950. Connors, star of the television series The Rifleman, gained critical acclaim playing the role of a slave owner in the TV mini-series Roots (1977). . . . In the 1961 expansion draft, the New York Mets selected P Roger Craig (forward with North Carolina State's 1949-50 freshman team) from the Los Angeles Dodgers, OF John DeMerit (letterman for Wisconsin in 1956-57) from the Milwaukee Braves, 1B Gil Hodges (played for Oakland City, IN, in 1947 and 1948) from the Dodgers and P Jay Hook (Northwestern's third-leading scorer with 10.7 ppg as sophomore in 1955-56) from the Cincinnati Reds. The same expansion draft also had the Houston Colt .45s selecting 1B-OF Dick Gernert (letterman with Temple in 1948-49 when averaging 2.7 ppg) from the Reds and P Jim Umbricht (Georgia's captain in 1951-52) from the Pittsburgh Pirates. . . . Baltimore Orioles P Mike Flanagan (averaged 13.9 ppg for Massachusetts' 15-1 freshman squad in 1971-72) won the 1979 World Series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers LF Lou Johnson (Kentucky State teammate of legendary coach Davey Whitney averaged 5.7 ppg and 2 rpg in 1951-52) lashed a Game 4 homer in a 7-2 win against the Minnesota Twins in the 1965 World Series. . . . OF Joe Lahoud (letterman for New Haven, CT, in mid-1960s) traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Milwaukee Brewers in a 10-player swap in 1971. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Davey Lopes (NAIA All-District 15 selection for Iowa Wesleyan averaged 16.9 ppg as All-Iowa Conference freshman selection in 1964-65 and 12.1 as sophomore in 1965-66) collected two homers and five RBI in an 11-5 triumph against the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the 1978 World Series. . . . In decisive Game 7, Chicago White Sox P Ted Lyons (two-time All-SWC first-team selection for Baylor in early 1920s) tossed his second five-hit win in the 1939 World Series in City Series against the Cubs. . . . Breaking up a scoreless duel in Game 7 of the 1968 World Series, Detroit Tigers RF Jim Northrup (second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for Alma, MI, in 1958-59) stroked a decisive seventh-inning triple off St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame P Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer in 1955-56 and 1956-57). . . . New York Yankees P Marius Russo (member of LIU teams compiling a 50-2 record in 1934-35 and 1935-36 under legendary coach Clair Bee) hurled a complete game and knocked in the decisive run with a double in a 2-1 decision over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of the 1943 World Series. . . . 1B Bill "Moose" Skowron (scored 18 points in eight games for Purdue in 1949-50) smashed a grand slam to help the New York Yankees win Game 7 of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers. . . . Kansas City Royals P Paul Splittorff (runner-up in scoring and rebounding for Morningside, IA, in 1967-68) won Game 2 of the 1976 ALCS with 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief against the New York Yankees.
9 - Boston Red Sox P Ray Collins (Vermont letterman in 1907 and 1908) started Game 2 of the 1912 World Series against the New York Giants when they tied, 6-6, in a contest called after 11 innings. . . . Before a crowd of 81,897, OF Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA titlist) contributed the first homer of the 1948 World Series to spark the Cleveland Indians to a 2-1 victory against the Boston Braves in Game 4. . . . Boston Red Sox P Boo Ferriss (Mississippi State letterman in 1941) hurled a 4-0 shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the 1946 World Series. . . . In the first World Series utilizing a seven-game format, New York Giants Hall of Fame P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) blanked the Philadelphia Athletics, 3-0, in the opener of the all-shutout 1905 WS. Mathewson also tossed whitewashes in Game 3 and Game 5. . . . Bill Virdon (played for Drury, MO, in 1949) stroked a two-run single propelling the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-2 triumph against the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the 1960 World Series. . . . Washington Senators P Tom Zachary (Guilford, NC, letterman in 1916) hurled a complete-game, 2-1 win against the New York Giants in Game 6 of the 1924 World Series. Zachary also won Game 2.
8 - George Earnshaw (played for Swarthmore PA in 1922), clearly the pitching standout of the 1930 World Series, carried the Philadelphia Athletics to a decisive 7-1 triumph against the St. Louis Cardinals. . . . San Francisco Giants C Tom Haller (backup forward for Illinois in 1956-57 and 1957-58 under coach Harry Combes) supplied a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning against the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the 1962 World Series. . . . P Oral Hildebrand (All-American for Butler in 1928-29 and 1929-30) hurled four scoreless innings as the New York Yankees' starter in Game 4 of the 1939 World Series when they swept the Cincinnati Reds. . . . In Game 2, P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) hurled a 10-inning shutout for the New York Giants' lone victory against the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1913 World Series. . . . P Roy Parmelee (letterman for Eastern Michigan in 1924-25 and 1925-26) traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Chicago Cubs in 1936.
7 - Hall of Fame OF Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81) played final game of his 20-year career for the San Diego Padres. . . . In Game 7, Brooklyn Dodgers 1B Gil Hodges (played for Oakland City, IN, in 1947 and 1948) went hitless again against the New York Yankees and finished 0-for-21 in the 1952 World Series. . . . 1B-OF Doug Howard (All-WAC second-team selection with Brigham Young in 1968-69 and 1969-70) shipped by the California Angels to the St. Louis Cardinals to complete an earlier deal in 1974. . . . New York Yankees OF Charlie Keller (three-year letterman with Maryland from 1934-35 through 1936-37) clobbered two homers in a 7-3 triumph at Cincinnati in Game 3 of the 1939 World Series. . . . In the 1939 Windy City World Series, Chicago Cubs OF Hank Lieber (played for Arizona in 1931) hammered a game-winning, two-out, three-run homer in the ninth inning for a 5-3 verdict over the White Sox in Game 4. . . . Hall of Fame P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) died of tuberculosis in 1925 at the age of 45. . . . P Chris Young (All-Ivy League first-team selection for Princeton in 1999-00) notched the San Diego Padres' only victory in the 2006 NLCS (3-1 against the St. Louis Cardinals).
6 - Detroit Tigers P Elden Auker (All-Big Six Conference first-five selection with Kansas State in 1931-32) went the distance in whipping the St. Louis Cardinals, 10-4, in Game 4 of the 1934 World Series. . . . St. Louis Cardinals CF Taylor Douthit (California letterman from 1922 through 1924) collided with a teammate in Game 4 and was sidelined for the remainder of the 1926 World Series against the New York Yankees. . . . P George Earnshaw (Swarthmore, PA, player in 1922) square the 1931 World Series with a two-hit, 3-0 shutout for the Philadelphia Athletics against the St. Louis Cardinals. The previous year, Earnshaw combined Hall of Famer Lefty Grove for a three-hit shutout against the Cardinals in Game 5 of the 1930 World Series. . . . P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) outdueled fellow lefthander Whitey Ford as the Los Angeles Dodgers swept the 1963 World Series from the New York Yankees. RF Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) contributed both of L.A.'s safeties off Ford, including a long homer in the fifth inning. . . . Davey Johnson (averaged 1.7 ppg with Texas A&M in 1961-62) fired as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2000. . . . Chicago White Sox rookie P Ted Lyons (two-time All-SWC first-team selection for Baylor in early 1920s) secured his first two of 260 MLB victories by winning both ends of a 1923 doubleheader in relief against the Cleveland Indians. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers P Preacher Roe (played for Harding, AR, in late 1930s) tossed a shutout against the New York Yankees in game 2 of the 1949 World Series. The contest's only RBI was supplied by 1B Gil Hodges (played for Oakland City, IN, in 1947 and 1948), who drove in 2B Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in PCC both of his seasons with UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41).
5 - P Ralph Branca (sixth-leading scorer for NYU in 1943-44) won Game 6 of the 1947 World Series for the Brooklyn Dodgers when he was helped by Al Gionfriddo's famous catch of New York Yankees Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio's long drive to left field. . . . New York Giants INF Eddie Grant (paced Harvard's freshman squad in scoring in 1902 and played varsity as sophomore before declared ineligible for receiving money in independent summer baseball league) died from German shelling in 1918 in the Argonne Forest, France, during WWI while in charge of his battalion after his commanding officer was killed. . . . New York Giants OF Monte Irvin (played for Lincoln, PA, 1 1/2 years in late 1930s) hit safely seven straight times in the 1951 World Series against the New York Yankees. . . . OF David Justice (led Thomas More, KY, in assists in 1984-85) homered to help the Cleveland Indians square their 1997 A.L. Division Series at two games apiece with the New York Yankees. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Davey Lopes (NAIA All-District 15 selection for Iowa Wesleyan averaged 16.9 ppg as All-Iowa Conference freshman selection in 1964-65 and 12.1 as sophomore in 1965-66) contributed a homer and triple while knocking in three runs in a 4-0 decision over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 2 of 1978 NLCS. . . . OF Bake McBride (averaged 12.7 ppg and 8.1 rpg in 21 games with Westminster, MO, in 1968-69 and 1969-70) accounted for the Philadelphia Phillies' lone run with a homer in a 7-1 setback against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the 1977 NLCS. . . . Chicago Cubs P Claude Passeau (letterman with Millsaps, MS, in late 1920s and early 1930s) hurled a one-hit shutout against the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the 1945 World Series. . . . Philadelphia Phillies P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) lost Game 2 of the 1950 World Series against the New York Yankees, 2-1, on Joe DiMaggio's leadoff homer in the 10th inning. . . . New York Giants P Hal Schumacher (played for St. Lawrence, NY, in early 1930s) notched the victory in Game 5 of the 1936 World Series against the New York Yankees. Schumacher lost Game 2 three days earlier. . . . Kansas City Royals P Paul Splittorff (runner-up in scoring and rebounding for Morningside, IA, in 1967-68) yielded only one hit in combining with Rich Gale (led New Hampshire with 7.2 rpg in 1975-76) for a 4-0 triumph against the Minnesota Twins in 1980. . . . St. Louis Cardinals P Ray Washburn (led Whitworth, WA, in scoring and named All-Evergreen Conference in 1958-59 and 1959-60) won Game 3 of the 1968 World Series against the Detroit Tigers. . . . In 1985, RF Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) became the first New York Yankee to collect 100 RBI and score 100 runs in a single season since Joe DiMaggio in 1942.
4 - Elden Auker (All-Big Six Conference first-five selection with Kansas State in 1931-32) helped the Detroit Tigers capture their first World Series in 1935, starting Game 3 against the Chicago Cubs and allowing two earned runs in six innings in a contest Detroit won in extra frames. . . . In a one-game playoff for the 1948 A.L. pennant, Cleveland Indians player-manager Lou Boudreau (leading scorer for Illinois' 1937 Big Ten Conference co-champion) banged out four hits, including two homers, in an 8-3 win at Boston. He finished the year with only nine strikeouts, the lowest number by any regular since 1922. . . . Alvin Dark (letterman for LSU and USL during World War II) dismissed as manager of the San Francisco Giants in 1964. . . . INF Charlie Gelbert (scored at least 125 points each of his last three seasons with Lebanon Valley, PA, in late 1920s) selected by the Washington Senators from the St. Louis Browns in 1938 Rule 5 draft. . . . In the opener of the 1967 World Series, St. Louis Cardinals P Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer in 1955-56 and 1956-57) fanned 10 Boston batters in a 2-1 triumph against the Red Sox. . . . Detroit Tigers OF Hank Greenberg (attended NYU briefly on basketball scholarship in late 1920s) whacked a homer in a 4-1 Game 2 victory against the Chicago Cubs in the 1945 World Series. . . . In the opening game of the 1951 World Series, OF Monte Irvin (played for Lincoln, PA, 1 1/2 years in late 1930s) stole home and collected four hits to spark the New York Giants to a 5-1 victory against the New York Yankees. . . . P Jim Konstanty (Syracuse player in late 1930s), after making 133 straight relief appearances for the Philadelphia Phillies, started Game 1 of the 1950 World Series but lost against the New York Yankees, 1-0. . . . OF Bill Nicholson (played for Washington College, MD, in mid-1930s) traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Philadelphia Phillies for former N.L. batting champion Harry Walker in 1948. . . . P Roy Parmelee (letterman for Eastern Michigan in 1924-25 and 1925-26) selected from the Boston Red Sox by the Philadelphia Athletics in 1938 Rule 5 draft. . . . P Cotton Pippen (Texas Western letterman in 1929-30) selected from the St. Louis Cardinals by the Philadelphia Athletics in 1938 Rule 5 draft. . . . Jim Riggleman (two-year letterman for Frostburg State, MD, averaged 7.2 ppg in early 1970s) fired as manager of the Chicago Cubs in 1999. . . . New York Yankees P Marius Russo (member of LIU teams compiling a 50-2 record in 1934-35 and 1935-36 under legendary coach Clair Bee) hurled a four-hitter in a 2-1 verdict over the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 3 of the 1941 World Series. In the seventh inning of a scoreless tie, Russo broke P Fred Fitzsimmons' knee with a line drive.
3 - Brooklyn Dodgers P Ralph Branca (sixth-leading scorer for NYU in 1943-44) sustained his sixth setback of the 1951 season against the New York Giants when Bobby Thomson hit the "shot heard round the world" (three-run homer in bottom of the ninth inning) to decide the N.L. playoff. A single by SS Alvin Dark (letterman for LSU and USL during World War II) started the rally climaxed by Thomson's historic blast. . . . 1B George Crowe (four-year letterman from 1939-40 through 1942-43 for Indiana Central after becoming first high school player named the state's "Mr. Basketball") traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1958. . . . Jim Fanning (played for Buena Vista, IA, in late 1940s) resigned as manager of the Montreal Expos in 1982. . . . P Bill Krueger (led WCAC in free-throw percentage as a Portland freshman in 1975-76) traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1988. . . . In 1904, New York Giants P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) fanned 16 St. Louis Cardinals in a 3-1 triumph. . . . Washington Senators 2B Buddy Myer (Mississippi State letterman in 1923-24) committed three errors in the opener of the 1933 World Series against the New York Giants. . . . Despite striking out seven consecutive New York Mets hitters, Montreal Expos P Steve Renko (averaged 9.9 ppg and 5.8 rpg as Kansas sophomore in 1963-64) had his record fall to 1-10 with a 5-2 defeat against Hall of Famer Tom Seaver in the opener of a 1972 doubleheader. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers P Preacher Roe (played for Harding, AR, in late 1930s) registered a complete-game victory against the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the 1952 World Series. . . . New York Yankees 1B Bill "Moose" Skowron (scored 18 points in eight games for Purdue in 1949-50) smashed a three-run, first-inning homer to ignite a 5-1 Game 6 win against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1955 World Series.
2 - P Ralph Branca (sixth-leading scorer for NYU in 1943-44) yielded the first pinch-hit homer in World Series history (by Yogi Berra of the New York Yankees in 1947) but the Brooklyn Dodgers still prevailed in Game 3, 9-8. Two days earlier, Branca lost Game 1 when he was knocked out in the fifth inning. . . . OF Earlie Combs (three-year captain for Eastern Kentucky) clubbed a homer and scored four runs as the New York Yankees swept the 1932 World Series by crushing the Chicago Cubs, 13-6. It was the Bronx Bombers' 12th straight WS game win. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers P Roger Craig (forward with North Carolina State's 1949-50 freshman team) notched a 5-3 victory against the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the 1955 World Series. . . . OF Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA titlist) contributed four hits as the Cleveland Indians assure themselves of a tie for the 1948 a.L. title with an 8-0 triumph against the Detroit Tigers. . . . In 1950, Boston Red Sox 1B Walt Dropo (Connecticut's first player ever to average 20 points for a season with 21.7 in 1942-43) became the first player to surpass 100 with more RBI (144) than games played (136). . . . Detroit Tigers 1B Darrell Evans (member of Jerry Tarkanian-coached Pasadena City, CA, club winning 1967 state community college crown) hammered his MLB-leading 40th homer in 1985, becoming the first player to reach that plateau in each league (41 round-trippers for the Atlanta Braves in 1973). . . . In the opener of the 1968 World Series, St. Louis Cardinals P Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer in 1955-56 and 1956-57) outdueled 30-game winner Denny McLain, 4-0, and established a WS record by fanning 17 Detroit Tigers. . . . Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) fired as manager of the New York Mets in 1983. . . . In 1966, Los Angeles Dodgers P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) concluded his final season with career bests of 27 victories and 1.73 ERA. The previous year, Koufax finished with a single-season MLB-mark 382 strikeouts after fanning 13 Milwaukee Braves batters. In the 1963 World Series opener, the first five batters he faced whiffed en route to 15 strikeouts in a 5-2 win against the New York Yankees. . . . OF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling a 35-3 record) supplied a homer to help the Cleveland Indians edge the New York Yankees, 4-3, in Game 3 of their 1998 A.L. playoff series. . . . Bud Metheny (letterman for William & Mary from 1935-36 through 1937-38) belted a first-game homer against the St. Louis Browns to help power the New York Yankees to their 14th sweep of a doubleheader in 1943.
1 - P Ralph Branca (sixth-leading scorer for NYU in 1943-44) incurred the loss for the Brooklyn Dodgers when they dropped the first-ever N.L. playoff in 1946 at St. Louis, which got three hits from C Joe Garagiola. . . . In the first game ever broadcast live coast-to-coast, P Jim Hearn (Georgia Tech basketball letterman in 1941-42) notched a career-high 17th victory for the New York Giants in the opener of 1951 N.L. playoff series against Branca and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Supporting Hearn with a homer was OF Monte Irvin (played for Lincoln, PA, 1 1/2 years in late 1930s). . . . Brooklyn Dodgers 1B Gil Hodges (played for Oakland City, IN, in 1947 and 1948) contributed three hits and three RBI in an 8-5 triumph against the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the 1955 World Series. . . . Cincinnati Reds OF Earle "Greasy" Neale (West Virginia Wesleyan College hoopster graduated in 1915) contributed three hits in a 9-1 success against the Chicago White Sox in the opener of the 1919 World Series. . . . In his third start in five days, P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-1, in 1950 as the Whiz Kids clinched the Philadelphia Phillies' first pennant in 35 years. Roberts became the first 20-game winner for the Phils since Grover Cleveland Alexander in 1917. . . . In 1970, New York Mets OF Ken Singleton (Hofstra freshman team in mid-1960s) supplied the only two hits (both doubles) off Chicago Cubs standout Ferguson Jenkins. . . . St. Louis Cardinals closer Lee Smith (averaged 3.4 ppg and 1.9 rpg with Northwestern State in 1976-77) established a N.L. record for most saves in a single season in 1991. . . . In 1954, OF Ted Tappe (leading scorer in 1949 NJCAA Tournament was Washington State's third-leading scorer the next year in 1949-50) traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the Chicago Cubs in a deal involving P Jim Willis (Northwestern State letterman in late 1940s). . . . St. Louis Cardinals 1B Bill White (played two years with Hiram, OH, in early 1950s) played the entire schedule in 1963.
Fresh men. As in fresh blood or brand spanking new. Just like an excess of one thousand male teenagers who attempt each season to survive in the dog-eat-dog world of major-college basketball less than one year after being a top dog at the high school level. For many of the yearlings, it is a risk-filled voyage where "rookies" are thrown in the Division I ocean and asked to sink or swim. Some of the can't-miss prospects become studs such as Kentucky center Anthony Davis two years ago while others turn into duds. And some are somewhere inbetween such as North Carolina's Harrison Barnes, the first freshman ever named a preseason All-American by the AP. And now we have media outlets proclaiming freshmen will dominate the race for national player of the year in 2013-14.
Complicating the high-expectations transition are misguided rush-to-judgment comments from experts such as Dick Vitale who hype recruits beyond reason during their senior season in high school. According to the effervescent ESPN analyst, Delray Brooks (Indiana/Providence) was going to be the next Oscar Robertson, Tito Horford (Louisiana State/Miami, FL) was going to be the next Hakeem Olajuwon, Jeff Lebo (North Carolina) was going to be the next Jerry West, ad nauseam. Brooks, Horford and Lebo went on to become fine college players, but the only thing they had in common with the Big O, the Dream and Mr. Clutch was they played in the same half century.
Freshmen played varsity college basketball in wartime years during the 1940s and early '50s because of manpower shortages, and at earlier times when eligibility requirements were lax. But for the most part prior to the 1972-73 campaign, colleges fielded freshman teams requiring extra scholarships and operating expenses. Consequently, the introduction of freshman eligibility trimmed costs and, of course, gave eager coaches instant access to high school phenoms who are immediately placed under the glare of the spotlight to help keep elite programs on a pedestal or possibly give struggling teams a chance to climb the ladder of success.
Exhibiting an amateurish historical perspective, many "so-called" experts are hyping this year's freshman class as the greatest in NCAA history. But they need to take a sedative while someone with some authentic expertise tells them about the following center-stage crop of freshman recruits in 1979-80 (listed alphabetically): John Bagley (Boston College), Thurl Bailey (North Carolina State), Sam Bowie (Kentucky), Antoine Carr (Wichita State), Howard Carter (Louisiana State), Terry Cummings (DePaul), Quintin Dailey (San Francisco), Dale Ellis (Tennessee), Sidney Green (UNLV), Clark Kellogg (Ohio State), Cliff Levingston (Wichita State), Jeff Malone (Mississippi State), Rodney McCray (Louisville), John Paxson (Notre Dame), Ralph Sampson (Virginia, Byron Scott (Arizona State), Steve Stipanovich (Missouri), Isiah Thomas (Indiana), LaSalle Thompson (Texas), Dominique Wilkins (Georgia), Rob Williams (Houston) and James Worthy (North Carolina). Carter and Williams are the only players in this gifted group not to either become an NBA lottery pick or score at least 4,900 points in the NBA. Will any recruiting genius say this year's frosh crop can come anywhere close to this one from 1979-80 featuring a dozen top five NBA draft selections, 18 players who had pro careers of at least nine NBA seasons and seven different players who scored more than 15,000 NBA points?
Former Marquette coach Al McGuire coined the phrase: "The best thing about freshmen is that they become sophomores." Too bad flamboyant Al wasn't college hoops impresario and could mandate that "the best thing about recruiting gurus is that they eventually are forced to have brain transplants." Amid the widespread player ranking miscues, a striking number of sudden-impact freshmen combined sufficient physical maturity with quick adjustments to the speed and complexity of the college game. Celebrating the first 40 years of freshman eligibility, following is a ranking of the top 40 freshman seasons nationally including frosh statistics and games improved by their school from the previous season:
Rank Freshman Pos. College Season Statistics Games Improved 1. Bernard King F Tennessee 1974-75 26.4 ppg, 12.3 rpg, 62.2 FG% +1 to 18-8 record 2. Devin Durant F Texas 2006-07 25.8 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 40.4 3FG% -4 to 25-10 3. Robert Parish C Centenary 1972-73 23 ppg, 18.7 rpg, 57.9 FG% +5 to 19-8 4. Chris Jackson G Louisiana State 1988-89 30.2 ppg, 4.1 apg +3 to 20-12 5. Carmelo Anthony F Syracuse 2002-03 22.2 ppg, 10 rpg +7 1/2 to 30-5 6. Wayman Tisdale C Oklahoma 1982-83 24.5 ppg, 10.3 rpg 58 FG% +2 to 24-9 7. Mark Aguirre F DePaul 1978-79 24 ppg, 7.6 rpg -2 to 26-6 8. Keith Lee C Memphis State 1981-82 18.3 ppg, 11 rpg, 3.5 bpg +10 to 24-5 9. Earvin "Magic" Johnson G Michigan State 1977-78 17 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 7.4 apg +11 1/2 to 25-5 10. Anthony Davis C Kentucky 2011-12 14.2 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 4.7 bpg +8 to 38-2 11. Adrian Dantley F Notre Dame 1973-74 18.3 ppg, 9.7 rpg +8 1/2 to 26-3 12. Shareef Abdur-Rahim F California 1995-96 21.1 ppg, 8.4 rpg +3 1/2 to 17-11 13. Mark Macon G Temple 1987-88 20.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg -1 to 32-2 14. Mark Price G Georgia Tech 1982-83 20.3 ppg, 4.3 apg, 87.7 FT% +2 to 13-15 15. Ralph Sampson C Virginia 1979-80 14.9 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 4.6 bpg +2 1/2 to 24-10 16. Kenny Anderson G Georgia Tech 1989-90 20.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 8.1 apg +6 1/2 to 28-7 17. Greg Oden C Ohio State 2006-07 15.7 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 3.3 bpg +5 1/2 to 35-4 18. Michael Beasley F-C Kansas State 2007-08 26.2 ppg, 12.4 rpg -1 to 21-12 19. Joe Smith C Maryland 1993-94 19.4 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 3.1 bpg +5 to 18-12 20. Quentin Richardson F DePaul 1998-99 18.9 ppg, 10.5 rpg +10 1/2 to 18-13 21. John Wall G Kentucky 2009-10 16.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 6.5 apg +12 to 35-3 22. Derrick Rose G Memphis 2007-08 14.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.7 apg +3 1/2 to 38-2 23. Kevin Love C UCLA 2007-08 17.5 ppg, 10.6 rpg +3 1/2 to 35-4 24. Lionel Simmons F La Salle 1986-87 20.3 ppg, 9.8 rpg +3 1/2 to 20-13 25. Jared Sullinger F Ohio State 2010-11 17.2 ppg, 10.2 rpg +5 to 34-3 26. Patrick Ewing C Georgetown 1981-82 12.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.2 bpg +7 1/2 to 30-7 27. Karl Malone F Louisiana Tech 1982-83 20.9 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 58.2 FG% +7 1/2 to 19-9 28. Chris Webber F Michigan 1991-92 15.5 ppg, 10 rpg +8 1/2 to 25-9 29. James "Fly" Williams G Austin Peay 1972-73 29.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg +9 1/2 to 22-7 30. Jeff Ruland C Iona 1977-78 22.3 ppg, 12.8 rpg, 59.4 FG% +1 to 17-10 31. Jacky Dorsey F Georgia 1974-75 25.8 ppg, 11.8 rpg +2 1/2 to 8-17 32. Michael Brooks F La Salle 1976-77 20 ppg, 10.7 rpg +4 1/2 to 17-12 33. Gary Trent F Ohio University 1992-93 19 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 65.1 FG% +3 1/2 to 14-13 34. Ron Lee G Oregon 1972-73 18.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 4.3 apg +10 to 16-10 35. Johnny Dawkins G Duke 1982-83 18.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.8 apg +1/2 to 11-17 36. Allen Iverson G Georgetown 1994-95 20.4 ppg, 4.5 apg, 2.9 spg +2 to 21-10 37. Phil Ford G North Carolina 1974-75 16.4 ppg, 5.2 apg +1 1/2 to 23-8 38. Larry Hughes G Saint Louis 1997-98 20.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.2 spg +9 to 22-11 39. Gene Banks F Duke 1977-78 17.1 ppg, 8.6 rpg +9 1/2 to 27-7 40. Alvan Adams C Oklahoma 1972-73 22.1 ppg, 13.2 rpg +4 to 18-8
By any measure, basketball can be categorized as a series of rhythmic or dance moves. Former college hoopster Pat Cleland, going by the stage name Rick Chyme, entered the Guinness Book of World Records recently by freestyling rap for 17 hours straight at ArtPrize, a nearly three-week long art festival/competition in Grand Rapids, Mich. Cleland scored 32 points in his 41-game Western Michigan career from 1999-2000 through 2002-03.
Additional hoopsters also proved they could carry a tune by going on to secure marquee status in the music industry. Whether or not they sang a better game than they actually played, following is an alphabetical list of musicians who "had game" as college basketball players:
ISHMAEL BUTLER, Massachusetts
Known as Butterfly with the hip-hop group Digable Planets, which was nominated for a 1994 Grammy Award as the "Best New Artist."
He averaged 3.8 ppg and 2 rpg in John Calipari's first season as UMass coach in 1988-89.
JOHN FRED GOURRIER, Southeastern Louisiana
Lead vocalist and harmonica player for the rock-and-roll group John Fred and the Playboy Band that boasted a hit single "Judy in Disguise" in 1967 and 1968.
The 6-5, 185-pound forward averaged eight points per game for Southeastern Louisiana as a junior in 1962-63 before scoring 248 points as a senior. The Baton Rouge native also played two seasons for SLU's baseball team and still shares the school single-game record for most RBI with eight.
VAUGHN HARPER, Syracuse
New York City disc jockey, the host with the mellow voice on "The Quiet Storm," for more than a quarter century in the New York City area.
One of the Orange's all-time leaders in rebounds per game (11.1). Harper also averaged 13.5 ppg from 1965-66 through 1967-68, leading SU in scoring as a senior (15.8 ppg). Teammate of All-American Dave Bing and all-time winningest coach Jim Boeheim grabbed team-high 10 rebounds in 91-81 loss to Duke in 1966 East Regional final. Ninth-round selection in the 1968 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons.
AL JARREAU, Ripon (Wis.)
Innovative musical expressions made him one of the most exciting and critically-acclaimed performers of our time, winning five Grammys, including best jazz vocalist in 1978 and 1979. He began singing at the age of four, and was soon harmonizing with his brothers and performing solo at a variety of local events in his hometown of Milwaukee. Following an extended stint in Los Angeles, he was spotted by Warner Brothers Records talent scouts and signed to a recording contract in 1975. Two years later, Jarreau embarked on his first world tour. While on a break from touring in 1996, he accepted a three-month stint on Broadway playing the role of the Teen Angel in the hit musical Grease!
Member of Ripon's basketball team from 1958-59 through 1961-62 posted career highs of 5.9 ppg and 4.3 rpg as a sophomore. While attending college, he performed locally with a group called The Indigos on weekends and holidays before graduating with a B.S. in Psychology.
MARK MILLER, Central Florida
Front man and principal songwriter for Sawyer Brown, one of the nation's most popular and enduring country music bands. Sawyer Brown, the top grossing country group in 1994, has sold more than 11 million records since getting a jump start in 1984 on Ed McMahon's Star Search and was named the Top Vocal Group in 1997 by the Academy of Country Music. Sawyer Brown's "Six Days on the Road" video, which came out in early 2000, emphasized the baldheaded Miller's shooting ability.
The 5-8 guard was scoreless in a total of 13 minutes in seven games for Central Florida in 1978-79. He had one assist and committed three turnovers. "I play whenever I can," Miller said. "I go at it really hard. I think my greatest strength in basketball is just seeing the floor and having a feel for where everything should go. And maybe that's my strength in music, too."
Miller, who majored in physical education, joined UCF the year after it went to the Final Four in Division II, and coach Torchy Clark was a local legend. "He (Torchy) wanted you to play hard, but he also wanted you to be a good person," Miller said. "If it came between winning and being a good person, he would rather you be a good person. He helped me as a player, and the lessons I learned from him have helped me in my career. Late at night while on tour, I still call him."
PERCY ROMEO MILLER JR., Southern California
Rapper/actor, son of entertainment mogul and entrepreneur Master P, has released multiple studio albums and compilation albums. His debut album titled after his original alias Lil' Romeo contained the hit single "My Baby" that charted #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-hop Singles.
Signed with the Trojans with friend Demar DeRozan, who left for the NBA after only one season. Romeo, a 5-9 point guard, played 19 minutes in nine games in 2008-09 and 2009-10, scoring a total of five points.
KENNY PARKER, St. Peter's
Brother of one of the most influential rap and hip-hop artists of the 1980s and early 1990s--KRS-ONE (born Kris Parker). Kenny, who performed as a DJ alongside his brother and in music videos as part of the hard-core hip-hop outfit Boogie Down Productions, was a producer for BDP recordings. He has produced TV commercials for Nike.
Parker was a four-year regular who had his best scoring season as a freshman (8.4 ppg in 1985-86 when he supplied a 26-point, nine-rebound effort against MAAC power La Salle).
DARRYL SHEPHERD, Pittsburgh
Produced two #1 hits on the R&B charts. An accomplished keyboard player, he also worked on movie soundtracks and for numerous artists (including Smokey Robinson).
The 6-6 forward, who averaged 6.3 ppg and 2.5 rpg while shooting 53.3% from the floor, participated in national postseason competition each year from 1984 through 1986. He posted game highs of 18 points and 5 steals in Pitt's 78-54 loss against Louisiana Tech in the first round of the 1985 NCAA playoffs. His wife, attorney Renee Henderson, was a former Pitt sprinter who won the 60- and 200-meter dashes in France at the 2008 World Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships (setting two American records en route to winning gold).
An average of four coaches per year leave NCAA playoff teams since seeding started in 1979. The two tournament mentors in this category to depart this year went to Pac-12 Conference crosstown rivals in Los Angeles - Steve Alford (UCLA from New Mexico) and Andy Enfield (Southern California from Florida Gulf Coast). Alford left a school for the third time with at least three seasons remaining on his contract.
In every year since 1968, directing a team to the NCAA Tournament has been a springboard to bigger and better things at a "poach-a-coach" school. Following are head coaches since the field expanded to at least 64 entrants in 1985 who had a change of heart and accepted a similar job at a different major college promptly after directing a team to the NCAA playoffs:
1985 (six) - J.D. Barnett (switched from Virginia Commonwealth to Tulsa), Craig Littlepage (Penn to Rutgers), Nolan Richardson (Tulsa to Arkansas), Andy Russo (Louisiana Tech to Washington), Tom Schneider (Lehigh to Penn), Eddie Sutton (Arkansas to Kentucky)
1987 (two) - Jim Brandenburg (Wyoming to San Diego State), Benny Dees (New Orleans to Wyoming)
1990 (five) - Kermit Davis Jr. (Idaho to Texas A&M), Mike Jarvis (Boston University to George Washington), Lon Kruger (Kansas State to Florida), Mike Newell (UALR to Lamar), Les Robinson (East Tennessee State to North Carolina State)
1992 (one) - Charlie Spoonhour (Southwest Missouri State to Saint Louis)
1993 (one) - Eddie Fogler (Vanderbilt to South Carolina)
1994 (eight) - Tom Asbury (Pepperdine to Kansas State), Rick Barnes (Providence to Clemson), Jeff Capel Jr. (North Carolina A&T to Old Dominion), Kevin O'Neill (Marquette to Tennessee), Skip Prosser (Loyola, Md. to Xavier), Kelvin Sampson (Washington State to Oklahoma), Ralph Willard (Western Kentucky to Pittsburgh), Jim Wooldridge (Southwest Texas State to Louisiana Tech)
1995 (three) - Dick Bennett (Wisconsin-Green Bay to Wisconsin), Scott Edgar (Murray State to Duquesne), Tubby Smith (Tulsa to Georgia)
1996 (one) - Ben Braun (Eastern Michigan to California)
1997 (five) - Ernie Kent (Saint Mary's to Oregon), Mack McCarthy (UT-Chattanooga to Virginia Commonwealth), Jim O'Brien (Boston College to Ohio State), Steve Robinson (Tulsa to Florida State), Al Skinner (Rhode Island to Boston College), Tubby Smith (Georgia to Kentucky)
1998 (seven) - Rick Barnes (Clemson to Texas), Larry Eustachy (Utah State to Iowa State), Rob Evans (Mississippi to Arizona State), Mark Gottfried (Murray State to Alabama), Mike Jarvis (George Washington to St. John's), Melvin Watkins (UNC Charlotte to Texas A&M), Tim Welsh (Iona to Providence)
2002 (three) - Stan Heath (Kent State to Arkansas), Steve Merfeld (Hampton to Evansville), Jerry Wainwright (UNC Wilmington to Richmond)
2003 (eight) - Cy Alexander (South Carolina State to Tennessee State), Ed DeChellis (East Tennessee State to Penn State), Dennis Felton (Western Kentucky to Georgia), Ben Howland (Pittsburgh to UCLA), Oliver Purnell (Dayton to Clemson), Bill Self (Illinois to Kansas), Dereck Whittenburg (Wagner to Fordham), Roy Williams (Kansas to North Carolina)
2004 (eight) - Jessie Evans (Louisiana-Lafayette to San Francisco), Ray Giacoletti (Eastern Washington to Utah), Billy Gillispie (Texas-El Paso to Texas A&M), Trent Johnson (Nevada to Stanford), Thad Matta (Xavier to Ohio State), Matt Painter (Southern Illinois to Purdue), Joe Scott (Air Force to Princeton), John Thompson III (Princeton to Georgetown)
2005 (two) - Travis Ford (Eastern Kentucky to Massachusetts), Bruce Pearl (Wisconsin-Milwaukee to Tennessee)
2006 (eight) - Mike Anderson (UAB to Missouri), Brad Brownell (UNC Wilmington to Wright State), Mick Cronin (Murray State to Cincinnati), Mike Davis (Indiana to UAB), Fran Dunphy (Penn to Temple), Greg McDermott (Northern Iowa to Iowa State), Kelvin Sampson (Oklahoma to Indiana), Herb Sendek (North Carolina State to Arizona State)
2008 (five) - Jim Christian (Kent State to Texas Christian), Tom Crean (Marquette to Indiana), Keno Davis (Drake to Providence), Darrin Horn (Western Kentucky to South Carolina), Trent Johnson (Stanford to Louisiana State)
2010 (five) - Tony Barbee (Texas-El Paso to Auburn), Steve Donahue (Cornell to Boston College), Bob Marlin (Sam Houston State to Louisiana-Lafayette), Fran McCaffery (Siena to Iowa), Oliver Purnell (Clemson to DePaul)
2011 (seven) - Mike Anderson (Missouri to Arkansas), Patrick Chambers (Boston University to Penn State), Ed DeChellis (Penn State to Navy), Sydney Johnson (Princeton to Fairfield), Lon Kruger (UNLV to Oklahoma), Jim Larranaga (George Mason to Miami FL), Mark Turgeon (Texas A&M to Maryland)
2012 (six) - Larry Eustachy (Southern Mississippi to Colorado State), Jim Ferry (Long Island to Duquesne), John Groce (Ohio University to Illinois), Frank Martin (Kansas State to South Carolina), Tim Miles (Colorado State to Nebraska), Sean Woods (Mississippi Valley State to Morehead State)
Much is written about college basketball in the daily newspaper sports pages, weekly/monthly specialty magazines and on the internet. But you might be surprised the extent to which the written word, much of it outside the world of sports, emanates from former college basketball players.
For instance, politician extraordinaire Dean Rusk, Davidson's most noted alumnus who wrote his memoirs in the book "As I Saw It", was a star center in the late 1920s and early 1930s with former Davidson President Dr. D. Grier Martin (1957 until 1968).
"Basketball at Davidson reminds me of the old French proverb, 'Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose,'" said Rusk, who served as Secretary of State under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson during the Vietnam War era. "The game itself has been revolutionized since I played it. We once beat North Carolina 17-12; it was not a slowdown game. We both were trying like everything. What has remained the same has been the sheer fun of it, the stimulation of competition, the experience of losing as well as winning and the recognition that basketball is a sport in which a small college can take on the big fellows."
Former Princeton All-American Bill Bradley, a three-term U.S. Senator (Democrat-N.J.) until 1995, took on the "big fellows" as a presidential candidate in 2000. Bradley, a tax and trade expert with a strong voice on race issues and campaign finance reform, authored two basketball books (Life on the Run in 1976 and Values of the Game in 1998).
"The lessons learned from it (basketball) stay with you," Rhodes Scholar Bradley wrote of the sport he still loves. "I was determined that no one would outwork me."
You might not know it, but other luminaries who've displayed determination in the political arena and written books after "working the crowd" in a college basketball arena include former Pennsylvania governor Robert Casey, former U.S. Senator Robert Dole and former vice president Al Gore.
Casey, who ran in the Democratic presidential primary as a pro-life candidate, was a heart and liver transplant recipient who addressed that battle in his book called "Fighting for Life." Casey, a freshman with Holy Cross in 1949-50 when senior Bob Cousy was an NCAA unanimous first-team All-American, appeared in two NCAA Tournament games in 1953.
Dole, a member of Kansas' freshman basketball team for one semester before enlisting in the Army during World War II, wrote a book on political humor and Gore, who averaged 2.8 points per game for Harvard's 12-4 freshman team in 1965-66, wrote a book on global warming.
Joining Bradley and Gore among former Ivy League hoopsters in the political arena is Richard Stengel, who is leaving his post as the managing editor of Time magazine to become under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs at the State Department. Stengel became a Rhodes Scholar after being the fourth-leading scorer for Princeton's 1973-74 freshman team with eight points per game. He was a 5-11, 165-pound backup sophomore guard who scored two points in 11 games for the Princeton squad that won the 1975 NIT.
In a TIME essay in the March 16, 1998, edition, Stengel wrote: "I was a scrub who occasionally forced the first team to work up a sweat in practice. The real curse of a Princeton basketball education is that it renders you unfit for pickup games for the rest of your life. No one looks for the open man. No one sees you when you go backdoor. Guys hog the ball and force shots from 30 feet. My inner coach wants to bench all these Michael Jordan wannabes. But it's a lost cause. Basketball is more than just a metaphor for who we are; we show who we are when we play it. I've never bothered to try to explain to the guys I play with (in pickup games) why I don't shoot more. Mainly, I'm just trying to get a workout and not get hurt, but I suppose on another level, I'm still looking for the open man."
Stengel, the former managing editor of time.com, was a major political commentator and TIME essayist who collaborated on the definitive biography of Nelson Mandela - "Long Walk to Freedom" (1994). He became the National Constitution Center's President & CEO in the spring of 2004 before returning to Time magazine in 2006 as managing editor.
The aforementioned are part of a lineup representing a rebuttal to the chronic complainers who cite writers as individuals who don't know anything about sports in general and college hoops specifically. Following is an alphabetical list of additional authors who played the game:
Sam Balter, UCLA
All-American for the Bruins in 1929 was a sports columnist for the Los Angeles Herald-Express from 1955 to 1964. He also was a broadcaster for the Mutual Network.
Stan Baumgartner, University of Chicago
Member of championship team of 1914 predecessor to the Big Ten Conference. After pitching in the majors for eight years, he was a sportswriter with the Philadelphia Inquirer for 20 years and co-authored a history of the Phillies.
Clair Bee, Waynesburg (Pa.)
Coach guided LIU to the best record of any program during the decade of the 1930s. His stories about Chip Hilton, an All-American boy and athlete, were among the most beloved books of a certain generation of school children.
Ira Berkow, Roosevelt (Ill.)
Played for Roosevelt University in Chicago in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The New York Times sports columnist and senior writer authored more than a dozen books, including volumes on Hank Greenberg, Casey Stengel, Red Smith, Rod Carew and Walt Frazier.
Bob Bigelow, Penn
Star for Penn's three consecutive Ivy League champions from 1973 through 1975 co-authored Just Let the Kids Play, a mission to return youth sports to its rightful owners: the kids who play.
Doyle Brunson, Hardin-Simmons (Tex.)
Promising basketball career ended in the early 1950s because of a summer job accident when his leg was broken in two places while unloading some sheetrock. The first player to earn $1 million in poker tournaments is the author of several poker books, including Super/System and Poker Wisdom of a Champion. Winner of 10 World Series of Poker bracelets won the main event in back-to-back years in 1976 and 1977.
Pat Conroy, The Citadel
The 5-10, 185-pound guard averaged 7.8 points per game for The Citadel in three varsity seasons (1964-65 through 1966-67). The Bulldogs' third-leading scorer as a senior with 11.8 ppg had a career high of 25 points. Here is an excerpt from a school guide about him: "Exceptional ball control ability and fighting spirit. English major is poetry editor of the Spinx (yearbook)."
Conroy became a best-selling novelist after his dismissal from a teaching post for unorthodox instruction methods. His Houghton-published books include The Water is Wide (1972 release), The Great Santini (1976), The Lords of Discipline (1980), The Prince of Tides (1986) and Beach Music (1995). Several of his novels became hit movies, including Conrack with Jon Voight, The Great Santini with Robert Duval, The Lords of Discipline about The Citadel, and Prince of Tides with Barbara Streisand and Nick Nolte.
John Corcoran, Texas Western
The 6-4 forward averaged 3.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game for Texas Western in 1958-59 and 1959-60 after attending junior college.
The author of a book titled "The Teacher Who Couldn't Read" (published by Focus on the Family) was appointed to the National Literacy Board by former First Lady Barbara Bush. Corcoran was illiterate, a burden he carried with him throughout his days at what is now Texas-El Paso and through 18 years as a school teacher and later while dabbling in real estate. After learning to read at the age of 48 at an adult learning program in the late 1980s, the national spokesman on literacy founded the for-profit Cornerstone Learning Systems, Inc., and the non-profit Cornerstone Learning Foundation.
Michael Crichton, Harvard
The tallest player (6-8) on Harvard's squad as a sophomore in 1961-62 scored three points (all free throws) in nine games. He averaged 6.3 points per game in 12 outings for Harvard's freshman team the previous year when his best performance was a 16-point, 14-rebound effort against Andover.
The nationally-acclaimed fiction writer authored numerous best-selling novels, including "Andromeda Strain" (1969), "The Terminal Man" (1972), "The Great Train Robbery" (1975), "Jurassic Park" (1991), "Disclosure" (1994) and "The Lost World" (1995). Jurassic Park was made into one of the biggest blockbuster movies of all-time, grossing more than $900 million worldwide in its first release alone. The nation's fourth highest-paid entertainer in 1996 ($102 million) also served as co-executive producer for the NBC hit series ER.
Jim Cymbala, Rhode Island
One of the top free-throw shooters in Rhode Island history, he hit 82% of his fouls shots from 1963-64 through 1965-66.
After graduating from URI, he entered the seminary to study for the ministry. He and his wife, Carol, had three books on the best-selling list of the national religious clothbound non-fiction books, including Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire. In 1971, Jim and Carol took over leadership of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, a small struggling congregation of some 30 people gathered in a run-down building in the inner city. The Brooklyn Tabernacle now numbers more than 5,000 members from all walks of life. As senior pastor, Cymbala has a staff of nine associate pastors.
Rob Dauster, Vassar (N.Y.)
Averaged 2.5 ppg in 36 contests from 2004-05 through 2006-07, competing in more than half of those games in 2005-06 as a sophomore. Took almost 90% of his field-goal attempts from beyond the three-point arc. . . . Editor of Ballin' is a Habit web site wrote for SI.com before becoming head writer and editorial manager of @CBTonNBC in early January 2013.
Frank Deford, Princeton
Deford was a practice player for Princeton (class of '61) under coach Cappy Cappon, who told him he wrote basketball better than he played it.
Deford has chronicled sports for half a century in the pages of Sports Illustrated, feature reports on HBO's Real Sports and commentaries on NPR among other venues. He has been a tireless advocate for research and treatment of cystic fibrosis after his daughter died of the disease in 1980 when she was 8 years old.
Pete Gent, Michigan State
He averaged 17.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in leading Michigan State in scoring each of his three varsity seasons (1961-62 through 1963-64). The 6-4, 200-pound forward scored 34 points against Bowling Green State in his senior year when he ranked 62nd in the country in scoring with 21.1 ppg before becoming a 14th-round choice by Baltimore in the NBA draft.
He became an NFL flanker and tight end who caught 68 passes for 989 yards and four touchdowns with the Dallas Cowboys from 1964-68. Gent authored several novels, including "North Dallas Forty" and "The Franchise." One of his most recent titles is "The Conquering Heroes", a cynical look at a fictional renegade college basketball program.
Stedman Graham, Hardin-Simmons (Tex.)
The 6-6, 200-pound forward averaged 10.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game for Hardin-Simmons (Tex.) in his three-year varsity career (41-35 record), averaging 12.3 ppg and 10 rpg as a junior in 1972-73 and 15.2 ppg and 8.5 rpg as a senior in 1973-74. He played his freshman season in junior college for Weatherford (Tex.).
Graham dabbled briefly in modeling and played professional basketball in Europe before conceding the NBA was out of his reach. The former beau of TV mega-personality Oprah Winfrey is president of a marketing and consulting firm with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C. He founded Athletes Against Drugs in 1985 and was a regular columnist for Inside Sports magazine. Overcoming the "Mr. Oprah" label was a small portion of the eight-year "inner struggle" to discover himself outlined in his book titled "You Can Make It Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for Success" (Simon & Schuster/1997).
Sean Gregory, Princeton
Member of three straight Ivy League championship teams from 1996 through 1998 under coaches Pete Carril and Bill Carmody. Played one minute in the Tigers' 69-57 victory over UNLV in the opening round of the 1998 NCAA playoffs.
TIME Magazine staff writer penned the cover story on America's gold medal-winning men's basketball Olympic "Redeem Team." Keeping Score, his sports column for TIME.com, usually appears every Friday.
Andy Hill, UCLA
The 6-1 guard was a member of three consecutive NCAA championship teams under legendary coach John Wooden from 1970 through 1972 that lost a total of only three contests in that span. He averaged 2.1 points per game while shooting 34.3 percent from the floor and 73.8 percent from the free-throw line.
The former CBS Productions president authored a book titled by one of Wooden's most famous sayings: "Be Quick - But Don't Hurry."
Jerry Lucas, Ohio State
Three-year All-American center for Ohio State authored more than 60 books on learning, including The Memory Book, which was on the New York Times' best-seller list for 50 weeks and reached the No. 2 position behind All the President's Men, the investigative story uncovering the Watergate scandal.
Tony Lupien, Harvard
The 5-10, 185-pound guard was captain of the 1938-39 Harvard basketball squad. The previous season, he was the school's second-leading scorer in conference competition with 5.4 points per game. Lupien was a lefthanded first baseman who hit .268 in six seasons (1940, 1942 through 1945 and 1948) with the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox.
The former baseball coach at Dartmouth was co-author of the book "The Imperfect Diamond: The Story of Baseball's Reserve Clause and the Men Who Fought to Change It."
James Michener, Swarthmore (Pa.)
Details of his playing career at Swarthmore are sketchy. Of seeing all-time great Hank Luisetti perform his acrobatics in 1941, Michener wrote: "It was a marvelous night, one I can never forget. It demonstrated that there is always the possibility someone will come along who will be able to do old things in bold new ways. And it taught me humility. Nobody that I ever played with or against could go on the same floor with Luisetti. He paved the way for Pettit and Mikan and Fulks and Chamberlain and Abdul-Jabbar. He was a revelation."
The internationally-acclaimed novelist authored more than 40 books, including blockbusters like Hawaii (1959), Centennial (1974), Space (1982) and Texas (1985). After visiting 50 islands while serving in the Navy, Michener used those experiences to write his first fiction, Tales of the South Pacific, which he published at age 40. The work won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize and was turned into the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific. He gave the University of Texas $44.2 million and his alma mater 60 gifts for a total of more than $7.2 million.
In Michener's 1976 volume entitled Sports in America, he wrote that "I am very doubtful that big-time sports, whether high school, college university or professional, do much to alter or enhance the character of the young men who participate. Those who enter the system with strong characters formed at home and who fall under the guidance of a good coach emerge strengthened in their convictions. The athlete lives in a world the rest of us can scarcely imagine. That any survive to live reasonably decent lives is a miracle."
Dr. James Nagel, Moorhead State (Minn.)
Three-time All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference selection was the league's scoring champion as a senior in 1991-92.
Student body president obtained his Ph.D. from Penn State before becoming an endowed English professor at Georgia. A widely-published author and an international authority on American fiction, especially Ernest Hemingway, Nagel is credited with the screen play for the 1997 movie "In Love and War."
Bill Reynolds, Brown
The 6-3, 170-pound guard scored 909 points in three varsity seasons for Brown from 1965-66 through 1967-68, finishing his career as the school's seventh-leading career scorer. He led the Bears in scoring as a junior and senior.
The sports columnist for the Providence Journal has authored books about Big East Conference, Bob Cousy, Rick Pitino, Chris Herren (Basketball Junkie) and Glory Days.
Charley Rosen, Hunter (N.Y.)
Novelist was leading scorer and rebounder for Hunter College for three consecutive seasons from 1959-60 through 1961-62. His critically-acclaimed basketball books include The House of Moses All-Stars, Have Jump Shot Will Travel, The Cockroach Basketball League and Scandals of '51: How the Gamblers Almost Killed College Basketball.
Former CBA coach was an assistant of Phil Jackson with the Albany Patroons.
Stephen A. Smith, Winston-Salem State
Philadelphia Inquirer columnist, ESPN commentator and former host of "Quite Frankly" played under legendary coach Clarence "Big House" Gaines in the early 1990s. College career ended after blowing out a knee. Former Cleveland Cavliers beat writer Branson Wright, who covered WSSU for the local paper, said Smith's nickname was The Pedestrian because every time he went through the lane he walked.
Watson Spoelstra, Hope (Mich.)
The grandfather of Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was his college alma mater's all-time leading scorer upon graduating in 1932 after becoming Hope's first player to earn All-MIAA recognition.
Sportswriter with the Detroit News for nearly 30 years before founding the Baseball Chapel, a Christian ministry for professional baseball players. Tigers pitcher Denny McLain was suspended for a week after dousing him with a bucket of ice water.
Warren "Rick" Talley, Southern Illinois
Averaged 11.9 ppg for SIU from 1955-56 through 1957-58. Led the Salukis in scoring as a sophomore (14 ppg) before becoming their second-leading scorer each of the next two seasons.
Talley was a sports columnist for the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Daily News before working as a talk show host with the Las Vegas-based Sports Entertainment Network.
Robert James Waller, Northern Iowa
Averaged 11.8 points per game as a 6-0 guard for Northern Iowa in three varsity seasons (1959-60 through 1961-62). Waller earned All-North Central Conference honors as a senior when he finished 10th in the league in scoring (14.2 ppg) and fourth in free-throw shooting (78.4 percent) for Norm Stewart in his first year as a head coach. Helped the Panthers earn their initial NCAA Tournament appearance in the college division when the school was known as the State College of Iowa.
Waller is the best-selling author of Warner Books products "The Bridges of Madison County" and "Slow Waltz in Cedar Bend." His most recent well-received book is "Puerto Vallarata Squeeze".
Dr. John Edgar Wideman, Penn
Two-time All-Ivy League second-team selection led Penn in scoring as a junior (13.2 points per game in 1961-62) and as a senior (13.8 ppg in 1962-63). The 6-1, 180-pound swingman from Pittsburgh also paced the Quakers in rebounding as a junior (7.6 rpg). Wideman was named to the Big Five Hall of Fame in 1974.
Wideman, an award-winning writer/novelist, has taught at Wyoming, Penn, Massachusetts, Brown and Amherst. The 20-plus books he has authored includes two - "Sent For You Yesterday" (1984) and "Philadelphia Fire" (1990) - enabling him to become the first individual to twice win the International PEN/Faulkner Award. Rhodes Scholar, the second African-American recipient, has been listed in Who's Who in America.
According to Wideman, "it's (renamed) the passing game and coaches get the credit, but what in fact happened is that the players remade the game according to their skills and the coaches tried to catch up (to style that originated on the playground). As in most things in this country, if it comes from the street, if it comes from the underclass, it doesn't exist until it's given a name, until it's patented. Then the credit goes to somebody who's very late in the field."
Wideman told ESPN.COM that "the primary thing writing and basketball share is the sense that each time you go out, each time you play or begin a piece, it's a new day. You can score 40 points one game, bu the next game, those points don't count. You can win the Nobel Literature Prize, but that doesn't make the next sentence of the next book appear. With both writing and basketball, it really is a question of starting fresh each time out - you have a chance, but you're also tested each time.
"We have those little moments in games when we feel in synch, when we feel that time has kind of stopped and we're on stage and we're in control of our lives. That's a very rare feeling. Most of us don't feel that way most of the time. Basketball can give us a kind of mystical awareness. Everything seems focused and in balance."
The celebrated author is the father of Jamila Wideman, a standout guard for Stanford who went on to start as a rookie in the inaugural season of the WNBA. His brother (Robbie) and son (Jacob) each served time in prison after being convicted of murder. Robbie was the centerpiece of his nonfiction book "Brothers and Keepers" that received a National Book Critics Circle nomination.
His book "Hoop Roots" (2003) tells the story of the roots of black basketball in our culture, a tale inextricable from that of racism in America. Wideman said "basketball is fluid, flexible, and as open to interpretation as a song." One of our nation's preeminent literary and social voices wrote: "You whisper the secret of who you are, who you want to be, into the ear of the game, and once it knows your secrets, it plays them back to you and you must dance to them, the sense, nonsense, and music nothing less than revealed and revealing truth - your song of self the game makes real. . . For a moment on the court you can play at that level of seriousness. Those are the stakes of the playground game."
When foreboding reports of Kentucky favorite Richie Farmer's faulty financial fundamentals first flared up, Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who had well-documented personal problems of his own several years ago, said: "I love Richie Farmer, always will love Richie Farmer. He can do no wrong in my eyes. So I don't know what you're talking about. And if he did something wrong, I'll pray for him."
Well, new Hall of Famer Pitino probably didn't find out via poisonous social media but should know more now and better start using some knee pads because there was Hoop Hall of Shame wrongdoing as Farmer was sentenced to 27 months in prison after entering a guilty plea to government corruption. A four-month audit generated allegations there was a "toxic culture of entitlement" in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture under Farmer, an icon in his native state despite averaging a modest 9.6 ppg for the legendary 1991-92 Pitino-coached UK squad dubbed "The Unforgettables." Farmer played in a record five Sweet 16 classics, starting with eighth grade and ending as a high school senior guard who erupted for 51 points in the 1989 state championship contest.
Farmer was accused of using state workers to run his personal errands during his eight years in office as agriculture commissioner. The alleged rampant abuse included taking him hunting (allegedly shot a doe from the passenger seat of state-issued vehicle and told a merit employee to field dress it for him), shopping and doctor visits, mowing his lawn, chauffeuring his dog, reserving questionable hotel rooms, moving a gun safe from his garage to basement and building a basketball court in his backyard. The far-reaching audit, resulting in 42 ethics violations, alleged misuse of state resources. There were reports claiming Farmer spent state money on a 60-inch television so he could watch college basketball in his office, questioned whether he gave his girlfriend/mistress any work to do after putting her on his agency's payroll with a $5,000/month state job and pondered the condition of two returned laptop computers that were "'wiped' in an uncharacteristically aggressive manner."
Did athlete adulation prevent any honorable whistleblower from coming forward during Farmer's stewardship or lack thereof? The report, triggering public pillorying, highlighted a lavish 2008 conference costing the taxpayers almost $100,000 and included gifts such as 25 Remington rifles worth $449 apiece, 52 knives, 50 cigar boxes, 30 $50 mall gift cards, 175 watches and 50 bottles of bourbon. Only 13 of 17 member commissioners attended the conference and the audit reveals Farmer took a majority of the remaining gifts. One of the rifles had a customized #32, which was Farmer's jersey number during his playing days with the Wildcats and hangs from the rafters of their arena. Unforgettably, he reportedly used products purchased by his department and donated by vendors to create gift baskets for his family members and a relative was employed for nearly five years as an amusement ride inspector despite never receiving certification to do the work.
The audit wasn't amusing at all when considering Farmer declined to participate in budget furloughs mandated by the legislature because of serious deficits facing the commonwealth while some of his department's employees apparently had unjustified state vehicles. Farmer, who faced home foreclosure while in the midst of a divorce, failed in his bid to become lieutenant governor several years ago amid rumors he melted down over a campaign manager refusing to reimburse him for hundreds of dollars worth of candy purchases. Farmer's attorney, originally saying he would be "shocked" if the state attorney general found grounds for criminal charges, also claimed his "somewhat idol" client was accustomed to "receiving gifts you or I might not receive."
National officials can also get caught with their hands and every other appendage in the cookie jar. A GSA (Government Services Administration) salacious scandal preceding IRS shenanigans and eavesdropping on U.S. citizen communiques has fueled immense distrust of the government.
An unprecedented animosity seems to be escalating toward greedy segments of government milking the taxpayer and insisting on spending money the country or specific state doesn't have and feeling they can orchestrate guidelines to their wily whims. Lingering amid the unaccountability, House Republicans, perceiving disregard for the Constitution, pursued a contempt citation against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder stemming from his failure to divulge sufficient documents about the "Fast and Furious" ATF "gunwalking" operation selling 1,500 firearms to Mexican drug cartels. The nation's top cop, treating the DOJ as a partisan sanctuary city according to detractors, appeared to be shedding as much information on the controversial ATF topic as the number of FGM he had for Columbia's freshman basketball squad in 1969-70 (misfired on all four field-goal attempts).
At any rate, if you're interested in political players good and bad on and off the court, CollegeHoopedia.com has conducted extensive research on "unforgettable" politicians and political appointees who were college hoopsters.
Has there ever been a coach in an elite "Power 6" league with a consistent track record for dramatic player development anywhere close to matching Wisconsin's Bo Ryan? This will likely be the fifth consecutive campaign where a UW player becomes an All-Big Ten Conference selection after previously averaging fewer than three points per game as a freshman. In the next couple of years, Ben Brust (0.7 ppg in 2010-11), Traevon Jackson (1.1 in 2011-12) and Frank Kaminsky (1.8 in 2011-12) could join the following chronological list of Badgers who became an all-league choice under Ryan after averaging fewer than 3 ppg as a freshman:
G Kammron Taylor (1.2 ppg in 2003-04 to 13.3 ppg in 2006-07)
G Michael Flowers (1.2 ppg in 2004-05 to 9.6 ppg in 2007-08)
G Trevon Hughes (1.4 ppg in 2006-07 to 15.3 ppg in 2009-10)
F Jon Leuer (2.9 ppg in 2007-08 to 18.3 ppg in 2010-11)
G Jordan Taylor (1.6 ppg in 2008-09 to 18.1 ppg in 2010-11 and 14.8 ppg in 2011-12)
C Jared Berggren (1.1 ppg in 2009-10 to 11 ppg in 2012-13)
"Saving" his program time and time again by turning scars into stars, it is no wonder Wisconsin won 50 consecutive contests under "General" Ryan in one stretch when the Badgers were ahead or tied with five minutes remaining in regulation. They never finished lower than fourth place in the Big Ten standings in his first 12 years at their helm. Kaminsky scored a school-record 43 points early in the 2013-14 campaign. There is no satisfactory explanation why neither Ryan, the Big Ten's coach of the year last season, nor Billy Donovan, who directed Florida to back-to-back NCAA championships in 2006 and 2007, have ever been named national coach of the year. Ditto for Rick Barnes, Texas' all-time winningest coach.
College basketball has a contemplative connection to a sacred day (9/11). Oracle Corp account manager Todd Beamer, who collected 24 points and 12 rebounds as a sophomore guard for Wheaton (Ill.) in 1988-89, was traveling from New Jersey to California on United Airlines Flight 93 for a business meeting on September 11, 2001, when he helped lead a takeover by passengers from terrorists, forcing the plane down in Pennsylvania countryside about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
Beamer and cohorts were credited with foiling hijackers bent on crashing the Boeing 757 into a second target in Washington, D.C., possibly the Capitol or the White House. Beamer recited the 23rd Psalm with a GTE/Verizon supervisor over the plane's in-flight telephone before getting her via a gut-wrenching promise that she would call his family. "I don't think we're going to get out of this thing," he told her. "I'm going to have to go out on faith." The phone line was still open when the operator heard him say: "Are you guys ready? Let's roll."
Beamer's bravery is a stark contrast to the Washington waffling exhibited by the hoopster-in-chief and his minions, who still have not held any of the human debris in Libya accountable for more 9/11 terrorism a year ago. And now we're supposed to trust them amid the Syria shenanigans. The stonewalling Obama Administration - either grossly incompetent or purposefully in "crude and disgusting" fraud - dealt with a terrorist assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi by shamelessly standing in front of caskets at an airport hangar (plus the White House press corps, the U.N. and national politically-oriented shows such as Meet the Depressed) offering an orchestrated al-Qaeda on-the-run narrative claiming the nondescript video was responsible for the murder of the American ambassador and three other Americans. Their most despicable act was regurgitating the same outrageous ruse face-to-face to grieving family members.
How authentic or outright evil were those narcissistic embraces from Big Balls Biden and fellow fatal finaglers? Any miserable individual who irrationally emphasized a movie lie in one-on-one conversations with mourners doesn't possess the dignity worthy of setting foot on White House grounds with a pooper scooper. Have you watched the disgusting displays by top State Department officials trying to deflect criticism during Congressional testimony? Their warped accountability equivalency for four murders is four employee reassignments.
Incredibly, a Navy SEAL among the deceased violated stand-down orders to help save numerous individuals at the death-trap embassy and then fought the terrorists for 7 1/2 hours while his pleas for backup at a nearby annex were ignored by government officials real-time watching events unfold. Weeks and months later, the evasive apologist-in-chief and cowardly cronies were still striving to supply a cogent response to their deflect-and-deny sacrificial-lamb inaction all for the sake of propping up progressive policies.
Where's a photograph of the vaunted Obama Team deliberating at least 7 1/2 minutes or even 7 1/2 seconds during the Benghazi attack? Was Mr. Teleprompter even there at all to provide any input possibly "sending in the cavalry"? Bracing for a cross-country campaign trip, did malingerer "That's Not What We Do" go to bed while brave Americans were savaged or is it indeed "an irrelevant fact" less important than raising funds in Las Vegas? If not, then be transparent enough to at least conduct a stand-up, man-up press conference detailing what you did do during the "acting stupidly" stand-down. The Sgt. Schultz "I know nothing!" ploy simply isn't very becoming. Odds are he was tone deaf comparable to conducting five-year anniversary bank-default debacle of an event during the Navy Yard massacre in Building 197. If you can't be out campaigning to raise $197,000 or $197 million, then at least try to raise 197 political points.
Portraying the murderous attack in Benghazi, Libya, as if it occurred in the same war as the Battle of the Bulge, it might be old news to "stylistic" Out House spokesperson Jay Blarney while the ex-TIME magazine Washington chief does his best zero-credibility imitation of Joseph Goebbels with a "hope and change (the topic)" routine hiding behind a phony scandal. But a classic example of the blame game and absence of accountability was when the feds were more concerned with detaining some obscure producer of an anti-Islamic film making light of the prophet Mohammed. At least the dereliction-of-duty dunderheads didn't pull out the workplace-violence or man-made disaster card again during this convenient-truth process.
Infected by pop culture, reality shows, Al Bore's global-warming hoax and thrills going up noxious newscasters legs, the average shallow American dwells on Angelina Jolie's mammary glands, the Kardashians' cans, forlorn Amanda Knox's knife collection, Hollyweird and Gitmo hunger strikers but can't spell Benghazi or even know which continent it's located. When not exploiting children as human shields for an assortment of altruistic motives, POTUS didn't mind hiding behind Hillary Clinton's pants suit via a YouTube film fabrication as her State Department lawyer told witnesses not to speak to House investigators. If you had a family member in dire straits pleading for assistance, would you rather summon support from Barack Hussein Obama, Hillary's hubris or Tyrone Woods?
The major TV networks and two principal liberal rags (New York Slimes and Washington Compost) refused to give coverage to a Fox News report acknowledging the Obama Administration denied aid multiple times to Americans attacked and murdered by terrorists in Benghazi on September 11 of all days. If they withheld evidence (such as emails from the National Security Advisor's office telling a counter-terrorism unit to stand down), they're as corrupt in a cover-up as the administration's self-righteous Siskel & Ebert wannabees more concerned with monitoring content of "Bible-clinger" prayers, doctoring talking points, collective salvation promotion and muzzling Benghazi survivors (forced to sign non-disclosure agreements) than transparency with the public.
Why didn't the lapdog media do its job and press the Benghazi issue providing accountable answers to the many questions accuring about what precisely occurred in the Celebrity-in-Chief's chamber? Why does the vast majority of establishment media remain so disinterested in pursuing the litany of "jaw-dropping" misstatements and dissembling regarding what was known before and after the Benghazi horror?
In an effort to help the buffoonish media shine the light of truth on the Benghazi bungling and scrubbed-a-dozen-times talking points, following are basic "who/what/when/why/where" questions for which the public still deserves answers via the president's acolytes:
* Who changed the original talking points and concocted "the (fanciful) spontaneous reaction" to a YouTube video explanation for the attack (framed before the final two deaths) and did the same individual help orchestrate a coordinated response at various venues in the days and weeks immediately following said attack?
* What portion of the entire 7 1/2 hours of the attack did POTUS himself spend in the Situation Room and was he directly involved with multiple "stand-down" orders while the attacks were in place? Perhaps he was too busy playing Spades again with body man Reggie Love.
* When precisely did POTUS and/or his national security staff first become aware that an attack was underway at the Benghazi compound? What happened at WH meeting with "key national security principals" the day before the attack?
* Why was the Obama Administration's response so lax despite an unmanned drone providing real-time live video feed of the scene?
* Where is evidence of the "Betray Us" administration's responses to repeated pleas to strengthen security for Americans in Libya, not only from the State Department security chief and man on the ground in charge of security, but from the ambassador?
Did POTUS and his administration, amid their color-coordinated red line and yellow streak, do everything humanly possible before and during the attack to protect and help these heroes? The Drone Ranger could also be asked what did give-me-a-break trusted "comrade" Clinton mean when the former Secretary of State callously said during testimony: "What difference does it make?" Insofar as she wasn't interviewed by the less-than-thorough accountability review board, the difference could be a little honesty with the country's citizens vs. cover-up deception with much of the misguided media serving as corrupt accomplices. In a twisted version of Obama "care," the media seems as careless in unearthing authentic autopsy results for a virtually defenseless Ambassador Stevens as the administration is in resolutely rendering justice to the incorrigible Islamic perpetrators.
The "buck" can't find any place to stop at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Amid trying to discern State Department protocol during an attack, there was a preposterous assertion from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that "assets couldn't get there (Benghazi) in time." Is patronizing Panetta also commiserating with an omniscient Eleanor regarding upper-brass orders to save Americans? How did he know with such authority the length of "time" the siege would take as they fought for their lives? Maybe he was too busy on other travel-time matters planning his next cross-country commute home to California at tax-payer expense on military jets. Did this leech-filled leadership just cut their losses and "run" (let them die) rather than risk additional casualties?
The mangy media seems to serve as little more than the Praetorian Guard for liberal lunacy smearing whistleblowers crestfallen over the "abandoned" murders of innocent colleagues. Clinton's credibility should be in shambles, but the press pays lip service to taking her to task, allowing her to weigh in with alleged expertise on Syria on the eve of the first anniversary of the Benghazi bungling. But if you've got a moral compass at all on 9/11, ignore the hypocrites and invest your time, emotion, energy and devotion elsewhere. It's a time to "roll" with the families of Beamer and his courageous cohorts; not shill for Shrillary and her contemptible "what-difference-does-it-make" cowardice. Do you aspire to affiliate with the "shining city on a hill" or the "it-takes-a-village-idiot" crowd?
If you need any more vivid examples to prove who are the best team-sport athletes in the world, just check out the list of premier tight ends in the NFL. A striking number of the elite players at that rigorous position are former college basketball players. What kind of "picks" do you think imposing Mike Ditka (Pittsburgh) and John Mackey (Syracuse) set back in the day before the Big East Conference was formed? Wouldn't you love to see LeBron James maneuver down the field like Charles Atlas the same way he does when driving down the lane?
Ditka didn't commit a blunder by not pursuing a professional basketball career but he said one of his biggest mistakes was not running for the U.S. Senate seat in Illinois in 2004. The former Chicago Bears All-Pro TE and Super Bowl-winning coach would have opposed Barack Obama, who went on to win the race and, in 2008, became the first African-American elected President.
"Biggest mistake I've ever made," Ditka said of failing to run against Obama. "Not that I would have won, but I probably would have and he wouldn't be in the White House."
The first week of the NFL season could have been a "Battle of the Titans" at the TE position when the Atlanta Falcons (California's Tony Gonzalez) opposed the New Orleans Saints (Miami's Jimmy Graham). But fellow ex-college hoopster Julius Thomas, a relatively unknown TE for the Denver Broncos, stole the thunder from more prominent versatile athletes in this category. Another budding TE standout who played college hoops is Cleveland's Jordan Cameron.
Thomas, an All-Big Sky Conference hoopster with Portland State, flashed potential to become the next game-changing tight end when he caught more touchdown passes in the opening quarter of the NFL season-opening game than he had receptions in his first two seasons. A 74-yard TD strike to Thomas at San Diego in mid-season showed that QB Peyton Manning intends to capitalize on Thomas' athleticism the same way he did ex-hoopster Marcus Pollard (Bradley) with the Indianapolis Colts. It may be premature if he was a flash in the pan, but Thomas has already cracked the Top 20 among the following list of Top 25 NFL tight ends who were former college basketball players:
|Rank||Former College Hoopster||Alma Mater||Summary of NFL Tight End Career|
|1.||Tony Gonzalez||California||First tight end in NFL history with 100 touchdowns completed his 17-year career in 2013 with 1,325 receptions for 15,127 yards and 111 TDs. He was 13-time Pro Bowl selection.|
|2.||Antonio Gates||Kent State||Set an NFL single-season record with 13 TD receptions in 2004 en route to becoming San Diego Chargers' all-time leader for TD catches (87) and receptions (719) entering 2013 playoffs.|
|3.||Mike Ditka||Pittsburgh||Five-time Pro Bowl selection caught 427 passes for 5,812 yards and 43 TDs in 12 seasons.|
|4.||John Mackey||Syracuse||Hall of Famer caught 331 passes for 5,236 yards and 38 TDs in 10 seasons.|
|5.||Jimmy Graham||Miami (Fla.)||Led New Orleans Saints in pass receptions in 2012 and 2013. Twice has had streaks of at least four games with more than 100 yards in pass receptions. After only four years, he ranked second all-time among New Orleans Saints' tight ends in receiving.|
|6.||Todd Heap||Arizona State||Caught 467 passes for 5,492 yards and 41 TDs with the Baltimore Ravens from 2001 through 2010, leading them in receptions in 2002 with 68.|
|7.||Ben Coates||Livingstone (N.C.)||Established NFL single-season record for most receptions by a TE with 96 in 1994.|
|8.||Marcus Pollard||Bradley||Finished his 13-year career with 349 receptions for 4,280 yards and 40 TDs (long of 86 yards in 2001 midway through stint as starter for the Indianapolis Colts).|
|9.||Pete Metzelaars||Wabash (Ind.)||Played in more games at TE than any player in NFL history when he retired. Led the Buffalo Bills with 68 receptions in 1993.|
|10.||Joe Senser||West Chester State (Pa.)||Caught 165 passes for 1,822 yards and 16 TDs in four-year career with the Minnesota Vikings in early 1980s.|
|11.||Andrew Glover||Grambling State||Caught at least one TD pass each of his 10 pro seasons from 1991 through 2000, finishing with 208 receptions for 2,478 yards and 24 TDs.|
|12.||Rich McGeorge||Elon (N.C.)||Caught 175 passes for 2,370 yards and 13 TDs with the Green Bay Packers in nine years from 1970 through 1978.|
|13.||Rickey Dudley||Ohio State||Scored 29 TDs in five seasons with the Oakland Raiders before hooking on with two other teams.|
|14.||Julius Thomas||Portland State||Began 2013 campaign with a bang by catching two TD passes from Peyton Manning for the Denver Broncos and was team runner-up with 12 entering NFL playoffs.|
|15.||Derrick Ramsey||Kentucky||Caught 188 passes for 2,364 yards and 21 TDs with three different teams from 1978 to 1987.|
|16.||Reuben Gant||Oklahoma State||Caught 127 passes for 1,850 yards and 15 TDs with the Buffalo Bills in seven seasons from 1974 through 1980.|
|17.||Bob Windsor||Kentucky||Caught 185 passes for 2,307 yards and 14 TDs with the San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots in nine years from 1967 through 1975.|
|18.||Keith McKeller||Jacksonville State (Ala.)||Caught 124 passes for 1,464 yards and 11 TDs with the Buffalo Bills in seven years from 1987 through 1993.|
|19.||Greg Latta||Morgan State (Md.)||Caught 90 passes for 1,081 yards and seven TDs with the Chicago Bears in five years from 1975 through 1979.|
|20.||Pat Richter||Wisconsin||Caught 99 passes for 1,315 yards and 14 TDs in nine seasons for the Washington Redskins after being their first-round pick in 1962.|
|21.||Jeff King||Virginia Tech||Registered 93 receptions for 802 yards and seven TDs with the Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals in first seven years from 2006 through 2012.|
|22.||Ulysses Norris||Georgia||Best season of seven-year career was in 1983 when he had seven TDs with the Detroit Lions.|
|23.||Dee Mackey||East Texas State||Caught 94 passes for 1,352 yards and eight TDs in six NFL/AFL seasons from 1960 through 1965.|
|24.||Al Dixon||Iowa State||Caught 84 passes for 1,248 yards and eight TDs with four different teams from 1977 through 1984.|
|25.||Ron Howard||Seattle||Caught 72 passes for 850 yards and two TDS with three different teams in the last half of the 1970s.|
The principal reason Jerry Tarkanian became a Hall of Famer is the fact he is the only coach in NCAA Division I history to win more than 90% of his assignments for a school in a single conference including both regular season and postseason league tourney (229-19 mark in PCAA/Big West with UNLV in 10-year span from 1982-83 through 1991-92).
Among active coaches, Gonzaga's Mark Few is expected to extend his stunning string of 14 consecutive NCAA playoff appearances in as many seasons with the Zags. But what is equally impressive is his domination of the West Coast Conference not only in regular-season competition (183-21) but also in league tournament action (27-4).
Brad Stevens won 80.8% of Butler's Horizon League games in five seasons but fell just short of meeting the minimum of 100 decisions in a single conference on the following list before subsequently moving on to the Atlantic 10 and NBA's Boston Celtics. Stevens aspires to have a better pro career than Tarkanian, who compiled a 9-11 record in a brief stint with the San Antonio Spurs at the start of the 1992-93 campaign. Few ranks third among the following coaches who have won more than 75% of their games in a single conference including participation in league tourney play:
|Jerry Tarkanian||UNLV||PCAA/Big West||1983-92||205-17||24-2||229-19||.923|
|Everett Case||North Carolina State||Southern||1947-53||87-11||20-1||107-12||.899|
|Mark Few||Gonzaga||West Coast||2000-13||183-21||27-4||210-25||.894|
|Bill Self||Kansas||Big 12||2004-13||137-23||21-4||158-31||.836|
|Roy Williams||Kansas||Big 12||1997-2003||94-18||14-4||108-22||.831|
|Gregg Marshall||Winthrop||Big South||1999-2007||104-24||19-2||123-26||.826|
|Rick Majerus||Utah||Western Athletic||1991-99||118-30||15-6||133-36||.787|
|Pete Gillen||Xavier||Midwestern Collegiate||1986-94||83-25||17-4||100-29||.775|
|Stew Morrill||Utah State||Big West||1999-2005||91-28||13-3||104-31||.770|
|Charlie Spoonhour||SW Missouri State||Mid-Continent||1984-90||73-21||9-4||82-25||.766|
NOTES: Calipari (Kentucky), Huggins (West Virginia), Marshall (Wichita State) and Williams (North Carolina) are active coaches now at other schools. . . . UCLA's John Wooden won 81% of his games in the PCC/AAWU/Pacific-8 from 1949-75 but none of those contests included conference tournament competition.
A majority of the establishment media has been flogging the NCAA for an extended period regarding a series of mishaps and missteps. But the press has stepped over to the dark side mirroring the NCAA with an obsession concerning nicknames.
A new NFL microsite, "TheMMBQ.com" spearheaded by Peter King, SI's chief NFL scribe and a contributor for NBC's Football Night in America, intends not to use the nickname "Redskins" no matter how many touchdowns RGIII generates for Washington. ESPN's Bill Simmons (Grantland impresario) among other self-appointed sensitivity arbiters followed suit shortly thereafter. King, Simmons and their politically-correct cohorts are trying to teach heathens a thing or two about tackling civility. Rather than weighing in on the petty topic, doesn't POTUS have something more important to do such as inspiring the Senate to finally submit a budget for the first time in years?
Don't the PC police have anything better to do? Aren't media outlets supposed to be covering news; not making it? A year ago, North Dakota voters approved a ballot measure by a 2-to-1 margin allowing the University of North Dakota, an NCAA Division I newcomer, to discontinue using its controversial nickname - the Fighting Sioux. There are groups continuing an exercise-in-futility fight for nickname retention. Thus angst over a new nickname and logo will simmer until early 2015, which is the earliest the current moniker will be jettisoned.
A rebranding process is necessary after the most recent furor stemming from the state Board of Higher Education yielding to the NCAA's meddling progressive policy police following a six-year battle over the nickname and logo allegedly being hostile to American Indians. The school chose to respect the state's referendum process and resumed using the nickname in mid-season after an intense debate spurred supporters to file petitions demanding a statewide vote on the issue. Eventually, the heavyhanded NCAA responded by saying the school risked forfeiting postseason games if it failed to "take measures to minimize or eliminate the presence of the imagery."
Previous schools failing to exhibit nearly as much spunk as North Dakota's citizenry and making politically-correct decisions by switching their supposedly demeaning and highly-insensitive nicknames were Arkansas State (changed from Indians to Red Wolves), Colgate (Red Raiders to Raiders), Eastern Michigan (Hurons to Eagles), Louisiana-Monroe (Indians to Warhawks), Marquette (Warriors to Golden Eagles), Miami of Ohio (Redskins to RedHawks), Oklahoma City (Chiefs to Stars), Quinnipiac (Braves to Bobcats), St. John's (Redmen to Red Storm), Seattle (Chieftains to Redhawks), Siena (Indians to Saints) and Southeast Missouri State (Indians to Redhawks). Can Miami of Ohio fans stop seeking penance since shedding "Redskins"?
It might be wise for touchy-feely elites such as King and Simmons plus the NCAA to assert themselves if the origin of some of the more clever nicknames were tinkered with and became too risque such as Flipu, Gamblers, Haters, Hell on Heels, Horny Frogs, Truncated Trojans and Trenchcoat Flashes. But for the numerous insensitive louts nonpulsed by this holier-than-thou victimization obsession, are they to feel shame at the extent of the alleged discrimination? Rather than bow to pressure, many traditional observers hope the following "Last of the Mohegans" remain steadfast and retain their time-honored monikers: Alcorn State (Braves), Bradley (Braves), Central Michigan (Chippewas), Florida State (Seminoles), Illinois (Fighting Illini), Utah (Utes) and William & Mary (Tribe).
What's next? Left-wing zealots from PETA (unless they are card-carrying members of the parallel universe People for Eating Tasty Animals) and the Bird Lovers International crowd could possibly feel empowered to capitalize on this catalyst for constructive social change by making it a heartless foul to have any nickname referencing a precious animal or fowl.
What was the cumulative cost, including personnel at the NCAA home office in Indianapolis, for nickname changes and how many mental midgets did it take at the NCAA to concoct this colossal caricature intervention? No wonder it's so easy to ridicule the governing body with a name-calling barrage. In the aftermath of widespread authentic turmoil at Miami (FL), North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Southern California and Syracuse, many think there are more significant issues in intercollegiate athletics requiring "fighting" or "suing" by the purulent NCAA rather than giving a selective outrage forum to pious pinheads manufacturing a mascot/nickname crisis that really didn't exist to any meaningful degree.
How many casinos need to be exchanged for wampum before the PC police and other individuals afflicted by white guilt such as NBC's Bob Costas are satisfied? If a fraction of Washington Redskins loyalists find Lil' Bob's last name offensive, shouldn't he be "forced" to change it to appease them? Never before rooted for franchise in entire lifetime, but "Hail to the Redskins!" despite their struggles this season.
Mike Brey has come a long way in college basketball since commencing his playing career by averaging 5 points per game with Northwestern State (Natchitoches, La.) in 1977-78 and 1978-79 when the then NCAA Division I newcomer Demons compiled a 19-34 record while losing to Louisiana College three times and East Texas Baptist once.
It might not duplicate the lifetime contract of Brey's former mentor, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, but his deal with Notre Dame through 2021-22 is among the longest defined coaching contracts. Only West Virginia's Bob Huggins, Pittsburgh's Jamie Dixon, Akron's Keith Dambrot, Valparaiso's Bryce Drew and Virginia Commonwealth's Shaka Smart surpass them by one year.
The length of Brey's pact certainly can be justified if he directs the Irish to its first NCAA Tournament championship game. A shaky economy is not deterring universities from dishing out long-term agreements. Jim Larranaga of Miami (Fla.) recently joined the following alphabetical list of coaches with contracts extending at least seven seasons into the next decade:
Coach School Length of Contract Steve Alford UCLA through 2019-20 Randy Bennett Saint Mary's through 2020-21 Mike Brey Notre Dame through 2021-22 Tom Crean Indiana through 2019-20 Keith Dambrot Akron through 2022-23 Jamie Dixon Pittsburgh through 2022-23 Bryce Drew Valparaiso through 2022-23 Fred Hoiberg Iowa State through 2020-21 Bob Huggins West Virginia through 2022-23 Danny Hurley Rhode Island through 2019-20 Ben Jacobson Northern Iowa through 2019-20 Jim Larranaga Miami (FL) through 2021-22 Greg McDermott Creighton through 2019-20 Chris Mooney Richmond through 2020-21 Tim O'Shea Bryant through 2019-20 Rick Pitino Louisville through 2021-22 Lorenzo Romar Washington through 2019-20 Bill Self Kansas through 2021-22 Shaka Smart Virginia Commonwealth through 2022-23
Each Final Four since 1995 had at least one school promptly lose a minimum of one player early to the NBA, including all four participants in 2007 (Florida, Georgetown, Ohio State and UCLA). But what happened to those national semifinal schools such as Michigan last season that had multiple players declare early for the NBA? The first 15 "star light" schools with multiple defectors failed to reach an NCAA regional final the next season until Kentucky reversed the trend with a national championship in 2012 after losing Brandon Knight and DeAndre Liggins in 2011.
It would have been one of the greatest achievements in college basketball history if UK returned to the 2013 Final Four after losing five undergraduates from the 38-2 NCAA titlist. The perils of losing so much young talent was reflected in the Wildcats' failure to reach the NCAA playoffs and losing in the opening round of the NIT against Robert Morris. The only team in this category other than UK to lose fewer than seven games was Duke (29-5 in 1999-00). After the first 12 squads thus far this century suffered an average of nine defeats in the wake of such pro defections, Michigan faces an uphill climb based on the following chronological look at how Final Four schools fared the year after having multiple players renounce their college eligibility:
|Year||Final Four Team||Multiple Undergraduates Lost to NBA Draft||Record||Postseason Outcome Next Season|
|1995||Arkansas (2)||Scotty Thurman, Corliss Williamson||20-13||Lost regional semifinal|
|1995||North Carolina (2)||Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace||21-11||Lost in second round|
|1996||Mississippi State (2)||Erick Dampier, Dontae' Jones||12-18||Did not qualify|
|1998||North Carolina (2)||Vince Carter, Antawn Jamison||24-10||Lost in first round|
|1999||Duke (3)||William Avery, Elton Brand, Corey Maggette||29-5||Lost regional semifinal|
|2000||Florida (2)||Donnell Harvey, Mike Miller||24-7||Lost in second round|
|2001||Arizona (3)||Gilbert Arenas, Richard Jefferson, Michael Wright||24-10||Lost regional semifinal|
|2001||Michigan State (2)||Zach Randolph, Jason Richardson||19-12||Lost in first round|
|2004||Connecticut (2)||Ben Gordon, Emeka Okafor||23-8||Lost in second round|
|2005||Illinois (2)||Dee Brown, Deron Williams||26-7||Lost in second round|
|2005||North Carolina (4)||Raymond Felton, Sean May, Rashad McCants, Marvin Williams||23-8||Lost in second round|
|2007||Florida (4)||Corey Brewer, Taurean Green, Al Horford, Joakim Noah||24-12||Reached NIT semifinals|
|2007||Ohio State (3)||Mike Conley Jr., Daequan Cook, Greg Oden||24-13||Won NIT|
|2008||Kansas (3)||Darrell Arthur, Mario Chalmers, Brandon Rush||27-8||Lost regional semifinal|
|2008||UCLA (3)||Kevin Love, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Russell Westbrook||26-9||Lost in second round|
|2011||Kentucky (2)||Brandon Knight, DeAndre Liggins||38-2||Won national title|
|2012||Kentucky (5)||Anthony Davis, Terrence Jones, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Doron Lamb, Marquis Teague||21-12||Lost in NIT first round|
|2013||Michigan (2)||Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr.||TBD||TBD|
What's in store for Grand Canyon (Ariz.), Incarnate Word (Tex.) and Massachusetts-Lowell as they brace for their inaugural season at the NCAA Division I level? Only seven of the first 33 schools moving up to compete at DI in the 21st Century posted a winning record in their debut campaign. The average first-year mark for the last 33 newcomers is 9-19.
In 2008-09, South Dakota became only the second school to reach the 20-win plateau in its first DI season since Stephen F. Austin achieved the feat in 1986-87. But Gardner-Webb's 22 victories in 2000-01 later were vacated. Eight of the nine best first-year seasons occurred in the 1970s when 40 of the 70 institutions elevating their programs to DI during the decade promptly posted winning records.
In 1971-72, Southwestern Louisiana, now known as Louisiana-Lafayette, became the only school ever to finish in the Top 10 of the final DI rankings the year after finishing in the Top 10 of the final Division II poll. But it wasn't long before USL was prohibited from fielding a formal team for two seasons (1973-74 and 1974-75) as part of an NCAA probation.
Alabama State (22-6 in 1982-83) is the only school since the 1970s to win more than three-fourths of its games in its DI debut campaign. Following is a first-year summary of schools moving up to the major-college ranks after the initial season of NCAA classification in 1947-48:
|School Moving Up to DI||Season||Coach||W.||L.||Pct.|
|Maryland-Eastern Shore||1973-74||John Bates||27||2||.931|
|Oral Roberts (Okla.)||1971-72||Ken Trickey||26||2||.929|
|Southwestern Louisiana||1971-72||Beryl Shipley||23||3||.885|
|Old Dominion (Va.)||1976-77||Paul Webb||25||4||.862|
|Long Beach State||1969-70||Jerry Tarkanian||24||5||.828|
|Hawaii||1970-71||Ephraim "Red" Rocha||23||5||.821|
|Southern (La.)||1977-78||Carl Stewart||23||5||.821|
|McNeese State (La.)||1973-74||Bill Reigel||20||5||.800|
|Jackson State (Miss.)||1977-78||Paul Covington||19||5||.792|
|Alabama State||1982-83||James Oliver||22||6||.786|
|Alcorn State (Miss.)||1977-78||Davey Whitney||22||7||.759|
|Idaho State||1958-59||John Grayson||21||7||.750|
|Memphis State||1955-56||Gene Lambert||20||7||.741|
|Air Force||1957-58||Bob Spear||17||6||.739|
|Stephen F. Austin (Tex.)||1986-87||Harry Miller||22||8||.733|
|Northeastern (Mass.)||1972-73||Jim Calhoun||19||7||.731|
|Virginia Commonwealth||1973-74||Chuck Noe||17||7||.708|
|College of Charleston (S.C.)||1991-92||John Kresse||19||8||.704|
|Miami (Fla.)||1948-49||Hart Morris||19||8||.704|
|New Orleans||1975-76||Ron Greene||18||8||.692|
|South Dakota||2008-09||David Boots||20||9||.690|
|Gardner-Webb (N.C.)||2000-01||Rick Scruggs||22||10||.688|
|George Mason (Va.)||1978-79||John Linn||17||8||.680|
|Weber State (Utah)||1963-64||Dick Motta||17||8||.680|
|American (D.C.)||1966-67||Alan Kyber||16||8||.667|
|Fairfield (Conn.)||1964-65||George Bisacca||14||7||.667|
|Florida A&M||1978-79||Ajac Triplett||18||9||.667|
|Mercer (Ga.)||1973-74||Joe Dan Gold||16||8||.667|
|Tennessee Tech||1955-56||John Oldham||14||7||.667|
|Morehead State (Ky.)||1955-56||Bobby Laughlin||19||10||.655|
|Birmingham-Southern (Ala.)||2000-01||Duane Reboul||17||9||.654|
|Georgia Southern||1971-72||J.E. Rowe||17||9||.654|
|James Madison (Va.)||1976-77||Lou Campanelli||17||9||.654|
|Northwestern State (La.)||1976-77||Tynes Hildebrand||17||9||.654|
|Abilene Christian (Tex.)||1970-71||Garnie Hatch||15||9||.625|
|Arkansas State||1970-71||John Rose||15||9||.625|
|Drexel (Pa.)||1973-74||Ray Haesler||15||9||.625|
|Lamar (Tex.)||1969-70||Jack Martin||15||9||.625|
|Northern Colorado||1973-74||Thurm Wright||15||9||.625|
|UC Santa Barbara||1963-64||Art Gallon||18||11||.621|
|Delaware State||1973-74||Ira Mitchell||18||11||.621|
|Illinois State||1971-72||Will Robinson||16||10||.615|
|North Carolina A&T||1973-74||Warren Reynolds||16||10||.615|
|Northeast Louisiana||1973-74||Lenny Fant||16||10||.615|
|Texas Southern||1977-78||Robert Moreland||16||10||.615|
|Austin Peay (Tenn.)||1963-64||George Fisher||14||9||.609|
|Southern Mississippi||1968-69||Lee Floyd||15||10||.600|
|Chicago State||1984-85||Bob Hallberg||16||11||.593|
|Wright State (Ohio)||1987-88||Ralph Underhill||16||11||.593|
|Loyola (La.)||1951-52||Tom Haggerty||20||14||.588|
|Los Angeles State||1970-71||Bob Miller||15||11||.577|
|UNC Asheville||1986-87||Jerry Green||15||11||.577|
|San Jose State||1952-53||Walt McPherson||15||11||.577|
|New Mexico State||1950-51||George McCarty||19||14||.576|
|Kentucky Wesleyan||1956-57||Bob Wilson||16||12||.571|
|North Dakota||2008-09||Brian Jones||16||12||.571|
|North Dakota State||2005-06||Tim Miles||16||12||.571|
|Radford (Va.)||1984-85||Joe Davis||16||12||.571|
|Sam Houston State (Tex.)||1986-87||Steve Tucker||16||12||.571|
|Utah Valley||2004-05||Dick Hunsaker||16||12||.571|
|East Tennessee State||1958-59||John Madison Brooks||13||10||.565|
|East Carolina||1964-65||Wendell Carr||12||10||.545|
|Cal State Fullerton||1974-75||Bobby Dye||13||11||.542|
|New Mexico||1950-51||Woodrow "Woody" Clements||13||11||.542|
|Southern Illinois||1967-68||Jack Hartman||13||11||.542|
|Boise State||1971-72||Murray Satterfield||14||12||.538|
|Central Michigan||1973-74||Dick Parfitt||14||12||.538|
|UNC Charlotte||1972-73||Bill C. Foster||14||12||.538|
|West Texas||1950-51||W.A. "Gus" Miller||14||12||.538|
|Oklahoma City||1950-51||Doyle Parrack||16||14||.533|
|Iona (N.Y.)||1953-54||Jim McDermott||11||10||.524|
|Corpus Christi (Tex.)||1972-73||?????||13||12||.520|
|Belmont (Tenn.)||1998-99||Rick Byrd||14||13||.519|
|Eastern Illinois||1981-82||Rick Samuels||14||13||.519|
|Southeastern Louisiana||1980-81||Ken Fortenberry||14||13||.519|
|Western Illinois||1981-82||Jack Margenthaler||14||13||.519|
|Wisconsin-Green Bay||1981-82||Dave Buss||14||13||.519|
|Cal State Bakersfield||2006-07||Keith Brown||15||14||.517|
|Gonzaga (Wash.)||1952-53||Thor "Hank" Anderson||15||14||.517|
|Catholic (D.C.)||1976-77||Jack Kvancz||13||13||.500|
|Centenary (La.)||1959-60||Orvis Sigler||12||12||.500|
|Saint Peter's (N.J.)||1964-65||Don Kennedy||10||10||.500|
|Texas A&M-Corpus Christi||1999-2000||Ronnie Arrow||13||13||.500|
|Texas Tech||1950-51||Polk Robison||14||14||.500|
|Vermont||1961-62||John "Fuzzy" Evans||12||12||.500|
|Murray State (Ky.)||1953-54||Harlan Hodges||15||16||.484|
|Troy State (Ala.)||1993-94||Don Maestri||13||14||.481|
|Hofstra (N.Y.)||1966-67||Paul Lynner||12||13||.480|
|Tennessee State||1977-78||Ed Martin||11||12||.478|
|Regis (Colo.)||1961-62||Joe B. Hall||10||11||.476|
|Bethune-Cookman (Fla.)||1980-81||Jack "Cy" McClairen||13||15||.464|
|Hardin-Simmons (Tex.)||1950-51||Jack Martin||13||15||.464|
|South Carolina State||1973-74||Tim Autry||13||15||.464|
|Southwest Missouri State||1982-83||Bob Cleeland||13||15||.464|
|Indiana State||1971-72||Gordon Stauffer||12||14||.462|
|Marist (N.Y.)||1981-82||Ron Petro||12||14||.462|
|San Diego State||1970-71||Dick Davis||12||14||.462|
|Fairleigh Dickinson (N.J.)||1967-68||Jack Devine||10||12||.455|
|Mount St. Mary's (Md.)||1988-89||Jim Phelan||12||15||.444|
|Oakland (Mich.)||1998-99||Greg Kampe||12||15||.444|
|South Florida||1973-74||Don Williams||11||14||.440|
|Coastal Carolina (S.C.)||1986-87||Russ Bergman||12||16||.429|
|Maryland-Baltimore County||1986-87||Jeff Bzdelik||12||16||.429|
|Southeast Missouri State||1991-92||Ron Shumate||12||16||.429|
|Howard (D.C.)||1973-74||Marshall Emery||11||15||.423|
|West Chester (Pa.)||1973-74||Earl Voss||11||15||.423|
|Grambling (La.)||1977-78||Fred Hobdy||10||14||.417|
|Northern Illinois||1967-68||Tom Jorgensen||10||14||.417|
|Saint Francis (Pa.)||1955-56||Dr. William "Skip" Hughes||10||14||.417|
|Kennesaw State (Ga.)||2005-06||Tony Ingle||12||17||.414|
|Elon (N.C.)||1998-99||Mark Simons||11||16||.407|
|IUPUI (Ind.)||1998-99||Ron Hunter||11||16||.407|
|Northern Kentucky||2012-13||Dave Bezold||11||16||.407|
|Texas-El Paso||1950-51||Dale Waters||10||15||.400|
|Albany (N.Y.)||1999-2000||Scott Hicks||11||17||.393|
|Brooklyn (N.Y.)||1982-83||Mark Reiner||11||17||.393|
|UC Davis||2004-05||Gary Stewart||11||17||.393|
|Cleveland State||1972-73||Ray Dieringer||9||14||.391|
|High Point (N.C.)||1998-99||Jerry Steele||10||16||.385|
|Louisiana Tech||1973-74||Scotty Robertson||8||13||.381|
|Ball State (Ind.)||1971-72||Leroy "Bud" Getchell||9||15||.375|
|Campbell (N.C.)||1977-78||Danny Roberts||9||15||.375|
|Rider (N.J.)||1967-68||John Carpenter||9||15||.375|
|Alabama A&M||1998-99||Vann Pettaway||10||17||.370|
|Coppin State (Md.)||1985-86||John Bates||10||17||.370|
|Jacksonville State (Ala.)||1995-96||Bill Jones||10||17||.370|
|Liberty (Va.)||1988-89||Jeff Meyer||10||17||.370|
|Central Florida||1984-85||Chuck Machock||10||18||.357|
|Southern Utah||1988-89||Neil Roberts||10||18||.357|
|Florida State||1956-57||J.K. "Bud" Kennedy||9||17||.346|
|Fresno State||1955-56||Bill Vandenburgh||9||17||.346|
|Hampton (Va.)||1995-96||Byron Samuels||9||17||.346|
|Loyola Marymount (Calif.)||1949-50||Edwin "Scotty" McDonald||9||17||.346|
|Middle Tennessee State||1958-59||Ed Diddle Jr.||9||17||.346|
|Pacific (Calif.)||1953-54||Van Sweet||9||17||.346|
|Towson State (Md.)||1979-80||Vince Angotti||9||17||.346|
|Central Arkansas||2006-07||Rand Chappell||10||20||.333|
|Missouri-Kansas City||1987-88||Lee Hunt||9||18||.333|
|Quinnipiac (Conn.)||1998-99||Joe DeSantis||9||18||.333|
|U.S. International (Calif.)||1981-82||Freddie Goss||9||18||.333|
|Western Carolina||1976-77||Fred Conley||8||16||.333|
|Florida Gulf Coast||2007-08||Dave Balza||10||21||.323|
|Binghamton (N.Y.)||2001-02||Al Walker||9||19||.321|
|Portland State||1972-73||Ken Edwards||9||19||.321|
|UC Irvine||1977-78||Tim Tift||8||17||.320|
|UC Riverside||2000-01||John Masi||8||17||.320|
|Jacksonville (Fla.)||1966-67||Joe Williams||8||17||.320|
|Texas-Pan American||1968-69||Sam Williams||8||17||.320|
|Portland||1953-54||James "Mush" Torson||6||13||.316|
|South Dakota State||2005-06||Scott Nagy||9||20||.310|
|Eastern Michigan||1973-74||Allan Freund||8||18||.308|
|Arizona State||1950-51||Bill Kajikawa||8||19||.296|
|Northern Arizona||1950-51||Herb Gregg||8||19||.296|
|Northern Iowa||1980-81||Jim Berry||8||19||.296|
|Texas-San Antonio||1981-82||Don Eddy||8||19||.296|
|South Alabama||1971-72||Jimmy Taylor||7||17||.292|
|Augusta (Ga.)||1984-85||Marvin Vanover||8||20||.286|
|Cal State Northridge||1990-91||Pete Cassidy||8||20||.286|
|Winthrop (S.C.)||1986-87||Steve Vacendak||8||20||.286|
|Florida International||1986-87||Rich Walker||7||18||.280|
|Central Connecticut State||1986-87||Bill Detrick||8||21||.276|
|Bryant (R.I.)||2001-02||Max Good||7||19||.269|
|Robert Morris (Pa.)||1976-77||Tom Weirich||7||19||.269|
|Evansville (Ind.)*||1977-78||Bobby Watson||1||3||.250|
|Hartford (Conn.)||1984-85||Jack Phelan||7||21||.250|
|IUPU-Fort Wayne (Ind.)||2001-02||Doug Noll||7||21||.250|
|UNC Greensboro||1991-92||Mike Dement||7||21||.250|
|Houston Baptist||1973-74||Lonnie Richards||6||19||.240|
|Trinity (Tex.)||1970-71||Jimmy Littleton||5||16||.238|
|South Carolina Upstate||2007-08||Eddie Payne||7||23||.233|
|Arkansas-Little Rock||1978-79||Habib "Happy" Mahfouz||6||20||.231|
|Southwest Texas State||1984-85||Celester Collier||6||20||.231|
|Stetson (Fla.)||1971-72||Dr. Glenn Wilkes||6||20||.231|
|Lipscomb (Tenn.)||2001-02||Scott Sanderson||6||21||.222|
|Monmouth (N.J.)||1983-84||Ron Kornegay||6||21||.222|
|Norfolk State (Va.)||1997-98||Michael Bernard||6||21||.222|
|Armstrong State (Ga.)||1986-87||Raleigh Pastrick||6||22||.214|
|Nicholls State (La.)||1980-81||Jerry Sanders||6||22||.214|
|North Florida||2005-06||Matt Kilcullen||6||22||.214|
|Morris Brown (Ga.)||2000-01||Derek Thompson||6||23||.207|
|Stony Brook (N.Y.)||1999-2000||Nick Macarchuk||6||23||.207|
|Appalachian State (N.C.)||1973-74||Press Maravich||5||20||.200|
|Baptist (S.C.)||1974-75||Billy Henry||4||16||.200|
|Samford (Ala.)||1972-73||Ron Harris||5||20||.200|
|San Diego||1979-80||Jim Brovelli||5||20||.200|
|Longwood (Va.)||2003-04||Mike Gillian||5||22||.185|
|New Jersey Institute of Tech||2006-07||Jim Casciano||5||24||.172|
|Winston-Salem State (N.C.)||2006-07||Bobby Collins||5||24||.172|
|Presbyterian (S.C.)||2007-08||Gregg Nibert||5||25||.167|
|Savannah State (Ga.)||2000-01||Jack Grant||4||21||.160|
|Eastern Washington||1983-84||Jerry Krause||4||22||.154|
|Utica (N.Y.)||1981-82||Larry Costello||4||22||.154|
|Wofford (S.C.)||1995-96||Richard Johnson||4||22||.154|
|Arkansas-Pine Bluff||1997-98||Harold Blevins||4||23||.148|
|Cal State Sacramento||1991-92||Joseph Anders||4||24||.143|
|North Texas State||1957-58||Henry "Pete" Shands||3||18||.143|
|North Carolina Central||2007-08||Henry Dickerson||4||26||.133|
|New Hampshire||1961-62||Bill Olsen||3||20||.130|
|Wagner (N.Y.)||1976-77||Peter "P.J." Carlesimo||3||21||.125|
|Florida Atlantic||1993-94||Tim Loomis||3||24||.111|
|Mississippi Valley State||1979-80||William "Pop" Gaines||3||24||.111|
|Morgan State (Md.)||1984-85||Tom Dean/Ray McMillian||3||25||.107|
|Sacred Heart (Conn.)||1999-2000||Dave Bike||3||25||.107|
|Prairie View A&M (Tex.)||1980-81||Calvin White||2||22||.083|
|Pepperdine (Calif.)||1955-56||Robert "Duck" Dowell||2||24||.077|
|Northeastern Illinois||1990-91||Rees Johnson||2||25||.074|
|Georgia State||1973-74||Clyde "Jack" Waters||1||25||.038|
|Cal Poly||1994-95||Steve Beason||1||26||.037|
*Evansville had an abbreviated schedule because of a plane crash.
Half of the Big East Conference's 14-member lineup in 2003-04 are gone upon all of the league realignments. The American Athletic Conference, a splinter group of the Big East, looks more like Conference USA's 2004-05 alignment than anything else. If the C-USA wasn't considered a power league, then why should a stitched-together AAC?
Louisville, Maryland and Rutgers should keep an eye on how Butler, Creighton, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Xavier make the transition to new digs. History shows that it frequently is a difficult adjustment. There is good reason to be anxious. Only eight of the last 28 schools to join power conferences, including four of the last 15 since 2005-06, posted a winning league record in their inaugural campaign.
Arkansas is the only school to win a championship in its debut campaign in a power league (1991-92 in SEC Western Division after leaving SWC). Boston College (2005-06) and Florida State (1991-92) posted the next best first-year league marks in the ACC, where Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse will strive to duplicate their performances. The odds are against Butler, Creighton and Xavier excelling in the Big East, where only two of the first 11 new members notched winning records in their season debut.
The average conference record for the last 28 schools in this category is four games below .500. Michigan State posted a comparable anemic mark (5-9) in its first season in the Big Ten in 1950-51. Following is an alphabetical list of first-year league records compiled by schools joining an existing power alliance since Arizona and Arizona State left the WAC for the Pac-8/10 in the late 1970s:
Academic redshirt Danrad "Chicken" Knowles could be the key to possibly sparking Houston to its first NCAA playoff victory since the Cougars finished national runner-up to Georgetown in 1984. The gifted guard with an entertaining nickname joins the following long list of collegians over the years with distinctive monikers:
- Forest (Frosty) Able, Western Kentucky
- Greg (Cadillac) Anderson, Houston
- Paul (Curly) Armstrong, Indiana
- Raymond (Peanut) Arrington, Radford
- William (Bird) Averitt, Pepperdine
- Norwood (Pee Wee) Barber, Florida State
- Jim (Bad News) Barnes, Texas Western
- Amadou (Coco) Barry, Maine
- Segado (Cookie) Belcher, Nebraska
- Ralph (Stork) Bishop, Washington
- Roderick (Moo Moo) Blakney, South Carolina State
- Daron (Mookie) Blaylock, Oklahoma
- Tyrone (Muggsy) Bogues, Wake Forest
- Jermaine (Itchy) Bolden, Morgan State
- Roylin (Boot) Bond, Pepperdine
- Charles (Tub) Bradley, Wyoming
- Frank (Flash) Brian, Louisiana State
- Fred (Downtown) Brown, Iowa
- Murray (Mule) Brown, Florida State
- Luther (Ticky) Burden, Utah
- Michael (Spiderman) Burns, UNLV
- George (Chink) Busch, Creighton
- (Pogo) Joe Caldwell, Arizona State
- Bruce (Soup) Campbell, Providence
- Bowyer (Ducky) Castelle, Xavier
- Sam (The Bam) Clancy, Pittsburgh
- Craig (Speedy) Claxton, Hofstra
- Nathaniel (Sweetwater) Clifton, Xavier (La.)
- Vernell (Bimbo) Coles, Virginia Tech
- Derwin (Tank) Collins, New Orleans
- John (Chubby) Cox, Villanova/San Francisco
- Earl (The Twirl) Cureton, Robert Morris/Detroit
- Adrian (Ace) Custis, Virginia Tech
- Edwin (Greedy) Daniels, UNLV/Mississippi State
- E.B. (Ox) Darby, Texas A&M
- Anthony (Amp) Davis, George Mason
- Arthur (Yah) Davis, St. Joseph's
- McKinley (Deacon) Davis, Iowa
- Louis (Pick) Dehner, Illinois
- Alfred (Dusty) DeStefano, St. John's
- John (Hook) Dillon, North Carolina
- Julius (Daddy) Dolnics, Texas Christian
- Clyde (The Glide) Drexler, Houston
- Dwight (Dike) Eddleman, Illinois
- LeRoy (Cowboy) Edwards, Kentucky
- Theodore (Blue) Edwards, East Carolina
- Eyo (Bubbles) Effiong, Winthrop
- Emil (Box) Englebretson, Creighton
- Julius (Dr. J) Erving, Massachusetts
- Kevin (Yogi) Ferrell, Indiana
- James (Bruiser) Flint, St. Joseph's
- Jackie (The Shot) Foley, Holy Cross
- Arnold (Clyde) Gaines, Wisconsin
- Lauren (Laddie) Gale, Oregon
- Harry (The Horse) Gallatin, Northeast Missouri
- Erin (Helicopter) Galloway, Hawaii
- George (Iceman) Gervin, Eastern Michigan
- Carlos (Bunny) Gibson, Marshall
- Ward (Hoot) Gibson, Creighton
- Jack (Goose) Givens, Kentucky
- Bonnie (Country) Graham, Mississippi
- Paul (Snoopy) Graham, Ohio University
- Mike (Fly) Gray, Nevada-Reno
- Ken (Tree) Green, Nevada-Reno
- Kenneth (Apple) Green, Pan American
- Harold (Happy) Hairston, New York University
- Wade (Swede) Halbrook, Oregon State
- Bill (Biff) Hall, Montana
- Earl (Bus) Hall, Virginia Tech
- Anfernee (Penny) Hardaway, Memphis State
- Herbert (Hawkeye) Hargett, Mississippi State
- Clem (The Gem) Haskins, Western Kentucky
- John (Hondo) Havlicek, Ohio State
- Robert (Bubbles) Hawkins, Illinois State
- Clarence (Kleggie) Hermsen, Minnesota
- Jermaine (Squirt) Hicks, Weber State/Chicago State
- John (Babe) Higgins, Stanford
- Clinton (Bread Truck) Hinton, UNC Charlotte/Oral Roberts
- James (Lindy) Hood, Alabama
- Tecumseh (Tee) Hooper, The Citadel
- Alfredo (Tito) Horford, Miami (Fla.)
- Greg (Stretch) Howard, New Mexico
- (Hot) Rod Hundley, West Virginia
- Jimmy (Snap) Hunter, Memphis
- Hernell (Jeep) Jackson, Texas-El Paso
- Frank (Spoon) James, UNLV
- Arthur (Brownie) Jaquay, Creighton
- Antonio (Scoop) Jardine, Syracuse
- Keith (Mister) Jennings, East Tennessee State
- Carldell (Squeaky) Johnson, UAB
- Dana (Binky) Johnson, Canisius
- Earvin (Magic) Johnson, Michigan State
- Gary (Cat) Johnson, Oral Roberts
- Gus (Honeycomb) Johnson, Idaho
- Kevin (Butter) Johnson, Charlotte
- Lynbert (Cheese) Johnson, Wichita State
- Albert (Slab) Jones, New Mexico State
- Byron (Snake) Jones, San Francisco
- Gerald (Wimpy) Jones, Arizona State
- Lamont (Momo) Jones, Arizona/Iona
- Wallace (Wah Wah) Jones, Kentucky
- Wilbert (Wibs) Kautz, Loyola of Chicago
- Robert (Jeep) Kelley, UNLV/Hawaii
- Bill (Pickles) Kennedy, Temple
- Eugene (Goo) Kennedy, Texas Christian
- Bob (Trigger) Kenney, Kansas
- Bruce (Sky) King, Pan American
- Raymond (Circus) King, San Diego State/California
- William (Dolly) King, Long Island
- Donald (Pinky) Knowles, Creighton
- Cletus (Goob) Kuehler, West Texas State
- David (Big Daddy) Lattin, Texas-El Paso
- Albert (Cappy) Lavin, San Francisco
- Hal (King) Lear, Temple
- Arnold (Butz) Lehrman, Minnesota
- Bob (Slick) Leonard, Indiana
- Andrew (Fuzzy) Levane, St. John's
- Lafayette (Fat) Lever, Arizona State
- Eugene (Junie) Lewis, Pittsburgh/South Alabama
- Brant (Pinky) Lipscomb, Vanderbilt
- Lewis (Magic) Lloyd, Drake
- (Jungle) Jim Loscutoff, Oregon
- John (Dub) Malaise, Texas Tech
- Karl (The Mailman) Malone, Louisiana Tech
- (Pistol) Pete Maravich, Louisiana State
- Floyd (Biggy) Marshall, Tennessee
- Slater (Dugie) Martin, Texas
- Cedric (Cornbread) Maxwell, UNC Charlotte
- Ayome (Paco) May, Kansas State
- Marvin (Moon) McCrary, Missouri
- Ken (Mouse) McFadden, Cleveland State
- Billy (The Hill) McGill, Utah
- Eric (Cricket) McLaughlin, Akron
- Don (Monk) Meineke, Dayton
- Francis (Ick) Miller, Creighton
- Ryan (Archie) Miller, North Carolina State
- Roland (The Cat) Minson, Brigham Young
- Earl (The Pearl) Monroe, Winston-Salem State
- Ed (Britches) Montgomery, Tennessee
- Bryan (Dinty) Moore, Stanford
- Harry (Moo) Moore, West Virginia
- Jonathan (Stitch) Moore, Furman
- Javone (Bam) Moore, Canisius
- Tony (Zippy) Morocco, Georgia
- Charles (Stretch) Murphy, Purdue
- Charlie (Feed) Murphy, Loyola of Chicago
- Charles (Cotton) Nash, Kentucky
- Sherman (Nemo) Nearman, North Carolina
- Bill (Fig) Newton, Louisiana State
- Bob (Bevo) Nordmann, St. Louis
- Ken (Snake) Norman, Illinois
- Martyn (Moochie) Norris, Auburn
- Ralph (Buckshot) O'Brien, Butler
- Garland (Mule) O'Shields, Tennessee
- Bill (Fumbo) Ouseley, William & Mary
- Carlton (Silk) Owens, Rhode Island
- Horace (Pappy) Owens, Rhode Island
- Togo Palazzi, Holy Cross
- J.P. (Bubber) Farish, Auburn
- William (Smush) Parker, Fordham
- Choppy Patterson, Clemson
- Herschel (Bones) Pedersen, Brigham Young
- James (Scoonie) Penn, Boston College
- Ray (Cookie) Pericola, South Carolina
- Edward (Pancakes) Perry, Middle Tennessee State
- Ron (Spider) Perry, Virginia Tech
- Philip (Pap) Peyton, Texas
- John (Squint) Phares, West Virginia
- Clarke (Pinky) Pittenger, Toledo
- DeWayne (Pooh) Powell, Tennessee-Martin
- George (Tic) Price, Virginia Tech/Virginia Commonwealth
- Carl (Dusty) Pullian, UT-Chattanooga
- Cal (The Hawk) Ramsey, New York University
- Earl (Shadow) Ray, Wyoming
- Bryant (Big Country) Reeves, Oklahoma State
- Richie (The Cat) Regan, Seton Hall
- Jesse (Cab) Renick, Oklahoma A&M
- Angelo (Rock) Reynolds, Penn
- Billy (The Kid) Reynolds, Northwestern (La.) State
- Jerry (Ice) Reynolds, Louisiana State
- Rudolph (Zip) Rhodes, Montana
- Jerome (Pooh) Richardson, UCLA
- Oscar (Big O) Robertson, Cincinnati
- Glenn (Big Dog) Robinson Jr., Purdue
- Alvin (Fats) Roth, City College of New York
- Michael (Campy) Russell, Michigan
- Forest (Aggie) Sale, Kentucky
- Sebastian (Subby) Salerno, Creighton
- Albert (Apple) Sanders, Louisiana State
- Tom (Satch) Sanders, New York University
- Frank (Pep) Saul, Seton Hall
- Philip (Flip) Saunders, Minnesota
- Nevil (The Shadow) Shed, Texas-El Paso
- Emilio (Zeke) Sinicola, Niagara
- Adrian (Odie) Smith, Kentucky
- Robert (Bingo) Smith, Tulsa
- Jermaine (Sunshine) Smith, UNLV
- Vernon (Catfish) Smith, Georgia
- William (Beaver) Smith, St. John's
- John (Squeaky) Spanbauer, Niagara
- Dave (Ditto) Sparks, George Washington
- Marion (Odie) Spears, Western Kentucky
- Dave (The Rave) Stallworth, Wichita State
- Bob (Sweeper) Stephens, Drexel
- George (Swede) Sundstrom, Rutgers
- Harley (Skeeter) Swift, East Tennessee State
- Anthony (Ace) Tanner, Davidson
- Clarence (Babe) Taylor, Vanderbilt
- Claude (Sleepy) Taylor, Middle Tennessee State
- Roland (Fatty) Taylor, La Salle
- Irv (Swede) Terjesen, New York University
- Albert (Bobo) Thomas, Centenary
- Blackstone (Blackie) Thompson, Alabama
- Marvis (Bootsy) Thornton, St. John's
- Nate (The Great) Thurmond, Bowling Green
- Gene (Bumper) Tormohlen, Tennessee
- Carlyle (Blackie) Towery, Western Kentucky
- Victor (Slick) Townsend, Oregon
- Robert (Tractor) Traylor, Michigan
- Ernest (Kiki) Vandeweghe, UCLA
- Charles (Chico) Vaughn, Southern Illinois
- Mathias (Mutt) Volz, Nebraska
- Malcolm (Sparky) Wade, Louisiana State
- Chet (The Jet) Walker, Bradley
- Vincent (Spotlight) Walker, Western Carolina
- Adrian (Spike) Walters, St. Francis (Pa.)
- Ray (Shag) Warren, Texas Christian
- Duane (Pearl) Washington, Syracuse
- Anthony (Spud) Webb, North Carolina State
- Marvin (Human Eraser) Webster, Morgan State
- Gawen (Bonzi) Wells, Ball State
- Joseph (Jo Jo) White, Kansas
- Milton (Bus) Whitehead, Nebraska
- Charles (Hawkeye) Whitney, North Carolina State
- Pookey Wigington, Seton Hall
- Anthony (Scoop) Williams, Toledo
- Donald (Duck) Williams, Notre Dame
- James (Bug) Williams, Syracuse
- James (Fly) Williams, Austin Peay State
- John (Hot Rod) Williams, Tulane
- Ron (Fritz) Williams, West Virginia
- Sylvester (Sly) Williams, Rhode Island
- Jim (Jiggy) Williamson, Rhode Island
- (Super) John Williamson, New Mexico State
- David (Poncho) Wright, Louisville
- Gerry (Sir Jamalot) Wright, Southern California/Iowa
- Joseph (Joby) Wright, Indiana
- Desmond (Boggie) Yates, Middle Tennessee State
- Paul (Hooks) Yesawich, Niagara
- Max (Slats) Zaslofsky, University of Chicago/St. John's
- Bob (Zeke) Zawoluk, St. John's
Extra! Extra! Read all about memorable major league baseball achievements and moments involving former college basketball players! Baseball is portrayed as a thinking man's game but only four percent of active MLB players earned college diplomas.
Nonetheless, numerous ex-college hoopsters had front-row seats to many of the most notable games, transactions and dates in MLB history. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is a September calendar involving such versatile athletes:
30 - P Mike Barlow (Syracuse substitute from 1967-68 through 1969-70) shipped by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Houston Astros in 1975 to complete an earlier deal. . . . Roger Craig (forward with North Carolina State's 1949-50 freshman basketball team) fired as manager of the San Diego Padres in 1979. . . . In 1975, 1B-OF Doug Howard (All-WAC second-team selection with Brigham Young in 1968-69 and 1969-70) shipped by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Cleveland Indians to complete an earlier deal. . . . OF-1B Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) hit a homer against the New York Yankees in the Senators' final game in Washington in 1971. . . . OF Irv Noren (player of the year for California junior college state champion Pasadena City in 1945) purchased from the Brooklyn Dodgers by the Washington Senators for $50,000 in 1949. . . . Setting the stage for a 1951 playoff with the New York Giants, INF Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in PCC both of his seasons with UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41) ripped an upper-deck homer in the 14th inning off Philadelphia Phillies Hall of Fame P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47), giving the Brooklyn Dodgers a 9-8 victory. Five years later, New York Giants rookie 1B Bill White (played two years with Hiram, OH, in early 1950s) whacked two homers off Roberts. . . . Philadelphia Phillies OF Cy Williams (Notre Dame forward in 1909-10) contributed two homers in a 6-4 win against the Brooklyn Robins in 1923.
29 - Mike Hargrove (Northwestern Oklahoma State letterman) fired as manager of the Baltimore Orioles in 2003. . . . In 1966, Los Angeles Dodgers P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) became the first MLB hurler in the 20th Century to achieve a third 300-strikeout season. . . . Washington Senators 2B Buddy Myer (Mississippi State letterman in 1923-24) went 4-for-5 against the Philadelphia Athletics to win the 1935 A.L. batting championship (.349). . . . Kansas City Royals P Dennis Rasmussen (sixth-man for Creighton averaged 5.1 ppg in three seasons from 1977-78 through 1979-80) hurled a one-hit shutout against the California Angels in 1992. . . . P Preacher Roe (played for Harding, AR, in late 1930s) purchased from the St. Louis Cardinals by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1943. . . . Birdie Tebbetts (played for Providence in 1932) named manager of the Cincinnati Reds in 1953.
28 - St. Louis Cardinals 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) provided his second extra-inning steal of home plate in 1928. . . . LF Lou Johnson (Kentucky State teammate of legendary HBCU coach Davey Whitney averaged 5.7 ppg and 2 rpg in 1951-52) slugged a 12th-inning homer to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 2-1 victory against the Cincinnati Reds in 1965. . . . In a City Series duel, Chicago White Sox P Ted Lyons (two-time All-SWC first-team selection for Baylor in early 1920s) blanked the Cubs on three hits in only 1 hour and 18 minutes in 1942. The 41-year-old Lyons then departed to enlist as a private in the Marine Corps for military service during World War II. . . . P Bill McCahan (three-year Duke letterman named to All-Southern Conference Tournament team in 1942) traded by Philadelphia Athletics to Brooklyn Dodgers in 1949. . . . In 1952, Philadelphia Phillies P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) registered his 28th victory (7-4 over New York Giants) with his 30th complete game. . . . In 1938, C Birdie Tebbetts (played for Providence in 1932) blasted a grand slam (10th such homer of the season for the Detroit Tigers). . . . San Diego Padres OF Will Venable (All-Ivy League first-team selection as a junior and second-team shoice as a senior averaged 9.3 ppg under Princeton coach John Thompson III from 2001-02 through 2004-05) whacked his first MLB grand slam (against the Chicago Cubs in 2011). . . . St. Louis Cardinals 1B Bill White (played two years with Hiram, OH, in early 1950s) contributed four hits in a 9-1 triumph against the San Francisco Giants in 1965.
27 - In 1983, P Jim Beattie (Dartmouth's top rebounder in 1974-75 when he was selected team MVP and honorable mention All-Ivy League) hurled the first one-hitter in Seattle Mariners history. . . . Lefthander Danny Coombs (Seton Hall's third-leading scorer and rebounder as a sophomore in 1961-62) made his MLB debut in 1963 as a reliever for the Houston Colt .45s, who started nine rookies including 1B Rusty Staub, 2B Joe Morgan and C Jerry Grote. . . . Baltimore Orioles reliever Dick Hall (averaged 11.9 ppg in 1948-49, 13.4 in 1949-50 and 15.4 in 1950-51 for Swarthmore's Southern Division champions in Middle Atlantic States Conference) became the first pitcher in 51 years to end a season with more victories (10) than walks (6 in 61 innings). . . . C Tom Haller (backup forward for Illinois in 1956-57 and 1957-58 under coach Harry Combes) whacked a pair of homers to spark the San Francisco Giants to an 8-4 triumph against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1965. . . . Danny Litwhiler (member of JV squad with Bloomsburg, PA, three years in the mid-1930s) completed his 151st errorless game for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1942. He was the first OF to avoid an error the entire season. . . . Winning P Gary Peters (played for Grove City, PA, in mid-1950s) pounded a three-run homer in a 10-1 victory against the Washington Senators as the Boston Red Sox reached the 200-homer plateau for the first time in franchise history.
26 - Intended as a sacrifice, Hall of Fame C Rick Ferrell (played for Guilford, NC, in mid-1920s) contributed a bunt single in 1941 that was the only hit for the St. Louis Browns against Cleveland Indians P Bob Feller. . . . Baltimore Orioles P Mike Flanagan (averaged 13.9 ppg for Massachusetts' 15-1 freshman squad in 1971-72) had his no-hit bid end with two outs in the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians in 1978. . . . In 1954, 1B Gil Hodges (played for Oakland City, IN, in 1947 and 1948) hammered his 25th homer at Ebbets Field (a new Brooklyn Dodgers single-season record). He also finished the year with a MLB-high 18 sacrifice flies. . . . Philadelphia Phillies P Jim Konstanty (Syracuse player in late 1930s) made his 71st relief appearance of the 1950 campaign. It was a MLB record (subsequently broken). . . . St. Louis Cardinals CF Wally Moon (averaged 4.3 ppg with Texas A&M in 1948-49 and 1949-50) capped off his 1954 Rookie of the Year season with an 11th-inning, two-run homer at Milwaukee. . . . In 1951, Brooklyn Dodgers INF Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in PCC both of his seasons for UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41) annoyed the Boston Braves by stealing home with a 13-3 lead in the eighth inning.
25 - Los Angeles Dodgers P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) tossed a shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1965, raising his season strikeout total of 356. . . . In his only MLB pitching appearance, New York Giants OF Hank Lieber (played for Arizona in 1931) hurled a complete game in a 9-1 setback against the Philadelphia Phillies in the nightcap of a 1942 doubleheader. Teammate Hal Schumacher (played for St. Lawrence, NY, in early 1930s) earned the win in the opener, 6-3. . . . Philadelphia Phillies P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) registered his 28th victory in 1952, completing his 30th game in 37 starts.
24 - New York Mets manager Gil Hodges (played for Oakland City, IN, in 1947 and 1948) suffered a heart attack during a 1968 game against the Atlanta Braves. . . . In 1957, Brooklyn Dodgers P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) appeared in relief in the final game at Ebbets Field. Koufax got a chance to go to the plate and struck out for the 12th time in as many at-bats this season. . . . P Hal Schumacher (played for St. Lawrence, NY, in early 1930s) drove in the winning run in the 10th inning of a doubleheader against the Boston Bees as the New York Giants clinched the 1936 N.L. pennant. . . . In 1992, Toronto Blue Jays DH-RF Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) became the first 40-year-old in MLB history to knock in 100 runs in a season when he stroked a two-run double off Baltimore Orioles P Ben McDonald (started six games as a 6-6 freshman forward for Louisiana State in 1986-87). . . . New York Yankees P Tom Zachary (Guilford, NC, letterman in 1916) posted his 12th victory in as many decisions in 1929. No hurler will have a better season without losing a game.
23 - Brooklyn Dodgers P Roger Craig (forward with North Carolina State's 1949-50 freshman team) hurled his fourth shutout in 1959 (5-0 against the St. Louis Cardinals). . . . Cleveland Indians Of Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA titlist) hit a grand slam against the Detroit Tigers in 1950. . . . San Francisco Giants P Atlee Hammaker (averaged 5.3 ppg as a freshman in 1976-77 and 4.9 as a sophomore in 1977-78 under East Tennessee State coach Sonny Smith), matching Los Angeles Dodgers P Orel Hershiser in zeroes the first seven innings, yielded a homer in the eighth as Hershiser extended his streak of consecutive shutout frames to 49 in 1988. . . . C Cal Neeman (Illinois Wesleyan's leading scorer in 1947-48 and 1948-49) clubbed a 10th-inning homer to give the Chicago Cubs a 9-8 triumph against the San Francisco Giants in 1959. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers P Preacher Roe (played for Harding, AR, in late 1930s) improved his record to 22-2 in 1951 with a 6-3 decision over the Philadelphia Phillies. . . . 2B Wayne Terwilliger (two-year letterman for Western Michigan in late 1940s) awarded on waivers from the Brooklyn Dodgers to the Washington Senators in 1952.
22 - Rookie CF George Altman (appeared in 1953 and 1954 NAIA Tournament with Tennessee State) whacked a ninth-inning, two-run homer to give the Chicago Cubs a 5-4 triumph against the San Francisco Giants in 1959. . . . In 1965, 2B Frank Bolling (averaged 7.3 ppg for Spring Hill, AL, in 1950-51) blasted a grand slam off Los Angeles Dodgers P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman basketball squad in 1953-54) as the Braves end their 13-year stint in Milwaukee. . . . A.L. Rookie of the Year OF Al Bumbry (Virginia State's runner-up in scoring 16.7 ppg as a freshman in 1964-65) tied a MLB mark with three triples against the Milwaukee Brewers, helping the Baltimore Orioles clinch the 1973 East Division title. . . . Philadelphia Athletics P George Earnshaw (Swarthmore, PA, participant in 1922) earned victory #21 in 1931. . . . P Dallas Green (Delaware's second-leading scorer and rebounder in 1954-55) released by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1967. . . . San Francisco Giants C Tom Haller (backup forward for Illinois in 1956-57 and 1957-58 under coach Harry Combes) hammered a game-ending homer in the ninth inning to account for the only run in a win against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1967. . . . Washington Senators CF Irv Noren (player of the year for California junior college state champion Pasadena City in 1945) tied an A.L. nine-inning record with 11 putouts in 1951. . . . San Diego Padres P Chris Young (All-Ivy League first-team selection for Princeton in 1999-2000) took a no-hitter into the ninth inning before finishing with a 6-2 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006 after Joe Randa ripped a two-run homer.
21 - New York Giants P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century), appearing for the third time in four games, notched his 30th victory in 1903. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers P Preacher Roe (played for Harding, AR, in late 1930s) hurled a shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals in the nightcap of a 1949 doubleheader. . . . New York Yankees 1B Bill "Moose" Skowron (scored 18 points in eight games for Purdue in 1949-50) contributed five hits but they stranded a MLB-mark 20 baserunners in a 13-7 setback against the Boston Red Sox in 1956.
20 - Detroit Tigers 1B Darrell Evans (member of Jerry Tarkanian-coached Pasadena City, CA, club winning 1967 state community college crown) launched his 400th career homer in 1988. . . . Baltimore Orioles bonus baby C Tom Gastall (captain of Boston University's team in 1954-55) died at the age of 24 in 1956 when he crashed into Chesapeake Bay while secretly flying his previously-damaged light plane. . . . C Frank Grube (starter for Lafayette in 1926-27) purchased from the St. Louis Browns by the Chicago White Sox in 1935. . . . San Diego Padres OF Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81) stole five bases against the Houston Astros in 1986, tying the modern N.L. record for thefts in a single contest. . . . Cincinnati Reds P Jay Hook (Northwestern's third-leading scorer as a sophomore with 10.7 ppg in 1955-56) hurled a two-hit shutout, chilling the Milwaukee Braves' pennant aspirations in 1960. . . . 3B Ryan Minor (two-time All-Big Eight Conference first-team selection for Oklahoma was league player of year as a junior in 1994-95 when averaging 23.6 ppg and 8.4 rpg) replaced Cal Ripken Jr. in the Baltimore Orioles' starting lineup, ending Ripken's MLB record consecutive-game streak at 2,632. . . . Philadelphia Phillies P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) yielded a MLB-record 40th homer in 1955. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers INF Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in PCC both of his seasons with UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41) contributed his fifth steal of home in the 1949 campaign. . . . Baltimore Orioles OF Ken Singleton (Hofstra freshman team in mid-1960s) socked his 246th and final MLB homer in 1984. Singleton's last three round-trippers were grand slams.
19 - New York Yankees Hall of Fame OF Earle Combs (three-year captain for Eastern Kentucky) scored five runs in an 18-9 romp over the Chicago White Sox in 1930. . . . Cleveland Indians OF Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA titlist) walked five times in a 15-2 rout of the Boston Red Sox in 1951. . . . 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) and INF Charlie Gelbert (scored at least 125 points each of his last three seasons with Lebanon Valley, PA, in late 1920s) each stroked three hits for the St. Louis Cardinals in a 9-1 win against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1935. . . . Washington Senators 1B-OF Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) fanned five times against the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a 1970 twinbill. . . . Detroit Tigers SS Harvey Kuenn (played five games for Wisconsin in 1951-52) went 5-for-5 against the Cleveland Indians in 1954. . . . Chicago White Sox P Ted Lyons (two-time All-SWC first-team selection for Baylor in early 1920s) had a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth inning broken up by a single from Bobby Veach of the Washington Senators in the nightcap of a 1925 doubleheader. . . . OF Bill Nicholson (played for Washington College, MD, in mid-1930s), the N.L. leader in homers and RBI in 1943, collected a single, two doubles and a homer to help the Chicago Cubs snap an 11-game losing streak with a 6-0 victory against the World Series-bound St. Louis Cardinals. . . . OF Curtis Pride (led William & Mary in steals three times and assists twice from 1986-87 through 1989-90) helped the Boston Red Sox tie the score with a ninth-inning pinch-hit homer but the Chicago White Sox went on to prevail in the 10th. . . . Cincinnati Reds P Eppa Rixey (Virginia letterman in 1912 and 1914) tossed a 1-0 shutout against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1923 twinbill. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers P Preacher Roe (played for Harding, AR, in late 1930s) improved his record to 21-2 in 1951 with a 3-0 shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates P Bob Veale (scored 1,160 points from 1955-56 through 1957-58 with Benedictine, KS) hurled a 10-inning, one-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1965.
18 - In 1987, Detroit Tigers 1B Darrell Evans (member of Jerry Tarkanian-coached Pasadena City, CA, club winning 1967 state community college crown) became the first 40-year-old to reach the 40-homer plateau in a single season. . . . Hall of Fame C Rick Ferrell (played for Guilford, NC, in mid-1920s) and his brother (P Wes Ferrell) thrown out of the game by an umpire after the Boston Red Sox teammates protest a call too vehemently in 1934. . . . New York Giants P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) tossed his 11th shutout en route to 33rd victory in 1908. . . . St. Louis Cardinals P Ray Washburn (led Whitworth, WA, in scoring when named All-Evergreen Conference in 1958-59 and 1959-60) hurled a no-hitter at San Francisco. The gem came the day after Gaylord Perry of the Giants no-hit the Cards, handing P Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer in 1955-56 and 1956-57) one of his five 1-0 defeats in 1968.
17 - C Gene Desautels (letterman for Holy Cross in 1929 and 1930) awarded on waivers from the Cleveland Indians to the Philadelphia Athletics in 1945. . . . New York Giants 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) hit a decisive homer in the 10th inning of a 5-4 decision over the Cincinnati Reds in 1926. . . . New York Giants P Jim Hearn (Georgia Tech letterman in 1941-42) hurled a shutout against the Chicago Cubs in 1952. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) tossed his 11th shutout of the 1963 campaign, a modern MLB record for a lefthander. . . . The longest hitting streak of the 1940 season ended at 21 games when Philadelphia Phillies OF Danny Litwhiler (member of JV squad with Bloomsburg, PA, three years in the mid-1930s) went hitless against the Cincinnati Reds. . . . New York Yankees 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) supplied a go-ahead homer in the 11th inning of a 5-3 win against the Milwaukee Brewers in 1976. . . . Montreal Expos OF Curtis Pride (led William & Mary in steals three times and in assists twice from 1986-87 through 1989-90), born with 95% hearing disability, stroked his first MLB hit in 1993 (against the Philadelphia Phillies).
16 - Switch-hitting C Mark Bailey (Southwest Missouri State's top rebounder in 1980-81) homered from both sides of the plate in 1984 as a rookie with the Houston Astros. . . . Chicago Cubs 2B Glenn Beckert (three-year letterman for Allegheny, MA) established a dubious MLB record (subsequently tied by Todd Helton in 1998) by stranding 12 baserunners in an 18-5 victory against the New York Mets in 1972. . . . Cleveland Indians OF Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA titlist) extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a first-inning grand slam against the Washington Senators in 1948. . . . St. Louis Cardinals CF Taylor Douthit (California letterman from 1922 through 1924), en route to amassing 84 RBI as a leadoff hitter, singled in the game's only run against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 10th inning in 1930. . . . OF Jim Northrup (second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for Alma, MI, in 1958-59) purchased from the Montreal Expos by the Baltimore Orioles in 1974. . . . In 1954, Philadelphia Phillies P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) became the first N.L. hurler to reach the 20-win plateau five successive seasons since Carl Hubbell in the mid-1930s. . . . P Dave Sisler (All-Ivy League second-team selection for Princeton's first NCAA Tournament team in 1952) traded with cash by the Washington Senators to the Cincinnati Reds for P Claude Osteen in 1961. . . . In 1993, Minnesota Twins DH-RF Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) singled against the Oakland A's for his 3,000th hit.
15 - In the opener of a 1946 doubleheader, Boston Red Sox P Boo Ferriss (Mississippi State letterman in 1941) registered his 25th triumph, a 4-1 verdict over the Chicago White Sox. . . . Los Angeles Dodgers RF Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) went 4-for-4 and contributed two assists in a 6-4 victory against the Chicago Cubs in 1962. . . . In 1961, Los Angeles Dodgers P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) set a N.L. single-season record for most strikeouts by a lefthander. . . . Chicago White Sox P Ted Lyons (two-time All-SWC first-team selection for Baylor in early 1920s), en route to pacing the A.L. in ERA (2.10), hurled a three-hitter against the Boston Red Sox in 1940 on a day commemorating his career. . . . In 1908, New York Giants P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) defeated the St. Louis Cardinals for the 24th straight time. . . . In his first MLB start, Philadelphia Athletics P Bill McCahan (three-year Duke letterman named to All-Southern Conference Tournament team in 1942) tossed a shutout against the Cleveland Indians in 1946 in a contest called after seven innings.
14 - New York Yankees P Rich Beck (listed on Gonzaga's roster in 1961-62) fanned eight batters and walked none while allowing one earned run in his seven-inning debut against the Washington Senators in 1965. . . . Showing no indication of 20-year-old jitters in a pennant race, Brooklyn Dodgers P Ralph Branca (sixth-leading scorer for NYU in 1943-44) hurled a 5-0 shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1946. . . . In 1974, 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) homered for the New York Yankees in the first inning before brother Jim Nettles homered for the Detroit Tigers in the second. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers P Preacher Roe (played for Harding, AR, in late 1930s) improved his record to 20-2 in 1951 with a 3-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates P Bob Veale (scored 1,160 points from 1955-56 through 1957-58 with Benedictine, KS), supported by Roberto Clemente's pair of homers, blanked the New York Mets, 6-0, in 1968.
13 - Arizona Diamondbacks P Andy Benes (played briefly for Evansville in 1985-86) hurled a one-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds in 1998. . . . P Ownie Carroll (Holy Cross letterman in 1922) purchased from the New York Yankees by the Cincinnati Reds in 1930. . . . In 1997, San Diego Padres OF Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81) reached the 200-hit plateau in a lone season for the fifth time in his career. . . . In 1972, Detroit Tigers 1B-OF Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) socked his 13th career homer off his apparent favorite pitcher - Baltimore Orioles starter Dave McNally. . . . In 1992, Cleveland Indians rookie Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling a 35-3 record) broke the A.L. record for stolen bases by a first-year player with thefts #53 and #54. Lofton went on to finish the campaign with a league-high 66 steals and 14 assists by a center fielder. . . . Hall of Fame P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) made his first MLB start for the New York Giants in 1900. . . . Boston Red Sox C Sammy White (All-PCC Northern Division first-five selection for Washington in 1947-48 and 1948-49) made an unassisted double play against the Chicago White Sox in 1953.
12 - Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading scorer in 1945-46) tied a MLB single-season mark in 1956 when he swatted his 13th homer against a single team (Brooklyn Dodgers). . . . Washington Senators OF Brant Alyea (Hofstra's leading scorer and rebounder in 1960-61 after being runner-up in both categories the previous season) debuted in 1965 with a pinch-hit homer on the first pitch to him against the California Angels. . . . Atlanta Braves 1B Darrell Evans (member of Jerry Tarkanian-coached Pasadena City, CA, club that won 1967 state community college crown) hit a grand slam against the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a 1974 doubleheader. . . . P Cotton Pippen (Texas Western letterman in 1929-30) awarded on waivers from the Philadelphia Athletics to the Detroit Tigers in 1939. . . . P Dennis Rasmussen (sixth-man for Creighton averaged 5.1 ppg in three seasons from 1977-78 through 1979-80) shipped by the New York Yankees to the San Diego Padres in 1983 to complete an earlier deal.
11 - Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading scorer in 1945-46) suffered a broken hand, ending his 1954 season. . . . Although only 21 years old, Brooklyn Dodgers P Ralph Branca (sixth-leading scorer for NYU in 1943-44) notched his 20th victory in 1947. . . . Detroit Tigers 1B Darrell Evans (member of Jerry Tarkanian-coached Pasadena City, CA, club that won 1967 state community college crown) supplied four hits in a 9-2 triumph against the Baltimore Orioles in 1984. . . . San Francisco Giants All-Star P Atlee Hammaker (averaged 5.3 ppg as a freshman in 1976-77 and 4.9 as a sophomore in 1977-78 under East Tennessee State coach Sonny Smith) fanned 14 Houston Astros in 1983. . . . New York Giants OF Monte Irvin (played for Lincoln, PA, 1 1/2 years in late 1930s) contributed his fifth steal of home during the 1951 campaign. . . . New York Giants P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) tossed shutouts in 1906 and 1909. . . . OF Bake McBride (averaged 12.7 ppg and 8.1 rpg in 21 games with Westminster, MO, in 1968-69 and 1969-70) scampered all the way home from first base after an errant pickoff attempt for the decisive run, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 25-inning, 4-3 win at New York in 1974. The marathon was the longest game to a decision in MLB history, lasting 7 hours 4 minutes. . . . Chicago Cubs INF Paul Popovich (averaged 3.3 ppg for West Virginia's 1960 NCAA playoff team) pounded a grand slam in a 7-0 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1971. . . . Philadelphia Phillies P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) hurled a three-hit shutout against the San Francisco Giants in 1959, ending rookie 1B Willie McCovey's 22-game hitting streak. . . . OF Evar Swanson (played all five positions for Knox, IL, when it was known as Lombard College) traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Chicago White Sox for two players to be designated in 1932.
10 - In 1954, Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading scorer in 1945-46) broke a N.L. record by hitting his ninth homer on the road against a lone opponent (Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field). . . . Milwaukee Brewers P Jim Colborn (attended Whittier, CA, in mid-1960s before studying for master's at Edinburgh where he was All-Scotland in basketball) went the distance against the Detroit Tigers for his 19th triumph in 1973. . . . New York Giants 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) went 6-for-6 before grounding out in a 22-1 romp over the Boston Braves in the opener of a 1924 doubleheader. . . . INF Ben Geraghty (letterman for Villanova from 1933-34 through 1935-36) traded by the Brooklyn Dodgers to the Washington Senators in 1937. . . . Washington Senators 1B-OF Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) hammered two homers against the Cleveland Indians in 1970. . . . Atlanta Braves 2B Davey Johnson (averaged 1.7 ppg with Texas A&M in 1961-62) put a jolt into one against the San Francisco Giants for his 40th homer in 1973. . . . C Nate Smith (letterman for Tennessee State in 1953-54 and 1954-55) purchased from the Los Angeles Dodgers by the Baltimore Orioles in 1962.
9 - SS Alvin Dark (letterman for LSU and USL during World War II) accounted for all of the New York Giants' offense with two homers in a 2-0 victory against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950 as teammate Sal Maglie hurled a MLB-tying fourth straight shutout. . . . Brooklyn Robins 2B Jake Flowers (member of Washington College's 1923 "Flying Pentagon" squad in Maryland) knocked in the winning run in the ninth inning in a 3-2 win against the New York Giants in 1928. . . . P Steve Hamilton (Morehead State's leading scorer and rebounder in 1956-57 and 1957-58) awarded on waivers from the New York Yankees to the Chicago White Sox in 1970. . . . In 1964, Los Angeles Dodgers 1B-OF Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when he led Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) hammered his eighth homer in 20 at-bats against San Francisco Giants P Bob Hendley, including four in a row the previous year (not in the same game). . . . In 1965, Los Angeles Dodgers P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) hurled his fourth no-hitter in as many years. It was a perfect game against the Chicago Cubs, who yielded a lone safety but incurred their second one-hit setback this season against L.A. LF Lou Johnson (Kentucky State teammate of legendary HBCU coach Davey Whitney averaged 5.7 ppg and 2 rpg in 1951-52) secured the game's only hit and scored the lone run. . . . INF Tim Nordbrook (letterman in 1968-69 for Loyola, LA) purchased from the Baltimore Orioles by the California Angels in 1976. . . . P John Stuper (two-time all-conference player for Butler County, KS, Community College) traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Cincinnati Reds in 1984. . . . Kansas City Athletics 1B-OF Preston Ward (second-leading scorer for Southwest Missouri State in 1946-47 and 1948-49) walloped three homers in a row against the Baltimore Orioles in 1958. . . . Philadelphia Phillies OF Cy Williams (Notre Dame forward in 1909-10) whacked homers in his first two at-bats but they weren't enough to prevent a 12-6 reversal against the Brooklyn Robins in 1926.
8 - New York Yankees P Jim Beattie (Dartmouth's top rebounder in 1974-75 when he was selected team MVP and honorable mention All-Ivy League) secured a 13-2 win in 1978 when the Boston Red Sox committed seven errors. . . . Bake McBride (averaged 12.7 ppg and 8.1 rpg in 21 games with Westminster, MO, in 1968-69 and 1969-70) handled 11 chances for the Philadelphia Phillies in a 5-3 victory at Chicago in 1978, tying the N.L. mark for right fielders. . . . Gene Michael (Kent State's leading scorer with 14 ppg in 1957-58) fired as Chicago Cubs manager in 1987. . . . Philadelphia Phillies OF Cy Williams (Notre Dame forward in 1909-10) whacked a decisive grand slam in an 8-4 triumph against the Brooklyn Robins in 1926.
7 - OF Brant Alyea (Hofstra's leading scorer and rebounder in 1960-61 after being runner-up in both categories the previous season) drove in all of the Minnesota Twins' runs with two homers in a 7-6 win against the Milwaukee Brewers in the opener of a 1970 doubleheader. . . . Cleveland Indians OF Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA titlist) supplied a pair of homers in a 6-0 verdict over the Baltimore Orioles in 1955. . . . Sammy Esposito (averaged 7 ppg as Indiana starter in 1951-52) started in place of Chicago White Sox 2B Nellie Fox in 1960, ending Fox's consecutive-game streak at 798. . . . Detroit Tigers OF Hoot Evers (starter for Illinois in 1939-40) went for the cycle, adding another triple, and amassing six RBI in a 13-13, 10-inning tie with the Cleveland Indians in 1950. . . . New York Giants P Jim Hearn (Georgia Tech letterman in 1941-42) had a 12-game winning streak against the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped in 1953. . . . New York Giants OF Monte Irvin (played for Lincoln, PA, 1 1/2 years in late 1930s) ripped a 500-foot homer in a 7-3 nod over the Boston Braves in 1951. . . . New York Yankees 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) accounted for the game's only run with a homer against the Detroit Tigers in 1974. But Nettles lost a single when it was discovered he used a corked bat. . . . Detroit Tigers RF Jim Northrup (second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for Alma, MI, in 1958-59) went 5-for-5 with two homers in a 3-2, 11-inning victory against the Washington Senators in 1971. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers P Preacher Roe (played for Harding, AR, in late 1930s) walked six Philadelphia Phillies batters but raised his record to 19-2 in 1951 with an 11-6 decision over P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47). . . . P Garry Roggenburk (led Dayton in scoring all three seasons from 1959-60 through 1961-62 and grabbed a school-record 32 rebounds in his third varsity game en route to pacing the Flyers in rebounding his first two years) purchased from the Minnesota Twins by the Boston Red Sox in 1966. . . . New York Yankees OF Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) got hung up in a rundown between third base and home plate following a pitchout but escaped to score the decisive run in a 3-2 triumph against the Oakland A's in 1985. . . . New York Giants 1B Babe Young (Fordham letterman in 1935-36) blasted a grand slam in a 4-1 victory against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1940. . . . San Diego Padres P Chris Young (All-Ivy League first-team selection for Princeton in 1999-00) retired the first 23 Milwaukee Brewers batters en route to a two-hitter in 2008. It was Young's first MLB complete game.
6 - P Andy Benes (played briefly for Evansville in 1985-86) defeated his brother, Alan, when the St. Louis Cardinals erupted for 11 third-inning runs in an 11-2 nod over the Chicago Cubs in 2002. . . . Philadelphia Athletics C Mickey Cochrane (Boston University player in early 1920s) clobbered a two-run homer in the 10th inning in a 3-1 verdict over the Boston Red Sox, giving Lefty Grove his 25th triumph in 1930. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates SS Dick Groat (two-time All-American with Duke in 1950-51 and 1951-52 when finishing among nation's top five scorers each season) suffered a broken wrist in 1960. . . . Chicago White Sox P Ted Lyons (two-time All-SWC first-team selection for Baylor in early 1920s) knocked in the decisive run with a triple as he reached the 20-win plateau in 1930 with a 2-1 decision over the Cleveland Indians, snapping Wes Ferrell's 13-game winning streak. . . . New York Giants P Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) struck out 14 Brooklyn batters in a 6-2 triumph in 1906. . . . Gene Michael (Kent State's leading scorer with 14 ppg in 1957-58) fired as New York Yankees manager in 1981 despite winning the first-half pennant. . . . Minnesota Twins 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) whacked his first MLB homer in 1968. The round-tripper came off 31-game winner Denny McLain of the Detroit Tigers. . . . Philadelphia Phillies P Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) went the distance in a 17-inning, 7-6 victory against the Boston Braves in 1952. . . . In 1948, Boston Braves Hall of Fame P Warren Spahn twice picked off Brooklyn Dodgers INF Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in Pacific Coast Conference both of his seasons with UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41). . . . Bill Virdon (played for Drury, MO, in 1949) fired as manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1973. Virdon is replaced by Danny Murtaugh, who assumed control of the club for the fourth and final time.
5 - P Ralph Branca (sixth-leading scorer for NYU in 1943-44) earned the victory as Brooklyn Dodgers teammate Gil Hodges (played for Oakland City, IN, in 1947 and 1948) hammered a grand slam in a 5-2 verdict over the Philadelphia Phillies in 1951. . . . Philadelphia Athletics P George Earnshaw (Swarthmore, PA, participant in 1922) tossed a one-hitter against the Boston Red Sox in 1931. . . . Boston Red Sox INF Buddy Myer (Mississippi State letterman in 1923-24) doubled before scoring the winning run in the 18th inning of a 12-11 decision over the New York Yankees in the opener of a 1927 doubleheader. . . . Pittsburgh Pirates OF Bill Virdon (played for Drury, MO, in 1949) accounted for the game's only run when he blasted a 10th-inning homer against the Milwaukee braves in 1958.
4 - The Boston Braves started a streak of nine consecutive doubleheaders in 1928 by losing the opener, 3-2, to Brooklyn on a 10th-inning homer by 2B Jake Flowers (member of Washington College's 1923 "Flying Pentagon" squad in Maryland). . . . San Diego Padres Of Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81) went 4-for-4 against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1996. . . . P Jim Hearn (Georgia Tech letterman in 1941-42) and New York Giants teammate Sal Maglie each hurled a shutout in a 1950 twinbill against the Philadelphia Phillies. . . . P Andy Karl (Manhattan letterman in mid-1930s) traded by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Chicago Cubs in 1943. Karl refused to report to his new team the following spring. . . . 1B Jack Phillips (leading scorer for 14-1 Clarkson, NY, in 1942-43) traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Chicago White Sox in 1954.
3 - Baltimore Orioles P Mike Flanagan (averaged 13.9 ppg for Massachusetts' 15-1 freshman squad in 1971-72) became MLB's first 20-game winner in the 1979 season. . . . In his final MLB appearance in 1975, St. Louis Cardinals P Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer in 1955-56 and 1956-57) allowed a pinch-hit grand slam to the Chicago Cubs' Pete LaCock before retiring SS Don Kessinger (three-time All-SEC selection for Mississippi from 1961-62 through 1963-64 while finishing among nation's top 45 scorers each year). . . . Brooklyn Dodgers rookie P Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) hurled his second straight shutout in 1955 (4-0 against the Pittsburgh Pirates). . . . Cleveland Indians OF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling a 35-3 record) tied a MLB record by scoring in his 18th straight game, stole five bases and supplied five hits, including a walk-off homer in the 13th inning, in a 12-11 victory against the Baltimore Orioles in 2000. . . . Philadelphia Athletics rookie P Bill McCahan (three-year Duke letterman named to All-Southern Conference Tournament team in 1942) hurled a no-hitter against Washington in 1947.
2 - Bonus baby 2B Jerry Adair (one of Oklahoma State's top three scorers in 1956-57 and 1957-58 while ranking among nation's top 12 free-throw shooters each season) made his MLB debut with the Baltimore Orioles in 1958. . . . INF Bosey Berger (NCAA consensus All-American first-team selection in 1932 for Maryland) combined with Chicago White Sox teammate Mike Kreevich to hit homers as the first two batters in a game for the second time in the 1937 campaign. . . . After sitting out almost a month because of a broken rib, New York Giants SS Alvin Dark (letterman for LSU and USL during World War II) fell and broke his shoulder in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1955. . . . Boston Red Sox P Boo Ferriss (Mississippi State letterman in 1941) won his 12th straight contest for victory No. 24 in the opener of a 1946 twinbill against the New York Yankees. . . . In 1983, Baltimore Orioles P Mike Flanagan (averaged 13.9 ppg for Massachusetts' 15-1 freshman squad in 1971-72) posted his 13th consecutive triumph over the Minnesota Twins when teammate Ken Singleton (Hofstra freshman team in mid-1960s) broke up a scoreless duel with a ninth-inning homer. . . . Philadelphia Phillies P Lefty Hoerst (four-year letterman for La Salle in late 1930s) yielded only two hits but managed to lose by walking four batters in the eighth inning in 1942. . . . Washington Senators slugging 1B-OF Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) received intentional passes his first three plate appearances, twice leading off an inning, against the Cleveland Indians in 1970. . . . Chicago Cubs INF Vance Law (averaged 6.8 ppg for Brigham Young from 1974-75 through 1976-77) accounted for the game's only run with a ninth-inning homer off the Los Angeles Dodgers' Bob Welch in 1986. . . . Philadelphia Phillies rookie OF Danny Litwhiler (member of JV squad with Bloomsburg, PA, three years in mid-1930s), en route to a 21-game hitting streak, collected six safeties and eight RBI in a 1940 doubleheader sweep of the New York Giants. . . . OF Larry Sheets (All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference selection for Eastern Mennonite, VA, in 1981-82 and 1982-83) shipped by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Seattle Mariners as part of a conditional deal in 1993. . . . Boston Red Sox P Sonny Siebert (team-high 16.7 ppg for Missouri in 1957-58 as an All-Big Eight Conference second-team selection) hurled a one-hitter and socked two homers in a 3-0 triumph against the Baltimore Orioles in 1971. . . . Boston Red Sox P Dave Sisler (All-Ivy League second-team selection for Princeton's first NCAA Tournament team in 1952) surrendered back-to-back homers to Hall of Famers Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle in 1958. It was one of 12 times the New York Yankees' duo whack back-to-back round-trippers. They homer in the same game 50 times. . . . P Bob Veale (scored 1,160 points with Benedictine, KS, from 1955-56 through 1957-58) purchased from the Pittsburgh Pirates by the Boston Red Sox in 1972.
1 - SS Dick Groat (two-time All-American with Duke in 1950-51 and 1951-52 when finishing among nation's top five scorers each season) received a bases-loaded walk in the 21st inning to give the San Francisco Giants a 1-0 victory at Cincinnati in 1967. . . . In 1931, New York Giants rookie P Jim Mooney (played for East Tennessee State) notched his fourth win and second shutout since being summoned from the minors three weeks earlier. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers P Preacher Roe (played for Harding, AR, in late 1930s) yielded five solo homers but the St. Louis Cardinals still were soundly defeated, 12-5, in 1953. . . . Bob Veale (scored 1,160 points from 1955-56 through 1957-58 with Benedictine, KS) made relief appearance for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1971 when they started what is believed to be the first all-black lineup (including several Latinos) in MLB history (against the Philadelphia Phillies). . . . Pittsburgh Pirates OF Bill Virdon (played for Drury, MO, in 1949) belted a two-out, game-ending grand slam in a 6-4 verdict over the Cincinnati Reds in 1963.
New Niagara coach Chris Casey hopes guard Emile Blackman, by the time he becomes eligible in 2014-15, continues to make the progress he displayed at the end of last season before tagging along with his coach from LIU Post. In his last six games, Blackman averaged 16.8 ppg and 4.8 rpg while shooting 52% from the floor and nearly 58% on three-pointers. Niagara struck small-school lightning at the turn of the 21st Century when Mercyhurst (Pa.) transfer Demond Stewart became Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference MVP in 2000-01.
A striking number of standout major-college players started their careers playing for a four-year small college before transferring. Of course, the most prominent player in this category is all-time great Elgin Baylor. After leaving College of Idaho, Baylor became an NCAA unanimous first-team All-American with Seattle in 1957-58.
More than 30 different players became NCAA Division I conference all-league selections in the 1980s and 1990s after beginning their careers with a small four-year college. Last season, Weber State swingman Davion Berry (transfer from Cal State Monterey Bay) joined the following chronological list of first-team all-conference selections since the NCAA playoffs expanded to at least 64 teams in 1985 after starting their college careers playing for non-Division I four-year schools:
|Season||First-Team Selection||Pos.||Division I School||Conference||Four-Year Small College|
|1984-85||Curtis High||G||Nevada-Reno||Big Sky||Tennessee-Martin|
|1984-85||Jim McCaffrey||G||Holy Cross||Metro Atlantic||St. Michael's (Vt.)|
|1984-85||Bob McCann||C||Morehead State||Ohio Valley||Upsala (N.J.)|
|1985-86||Oscar Jones||G||Delaware||East Coast||Winston-Salem State (N.C.)|
|1985-86||Jim McCaffrey||G||Holy Cross||Metro Atlantic||St. Michael's (Vt.)|
|1985-86||Bob McCann||C||Morehead State||Ohio Valley||Upsala (N.J.)|
|1985-86||Jerry Stroman||F||Utah||Western Athletic||Benedict (S.C.)|
|1986-87||Marchell Henry||F||East Carolina||Colonial Athletic||St. Andrews (N.C.)|
|1986-87||Avery Johnson||G||Southern (La.)||SWAC||Cameron (Okla.)|
|1986-87||Bob McCann*||C||Morehead State||Ohio Valley||Upsala (N.J.)|
|1986-87||Ron Simpson||F||Rider||East Coast||Adelphi (N.Y.)|
|1987-88||Avery Johnson*||G||Southern (La.)||SWAC||Cameron (Okla.)|
|1987-88||Larry Jones*||F||Boston University||ECAC North Atlantic||C.W. Post (N.Y.)|
|1988-89||Gerald Glass||F||Mississippi||SEC||Delta State (Miss.)|
|1989-90||Gerald Glass||F||Mississippi||SEC||Delta State (Miss.)|
|1990-91||Marcus Kennedy*||F-C||Eastern Michigan||Mid-American||Ferris State (Mich.)|
|1990-91||Tony Walker||F||Saint Peter's||Metro Atlantic||Kean College (N.J.)|
|1992-93||Leon McGee||G||Western Michigan||Mid-American||Michigan Tech|
|1993-94||Tucker Neale*||G||Colgate||Patriot League||Ashland (Ohio)|
|1994-95||Tucker Neale||G||Colgate||Patriot League||Ashland (Ohio)|
|1995-96||Johnny Taylor||F||UT-Chattanooga||Southern||Knoxville (Tenn.)|
|1996-97||Johnny Taylor*||F||UT-Chattanooga||Southern||Knoxville (Tenn.)|
|1996-97||Raymond Tutt||G||UC Santa Barbara||Big West||Azusa Pacific (Calif.)|
|1997-98||Andrew Betts||C||Long Beach State||Big West||C.W. Post (N.Y.)|
|1997-98||Chad Townsend||G||Murray State||Ohio Valley||St. Edward's (Tex.)|
|1999-00||Matt Gladieux||G||Coastal Carolina||Big South||Bellarmine (Ky.)|
|2000-01||Demond Stewart*||G||Niagara||Metro Atlantic||Mercyhurst (Pa.)|
|2001-02||Justin Rowe||C||Maine||America East||Clearwater Christian (Fla.)|
|2003-04||Miah Davis*||G||Pacific||Big West||Cal State Stanislaus|
|2004-05||Yemi Nicholson*||C||Denver||Sun Belt||Fort Lewis (Colo.)|
|2012-13||Davion Berry||G-F||Weber State||Big Sky||Cal State Monterey Bay|
*Nine of these players were named conference MVP.
NOTE: Tennessee-Martin subsequently moved up to the DI level.