On This Date: Ex-College Hoopers Make Their Mark on October 7 MLB Games

Extra! Extra! Read all about memorable major league baseball achievements and moments involving former college basketball players! Baseball is portrayed as a thinking man's game but only 4% of active MLB players earned college diplomas. Nonetheless, numerous ex-college hoopsters had front-row seats to many of the most notable games, transactions and dates in MLB history.

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OCTOBER 7

  • Joe Adcock (LSU's leading basketball scorer in 1945-46) never had an extra-base hit in 28 World Series at-bats, but the Milwaukee Braves 1B drove in the only run of Game 5 in 1957 with a single off New York Yankees Hall of Fame P Whitey Ford.

  • New York Giants 3B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) reached base five times with two hits and three walks against the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the 1921 World Series.

  • Detroit Tigers LF Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) collected three doubles in an 8-4 win against the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of the 1945 World Series.

  • In 2001, Hall of Fame OF Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81) played final game of his 20-year career for the San Diego Padres. Seventeen years earlier, Gwynn's two-run double put the Padres ahead to stay in a 6-3 triumph against the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of the 1984 NLCS.

  • In Game 7, Brooklyn Dodgers 1B Gil Hodges (played for St. Joseph's IN in 1943 and 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 RF Charlie Keller (three-year letterman with Maryland from 1934-35 through 1936-37) clobbered two homers in a 7-3 win at Cincinnati in Game 3 of the 1939 World Series.

  • Kansas City Royals DH Joe Lahoud (New Haven CT letterman in mid-1960s) scored two runs in a 6-2 victory against the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the 1977 ALCS.

  • Chicago White Sox 3B Vance Law (averaged 6.8 ppg for BYU from 1974-75 through 1976-77) knocked in his lone postseason run (against Baltimore Orioles in Game 3 of 1983 ALCS).

  • Hall of Fame RHP Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) died of tuberculosis in 1925 at the age of 45.

  • Philadelphia Phillies OF Bake McBride (averaged 12.7 ppg and 8.1 rpg in 21 games with Westminster MO in 1968-69 and 1969-70) sent Game 4 into extra innings with a pinch homer before they bowed to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-3, in the 1978 NLCS.

  • Cincinnati Reds RF Greasy Neale (graduated in 1915 from West Virginia Wesleyan) went 3-for-4 for the second time in the first six games of the 1919 World Series against the Chicago White Sox.

  • Houston Astros RHP Joe Niekro (averaged 8.9 ppg and 3.8 rpg for West Liberty WV from 1963-64 through 1965-66) hurled eight shutout innings in a 1-0 triumph against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the 1981 NLDS.

  • Cincinnati Reds 3B Billy Werber (first Duke All-American in 1929-30) hit safely in first six games of 1940 World Series against the Detroit Tigers.

  • RHP Chris Young (All-Ivy League first-team selection for Princeton in 1999-00) fanned nine opposing batters in 6 2/3 innings to notch the San Diego Padres' only victory in the 2006 NLCS (3-1 against St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3).

  • New York Yankees LHP Tom Zachary (Guilford NC letterman in 1916) hurled a complete-game, 7-3 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the 1928 World Series.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopers Make Their Mark on October 6 MLB Games

Extra! Extra! Read all about memorable major league baseball achievements and moments involving former college basketball players! Baseball is portrayed as a thinking man's game but only 4% of active MLB players earned college diplomas. Nonetheless, numerous ex-college hoopsters had front-row seats to many of the most notable games, transactions and dates in MLB history.

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OCTOBER 6

  • Detroit Tigers RHP Elden Auker (All-Big Six Conference first-five basketball selection with Kansas State in 1931-32) went the distance in whipping the St. Louis Cardinals, 10-4, in Game 4 of the 1934 World Series.

  • Philadelphia Phillies rookie LHP Stan Baumgartner (played for University of Chicago's Big Ten Conference champion in 1913-14) closed out the 1914 campaign with a seven-inning shutout against the New York Giants.

  • Philadelphia Athletics C Mickey Cochrane (played for Boston University in early 1920s) went 4-for-4 against the New York Yankees in a 1929 game.

  • 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.

  • RHP George Earnshaw (Swarthmore PA hooper in 1922) square the 1931 World Series with a two-hit, 3-0 shutout for the Philadelphia Athletics against the St. Louis Cardinals. The previous year, Earnshaw combined Hall of Famer Lefty Grove for a three-hit shutout against the Cardinals in Game 5 of the 1930 World Series.

  • Detroit Tigers 1B Hank Greenberg (attended NYU briefly on hoop scholarship in late 1920s) accumulated two doubles among his four hits in a 10-4 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of 1934 World Series. Six years later, Greenberg's three-run homer opened the scoring in an 8-0 victory against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 5 of the 1940 WS.

  • 3B Wayne Gross (led Cal Poly Pomona in assists in 1974-75) whacked a three-run homer to power the Oakland Athletics to a 4-0 triumph against the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of the 1981 ALDS.

  • Despite walking eight batters, New York Giants RHP Jim Hearn (Georgia Tech letterman in 1941-42) won his only World Series start (6-2 against New York Yankees in Game 3 in 1951).

  • LHP 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 Los Angeles Dodgers manager in 2000.

  • Milwaukee Braves SS Johnny Logan (played for Binghamton in 1948-49) doubled home the tying run in the bottom of the 10th inning and scored on Eddie Mathews' game-winning homer in a 7-5 decision over the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the 1957 World Series. Yankees 3B Jerry Lumpe (played in 1952 NAIA Tournament final for Southwest Missouri State's championship team) hit safely in third consecutive WS outing.

  • Chicago White Sox rookie RHP Ted Lyons (two-time All-SWC first-team selection for Baylor in early 1920s) secured his first two of 260 MLB victories by winning both ends of a 1923 doubleheader in relief against the Cleveland Indians.

  • St. Louis Cardinals LHP Jim Mooney (played for East Tennessee State) hurled one inning of scoreless relief in Game 4 against the Detroit Tigers in the 1934 World Series.

  • RHP Joe Niekro (averaged 8.9 ppg and 3.8 rpg for West Liberty WV from 1963-64 through 1965-66) posted his 20th triumph of the 1980 season (7-1 against Los Angeles Dodgers in one-game playoff) to propel the Houston Astros to postseason competition for the first time since the franchise started in 1962.

  • New York Yankees LHP Joe Ostrowski (led Scranton in scoring with 15.1 ppg in 1942-43) tossed two scoreless innings of relief in Game 3 of 1951 World Series against the New York Giants.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers OF Rip Repulski (part-time starter for St. Cloud State MN) received an intentional walk in Game 5 in his only at-bat in the 1959 World Series against the Chicago White Sox.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers LHP Preacher Roe (Harding AR hooper 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 St. Joseph's IN in 1943 and Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948), who drove in 2B Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in PCC both of his seasons with UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41).

  • New York Yankees 3B Red Rolfe (played briefly with Dartmouth in 1927-28 and 1929-30) registered his fourth multiple-hit game in the 1936 World Series against the New York Giants. Rolfe hit .400 in six contests.

  • Closer Lee Smith (averaged 3.4 ppg and 1.9 rpg with Northwestern State in 1976-77) lost Game 4 with the Chicago Cubs in the 1984 NLCS and Game 2 with the Boston Red Sox in the 1988 ALCS.

  • Atlanta Braves RHP Cecil Upshaw (Centenary's leading scorer as junior in 1962-63) relieved in each of the first three games against the New York Mets in the 1969 NLCS.

  • Washington Senators RHP Monte Weaver (played center for Emory & Henry VA in mid-1920s) toiled 10 1/3 innings before losing, 2-1, against the New York Giants in Game 4 of the 1933 World Series.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopers Make Their Mark on October 5 MLB Games

Extra! Extra! Read all about memorable major league baseball achievements and moments involving former college basketball players! Baseball is portrayed as a thinking man's game but only 4% of active MLB players earned college diplomas. Nonetheless, numerous ex-college hoopsters had front-row seats to many of the most notable games, transactions and dates in MLB history.

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OCTOBER 5

  • RHP Ralph Branca (sixth-leading basketball scorer for NYU in 1943-44) won Game 6 of the 1947 World Series for the Brooklyn Dodgers when he was helped by Al Gionfriddo's famous catch of New York Yankees Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio's long drive to left field.

  • Milwaukee Braves OF John DeMerit (Wisconsin letterman in 1956-57) served as a pinch-runner in Game 3 of the 1957 World Series.

  • New York Giants 3B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) went 4-for-4 against the New York Yankees in the opener of the 1921 World Series.

  • St. Louis Cardinals SS Charlie Gelbert (scored at least 125 points each of last three seasons in late 1920s with Lebanon Valley PA) hit safely in first four World Series games against the Philadelphia Athletics in 1930.

  • New York Giants INF Eddie Grant (paced Harvard's freshman squad in scoring in 1902 and played varsity as sophomore before declared ineligible for receiving money in independent summer baseball league) died from German shelling in 1918 in the Argonne Forest, France, during WWI while in charge of his battalion after his commanding officer was killed.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Mark Hendrickson (two-time All-Pacific-10 Conference selection was Washington State's leading rebounder each season from 1992-93 through 1995-96) allowed his only hit in three scoreless relief appearances against the New York Mets in the 2006 NLDS.

  • 1B Gil Hodges (played for St. Joseph's IN in 1943 and Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) went 3-for-3, including a two-run double putting the Brooklyn Dodgers ahead for good, in a 13-8 win against the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the 1956 World Series. Three years later in the 1959 WS, Hodges' homer in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the Dodgers a 5-4 triumph against the Chicago White Sox in Game 4.

  • New York Giants LF Monte Irvin (played for Lincoln PA 1 1/2 years in late 1930s) hit safely seven straight times in the 1951 World Series against the New York Yankees.

  • Baltimore Orioles 2B Davey Johnson (averaged 1.7 ppg in 1961-62 with Texas A&M) homered in back-to-back 1970 ALCS games against the Minnesota Twins.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers RF "Sweet" Lou Johnson (Kentucky State teammate of legendary coach Davey Whitney averaged 5.7 ppg and 2 rpg in 1951-52), blanked by Dave McNally and Moe Drabowsky of the Baltimore Orioles in the 1966 opener, went hitless for the only time in his last nine World Series contests.

  • DH David Justice (led Thomas More KY in assists in 1984-85 while averaging 9.3 ppg) homered off Dwight Gooden to help the Cleveland Indians square their 1997 ALDS at two games apiece with the New York Yankees.

  • New York Yankees LF Charlie Keller (Maryland three-year letterman from 1934-35 through 1936-37) contributed four hits, including a go-ahead, two-run double in the ninth inning, in a 7-4 victory against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 4 of the 1941 World Series.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Davey Lopes (NAIA All-District 15 selection for Iowa Wesleyan averaged 16.9 ppg as All-Iowa Conference freshman selection in 1964-65 and 12.1 as sophomore in 1965-66) contributed a homer and triple while knocking in three runs in a 4-0 decision over the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 2 of 1978 NLCS.

  • CF Bake McBride (averaged 12.7 ppg and 8.1 rpg in 21 games with Westminster MO in 1968-69 and 1969-70) accounted for the Philadelphia Phillies' lone run with a homer in a 7-1 setback against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the 1977 NLCS.

  • 2B Buddy Myer (Mississippi State letterman in 1923-24) manufactured three hits, scored the Washington Senators' first run and drove in their last two runs in a 4-0 win against the New York Giants in Game 3 of the 1933 World Series.

  • Chicago Cubs RHP 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.

  • RHP Nels Potter (leading scorer during two years he attended Mount Morris IL in early 1930s) selected from the St. Louis Cardinals by the Philadelphia Athletics in 1937 Rule 5 draft.

  • Philadelphia Phillies RHP 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 RHP Hal Schumacher (St. Lawrence NY hooper 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 LHP 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 RHP Ray Washburn (Whitworth WA scoring leader 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.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopers Make Their Mark on October 4 MLB Games

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OCTOBER 4

  • RHP Elden Auker (All-Big Six Conference first-five basketball 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. Boudreau finished the year with only nine strikeouts, the lowest number by any regular since 1922.

  • Baltimore Orioles CF Al Bumbry (Virginia State's runner-up in scoring with 16.7 ppg as freshman in 1964-65) collected three hits, two runs and two stolen bases in a 9-8 triumph against the California Angels in Game 2 of the 1979 ALCS.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Bud Culloton (Fordham letterman from 1919 through 1921) started and yielded only one earned run in five innings but dropped his lone MLB decision (4-1 in nightcap of 1925 doubleheader).

  • New York Giants SS Alvin Dark (letterman for LSU and USL during World War II) delivered a three-run homer against New York Yankees P Allie Reynolds in the opener of the 1951 World Series. Thirteen years later, Dark was dismissed as San Francisco Giants manager in 1964.

  • In 1930, St. Louis Cardinals CF Taylor Douthit (California letterman from 1922 through 1924), who hit an anemic .140 in 13 career World Series contests, broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning by smacking his lone postseason homer in a 5-0 victory against the Philadelphia Athletics in Game 3.

  • California Angels RHP Dave Frost (averaged 10.5 ppg and 4 rpg for Stanford from 1971-72 through 1973-74) lost his lone postseason start (against Baltimore Orioles in Game 2 of 1979 ALCS).

  • INF Charlie Gelbert (scored at least 125 points each of his last three seasons with Lebanon Valley PA in late 1920s) selected by the Washington Senators from the St. Louis Browns in 1938 Rule 5 draft.

  • In the opener of the 1967 World Series, St. Louis Cardinals RHP Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer in 1955-56 and 1956-57) fanned 10 Boston batters in a 2-1 triumph. Red Sox OF Norm Siebern (member of Southwest Missouri State squads capturing back-to-back NAIA Tournament titles in 1952 and 1953) led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a pinch single off Gibson but his pinch-runner was left stranded.

  • Detroit Tigers LF Hank Greenberg (attended NYU briefly on hoop scholarship in 1929) whacked a decisive three-run homer in a 4-1 Game 2 victory against the Chicago Cubs in the 1945 World Series.

  • In the opening game of the 1951 World Series, LF Monte Irvin (Lincoln PA hooper 1 1/2 years in late 1930s) stole home and collected four hits to spark the New York Giants to a 5-1 victory against the New York Yankees.

  • New York Yankees LF Charlie Keller (Maryland three-year letterman from 1934-35 through 1936-37) launched his second homer of the 1942 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

  • RHP Jim Konstanty (Syracuse player in late 1930s), after making 133 straight relief appearances for the Philadelphia Phillies, started Game 1 of the 1950 World Series but lost against the New York Yankees, 1-0.

  • Cleveland Indians CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling 35-3 record) swiped three bases against the Baltimore Orioles in Game 3 of the 1996 ALDS. Nine years later, Lofton collected three hits and four RBI against the New York Yankees in the 2007 ALDS opener.

  • Philadelphia Phillies OF Jerry Martin (1971 Southern Conference Tournament MVP after he was Furman's runner-up in scoring previous season) smacked a pinch homer against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of the 1978 NLCS.

  • St. Francisco Giants RHP Roger Mason (multiple-year letterman in late 1970s for Saginaw Valley State MI) tossed his lone MLB shutout (four-hitter with 10 strikeouts against Atlanta Braves in 1985).

  • Minnesota Twins 2B Dan Monzon (played hoops briefly for Buena Vista IA in 1964-65) scored four runs against the Chicago White Sox in a 1972 contest.

  • In 1930, Chicago White Sox rookie OF Jimmy Moore (Union TN standout in late 1920s) stroked a pinch-hit single in his first World Series at-bat in Game 3 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

  • RF 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.

  • RHP 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.

  • RHP 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 Chicago Cubs manager in 1999.

  • New York Yankees LHP Marius Russo (member of LIU teams compiling a 50-2 record in 1934-35 and 1935-36 under legendary coach Clair Bee) hurled a four-hitter in a 2-1 verdict over the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 3 of the 1941 World Series. In the seventh inning of a scoreless tie, Russo broke P Fred Fitzsimmons' knee with a line drive.

  • New York Giants RHP Hal Schumacher (St. Lawrence NY hooper in early 1930s) tossed a five-hitter in a 6-1 victory in Game 2 of the 1933 World Series against the Washington Senators.

  • Baltimore Orioles RHP Tim Stoddard (starting forward opposite All-American David Thompson for North Carolina State's 1974 NCAA champion) yielded a run in final relief appearance of 1980 campaign after holding the opposition scoreless in previous 14-game span during the month when he recorded seven saves.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopers Make Their Mark on October 3 MLB Games

Extra! Extra! Read all about memorable major league baseball achievements and moments involving former college basketball players! Baseball is portrayed as a thinking man's game but only 4% of active MLB players earned college diplomas. Nonetheless, numerous ex-college hoopsters had front-row seats to many of the most notable games, transactions and dates in MLB history.

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OCTOBER 3

  • New York Yankees rookie RHP Jim Beattie (Dartmouth's top rebounder in 1974-75 when selected team MVP and honorable mention All-Ivy League) won the opener of the 1978 ALCS against the Kansas City Royals, yielding only two hits in 5 1/3 innings.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers RHP 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 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 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 Montreal Expos manager in 1982.

  • Baltimore Orioles RHP Dick Hall (averaged 12.8 ppg from 1948-49 through 1950-51 with Swarthmore PA for three Southern Division champions in MASC) earned the win with 4 2/3 innings of one-hit relief against the Minnesota Twins in the opener of the 1970 ALCS. Six years earlier, Hall improved his record to 9-1 by closing out the 1964 campaign with his 13th straight scoreless relief appearance.

  • Cleveland Indians LF David Justice (led Thomas More KY in assists in 1984-85 while averaging 9.3 ppg) collected two doubles, including a two-run safety in the eighth inning, in a 2-1 win against the Boston Red Sox in Game 4 to clinch the 1998 ALDS.

  • LHP Bill Krueger (led WCAC in free-throw percentage as a Portland freshman in 1975-76) traded by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1988.

  • Milwaukee Braves SS Johnny Logan (played for Binghamton in 1948-49) smacked the first homer of the 1957 World Series (third inning of Game 2 against New York Yankees).

  • In 1904, New York Giants RHP Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) fanned 16 St. Louis Cardinals in a 3-1 triumph.

  • Washington Senators 2B Buddy Myer (Mississippi State letterman in 1923-24) committed three errors in the opener of the 1933 World Series against the New York Giants.

  • RF Bill Nicholson (played for Washington College MD in mid-1930s) provided a two-run triple to fuel a four-run, first-inning outburst sparking the Chicago Cubs to a 9-0 win against the Detroit Tigers in the opener of the 1945 World Series.

  • Chicago White Sox OF Gary Redus (J.C. player for Athens AL and father of Centenary/South Alabama guard with same name) collected five RBI against the Oakland Athletics in a 1987 game.

  • Despite striking out seven consecutive New York Mets hitters, Montreal Expos RHP 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 LHP Preacher Roe (Harding AR hooper in late 1930s) registered a complete-game victory against the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the 1952 World Series.

  • New York Yankees 1B Bill "Moose" Skowron (scored 18 points in eight games for Purdue in 1949-50) smashed a three-run, first-inning homer to ignite a 5-1 Game 6 win against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1955 World Series.

  • Chicago Cubs RHP Lee Smith (averaged 3.4 ppg and 1.9 rpg with Northwestern State in 1976-77) secured a save against the San Diego Padres in Game 2 of the 1984 NLCS.

  • Tampa Bay Devil Rays CF Randy Winn (Santa Clara backcourtmate of eventual two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash in 1993-94) ripped a grand slam in a 6-2 triumph against the New York Yankees in 1999.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopers Make Their Mark on October 2 MLB Games

Extra! Extra! Read all about memorable major league baseball achievements and moments involving former college basketball players! Baseball is portrayed as a thinking man's game but only 4% of active MLB players earned college diplomas. Nonetheless, numerous ex-college hoopsters had front-row seats to many of the most notable games, transactions and dates in MLB history.

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OCTOBER 2

  • Chicago Cubs RHP Dale Alderson (All-Iowa Conference basketball selection for Upper Iowa in 1938-39 and 1939-40) lost his lone MLB decision (2-0 against Boston Braves in 1943).

  • Philadelphia Athletics LHP Stan Baumgartner (played for University of Chicago's Big Ten Conference champion in 1913-14) hurled a six-hit shutout against the New York Yankees in 1925, holding both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig hitless.

  • RHP Ralph Branca (sixth-leading scorer for NYU in 1943-44) yielded the first pinch-hit homer in World Series history (by Yogi Berra of New York Yankees in 1947) but the Brooklyn Dodgers still prevailed in Game 3, 9-8. Two days earlier, Branca lost Game 1 when he was knocked out in the fifth inning.

  • New York Yankees OF Bob Cerv (ranked fourth on Nebraska's career scoring list in 1949-50 when finishing his career) pounded a pinch homer off the Brooklyn Dodgers' winning rookie RHP Roger Craig (forward with North Carolina State's 1949-50 freshman team) in Game 5 of the 1955 World Series.

  • Philadelphia Athletics C Mickey Cochrane (played for Boston University in early 1920s) contributed both of his homers in 31 World Series contests in the first two outings against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1930.

  • CF Earle Combs (three-year captain for Eastern Kentucky) clubbed a homer and scored four runs as the New York Yankees swept the 1932 World Series by crushing the Chicago Cubs, 13-6. It was the Bronx Bombers' 12th straight WS game win.

  • In 1964, Houston Colt .45s LHP Danny Coombs (Seton Hall's third-leading scorer and rebounder as sophomore in 1961-62) notched his first MLB victory, holding the Los Angeles Dodgers scoreless over five innings as a starter.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers RHP Jack Coombs (captain and starting center for Colby ME) hurled a shutout, beating the New York Giants for the sixth time in as many decisions in 1916.

  • SS Alvin Dark (letterman for LSU and USL in mid-1940s) extended his World Series competition hitting streak to 12 in a row with three safeties in Game 4 as the New York Giants finished their sweep of the Cleveland Indians in 1954.

  • CF 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 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 such a plateau in each league (41 round-trippers for Atlanta Braves in 1973).

  • In the opener of the 1968 World Series, St. Louis Cardinals RHP 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.

  • Cleveland Indians 1B Mike Hargrove (Northwestern Oklahoma State letterman) went 4-for-4 against the Seattle Mariners in a 1985 contest.

  • 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 New York Mets manager in 1983.

  • In 1966, Los Angeles Dodgers LHP 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.

  • CF 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.

  • Rookie RF Bud Metheny (letterman for William & Mary from 1935-36 through 1937-38) belted a first-game homer against the St. Louis Browns to help power the New York Yankees to their 14th sweep of a doubleheader in 1943.

  • New York Yankees rookie RHP Zach Monroe (played briefly for Bradley in 1950-51) hurled one inning of relief against the Milwaukee Braves in Game 2 of the 1958 World Series.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers LF Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in Pacific Coast Conference both of his seasons with UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41) registered a postseason career-high three hits in a 3-2 win against the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the 1953 World Series.

  • Chicago Cubs LF Riggs Stephenson (Alabama letterman in 1920) stroked four hits against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1929 contest.

  • Detroit Tigers C Birdie Tebbetts (played for Providence in 1932) closed out the 1938 campaign with four multiple-hit games in a row.

  • C Wes Westrum (played for Bemidji State MN one season before serving in military during WWII) supplied two sacrifice flies for the New York Giants to help them defeat the Cleveland Indians, 7-4, in Game 4 and sweep the 1954 World Series.

On This NFL Date: Ex-College Hoopers Ready For Some October Football

The NCAA Tournament commenced in 1939, which was one year after the NIT triggered national postseason competition. An overlooked "versatile athlete" feat occurring in 1938 likely never to be duplicated took place at Arkansas, where the quarterback for the football squad (Jack Robbins) repeated as an All-SWC first-team basketball selection, leading the Razorbacks (19-3) to the league title. After the season, Robbins became an NFL first-round draft choice by the Chicago Cardinals (5th pick overall) and senior football/basketball teammates Jim Benton (11th pick by Cleveland Rams) and Ray Hamilton (41st pick by Rams) went on to become wide receivers for at least six years in the NFL. Yes, they created a shatterproof achievement - three members of a league championship basketball squad who promptly were among the top 41 selections in the same NFL draft.

Two years later, All-SWC first-team hoop selection Howard "Red" Hickey was instrumental in Arkansas reaching the 1941 Final Four before becoming an end for the Cleveland Rams' 1945 NFL titlist. Two-sport college teammate and fellow end O'Neal Adams scored five touchdowns for the New York Giants the first half of the 1940s. Another two-sport Hog who played for the Giants in the mid-1940s was Harry Wynne. An earlier versatile Razorback was Jim Lee Howell, who was an All-SWC first five hoop selection in 1935-36 before becoming a starting end for the Giants' 1938 NFL titlist and Pro Bowl participant the next year. Adams, Benton, Hamilton, Hickey and Howell combined for 77 touchdowns in an 11-year span from 1938 through 1948 when at least one of the ex-Razorback hoopsters scored a TD in each of those seasons.

Hickey and ex-Hog All-SWC second-team hooper in 1929-30/NFL end Milan Creighton each coached NFL franchises. Many other ex-college hoopers also displayed their wares on the gridiron. Following is exhaustive research you can tackle regarding former college basketball players who made a name for themselves in October football at the professional level:

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1: Cincinnati Bengals rookie LB James Francis (averaged 3 ppg and 3.6 rpg for Baylor basketball in 1986-87 and 1987-88) furnished two sacks for the second straight game in 1990. . . . Washington Redskins DB Dale Hackbart (averaged 4 ppg and 3.5 rpg in 10 contests for Wisconsin in 1958-59) returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown in a 24-21 setback against the New York Giants in 1961. . . . TE Todd Heap (grabbed 14 rebounds in 11 games for Arizona State in 1999-00) caught a touchdown pass with 34 seconds remaining to give the Baltimore Ravens a 16-13 win against the San Diego Chargers in 2006. . . . Washington Redskins QB Billy Kilmer (hooper under legendary UCLA coach John Wooden in 1959-60) threw three of his league-high 19 touchdown passes in a 24-23 setback against the New England Patriots in 1972. . . . Detroit Lions QB Bobby Layne (Texas hooper in 1944-45) threw two first-half touchdown passes in a 28-13 setback against the Baltimore Colts in 1955. . . . New York Giants DE George Martin (Oregon teammate of freshman sensation Ron Lee in 1972-73) returned a blocked field goal 83 yards for a touchdown in a 23-20 setback against the Atlanta Falcons in 1978. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb (averaged 2.3 points in 18 games for Syracuse in 1995-96 and 1996-97) passed for 311 yards - including two second-half touchdowns - in a 38-10 win against the Atlanta Falcons in 2000. . . . Washington Redskins rookie QB Norm Snead (averaged 7.8 ppg in four Wake Forest games as senior in 1960-61) threw two first-quarter touchdown passes in a 24-21 setback against the New York Giants in 1961. Six years later with the Philadelphia Eagles, Snead threw four TD passes in a 34-24 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1967. . . . Miami Dolphins DE Jason Taylor (averaged 8 ppg and 5.4 rpg for Akron in 1994-95) returned a fumble recovery 29 yards for a touchdown in a 31-16 win against the Cincinnati Bengals in 2000. . . . Green Bay Packers P Ron Widby (three-time All-SEC selection for Tennessee from 1964-65 through 1966-67 averaged 14.5 ppg and 8.3 rpg as sophomore, 17.3 ppg and 8 rpg as junior and 22.1 ppg and 8.7 rpg as senior) punted six times for 288 yards (48.0 average) in a 16-13 win against the Dallas Cowboys in 1972. . . . Minnesota Vikings E A.D. Williams (Pacific letterman in mid-1950s) caught a seven-yard touchdown pass in a 34-33 setback against the Baltimore Colts in 1961. . . . B Doug Wycoff (Georgia Tech letterman in 1926) provided the Staten Island Stapletons' lone score with a 64-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter in a 7-7 tie with the Newark Tornadoes in 1930.

2: Pittsburgh Steelers HB Lynn Chandnois (forward scored 15 points in 11 games for Michigan State in 1946-47 and 1947-48) rushed for two second-half touchdowns in a 27-26 setback against the Los Angeles Rams in 1955. . . . In the midst of four consecutive contests with at least 100 receiving yards, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (part-time starter for Miami FL averaged 4.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg from 2005-06 through 2008-09) caught 10 passes for 132 yards in a 23-10 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers rookie B Jack Grossman (two-year Rutgers letterman in early 1930s) scored the game's only touchdowns with two pass receptions in a 14-0 win against the Boston Braves in 1932. . . . Green Bay Packers RB Paul Hornung (averaged 6.1 ppg in 10 contests for Notre Dame in 1954-55) scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 28-9 win against the Detroit Lions in 1960. . . . Washington Redskins QB Billy Kilmer (hooper under legendary UCLA coach John Wooden in 1959-60) threw three touchdown passes in a 24-14 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1977. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers QB Bobby Layne (Texas hooper in 1944-45) threw two second-half touchdown passes in a 28-20 setback against the Cleveland Browns in 1960. . . . St. Louis Rams WR Dane Looker (averaged 4.8 ppg as Western Washington freshman in 1995-96 and 10.2 ppg as sophomore in 1996-97 before transferring to Washington and concentrating on football) had a career-high eight pass receptions in a 44-24 setback against the New York Giants in 2005. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb (averaged 2.3 points in 18 games for Syracuse in 1995-96 and 1996-97) passed for 369 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-31 win against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2005. the next year, McNabb threw two third-quarter TD passes in a 31-9 win against the Green Bay Packers in 2006. In 2011 with the Minnesota Vikings, McNabb threw two TD passes in a 22-17 setback against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011. . . . Detroit Lions TE Ulysses Norris (Georgia hooper in 1975-76) had a career-high five pass receptions in a 21-10 setback against the Los Angeles Rams in 1983. . . . Baltimore Colts B John North (Vanderbilt letterman in 1943) caught a 79-yard touchdown pass from Y.A. Tittle in the fourth quarter of a 35-28 win against the Buffalo Bills in 1949. . . . Philadelphia Eagles WR Terrell Owens (UTC hooper from 1993-94 through 1995-96 started five games) had 11 pass receptions for 171 yards in a 37-31 win against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2005. . . . Green Bay Packers DE Julius Peppers (averaged 5.7 ppg and 3.7 rpg while shooting 60.7% from floor for North Carolina in 1999-00 and 2000-01) returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown in a 42-10 win against the Minnesota Vikings in 2014. . . . New York Titans WR Art Powell (averaged 10.5 ppg and 8.2 rpg for San Jose State in 1956-57) caught seven passes for 134 yards in a 37-35 win against the Dallas Texans in 1960. . . . Oakland Raiders RB Greg Pruitt (Oklahoma frosh hooper in 1969-70) returned a punt 97 yards for a touchdown in a 37-35 setback against the Washington Redskins in 1983. . . . Buffalo Bills QB George Ratterman (third-leading scorer with 11.7 ppg for Notre Dame in 1944-45) had two second-half rushing touchdowns in a 35-28 setback against the Baltimore Colts in 1949. . . . Baltimore Colts rookie DB Herb Rich (Vanderbilt letterman in 1947) returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown in a 55-13 setback against the Chicago Cardinals in 1950. . . . Arizona Cardinals WR Patrick Robinson (starting guard for Tennessee State in 1990-91 when averaging 6.7 ppg and 2.9 apg) returned two kickoffs for 58 yards in a 17-7 win against the Minnesota Vikings in 1994. . . . Denver Broncos S Al Romine (four-year letterman from 1951-52 through 1954-55 for Florence State AL) returned an interception 18 yards in a 31-14 win against the Oakland Raiders in 1960. . . . Baltimore Colts DB Johnny Sample (freshman hooper for UMES) returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown in a 42-7 win against the Chicago Bears in 1960. . . . New York Giants QB Norm Snead (averaged 7.8 ppg in four Wake Forest games as senior in 1960-61) threw three touchdown passes to Ron Johnson in a 27-12 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1972. . . . Dallas Texans HB Jim Swink (averaged 5.8 ppg for TCU in 12 games in 1955-56) had a 32-yard pass reception and returned a kickoff 36 yards in a 37-35 setback against the New York Titans in 1960. . . . Washington Redskins E Hugh Taylor (led OCU in scoring with 11.4 ppg as senior in 1947) caught two touchdown passes (24 and 61 yards) in a 21-21 tie against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1953. . . . Denver Broncos SE Lionel Taylor (led New Mexico Highlands in scoring average with 13.6 ppg in 1955-56 and 20.3 in 1956-57) caught two second-quarter touchdown passes from Frank Tripucka in a 31-14 win against the Oakland Raiders in 1960.

3: Cincinnati Bengals QB Ken Anderson (swingman finished Augustana IL career in early 1970s as fifth-leading scorer in school history with 1,044 points) threw four touchdown passes in a 45-24 win against the Cleveland Browns in 1976. . . . Baltimore Ravens WR Justin Armour (Stanford hooper in 1992-93) caught a 54-yard touchdown pass in overtime to give the Baltimore Ravens a 19-13 win against the Atlanta Falcons in 1999. . . . New York Giants E Red Badgro (first-five All-Pacific Coast Conference pick as forward in 1926-27 when named USC's MVP) opened the game's scoring with a 25-yard touchdown reception in a 14-12 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1934. . . . Cleveland Browns DB Erich Barnes (played briefly for Purdue as sophomore in 1955-56) returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown in a 15-7 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1970. . . . Washington Redskins QB Sammy Baugh (TCU three-year letterman was All-SWC honorable mention selection as senior in 1936-37) threw three touchdown passes in a 27-14 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1949. . . . Kansas City Chiefs LB Bobby Bell (first African-American hooper for Minnesota in 1960-61) returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown in a 27-17 win against the Boston Patriots in 1965. . . . Cleveland Browns FB Jim Brown (averaged 14 ppg for Syracuse as sophomore and 11.3 as junior in mid-1950s) rushed for three touchdowns in a 35-17 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1965. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers HB Lynn Chandnois (forward scored 15 points in 11 games for Michigan State in 1946-47 and 1947-48) returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown in a 24-14 win against the New York Giants in 1953. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers TB Johnny Clement (SMU letterman in 1940) threw two touchdown passes in a 24-14 win against the Boston Yanks in 1948. . . . Detroit Lions QB Fred Enke (three-year All-Border Conference first-team selection under his father was Arizona co-captain as senior in 1947-48) threw two first-half touchdown passes in a 22-14 setback against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1949. Four years later with the Baltimore Colts, Enke threw two first-half TD passes in a 27-17 setback against the Lions in 1953. . . . Washington Redskins LB London Fletcher (started two games for St. Francis PA as freshman in 1993-94 before transferring to John Carroll OH) had 10 tackles in a 17-12 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010. . . . San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (second-team All-MAC selection in 2002 when Kent State finished runner-up in South Regional) caught seven passes for 144 yards - including two first-half touchdowns from Philip Rivers - in a 41-10 win against the Arizona Cardinals in 2010. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB King Hill (Rice letterman in 1955-56 and 1956-57) threw two touchdown passes in a 35-17 setback against the Cleveland Browns in 1965. . . . Washington Redskins QB Brad Johnson (part-time starting forward for Florida State as freshman in 1987-88 when averaging 5.9 ppg and shooting 89.1% from free-throw line) threw for 337 yards and four touchdown passes in a 38-36 win against the Carolina Panthers in 1999. . . . Detroit Lions QB Bobby Layne (Texas hooper in 1944-45) threw two second-quarter touchdown passes in a 17-14 win against the Los Angeles Rams in 1952. . . . A fourth-quarter touchdown pass reception by TE Pete Metzelaars (averaged 19.2 ppg and 11.4 rpg for Wabash IN while setting NCAA Division III field-goal shooting records for single season as senior in 1981-82 and career) from Jim Kelly gave the Buffalo Bills a 17-14 win against the New York Giants in 1993. . . . Buffalo Bills HB Chet Mutryn (Xavier letterman in 1943) caught two touchdown passes from George Ratterman (third-leading scorer with 11.7 ppg for Notre Dame in 1944-45) in a 31-21 win against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948. . . . Cincinnati Bengals WR Terrell Owens (UTC hooper from 1993-94 through 1995-96 started five games) had 10 pass receptions for 222 yards in a 23-20 setback against the Cleveland Browns in 2010. . . . Detroit Lions DB Wayne Rasmussen (MVP in 1963 NCAA College Division Tournament for South Dakota State) had two interceptions - returning one of them 50 yards for a touchdown to open the game's scoring - in a 14-10 win against the Washington Redskins in 1965. . . . Cleveland Browns WR Reggie Rucker (averaged 6.8 ppg and 3.8 rpg for Boston University in 1966-67) had nine pass receptions for 141 yards in a 45-24 setback against the Cincinnati Bengals in 1976. . . . Dallas Cowboys QB Roger Staubach (Navy varsity hooper in 1961-62) threw two second-quarter touchdown passes in a 28-13 win against the Seattle Seahawks in 1976. . . . Washington Redskins E Hugh Taylor (OCU leading scorer with 11.4 ppg as senior in 1947) had two of his league-high nine touchdown pass receptions in a 27-14 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1949. . . . Chicago Rockets rookie QB Sam Vacanti (averaged 2.8 ppg as backup swingman for Iowa in 1942-43) threw three touchdown passes in a 35-31 setback against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

4: Boston Braves RB Cliff Battles (four seasons of varsity hoops for West Virginia Wesleyan) opened the game's scoring with a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown in a 21-6 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1933. . . . Chicago Bears TE Martellus Bennett (averaged 1.9 ppg and 1.5 rpg as Texas A&M freshman in 2005-06 before playing briefly next season under coach Billy Gillispie) had 11 pass receptions in a 22-20 win against the Oakland Raiders in 2015. . . . Chicago Bears rookie HB J.R. Boone (hoop teammate of eventual NFL executive Jim Finks for Tulsa in 1947-48) had two first-half rushing touchdowns in a 28-17 win against the Chicago Cardinals in 1948. . . . Buffalo Bills WR Marlin Briscoe (averaged 9.5 ppg and 3.6 rpg for Nebraska-Omaha in 1964-65) caught two second-half touchdown passes in a 34-31 win against the New York Jets in 1970. . . . Indianapolis Colts DE Sam Clancy (two-time Eastern 8 first-team selection ended career in 1981 as Pittsburgh's all-time leading rebounder) had two sacks in a 24-14 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1992. . . . Chicago Cardinals B Red Dunn (four-year Marquette letterman first half of 1920s) rushed for two second-quarter touchdowns in a 34-0 win against the Milwaukee Badgers in 1925. . . . San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (second-team All-MAC selection in 2002 when Kent State finished runner-up in South Regional) caught nine passes for 124 yards - including two second-half touchdowns from Philip Rivers - in a 38-28 setback against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009. . . . Cleveland Browns QB Otto Graham (Big Ten Conference runner-up in scoring as Northwestern sophomore in 1941-42 and junior in 1942-43) threw three touchdown passes in a 21-20 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1952. The next year, Graham threw three TD passes in a 27-7 win against the Chicago Cardinals in 1953. . . . Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (Northern Colorado's scoring leader with 13.6 ppg in 2003-04 while also contributing 5.6 rpg and 3.1 apg) caught 10 passes for 147 yards in a 37-23 setback against the Carolina Panthers in 2015. . . . Houston Texans WR Jacoby Jones (part-time starter averaged 3.4 ppg and 3.7 rpg for Lane TN in 2004-05 and 2005-06) returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in a 29-6 win against the Oakland Raiders in 2009. . . . New York Giants rookie FB Tuffy Leemans (three-year letterman for George Washington in mid-1930s) scored the game's only touchdown with a 31-yard rush in a 7-0 win against the Boston Redskins in 1936. . . . Chicago Bears B Keith Molesworth (three-year letterman for Monmouth IL in late 1920s) threw two touchdown passes in a 27-9 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1936. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers E Elbie Nickel (Cincinnati's second-leading scorer in 1942 also earned hoop letter in 1947) caught two first-half touchdown passes from Jim Finks (led Tulsa with 8.9 ppg as sophomore in 1946-47) in a 21-20 setback against the Cleveland Browns in 1952. . . . Washington Redskins E-P Pat Richter (three-year Wisconsin letterman in early 1960s) averaged 47 yards on six punts in a 23-17 setback against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1964. . . . Atlanta Falcons WR Andre Rison (backup guard for Michigan State in 1987-88) caught two touchdown passes in a 24-10 win against the Green Bay Packers in 1992. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB Norm Snead (averaged 7.8 ppg in four Wake Forest games as senior in 1960-61) threw three touchdown passes - including an 87-yarder to Timmy Brown - in a 21-7 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1964. . . . Miami Dolphins DE Jason Taylor (averaged 8 ppg and 5.4 rpg for Akron in 1994-95) had 2 1/2 sacks in a 38-10 win against the Buffalo Bills in 2009.

5: Washington Redskins QB Sammy Baugh (TCU three-year letterman was All-SWC honorable mention selection as senior in 1936-37) threw three touchdown passes in a 27-26 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1947. . . . Cleveland Browns FB Jim Brown (averaged #2-scorer 14 ppg for Syracuse as sophomore in 1954-55 and 11.3 as junior) rushed for three touchdowns - one of them for 59 yards - in a 45-12 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1958. Five years later, Brown rushed for 175 yards on 21 carries in a 35-23 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1963. . . . Chicago Cardinals rookie TB Johnny Clement (SMU letterman in 1940) threw a 76-yard touchdown pass in a 14-13 setback against the Green Bay Packers in 1941. Six years later with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Clement threw two TD passes in a 27-26 setback against the Washington Redskins in 1947. . . . Baltimore Colts CB Jim Duncan (UMES hooper) returned a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown in a 21-14 win against the Atlanta Falcons in 1969. . . . San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (second-team All-MAC selection in 2002 when Kent State finished runner-up in South Regional) caught two first-half touchdown passes from Philip Rivers in a 31-0 win against the New York Jets in 2014. . . . Rookie E Dale Gentry (averaged 5.3 ppg for Washington State's 1941 NCAA Tournament runner-up) opened the Los Angeles Dons' scoring with a blocked punt return for a touchdown in a 21-9 win against the Chicago Rockets in 1946. . . . Miami Dolphins QB Bob Griese (sophomore guard for Purdue in 1964-65) threw two second-quarter touchdown passes in a 30-17 setback against the Baltimore Colts in 1980. . . . Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (Northern Colorado's scoring leader with 13.6 ppg in 2003-04 while also contributing 5.6 rpg and 3.1 apg) caught eight passes for 144 yards in a 37-31 setback against the New Orleans Saints in 2014. . . . New Orleans Saints QB Billy Kilmer (hooper under legendary UCLA coach John Wooden in 1959-60) threw two first-half touchdown passes in a 36-17 setback against the Los Angeles Rams in 1969. . . . Buffalo Bills rookie QB George Ratterman (third-leading scorer with 11.7 ppg for Notre Dame in 1944-45) threw three touchdown passes in a 27-25 win against the Los Angeles Dons in 1947. . . . Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (averaged 6.8 ppg and 4.3 rpg while shooting 66.3% from floor with Portland State from 2006-07 through 2009-10) caught two touchdown passes from Peyton Manning in a 41-20 win against the Arizona Cardinals in 2014. . . . Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright (Baylor hooper as freshman in 2008-09) caught two first-half touchdown passes in a 29-28 setback against the Cleveland Browns in 2014.

6: Boston Braves RB Cliff Battles (four seasons of varsity hoops for West Virginia Wesleyan) contributed an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the New York Giants in 1935. . . . Kansas City Chiefs LB Bobby Bell (first African-American hooper for Minnesota in 1960-61) returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown in a 17-14 setback against the Denver Broncos in 1974. . . . caught two second-quarter touchdown passes in a 20-12 win against the Boston Redskins in 1935. . . . New York Giants TB Ed Danowski (Fordham letterman in 1932-33) threw two of his league-high 10 touchdown passes in the second quarter to B Dale Burnett (two-time all-conference hooper for Emporia State KS) in a 20-12 win against the Boston Redskins in 1935. . . . Kansas City Chiefs QB Len Dawson (Purdue hooper in 1956-57) threw four touchdown passes in a 28-7 win against the Houston Oilers in 1963. . . . Chicago Cardinals E Billy Dewell (three-time All-SWC first-team pick for SMU in late 1930s) had one of his league-high seven pass reception touchdowns - 82 yards from Paul Christman - in a 34-17 setback against the Chicago Bears in 1946. . . . Oakland Raiders rookie TE Rickey Dudley (averaged 13.3 ppg and 7.5 rpg as senior in 1994-95 when leading Ohio State in rebounding and finishing third in scoring) caught two touchdown passes from Jeff Hostetler in a 34-13 win against the New York Jets in 1996. . . . Capping off four consecutive contests with at least 100 receiving yards, New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (part-time starter for Miami FL averaged 4.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg from 2005-06 through 2008-09) caught 10 passes for 135 yards in a 26-18 win against the Chicago Bears in 2013. . . . Los Angeles Rams rookie B Tom Harmon (averaged 7.6 ppg as sophomore in 1938-39 when leading Michigan in scoring in five contests) returned an interception 85 yards for a touchdown in a 21-17 win against the Green Bay Packers in 1946. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB King Hill (Rice letterman in 1955-56 and 1956-57) threw two touchdown passes in a 24-21 win against the Dallas Cowboys in 1963. . . . Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Brad Johnson (part-time starting forward for Florida State as freshman in 1987-88 when averaging 5.9 ppg and shooting 89.1% from free-throw line) passed for 318 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-35 setback against the Indianapolis Colts in 2003. . . . St. Louis Cardinals QB Charley Johnson (transferred from Schreiner J.C. to New Mexico State to play hoops before concentrating on football) threw three touchdown passes in a 56-14 win against the Minnesota Vikings in 1963. . . . Dallas Cowboys DE Too Tall Jones (backup center averaged 1.7 ppg and 2.6 rpg for Tennessee State in 1969-70 and 1970-71) had 2 1/2 sacks in a 30-29 win against the New York Giants in 1985. . . . New Orleans Saints QB Billy Kilmer (hooper under legendary UCLA coach John Wooden in 1959-60) threw two first-half touchdown passes in a 38-21 setback against the New York Giants in 1968. . . . Detroit Lions QB Bobby Layne (Texas hooper in 1944-45) threw two first-quarter touchdown passes in a 31-14 win against the Baltimore Colts in 1956. . . . San Francisco 49ers rookie E R.C. Owens (led small colleges with 27.1 rpg in 1953-54 while also averaging 23.5 ppg for College of Idaho) caught two touchdown passes from Y.A. Tittle in a 23-20 win against the Los Angeles Rams in 1957. . . . Posting a career-high 117 rushing yards, a nine-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter by RB Preston Pearson (swingman averaged 8.7 ppg and 6 rpg as Illinois senior in 1966-67) propelled the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 13-7 win against the Houston Oilers in 1974. . . . New York Titans WR Art Powell (averaged 10.5 ppg and 8.2 rpg for San Jose State in 1956-57) caught 11 passes for 162 yards in a 43-14 setback against the Boston Patriots in 1962. . . . New England Patriots WR Reggie Rucker (averaged 6.8 ppg and 3.8 rpg for Boston University in 1966-67) caught two touchdown passes from Jim Plunkett in a 42-3 win against the Baltimore Colts in 1974. . . . Dallas Cowboys QB Roger Staubach (Navy varsity hooper in 1961-62) threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes in a 36-10 win against the Detroit Lions in 1975. . . . Washington Redskins rookie HB Ed Sutton (seven games for North Carolina as sophomore in 1954-55) rushed for two third-quarter touchdowns in a 37-14 win against the Chicago Cardinals in 1957. . . . Denver Broncos SE Lionel Taylor (led New Mexico Highlands in scoring average with 13.6 ppg in 1955-56 and 20.3 in 1956-57) had seven pass receptions for 142 yards - including two touchdowns - in a 50-34 win against the San Diego Chargers in 1963. . . . Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (averaged 6.8 ppg and 4.3 rpg while shooting 66.3% from floor with Portland State from 2006-07 through 2009-10) caught nine passes for 122 yards - including two first-half touchdowns from Peyton Manning - in a 51-48 win against the Dallas Cowboys in 2013.

7: Chicago Bears FB Rick Casares (Florida's scoring and rebounding leader both seasons as All-SEC second-team selection in 1951-52 and 1952-53) rushed for two touchdowns in a 37-21 win against the Green Bay Packers in 1956. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers HB Lynn Chandnois (forward scored 15 points in 11 games for Michigan State in 1946-47 and 1947-48) scored two second-quarter touchdowns - one receiving/one rushing - in a 35-33 setback against the Green Bay Packers in 1951. Steelers DB Jim Finks (led Tulsa with 8.9 ppg as sophomore in 1946-47) returned an interception 25 yards for a TD.. . . Los Angeles Rams RB Glenn Davis (Army hooper in 1944-45 and 1945-46) scored two second-half touchdowns (one rushing/one receiving) in a 38-23 setback against the Cleveland Browns in 1951. . . . Dallas Texans QB Len Dawson (Purdue hooper in 1956-57) threw three touchdown passes for the third consecutive contest in 1962. . . . Green Bay Packers FB Ted Fritsch Sr. (Wisconsin-Stevens Point letterman in 1940-41 and 1941-42) returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown in a 57-21 win against the Detroit Lions in 1945. . . . Kansas City Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez (averaged 6.4 ppg and 4.3 rpg for California from 1994-95 through 1996-97) caught eight passes for 129 yards in a 20-6 setback against the Denver Broncos in 2001. Eleven years later with the Atlanta Falcons, Gonzalez caught 13 passes in a 24-17 win against the Washington Redskins in 2012. . . . Miami Dolphins QB Bob Griese (sophomore guard for Purdue in 1964-65) threw three touchdown passes in a 31-3 win against the New York Jets in 1973. . . . Los Angeles Rams E Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch (starting center for Michigan in 1944) caught two second-half touchdown passes in a 33-30 setback against the San Francisco 49ers in 1956. . . . RB-K Paul Hornung (teammate of All-American Jack Stephens averaged 6.1 ppg in 10 contests for Notre Dame in 1954-55) accounted for all of the Green Bay Packers' scoring by kicking three field goals in a 9-7 win against the Detroit Lions in 1962. . . . B Wild Bill Kelly (two-year Montana letterman in mid-1920s) supplied the New York Yankees' lone touchdown with a 15-yard rush in a 9-7 setback against the Pottsville Maroons in 1928. . . . San Francisco 49ers B Billy Kilmer (hooper under legendary UCLA coach John Wooden in 1959-60) rushed for two touchdowns for the second straight game in 1962. . . . Cleveland Browns WR Dave Logan (averaged 14.1 ppg and 6.3 rpg for Colorado in mid-1970s) caught two fourth-quarter touchdown passes from Brian Sipe in a 51-35 setback against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1979. . . . Chicago Bears QB Johnny Lujack (averaged 3.4 ppg as starting guard for Notre Dame in 1943-44) threw two second-half touchdown passes in a 28-14 setback against the Chicago Cardinals in 1951. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb (averaged 2.3 points in 18 games for Syracuse in 1995-96 and 1996-97) threw two first-half touchdown passes in a 21-20 setback against the Arizona Cardinals in 2001. . . . San Francisco 49ers WR Terrell Owens (UTC hooper from 1993-94 through 1995-96 started five games) caught two third-quarter touchdown passes from Jeff Garcia in a 24-14 win against the Carolina Panthers in 2001. . . . The second of two second-half touchdown catches by WR Andre Rison (backup guard for Michigan State in 1987-88) gave the Atlanta Falcons a 28-27 win against the New Orleans Saints in 1990. . . . Washington Redskins QB Norm Snead (averaged 7.8 ppg in four Wake Forest games as senior in 1960-61) threw two first-half touchdown passes in a 20-14 win against the Los Angeles Rams in 1962. . . . Miami Dolphins DE Jason Taylor (averaged 8 ppg and 5.4 rpg for Akron in 1994-95) recovered a fumble for a touchdown in a 30-10 win against the New England Patriots in 2001. . . . Tennessee Titans rookie WR Kendall Wright (Baylor hooper as freshman in 2008-09) caught nine passes in a 30-7 setback against the Minnesota Vikings in 2012.

8: In 1933, Boston Braves RB Cliff Battles (four seasons of varsity hoops for West Virginia Wesleyan) became the first NFL player to rush for 200 yards in a game (215 yards in 16 carries against New York Giants). . . . Cleveland Rams E Jim Benton (forward was Arkansas' third-leading scorer in SWC play as senior in 1937-38) had two touchdown receptions in a 35-21 setback against the Chicago Bears in 1939. . . . Baltimore Colts DE Ordell Braase (first-team All-NCC pick for South Dakota in 1952-53 and 1953-54) returned a fumble recovery nine yards for a touchdown in a 24-3 win against the Chicago Bears in 1967. . . . New York Giants T Victor Carroll (three-year letterman for Nevada-Reno in mid-1930s) returned a blocked punt return 28 yards for a touchdown in a 22-10 win against the Boston Yanks in 1944. . . . New York Giants TB Ed Danowski (Fordham letterman in 1932-33) threw two third-quarter touchdown passes in a 14-7 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1939. . . . Kansas City Chiefs QB Len Dawson (Purdue hooper in 1956-57) threw five touchdown passes in a 41-0 win against the Miami Dolphins in 1967. FL Otis Taylor (backup small forward for Prairie View A&M) had two first-half TD catches - one for 71 yards. . . . Minnesota Vikings DB Dale Hackbart (averaged 4 ppg and 3.5 rpg in 10 contests for Wisconsin in 1958-59) returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown in a 34-24 setback against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1967. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB King Hill (Rice letterman in 1955-56 and 1956-57) punted five times for 238 yards (47.6 average) in a 21-16 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1961. . . . Green Bay Packers RB Paul Hornung (teammate of All-American Jack Stephens averaged 6.1 ppg in 10 contests for Notre Dame in 1954-55) scored four touchdowns - including a 54-yard run from scrimmage opening the game's scoring - in a 45-7 win against the Baltimore Colts in 1961. . . . Minnesota Vikings QB Joe Kapp (backup forward averaged 1.8 ppg and 1.2 rpg for California's PCC champions in 1957 and 1958) passed for 281 yards in a 34-24 setback against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1967. . . . Miami Dolphins RB Terry Kirby (averaged 3.4 ppg as Virginia freshman in 1989-90 and 2.1 as sophomore in 1990-91) rushed for two first-half touchdowns in a 27-24 setback against the Indianapolis Colts in 1995. . . . Detroit Lions QB Bobby Layne (Texas hooper in 1944-45) threw two second-half touchdown passes in a 24-7 win against the San Francisco 49ers in 1950. The next year, Layne threw three TD passes - two to HB Doak Walker (SMU letterman as freshman in 1945-46) - in a 37-10 win against the New York Yanks in 1951. . . . Chicago Bears QB Johnny Lujack (averaged 3.4 ppg as starting guard for Notre Dame in 1943-44) rushed for two second-quarter touchdowns in a 27-6 win against the Chicago Cardinals in 1950. . . . Chicago Bears rookie HB Bob MacLeod (All-EIL choice for Dartmouth league champions in 1937-38 and 1938-39) caught a 21-yard touchdown pass and returned an interception 41 yards for a TD in a 35-21 win against the Cleveland Rams in 1939. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb (averaged 2.3 points in 18 games for Syracuse in 1995-96 and 1996-97) passed for 354 yards - including two second-half touchdowns - in a 38-24 win against the Dallas Cowboys in 2006. . . . Green Bay Packers DE Dan Orlich (Nevada-Reno letterman in 1947-48 and 1948-49) returned a fumble recovery 15 yards for a touchdown in a 44-31 setback against the New York Yanks in 1950. . . . San Francisco 49ers WR Terrell Owens (UTC hooper from 1993-94 through 1995-96 started five games) caught 12 passes for 176 yards - including two touchdowns from Jeff Garcia - in a 34-28 setback against the Oakland Raiders in 2000. . . . Oakland Raiders WR Art Powell (averaged 10.5 ppg and 8.2 rpg for San Jose State in 1956-57) caught 11 passes for 206 yards - including two touchdowns from Tom Flores - in a 24-10 win against the Boston Patriots in 1965. . . . New York Yanks QB George Ratterman (third-leading scorer with 11.7 ppg for Notre Dame in 1944-45) threw three of his NFL-high 22 touchdown passes in a 44-31 win against the Green Bay Packers in 1950. . . . Chicago Cardinals TB Jack Robbins (repeated as All-SWC first-team selection in 1938 for Arkansas) threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes in a 27-20 setback against the Green Bay Packers in 1939. . . . QB Archie Roberts (averaged 2.2 ppg and 1.3 rpg in 14 contests as Columbia junior in 1963-64) played in his lone AFL game, completing 5-of-10 passes for the Miami Dolphins in a 41-0 setback against the Kansas City Chiefs in 1967. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers DB Johnny Sample (freshman hooper for UMES) had three interceptions in a 21-16 setback against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1961. . . . New York Giants QB Norm Snead (averaged 7.8 ppg in four Wake Forest games as senior in 1960-61) threw three touchdown passes in a 45-21 win against the New Orleans Saints in 1972. . . . Dallas Cowboys QB Roger Staubach (Navy varsity hooper in 1961-62) threw three touchdown passes in a 24-3 win against the New York Giants in 1978.

9: New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (averaged 1.9 ppg and 1.5 rpg as Texas A&M freshman in 2005-06 before playing briefly next season under coach Billy Gillispie) caught three touchdown passes from Tom Brady in a 33-13 win against the Cleveland Browns in 2016. . . . Cleveland Browns FB Jim Brown (#2-scorer with 14 ppg for Syracuse as sophomore in 1954-55 before averaging 11.3 as junior) rushed for 168 yards on 29 carries in a 24-19 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1965. . . . In his only game as an NFL quarterback, rookie Tony Dungy (roommate of Flip Saunders averaged 2.6 ppg for Minnesota in 1973-74 under coach Bill Musselman) threw two interceptions after Pittsburgh Steelers teammate Terry Bradshaw had four passes picked off in a 27-10 setback against the Houston Oilers in 1977. . . . Cleveland Browns QB Otto Graham (Big Ten Conference runner-up in scoring as Northwestern sophomore in 1941-42 and junior in 1942-43) threw three first-half touchdown passes in a 56-28 win against the San Francisco 49ers in 1949. . . . Buffalo Bills rookie E Jim Lukens (Washington & Lee VA letterman) caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from George Ratterman (third-leading scorer with 11.7 ppg for Notre Dame in 1944-45) in a 42-28 setback against the Los Angeles Dons in 1949. . . . An 18-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter by E R.C. Owens (led small colleges with 27.1 rpg in 1953-54 while also averaging 23.5 ppg for College of Idaho) gave the San Francisco 49ers a 14-10 win against the Detroit Lions in 1960. . . . New York Titans WR Art Powell (averaged 10.5 ppg and 8.2 rpg for San Jose State in 1956-57) had two second-quarter touchdown catches in a 27-21 setback against the Houston Oilers in 1960. . . . Green Bay Packers E Al Rose (Texas letterman from 1928 through 1930) opened the game's scoring with a touchdown from a blocked punt return in a 15-10 win against the Portsmouth Spartans in 1932. . . . Washington Redskins E Hugh Taylor (OCU leading scorer with 11.4 ppg as senior in 1947) caught two first-quarter touchdown passes from Sammy Baugh (TCU three-year letterman was All-SWC honorable mention selection as senior in 1936-37) - 28 and 76 yards - in a 45-35 setback against the New York Giants in 1949. . . . Rookie B Whizzer White (two-time all-conference first-team selection averaged 6.8 ppg for Colorado from 1935-36 through 1937-38) accounted for the Pittsburgh Pirates' lone score with a 50-yard touchdown pass in a 17-7 setback against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1938. . . . San Francisco 49ers E Billy Wilson (averaged 3.3 ppg as senior letterman for San Jose State in 1950-51) caught two touchdown passes from Y.A. Tittle in a 20-19 win against the Chicago Bears in 1955. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB Roy Zimmerman (San Jose State letterman as center in 1938 and 1939) threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes in a 28-14 win against the New York Giants in 1943.

10: Washington Redskins QB Sammy Baugh (TCU three-year letterman was All-SWC honorable mention selection as senior in 1936-37) threw three touchdown passes in a 27-0 win against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1943. . . . Chicago Bears rookie HB J.R. Boone (hoop teammate of eventual NFL executive Jim Finks for Tulsa in 1947-48) had two second-quarter pass reception touchdowns from Sid Luckman in a 42-21 win against the Los Angeles Rams in 1948. . . . Cleveland Browns E Pete Brewster (forward-center was Purdue's fourth-leading scorer as junior and senior) caught two first-quarter touchdown passes from Otto Graham (Big Ten Conference runner-up in scoring as Northwestern sophomore in 1941-42 and junior in 1942-43) in a 31-7 win against the Chicago Cardinals in 1954. Graham had three first-half TD passes. . . . Oakland Raiders WR Ronald Curry (averaged 4.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 3 apg for North Carolina in 1998-99 and 2000-01) caught 10 passes in a 35-14 setback against the Indianapolis Colts in 2004. . . . In 1934, an 82-yard touchdown run helped Chicago Bears rookie HB Beattie Feathers (Tennessee regular in 1931-32) become the first NFL player to rush for 1,000 yards or more in a season when finishing with 1,004 (league highs of 8.4 per carry and eight TDs). . . . Brooklyn Dodgers rookie E Hank Foldberg (Army letterman in 1947) returned a blocked field goal 51 yards for a touchdown in a 30-17 setback against the Cleveland Browns in 1948. . . . San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (second-team All-MAC selection in 2002 when Kent State finished runner-up in South Regional) caught two first-half touchdown passes from Drew Brees in a 34-21 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2004. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB King Hill (Rice letterman in 1955-56 and 1956-57) had two goal-line plunges for touchdowns in a 35-24 win against the Dallas Cowboys in 1965. . . . Eggs Manske (point guard led Northwestern to share of 1933 Big Ten Conference crown) returned an interception 55 yards for a Chicago Bears touchdown in a 20-2 win against the Cleveland Rams in 1937. . . . TE Rich McGeorge (all-league hooper for Elon averaged 13.7 ppg and 9.1 rpg while making 59% of his field-goal attempts) had a touchdown reception in his third different game of the Green Bay Packers' first four contests in 1971. . . . Washington Redskins QB Donovan McNabb (averaged 2.3 points in 18 games for Syracuse in 1995-96 and 1996-97) passed for 357 yards in a 16-13 win against the Green Bay Packers in 2010. . . . Carolina Panthers DE Julius Peppers (averaged 5.7 ppg and 3.7 rpg while shooting 60.7% from floor for North Carolina in 1999-00 and 2000-01) returned an interception 97 yards in a 20-17 setback against the Denver Broncos in 2004. . . . Indianapolis Colts TE Marcus Pollard (JC transfer averaged 7.3 ppg and 5 rpg for Bradley in two seasons in 1992-93 and 1993-94) caught two second-half touchdown passes from Peyton Manning in a 34-31 setback against the Miami Dolphins in 1999. . . . Oakland Raiders WR Art Powell (averaged 10.5 ppg and 8.2 rpg for San Jose State in 1956-57) caught six passes for 141 yards in a 35-13 setback against the New York Jets in 1964. . . . Detroit Lions DB Wayne Rasmussen (MVP in 1963 NCAA College Division Tournament for South Dakota State) had an interception for the second of three consecutive contests in 1965. . . . Chicago Bears B Gene Ronzani (among Marquette's top four scorers in 1931-32 and 1932-33) opened the game's scoring with a six-yard touchdown reception in a 28-0 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1934. . . . Providence Steam Roller E Al Rose (Texas letterman from 1928 through 1930) scored the game's lone touchdown with an 18-yard pass reception in a 6-0 win against the Frankfort Yellow Jackets in 1931. . . . Philadelphia Eagles LB George Tarasovic (led NLU forerunner Northeast Junior College LA with 21 ppg in 1950-51) returned a fumble recovery 62 yards for a touchdown in a 35-24 win against the Dallas Cowboys in 1965. . . . San Diego Chargers DB Bud Whitehead (averaged 2.8 ppg and 2.5 rpg in 15 games for Florida State in 1959-60) had three interceptions - returning one 35 yards for a touchdown - in a 34-3 win against the Buffalo Bills in 1965. . . . Chicago Bears DB S.J. Whitman (Tulsa letterman in 1949-50) returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown in a 28-9 win against the Baltimore Colts in 1954.

11: New York Giants rookie E O'Neal Adams (three-year letterman was third-leading scorer when Arkansas reached 1941 NCAA Tournament national semifinals) caught two touchdown passes from Tuffy Leemans (three-year letterman for George Washington in mid-1930s) in a 35-17 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1942. Leemans finished the game with three TD passes. . . . Cincinnati Bengals QB Ken Anderson (swingman finished Augustana IL career in early 1970s as fifth-leading scorer in school history with 1,044 points) completed 21-of-27 passes (including three touchdowns) in a 41-19 triumph against the Baltimore Colts in 1981. . . . Washington Redskins QB Sammy Baugh (TCU three-year letterman was All-SWC honorable mention selection as senior in 1936-37) threw three touchdown passes in a 33-14 win against the Cleveland Rams in 1942. . . . Chicago Bears TE Mike Ditka (averaged 2.8 ppg and 2.6 rpg for Pittsburgh in 1958-59 and 1959-60) scored three touchdowns - one fumble recovery and two pass receptions - in a 38-17 win against the Los Angeles Rams in 1964. . . . In the midst of five consecutive contests with at least one touchdown reception, Buffalo Bills FL Elbert Dubenion (solid rebounder and defensive player for Bluffton OH in late 1950s) caught five passes for 183 yards in a 48-17 win against the Houston Oilers in 1964. . . . Baltimore Colts QB Fred Enke (three-year All-Border Conference first-team selection under his father was Arizona co-captain as senior in 1947-48) threw two second-half touchdown passes in a 16-14 win against the Chicago Bears in 1953. . . . TE Darren Fells (averaged 10.2 ppg and 6.3 rpg from 2004-05 through 2007-08, leading UCI in rebounding each of last three seasons) opened the Arizona Cardinals' scoring by catching a 14-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer in a 42-17 win against the Detroit Lions in 2015. . . . Chicago Bears E Harlon Hill (Florence State AL letterman in 1951) had an 88-yard touchdown reception in a 28-21 setback against the Los Angeles Rams in 1959. . . . QB King Hill (Rice letterman in 1955-56 and 1956-57) had goal-line plunges for both of the Chicago Cardinals' touchdowns in a 23-14 setback against the Washington Redskins in 1959. . . . B Ralph Kercheval (Kentucky hooper in 1932-33 under legendary coach Adolph Rupp) scored the Brooklyn Dodgers' lone touchdown with a 12-yard rush in a 10-10 tie against the New York Giants in 1936. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers QB Bobby Layne (Texas hooper in 1944-45) threw two second-half touchdown passes in a 28-24 setback against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1959. . . . San Francisco 49ers rookie DB Ronnie Lott (USC hooper as junior in 1979-80) had two interceptions - returning one of them 41 yards for a touchdown - in a 45-14 win against the Dallas Cowboys in 1981. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb (averaged 2.3 points in 18 games for Syracuse in 1995-96 and 1996-97) completed 16-of-21 passes - including three first-half touchdowns - in a 33-14 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009. . . . Philadelphia Eagles rookie WR Art Powell (averaged 10.5 ppg and 8.2 rpg for San Jose State in 1956-57) returned a punt 58 yards for a touchdown in a 28-24 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1959. . . . Rookie E George Rogge (Iowa letterman in 1929) had a rushing touchdown for the Chicago Cardinals' lone score in a 26-7 setback against the Green Bay Packers in 1931. . . . In 1987, TE Don Summers (averaged 13.4 ppg and 7.9 rpg for Oregon Tech in 1980-81) caught a 10-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to help boost the Green Bay Packers to a lead but they eventually bowed to the Detroit Lions, 19-16. . . . Denver Broncos SE Lionel Taylor (led New Mexico Highlands in scoring average with 13.6 ppg in 1955-56 and 20.3 in 1956-57) caught two second-half touchdown passes in a 33-27 win against the Kansas City Chiefs in 1964.

12: Cleveland Browns FB Jim Brown (#2-scorer with 14 ppg for Syracuse as sophomore in 1954-55 before averaging 11.3 as junior) rushed for three touchdowns in a 35-28 win against the Chicago Cardinals in 1958. . . . Chicago Bears QB Young Bussey (LSU letterman in late 1930s) threw two second-quarter touchdown passes for the second straight week in 1941. . . . Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (redshirt freshman forward for BYU in 2006-07 before playing briefly for Southern California in 2008-09 under coach Tim Floyd) had three pass receptions for 102 yards - including a 51-yard touchdown - in a 31-10 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers HB Lynn Chandnois (forward scored 15 points in 11 games for Michigan State in 1946-47 and 1947-48) returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown in a 26-21 setback against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1952. . . . New York Giants DB Percy Ellsworth (appeared in all four of Virginia's NCAA tourney contests for 1995 Midwest Regional finalist) had two interceptions in a 27-13 win against the Arizona Cardinals in 1997. . . . In 2015, San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (second-team All-MAC selection in 2002 when Kent State finished runner-up in South Regional) posted career touchdown reception #100 in his first contest following a four-game suspension. . . . Kansas City Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez (averaged 6.4 ppg and 4.3 rpg for California from 1994-95 through 1996-97) caught four passes for 121 yards in a 40-34 win against the Green Bay Packers in 2003. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers B Swede Hagberg (three-year West Virginia letterman in the late 1920s) returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown in a 32-0 win against the Newark Tornadoes in 1930. . . . Los Angeles Rams B Tom Harmon (averaged 7.6 ppg as sophomore in 1938-39 when leading Michigan in scoring in five contests) scored two touchdowns in a 27-13 win against the Detroit Lions in 1947. . . . Chicago Bears E Harlon Hill (Florence State AL letterman in 1951) had two touchdown receptions in a 28-6 win against the San Francisco 49ers in 1958. . . . San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Jackson (Northern Colorado's scoring leader with 13.6 ppg in 2003-04 while also contributing 5.6 rpg and 3.1 apg) caught five passes for 134 yards in a 30-10 win against the New England Patriots in 2008. . . . Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Brad Johnson (part-time starting forward for Florida State as freshman in 1987-88 when averaging 5.9 ppg and shooting 89.1% from free-throw line) threw four touchdown passes in a 35-13 win against the Washington Redskins in 2003. . . . Rookie TE Teyo Johnson (part-time starting forward for Stanford averaged 4.9 ppg and 3 rpg in 2000-01 and 2001-02) scored the Oakland Raiders' only touchdown with a 10-yard pass reception from Rich Gannon in a 13-7 setback against the Cleveland Browns in 2003. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers rookie B Art Jones (averaged 4.9 ppg as starting center for Richmond in 1940-41) caught a 59-yard touchdown pass in a 24-20 setback against the Washington Redskins in 1941. . . . Houston Texans WR Jacoby Jones (part-time starter averaged 3.4 ppg and 3.7 rpg for Lane TN in 2004-05 and 2005-06) returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown in a 29-28 win against the Miami Dolphins in 2008. . . . New York Yankees rookie B Wild Bill Kelly (two-year Montana letterman in mid-1920s) rushed for two second-half touchdowns in a 19-8 win against the Buffalo Bisons in 1927. . . . Washington Redskins WR Bob Long (Wichita State hooper in 1960-61 and 1961-62 under coach Ralph Miller) had nine pass receptions in a 33-17 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1969. . . . Buffalo Bills HB Chet Mutryn (Xavier letterman in 1943) rushed for two touchdowns in a 20-15 win against the Baltimore Colts in 1947. . . . San Francisco 49ers WR Terrell Owens (UTC hooper from 1993-94 through 1995-96 started five games) caught two touchdown passes from Steve Young in a 30-10 win against the St. Louis Rams in 1997. . . . New York Giants E Buster Poole (three-year Arkansas letterman was senior captain in 1936-37) scored a touchdown in his third consecutive contest in 1941. . . . New York Yanks QB George Ratterman (third-leading scorer with 11.7 ppg for Notre Dame in 1944-45) threw three of his NFL-high 22 touchdown passes in a 29-24 win against the San Francisco 49ers in 1950. . . . Denver Broncos TE Julius Thomas (averaged 6.8 ppg and 4.3 rpg while shooting 66.3% from floor with Portland State from 2006-07 through 2009-10) caught two touchdown passes from Peyton Manning in a 31-17 win against the New York Jets in 2014. Thomas had a total of nine TD receptions in his first five games of the season. . . . Chicago Rockets rookie QB Sam Vacanti (averaged 2.8 ppg as backup swingman for Iowa in 1942-43) threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes in a 42-28 setback against the San Francisco 49ers in 1947. . . . San Francisco 49ers TE Bob Windsor (played two games for Kentucky in 1965-66 under coach Adolph Rupp) had a career-high seven pass receptions in a 27-21 setback against the Los Angeles Rams in 1969.

13: Chicago Bears DE Doug Atkins (center was Tennessee's third-leading scorer with 9.9 ppg in 1950-51) had an interception in a 52-14 win against the Los Angeles Rams in 1963. . . . Washington Redskins B Steve Bagarus (Notre Dame hooper in early 1940s) caught two go-ahead touchdown passes (51 and 13 yards) in a 24-14 win against the New York Giants in 1946. . . . Washington Redskins QB Sammy Baugh (TCU three-year letterman was All-SWC honorable mention selection as senior in 1936-37) threw three touchdown passes - including one for 81 yards to Dick Todd - in a 28-21 win against the Chicago Cardinals in 1940. . . . Cleveland Browns FB Jim Brown (#2-scorer with 14 ppg for Syracuse as sophomore in 1954-55 before averaging 11.3 as junior) scored three touchdowns - including a 72-yard pass reception - in a 35-24 win against the New York Giants in 1963. . . . Chicago Cardinals E Billy Dewell (three-time All-SWC first-team pick for SMU in late 1930s) caught two first-half touchdown passes from Paul Christman in a 36-14 win against the Detroit Lions in 1946. . . . Chicago Bears TE Mike Ditka (averaged 2.8 ppg and 2.6 rpg for Pittsburgh in 1958-59 and 1959-60) caught nine passes for 110 yards - including four touchdowns - in a 52-14 win against the Los Angeles Rams in 1963. . . . Green Bay Packers FB Ted Fritsch Sr. (Wisconsin-Stevens Point letterman in 1940-41 and 1941-42) scored two touchdowns - one receiving/one rushing - in a 19-7 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1946. . . . Denver Broncos DB Charlie Greer (played seven games for Colorado in 1965-66 as sophomore) had two interceptions in a 21-13 win against the New York Jets in 1968. . . . Cincinnati Bengals rookie DE Harry Gunner (J.C. transfer averaged 4.4 ppg and 4.5 rpg for Oregon State, playing on NCAA playoff team in 1966) returned an interception 20 yards in a 13-3 setback against the Kansas City Chiefs in 1968. . . . Los Angeles Rams rookie B Tom Harmon (averaged 7.6 ppg as sophomore in 1938-39 when leading Michigan in scoring in five contests) scored two touchdowns - including an 84-yard run from scrimmage - in a 28-28 tie against the Chicago Bears in 1946. . . . Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (Northern Colorado's scoring leader with 13.6 ppg in 2003-04 while also contributing 5.6 rpg and 3.1 apg) caught nine passes for 114 yards - including two second-quarter touchdowns - in a 31-20 setback against the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. . . . Washington Redskins FB Jack Jenkins (Vanderbilt letterman in 1941 and 1942) opened the game's scoring with a rushing touchdown in a 24-14 win against the New York Giants in 1946. . . . St. Louis Cardinals QB Charley Johnson (transferred from Schreiner J.C. to New Mexico State to play hoops before concentrating on football) passed for 428 yards - including two fourth-quarter touchdowns - in a 24-23 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1963. . . . Chicago Bears LB-C Eddie Kawal (Illinois letterman in 1930) returned an interception 13 yards for a touchdown in a 39-0 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1935. . . . Oakland Raiders RB Terry Kirby (averaged 3.4 ppg as Virginia freshman in 1989-90 and 2.1 as sophomore in 1990-91) had nine pass receptions in a 28-13 setback against the St. Louis Rams in 2002. . . . Green Bay Packers E Ron Kramer (three-time All-Big Ten Conference selection was Michigan's MVP each season and All-American as senior in 1956-57) had a career-high 87 receiving yards on four catches in a 37-28 win against the Minnesota Vikings in 1963. . . . Baltimore Colts TE John Mackey (Syracuse hooper in 1960-61) caught two fourth-quarter touchdown passes (52 and 15 yards) in a 42-14 win against the San Francisco 49ers in 1968. . . . San Francisco 49ers rookie E R.C. Owens (led small colleges with 27.1 rpg in 1953-54 while also averaging 23.5 ppg for College of Idaho) caught two second-half touchdown passes from Y.A. Tittle in a 21-17 win against the Chicago Bears in 1957. . . . Carolina Panthers rookie DE Julius Peppers (averaged 5.7 ppg and 3.7 rpg while shooting 60.7% from floor for North Carolina in 1999-00 and 2000-01) had three sacks and an interception in a 14-13 setback against the Dallas Cowboys in 2002. . . . Cleveland Browns RB Greg Pruitt (Oklahoma frosh hooper in 1969-70) threw his second touchdown pass in a three-game span in 1974. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers rookie WR Antwaan Randle El (member of Indiana's 1999 NCAA Tournament team) returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown in a 34-7 win against the Cincinnati Bengals in 2002. . . . Detroit Lions TE Mikhael Ricks (played three games for Stephen F. Austin in 1995-96) opened the game's scoring with a 41-yard touchdown pass reception from Joey Harrington in a 31-24 setback against the Minnesota Vikings in 2002. . . . Atlanta Falcons WR Andre Rison (backup guard for Michigan State in 1987-88) caught two touchdown passes in a 39-34 win against the San Francisco 49ers in 1991. . . . Buffalo Bills DE Reggie Rogers (averaged 5.7 ppg and 3.9 rpg for Washington from 1982-83 through 1984-85) registered a sack in a 42-6 win against the Indianapolis Colts in 1991. . . . Washington Redskins QB Norm Snead (averaged 7.8 ppg in four Wake Forest games as senior in 1960-61) threw two touchdown passes to Bobby Mitchell (66 and 35 yards) in a 37-24 setback against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1963. . . . B Wilbur White (Colorado State letterman from 1932 to 1935) accounted for the Brooklyn Dodgers' lone score with a four-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of a 10-7 setback against the New York Giants in 1935. . . . Dallas Cowboys TE Rayfield Wright (All-SIAC pick for Fort Valley State GA averaged 17 ppg and 15 rpg as junior and 21 ppg and 17.4 rpg as senior) caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Don Meredith in a 34-14 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1968.

14: Detroit Wolverines E Carl Bacchus (three-year Missouri letterman in mid-1920s) opened and completed the game's scoring with touchdown receptions in a 35-12 win against the New York Yankees in 1928. . . . Baltimore Colts DE Ordell Braase (first-team All-NCC pick for South Dakota in 1952-53 and 1953-54) returned a fumble recovery 10 yards for a touchdown in a 36-14 win against the Cleveland Browns in 1962. . . . Philadelphia Eagles WR Harold Carmichael (starter two seasons for Southern LA averaged 9.8 ppg and 10.6 rpg in 1969-70) caught 12 passes for 187 yards, including two touchdown receptions from Roman Gabriel, in a 27-24 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1973. . . . Chicago Bears FB Rick Casares (Florida's scoring and rebounding leader both seasons as All-SEC second-team selection in 1951-52 and 1952-53) rushed for two second-half touchdowns in a 31-7 win against the San Francisco 49ers in 1956. . . . Chicago Bears TE Mike Ditka (averaged 2.8 ppg and 2.6 rpg for Pittsburgh in 1958-59 and 1959-60) caught eight passes for 132 yards in a 34-27 setback against the San Francisco 49ers in 1962. . . . Kansas City Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez (averaged 6.4 ppg and 4.3 rpg for California from 1994-95 through 1996-97) caught nine passes - including two touchdowns - in a 27-20 win against the Cincinnati Bengals in 2007. . . . Cleveland Browns QB Otto Graham (Big Ten Conference runner-up in scoring as Northwestern sophomore in 1941-42 and junior in 1942-43) threw six touchdown passes - five in the first half - in a 61-14 win against the Los Angeles Dons in 1949. . . . Los Angeles Rams E Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch (starting center for Michigan in 1944) caught two fourth-quarter touchdown passes in a 24-21 setback against the Detroit Lions in 1956. . . . Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (Northern Colorado's scoring leader with 13.6 ppg in 2003-04 while also contributing 5.6 rpg and 3.1 apg) caught two touchdown passes in a 38-10 win against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012. . . . Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Brad Johnson (part-time starting forward for Florida State as freshman in 1987-88 when averaging 5.9 ppg and shooting 89.1% from free-throw line) threw three second-half touchdown passes in a 31-28 setback against the Tennessee Titans in 2001. . . . Denver Broncos QB Charley Johnson (transferred from Schreiner J.C. to New Mexico State to play hoops before concentrating on football) threw four touchdown passes in a 48-20 win against the Houston Oilers in 1973. . . . Baltimore Ravens WR Jacoby Jones (part-time starter averaged 3.4 ppg and 3.7 rpg for Lane TN in 2004-05 and 2005-06) returned a kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown in a 31-29 win against the Dallas Cowboys in 2012. . . . Cleveland Browns QB Cliff Lewis (Duke letterman in 1945) threw for one touchdown and rushed for another in the second half of a 61-14 win against the Los Angeles Dons in 1949. . . . Chicago Bears DB R.W. McQuarters (Oklahoma State hooper in 1995-96 and 1996-97 started two games) returned a fumble recovery 69 yards for a touchdown in a 20-13 win against the Arizona Cardinals in 2001. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers E Elbie Nickel (Cincinnati's second-leading scorer in 1942 also earned hoop letter in 1947) caught two touchdown passes - one for 77 yards - in a 28-24 setback against the San Francisco 49ers in 1951. . . . Baltimore Colts E R.C. Owens (led small colleges with 27.1 rpg in 1953-54 while also averaging 23.5 ppg for College of Idaho) caught two touchdown passes from Johnny Unitas in a 36-14 win against the Cleveland Browns in 1962. . . . San Francisco 49ers WR Terrell Owens (UTC hooper from 1993-94 through 1995-96 started five games) had three of his league-high 16 touchdown receptions - including a 52-yarder in overtime to finish with nine catches for 183 yards - in a 37-31 win against the Atlanta Falcons in 2001. The next year, Owens caught two TD passes from Garcia in a 28-21 win against the Seattle Seahawks in 2002. . . . Atlanta Falcons WR Andre Rison (backup guard for Michigan State in 1987-88) had nine pass receptions for 172 yards - including two touchdowns - in a 45-35 setback against the San Francisco 49ers in 1990. Three years later, Rison had two TD catches in a 30-24 win against the Los Angeles Rams in 1993. . . . Dallas Cowboys QB Roger Staubach (Navy varsity hooper in 1961-62) threw two second-half touchdown passes in a 37-31 setback against the Los Angeles Rams in 1973. Six years later, Staubach completed 13-of-18 passes - including three TDs - in a 30-6 win against the Los Angeles Rams in 1979. . . . New York Giants DB Emlen Tunnell (forward was top reserve for Toledo team compiling 22-4 record and finishing second in 1943 NIT) returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown in a 28-17 win against the Chicago Cardinals in 1951. . . . Boston Redskins rookie HB Ted Wright (North Texas State letterman in 1932) scored his lone NFL touchdown with a 59-yard rush in a 39-0 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1934.

15: New York Giants E O'Neal Adams (three-year letterman was third-leading scorer in 1941 when Arkansas reached NCAA Tournament national semifinals) caught a 35-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter for the decisive score in a 14-7 win against the Brooklyn Tigers in 1944. . . . New York Giants DB Erich Barnes (played briefly for Purdue as sophomore in 1955-56) returned an interception 102 yards for a touchdown in a 31-10 win against the Dallas Cowboys in 1961. . . . Chicago Bears E Connie Mack Berry (All-Southern Conference second-team selection as North Carolina State center in 1937 and 1938) caught two touchdown passes (51 and 15 yards) in a 34-7 win against the Chicago Cardinals in 1944. . . . Dallas Cowboys DE Shante Carver (Arizona State hooper in 1992-93) had two sacks in a 23-9 win against the San Diego Chargers in 1995. . . . New York Giants B Stu Clancy (Holy Cross letterman from 1928 through 1930 was captain as senior) scored a 46-yard rushing touchdown in a 56-0 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1933. . . . Kansas City Chiefs QB Len Dawson (Purdue hooper in 1956-57) completed 24-of-37 passes for 364 yards in a 45-31 setback against the San Diego Chargers in 1967. Chiefs FL Otis Taylor (backup small forward for Prairie View A&M) caught nine of Dawson's passes for 134 yards. Five years later, Taylor had 10 receptions in a 23-16 setback against the Cincinnati Bengals in 1972. . . . New York Giants rookie B Scott Eaton (three-year Oregon State letterman averaged 6 ppg and 2.8 rpg) had an 18-yard pass reception in a 27-24 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1967. . . . San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (second-team All-MAC selection in 2002 when Kent State finished runner-up in South Regional) caught two first-half touchdown passes from Philip Rivers in a 35-24 setback against the Denver Broncos in 2012. . . . Cleveland Browns QB Otto Graham (Big Ten Conference runner-up in scoring as Northwestern sophomore in 1941-42 and junior in 1942-43) threw two second-half touchdown passes in a 34-24 win against the Chicago Cardinals in 1950. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB King Hill (Rice letterman in 1955-56 and 1956-57) punted six times for 283 yards (47.2 average) in a 20-7 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1961. . . . Chicago Bears QB Johnny Lujack (averaged 3.4 ppg as starting guard for Notre Dame in 1943-44) rushed for three touchdowns in a 28-14 win against the Green Bay Packers in 1950. . . . Minnesota Vikings DB Earsell Mackbee (teammate of Utah State All-American Wayne Estes averaged 3.4 ppg and 1.4 rpg in 1964-65) had two interceptions in a 10-7 win against the Green Bay Packers in 1967. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb (averaged 2.3 points in 18 games for Syracuse in 1995-96 and 1996-97) threw two third-quarter touchdown passes in a 27-24 setback against the New Orleans Saints in 2006. . . . Chicago Bears B Ray Nolting (Cincinnati letterman in 1936) scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns (pass reception and interception return) in a 44-7 win against the Chicago Cardinals in 1939. . . . San Francisco 49ers WR Terrell Owens (UTC hooper from 1993-94 through 1995-96 started five games) caught two fourth-quarter touchdown passes from Jeff Garcia in a 31-28 setback against the Green Bay Packers in 2000. Six years later with the Dallas Cowboys, Owens caught three second-half TD passes in a 34-6 win against the Houston Texans in 2006. . . . Cleveland Rams E Steve Pritko (Villanova two-year letterman) caught two second-half touchdown passes in a 20-17 win against the Detroit Lions in 1944. . . . Atlanta Falcons LB Marion Rushing (Southern Illinois hooper from 1954-55 through 1956-57) had an interception in a 20-20 tie against the Washington Redskins in 1967. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers DB Johnny Sample (freshman hooper for UMES) had two interceptions in a 20-0 win against the Washington Redskins in 1961. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB Norm Snead (averaged 7.8 ppg in four Wake Forest games as senior in 1960-61) threw three touchdown passes in a 28-27 setback against the San Francisco 49ers in 1967. . . . Dallas Cowboys QB Roger Staubach (Navy varsity hooper in 1961-62) threw three touchdown passes in a 24-21 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1978. . . . New York Jets SS Shafer Suggs (averaged 10.7 ppg and 7.9 rpg in three-year career, setting Ball State record with nine consecutive field goals without miss and leading Cardinals in rebounding in 1974-75) returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown in a 14-7 win against the Minnesota Vikings in 1979.

16: Chicago Bears DE Doug Atkins (third-leading scorer as Tennessee center with 9.9 ppg in 1950-51) had an interception in a 17-0 setback against the Green Bay Packers in 1966. . . . Washington Redskins QB Sammy Baugh (TCU three-year letterman was All-SWC honorable mention selection as senior in 1936-37) threw four touchdown passes in a 38-14 win against the New York Bulldogs in 1949. . . . Kansas City Chiefs LB Bobby Bell (first African-American hooper for Minnesota in 1960-61) returned a fumble recovery seven yards for a touchdown in a 34-13 setback against the Oakland Raiders in 1966. . . . New York Giants B Chris Cagle (four-year letterman for USL and Army in mid-1920s) scored two first-quarter touchdowns (rush and 40-yard reception) in a 20-12 win against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1932. . . . Chicago Bears rookie FB Rick Casares (Florida's scoring and rebounding leader both seasons as All-SEC second-team selection in 1951-52 and 1952-53) rushed for two touchdowns - including an NFL-long 81 yards for his first pro score - in a 38-10 win against the Baltimore Colts in 1955. . . . Miami Dolphins QB Bob Griese (sophomore guard for Purdue in 1964-65) threw two second-quarter touchdown passes in a 21-17 win against the New York Jets in 1977. . . . Minnesota Vikings DB Dale Hackbart (averaged 4 ppg and 3.5 rpg in 10 contests for Wisconsin in 1958-59) had two interceptions in a 35-7 win against the Los Angeles Rams in 1966. . . . New York Jets RB Johnny Johnson (averaged 11.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 3.2 apg in 1988-89 after majority of hoop team members walked off San Jose State squad) rushed for 122 yards in a 24-17 win against the New England Patriots in 1994. . . . Green Bay Packers rookie E Bill Kelley (Texas Tech letterman in 1945 and 1946) caught a touchdown pass in a 39-17 setback against the Chicago Cardinals in 1949. . . . Chicago Bears TE Greg Latta (two-year Morgan State letterman averaged 9.3 ppg and 5.4 rpg in 15 games in 1970-71) caught a touchdown pass in his third contest of a four-game span in 1977. . . . Detroit Lions QB Bobby Layne (Texas hooper in 1944-45) threw three touchdown passes in a 35-0 win against the Baltimore Colts in 1954. . . . San Francisco 49ers DB Ronnie Lott (USC hooper as junior in 1979-80) had two interceptions in a 24-21 win against the Los Angeles Rams in 1988. . . . Detroit Lions TE Marcus Pollard (JC transfer averaged 7.3 ppg and 5 rpg for Bradley in two seasons in 1992-93 and 1993-94) had three pass receptions for 105 yards in a 21-20 setback against the Carolina Panthers in 2005. . . . Oakland Raiders WR Art Powell (averaged 10.5 ppg and 8.2 rpg for San Jose State in 1956-57) caught two touchdown passes from Cotton Davidson in a 43-43 tie against the Boston Patriots in 1964. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antwaan Randle El (member of Indiana's 1999 NCAA Tournament team) returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown in a 23-17 setback against the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2005. . . . Kansas City Chiefs WR Andre Rison (backup guard for Michigan State in 1987-88) caught two second-quarter touchdown passes from Elvis Grbac in a 31-3 win against the San Diego Chargers in 1997. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB Norm Snead (averaged 7.8 ppg in four Wake Forest games as senior in 1960-61) threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes in a 31-14 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1966. . . . Cincinnati Bengals DE Alfred Williams (Colorado hooper in 1989-90) had four sacks in a 14-10 setback against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1994.

17: Brooklyn Dodgers HB Al Akins (forward was letterman for Washington in 1944 after lettering with Washington State previous two years) opened the game's scoring with an 18-yard rushing touchdown in a 14-14 tie against the Buffalo Bills in 1947. . . . Washington Redskins RB Cliff Battles (four seasons of varsity hoops for West Virginia Wesleyan) scored three touchdowns from at least 60 yards (interception return from 65 and rushes from 60 and 62) in a 34-20 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1937. . . . Washington Redskins QB Sammy Baugh (TCU three-year letterman was All-SWC honorable mention selection as senior in 1936-37) threw four touchdown passes in a 33-7 win against the Green Bay Packers in 1943. . . . New York Jets QB Bob Davis (sixth man for Virginia in 1964-65 when averaging 9.1 ppg and 4.1 rpg) threw two touchdown passes for the first of three consecutive contests to finish the month in 1971. . . . Chicago Bears HB Beattie Feathers (Tennessee regular in 1931-32) opened the game's scoring with a four-yard rushing touchdown in a 16-7 win against the Chicago Cardinals in 1937. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers QB Jim Finks (led Tulsa with 8.9 ppg as sophomore in 1946-47) threw four touchdown passes - including a 78-yarder to Ray Mathews - in a 55-27 win against the Cleveland Browns in 1954. Browns QB Otto Graham (Big Ten Conference runner-up in scoring as Northwestern sophomore in 1941-42 and junior in 1942-43) threw three touchdown passes. . . . Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez (averaged 6.4 ppg and 4.3 rpg for California from 1994-95 through 1996-97) caught two touchdown passes in a 31-17 setback against the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010. . . . Miami Dolphins QB Bob Griese (sophomore guard for Purdue in 1964-65) threw four touchdown passes in a 41-3 win against the New England Patriots in 1971. Five years later, Griese passed for 306 yards in a 20-17 setback against the Kansas City Chiefs in 1976. . . . Detroit Lions rookie E Chuck Hanneman (three-year Eastern Michigan letterman in mid-1930s) rushed for a 50-yard touchdown in a 30-0 win against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1937. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB King Hill (Rice letterman in 1955-56 and 1956-57) threw for 321 yards - including three touchdown passes - in a 35-27 setback against the New York Giants in 1965. . . . Detroit Lions rookie B Vern Huffman (All-American was All-Big Ten Conference selection for Indiana in 1935-36 and 1936-37) returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown in a 30-0 win against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1937. . . . Chicago Cardinals E Mal Kutner (two-year Texas letterman in early 1940s) caught three touchdown passes - including two 45-yarders in the second quarter - in a 63-35 win against the New York Giants in 1948. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers rookie HB Johnny Lattner (Notre Dame forward in 1951-52) scored a touchdown in each of his first four games in 1954. . . . Green Bay Packers WR Bob Long (Wichita State hooper in 1960-61 and 1961-62 under coach Ralph Miller) caught a 62-yard touchdown pass from Bart Starr in a 31-21 win against the Detroit Lions in 1965. It was Long's third consecutive contest with a TD reception. . . . Cleveland Browns RB Greg Pruitt (Oklahoma frosh hooper in 1969-70) rushed for 191 yards on 26 carries - including two touchdowns - in a 20-17 win against the Atlanta Falcons in 1976. . . . Detroit Lions DB Wayne Rasmussen (MVP in 1963 NCAA College Division Tournament for South Dakota State) returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown in a 31-21 setback against the Green Bay Packers in 1965. . . . Dallas Cowboys QB Roger Staubach (Navy varsity hooper in 1961-62) threw two second-half touchdown passes in a 24-14 setback against the New Orleans Saints in 1971. Cowboys P Ron Widby (three-time All-SEC selection for Tennessee from 1964-65 through 1966-67 averaged 14.5 ppg and 8.3 rpg as sophomore, 17.3 ppg and 8 rpg as junior and 22.1 ppg and 8.7 rpg as senior) punted five times for 246 yards (49.2 average).

18: San Francisco 49ers RB Joe Arenas (averaged 6.2 ppg in 1949-50 and 1950-51 for Nebraska-Omaha) provided a 60-yard rushing touchdown in a come-from-behind 35-28 win against the Chicago Bears in 1953. . . . Cleveland Browns DB Erich Barnes (played briefly for Purdue as sophomore in 1955-56) returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown in a 42-31 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969. . . . Washington Redskins QB Sammy Baugh (TCU three-year letterman was All-SWC honorable mention selection as senior in 1936-37) threw three touchdown passes in a 21-10 win against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1942. . . . Kansas City Chiefs DE Bobby Bell (first African-American hooper for Minnesota in 1960-61) returned a fumble recovery 11 yards for a touchdown in a 35-22 setback against the Buffalo Bills in 1964. . . . WR Marlin Briscoe (averaged 9.5 ppg and 3.6 rpg for Nebraska-Omaha in 1964-65) accounted for both of the Buffalo Bills' touchdowns with pass receptions in a 33-14 setback against the Miami Dolphins in 1970. Briscoe finished the game with seven catches for 145 yards. . . . Cleveland Browns FB Jim Brown (#2-scorer with 14 ppg for Syracuse as sophomore in 1954-55 before averaging 11.3 as junior) rushed for 188 yards on 26 carries in a 20-16 win against the Dallas Cowboys in 1964. . . . Philadelphia Eagles WR Harold Carmichael (starter two seasons for Southern LA averaged 9.8 ppg and 10.6 rpg in 1969-70) caught eight passes for 109 yards in a 35-23 setback against the Minnesota Vikings in 1981. . . . Portsmouth Spartans rookie TB Dutch Clark (four-time All-Rocky Mountain Conference choice for Colorado College) provided all three of the game's touchdowns - two of them rushes for 15 yards - in a 19-0 win against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1931. . . . Rookie E Milan Creighton (All-SWC second-team guard for Arkansas in 1929-30) opened the scoring for the Chicago Cardinals with a 15-yard touchdown reception from Ernie Nevers (All-Pacific Coast Conference second-five choice for Stanford in 1924-25) in a 26-13 setback against the Chicago Bears in 1931. . . . Kansas City Chiefs QB Len Dawson (Purdue hooper in 1956-57) threw three second-quarter touchdown passes in a 38-16 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1971. Two of Dawson's TDs were caught by WR Otis Taylor (backup small forward for Prairie View A&M). . . . Buffalo Bills FL Elbert Dubenion (solid rebounder and defensive player for Bluffton OH in late 1950s) caught two touchdown passes from Jack Kemp in a 35-22 win against the Kansas City Chiefs in 1964. . . . Baltimore Colts QB Fred Enke (three-year All-Border Conference first-team selection under his father was Arizona co-captain as senior in 1947-48) threw two second-half touchdown passes in a 37-14 setback against the Green Bay Packers in 1953. . . . Chicago Bears HB Beattie Feathers (Tennessee regular in 1931-32) rushed for two touchdowns in a 26-7 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1936. . . . San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (second-team All-MAC selection in 2002 when Kent State finished runner-up in South Regional) had nine pass receptions for the second straight week in 2015. . . . Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (part-time starter for Miami FL averaged 4.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg from 2005-06 through 2008-09) had eight pass receptions for 140 yards in a 27-23 setback against the Carolina Panthers in 2015. . . . St. Louis Cardinals QB Charley Johnson (transferred from Schreiner J.C. to New Mexico State to play hoops before concentrating on football) threw three touchdown passes in a 38-24 win against the Washington Redskins in 1964. . . . New Orleans Saints QB Billy Kilmer (hooper under legendary UCLA coach John Wooden in 1959-60) threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes in a 20-20 tie against the San Francisco 49ers in 1970. . . . Cleveland Rams B Bill Lazetich (three-year Montana letterman in late 1930s) scored a touchdown in his second straight game in 1942. . . . Los Angeles Rams TE James McDonald (four-year Southern California letterman in early 1980s averaged 8.2 ppg and 4.8 rpg as senior forward) caught a touchdown pass from Steve Dils for the second consecutive contest in 1987. . . . In his only game as a rookie in 1987, Buffalo Bills TE Keith McKeller (starting center for Jacksonville State's 1985 NCAA Division II championship team led Gulf South Conference in rebounding each of his first three seasons and finished second as senior) had nine pass receptions in a 6-3 win against the New York Giants. . . . Carolina Panthers DE Julius Peppers (averaged 5.7 ppg and 3.7 rpg while shooting 60.7% from floor for North Carolina in 1999-00 and 2000-01) had two sacks and seven tackles in a 28-21 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009. . . . Producing his lone NFL pass reception, New England Patriots WR Clay Pickering (Maine scoring leader with 15.6 ppg as junior in 1981-82) caught a 10-yarder from Doug Flutie in a 21-7 win against the Houston Oilers in 1987. . . . Los Angeles Rams WR Del Shofner (Baylor letterman in 1956) had two touchdown receptions in a 45-6 win against the Green Bay Packers in 1959. . . . Green Bay Packers TE Don Summers (averaged 13.4 ppg and 7.9 rpg for Oregon Tech in 1980-81) had at least two pass receptions in his third consecutive contest in 1987. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers DE George Tarasovic (led NLU forerunner Northeast Junior College LA with 21 ppg in 1950-51) returned a fumble recovery 38 yards for a touchdown in a 27-6 win against the Washington Redskins in 1959.

19: Pittsburgh Steelers TB Johnny Clement (SMU letterman in 1940) threw two touchdown passes and rushed for two TDs in a 35-24 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1947. . . . Cleveland Browns QB Otto Graham (Big Ten Conference runner-up in scoring as Northwestern sophomore in 1941-42 and junior in 1942-43) threw four touchdown passes in a 49-7 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1952. . . . Miami Dolphins QB Bob Griese (sophomore guard for Purdue in 1964-65) threw three touchdown passes in a 43-0 win against the New York Jets in 1975. . . . Baltimore Ravens TE Todd Heap (grabbed 14 rebounds in 11 games for Arizona State in 1999-00) caught seven passes for 129 yards in a 34-26 setback against the Cincinnati Bengals in 2003. . . . Philadelphia Eagles rookie E Dick Humbert (three-year starter captained Richmond team as senior when averaging 7.4 ppg) opened the game's scoring with a four-yard touchdown catch in a 21-17 setback against the Washington Redskins in 1941. . . . Minnesota Vikings QB Joe Kapp (backup forward averaged 1.8 ppg and 1.2 rpg for California's PCC champions in 1957 and 1958) threw three touchdown passes in a 27-10 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1969. . . . B Wild Bill Kelly (two-year Montana letterman in mid-1920s) accounted for the Frankfort Yellow Jackets' lone score with a five-yard rushing touchdown in a 6-6 tie against the Orange Tornadoes in 1929. . . . San Francisco 49ers RB Terry Kirby (averaged 3.4 ppg as Virginia freshman in 1989-90 and 2.1 as sophomore in 1990-91) rushed for two second-quarter touchdowns in a 35-28 win against the Atlanta Falcons in 1997. . . . WR Dave Logan (three-time scoring runner-up averaged 14.1 ppg and 6.3 rpg for Colorado in mid-1970s) caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Brian Sipe in the fourth quarter to give the Cleveland Browns a 26-21 win against the Green Bay Packers in 1980. . . . St. Louis Rams WR Dane Looker (averaged 4.8 ppg as Western Washington freshman in 1995-96 and 10.2 ppg as sophomore in 1996-97 before transferring to Washington and concentrating on football) had a touchdown reception in his third contest of a five-game span in 2003. . . . TE Rich McGeorge (all-league hooper for Elon averaged 13.7 ppg and 9.1 rpg while making 59% of his field-goal attempts) had a 26-yard touchdown reception from John Hadl in the fourth quarter to give the Green Bay Packers a 19-17 win against the Dallas Cowboys in 1975. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers E Elbie Nickel (Cincinnati's second-leading scorer in 1942 also earned hoop letter in 1947) caught two touchdown passes from Jim Finks (led Tulsa with 8.9 ppg as sophomore in 1946-47) in a 28-24 setback against the Washington Redskins in 1952. . . . San Francisco 49ers WR Terrell Owens (UTC hooper from 1993-94 through 1995-96 started five games) caught two touchdown passes from Steve Young in a 35-28 win against the Atlanta Falcons in 1997. Six years later, Owens had six pass receptions for 152 yards in a 24-7 win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003. . . . Chicago Rockets B Ray Ramsey (Bradley's top scorer in 1941-42 and 1942-43) scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns (one rush/two pass receptions) in a 31-28 setback against the Cleveland Browns in 1947. . . . Los Angeles Rams WR Del Shofner (Baylor letterman in 1956) opened the game's scoring with a 92-yard touchdown reception in a 31-10 setback against the Chicago Bears in 1958. . . . San Francisco 49ers QB Norm Snead (averaged 7.8 ppg in four Wake Forest games as senior in 1960-61) threw three first-half touchdown passes in a 35-21 win against the New Orleans Saints in 1975. . . . Washington Redskins E Hugh Taylor (OCU leading scorer with 11.4 ppg as senior in 1947) caught two second-half touchdown passes in a 28-24 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1952. . . . Kansas City Chiefs FL Otis Taylor (backup small forward for Prairie View A&M) had four pass receptions for 131 yards in a 17-10 win against the Miami Dolphins in 1969. . . . Chicago Rockets rookie QB Sam Vacanti (averaged 2.8 ppg as backup swingman for Iowa in 1942-43) threw three touchdown passes in a 31-28 setback against the Cleveland Browns in 1947. . . . Dallas Cowboys P Ron Widby (three-time All-SEC selection for Tennessee from 1964-65 through 1966-67 averaged 14.5 ppg and 8.3 rpg as sophomore, 17.3 ppg and 8 rpg as junior and 22.1 ppg and 8.7 rpg as senior) punted four times for 200 yards (50.0 average) in a 49-14 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1969. . . . B Doug Wycoff (Georgia Tech letterman in 1926) provided the Staten Island Stapletons' lone score with a 37-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter in a 7-6 setback against the Providence Steam Roller in 1930.

20: Washington Redskins QB Sammy Baugh (TCU three-year letterman was All-SWC honorable mention selection as senior in 1936-37) threw three touchdown passes in a 34-17 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1940. . . . Detroit Lions rookie TB J.R. Callahan (Texas Tech letterman in 1941-42) threw a 56-yard touchdown pass in a 35-14 setback against the Los Angeles Rams in 1946. The previous week, Callahan rushed for a six-yard TD in a 36-14 setback against the Chicago Cardinals. . . . Chicago Bears HB Beattie Feathers (Tennessee regular in 1931-32) opened the game's scoring with a 19-yard rushing touchdown in a 24-14 win against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1935. . . . Dallas Cowboys CB Cornell Green (Utah State's all-time leading scorer and rebounder when career ended in 1961-62) returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown in a 20-7 win against the Minnesota Vikings in 1968. . . . Miami Dolphins QB Bob Griese (sophomore guard for Purdue in 1964-65) threw three touchdown passes in a 24-22 win against the Cincinnati Bengals in 1968. Rookie DE Harry Gunner (J.C. transfer averaged 4.4 ppg and 4.5 rpg for Oregon State, playing on NCAA playoff team in 1966) registered a safety by tackling Griese. . . . Rookie B Swede Hagberg (three-year West Virginia letterman in the late 1920s) scored the Buffalo Bisons' only touchdown with a 34-yard pass reception in a 7-7 tie against the Providence Steam Roller in 1929. . . . Baltimore Ravens TE Todd Heap (grabbed 14 rebounds in 11 games for Arizona State in 1999-00) caught two touchdown passes in a 17-10 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2002. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB King Hill (Rice letterman in 1955-56 and 1956-57) punted six times for 286 yards (47.7 average) in a 37-7 setback against the Cleveland Browns in 1963. . . . Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (Northern Colorado's scoring leader with 13.6 ppg in 2003-04 while also contributing 5.6 rpg and 3.1 apg) caught two touchdown passes for the second week in a row in 2013. Jackson had 10 receptions for 138 yards. . . . Detroit Lions QB Bobby Layne (Texas hooper in 1944-45) threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes in a 31-27 win against the Baltimore Colts in 1957. . . . San Francisco 49ers DB Ronnie Lott (USC hooper as junior in 1979-80) had two interceptions in a 20-17 win against the Los Angeles Rams in 1991. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers rookie HB Banks McFadden (led Clemson in scoring each of his three seasons en route to becoming school's first All-American in 1939) threw a 71-yard touchdown pass to Ace Parker (Duke letterman in 1936) in a 16-7 setback against the Chicago Bears in 1940. . . . Chicago Bears K Mac Percival (three-year letterman was part of squad winning Texas Tech's first SWC championship in major sport in 1960-61) converted all five of his field-goal attempts in a 29-16 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1968. . . . Minnesota Vikings WR Jerry Reichow (Iowa hooper in 1954-55) caught a 57-yard touchdown pass from Fran Tarkenton in a 27-24 setback against the Los Angeles Rams in 1963. . . . Washington Redskins QB Norm Snead (averaged 7.8 ppg in four Wake Forest games as senior in 1960-61) passed for 309 yards in a 38-27 setback against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1963. . . . San Diego Chargers WR Kitrick Taylor (Washington State hooper in 1984-85 and 1986-87) returned five punts for 79 yards in a 30-24 setback against the Cleveland Browns in 1991. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers B Wilbur White (Colorado State letterman from 1932 through 1935) threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Ralph Kercheval (Kentucky hooper in 1932-33 under legendary coach Adolph Rupp) in a 24-14 setback against the Chicago Bears in 1935. . . . Tennessee Titans WR Kendall Wright (Baylor hooper as freshman in 2008-09) caught nine passes in a 31-17 setback against the San Francisco 49ers in 2013.

21: Washington Redskins FB Frank Akins (averaged 1.7 ppg for Washington State's 1941 NCAA Tournament runner-up) rushed for two second-half touchdowns in a 24-14 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1945. . . . LB Connor Barwin (played 34 games for Cincinnati in 2005-06 and 2006-07) opened the Houston Texans' scoring with a safety tackling QB Joe Flacco in a 43-13 win against the Baltimore Ravens in 2012. . . . Chicago Bears FB Rick Casares (Florida's scoring and rebounding leader both seasons as All-SEC second-team selection in 1951-52 and 1952-53) rushed for two touchdowns in a 58-27 win against the Baltimore Colts in 1956. Bears E Harlon Hill (Florence State AL letterman in 1951) had two second-quarter TD receptions (37 and 68 yards). . . . Washington Redskins LB London Fletcher (started two games for St. Francis PA as freshman in 1993-94 before transferring to John Carroll OH) scored a touchdown on a 27-yard interception return in a 21-19 win against the Arizona Cardinals in 2007. . . . Kansas City Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez (averaged 6.4 ppg and 4.3 rpg for California from 1994-95 through 1996-97) caught two touchdown passes in a 35-8 win against the Baltimore Ravens in 1999. . . . Miami Dolphins QB Bob Griese (sophomore guard for Purdue in 1964-65) threw two second-quarter touchdown passes in a 27-6 setback against the Buffalo Bills in 1973. . . . Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson (Northern Colorado's scoring leader with 13.6 ppg in 2003-04 while also contributing 5.6 rpg and 3.1 apg) caught seven passes for 216 yards - including one for a league-high 95 yards - in a 35-28 setback against the New Orleans Saints in 2012. . . . Washington Redskins QB Billy Kilmer (hooper under legendary UCLA coach John Wooden in 1959-60) passed for 294 yards and two second-quarter touchdowns in a 31-13 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1973. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB Bill Mackrides (Nevada-Reno letterman in 1944) opened the game's scoring with a 22-yard touchdown pass in a 26-24 setback against the New York Giants in 1951. . . . Atlanta Falcons WR Andre Rison (backup guard for Michigan State in 1987-88) had five pass receptions for 161 yards - including two second-half touchdowns - in a 44-24 setback against the Los Angeles Rams in 1990. . . . Boston B Frank Sachse (All-Border Conference second-team forward for Texas Tech in 1937-38 with 16.8 ppg) threw an 80-yard touchdown pass in a 38-14 setback against the Green Bay Packers in 1945. . . . Baltimore Colts rookie LB Bill Saul (averaged 6.1 ppg for Penn State in 1959-60) secured a safety in a 35-15 setback against the Chicago Bears in 1962. . . . Dallas Cowboys QB Roger Staubach (Navy varsity hooper in 1961-62) threw two second-half touchdown passes in a 45-28 win against the New York Giants in 1973. Six years later, Staubach threw two second-quarter TD passes in a 22-13 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1979. . . . Miami Dolphins DE Jason Taylor (averaged 8 ppg and 5.4 rpg for Akron in 1994-95) returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown in a 49-28 setback against the New England Patriots in 2007. . . . New York Giants DB Emlen Tunnell (forward was top reserve for Toledo team compiling 22-4 record and finishing second in 1943 NIT) returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown in a 26-24 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1951.

22: Detroit Lions TB Dutch Clark (four-time All-Rocky Mountain Conference choice for Colorado College) rushed for three touchdowns in a 28-0 win against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1934. . . . Chicago Bears rookie TE Mike Ditka (averaged 2.8 ppg and 2.6 rpg for Pittsburgh in 1958-59 and 1959-60) caught two touchdown passes in a 31-0 win against the San Francisco 49ers in 1961. . . . San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (second-team All-MAC selection in 2002 when Kent State finished runner-up in South Regional) caught nine passes in a 30-27 setback against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2006. Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez (averaged 6.4 ppg and 4.3 rpg for California from 1994-95 through 1996-97) caught six passes for 138 yards. . . . Green Bay Packers RB-K Paul Hornung (averaged 6.1 ppg in 10 contests for Notre Dame in 1954-55) converted all four of his field-goal attempts in a 33-7 win against the Minnesota Vikings in 1961. . . . Washington Redskins QB Brad Johnson (part-time starting forward for Florida State as freshman in 1987-88 when averaging 5.9 ppg and shooting 89.1% from free-throw line) threw three touchdown passes to Albert Connell in a 35-16 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2000. . . . Denver Broncos QB Charley Johnson (transferred from Schreiner J.C. to New Mexico State to play hoops before concentrating on football) passed for 361 yards - including two first-half touchdowns - in a 30-23 win against the Oakland Raiders in 1972. . . . E Luke Johnsos (Northwestern letterman in 1927 and 1928) accounted for the Chicago Bears' lone touchdown with a 24-yard catch from Red Grange in the fourth quarter in a 10-7 win against the Green Bay Packers in 1933. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb (averaged 2.3 points in 18 games for Syracuse in 1995-96 and 1996-97) passed for 302 yards - including three second-half touchdowns - in a 23-21 setback against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2006. . . . Baltimore Colts HB Chet Mutryn (Xavier letterman in 1943) had two touchdown pass receptions in a 70-27 setback against the Los Angeles Rams in 1950. . . . Chicago Bears E Dick Plasman (Vanderbilt two-year starting center named to 1936 All-SEC Tournament second five) caught a 68-yard touchdown pass from Sid Luckman in a 16-13 setback against the New York Giants in 1939. . . . New York Titans WR Art Powell (averaged 10.5 ppg and 8.2 rpg for San Jose State in 1956-57) had 12 pass receptions for 160 yards in a 27-10 setback against the Denver Broncos in 1961. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antwaan Randle El (member of Indiana's 1999 NCAA Tournament team) returned a punt 87 yards for a touchdown in a 36-22 setback against the Indianapolis Colts in 2006. . . . Chicago Bears QB Gene Ronzani (among Marquette's top four scorers in 1931-32 and 1932-33) threw three touchdown passes - all at least 28 yards - in a 21-21 tie against the Detroit Lions in 1944. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers DB Johnny Sample (freshman hooper for UMES) had at least one interception in his fourth consecutive contest in 1961. . . . Detroit Lions B Bill Shepherd (Western Maryland hooper) opened the game's scoring with a 58-yard rushing touchdown in a 26-7 setback against the Green Bay Packers in 1939. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB Norm Snead (averaged 7.8 ppg in four Wake Forest games as senior in 1960-61) passed for 321 yards - including two first-quarter touchdown passes highlighted by 87-yarder to Ben Hawkins - in a 48-14 setback against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1967. . . . Washington Redskins E Hugh Taylor (OCU leading scorer with 11.4 ppg as senior in 1947) caught three touchdown passes from Harry Gilmer in a 38-28 setback against the Chicago Cardinals in 1950. . . . Philadelphia Eagles rookie DE Norm Willey (Marshall center in late 1940s) opened the game's scoring by returning an interception 41 yards for a touchdown in a 17-10 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1950.

23: Cleveland Browns FB Jim Brown (#2-scorer with 14 ppg for Syracuse as sophomore in 1954-55 before averaging 11.3 as junior) rushed for 167 yards in a 31-29 setback against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1960. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers QB Jim Finks (led Tulsa with 8.9 ppg as sophomore in 1946-47) rushed for a first-half touchdown in his fourth consecutive contest of the month in 1955. . . . Buffalo Bills TE Reuben Gant (averaged 1.4 ppg and 1.5 rpg for Oklahoma State in 1971-72 and 1972-73) caught five passes for 111 yards in a 27-16 setback against the Cleveland Browns in 1977. . . . San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (second-team All-MAC selection in 2002 when Kent State finished runner-up in South Regional) caught two second-half touchdown passes from Philip Rivers in a 35-21 setback against the Denver Broncos in 2014. . . . New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (part-time starter for Miami FL averaged 4.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg from 2005-06 through 2008-09) caught two third-quarter touchdown passes from Drew Brees in a 62-7 win against the Indianapolis Colts in 2011. . . . Miami Dolphins QB Bob Griese (sophomore guard for Purdue in 1964-65) threw two second-quarter touchdown passes for the second straight game in 1977. . . . Green Bay Packers RB Paul Hornung (averaged 6.1 ppg in 10 contests for Notre Dame in 1954-55) rushed for two of his league-high 13 touchdowns in a 41-14 win against the San Francisco 49ers in 1960. . . . Chicago Bears QB Johnny Lujack (averaged 3.4 ppg as starting guard for Notre Dame in 1943-44) threw two second-half touchdown passes in a 35-28 setback against the New York Giants in 1949. . . . A fourth-quarter field goal by Mac Percival (three-year letterman was part of squad winning Texas Tech's first SWC championship in major sport in 1960-61) boosted the Chicago Bears to a 13-10 win against the Minnesota Vikings in 1972. . . . New York Titans WR Art Powell (averaged 10.5 ppg and 8.2 rpg for San Jose State in 1956-57) had two of his AFL-high 14 touchdown catches in a 42-28 setback against the Houston Oilers in 1960. . . . New England Patriots TE Derrick Ramsey (grabbed three rebounds in two Kentucky games in 1975-76) caught two touchdown passes from Steve Grogan in a 31-0 win against the Buffalo Bills in 1983. . . . Cleveland Browns QB George Ratterman (third-leading scorer with 11.7 ppg for Notre Dame in 1944-45) threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes in a 41-10 win against the Green Bay Packers in 1955. . . . Green Bay Packers E Al Rose (Texas letterman from 1928 through 1930) opened the game's scoring by returning an interception 16 yards for a touchdown in a 13-0 win against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1932. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB Norm Snead (averaged 7.8 ppg in four Wake Forest games as senior in 1960-61) threw two second-quarter touchdown passes in a 31-3 win against the New York Giants in 1966. . . . Denver Broncos SE Lionel Taylor (led New Mexico Highlands in scoring average with 13.6 ppg in 1955-56 and 20.3 in 1956-57) had 10 of his AFL-leading 92 pass receptions in a 31-24 win against the Boston Patriots in 1960. . . . New York Giants DB Emlen Tunnell (forward was top reserve for Toledo team compiling 22-4 record and finishing second in 1943 NIT) returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown in a 35-28 win against the Chicago Bears in 1949. . . . San Francisco 49ers E Billy Wilson (averaged 3.3 ppg as senior letterman for San Jose State in 1950-51) caught two touchdown passes from Y.A. Tittle (37 and 72 yards) in a 34-23 setback against the Chicago Bears in 1955.

24: New York Giants E O'Neal Adams (three-year letterman was third-leading scorer in 1941 when Arkansas reached NCAA Tournament national semifinals) opened the game's scoring by returning a blocked punt 34 yards for a touchdown in a 42-14 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1943. . . . Cincinnati Bengals rookie QB Ken Anderson (swingman finished Augustana IL career in early 1970s as fifth-leading scorer in school history with 1,044 points) completed 14-of-20 passes (including two touchdowns) and rushed for one TD in a 31-27 loss against the Oakland Raiders in 1971. . . . Cleveland Browns FB Jim Brown (#2-scorer with 14 ppg for Syracuse as sophomore in 1954-55 before averaging 11.3 as junior) rushed for 177 yards on 24 carries in a 38-14 win against the New York Giants in 1965. . . . Detroit Lions TB Dutch Clark (four-time All-Rocky Mountain Conference choice for Colorado College) rushed for two touchdowns in a 28-20 setback against the Chicago Bears in 1937. . . . Cleveland Browns B Bob Cowan (averaged 1.7 ppg for Indiana in 1942-43) caught a career-best 63-yard touchdown pass from Otto Graham (Big Ten Conference runner-up in scoring as Northwestern sophomore in 1941-42 and junior in 1942-43) in a 35-7 win against the New York Yankees in 1948. It was one of four TD passes for Graham. . . . Kansas City Chiefs QB Len Dawson (Purdue hooper in 1956-57) threw three second-half touchdown passes in a 27-20 win against the Washington Redskins in 1971. WR Otis Taylor (backup small forward for Prairie View A&M) caught two of Dawson's TD passes. . . . Buffalo Bills FL Elbert Dubenion (solid rebounder and defensive player for Bluffton OH in late 1950s) caught five passes for 218 yards - including two 44-yard touchdowns - in a 34-24 win against the New York Jets in 1964. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers TB Ray Evans (two-time All-American was four-year letterman and second-leading scorer for Kansas in 1942 NCAA Tournament) threw two touchdown passes in a 34-27 setback against the New York Giants in 1948. . . . Only pass reception of pro career for George Grimes (Virginia letterman in 1943) was a 17-yard touchdown from Detroit Lions teammate Fred Enke (three-year All-Border Conference first-team selection under his father was Arizona co-captain as senior in 1947-48) in a 34-27 setback against the Los Angeles Rams in 1948. . . . Baltimore Ravens TE Todd Heap (grabbed 14 rebounds in 11 games for Arizona State in 1999-00) caught two second-quarter touchdown passes in a 37-34 win against the Buffalo Bills in 2010. . . . Washington Redskins QB Billy Kilmer (hooper under legendary UCLA coach John Wooden in 1959-60) threw two first-half touchdown passes to Charley Taylor in a 27-20 setback against the Kansas City Chiefs in 1971. . . . Miami Dolphins rookie RB Terry Kirby (averaged 3.4 ppg as Virginia freshman in 1989-90 and 2.1 as sophomore in 1990-91) scored two touchdowns (one pass reception/one rushing) in a 41-27 win against the Indianapolis Colts in 1993. . . . Chicago Cardinals E Mal Kutner (two-year Texas letterman in early 1940s) scored two third-quarter touchdowns in a 49-27 win against the Boston Yanks in 1948. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb (averaged 2.3 points in 18 games for Syracuse in 1995-96 and 1996-97) passed for 376 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-31 win against the Cleveland Browns in 2004. In the midst of five consecutive contests with more than 100 receiving yards, Eagles WR Terrell Owens (UTC hooper from 1993-94 through 1995-96 started five games) caught two first-half TD passes from McNabb. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers E Max Morris (All-American in 1945 and 1946 when two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection averaged 16.3 ppg for Northwestern) had a 24-yard touchdown pass reception in a 35-14 win against the Chicago Rockets in 1948. . . . Buffalo Bills HB Chet Mutryn (Xavier letterman in 1943) rushed for two of his AAFC-high 10 touchdowns in a 35-21 win against the Los Angeles Dons in 1948. . . . Dallas Cowboys RB Preston Pearson (swingman averaged 8.7 ppg and 6 rpg as Illinois senior in 1966-67) caught two second-half touchdown passes from Danny White in a 31-21 win against the Chicago Bears in 1976. . . . Oakland Raiders WR Art Powell (averaged 10.5 ppg and 8.2 rpg for San Jose State in 1956-57) had two second-half touchdown catches in a 30-21 win against the Boston Patriots in 1965. . . . San Diego Chargers WR Mikhael Ricks (played three games for Stephen F. Austin in 1995-96) had a career-high six pass receptions in a 31-3 setback against the Green Bay Packers in 1999. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers rookie B Frank Sachse (All-Border Conference second-team forward for Texas Tech in 1937-38 with 16.8 ppg) threw a 57-yard touchdown pass in a 33-21 setback against the Chicago Bears in 1943. . . . Washington Redskins DB Johnny Sample (freshman hooper for UMES) had two interceptions in a 24-20 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1965. . . . Dallas Cowboys QB Roger Staubach (Navy varsity hooper in 1961-62) threw two second-quarter touchdown passes to Bob Hayes in a 44-21 win against the New England Patriots in 1971. . . . New York Giants E Will Walls (starting forward with TCU for three years from 1935 through 1937) caught a 31-yard touchdown pass in a 42-14 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1943. . . . San Francisco 49ers E Billy Wilson (averaged 3.3 ppg as senior letterman for San Jose State in 1950-51) caught two touchdown passes from Y.A. Tittle in a 37-31 win against the Detroit Lions in 1954. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB Roy Zimmerman (San Jose State hoops letterman as center in 1938 and 1939) threw three touchdown passes in a 49-27 setback against the Chicago Cardinals in 1948.

25: Chicago Bears E Connie Mack Berry (All-Southern Conference second-team selection as North Carolina State hoops center in 1937 and 1938) scored the Chicago Bears' last two touchdowns (32-yard rush and 46-yard fumble return) as they remained undefeated (11-0) with a 45-14 win against the Philadelpia Eagles in 1942. . . . New York Giants B Dale Burnett (two-time all-conference hooper for Emporia State KS) scored two touchdowns - one receiving/one rushing - in a 27-0 win against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1931. . . . Chicago Bears TE Mike Ditka (averaged 2.8 ppg and 2.6 rpg for Pittsburgh in 1958-59 and 1959-60) caught 13 passes for 168 yards in a 27-20 setback against the Washington Redskins in 1964. . . . Baltimore Colts CB Jim Duncan (UMES hooper) returned an interception 26 yards in a 27-3 win against the Boston Patriots in 1970. The previous week, Duncan returned an INT 30 yards in a 29-22 win against the New York Jets. . . . Green Bay Packers TB Weert Englemann (All-NCC for South Dakota State) scored three first-quarter touchdowns - two on passes from Red Dunn (four-year Marquette letterman first half of 1920s) and an 85-yard kickoff return - in a 48-20 win against the Providence Steam Roller in 1931. . . . Chicago Bears rookie WR George Farmer (teammate of UCLA legend Lew Alcindor in 1968-69) caught six passes for 147 yards in a 16-10 setback against the Detroit Lions in 1970. . . . San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Jackson (Northern Colorado's scoring leader with 13.6 ppg in 2003-04 while also contributing 5.6 rpg and 3.1 apg) caught five passes for 142 yards in a 37-7 win against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009. . . . Philadelphia Eagles FB Bert Johnson (played one game in 1934-35 under legendary Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp) had a 3-yard touchdown reception in a 45-14 setback against the Chicago Bears in 1942. . . . E Luke Johnsos (Northwestern letterman in 1927 and 1928) supplied the Chicago Bears' lone touchdown with a 14-yard pass reception in a 12-10 win against the Detroit Lions in 1936. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers B Ralph Kercheval (Kentucky hooper in 1932-33 under legendary coach Adolph Rupp) scored the game's lone touchdown by returning an interception 57 yards in a 9-0 win against the Chicago Cardinals in 1936. . . . Chicago Cardinals FB Ernie Nevers (All-Pacific Coast Conference second-five choice for Stanford in 1924-25) rushed for two first-half touchdowns in a 34-7 win against the Frankfort Yellow Jackets in 1930. . . . A 46-yard touchdown catch by E R.C. Owens (led small colleges with 27.1 rpg in 1953-54 while also averaging 23.5 ppg for College of Idaho) in the fourth quarter gave the San Francisco 49ers a 20-17 win against the Chicago Bears in 1959. . . . San Francisco 49ers WR Terrell Owens (UTC hooper from 1993-94 through 1995-96 started five games) scored two second-half touchdowns in a 28-10 win against the St. Louis Rams in 1998. . . . Oakland Raiders WR Art Powell (averaged 10.5 ppg and 8.2 rpg for San Jose State in 1956-57) caught nine passes for 152 yards - including two touchdowns - in a 40-7 win against the Denver Broncos in 1964. . . . Cleveland Browns RB Greg Pruitt (Oklahoma frosh hooper in 1969-70) had more than 100 receiving yards for the second straight game in 1981. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers LB Bill Saul (averaged 6.1 ppg for Penn State in 1959-60) returned an interception 13 yards in a 34-10 setback against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1964. . . . Philadelphia Eagles DE Tom Scott (hoop letterman as Virginia forward in 1951) recovered a fumble for a touchdown in a 56-17 win against the Chicago Cardinals in 1953. . . . Dallas Cowboys P Ron Widby (three-time All-SEC selection for Tennessee from 1964-65 through 1966-67 averaged 14.5 ppg and 8.3 rpg as sophomore, 17.3 ppg and 8 rpg as junior and 22.1 ppg and 8.7 rpg as senior) punted seven times for 321 yards (45.9 average) in a 27-16 win against the Kansas City Chiefs in 1970. . . . New York Giants B Doug Wycoff (Georgia Tech letterman in 1926) returned an interception 77 yards for a touchdown in a 27-0 win against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1931.

26: A three-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter by Cincinnati Bengals QB Ken Anderson (swingman finished Augustana IL career in early 1970s as fifth-leading scorer in school history with 1,044 points) was the difference in a 21-14 win against the Atlanta Falcons in 1975. . . . Cleveland Browns FB Jim Brown (#2-scorer with 14 ppg for Syracuse as sophomore in 1954-55 before averaging 11.3 as junior) rushed for four touchdowns - two of them for 41 and 62 yards - in a 38-24 win against the Chicago Cardinals in 1958. . . . New York Giants B Dale Burnett (two-time all-conference hooper for Emporia State KS) scored two touchdowns - one receiving/one rushing - in a 25-0 win against the Providence Steam Roller in 1930. . . . Philadelphia Eagles WR Harold Carmichael (starter two seasons for Southern LA averaged 9.8 ppg and 10.6 rpg in 1969-70) caught two first-half touchdown passes from Roman Gabriel in a 20-17 setback against the Dallas Cowboys in 1975. . . . New York Giants T Victor Carroll (three-year letterman for Nevada-Reno in mid-1930s) caught an 18-yard touchdown pass in a 38-21 setback against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1947. . . . Rookie B Clyde Crabtree (Florida letterman in 1928 and 1929) scored the only touchdown for the Frankfort Yellow Jackets (44-yard pass reception) in a 13-7 setback against the Chicago Bears in 1930. . . . Chicago Cardinals E Billy Dewell (three-time All-SWC first-team pick for SMU in late 1930s) caught two touchdown passes from Paul Christman in a 27-7 win against the Boston Yanks in 1947. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers QB Jim Finks (led Tulsa with 8.9 ppg as sophomore in 1946-47) threw three of his league-high 20 touchdown passes - one of them to Lynn Chandnois (forward scored 15 points in 11 games for Michigan State in 1946-47 and 1947-48) - in a 34-28 win against the Chicago Cardinals in 1952. . . . Cleveland Browns QB Otto Graham (Big Ten Conference runner-up in scoring as Northwestern sophomore in 1941-42 and junior in 1942-43) threw two first-half touchdown passes in a 14-7 win against the San Francisco 49ers in 1947. . . . Miami Dolphins QB Bob Griese (sophomore guard for Purdue in 1964-65) threw two second-quarter touchdown passes in a 24-6 win against the Buffalo Bills in 1969. . . . Cincinnati Bengals DE Harry Gunner (J.C. transfer averaged 4.4 ppg and 4.5 rpg for Oregon State, playing on NCAA playoff team in 1966) returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown in a 42-22 setback against the Kansas City Chiefs in 1969. . . . St. Louis Cardinals QB Charley Johnson (transferred from Schreiner J.C. to New Mexico State to play hoops before concentrating on football) passed for 306 yards and three touchdowns in a 21-21 tie against the Cleveland Browns in 1969. . . . Houston Texans WR Jacoby Jones (part-time starter averaged 3.4 ppg and 3.7 rpg for Lane TN in 2004-05 and 2005-06) returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown in a 35-6 win against the Cincinnati Bengals in 2008. . . . Detroit Lions QB Bobby Layne (Texas hooper in 1944-45) threw three touchdown passes in a 52-17 win against the Green Bay Packers in 1952. . . . Cleveland Browns WR Dave Logan (three-time scoring runner-up averaged 14.1 ppg and 6.3 rpg for Colorado in mid-1970s) caught eight passes for 131 yards in a 27-26 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1980. . . . San Francisco 49ers DB Ronnie Lott (USC hooper as junior in 1979-80) had two interceptions - returning one of them 55 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown - in a 31-17 win against the Green Bay Packers in 1986. . . . Minnesota Vikings DB Earsell Mackbee (teammate of Utah State All-American Wayne Estes averaged 3.4 ppg and 1.4 rpg in 1964-65) had three interceptions in a 24-10 win against the Detroit Lions in 1969. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers rookie HB Banks McFadden (led Clemson in scoring each of his three seasons en route to becoming school's first All-American in 1939) had a 75-yard rushing touchdown in a 21-7 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1940. . . . Chicago Cardinals FB Ernie Nevers (All-Pacific Coast Conference second-five choice for Stanford in 1924-25) rushed for two touchdowns in a 23-13 win against the Portsmouth Spartans in 1930. . . . Cleveland Browns RB Greg Pruitt (Oklahoma frosh hooper in 1969-70) caught two second-half touchdown passes from Brian Sipe in a 27-26 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1980. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antwaan Randle El (member of Indiana's 1999 NCAA Tournament team) returned a punt 84 yards for a touchdown in a 33-21 setback against the St. Louis Rams in 2003. . . . Dallas Cowboys QB Roger Staubach (Navy varsity hooper in 1961-62) passed for 314 yards in a 20-17 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1975. . . . Denver Broncos SE Lionel Taylor (led New Mexico Highlands in scoring average with 13.6 ppg in 1955-56 and 20.3 in 1956-57) caught two touchdown passes in a 35-35 tie against the New York Jets in 1963. . . . B Doug Wycoff (Georgia Tech letterman in 1926) threw a 12-yard touchdown pass for the Staten Island Stapletons' only score in a 6-6 tie with the Frankfort Yellow Jackets in 1929.

27: Denver Broncos QB Marlin Briscoe (averaged 9.5 ppg and 3.6 rpg for Nebraska-Omaha in 1964-65) rushed for two second-half touchdowns in a 21-14 win against the Miami Dolphins in 1968. . . . San Francisco 49ers rookie HB Don Durdan (Oregon State letterman from 1941 to 1943) caught a touchdown pass from Frankie Albert in a 34-20 win against the Cleveland Browns in 1946. . . . New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (part-time starter for Miami FL averaged 4.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg from 2005-06 through 2008-09) caught two of his NFL-high 16 touchdown passes from Drew Brees in a 35-17 win against the Buffalo Bills in 2013. . . . Rookie B Swede Hagberg (three-year West Virginia letterman in late 1920s) scored the Buffalo Bisons' only touchdown with a 55-yard pass reception in a 14-6 setback against the Boston Bulldogs in 1929. . . . Green Bay Packers rookie RB Paul Hornung (averaged 6.1 ppg in 10 contests for Notre Dame in 1954-55) rushed for two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 24-21 win against the Baltimore Colts in 1957. . . . St. Louis Cardinals QB Charley Johnson (transferred from Schreiner J.C. to New Mexico State to play hoops before concentrating on football) threw three touchdown passes in a 21-7 win against the Washington Redskins in 1963. Eleven years later with the Denver Broncos, Johnson threw two first-half TD passes in a 23-21 setback against the Cleveland Browns in 1974. . . . E Chuck Kassel (Illinois letterman in 1925 and 1926) accounted for the Chicago Cardinals' lone touchdown with a 28-yard catch from Ernie Nevers (All-Pacific Coast Conference second-five choice for Stanford in 1924-25) in a 7-6 setback against the Green Bay Packers in 1929. . . . San Francisco 49ers WR Terrell Owens (UTC hooper from 1993-94 through 1995-96 started five games) caught two first-half touchdown passes from Jeff Garcia (21 and 61 yards) in a 38-28 win against the Arizona Cardinals in 2002. . . . Chicago Bears K Mac Percival (three-year letterman was part of squad winning Texas Tech's first SWC championship in major sport in 1960-61) converted all four of his field-goal attempts - including a decisive 47-yarder in the fourth quarter - in a 26-24 win against the Minnesota Vikings in 1968. . . . Oakland Raiders WR Art Powell (averaged 10.5 ppg and 8.2 rpg for San Jose State in 1956-57) had two touchdown catches in a 34-33 win against the San Diego Chargers in 1963. . . . Cincinnati Bengals rookie WR S.T. Saffold (two-time All-WCAC first-team choice led San Jose State in scoring and rebounding all three seasons from 1963-64 through 1965-66 while averaging 14.6 ppg and 9.8 rpg) had career highs of five pass receptions for 66 yards in a 31-10 setback against the Oakland Raiders in 1968. . . . New York Jets DB Johnny Sample (freshman hooper for UMES) had two interceptions in a 48-14 win against the Boston Patriots in 1968. . . . An 11-yard pass reception by E Billy Wilson (averaged 3.3 ppg as senior letterman for San Jose State in 1950-51) for a fourth-quarter touchdown propelled the San Francisco 49ers to a 21-17 win against the Chicago Bears in 1957. . . . TE Bob Windsor (played two games for Kentucky in 1965-66 under coach Adolph Rupp) caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Jim Plunkett in the fourth quarter to power the New England Patriots to a 17-14 win against the Minnesota Vikings in 1974.

28: Chicago Bears FB Rick Casares (Florida's scoring and rebounding leader both seasons as All-SEC second-team selection in 1951-52 and 1952-53) had four of his NFL-leading 12 rushing touchdowns in a 38-21 win against the San Francisco 49ers in 1956, giving him 10 rushing TDs during the month. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers HB Lynn Chandnois (forward scored 15 points in 11 games for Michigan State in 1946-47 and 1947-48) provided a game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter with a 49-yard pass to Joe Geri in a 28-14 win against the Chicago Cardinals in 1951. . . . Detroit Lions TB Dutch Clark (four-time All-Rocky Mountain Conference choice for Colorado College) rushed for two touchdowns - including one for 82 yards - in a 38-0 win against the Cincinnati Reds in 1934. . . . Chicago Bears rookie HB Beattie Feathers (Tennessee regular in 1931-32) scored two touchdowns for the second straight game in 1934. . . . A seven-yard touchdown reception by Reuben Gant (averaged 1.4 ppg and 1.5 rpg for Oklahoma State in 1971-72 and 1972-73) in the fourth quarter from Joe Ferguson gave the Buffalo Bills a 20-17 win against the Detroit Lions in 1979. . . . San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (second-team All-MAC selection in 2002 when Kent State finished runner-up in South Regional) caught two first-half touchdown passes from Philip Rivers in a 35-10 win against the Houston Texans in 2007. . . . Cleveland Browns QB Otto Graham (Big Ten Conference runner-up in scoring as Northwestern sophomore in 1941-42 and junior in 1942-43) threw two first-quarter touchdown passes in a 14-13 win against the New York Giants in 1951. . . . Brooklyn Dodgers B Jack Grossman (two-year Rutgers letterman in early 1930s) scored two touchdowns - including a 72-yard punt return - in a 21-3 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1934. . . . Boston Redskins B Steve Hokuf (first-team All-Big Six Conference selection for Nebraska in 1931 and 1933) supplied the game's lone touchdown with a 45-yard pass in a 9-0 win against the Chicago Cardinals in 1934. . . . Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Brad Johnson (part-time starting forward for Florida State as freshman in 1987-88 when averaging 5.9 ppg and shooting 89.1% from free-throw line) threw two second-quarter touchdown passes in a 41-14 win against the Minnesota Vikings in 2001. . . . St. Louis Cardinals QB Charley Johnson (transferred from Schreiner J.C. to New Mexico State to play hoops before concentrating on football) threw three touchdown passes in a 28-24 win against the Dallas Cowboys in 1962. Eleven years later with the Denver Broncos, Johnson threw two first-quarter TD passes in a 40-28 win against the New York Jets in 1973. . . . Carolina Panthers TE Jeff King (collected 18 points and 23 rebounds in 16 games as Virginia Tech freshman in 2004-05) had 10 pass receptions in a 31-7 setback against the Indianapolis Colts in 2007. . . . Detroit Lions QB Bobby Layne (Texas hooper in 1944-45) threw three touchdown passes in a 28-23 setback against the Chicago Bears in 1951. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb (averaged 2.3 points in 18 games for Syracuse in 1995-96 and 1996-97) passed for 333 yards in a 23-16 win against the Minnesota Vikings in 2007. . . . Denver Broncos TE Gene Prebola (Boston University hooper in 1957-58) caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from Frank Tripucka in a 45-38 setback against the Buffalo Bills in 1962. . . . Chicago Bears B Gene Ronzani (among Marquette's top four scorers in 1931-32 and 1932-33) threw two touchdown passes in a 27-14 win against the Green Bay Packers in 1934. . . . New York Giants WR Del Shofner (Baylor letterman in 1956) had 11 pass receptions for 269 yards in a 49-34 win against the Washington Redskins in 1962. Redskins QB Norm Snead (averaged 7.8 ppg in four Wake Forest games as senior in 1960-61) passed for 346 yards - including four touchdowns (one in each quarter). . . . Dallas Cowboys QB Roger Staubach (Navy varsity hooper in 1961-62) threw two second-quarter touchdown passes in a 30-16 setback against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1973.

29: New York Giants E Red Badgro (All-Pacific Coast Conference first-five pick as forward in 1926-27 when named USC's MVP) opened the game's scoring with a 15-yard touchdown reception in a 34-7 win against the Newark Tornadoes in 1930. . . . Cleveland Rams E Jim Benton (forward was Arkansas' third-leading scorer in SWC play as senior in 1937-38) had two touchdown receptions in a 28-21 setback against the Chicago Bears in 1944. . . . Philadelphia Eagles WR Harold Carmichael (starter two seasons for Southern LA averaged 9.8 ppg and 10.6 rpg in 1969-70) caught seven passes for 126 yards in a 16-10 setback against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1978. . . . In 1950, Los Angeles Rams rookie RB Glenn Davis (Army hooper in 1944-45 and 1945-46) scored a touchdown in his third different game of the month (45-yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin). . . . Brooklyn Dodgers rookie E Ben Douglas (two-time All-MVC second-team selection for Grinnell IA in 1929-30 and 1930-31) accounted for the game's only score with a touchdown on a pass reception in a 7-0 win against the Chicago Cardinals in 1933. It was Douglas' lone professional TD. . . . Detroit Lions QB Fred Enke (three-year All-Border Conference first-team selection under his father was Arizona co-captain as senior in 1947-48) threw two second-half touchdown passes of more than 40 yards to John Greene in a 65-24 setback against the Los Angeles Rams in 1950. . . . Chicago Bears WR George Farmer (teammate of UCLA legend Lew Alcindor in 1968-69) caught five passes for 141 yards in a 27-10 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1972. . . . Dallas Cowboys CB Cornell Green (Utah State's all-time leading scorer and rebounder when career ended in 1961-62) had an interception in his fourth consecutive contest of the month in 1967. . . . Miami Dolphins QB Bob Griese (sophomore guard for Purdue in 1964-65) threw two second-quarter touchdown passes in a 26-8 win against the Baltimore Colts in 1978. . . . New York Giants rookie E Pete Hall (collected 20 points and 13 rebounds in 17 Marquette games in 1957-58 and 1958-59) caught a 20-yard pass in a 17-16 setback against the Dallas Cowboys in 1961. . . . Chicago Bears B Keith Molesworth (three-year letterman for Monmouth IL in late 1920s) threw two touchdown passes in a 14-10 win against the New York Giants in 1933. . . . E R.C. Owens (led small colleges with 27.1 rpg in 1953-54 while also averaging 23.5 ppg for College of Idaho) had at least 100 receiving yards for the first of six times in the San Francisco 49ers' last eight games of the 1961 season. . . . San Francisco 49ers WR Terrell Owens (UTC hooper from 1993-94 through 1995-96 started five games) caught two touchdown passes from Jeff Garcia in a 34-24 setback against the St. Louis Rams in 2000. . . . New York Yankees E Barney Poole (Ole Miss letterman in 1943) caught a 52-yard touchdown pass from George Ratterman (third-leading scorer with 11.7 ppg for Notre Dame in 1944-45) in the fourth quarter in a 38-27 win against the Chicago Bears in 1950. . . . Cleveland Browns WR Andre Rison (backup guard for Michigan State in 1987-88) had seven pass receptions for 173 yards in a 29-26 win against the Cincinnati Bengals in 1995. . . . Cleveland Browns WR Reggie Rucker (averaged 6.8 ppg and 3.8 rpg for Boston University in 1966-67) caught two touchdown passes in a 41-20 win against the Buffalo Bills in 1978. . . . Rookie WR Dave Stief (hoop teammate of Portland State All-American Freeman Williams in 1977-78) caught a 55-yard touchdown pass from Jim Hart to put the St. Louis Cardinals ahead to stay in a 16-10 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1978. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB Roy Zimmerman (San Jose State letterman as center in 1938 and 1939) rushed for a fourth-quarter touchdown to account for the decisive score in a 24-17 win against the New York Giants in 1944.

30: Kansas City Chiefs TE Reg Carolan (Idaho three-year letterman in early 1960s averaged 4 ppg and 4.7 rpg) caught two second-quarter touchdown passes from Len Dawson (Purdue hooper in 1956-57) in a 48-23 win against the Houston Oilers in 1966. . . . Washington Redskins LB London Fletcher (started two games for St. Francis PA as freshman in 1993-94 before transferring to John Carroll OH) had 12 tackles, seven assists and an interception in a 23-0 setback against the Buffalo Bills in 2011. . . . San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (second-team All-MAC selection in 2002 when Kent State finished runner-up in South Regional) caught 10 passes for 145 yards - including three for touchdowns - from Drew Brees in a 28-20 win against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2005. . . . Dallas Cowboys E Pete Gent (three-time All-Big Ten Conference selection averaged 17.4 ppg and 8.3 rpg while leading Michigan State in scoring each season from 1961-62 through 1963-64) caught an 84-yard touchdown pass from Don Meredith in a 52-21 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1966. . . . Green Bay Packers B Roger Grove (forward led Michigan State in scoring in 1929-30 and 1930-31) caught two touchdown passes in a 26-0 win against the Staten Island Stapletons in 1932. . . . Chicago Bears E Harlon Hill (Florence State AL letterman in 1951) had three of his league-high nine touchdown receptions in a 31-20 win against the Los Angeles Rams in 1955. . . . Green Bay Packers RB-K Paul Hornung (averaged 6.1 ppg in 10 contests for Notre Dame in 1954-55) kicked four field goals in a 19-13 win against the Pittsburgh Stellers in 1960. . . . Washington Redskins DB Joe Lavender (averaged 13.4 ppg and 6.6 rpg for San Diego State in 1969-70 and 1970-71) had an interception in his third different game of the month in 1977. . . . New York Giants rookie E Frank LoVuolo (three-year St. Bonaventure letterman in mid-1940s) returned a fumble recovery 25 yards for a touchdown in a 41-38 win against the Chicago Cardinals in 1949. . . . Los Angeles Rams DE Lamar Lundy (averaged 10.5 ppg and 8.5 rpg for Purdue in mid-1950s) returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown in a 48-35 win against the Detroit Lions in 1960. . . . Baltimore Colts TE John Mackey (Syracuse hooper in 1960-61) caught two first-half touchdown passes from Johnny Unitas (89 and 17 yards) in a 17-3 win against the Los Angeles Rams in 1966. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb (averaged 2.3 points in 18 games for Syracuse in 1995-96 and 1996-97) threw three touchdown passes - including a 91-yarder to WR Terrell Owens (UTC hooper from 1993-94 through 1995-96 started five games) - in a 49-21 win against the Denver Broncos in 2005. . . . Buffalo Bills TE Pete Metzelaars (averaged 19.2 ppg and 11.4 rpg for Wabash IN while setting NCAA Division III field-goal shooting records for single season as senior in 1981-82 and career) caught two touchdown passes from Jim Kelly in a 44-10 win against the Kansas City Chiefs in 1994. . . . Duluth Eskimos FB Ernie Nevers (All-Pacific Coast Conference second-five choice for Stanford in 1924-25) rushed for three touchdowns in a 21-20 setback against the Cleveland Browns in 1927. . . . Houston Oilers QB Gifford Nielsen (BYU swingman averaged 6.5 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 1973-74 and 1974-75) threw two touchdown passes to Mike Renfro in a 25-19 setback against the Cleveland Browns in 1983. . . . Cleveland Browns RB Greg Pruitt (Oklahoma frosh hooper in 1969-70) rushed for 153 yards on 18 carries - including a 78-yarder for a touchdown - in a 44-7 win against the Kansas City Chiefs in 1977. . . . Denver Broncos S Al Romine (four-year letterman from 1951-52 through 1954-55 for Florence State AL) returned an interception 20 yards in a 17-14 setback against the Dallas Texans in 1960. . . . Pittsburgh Steelers LB Bill Saul (averaged 6.1 ppg for Penn State in 1959-60) returned an interception 13 yards in a 52-21 setback against the Dallas Cowboys in 1966. . . . Dallas Cowboys QB Roger Staubach (Navy varsity hooper in 1961-62) threw three touchdown passes in a 37-0 win against the Detroit Lions in 1977. . . . In the midst of five consecutive contests with a touchdown catch, Kansas City Chiefs FL Otis Taylor (backup small forward for Prairie View A&M) had five pass receptions for 187 yards in a 48-23 win against the Houston Oilers in 1966. . . . New York Giants rookie B Doug Wycoff (Georgia Tech letterman in 1926) returned an interception for a touchdown in a 16-0 win against the Pottsville Maroons in 1927.

31: Chicago Bears DE Doug Atkins (third-leading scorer as Tennessee center with 9.9 ppg in 1950-51) had an interception in a 31-10 win against the Green Bay Packers in 1965. . . . Washington Redskins QB Sammy Baugh (TCU three-year letterman was All-SWC honorable mention selection as senior in 1936-37) threw six touchdown passes - three of them at least 44 yards - in a 48-10 win against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1943. Five years later, Baugh threw four TD passes - all of them at least 38 yards - in a 59-21 win against the Boston Yanks in 1948. . . . Philadelphia Eagles E Tony Bova (St. Francis PA letterman in 1942) caught two touchdown passes (31 and 26 yards) from Roy Zimmerman (San Jose State letterman as center in 1938 and 1939) in a 34-13 win against the Chicago Cardinals in 1943. . . . Detroit Lions TB Dutch Clark (four-time All-Rocky Mountain Conference choice for Colorado College) rushed for two third-quarter touchdowns in a 14-13 setback against the Green Bay Packers in 1937. . . . Denver Broncos WR Andre Cooper (collected 29 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists in seven Florida State games as freshman in 1993-94) had a career-high four pass receptions in a 23-20 setback against the Minnesota Vikings in 1999. . . . San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates (second-team All-MAC selection in 2002 when Kent State finished runner-up in South Regional) caught two third-quarter touchdown passes from Drew Brees in a 42-14 win against the Oakland Raiders in 2004. . . . Kansas City Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez (averaged 6.4 ppg and 4.3 rpg for California from 1994-95 through 1996-97) caught eight passes for 125 yards - including two touchdowns - in a 45-35 win against the Indianapolis Colts in 2004. . . . Washington Redskins rookie B Howard Hartley (Duke letterman in 1944) rushed for a 26-yard touchdown in a 59-21 win against the Boston Yanks in 1948. . . . Los Angeles Rams E Red Hickey (three-time All-SWC selection and member of Arkansas' 1941 Final Four team) caught three second-half touchdown passes in a 27-22 setback against the Chicago Cardinals in 1948. . . . Chicago Bears rookie E Harlon Hill (Florence State AL letterman in 1951) had four of his league-high 12 touchdown receptions in a 31-27 win against the San Francisco 49ers in 1954. . . . Buffalo Bills HB Chet Mutryn (Xavier letterman in 1943) scored three touchdowns (two rushing/one receiving) in a 35-17 win against the Baltimore Colts in 1948. . . . Cincinnati Bengals WR Terrell Owens (UTC hooper from 1993-94 through 1995-96 started five games) caught two first-half touchdown passes from Carson Palmer in a 22-14 setback against the Miami Dolphins in 2010. . . . Chicago Bears K Mac Percival (three-year letterman was part of squad winning Texas Tech's first SWC championship in major sport in 1960-61) had three field goals in a 23-19 win against the Dallas Cowboys in 1971. . . . Buffalo Bills QB George Ratterman (third-leading scorer with 11.7 ppg for Notre Dame in 1944-45) threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes (49 and 35 yards) in a 35-17 win against the Baltimore Colts in 1948. . . . Washington Redskins E-P Pat Richter (three-year Wisconsin letterman in early 1960s) averaged 50.2 yards on five punts in a 23-21 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in 1965. . . . Atlanta Falcons WR Andre Rison (backup guard for Michigan State in 1987-88) had 11 pass receptions for 147 yards - including two second-half touchdowns - in a 31-24 setback against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1993. . . . Philadelphia Eagles QB Norm Snead (averaged 7.8 ppg in four Wake Forest games as senior in 1960-61) threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes in a 23-21 setback against the Washington Redskins in 1965.

Impact of former college hoopers on professional football in September

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopers Make Their Mark on October 1 MLB Games

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OCTOBER 1

  • California Angels RHP Mike Barlow (basketball player for Syracuse from 1967-68 through 1969-70) won his lone start in 1977, yielding only two hits in seven innings in a 4-1 decision over the Kansas City Royals.

  • RHP Ralph Branca (sixth-leading scorer for NYU in 1943-44) incurred the loss for the Brooklyn Dodgers when they dropped the first-ever N.L. playoff in 1946 at St. Louis, which got three hits from C Joe Garagiola.

  • 1B Herb Conyers (second-leading scorer for Central Missouri State in 1941-42 when earning All-MIAA first-team recognition) clobbered a homer during an eighth-inning, five-run rally to help propel the Cleveland Indians to a 7-5 win against the Detroit Tigers in 1950.

  • Cincinnati Reds RHP Walker Cress (LSU letterman from 1936-37 through 1938-39) hurled a complete game but lost his lone MLB decision (2-1 against Pittsburgh Pirates in 1948).

  • Chicago White Sox RHP Charles "Slim" Embrey (Vanderbilt letterman in 1921-22 and 1922-23) appeared in his lone MLB game in 1923.

  • After having only 66 regular-season at-bats, Chicago White Sox backup 3B Sammy Esposito (averaged 7 ppg in 1951-52 as starting guard under Indiana coach Branch McCracken) batted twice in an 11-0 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1959 World Series opener.

  • Detroit Tigers 1B Darrell Evans (member of Jerry Tarkanian-coached Pasadena City CA club winning 1967 state community college crown) homered twice in a 1985 contest against the Toronto Blue Jays en route to an A.L.-high 40 round-trippers.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers C Joe Ferguson (member of Pacific's 1967 NCAA playoff team) collected six RBI in an 8-4 win against the San Francisco Giants in 1980.

  • San Francisco Giants RHP Bob Garibaldi (starting forward averaged 10.6 ppg and 5.6 rpg for Santa Clara in 1961-62) lost his lone MLB start (9-4 against San Diego Padres in 1969).

  • Pittsburgh Pirates LHP Joe Gibbon (two-time All-SEC forward for Ole Miss was nation's second-leading scorer as senior in 1956-57) went the distance winning his last three decisions of the 1961 campaign, including two shutouts (three-hitter and one-hitter).

  • In the first game ever broadcast live coast-to-coast, RHP Jim Hearn (Georgia Tech letterman in 1941-42) notched a career-high 17th triumph for the New York Giants in the opener of 1951 N.L. playoff series against Branca and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Supporting Hearn with a homer was LF Monte Irvin (played for Lincoln PA 1 1/2 years in late 1930s).

  • Brooklyn Dodgers 1B Gil Hodges (played for Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) contributed three hits and three RBI in an 8-5 triumph against the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the 1955 World Series.

  • Cincinnati Reds RF Earle "Greasy" Neale (West Virginia Wesleyan College hoopster graduated in 1915) contributed three hits in a 9-1 success against the Chicago White Sox in the opener of the 1919 World Series.

  • In his third start in five days, RHP 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 a 1970 game, New York Mets rookie LF Ken Singleton (Hofstra freshman team in mid-1960s) supplied the only two hits (both doubles) off Chicago Cubs standout Ferguson Jenkins.

  • St. Louis Cardinals RHP 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 RHP Jim Willis (Northwestern State letterman in late 1940s).

  • In his MLB debut, Atlanta Braves RHP Cecil Upshaw (Centenary's leading scorer as junior in 1962-63) tossed three hitless innings of relief against the Cincinnati Reds in 1966.

  • St. Louis Cardinals 1B Bill White (played two years with Hiram OH in early 1950s) played the entire schedule in 1963.

On This Date: Ex-College Cagers Make Their Mark on September 30 MLB Games

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SEPTEMBER 30

  • Detroit Tigers RHP Elden Auker (All-Big Six first-five basketball selection with Kansas State in 1931-32) closed out his 1933 rookie campaign with a four-hit shutout against the Cleveland Indians.

  • RHP Mike Barlow (Syracuse substitute from 1967-68 through 1969-70) shipped by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Houston Astros in 1975 to complete an earlier deal.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Donn Clendenon (four-sport letterman with Morehouse GA) collected four hits against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1961 game.

  • C Bill Conroy (Illinois Wesleyan hooper in early 1930s) selected by Boston Red Sox in 1941 Rule 5 draft.

  • In 1967, Houston Astros LHP Danny Coombs (Seton Hall's third-leading scorer and rebounder as sophomore in 1961-62) posted his third relief victory in as many decisions in a 19-day span.

  • Roger Craig (forward with North Carolina State's 1949-50 freshman team) fired as San Diego Padres manager in 1979.

  • LF Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) smacked a ninth-inning grand slam against the St. Louis Browns on final day of 1945 campaign to clinch the A.L. pennant for the Detroit Tigers.

  • New York Yankees 1B Buddy Hassett (played for Manhattan teams winning school-record 17 consecutive games in 1930 and 1931) twice knocked in Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio with safeties in a 7-4 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of the 1942 World Series.

  • In 1975, 1B-OF Doug Howard (All-WAC second-team selection with Brigham Young in 1968-69 and 1969-70) shipped by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Cleveland Indians to complete an earlier deal.

  • OF-1B Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) hammered a homer against the New York Yankees in the Senators' final game in Washington in 1971.

  • Chicago Cubs RF Bill Nicholson (guard for Washington College MD two years in mid-1930s) tripled twice against the Boston Braves in a 1943 contest.

  • OF Irv Noren (player of 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.

  • OF Curtis Pride (led William & Mary in steals three seasons and in assists twice from 1986-87 through 1989-90) smacked a pinch, two-run homer for the Montreal Expos in the top of the ninth inning in 1993. Pride's blast was the difference in a 5-3 win against the Florida Marlins.

  • 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 RHP 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 in the opener of a 1956 twinbill while Robinson homered in his final MLB game.

  • New York Mets RF Ken Singleton (Hofstra freshman team in mid-1960s) homered twice in the 1971 season finale against the St. Louis Cardinals.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates LHP Bob Veale (scored 1,160 points from 1955-56 through 1957-58 with Benedictine KS) amassed 16 strikeouts and eight walks in 12 1/3 innings against the Cincinnati Reds in 1964.

  • St. Louis Cardinals rookie RHP Ray Washburn (Whitworth WA scoring leader in 1958-59 and 1959-60 when named All-Evergreen Conference) earned his first MLB victory with a five-hit, complete-game 12-2 decision over the Philadelphia Phillies in 1961.

  • INF Whitey Wietelmann (captain for Muskingum OH in mid-1940s) traded by the Boston Braves to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1946.

  • Philadelphia Phillies OF Cy Williams (Notre Dame forward in 1909-10) contributed two of his NL-leading 41 homers in a 6-4 win against the Brooklyn Robins in 1923.

  • San Francisco Giants CF Randy Winn (Santa Clara backcourtmate of eventual two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash in 1993-94) went 4-for-4 with two homers against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 2005 game.

  • Philadelphia Athletics LF Joe Zapustas (Fordham letterman in 1932-33) secured his lone MLB hit (single against Boston Red Sox in nightcap of 1933 doubleheader).

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Former San Diego State hoop regulars Tony Clark, Tony Gwynn and Graig Nettles had significant MLB performances on this date. Ditto pitchers Bob Gibson and Dennis Rasmussen after meaningful hoop careers with Creighton. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is a September 29 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

SEPTEMBER 29

  • Cincinnati Reds RF Frank Baumholtz (MVP in 1941 NIT and first basketball player in Ohio University history to reach 1,000-point plateau) banged out four hits against the Chicago Cubs in a 1948 contest.

  • Detroit Tigers rookie 1B Tony Clark (San Diego State's leading scorer in WAC games in 1991-92) cracked two homers for the second time in last 13 games of the 1996 campaign.

  • In the opener of a 1934 doubleheader, Washington Senators LHP Syd Cohen (Alabama letterman in 1927) became the last A.L. hurler to strike out New York Yankees legend Babe Ruth and allow the Bambino a home run.

  • Boston Red Sox C Gene Desautels (Holy Cross letterman in 1929 and 1930) closed out the 1940 campaign with a career-high nine-game hitting streak.

  • Light-hitting Chicago White Sox SS Sammy Esposito (averaged 7 ppg in 1951-52 as starting guard under Indiana coach Branch McCracken) closed out the 1957 campaign with at least one walk in his last seven games.

  • 3B Gene Freese (captain of 1952 NAIA Tournament team for West Liberty WV) traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Philadelphia Phillies for player-manager Solly Hemus in 1958.

  • St. Louis Cardinals RHP Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer in 1955-56 and 1956-57) went 3-for-4, including his fifth homer of the 1965 campaign, in an 8-6 win against the San Francisco Giants.

  • San Diego Padres RF Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81) provided seven hits in a 1999 doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals.

  • Mike Hargrove (Northwestern Oklahoma State letterman) fired as Baltimore Orioles manager in 2003.

  • Chicago White Sox C Duane Josephson (led Northern Iowa in scoring in 1962-63 and 1963-64 under coach Norm Stewart) closed out the 1968 campaign with his fifth two-hit game in final nine contests.

  • In 1966, Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) became the first MLB hurler in the 20th Century to achieve a third 300-strikeout season.

  • Boston Braves RF Joe Mowry (Iowa letterman in 1929-30 and 1930-31) went 3-for-3 against the New York Giants in the opener of a 1935 twinbill.

  • Washington Senators 2B Buddy Myer (Mississippi State letterman in 1923-24) went 4-for-5 against the Philadelphia Athletics to capture the 1935 A.L. batting championship (.349).

  • New York Yankees 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) lashed two homers against the Cleveland Indians in 1974. Two years later, Nettles collected two doubles, two round-trippers and six RBI against the Boston Red Sox in a 9-6 win in 1976.

  • Detroit Tigers OF Jim Northrup (second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for Alma MI in 1958-59) went 4-for-4 with five RBI against the Milwaukee Brewers in a 1972 outing.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers SS Paul Popovich (averaged 3.3 ppg for West Virginia's 1960 NCAA playoff team) closed out the 1968 campaign by going 10-for-18 on a five-game road trip to Chicago and Atlanta.

  • Kansas City Royals LHP 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.

  • LHP Preacher Roe (Harding AR hooper in late 1930s) purchased from the St. Louis Cardinals by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1943.

  • New York Yankees rookie 3B Red Rolfe (played briefly with Dartmouth in 1927-28 and 1929-30) registered four hits against the Washington Senators in the nightcap of a 1934 doubleheader.

  • Birdie Tebbetts (Providence hooper in 1932) named Cincinnati Reds manager in 1953.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Kent Tekulve (played as freshman in mid-1960s for Marietta OH) won both ends of a 1978 doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies.

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SEPTEMBER 28

  • 2B Frank Baker (Southern Mississippi letterman in 1965-66 and 1966-67), replacing Bobby Grich in the Baltimore Orioles' lineup, belted his only MLB homer, a grand slam, and finished with six RBI in an 18-4 trouncing of the Cleveland Indians in the nightcap of a 1973 doubleheader.

  • In the finale of the 1952 campaign, Chicago Cubs lefthanded OF Frank Baumholtz (MVP in 1941 NIT and first player in Ohio University history to score 1,000 career points) reached base on an error after switching over and swinging righthanded at the only delivery Hall of Fame 1B-OF Stan Musial threw from the mound at the MLB level. Musial, who began his Organized Baseball career as a pitcher before incurring an injury, claimed his sixth N.L. batting crown (.336) and Baumholtz finished runner-up (.325).

  • St. Louis Cardinals 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) provided his second extra-inning steal of home plate in 1928.

  • LF "Sweet" Lou Johnson (Kentucky State teammate of legendary HBCU coach Davey Whitney averaged 5.7 ppg and 2 rpg in 1951-52) slugged a 12th-inning homer to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 2-1 victory against the Cincinnati Reds in 1965.

  • St. Louis Cardinals LF Danny Litwhiler (member of JV squad with Bloomsburg PA in mid-1930s) provided three hits in both ends of a 1943 doubleheader split against the Boston Braves.

  • In a City Series duel, Chicago White Sox RHP 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.

  • RHP Bill McCahan (three-year Duke letterman named to All-Southern Conference Tournament team in 1942) traded by Philadelphia Athletics to Brooklyn Dodgers in 1949.

  • Baltimore Orioles rookie RHP Ben McDonald (started six times as freshman forward for LSU in 1986-87 under coach Dale Brown) hurled a four-hit shutout against the Cleveland Indians in 1990.

  • In 1952, Philadelphia Phillies RHP Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) registered his 28th victory (7-4 over New York Giants) with his 30th complete game.

  • Chicago Cubs LF Riggs Stephenson (Alabama letterman in 1920), who hit safely in all nine World Series outings in his career, provided three safeties in the 1932 opener against the New York Yankees.

  • Detroit Tigers utilityman Champ Summers (led SIUE in scoring in 1969-70 after doing same with Nicholls State in 1964-65) socked a game-tying, two-run pinch homer off the New York Yankees' Goose Gossage in the bottom of the eighth inning in 1980.

  • In a 1938 contest, 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 RF Will Venable (All-Ivy League first-team selection as junior and second-team choice as senior averaged 9.3 ppg under Princeton coach John Thompson III from 2001-02 through 2004-05) whacked his first MLB grand slam (against Chicago Cubs in 2011).

  • In 1965, St. Louis Cardinals 1B Bill White (played two years with Hiram OH in early 1950s) contributed three extra-base hits in a game against his original team (San Francisco Giants).

  • Rookie pinch-hitter Bob Will (Mankato State MN captain in 1954-55 with 8.5 ppg and 2.5 rpg) stroked a two-run single in the eighth inning to put the Chicago Cubs ahead to stay in a 6-4 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1957. Five years later, Will's two-run pinch double catapulted the Cubbies to a 3-2 triumph against the New York Mets in 1962.

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Ex-Swarthmore PA hoopers Dick Hall and Curly Ogden had significant MLB pitching performances on this date. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is a September 27 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

SEPTEMBER 27

  • Baltimore Orioles 2B Jerry Adair (one of Oklahoma State's three leading basketball scorers in 1956-57 and 1957-58 while ranking among nation's top 12 free-throw shooters each season) smacked his first MLB homer (against Boston Red Sox in 1960).

  • St. Louis Cardinals 1B Walter Alston (Miami OH letterman from 1932-33 through 1934-35) fanned in his lone MLB at-bat (against Chicago Cubs in 1936).

  • In 1983, RHP Jim Beattie (Dartmouth's top rebounder in 1974-75 when selected team MVP and honorable mention All-Ivy League) hurled the first one-hitter in Seattle Mariners history.

  • Baltimore Orioles OF Al Bumbry (Virginia State's runner-up in scoring with 16.7 ppg as freshman in 1964-65) stroked four hits against the Detroit Tigers in a 1977 game. Three years later, Bumbry stole three bases against the Cleveland Indians in a 1980 contest.

  • LHP Danny Coombs (Seton Hall's third-leading scorer and rebounder as a sophomore in 1961-62) made his MLB debut in 1963 as a reliever for the Houston Colt .45s, who started nine rookies including 1B Rusty Staub, 2B Joe Morgan and C Jerry Grote.

  • Detroit Tigers 1B Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) launched two homers for the fourth time in an 18-game span in 1938.

  • Baltimore Orioles RHP Dick Hall (averaged 13.5 ppg from 1948-49 through 1950-51 for three Swarthmore PA Southern Division champions in Middle Atlantic States Conference) became the first pitcher in 51 years to end a season with more victories (10) than walks (6 in 61 innings).

  • C Tom Haller (backup forward for Illinois in 1956-57 and 1957-58 under coach Harry Combes) whacked a pair of homers to spark the San Francisco Giants to an 8-4 triumph against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1965. Three years later with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Haller delivered four RBI, including a go-ahead, two-run triple in the ninth inning of a 5-2 win against the Atlanta Braves in 1968.

  • New York Giants RHP Jim Hearn (Georgia Tech letterman in 1941-42) hurled a shutout against the Philadelphia Phillies to finish the 1950 campaign with a N.L.-leading ERA of 2.49.

  • Kansas City Royals LF Joe Lahoud (New Haven CT letterman in mid-1960s) whacked back-to-back homers against the Oakland Athletics in a 1977 outing.

  • St. Louis Cardinals SS Doc Lavan (played for Hope MI from 1908 through 1910) delivered four hits in a 16-1 romp over the Chicago Cubs in 1920.

  • Danny Litwhiler (member of JV squad with Bloomsburg PA in 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.

  • Kansas City Athletics SS Jerry Lumpe (member of Southwest Missouri State's 1952 NAIA Tournament championship team) went 4-for-4 against the Cleveland Indians in a 1960 game.

  • Philadelphia Phillies CF Jerry Martin (1971 Southern Conference Tournament MVP after he was Furman's runner-up in scoring previous season) went 4-for-4 in a 5-4 win against the Montreal Expos in 1978.

  • RF Lyle Mouton (starter in LSU's backcourt with All-American Chris Jackson for 1989 NCAA playoff team) knocked in all of the Baltimore Orioles' runs in a 6-4 loss against the Boston Red Sox in 1998.

  • Winning LHP Gary Peters (played for Grove City PA in mid-1950s) pounded a three-run homer in a 10-1 victory against the Washington Senators as the Boston Red Sox reached the 200-homer plateau for the first time in franchise history.

  • Boston Braves RHP Al Pierotti (Washington & Lee VA captain of school's undefeated 1917 squad) posted his lone MLB victory (complete-game 3-2 verdict over New York Giants in 1920).

  • Los Angeles Dodgers RHP Jeff Shaw (freshman guard for Rio Grande OH squad compiling 31-5 record and reaching second round of 1985 NAIA Tournament) secured his 10th save in as many relief appearances during the month in 1998.

  • In 1962, Houston Astros RHP Jim Umbricht (Georgia captain in 1951-52) won his fourth game of the month as a reliever.

  • Detroit Tigers SS Johnnie Watson (Marshall letterman from 1926-27 through 1929-30) contributed a double and RBI in both ends of a 1930 doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox.

  • In the midst of securing an RBI in 11 of final 12 outings of 1964, St. Louis Cardinals 1B Bill White (played two years with Hiram OH in early 1950s) doubled in his fourth consecutive contest.

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SEPTEMBER 26

  • New York Yankees rookie SS Frank Baker (Southern Mississippi basketball letterman in 1965-66 and 1966-67) banged out three hits for the second consecutive contest against the Detroit Tigers in 1970.

  • In 1972, Milwaukee Brewers RHP Jerry Bell (Belmont hooper in 1965-66 and 1966-67) posted his fifth victory in as many decisions in the span of a month.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates LF Carson "Skeeter" Bigbee (Oregon letterman in 1915) went 4-for-4 against the Chicago Cubs in the opener of a 1924 doubleheader.

  • Chicago Cubs LF Larry Biittner (runner-up in scoring and rebounding in 1966-67 for Buena Vista IA) supplied three extra-base hits in a 10-7 win against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1977.

  • Chicago White Sox SS Sammy Esposito (averaged 7 ppg in 1951-52 as starting guard under Indiana coach Branch McCracken), who hit .207 in his 10-year MLB career, went 3-for-3 against the Kansas City Athletics in a 1958 game.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers C Joe Ferguson (played in 1967 NCAA playoffs with Pacific) stroked three extra-base hits against the San Diego Padres in a 1972 contest.

  • 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 LHP Mike Flanagan (averaged 13.9 ppg for Massachusetts' 15-1 freshman squad in 1971-72) had his no-hit bid end with two outs in the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians in 1978.

  • Detroit Tigers 1B Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) collected five extra-base hits, five runs and nine RBI in a 1934 twinbill sweep of the Chicago White Sox.

  • In 1954, 1B Gil Hodges (played for St. Joseph's IN in 1943 and Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) hammered his 25th homer at Ebbets Field (a new Brooklyn Dodgers single-season record). Hodges also finished the year with a MLB-high 18 sacrifice flies.

  • New York Giants LF Monte Irvin (played for Lincoln PA 1 1/2 years in late 1930s) delivered three extra-base hits and four of his N.L.-high 121 RBI against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1951 game.

  • Philadelphia Phillies RHP Jim Konstanty (Syracuse player in late 1930s) made his 71st relief appearance of the 1950 campaign. It was a MLB record (subsequently broken).

  • In a 1986 outing, Toronto Blue Jays DH Rick Leach (averaged 15.5 ppg for Michigan's junior varsity team in 1975-76) went 3-for-3 against Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox.

  • 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.

  • RHP Nels Potter (leading scorer during two years he attended Mount Morris IL in early 1930s) purchased from the Boston Braves by the Cincinnati Reds in 1949.

  • In 1951, Brooklyn Dodgers 2B Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in PCC both of his seasons for UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41) annoyed the Boston Braves by stealing home with a 13-3 lead in the eighth inning.

  • New York Yankees LHP Marius Russo (member of LIU teams compiling 50-2 record in 1934-35 and 1935-36 under legendary coach Clair Bee) fired his third three-hit shutout of the 1941 campaign.

  • Kansas City Royals LHP Paul Splittorff (runner-up in scoring and rebounding for Morningside IA in 1967-68) won his fifth straight start to finish the 1973 season with 20 victories.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates starting RHP Jim Umbricht (Georgia captain in 1951-52) lost his MLB debut (against Cincinnati Reds in 1959).

  • Boston Red Sox C Sammy White (All-PCC Northern Division first-five selection for Washington in 1947-48 and 1948-49) smacked two homers against the Washington Senators in a 1954 game.

  • San Francisco Giants CF Randy Winn (Santa Clara backcourtmate of eventual two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash in 1993-94) went 4-for-4 against the San Diego Padres in a 2005 contest.

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SEPTEMBER 25

  • Philadelphia Phillies LHP Stan Baumgartner (played for University of Chicago's Big Ten Conference basketball champion in 1913-14) toiled 10 innings for his first MLB victory, a 3-2 nod over the Chicago Cubs in 1914.

  • St. Louis Browns RF Beau Bell (two-year letterman for Texas A&M in early 1930s) banged out four hits in the nightcap of a 1936 doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians.

  • Philadelphia Athletics RHP Jack Coombs (captain and starting center for Colby ME) had his 53-inning scoreless streak ended by the Chicago White Sox in 1910.

  • St. Louis Cardinals CF Taylor Douthit (California letterman from 1922 through 1924) contributed four hits against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 1930 game.

  • In one of his eight multiple-hit contests in a nine-game span, Brooklyn Robins 3B Wally Gilbert (captain played for Valparaiso from 1918-19 through 1920-21) manufactured four safeties in a 10-9 loss against the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a 1929 twinbill.

  • Toronto Blue Jays rookie LHP Mark Hendrickson (two-time All-Pacific-10 selection was Washington State's leading rebounder each season from 1992-93 through 1995-96) won his last three starts in 2002 after debuting as a MLB starter earlier in the month with a no-decision, yielding only three earned runs in 26 innings in those four assignments. Three years later, Hendrickson won his seventh straight verdict with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2005.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers LHP 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 Leiber (played for Arizona in 1931) hurled a complete game in a 9-1 setback against the Philadelphia Phillies in the nightcap of a 1942 doubleheader. Teammate Hal Schumacher (played for St. Lawrence NY in early 1930s) earned the win in the opener, 6-3.

  • Boston Red Sox CF Jerry Mallett (two-time All-SWC first-team selection averaged 15.3 ppg and 12.7 rpg for Baylor from 1954-55 through 1956-57) supplied two of his four MLB hits and lone RBI in a 10-4 victory against the Washington Senators in 1959.

  • Cincinnati Reds SS Nolen Richardson (Georgia captain in 1925-26 as All-Southern Conference Tournament selection) went 3-for-3 against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 1938 contest.

  • Philadelphia Phillies RHP Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) registered his 28th victory in 1952, completing his 30th game in 37 starts.

  • Philadelphia Phillies 3B Gary Sutherland (averaged 7.4 ppg with Southern California in 1963-64) provided his fifth straight multiple-hit game in 1968.

  • Finishing regular season with four consecutive holds, LHP Matt Thornton (averaged 5.8 ppg and 2.4 rpg for Grand Valley State MI from 1995-96 through 1997-98) went unscored upon in his 18 relief appearances with the Washington Nationals after he was acquired from the New York Yankees.

  • In the midst of an eight-game hitting streak, San Francisco Giants 1B Desi Wilson (Fairleigh Dickinson's all-time leading scorer was Northeast Conference player of the year in 1989-90) homered against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1996.

  • Detroit Tigers 1B John Young (played sparingly for Chapman CA in late 1960s) went 2-for-3 in his lone MLB start (against New York Yankees in 1971).

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SEPTEMBER 24

  • Boston Red Sox 2B Jerry Adair (one of Oklahoma State's top three basketball scorers in 1956-57 and 1957-58 while ranking among nation's top 12 free-throw shooters each season) amassed four hits in an 11-7 win against the Baltimore Orioles in 1967.

  • Philadelphia Athletics SS Frank Callaway (Tennessee letterman in 1918 and 1919) collected a career-high three hits in a 7-4 victory against the Chicago White Sox in 1921.

  • New York Mets 1B Donn Clendenon (four-sport letterman with Morehouse GA) cracked two homers against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 1969 game.

  • Philadelphia Athletics C Mickey Cochrane (played for Boston University in early 1920s) contributed three doubles against the Washington Senators in a 1933 contest.

  • New York Giants SS Alvin Dark (LSU and USL letterman in mid-1940s) homered in both ends of a 1952 doubleheader sweep against his original team (Boston Braves), going 5-for-5 in the opener.

  • Cleveland Indians rookie SS Billy Harrell (averaged 10.3 ppg in three seasons for Siena in early 1950s) banged out three hits against the Detroit Tigers for the second time in a week in 1955.

  • New York Mets manager Gil Hodges (played for Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) suffered a heart attack during a 1968 game against the Atlanta Braves.

  • Chicago White Sox 1B Ron Jackson (second-team All-MAC choice from 1951-52 through 1953-54 led Western Michigan in scoring and rebounding his last two seasons) registered four hits against the Kansas City Athletics in a 1957 contest.

  • In 1957, Brooklyn Dodgers LHP Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) appeared in relief in the final game at Ebbets Field. Koufax got a chance to go to the plate and struck out for the 12th time in as many at-bats this season.

  • Chicago Cubs C Gordy Massa (played briefly for Holy Cross in 1956-57) supplied two safeties in his MLB debut against the Cincinnati Reds en route to securing hits in all six games the remainder of the 1957 campaign.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Jack Phillips (leading scorer for Clarkson NY in 1942-43) went 4-for-4 in a 3-2 triumph against the Cincinnati Reds in the nightcap of a 1950 twinbill.

  • Philadelphia Phillies RHP Ron Reed (Notre Dame's leading rebounder in 1963-64 and 1964-65) won his last eight relief decisions of the 1983 campaign.

  • Milwaukee Brewers LF Ted Savage (led Lincoln MO in scoring average in 1955-56) provided three hits and four RBI in a 7-3 verdict over the California Angels in 1970.

  • RHP Hal Schumacher (St. Lawrence NY hooper in early 1930s) drove in the winning run in the 10th inning of opener of a doubleheader against the Boston Bees as the New York Giants clinched the 1936 N.L. pennant.

  • RHP Joe Vance (Southwest Texas State letterman in 1927-28 and 1928-29) won his lone decision with the New York Yankees in 1937 by allowing only four hits and one run in eight innings against the Boston Red Sox.

  • In 1992, Toronto Blue Jays DH-RF Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) became the first 40-year-old in MLB history to knock in 100 runs in a season when he stroked a two-run double off Baltimore Orioles RHP Ben McDonald (started six games as 6-6 freshman forward for Louisiana State in 1986-87).

  • New York Yankees LHP 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.

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SEPTEMBER 23

  • Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Jim Bibby (Fayetteville State NC backup basketball player and brother of UCLA All-American Henry Bibby) fired a three-hit shutout against the Chicago Cubs in 1979.

  • Seattle Mariners LF Bruce Bochte (starting forward for Santa Clara's 1970 NCAA playoff team averaged 7.4 ppg and 4 rpg) went 4-for-4 against the Chicago White Sox in a 1982 game.

  • Detroit Tigers 2B Frank Bolling (averaged 7.3 ppg in 1950-51 for Spring Hill AL) stroked four hits against the Cleveland Indians in a 1956 contest.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers RHP Roger Craig (forward with North Carolina State's 1949-50 freshman team) hurled his fourth shutout in 1959 (5-0 against St. Louis Cardinals).

  • Milwaukee Braves 1B George Crowe (four-year letterman from 1939-40 through 1942-43 for Indiana Central after becoming first high school player named state's Mr. Basketball) smashed two homers in a 4-2 win against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1955.

  • Cleveland Indians CF Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA titlist) delivered a grand slam against the Detroit Tigers in a 1950 outing.

  • St. Louis Cardinals 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) collected four hits and four runs against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1930 game.

  • California Angels RHP Dave Frost (averaged 10.5 ppg and 4 rpg for Stanford from 1971-72 through 1973-74) hurled a complete game, beating the Texas Rangers, 6-1, to finish tied with Nolan Ryan for the team high in victories (16) during the 1979 campaign.

  • San Francisco Giants LHP 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.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers 1B Gil Hodges (played for St. Joseph's IN in 1943 and Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) homered twice against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a suspended game in 1956.

  • New York Yankees LF David Justice (Thomas More KY assists leader in 1984-85 while averaging 9.3 ppg) homered twice against the Detroit Tigers in a 2000 contest.

  • Detroit Tigers SS Harvey Kuenn (played briefly for Wisconsin in 1951-52 after competing on JV squad previous season) went 5-for-5 against the Cleveland Indians in a 1956 outing.

  • Washington Senators CF Don Lock (paced Wichita State in field-goal percentage in 1956-57 and 1957-58 under coach Ralph Miller) had a 15-game hitting streak snapped by the Detroit Tigers in 1963.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Davey Lopes (NAIA All-District 15 selection for Iowa Wesleyan averaged 16.9 ppg as freshman in 1964-65 and 12.1 ppg as sophomore in 1965-66) stole three bases against the San Francisco Giants in a 1976 contest. Lopes pilfered at least one base nine times in a 10-game span earlier in the month.

  • Boston Red Sox 3B Buddy Myer (Mississippi State letterman in 1923-24) went 4-for-4 against the Detroit Tigers in a 1928 game.

  • 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.

  • Chicago Cubs RF Bill Nicholson (guard for Washington College MD two years in mid-1930s) homered twice against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1943 contest.

  • Detroit Tigers LF Jim Northrup (second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for Alma MI in 1958-59) homered twice against the Boston Red Sox in a 1973 outing.

  • Detroit Tigers LHP Phil Page (Penn State letterman in 1926-27) didn't allow an earned run in winning his second start in as many MLB appearances (both complete games in 1928).

  • New York Giants RHP Roy Parmelee (Eastern Michigan letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) fired his second four-hit shutout of the 1934 campaign.

  • Chicago Cubs RHP Claude Passeau (Millsaps MS hooper in late 1920s and early 1930s) scattered four hits and helped cause with a homer in a 10-0 rout of the St. Louis Cardinals as he posted his 20th triumph in 1940.

  • Detroit Tigers rookie 3B Nolen Richardson (Georgia captain in 1925-26 as All-Southern Conference Tournament selection) notched his fourth consecutive multiple-hit contest in 1931.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers LHP Preacher Roe (Harding AR hooper in late 1930s) improved his record to 22-2 in 1951 with a 6-3 decision over the Philadelphia Phillies.

  • New York Yankees LHP Marius Russo (member of LIU teams compiling 50-2 record in 1934-35 and 1935-36 under legendary coach Clair Bee) tossed a two-hit shutout against the Detroit Tigers in 1943.

  • 2B Wayne Terwilliger (two-year letterman for Western Michigan in late 1940s) awarded on waivers from the Brooklyn Dodgers to the Washington Senators in 1952.

  • Cincinnati Reds 3B Billy Werber (first Duke All-American in 1929-30) homered in both ends of a 1939 doubleheader sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

  • Philadelphia Phillies CF Cy Williams (Notre Dame forward in 1909-10) went 4-for-4 and scored three runs in a 7-6 win against the Boston Braves in the opener of a 1920 twinbill.

  • San Francisco Giants CF Randy Winn (Santa Clara backcourtmate of eventual two-time Most Valuable Player Steve Nash in 1993-94) registered three doubles against the Milwaukee Brewers in a 2006 game.

  • New York Giants 1B Babe Young (Fordham letterman in 1935-36) blasted two homers in a 1939 game against the Boston Braves.

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SEPTEMBER 22

  • Rookie CF George Altman (appeared in 1953 and 1954 NAIA Basketball Tournament with Tennessee State) whacked a ninth-inning, two-run homer to give the Chicago Cubs a 5-4 triumph against the San Francisco Giants in 1959.

  • Cleveland Indians RHP Jim Bibby (Fayetteville State NC backup player and brother of UCLA All-American Henry Bibby) tossed his second shutout of the month in 1976.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates LF Carson "Skeeter" Bigbee (Oregon letterman in 1915) supplied four hits for the second time in an eight-game span in 1922.

  • In 1965, 2B Frank Bolling (averaged 7.3 ppg for Spring Hill AL in 1950-51) blasted a grand slam off Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) as the Braves end their 13-year stint in Milwaukee.

  • A.L. Rookie of the Year DH Al Bumbry (Virginia State's runner-up in scoring 16.7 ppg as a freshman in 1964-65) tied a MLB single-game mark with three triples against the Milwaukee Brewers, helping the Baltimore Orioles clinch the 1973 East Division title.

  • Philadelphia Athletics RHP George Earnshaw (Swarthmore PA participant in 1922) earned victory #21 in 1931.

  • RHP 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.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers 1B Gil Hodges (played for St. Joseph's IN in 1943 and Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) knocked in five runs against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 1949 contest.

  • Chicago Cubs RHP Cal Koonce (Campbell standout in 1960 and 1961 when North Carolina-based school was junior college) blanked the Los Angeles Dodgers for eight innings en route to posting his first of three victories the last 10 days of the 1964 campaign.

  • Washington Senators CF Irv Noren (player of year for California junior college state champion Pasadena City in 1945) tied an A.L. nine-inning record with 11 putouts in 1951.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Elmer Ponder (Oklahoma letterman in 1913-14 and 1915-16) tossed a two-hit shutout against the New York Giants in the nightcap of a 1917 doubleheader.

  • In his fourth straight complete-game triumph, New York Yankees RHP Roy Sherid (Albright PA center in 1926-27 and 1927-28) didn't allow an earned run in a 3-1 verdict over the Chicago White Sox in the nightcap of a 1929 twinbill.

  • Detroit Tigers rookie C Birdie Tebbetts (played for Providence in 1932) went 5-for-10 and scored five runs against the St. Louis Browns in a 1936 doubleheader. Five years later, Tebbetts stroked three extra-base hits against the Chicago White Sox in a 1941 outing.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates LHP Bob Veale (scored 1,160 points from 1955-56 through 1957-58 with Benedictine KS) whiffed 15 Milwaukee Braves batters but the strikeout total wasn't enough to extend his five-game winning streak in 1964.

  • San Diego Padres RHP Chris Young (All-Ivy League first-team selection for Princeton in 1999-00) 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.

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SEPTEMBER 21

  • Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (LSU's top basketball scorer in 1945-46) clobbered two homers against the Chicago Cubs in a 1957 game.

  • Chicago Cubs rookie RF George Altman (appeared in 1953 and 1954 NAIA Tournament with Tennessee State) smacked two homers against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 1959 contest.

  • Montreal Expos RHP Ray Burris (two-sport standout in Southwestern Oklahoma State Hall of Fame) yielded only three hits in 10 innings against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1981 performance.

  • St. Louis Cardinals 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) contributed four hits against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1935 outing.

  • Detroit Tigers 1B Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only semester) contributed six RBI in an 8-6 win against the Philadelphia Athletics in the opener of a 1938 twinbill.

  • Oakland Athletics 3B Wayne Gross (led Cal Poly Pomona in assists in 1974-75) collected two homers and five RBI in a 9-3 triumph against the Kansas City Royals in 1980.

  • Chicago Cubs SS Don Kessinger (three-time All-SEC selection for Mississippi from 1961-62 through 1963-64 while finishing among nation's top 45 scorers each year) smacked two triples against the Montreal Expos in a 1975 game. Nine years earlier, Kessinger amassed four hits against the Cincinnati Reds for the second time during the month in 1966.

  • Chicago Cubs CF Hank Leiber (played for Arizona in 1931) knocked in five runs against the New York Giants in a 1939 outing. The next year, Leiber supplied his fifth consecutive contest with multiple hits.

  • New York Giants RHP Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century), appearing for the third time in four games, notched his 30th victory in 1903.

  • St. Louis Cardinals rookie RF Don Padgett (freshman in 1934 with Lenoir-Rhyne NC excelled in multiple sports) went 4-for-4 against the Brooklyn Robins in the nightcap of a 1937 doubleheader.

  • Philadelphia Athletics rookie RHP Jim Peterson (Penn letterman from 1928-29 through 1930-31) lost his lone MLB complete game (6-5 against Detroit Tigers in nightcap of 1931 twinbill).

  • Chicago Cubs SS Paul Popovich (averaged 3.3 ppg for West Virginia's 1960 NCAA playoff team) went 3-for-3 against the St. Louis Cardinals, igniting a six-game hitting streak closing out the 1969 campaign.

  • Chicago Cubs RHP Don Prince (Campbell hooper in 1956-57 and 1957-58 when school was junior college) made his lone MLB appearance (one inning against New York Mets in 1962).

  • Brooklyn Dodgers LHP Preacher Roe (Harding AR hooper in late 1930s) hurled a shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals in the nightcap of a 1949 doubleheader.

  • New York Yankees 1B Bill "Moose" Skowron (scored 18 points in eight games for Purdue in 1949-50) supplied five hits but they stranded a MLB-mark 20 baserunners in a 13-7 setback against the Boston Red Sox in 1956.

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SEPTEMBER 20

  • Cincinnati Reds CF Ethan Allen (Cincinnati basketball letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) contributed four hits against the Boston Braves in the nightcap of a 1928 doubleheader.

  • Baltimore Orioles CF Al Bumbry (Virginia State's runner-up in scoring with 16.7 ppg as freshman in 1964-65) delivered three doubles against the Boston Red Sox in a 1984 game.

  • Baltimore Orioles RF Angelo Dagres (averaged 6 ppg for Rhode Island in 1954-55) provided a hit and scored a run in both ends of a 1955 twinbill sweep against the Boston Red Sox.

  • 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 RF 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 RHP 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.

  • Washington Senators rookie CF Irv Noren (player of year for California community college state champion Pasadena City in 1945) knocked in five runs against the St. Louis Browns in a 1950 contest.

  • Detroit Tigers CF Jim Northrup (second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for Alma MI in 1958-59) homered twice against the Washington Senators in a 1968 outing.

  • Philadelphia Phillies RHP Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) yielded a MLB-record 40th homer in 1955.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers 2B 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 DH 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.

  • In his MLB debut in 1961, St. Louis Cardinals RHP Ray Washburn (Whitworth WA scoring leader in 1958-59 and 1959-60 when All-Evergreen Conference selection) tossed 4 1/3 innings of hitless relief.

  • Washington Senators RHP Monte Weaver (played center for Emory & Henry VA in mid-1920s) won his MLB debut (eight innings as starter against Chicago White Sox in 1931).

  • Washington Senators LHP Tom Zachary (Guilford NC letterman in 1916) fired a two-hit shutout against the Chicago White Sox in 1921.

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SEPTEMBER 19

  • Milwaukee Braves 2B Frank Bolling (averaged 7.3 ppg in 1950-51 for Spring Hill AL basketball squad) contributed four hits against the San Francisco Giants in a 1961 game.

  • Chicago Cubs RHP Ray Burris (two-sport standout in Southwestern Oklahoma State Hall of Fame) fired his second straight shutout in 1976.

  • New York Yankees Hall of Fame RF Earle Combs (three-year captain for Eastern Kentucky) scored five runs in an 18-9 romp over the Chicago White Sox in 1930.

  • Harry Craft (four-sport letterman with Mississippi College in early 1930s) fired as Houston Colt .45s manager in 1964. Twenty-seven years earlier as a Cincinnati Reds CF, Craft collected three hits in his MLB debut in the opener of a 1937 doubleheader against the Boston Braves.

  • Cleveland Indians CF Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA titlist) walked five times and scored four runs in a 15-2 rout of the Boston Red Sox in 1951.

  • Detroit Tigers 1B Darrell Evans (member of Jerry Tarkanian-coached Pasadena City CA club winning 1967 state community college crown) homered twice for the second time in a 1985 three-game series against the New York Yankees.

  • In a 1961 contest, Cincinnati Reds 3B Gene Freese (West Liberty WV captain of 1952 NAIA Tournament team) launched two homers against his original MLB team (Pittsburgh Pirates).

  • 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.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers 1B Gil Hodges (played for St. Joseph's IN in 1943 and Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) amassed two homers and six RBI against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of a 1950 doubleheader.

  • Washington Senators 1B-OF Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) fanned five times against the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a 1970 twinbill.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers LF "Sweet" Lou Johnson (Kentucky State teammate of legendary coach Davey Whitney averaged 5.7 ppg and 2 rpg in 1951-52) jacked two homers against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1966 outing.

  • Detroit Tigers LF Charlie Keller (Maryland three-year letterman from 1934-35 through 1936-37) contributed two homers and five RBI against the Philadelphia Athletics in a 1950 game.

  • Detroit Tigers SS Harvey Kuenn (played briefly for Wisconsin in 1951-52 after competing on JV squad previous season) went 5-for-5 against the Cleveland Indians in a 1954 contest.

  • Chicago White Sox RHP 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.

  • RF 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 in the opener of a twinbill. Nicholson also homered in the nightcap.

  • In his first at-bat with the Boston Red Sox in 1997, OF Curtis Pride (led William & Mary in steals three times and assists twice from 1986-87 through 1989-90) helped the Boston Red Sox tie the score with a ninth-inning pinch-hit homer but the Chicago White Sox went on to prevail in the 10th.

  • A 12th-inning homer by LF Rip Repulski (started a few games for St. Cloud State MN) gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 6-5 win against the Chicago Cubs in 1955.

  • Cincinnati Reds LHP Eppa Rixey (Virginia letterman in 1912 and 1914) tossed a 1-0 shutout against the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a 1923 twinbill.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers LHP Preacher Roe (Harding AR hooper in late 1930s) improved his record to 21-2 in 1951 with a 3-0 shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals.

  • In 1997, Cincinnati Reds RHP Jeff Shaw (freshman guard for Rio Grande OH squad compiling 31-5 record and reaching second round of 1985 NAIA Tournament) secured his 15th straight save in as many appearances en route to a N.L.-leading 42 saves.

  • In 1973, New York Mets LHP George Stone (averaged 14.7 ppg and 6.5 rpg for Louisiana Tech in 1964-65 and 1965-66) won his fifth straight start and eighth decision in a row.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates LHP 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. It was Veale's third shutout in span of six starts.

  • Boston Red Sox rookie SS Billy Werber (first Duke All-American in 1929-30) banged out three extra-base hits in a 4-3 win against the Cleveland Indians in 1933.

  • Wes Westrum (played for Bemidji State MN one season before serving in military during WWII) resigned as New York Mets manager in 1967.

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SEPTEMBER 18

  • In 1963, CF Billy Cowan (Utah basketball letterman from 1957-58 through 1959-60 was co-captain of NCAA playoff team as senior) cracked his first MLB homer, a ninth-inning, two-run blast giving the Chicago Cubs a 2-1 win over Pittsburgh Pirates LHP Joe Gibbon (two-time All-SEC forward for Ole Miss was nation's second-leading scorer as senior in 1956-57).

  • In 1987, Detroit Tigers 1B Darrell Evans (member of Jerry Tarkanian-coached Pasadena City CA club winning 1967 state community college crown) became the first 40-year-old to reach the 40-homer plateau in a single season.

  • Hall of Fame C Rick Ferrell (played for Guilford NC in mid-1920s) and his brother (P Wes Ferrell) thrown out of the game by an umpire after the Boston Red Sox teammates protest a call too vehemently in 1934.

  • In 1928, Brooklyn Robins 2B Jake Flowers (member of 1923 "Flying Pentagon" championship squad for Washington College MD) supplied back-to-back three-hit outings to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games in a row.

  • San Diego Padres RF Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81) extended his hitting streak to a career-high 25 games.

  • Cleveland Indians RHP Oral Hildebrand (Butler All-American in 1928-29 and 1929-30) tossed a two-hitter against the Boston Red Sox, finishing the 1933 campaign with an A.L.-leading six shutouts.

  • New York Yankees LF Charlie Keller (Maryland three-year letterman from 1934-35 through 1936-37) homered twice against the Chicago White Sox in the opener of a 1946 doubleheader.

  • Detroit Tigers RHP Dave Lemanczyk (averaged 4.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg for Hartwick NY teams compiling 51-21 record from 1969-70 through 1971-72) lost his third straight complete game in a 13-day span in 1975.

  • Cleveland Indians CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling 35-3 record) cracked two homers against the Kansas City Royals in a 2001 contest.

  • New York Giants RHP Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) tossed his 11th shutout en route to 33rd victory in 1908.

  • Boston Red Sox RHP Gordon McNaughton (played for Loyola of Chicago in late 1920s) lost his lone MLB decision (6-5 against Detroit Tigers in 1932).

  • Boston Red Sox rookie RF Sam Mele (NYU's leading scorer in 1943 NCAA playoffs) went 5-for-5 against the St. Louis Browns in a 1947 game.

  • Chicago Cubs SS Pinky Pittenger (set Toledo's single-game scoring standard with 49 points in 1918-19) went 4-for-4 against the New York Giants in a 1922 contest.

  • St. Louis Cardinals RHP 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 RHP Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer in 1955-56 and 1956-57) one of his five 1-0 defeats in 1968. Washburn was in the midst of not allowing more than three earned runs in his last 20 starts of this campaign and all 16 starts the following season before a trade to the Cincinnati Reds.

  • Philadelphia Phillies CF Cy Williams (Notre Dame forward in 1909-10) collected three extra-base hits against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the nightcap of a 1924 twinbill.

  • Going 7-for-8, New York Yankees LF Dave Winfield (starting forward for Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) homered in both ends of a 1983 doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians.

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SEPTEMBER 17

  • Cincinnati Reds CF Ethan Allen (Cincinnati basketball letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) accumulated four hits in an 8-7 setback against the New York Giants in the nightcap of a 1927 doubleheader.

  • New York Yankees C Benny Bengough (Niagara letterman from 1916-17 through 1918-19) went 3-for-3 for the second time in 17 days in 1926.

  • Cleveland Indians SS Lou Boudreau (leading scorer for Illinois' 1937 Big Ten Conference co-champion) supplied four hits against the Washington Senators in a 1949 game.

  • Baltimore Orioles CF Al Bumbry (Virginia State's runner-up in scoring with 16.7 ppg as freshman in 1964-65) banged out four hits against the New York Yankees in a 1984 contest.

  • Chicago Cubs RHP Ray Burris (two-sport standout in Southwestern Oklahoma State Hall of Fame) won his fifth straight start in 1975.

  • Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Tony Clark (San Diego State's leading scorer in WAC games in 1991-92) homered twice in back-to-back games against the Colorado Rockies in 2005.

  • C Gene Desautels (letterman for Holy Cross in 1929 and 1930) awarded on waivers from the Cleveland Indians to the Philadelphia Athletics in 1945.

  • Houston Astros RF Cameron Drew (averaged 15.4 ppg and team-high 8.9 rpg as sophomore in 1983-84 before becoming NECC first-team selection in 1984-85 when leading New Haven CT in scoring and rebounding) collected two of his three MLB hits, including a triple, against San Francisco Giants P Rick Reuschel in a 1988 contest.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers C Joe Ferguson (played in 1967 NCAA playoffs with Pacific) jacked two homers against the Atlanta Braves in a 1979 outing.

  • Philadelphia Athletics RF Walt French (letterman for Rutgers and Army) contributed three hits in a game for the second day in a row in 1925.

  • New York Giants 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) smacked a decisive homer in the 10th inning of a 5-4 decision over the Cincinnati Reds in 1926.

  • Detroit Tigers 1B Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) homered in third consecutive contest, sixth out of last seven games and eighth out of last 11 outings.

  • Baltimore Orioles 3B Wayne Gross (led Cal Poly Pomona in assists in 1974-75) cracked a grand slam against the New York Yankees in a 1984 contest.

  • New York Giants RHP Jim Hearn (Georgia Tech letterman in 1941-42) hurled a shutout against the Chicago Cubs in 1952.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) tossed his 11th shutout of the 1963 campaign, a modern MLB record for a lefthander.

  • Cleveland Indians rookie 3B Jack Kubiszyn (All-SEC first-team guard as senior averaged 18.3 ppg for Alabama from 1955-56 through 1957-58) provided a career-high three hits against the Minnesota Twins in the opener of a 1961 twinbill.

  • New York Giants CF Hank Leiber (played for Arizona in 1931) provided three extra-base hits and five RBI against the Brooklyn Dodgers in a 1936 game.

  • The longest hitting streak of the 1940 season ended at 21 games when Philadelphia Phillies rookie RF Danny Litwhiler (member of JV squad with Bloomsburg PA in mid-1930s) went hitless against the Cincinnati Reds.

  • Philadelphia Phillies 1B Tony Lupien (Harvard captain in 1938-39) went 4-for-4 against the New York Giants in the opener of a 1944 doubleheader.

  • Cleveland Indians 1B Ed Morgan (Tulane letterman from 1923-24 through 1925-26) manufactured four hits in back-to-back games in 1930.

  • New York Yankees 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) supplied a go-ahead homer in the 11th inning of a 5-3 win against the Milwaukee Brewers in 1976.

  • Chicago Cubs RF Bill Nicholson (guard for Washington College MD two years in mid-1930s) went 4-for-4 with four RBI against the New York Giants in the nightcap of a 1947 twinbill.

  • Detroit Tigers OF Jim Northrup (second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for Alma MI in 1958-59) homered in both ends of a 1971 doubleheader sweep of the Baltimore Orioles.

  • 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 (pinch two-run double against Philadelphia Phillies).

  • Philadelphia Phillies SS Don Rader (Oregon letterman in 1912) registered a career-high three hits in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1921.

  • Chicago Cubs 2B Wayne Terwilliger (two-year letterman for Western Michigan in late 1940s) cracked a two-run homer in the seventh inning to account for decisive blow in a 3-2 triumph at Brooklyn in 1950.

  • New York Yankees CF Dave Winfield (starting forward for Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) launched two homers in a 1983 game against the Cleveland Indians.

  • New York Giants rookie 1B Babe Young (Fordham letterman in 1935-36) knocked in five runs against the Chicago Cubs in a 1940 contest. Two years later as a CF, Young had seven RBI in 1942 outing against the Cincinnati Reds.

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SEPTEMBER 16

  • Switch-hitting C Mark Bailey (Southwest Missouri State's top basketball rebounder in 1980-81) homered from both sides of the plate as Houston Astros rookie in 1984 game against the San Diego Padres.

  • Chicago Cubs 2B Glenn Beckert (three-year letterman for Allegheny PA) established a dubious MLB record (subsequently tied by Todd Helton in 1998) by stranding 12 baserunners in an 18-5 victory against the New York Mets in 1972. Five years earlier, Beckert provided multiple hits for the sixth consecutive contest in 1967.

  • Baltimore Orioles RF Angelo Dagres (averaged 6 ppg for Rhode Island in 1954-55) delivered a hit and scored a run in both ends of a 1955 doubleheader sweep against the Washington Senators.

  • Cleveland Indians rookie RF 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 contest's only run against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 10th inning in 1930.

  • New York Giants 3B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) furnished four hits against the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a 1922 doubleheader.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers 1B Gil Hodges (played for St. Joseph's IN in 1943 and Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) homered twice against the New York Giants in a 1955 game.

  • Philadelphia Phillies CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling 35-3 record) stroked five hits against the Florida Marlins in a 2005 contest.

  • St. Louis Browns RF Don Lund (Michigan starter in 1943-44 and 1944-45) went 4-for-4 in a 3-1 triumph against the Boston Red Sox in 1948.

  • St. Louis Cardinals LF Irv Noren (player of year for California community college state champion Pasadena City in 1945) homered in his third consecutive outing in 1958.

  • Detroit Tigers RF Jim Northrup (second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for Alma MI in 1958-59) homered in fifth different and final contest during seven-game road trip in 1969. Five years later, Northrup was purchased from the Montreal Expos by the Baltimore Orioles in 1974.

  • In 1954, Philadelphia Phillies RHP 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.

  • New York Yankees 3B Red Rolfe (played hoops briefly with Dartmouth in 1927-28 and 1929-30) knocked in five runs against the Detroit Tigers in a 1939 game.

  • RHP Dave Sisler (All-Ivy League second-team selection for Princeton's first NCAA Tournament team in 1952) traded with cash by the Washington Senators to the Cincinnati Reds for P Claude Osteen in 1961.

  • New York Mets C John Stephenson (scored 1,361 points for William Carey MS in early 1960s) swatted two homers against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1965 contest.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Kent Tekulve (freshman hooper for Marietta OH in mid-1960s) permitted his only earned run in final 17 relief appearances of the 1984 campaign.

  • St. Louis Browns SS Bud Thomas (Central Missouri letterman in late 1940s) belted his lone MLB homer (third-inning blast against Philadelphia Athletics in nightcap of 1951 doubleheader).

  • Pittsburgh Pirates rookie LHP Bob Veale (scored 1,160 points from 1955-56 through 1957-58 with Benedictine KS) hurled his second shutout in an 11-day span in 1963.

  • Boston Red Sox 3B Billy Werber (first Duke All-American in 1929-30) whacked two homers against the Chicago White Sox in the nightcap of a 1934 twinbill.

  • Philadelphia Phillies CF Cy Williams (Notre Dame forward in 1909-10) went 4-for-4 against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the nightcap of a 1924 doubleheader.

  • 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.

  • Homering in his first of three consecutive contests in 2005, San Francisco Giants CF Randy Winn (Santa Clara backcourtmate of eventual two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash in 1993-94) went 4-for-4 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

On This Date: Ex-College Cagers Make Their Mark on September 15 MLB Games

Extra! Extra! Read all about memorable major league baseball achievements and moments involving former college basketball players! Baseball is portrayed as a thinking man's game but only 4% of active MLB players earned college diplomas. Nonetheless, numerous ex-college 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 15 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

SEPTEMBER 15

  • California Angels 1B Bruce Bochte (starting forward with Santa Clara's 1970 NCAA playoff basketball team averaged 7.4 ppg and 4 rpg) went 5-for-5 against the Minnesota Twins in a 1975 game.

  • Washington Senators RHP Carl Bouldin (All-NCAA Tournament selection for Cincinnati in 1961) posted his first MLB victory with his only complete game (3-1 nod over Chicago White Sox in 1962).

  • California Angels 2B Denny Doyle (averaged 2.7 ppg for Morehead State in 1962-63) delivered four hits in a 1974 contest against the Chicago White Sox.

  • Detroit Tigers rookie CF Hoot Evers (Illinois starter in 1939-40) slugged two homers against the Washington Senators in a 1946 outing.

  • In the opener of a 1946 doubleheader, Boston Red Sox RHP Boo Ferriss (Mississippi State letterman in 1941) registered his 25th triumph, a 4-1 verdict over the Chicago White Sox.

  • San Diego Padres RF Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81) went 4-for-4 against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1996 game.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers RF Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) went 4-for-4 and contributed two assists in a 6-4 victory against the Chicago Cubs in 1962.

  • Chicago White Sox rookie RHP Bob Keegan (Bucknell letterman in 1941-42 and 1942-43) tossed his first of back-to-back shutouts in 1953.

  • New York Yankees LF Charlie Keller (Maryland three-year letterman from 1934-35 through 1936-37) homered twice against the St. Louis Browns in the opener of a 1945 doubleheader.

  • In 1961, Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) set a N.L. single-season record for most strikeouts by a lefthander.

  • Detroit Tigers SS Harvey Kuenn (played briefly for Wisconsin in 1951-52 after competing on JV squad previous season) supplied first four-hit game in his MLB career (against Washington Senators in 1952).

  • Chicago White Sox RHP 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 RHP Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) defeated the St. Louis Cardinals for the 24th straight time.

  • In his MLB debut, Philadelphia Athletics RHP Bill McCahan (three-year Duke letterman named to All-Southern Conference Tournament team in 1942) tossed a seven-inning, 2-0 shutout against the Cleveland Indians in the nightcap of a 1946 doubleheader, outdueling Hall of Famer Bob Feller.

  • St. Louis Cardinals LF Wally Moon (averaged 4.3 ppg with Texas A&M in 1948-49 and 1949-50) whacked two homers against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the nightcap of a 1957 twinbill.

  • RHP Joe Niekro (averaged 8.9 ppg and 3.8 rpg for West Liberty WV from 1963-64 through 1965-66) traded by the Houston Astros to the New York Yankees in 1985.

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

  • 2B Mel Roach (averaged 9.3 ppg for Virginia in 1952-53) delivered a pinch-hit single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-4 win against the St. Louis Cardinals.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers 2B Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in Pacific Coast Conference both of his seasons with UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41) homered twice against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1952 outing.

  • Washington Senators LHP Orlin "Buck" Rogers (Virginia letterman from 1932-33 through 1934-35) lost his lone MLB decision in debut as a starter against the Cleveland Indians in 1935.

  • Milwaukee Brewers LF Ted Savage (led Lincoln MO in scoring average in 1955-56) collected two triples and a homer against the Oakland Athletics in a 1970 game.

  • An eighth-inning bloop single by Philadelphia Athletics 1B Dick Siebert (played for Concordia-St. Paul MN in 1929 and 1930) broke up a no-hit bid by Cleveland Indians P Bob Feller in 1940.

  • Cleveland Indians RHP Sonny Siebert (team-high 16.7 ppg for Mizzou in 1957-58 as All-Big Eight Conference second-team selection) closed out the 1966 campaign with seven straight quality starts, compiling a 1.61 ERA in that span.

  • Atlanta Braves rookie LHP George Stone (averaged 14.7 ppg and 6.5 rpg for Louisiana Tech in 1964-65 and 1965-66) won his fourth straight start in 1968, notching a 1.69 ERA in that span.

  • Montreal Expos 2B Gary Sutherland (averaged 7.4 ppg with Southern California in 1963-64) stroked four hits against the Chicago Cubs in a 1969 contest.

  • Washington Senators LHP Eddie Wineapple (averaged 13.9 ppg with Providence in 1928-29) made his lone MLB appearance, toiling four innings in the opener of a 1929 doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers.

  • Cleveland Indians rookie RF Ab Wright (Oklahoma A&M letterman in 1928-29) contributed four hits and four against the Washington Senators in the opener of a 1935 twinbill.

On This Date: Ex-College Cagers Make Their Mark on September 14 MLB Games

Extra! Extra! Read all about memorable major league baseball achievements and moments involving former college basketball players! Baseball is portrayed as a thinking man's game but only 4% of active MLB players earned college diplomas. Nonetheless, numerous ex-college 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 14 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

SEPTEMBER 14

  • New York Yankees RHP Rich Beck (listed on Gonzaga's basketball roster in 1961-62) fanned eight batters and walked none while allowing one earned run in his seven-inning debut against the Washington Senators in 1965.

  • St. Louis Browns RF Beau Bell (two-year letterman for Texas A&M in early 1930s) banged out three extra-base hits against the Philadelphia Athletics in a 1937 contest.

  • Showing no indication of 20-year-old jitters in a pennant race, Brooklyn Dodgers RHP Ralph Branca (sixth-leading scorer for NYU in 1943-44) hurled a 5-0 shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1946.

  • New York Yankees rookie LF Bob Cerv (ranked fourth on Nebraska's career scoring list in 1949-50 when finishing his career) collected two homers and five RBI against the Detroit Tigers in a 1954 game. Four years later with the Kansas City Athletics, Cerv clubbed a homer in both ends of a 1958 doubleheader against the Yankees.

  • Philadelphia Athletics C Mickey Cochrane (played for Boston University in early 1920s) contributed three extra-base hits and four RBI against the St. Louis Browns in a 1932 game.

  • Detroit Tigers CF Hoot Evers (Illinois starter in 1939-40) provided four hits against the Washington Senators in the opener of a 1947 twinbill.

  • Boston Red Sox LF Dick Gernert (Temple letterman in 1948-49 when averaging 2.7 ppg) contributed seven RBI in a 13-10 win against the Cleveland Indians in 1957.

  • Boston Red Sox RHP Dave Gray (played for Weber State in early 1960s when school was junior college) made his lone MLB start in 1964.

  • Detroit Tigers LF Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) launched a homer for the fifth consecutive contest and extra-base hit for the 10th straight outing in 1940. Six years later, Greenberg contributed two homers and seven RBI in a 7-4 win against the New York Yankees.

  • 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) went 4-for-4 against the San Francisco Giants in 1962.

  • Oakland Athletics 3B Wayne Gross (led Cal Poly Pomona in assists in 1974-75) smacked a pinch-hit grand slam in an 8-3 victory against the Chicago White Sox in 1979.

  • Philadelphia Phillies RHP Andy Karl (Manhattan letterman from 1933 through 1935) collected his sixth save the first half of the month in 1945.

  • Houston Astros CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling 35-3 record) collected three hits and three runs in his MLB debut against the Cincinnati Reds in 1991.

  • St. Louis Cardinals rookie CF Bake McBride (averaged 12.7 ppg and 8.1 rpg in 21 games with Westminster MO in 1968-69 and 1969-70) provided his third four-hit game in a four-day span in 1974.

  • St. Louis Cardinals RHP Lindy McDaniel (played for Oklahoma's 1954-55 freshman squad) fanned four Cincinnati Reds batters in 2 1/3 innings but yielded his only earned run in 11 relief appearances during the month in 1960.

  • In 1974, 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) homered for the New York Yankees in the first inning before brother Jim Nettles homered for the Detroit Tigers in the second. Four years later, Graig Nettles clobbered two homers against the Tigers in a 1978 outing.

  • St. Louis Browns CF Ray Pepper (Alabama letterman in 1926-27) provided at least four hits in a game for the fifth consecutive month in 1934.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers LHP Preacher Roe (Harding AR hooper in late 1930s) improved his record to 20-2 in 1951 with a 3-1 triumph against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

  • Cincinnati Reds OF Ted Tappe (leading scorer in 1949 NJCAA Tournament was Washington State's third-leading scorer the next year) smacked a pinch-hit homer in his first MLB at-bat (against Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950).

  • Washington Senators 2B Wayne Terwilliger (two-year letterman for Western Michigan in late 1940s) went 4-for-4 against the Detroit Tigers in a 1953 contest.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates LHP 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. It was Veale's second shutout in a week.

  • California Angels RF Dave Winfield (starting forward for Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) collected two homers and five RBI in a 1990 game against the Seattle Mariners.

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