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On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 26 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 an August 26 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 26

  • St. Louis Browns RF Ethan Allen (Cincinnati basketball letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) went 4-for-4 against the New York Yankees in a 1937 game.

  • 1B Kevin "Chuck" Connors (scored 32 points in 15 varsity games for Seton Hall in 1941-42 before leaving school for military service) clubbed a game-tying three-run homer for the Chicago Cubs at the Polo Grounds against the New York Giants before Giants C Wes Westrum (played for Bemidji State MN one season before serving in military during WWII) whacked a game-winning, ninth-inning homer in the opener of a 1951 doubleheader.

  • New York Giants SS Alvin Dark (letterman for LSU and USL in mid-1940s) went 5-for-5 with five RBI in a 1953 outings against the St. Louis Cardinals.

  • Boston Red Sox RHP Boo Ferriss (Mississippi State letterman in 1941) posted his 20th victory by doubling home the game-winning run in a 4-3 verdict over the Philadelphia Athletics in the opener of a 1945 doubleheader.

  • Dallas Green (Delaware's second-leading scorer and rebounder in 1954-55) fired as New York Mets manager in 1996.

  • Cleveland Indians DH David Justice (led Thomas More KY in assists in 1984-85) homered in his fourth consecutive contest in 1997.

  • Philadelphia Phillies LF Danny Litwhiler (member of JV squad with Bloomsburg PA in mid-1930s) went 5-for-5 against the Chicago Cubs in the opener of a 1942 doubleheader.

  • Cleveland Indians CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling 35-3 record) logged four hits and four RBI against the Seattle Mariners in a 2001 game.

  • New York Giants RHP Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) tossed his seventh shutout of the 1902 campaign. Twelve years later, Mathewson hurled a two-hit shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals in the nightcap of a twinbill to register his 20th triumph in 1914.

  • In 1977, 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) stroked a two-run triple in the ninth inning to lift the New York Yankees to their 12th win in 13 contests (6-5 against Texas Rangers).

  • St. Louis Cardinals LF Don Padgett (freshman in 1934 with Lenoir-Rhyne NC excelled in multiple sports) provided three hits against the Brooklyn Dodgers in both ends of a 1941 doubleheader split.

  • LHP Dennis Rasmussen (sixth-man for Creighton averaged 5.1 ppg in three seasons from 1977-78 through 1979-80) traded by the New York Yankees to the Cincinnati Reds in 1987.

  • Baltimore Orioles RHP Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47), released earlier in the year by the Yankees, outdueled New York Hall of Fame LHP Whitey Ford, 2-1, in 1962.

  • Atlanta Braves rookie RHP Cecil Upshaw (Centenary's leading scorer as junior in 1962-63) allowed his only run in a span of 11 relief appearances covering 15 innings in 1967.

  • In 1939, Cincinnati Reds 3B Billy Werber (first Duke All-American in 1929-30) became the initial player to bat in a televised major league game (against Brooklyn Dodgers).

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 25 MLB Games

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Former junior college hoopers Darrell Evans, Gary Redus and Jackie Robinson registered significant MLB performances on this date. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 25 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 25

  • Cleveland Indians SS Lou Boudreau (leading basketball scorer for Illinois' 1937 Big Ten Conference co-champion) contributed four hits against the Boston Red Sox in a 1947 game.

  • New York Mets 1B Donn Clendenon (four-sport letterman with Morehouse GA) knocked in five runs against the Atlanta Braves in a 1970 contest.

  • New York Yankees Hall of Fame LF Earle Combs (three-year captain for Eastern Kentucky) incurred a severe shoulder injury colliding with a teammate, contributing to Combs' retirement following the 1935 campaign. He delivered two three-hit outings in his previous four starts.

  • San Francisco Giants 3B Darrell Evans (member of Jerry Tarkanian-coached Pasadena City CA club winning 1967 state community college crown) homered twice in a 1978 game against the Montreal Expos.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers C Joe Ferguson (played in 1967 NCAA playoffs with Pacific) collected two homers and four RBI in a 6-4 win against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1973 outing.

  • Boston Red Sox C Rick Ferrell (played forward for Guilford NC before graduating in 1928) furnished four hits and four RBI in a 5-4 victory against the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a 1935 doubleheader.

  • Boston Red Sox RHP Boo Ferriss (Mississippi State letterman in 1941) topped the visiting Cleveland Indians, 2-1, to improve his 1946 Fenway Park mark to 13-0.

  • Philadelphia Athletics starting RHP Stu Flythe (North Carolina State letterman from 1932-33 through 1934-35) walked 11 Chicago White Sox batters in three innings in a 1936 game.

  • In 1982, San Diego Padres rookie LF Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81) broke his wrist diving for a fly ball en route to falling short of a .300 batting average for the only time in his 20-year career (.289).

  • Brooklyn Dodgers 1B Gil Hodges (played for St. Joseph's IN in 1943 and Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) homered twice and doubled against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1954 contest.

  • Washington Senators 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) went 4-for-4 against the Minnesota Twins in a 1969 game.

  • RF David Justice (led Thomas More KY in assists in 1984-85) and Atlanta Braves teammate Fred McGriff whacked back-to-back homers for the second time in 10 days in 1993. Justice jacked two circuit clouts in the game against the San Francisco Giants as he secured six round-trippers in his last six contests of the month.

  • Washington Senators SS Doc Lavan (played for Hope MI from 1908 through 1910) went 4-for-4 against the Chicago White Sox in the nightcap of a 1918 twinbill.

  • New York Giants RHP Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) reached the 20-win plateau for the seventh straight season in 1909.

  • New York Yankees RHP Lindy McDaniel (played for Oklahoma's 1954-55 freshman squad) retired 32 consecutive batters covering four relief appearances in 1968.

  • New York Yankees 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) cracked two homers against the Minnesota Twins in a 1982 game.

  • Chicago White Sox LHP Gary Peters (played for Grove City PA in mid-1950s) had his personal streak of 14 straight starts allowing fewer than four earned runs snapped by the Boston Red Sox in 1967.

  • In 1989, Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Gary Redus (J.C. player for Athens AL and father of Centenary/South Alabama guard with same name) hit for the cycle against his original team (Cincinnati Reds).

  • Brooklyn Dodgers 3B Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in Pacific Coast Conference both of his seasons with UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41) ripped two homers against the Chicago Cubs in the nightcap of a 1953 twinbill.

  • New York Yankees 3B Red Rolfe (played briefly with Dartmouth in 1927-28 and 1929-30) extended his streak of scoring at least one run to 18 straight contests in 1939.

  • Baltimore Orioles RF Ken Singleton (Hofstra freshman team in mid-1960s) stroked three extra-base hits against the Seattle Mariners in a 1981 contest.

  • Chicago Cubs LF Riggs Stephenson (Alabama letterman in 1920) went 7-for-10 in a 1933 doubleheader split against the Philadelphia Phillies.

  • Detroit Tigers 1B Champ Summers (led SIUE in scoring in 1969-70 after doing likewise for Nicholls State in 1964-65) launched two homers against the Seattle Mariners in a 1979 game.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 24 MLB Games

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Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 24 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 24

  • Baltimore Orioles 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) collected eight hits in a 1962 doubleheader sweep of the New York Yankees.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers RHP Ralph Branca (sixth-leading scorer for NYU in 1943-44) hurled a three-hit shutout against the Chicago Cubs in 1951, striking out 10 and walking none.

  • Baltimore Orioles CF Al Bumbry (Virginia State's runner-up in scoring with 16.7 ppg as freshman in 1964-65) went 4-for-4 against the Chicago White Sox in a 1977 game.

  • Cincinnati Reds CF Harry Craft (four-sport letterman with Mississippi College in early 1930s) contributed two homers, a double and six RBI in a 13-9 win against the New York Giants in 1941.

  • Atlanta Braves rookie 3B Darrell Evans (member of Jerry Tarkanian-coached Pasadena City CA club winning 1967 state community college crown) went 4-for-4 in a 1971 game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

  • Cleveland Indians RHP Johnson Fry (Marshall letterman in 1921-22) made his lone MLB appearance in 1923.

  • San Francisco Giants RHP Ed Halicki (set Monmouth's single-game rebounding record with 40 as junior in 1970-71 before leading Hawks in scoring with 21 ppg as senior) fired a no-hitter against the New York Mets in 1975.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers rookie RF Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) hammered two homers against the Milwaukee Braves in a 1960 contest.

  • RHP Bobby Humphreys (four-year letterman graduated Hampden-Sydney VA in 1958) won his third game in relief in six days for the Washington Senators in 1966.

  • New York Yankees rookie RF Charlie Keller (Maryland letterman from 1934-35 through 1936-37) knocked in five runs against the St. Louis Browns in a 1939 game the day after going 6-for-10 and scoring five runs in a doubleheader sweep of the Chicago White Sox. Two years later, Keller cracked two homers against the White Sox in the nightcap of a 1941 twinbill.

  • SS Doc Lavan (played for Hope MI from 1908 through 1910) purchased from the St. Louis Browns by the Philadelphia Athletics in 1919.

  • New York Giants OF Hank Leiber (played for Arizona in 1931) tied a MLB single-inning record by lashing two homers during an eight-run uprising in the second frame against the Chicago Cubs in 1935.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Davey Lopes (NAIA All-District 15 selection for Iowa Wesleyan averaged 16.9 ppg as freshman in 1964-65 and 12.1 as sophomore in 1965-66) stole five bases in a 3-0 triumph against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1974. The next year, Lopes extended his MLB record streak to 38 consecutive successful steal attempts before he was thrown out by Montreal Expos C Gary Carter in the 12th inning.

  • Cleveland Indians 1B Ed Morgan (Tulane letterman from 1923-24 through 1925-26) collected five RBI in an 11-7 win against the Boston Red Sox in 1931.

  • Philadelphia Phillies RHP Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) had a streak of 13 consecutive complete games against the Milwaukee Braves snapped in 1954.

  • In 1952, Brooklyn Dodgers LHP Preacher Roe (played for Harding AR in late 1930s) registered his 10th straight victory against the St. Louis Cardinals, 10-4.

  • Chicago Cubs 2B Rob Sperring (averaged 8.7 ppg and 2.9 rpg for Pacific from 1968-69 through 1970-71) had his career-high 11-game hitting streak snapped by the Houston Astros in 1976.

  • Atlanta Braves LHP George Stone (averaged 14.7 ppg and 6.5 rpg for Louisiana Tech in 1964-65 and 1965-66) tossed a three-hit shutout against the Montreal Expos in 1970.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Preston Ward (second-leading scorer for Southwest Missouri State in 1946-47 and 1948-49) pounded a three-run homer off Joe Nuxhall in a 4-2 triumph against the Cincinnati Reds in 1955.

  • Homering in his fourth game in a row, St. Louis Cardinals 1B Bill White (played two years with Hiram OH in early 1950s) stroked three extra-base hits against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1961.

  • Philadelphia Phillies CF Cy Williams (Notre Dame forward in 1909-10) contributed three extra-base hits in a 1922 game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 23 MLB Games

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Former SEC hoopers Joe Adcock (LSU), Don Kessinger (Mississippi) and Jim Tabor (Alabama) delivered significant MLB performances on this date. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 23 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 23

  • Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading basketball scorer in 1945-46) provided four hits against the Chicago Cubs in the opener of a 1953 twinbill.

  • In 1989, Atlanta Braves RHP Marty Clary (Northwestern letterman in 1981-82 and 1982-83) notched his lone MLB shutout (3-0 against St. Louis Cardinals).

  • Philadelphia Athletics C Mickey Cochrane (played for Boston University in early 1920s) manufactured two homers among his four hits and chipped with five RBI against the Chicago White Sox in a 1932 game.

  • In the midst of a career-high 10-game hitting streak, Cincinnati Reds 2B Pat Crawford (Davidson captain in early 1920s) stroked an inside-the-park homer in the nightcap of a 1930 doubleheader against the Brooklyn Robins.

  • Philadelphia Phillies 2B Denny Doyle (averaged 2.7 ppg for Morehead State in 1962-63) delivered his third consecutive three-hit outing against the Atlanta Braves in 1972.

  • Atlanta Braves 3B Darrell Evans (member of Jerry Tarkanian-coached Pasadena City CA club winning 1967 state community college crown) homered in his fourth contest of a five-game span in 1974.

  • 3B Gene Freese (captain of 1952 NAIA Tournament team for West Liberty WV) purchased from the Pittsburgh Pirates by the Chicago White Sox in 1965.

  • In the midst of a career-high 23-game hitting streak, St. Louis Cardinals 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) furnished nine consecutive multiple-hit contests in 1931.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates SS Dick Groat (two-time All-American with Duke in 1950-51 and 1951-52 when finishing among nation's top five scorers each season) knocked in the winning run in the 11th inning of the nightcap of a 1959 doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers to give reliever Elroy Face his 16th victory without a loss.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Gil Hodges (played for St. Joseph's IN in 1943 and Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) hammered his 14th career grand slam to set a new N.L. record. It was the first grand slam in the history of the franchise on the West Coast.

  • 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) supplied a multiple-safety outing for the seventh time in an eight-game span in 1972.

  • Detroit Tigers RF Harvey Kuenn (played briefly for Wisconsin in 1951-52 after competing on JV squad previous season) went 5-for-5 against the Baltimore Orioles in a 1959 contest.

  • New York Yankees rookie RF Jim Lyttle (led Florida State in free-throw shooting in 1965-66 when averaging 12.4 ppg) went 4-for-4 with three RBI in a 7-5 win against the Chicago White Sox in the nightcap of a 1970 twinbill.

  • Philadelphia Phillies CF Bake McBride (averaged 12.7 ppg and 8.1 rpg in 21 games with Westminster MO in 1968-69 and 1969-70) amassed three hits and three stolen bases against the Atlanta Braves in a 1977 game.

  • Utilityman Jimmy Stewart (All-Volunteer State Athletic Conference selection for Austin Peay State in 1959-60 and 1960-61) slugged a three-run, pinch-hit homer off Hall of Famer Tom Seaver to spark the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 triumph against the New York Mets in 1970.

  • Chicago Cubs rookie OF Champ Summers (led SIUE in scoring in 1969-70 after doing same with Nicholls State in 1964-65) smacked his first MLB homer, a pinch grand slam, against the Houston Astros in 1975.

  • Boston Red Sox 3B Jim Tabor (Alabama letterman in 1936-37) went 4-for-4 in a 1939 game against the St. Louis Browns.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates CF Bill Virdon (Drury MO hooper in 1949) went 7-for-8 in a 1959 doubleheader sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

  • St. Louis Cardinals 1B Bill White (played two years with Hiram OH in early 1950s) went 4-for-4 against the Houston Colt .45s in a 1963 contest.

  • LHP Tom Zachary (Guilford NC letterman in 1916) awarded on waivers from the Washington Senators to the New York Yankees in 1928.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 22 MLB Games

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Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 22 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 22

  • Detroit Tigers 1B Dale Alexander (starting basketball center in mid-1920s for Milligan TN) delivered four hits in a 9-6 win against the Boston Red Sox in 1931.

  • San Diego Padres SS Bill Almon (averaged 2.5 ppg in half a season for Brown's 1972-73 team ending school streak of 12 straight losing records) went 4-for-4 against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 1979 game.

  • St. Louis Browns rookie RF Red Badgro (first-five pick on All-Pacific Coast Conference team in 1926-27 as USC's MVP) banged out four hits in a 10-0 victory against the New York Yankees in 1929.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates LF Carson "Skeeter" Bigbee (Oregon letterman in 1915), playing in his third straight extra-inning game against Brooklyn, went 6-for-11 in a 22-inning marathon in 1917.

  • Washington Senators 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 two homers, including decisive blow in the top of the 10th inning, against the Minnesota Twins in 1970.

  • RHP Jim Konstanty (Syracuse player in late 1930s) awarded on waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies to the New York Yankees in 1954.

  • In 1973, OF Joe Lahoud (New Haven CT letterman in mid-1960s) launched a ninth-inning, pinch-hit grand slam to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-3 lead but they wound up losing against the California Angels, 5-4, in 10 innings.

  • Chicago Cubs RF Bill Nicholson (played for Washington College MD in mid-1930s) socked a game-winning homer in the bottom of the 11th inning in a 5-4 decision over the Cincinnati Reds in 1942.

  • St. Louis Cardinals C Don Padgett (freshman in 1934 with Lenoir-Rhyne NC excelled in multiple sports) provided four hits against the Brooklyn Dodgers in a 1939 contest.

  • In the midst of a 10-game hitting streak closing out the month, Chicago Cubs 2B Paul Popovich (averaged 3.3 ppg for West Virginia's 1960 NCAA playoff team) pounded a three-run homer in a 6-5 win against the Cincinnati Reds in 1973.

  • INF Jackie Robinson (highest scoring average in Pacific Coast Conference both of his seasons with UCLA in 1939-40 and 1940-41) contributed five hits in the nightcap of a 1951 doubleheader to spark the Brooklyn Dodgers to their 14th straight victory against the St. Louis Cardinals.

  • In 1964, Cleveland Indians rookie RHP Sonny Siebert (team-high 16.7 ppg for Missouri in 1957-58 as All-Big Eight Conference second-team selection) tossed his first of 21 shutouts in a 12-year MLB career.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 21 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 an August 21 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 21

  • Boston Red Sox INF Jack Barry (basketball letterman for Holy Cross in 1908) tied a MLB single-game record with four sacrifices at Cleveland in 1916.

  • Philadelphia Athletics RHP Bill Beckmann (played in late 1920s for Washington MO) tossed a shutout against the Chicago White Sox in 1940 for his fifth victory in as many decisions in a 3 1/2-week span.

  • Cleveland Indians SS Lou Boudreau (leading scorer for Illinois' 1937 Big Ten Conference co-champion) banged out four hits against the Chicago White Sox in the opener of a 1949 twinbill.

  • Philadelphia Phillies rookie RHP Ron Diorio (New Haven CT runner-up in scoring and rebounding in 1968-69) yielded the only run in his first 17 relief appearances in the 1973 campaign (0.60 ERA in that span).

  • Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Dave Giusti (made 6 of 10 field-goal attempts in two games for Syracuse in 1959-60) twirled a shutout and knocked in six runs with a pair of bases-loaded doubles in an 11-0 rout of the Cincinnati Reds in 1966.

  • Monte Irvin (played for Lincoln PA 1 1/2 years in late 1930s) named special assistant to Commissioner William Eckert in 1968.

  • Chicago White Sox RHP Ted Lyons (two-time All-SWC first-team selection for Baylor in early 1920s) hurled a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox in 1926. Lyons required only 67 minutes and 81 pitches.

  • Philadelphia Athletics RHP Bill McCahan (three-year Duke letterman named to All-Southern Conference Tournament team in 1942) earned his fourth consecutive complete-game victory in 1947.

  • 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) accounted for both of the New York Yankees' runs via a homer and double in a 2-1 triumph against the Texas Rangers in 1977.

  • RHP Floyd Newkirk (Hall of Fame selection at Illinois College) made his lone MLB appearance with the New York Yankees in 1934.

  • Pitchers Paul Reuschel (Western Illinois' leading rebounder in 1966-67 with 15.2 per game) and Rick Reuschel collaborated on a 7-0 victory for the Chicago Cubs against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1975 - the first time brothers combined on a shutout. Paul relieved in the seventh inning after Rick was forced to leave because of a blister on his finger.

  • Cincinnati Reds LHP Eppa Rixey (Virginia letterman in 1912 and 1914) was 41 in 1932 when he tossed the second of back-to-back shutouts against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

  • Kansas City Athletics 1B Norm Siebern (member of Southwest Missouri squads capturing back-to-back NAIA Tournament titles in 1952 and 1953) homered twice against the Boston Red Sox in a 1962 game.

  • San Diego Padres RF Clint Venable (two-time All-Ivy League selection averaged 9.3 ppg under Princeton coach John Thompson III from 2001-02 through 2004-05) amassed four hits in a 7-5 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012.

  • Seattle Mariners CF Randy Winn (Santa Clara backcourtmate of eventual two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash in 1993-94) supplied five hits and four RBI against the Detroit Tigers in a 2004 contest.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 20 MLB Games

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Former Southwest Missouri State hoop standouts Mark Bailey and Preston Ward provided significant MLB performances on this date. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 20 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 20

  • Houston Astros C Mark Bailey (led Southwest Missouri State basketball team in rebounding and field-goal percentage in 1980-81) collected three hits, four runs and four RBI in a 17-2 romp over the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985.

  • Detroit Tigers 2B Frank Bolling (averaged 7.3 ppg in 1950-51 for Spring Hill AL) collected two homers and five RBI against the New York Yankees in a 1959 game.

  • In the midst of a career-high 17-game hitting streak, Kansas City Athletics LF Bob Cerv (ranked fourth on Nebraska's career scoring list in 1949-50 when finishing hoop career) collected three homers and six RBI in an 11-10 defeat against the Boston Red Sox in 1959.

  • RHP Bill Connors (averaged 6 ppg and 2.3 rpg for Syracuse in 1960-61) purchased from the Chicago Cubs by the New York Mets in 1967.

  • Baltimore Orioles LHP Mike Flanagan (averaged 13.9 ppg for UMass' freshman squad in 1971-72) fired his fifth shutout of the 1979 campaign - a three-hitter against the Texas Rangers - in the midst of him winning eight straight starts en route to an A.L.-high 23 triumphs.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers SS Jake Flowers (member of Washington College MD "Flying Pentagon" championship squad in 1923) contributed four hits against the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a 1933 doubleheader.

  • Chicago White Sox RHP Bob Keegan (Bucknell letterman in 1941-42 and 1942-43), utilizing a new slow delivery, hurled a 6-0 no-hitter against the Washington Senators in 1957.

  • SS Don Kessinger (three-time All-SEC selection for Mississippi from 1961-62 through 1963-64 while finishing among nation's top 45 scorers each year) traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Chicago White Sox in 1977.

  • Cleveland Indians CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling 35-3 record) logged two homers and six RBI against the Seattle Mariners in a 2000 contest.

  • 2B Davey Lopes (NAIA All-District 15 selection for Iowa Wesleyan averaged 16.9 ppg as freshman in 1964-65 and 12.1 as sophomore in 1965-66) set a Los Angeles Dodgers record with 15 total bases in an 18-8 rout of the Chicago Cubs in 1974 (three homers, double and single).

  • Kansas City Athletics 2B Jerry Lumpe (member of Southwest Missouri State's 1952 NAIA Tournament championship club) went 7-for-10 in a 1963 doubleheader sweep of the Washington Senators.

  • St. Louis Cardinals CF Bake McBride (averaged 12.7 ppg and 8.1 rpg in 21 games with Westminster MO in 1968-69 and 1969-70) belted two homers against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1975 game.

  • Texas Rangers RF Gary Redus (J.C. player for Athens AL and father of Centenary/South Alabama guard with same name) ripped two homers against the Baltimore Orioles in a 1993 contest.

  • St. Louis Cardinals RHP Ron Reed (Notre Dame's leading rebounder in 1963-64 and 1964-65) tossed a four-hit shutout against the Cincinnati Reds in 1975. Reed yielded fewer than two earned runs in nine of his first 16 starts for the Cards.

  • Philadelphia Phillies RHP Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) had his 15-game winning streak against the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped in 1953.

  • In 1945, Brooklyn Dodgers SS Tommy Brown (17 years old) became the youngest player to hit a MLB homer when connecting off Pittsburgh Pirates LHP Preacher Roe (played for Harding AR in late 1930s).

  • Baltimore Orioles RF Ken Singleton (played for Hofstra freshman team in mid-1960s) went 4-for-4 against the Minnesota Twins in a 1977 game.

  • Boston Red Sox RHP Lee Smith (averaged 3.4 ppg and 1.9 rpg with Northwestern State in 1976-77) supplied his seventh straight hitless relief appearance in 1988. Smith fanned 15 batters during span covering nine innings.

  • St. Louis Cardinals RHP John Stuper (two-time all-conference junior college player in mid-1970s with Butler County PA) hurled his lone MLB shutout (five-hitter against the Houston Astros in 1983).

  • Birdie Tebbetts (played for Providence in 1932) resigned as Cleveland Indians manager in 1966.

  • In the midst of winning five straight starts during the month, Pittsburgh Pirates LHP Bob Veale (scored 1,160 points for Benedictine KS from 1955-56 through 1957-58) tossed a four-hit shutout against the Houston Astros in 1969.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Preston Ward (second-leading scorer for Southwest Missouri State in 1946-47 and 1948-49) provided three extra-base hits in a 1955 game against the New York Giants.

  • Pinch two-run single by 1B Bill White (played two years for Hiram OH in early 1950s) sparked the San Francisco Giants to a 4-3 win against the Cincinnati Reds in 1958.

  • New York Yankees RF Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) walloped the 300th homer of his career in 1986.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 19 MLB Games

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Former Southwest Missouri State hoopers Norm Siebern and Preston Ward provided significant MLB performances on this date. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 19 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 19

  • Chicago Cubs 1B George Altman (appeared in 1953 and 1954 NAIA Basketball Tournament with Tennessee State) amassed four hits in a 4-3 win against the Houston Colt .45s in 1962.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates LF Clyde Barnhart (played for Shippensburg PA predecessor Cumberland Valley State Normal School prior to World War I) went 4-for-4 and chipped in with five RBI against the Brooklyn Robins in 1925.

  • 2B Marv Breeding (played for Samford in mid-1950s) purchased from the Los Angeles Dodgers by the Baltimore Orioles in 1964.

  • Detroit Tigers rookie RHP Ownie Carroll (Holy Cross letterman in 1922) hurled his third complete-game victory of the month in 1927.

  • Detroit Tigers 1B Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) collected three homers and eight RBI in a 1938 doubleheader sweep of the St. Louis Browns.

  • New York Yankees LF David Justice (led Thomas More KY in assists in 1984-85) jacked two homers against the Anaheim Angels in 2000.

  • Philadelphia Phillies RHP Andy Karl (Manhattan letterman from 1933 through 1935) saved Hall of Fame slugger Jimmie Foxx's only MLB pitching decision in 1945 (6-2 win against Cincinnati Reds).

  • New York Yankees LF Charlie Keller (Maryland letterman from 1934-35 through 1936-37) homered in both ends of a 1942 twinbill split against the Boston Red Sox.

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

  • New York Giants RHP Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) had his 22-game winning streak against the Cincinnati Reds snapped in 1911.

  • Detroit Tigers LF Curtis Pride (led William & Mary in steals three times and assists twice while averaging 5.6 ppg and 3.1 apg from 1986-87 through 1989-90) smacked a pinch-hit, three-run homer against the Chicago White Sox in 1996.

  • OF Gary Redus (J.C. player for Athens AL and father of Centenary/South Alabama guard with same name) traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1988.

  • 1B-OF Norm Siebern (member of Southwest Missouri State's back-to-back NAIA Tournament titlists in 1952 and 1953) supplied a pinch-hit, bases-loaded triple to help the Boston Red Sox outlasted the California Angels, 12-11, in 1967.

  • Philadelphia Phillies rookie SS Gary Sutherland (averaged 7.4 ppg with USC in 1963-64) went 3-for-3, including his first MLB homer, against the Chicago Cubs in 1967.

  • Boston Red Sox 3B Jim Tabor (Alabama letterman in 1936-37) smacked two homers against the New York Yankees in the opener of a 1942 twinbill.

  • Detroit Tigers rookie SS Coot Veal (averaged team-high 10.9 ppg as Auburn sophomore in 1951-52 before transferring to Mercer) posted his second three-hit outing in the midst of a career-high 13-game hitting streak.

  • San Diego Padres CF Clint Venable (two-time All-Ivy League selection averaged 9.3 ppg under Princeton coach John Thompson III from 2001-02 through 2004-05) went hitless for the only time in his first 25 games of the month in 2013.

  • Bill Virdon (played for Drury MO in 1949) hired as Houston Astros manager in 1975.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates RF Preston Ward (second-leading scorer for Southwest Missouri State in 1946-47 and 1948-49) provided fourth three-hit outing in a six-game span in 1954.

  • New York Yankees RF Dave Winfield (starting forward for Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) went 4-for-4 in a 1984 game against the Oakland Athletics.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 18 MLB Games

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Former Texas Christian hoopers Harry Kinzy and Dutch Meyer delivered significant MLB performances on this date. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 18 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 18

  • In the midst of a 21-game hitting streak, St. Louis Browns RF Beau Bell (two-year basketball letterman for Texas A&M in early 1930s) went 5-for-5 in the opener of a 1936 doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers.

  • RHP Ray Burris (played for Southwestern Oklahoma State) purchased from the New York Yankees by the New York Mets in 1979.

  • Philadelphia Athletics C Mickey Cochrane (played for Boston University in early 1920s) went 4-for-4 against the Detroit Tigers in a 1933 game.

  • St. Louis Browns C Rick Ferrell (played forward for Guilford NC before graduating in 1928) capped off a career-high 20-game hitting streak with four safeties against the Boston Red Sox in 1932. Four years later, Ferrell supplied three extra-base hits against the Philadelphia Athletics in a 1936 contest.

  • St. Louis Cardinals 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) smacked two homers against the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a 1932 twinbill.

  • INF Charlie Gelbert (scored at least 125 points each of his last three seasons with Lebanon Valley PA in late 1920s) awarded on waivers from the Washington Senators to the Boston Red Sox in 1940.

  • Dallas Green (Delaware's second-leading scorer and rebounder in 1954-55) fired as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1989.

  • Chicago White Sox RHP Harry Kinzy (starting forward for TCU from 1931-32 through 1933-34) lost his lone MLB decision and complete game when walking 10 Washington Senators batters in 1934.

  • Cleveland Indians RF Harvey Kuenn (played briefly for Wisconsin in 1951-52 after competing on JV squad previous season) went 4-for-4 against the Chicago White Sox in a 1960 game.

  • Chicago White Sox 3B Vance Law (averaged 6.8 ppg for Brigham Young from 1974-75 through 1976-77) went 3-for-3, including logging the decisive RBI in the bottom of the eighth inning, in a 7-6 win against the Toronto Blue Jays in 1984.

  • New York Giants CF Hank Leiber (played for Arizona in 1931) collected a homer, triple and two doubles in an 8-4 triumph against the Cincinnati Reds in 1935.

  • Philadelphia Phillies LF Danny Litwhiler (member of JV squad with Bloomsburg PA in mid-1930s) smacked two triples against the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a 1941 doubleheader.

  • Milwaukee Braves SS Johnny Logan (played for Binghamton in 1948-49) doubled in his fifth consecutive contest in 1956.

  • Cleveland Indians 2B Dutch Meyer (TCU letterman in 1934-35 and 1935-36) went 4-for-4 in a 7-4 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies in 1945.

  • Oakland Athletics CF Billy North (played briefly for Central Washington in 1967-68) stroked four hits in a 6-3 win against the Milwaukee Brewers in 1973.

  • RHP Claude Passeau (played for Millsaps MS in late 1920s and early 1930s) tossed a three-hit shutout as the Philadelphia Phillies ended a 14-game losing streak with a 7-0 verdict over the Boston Bees in 1936.

  • RHP Steve Renko (averaged 9.9 ppg and 5.8 rpg as Kansas sophomore in 1963-64) traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Chicago White Sox in 1977.

  • Detroit Tigers C Birdie Tebbetts (Providence hooper in 1932) went 4-for-4 in a 1940 game against the Chicago White Sox.

  • OF 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) traded by the San Diego Padres to the Texas Rangers in 2015.

  • Cincinnati Reds 3B Billy Werber (first Duke All-American in 1929-30) knocked in five runs against the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a 1941 twinbill.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 17 MLB Games

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AUGUST 17

  • San Diego Padres RHP Mike Adams (played basketball for Texas A&M-Kingsville in 1996-97) surrendered his only earned run (against Chicago Cubs) in last 34 relief appearances in 2009.

  • 1B Ron Allen (Youngstown State's scoring and rebounding leader as a sophomore in 1961-62) secured his only MLB hit, a ninth-inning homer at San Diego in 1972, after the brother of standout 1B Dick Allen replaced ejected St. Louis Cardinals teammate Joe Torre.

  • San Diego Padres SS Bill Almon (averaged 2.5 ppg in half a season for Brown's 1972-73 team ending school streak of 12 straight losing records) collected three hits and five RBI in a 7-4 win against the Cincinnati Reds in 1977.

  • OF Billy Cowan (Utah letterman from 1957-58 through 1959-60 was co-captain of NCAA playoff team as senior) clubbed a two-run, pinch homer off Juan Pizzaro in the eighth inning to give the California Angels a 7-6 victory against the Cleveland Indians in 1969.

  • Bing Devine (Washington MO letterman in mid-1930s) fired as general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1964 before they go on to win the World Series against the New York Yankees.

  • RHP Eddie Fisher (played for Oklahoma's 1954-55 freshman squad) traded by the California Angels to the Chicago White Sox in 1972.

  • CF Curt Flood and 3B Gene Freese (captain of 1952 NAIA Tournament team for West Liberty WV), the first two St. Louis Cardinals batters, hammered back-to-back homers off Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) in the opener of a 1958 doubleheader.

  • Philadelphia Athletics RF Walt French (letterman for Rutgers and Army) went 4-for-4 against the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a 1926 twinbill.

  • St. Louis Cardinals 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) homered in both ends of a 1929 doubleheader split against the New York Giants.

  • Baltimore Orioles RHP Dick Hall (averaged 12.8 ppg from 1948-49 through 1950-51 for three Swarthmore PA Southern Division champions in Middle Atlantic States Conference) provided a perfect inning of relief against the Kansas City Athletics in 1963, giving him 28 consecutive batters retired in a span of five appearances. Four years later with the Philadelphia Phillies, Hall notched his 11th straight game in relief without allowing an earned run in 1967.

  • Cleveland Indians LF Mike Hargrove (Northwestern Oklahoma State letterman) homered twice against the Oakland Athletics in a 1979 game.

  • In 2008, Florida Marlins 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 run in nine relief appearances during the month.

  • In 1985, Reggie Jackson of the New York Yankees, moving past Willie McCovey and Ted Williams on the all-time homer list, swatted his 522nd career round-tripper off Oakland A's LHP Bill Krueger (led WCAC in free-throw percentage in 1975-76 with Portland).

  • New York Giants RHP Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) hurled his second straight three-hit shutout against Chicago in 1905.

  • New York Giants LHP Jim Mooney (played for East Tennessee State) tossed a four-hit shutout against the Cincinnati Reds in 1932.

  • Cincinnati Reds rookie RF Greasy Neale (graduated in 1915 from West Virginia Wesleyan) had his 12-game hitting streak snapped by the Chicago Cubs in 1920.

  • In the midst of homering in six consecutive contests, San Diego Padres 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) cracked two round-trippers against the Montreal Expos in a 1984 contest.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers CF Billy North (played briefly for Central Washington in 1967-68) stole three bases against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1978 game.

  • Boston Braves rookie C Ebba St. Claire (Colgate letterman in 1941-42) had an 11-game hitting streak snapped by the Brooklyn Dodgers' Carl Erskine in the opener of a 1951 doubleheader.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 16 MLB Games

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AUGUST 16

  • Minnesota Twins LF Brant Alyea (Hofstra's leading basketball scorer and rebounder in 1960-61 under coach Butch van Breda Kolff) belted a homer against the Boston Red Sox for the third day in a row in 1970.

  • Chicago Cubs 2B Glenn Beckert (three-year letterman for Allegheny PA) contributed four hits against the San Francisco Giants in a 1972 game.

  • Chicago Cubs RHP Tom Dettore (averaged team-high 14.1 ppg plus 9 rpg in 1965-66 for Juniata PA) earned his first MLB victory with 6 1/3 innings of shutout relief against the San Diego Padres in 1974.

  • Chicago White Sox 1B Kerby Farrell (key player for couple of strong Freed-Hardeman TN squads in mid-1930s) collected three hits for the second consecutive contest in 1945.

  • Cincinnati Reds 3B Gene Freese (West Liberty WV captain of 1952 NAIA Tournament team) launched two homers against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the nightcap of a 1961 doubleheader.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) clobbered two homers against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 1947 game.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates SS Dick Groat (two-time All-American with Duke in 1950-51 and 1951-52 when finishing among nation's top five scorers each season) registered his seventh consecutive contest with multiple hits.

  • 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 New York Giants in a 1950 game.

  • Kansas City Royals CF Lynn Jones (averaged 10.4 ppg for Thiel PA from 1970-71 through 1973-74) stroked four hits against the Toronto Blue Jays in a 1985 contest.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Sandy Koufax (Cincinnati's freshman squad in 1953-54) improved his record to 19-5 with a 3-0 shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals but will miss the remainder of the 1964 season because of an elbow injury incurred while sliding back into second base earlier in the month.

  • In 1911, New York Giants RHP Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) defeated the Cincinnati Reds for the 22nd straight time.

  • Chicago White Sox RF Lyle Mouton (starter in LSU's backcourt with All-American Chris Jackson for 1989 NCAA playoff team) had his career-high 14-game hitting streak snapped by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1996.

  • Detroit Tigers LF Curtis Pride (led William & Mary in steals three times and assists twice while averaging 5.6 ppg and 3.1 apg from 1986-87 through 1989-90) hit safely in first 10 games of the month, a career high, before he was blanked by the Cleveland Indians in 1996.

  • RHP Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) twirled four-hit shutouts in his first two starts for the Houston Astros in 1965.

  • New York Yankees rookie LHP Marius Russo (member of LIU teams compiling 50-2 record in 1934-35 and 1935-36 under legendary coach Clair Bee) hurled a four-hit shutout against the Washington Senators in 1939, igniting a streak of seven straight complete-game victories as a starter.

  • Philadelphia Phillies RF Cy Williams (Notre Dame forward in 1909-10) went 7-for-10 and scored five runs in a 1925 twinbill sweep of the Brooklyn Robins.

  • Toronto Blue Jays RF Dave Winfield (starting forward for Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) knocked in five runs against the Cleveland Indians in the nightcap of a 1992 doubleheader.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 15 MLB Games

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Former Santa Clara hoopers Bruce Bochte and Randy Winn each registered three extra-base hits at the MLB level on this date. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 15 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 15

  • California Angels 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading basketball scorer in 1945-46) socked two homers against the Minnesota Twins in a 1966 game.

  • Philadelphia Phillies CF Ethan Allen (Cincinnati letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) provided four hits against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 1935 contest.

  • California Angels 1B Bruce Bochte (starting forward for Santa Clara's NCAA playoff team in 1970 averaged 7.4 ppg and 4 rpg) contributed three extra-base hits in an 8-0 win against the Detroit Tigers in 1975.

  • 2B Frank Bolling (averaged 7.3 ppg in 1950-51 for Spring Hill AL) knocked in all of the Detroit Tigers' runs in a 12-5 setback against the Kansas City Athletics in 1958.

  • Cleveland Indians SS Lou Boudreau (leading scorer for Illinois' 1937 Big Ten Conference co-champion) secured seven safeties in a 1948 doubleheader sweep of the Chicago White Sox.

  • Milwaukee Braves RHP Gene Conley (All-PCC first-team selection led North Division in scoring in 1949-50 as a Washington State sophomore) won his ninth consecutive contest in 1954 (2-1 against Chicago Cubs). Seven years later, Conley was with the Boston Red Sox in 1961 when he tossed a shutout and cracked a homer in an 8-0 shelling of the Cleveland Indians.

  • 1B Walt Dropo (Connecticut's first player ever to average 20 points for season with 21.7 ppg in 1942-43) was hospitalized after beaning in 1950 but the Boston Red Sox began a streak of winning 27 of their next 30 games.

  • San Francisco Giants 1B Darrell Evans (member of Jerry Tarkanian-coached Pasadena City CA club winning 1967 state community college crown) homered twice in a 1976 game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

  • In the midst of 11 consecutive scoreless appearances, New York Yankees LHP Steve Hamilton (All-OVC selection was Morehead State's leading scorer and rebounder in 1956-57 and 1957-58) notched a win against the Kansas City Athletics with four innings of one-hit relief in the nightcap of a 1965 doubleheader.

  • Cleveland Indians CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling 35-3 record) logged four hits and four RBI against the Minnesota Twins in a 2001 contest.

  • Boston Red Sox 1B Tony Lupien (Harvard captain in 1938-39 accumulated four hits against the St. Louis Browns for the third time in 1943.

  • New York Giants RHP Christy Mathewson (played for Bucknell at turn of 20th Century) blanked opponents going into extra innings but wound up losing each contest - against the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1910 and Boston Braves in 1914.

  • RF Greasy Neale (West Virginia Wesleyan College hoopster graduated in 1915) pilfered second, third and home in the ninth inning to help the Cincinnati Reds upend the New York Giants, 4-0, in the nightcap of a 1919 twinbill.

  • Homering in his third and fourth consecutive contests, RF Bill Nicholson (guard for Washington College MD two years in mid-1930s) socked three homers, two doubles and a single but the Chicago Cubs dropped both ends of a 1942 doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

  • Houston Astros 2B Rob Sperring (averaged 8.7 ppg and 2.9 rpg for Pacific from 1968-69 through 1970-71) supplied a career-high four hits in a 15-3 rout of the Atlanta Braves in 1977.

  • New York Giants C Wes Westrum (played for Bemidji State MN one season before serving in military during WWII) provided the difference with an eighth-inning, two-run homer in a 3-1 decision over the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951.

  • Philadelphia Phillies 1B Bill White (two-year hooper with Hiram OH in early 1950s) knocked in five runs against the Chicago Cubs in a 1966 contest.

  • Boston Red Sox C Sammy White (All-PCC Northern Division first-five selection for Washington in 1947-48 and 1948-49) banged out four hits in second consecutive contest against the New York Yankees in 1959.

  • San Francisco Giants CF Randy Winn (Santa Clara backcourtmate of eventual two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash in 1993-94) hit for the cycle against the Cincinnati Reds in a 2005 game. Three years later as RF, Winn went 4-for-4 with three extra-base hits against the Atlanta Braves in a 2008 outing.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 14 MLB Games

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Former Creighton hoopers Bob Gibson and Dennis Rasmussen registered personal pitching performance milestones during their MLB careers on this date. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 14 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 14

  • Detroit Tigers RHP Elden Auker (All-Big Six Conference first-five basketball selection with Kansas State in 1931-32) chipped in with two homers and five RBI while tossing a four-hitter in a 16-1 drubbing of the St. Louis Browns in 1937.

  • Cleveland Indians SS Lou Boudreau (leading scorer for Illinois' 1937 Big Ten Conference co-champion) suffered a broken right ankle in a collision at second base in 1945. The next year, Boudreau supplied four hits against the Detroit Tigers in a 1946 game.

  • RHP Ralph Branca (sixth-leading scorer for NYU in 1943-44) won his first and only decision with the New York Yankees (3-1 over Boston Red Sox in 1954).

  • Detroit Tigers 1B Tony Clark (San Diego State's leading scorer in WAC competition in 1991-92) homered in his third consecutive contest in 1999.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates rookie 1B Donn Clendenon (four-sport letterman with Morehouse GA) went 5-for-5 with four extra-base hits in a 1964 doubleheader split against the Chicago Cubs.

  • Cincinnati Reds CF Harry Craft (four-sport letterman with Mississippi College in early 1930s) contributed three extra-base hits (double, triple and homer) against the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a 1938 twinbill.

  • St. Louis Cardinals RHP Bob Gibson (Creighton's leading scorer in 1955-56 and 1956-57) hurled a no-hitter at Pittsburgh in 1971.

  • 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 Los Angeles Dodgers in a 1993 contest.

  • Texas Rangers 1B Mike Hargrove (Northwestern Oklahoma State letterman) supplied a leadoff homer for the second straight game in 1977.

  • Philadelphia Phillies 3B Chuck Harmon (second-leading scorer for Toledo in 1946-47 and 1947-48) went 4-for-4 against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 1957 outing.

  • RHP Dave Madison (letterman for LSU from 1939-40 through 1942-43) traded by the St. Louis Browns to the Detroit Tigers in an eight-player swap in 1952.

  • San Diego Padres LHP Dennis Rasmussen (sixth-man for Creighton averaged 5.1 ppg from 1977-78 through 1979-80) defeated the Houston Astros, 4-1, ending a personal losing streak of nine straight starts in 1991.

  • In 1991, St. Louis Cardinals RHP Lee Smith (averaged 3.4 ppg and 1.9 rpg with Northwestern State in 1976-77) reached the 30-save plateau for the sixth time en route to leading the N.L. with 47.

  • New York Mets RHP Darrell Sutherland (averaged 8.1 ppg and 2.2 rpg for Stanford from 1960-61 through 1962-63 under coach Howie Dallmar) tripled and hurled four innings of hitless relief in posting his first MLB victory (1-0 in 10 frames against Houston Astros in 1965).

  • Birdie Tebbetts (Providence hooper in 1932) resigned as Cincinnati Reds manager in 1958.

  • Detroit Tigers rookie SS Coot Veal (averaged team-high 10.9 ppg as Auburn sophomore in 1951-52 before transferring to Mercer) contributed three safeties against the Cleveland Indians, triggering a 13-game hitting streak in 1958.

  • St. Louis Cardinals 1B Bill White (played two years with Hiram OH in early 1950s) hit for the cycle in the opener of a 1960 doubleheader against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

  • In 1991, California Angels RF-DH Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) slugged the 400th homer of his career.

  • Tampa Bay Devil Rays rookie CF Randy Winn (Santa Clara backcourtmate of eventual two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash in 1993-94) stroked two triples in a 1998 contest against the Kansas City Royals.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 13 MLB Games

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Former Mississippi State hoops lettermen Boo Ferriss and Buddy Myer had significant MLB performances on this date. Ditto former Virginia hoopers Eppa Rixey and Mel Roach. Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 13 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 13

  • Toronto Blue Jays CF Danny Ainge (three-time Brigham Young basketball All-American and national player of year as senior in 1980-81) went 3-for-3 in a 5-4 setback against the Milwaukee Brewers in 1980.

  • Chicago Cubs rookie RF George Altman (appeared in 1953 and 1954 NAIA Tournament with Tennessee State) collected five hits, including two homers, and five RBI in a 20-9 win against the San Francisco Giants in 1959.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Jim Bibby (Fayetteville State NC backup player and brother of UCLA All-American Henry Bibby) won his sixth decision in a row en route to leading the N.L. in winning percentage in 1979.

  • St. Louis Cardinals 1B George Crowe (four-year letterman from 1939-40 through 1942-43 for Indiana Central after becoming first high school player named state's Mr. Basketball) cracked a pinch-hit grand slam against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 1959 game.

  • Chicago White Sox RHP Dave DeBusschere (three-time All-American for Detroit from 1959-60 through 1961-62) tossed a shutout against the Cleveland Indians in 1963.

  • In 1955, Cleveland Indians CF Larry Doby (reserve guard for Virginia Union's 1943 CIAA titlist) committed his first miscue after an A.L.-record 165 errorless games.

  • Boston Red Sox RHP Boo Ferriss (Mississippi State letterman in 1941) won his eighth straight game for victory No. 20 in 1946.

  • New York Giants INF Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) stroked four hits against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 1925 contest.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Dave Giusti (made 6 of 10 field-goal attempts in two games for Syracuse in 1959-60) hurled a one-hitter to beat the Chicago Cubs, 1-0, in 1966.

  • Detroit Tigers rookie 1B Hank Greenberg (enrolled at NYU on hoop scholarship in 1929 but attended college only one semester) provided three doubles in a 17-inning contest against the Chicago White Sox in 1933.

  • 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 St. Louis Cardinals in a 1960 outing.

  • In his MLB debut in 1981, Kansas City Royals LHP Atlee Hammaker (averaged 5.3 ppg as freshman in 1976-77 and 4.9 as sophomore in 1977-78 under ETSU coach Sonny Smith) hurled four innings of shutout relief against the Baltimore Orioles.

  • Cleveland Indians LF Mike Hargrove (Northwestern Oklahoma State letterman) homered in his third consecutive contest in 1979.

  • New York Giants RHP Jim Hearn (Georgia Tech letterman in 1941-42) shut out the Philadelphia Phillies' Whiz Kids in 1950.

  • In the midst of a career-high 17-game hitting streak, 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) contributed three hits and three runs against the New York Mets in a 1972 game.

  • Baltimore Orioles rookie RHP Ben McDonald (started six games as 6-6 freshman forward for LSU in 1986-87 under coach Dale Brown) won his first five MLB starts in 1990.

  • Chicago White Sox RHP Jimmy Miles (averaged 5.2 ppg and 8.9 rpg for Delta State MS in 1964-65) lost his lone MLB decision (7-3 against Kansas City Royals in 1969).

  • Washington Senators 2B Buddy Myer (Mississippi State letterman in 1923-24) went 4-for-4 against the Chicago White Sox in a 1930 game.

  • New York Yankees 3B Graig Nettles (shot 87.8% from free-throw line for San Diego State in 1963-64) amassed two homers and five RBI against the Minnesota Twins in a 1976 contest.

  • C Don Prohovich (member of Holy Cross' 1954 NIT champion) traded with $15,000 by the White Sox to the Cubs for utilityman Earl Averill Jr. in 1960. Deal was the first swap of players between the two Chicago franchises.

  • OF Rip Repulski (started several games for St. Cloud State MN) hit a three-run pinch homer for the Philadelphia Phillies but they still lost against the Pittsburgh Pirates, 10-9, in 1958.

  • Cincinnati Reds LHP Eppa Rixey (Virginia letterman in 1911-12 and 1913-14) drove in two runs and blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-0, in 1932.

  • Milwaukee Braves 2B Mel Roach (averaged 9.3 ppg for Virginia in 1952-53) went 3-for-3, including a homer, and chipped in with three RBI in a 4-2 win against the San Francisco Giants in 1960.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 12 MLB Games

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AUGUST 12

  • California Angels RHP Chris Beasley (Arizona State's leading basketball scorer in 1983-84) lost his only MLB decision in 1991 (4-3 against Minnesota Twins).

  • Cleveland Indians SS Lou Boudreau (leading scorer for Illinois' 1937 Big Ten Conference co-champion) went 4-for-4, including two triples, against the Philadelphia Athletics in a 1943 game.

  • Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Tony Clark (San Diego State's leading scorer in WAC games in 1991-92) smacked two homers against the Atlanta Braves in a 2005 contest.

  • Philadelphia Athletics C Mickey Cochrane (Boston University player in early 1920s) contributed four hits against the Detroit Tigers in a 1931 game.

  • Chicago Cubs 3B Alvin Dark (letterman for LSU and USL in mid-1940s) went 3-for-3 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, homering in the second of three consecutive contests in 1959.

  • In the midst of a career-high 14-game hitting streak, New York Yankees rookie RF Charlie Keller (Maryland letterman from 1934-35 through 1936-37) collected back-to-back three-safety contests against the Philadelphia Athletics in 1939.

  • Chicago Cubs LF Irv Noren (player of year for California community college state champion Pasadena City in 1945) went 4-for-4 against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 1959 game.

  • Chicago Cubs rookie RHP Paul Reuschel (averaged 12.1 rpg for Western Illinois in 1966-67 and 1967-68) surrendered his only run in a 13-game relief span through the end of the month in 1975.

  • In 1953, Philadelphia Phillies RHP Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) beat the Pittsburgh Pirates for the 15th consecutive time. Roberts reached the 20-win plateau for the fourth straight season.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates LHP Preacher Roe (played for Harding AR in late 1930s) registered back-to-back six-hit shutouts in 1945.

  • Baltimore Orioles OF Larry Sheets (All-ODAC selection for Eastern Mennonite VA in 1981-82 and 1982-83) and teammate Wayne Gross (led Cal Poly Pomona in assists in 1974-75) socked back-to-back pinch-hit homers but they weren't enough to prevent an 8-5 setback against the Cleveland Indians in 1985.

  • In 1960, Detroit Tigers RHP Dave Sisler (All-Ivy League second-team selection for Princeton's first NCAA playoff team in 1952) supplied his eighth straight relief appearance without yielding an earned run.

  • Arizona Diamondbacks rookie 2B Junior Spivey (redshirted his only semester at Northwestern Oklahoma State on hoop scholarship before transferring to KS junior college) registered his second five-hit game of the 2001 campaign.

  • Chicago Cubs INF-OF Riggs Stephenson (Alabama letterman in 1920) knocked in the winning run in the 11th inning of a 3-2 victory against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1930.

  • Kansas City Athletics 2B Wayne Terwilliger (two-year Western Michigan letterman averaged 5.6 ppg in 1947-48) posted his fifth straight multiple-hit game in 1959.

  • Boston Red Sox 3B Billy Werber (first Duke All-American in 1929-30) went 3-for-3 against the New York Yankees in the opener of a 1934 doubleheader en route to 16 multiple-hit games during the month.

  • New York Yankees LF Dave Winfield (starting forward for Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) delivered two homers and double against the Detroit Tigers in a 1983 outing.

  • San Francisco Giants CF Randy Winn (Santa Clara backcourtmate of eventual two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash in 1993-94) accounted for the game's only run with a homer at Florida in 2005.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 11 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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AUGUST 11

  • In the midst of a career-high 20-game hitting streak in 1959, Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading basketball scorer in 1945-46) went 4-for-4 against the Cincinnati Reds, homering in his third straight outing.

  • Detroit Tigers RHP Elden Auker (All-Big Six Conference first-five selection with Kansas State in 1931-32) hurled his second shutout in a 10-day span in 1934.

  • New York Giants RHP Curt Barclay (Oregon's third-leading scorer and rebounder as sophomore in 1950-51) hurled a three-hit, 5-0 shutout against the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a 1957 doubleheader. It was Barclay's second straight whitewash.

  • Chicago Cubs OF Frankie Baumholtz (MVP in 1941 NIT and first player in Ohio University history to score 1,000 career points) furnished his third consecutive contest with three safeties in 1952.

  • Texas Rangers RHP Jim Bibby (Fayetteville State NC backup player and brother of UCLA All-American Henry Bibby) fired his second shutout against the Detroit Tigers during the 1974 campaign.

  • In 1990, Atlanta Braves RHP Marty Clary (Northwestern letterman in 1981-82 and 1982-83) incurred his seventh defeat in as many decisions in a five-week span.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates rookie 1B Donn Clendenon (four-sport letterman with Morehouse GA) cracked a grand slam against the Chicago Cubs in a 1962 game.

  • C Mickey Cochrane (Boston University player in early 1920s) delivered a decisive ninth-inning hit to give the win to RHP George Earnshaw (Swarthmore PA player in 1922) in the Philadelphia Athletics' 3-2 decision over the Washington Senators in 1928.

  • Gene Desautels (Holy Cross letterman in 1929 and 1930) caught the entire game for the Cleveland Indians without a putout (no strikeouts) in 1942 when they have a 14-inning scoreless tie with the Detroit Tigers.

  • San Diego Padres RF Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81) went 5-for-5 and scored four runs in a 7-6 triumph against the Atlanta Braves in 1987. Two years later, Gwynn went 4-for-4 against the Braves in the nightcap of a 1989 doubleheader en route to a league-high 203 hits.

  • San Francisco Giants LHP Atlee Hammaker (averaged 5.3 ppg as freshman in 1976-77 and 4.9 as sophomore in 1977-78 under ETSU coach Sonny Smith) fired his final shutout of 12-year MLB career, a five-hitter against the Houston Astros in 1988.

  • 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) delivered five hits in a 15-inning game against the Cincinnati Reds in 1968.

  • LF Bill Nicholson (guard for Washington College MD two years in mid-1930s) capped off back-to-back-to-back homers by the Chicago Cubs but the three straight round-trippers weren't enough to prevent a 7-5 defeat against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1941.

  • In 1945, Chicago Cubs RHP Claude Passeau (played for Millsaps MS in late 1920s and early 1930s) restricted the Boston Braves to two hits - both coming with two outs in the eighth inning.

  • In 1987, Baltimore Orioles LF Larry Sheets (All-ODAC selection in 1981-82 and 1982-83 with Eastern Mennonite VA) smacked two homers for the third time in his last five games.

  • Chicago Cubs 2B Rob Sperring (averaged 8.7 ppg and 2.9 rpg for Pacific from 1968-69 through 1970-71) collected a homer and double in his MLB debut against the San Francisco Giants in 1974.

  • In 1959, Detroit Tigers SS Coot Veal (Auburn's scoring leader as sophomore in 1951-52 before transferring to Mercer) connected for his lone homer in 611 MLB career at-bats (against Chicago White Sox).

  • Boston Red Sox C Sammy White (All-PCC Northern Division first-five selection for Washington in 1947-48 and 1948-49) provided three hits in both ends of a 1953 twinbill sweep of the Philadelphia Athletics.

  • RHP Jim Wilson (letterman for San Diego State's 1942 NAIA Tournament participant) traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Detroit Tigers in 1949.

  • New York Giants rookie 1B Babe Young (Fordham letterman in 1935-36) amassed two homers and five RBI against the Philadelphia Phillies in the nightcap of a 1940 doubleheader.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 10 MLB Games

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AUGUST 10

  • Philadelphia Phillies LF Ethan Allen (Cincinnati basketball letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) delivered three doubles en route to a N.L.-high 42 in a 5-3 loss against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1934.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates LF Carson "Skeeter" Bigbee (Oregon letterman in 1915) posted his second five-hit game in less than two months in 1922.

  • Boston Braves rookie SS Alvin Dark (letterman for LSU and USL in mid-1940s) delivered four safeties for his fifth multiple-hit outing in a row in 1948.

  • St. Louis Cardinals 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) went 4-for-4 against the Chicago Cubs in a 1934 contest.

  • 1B-OF Dick Gernert (letterman with Temple in 1948-49 when he averaged 2.7 ppg) homered in the 10th inning to help catapult the Boston Red Sox to a 3-1 victory against the New York Yankees in 1952.

  • St. Louis Cardinals RHP Lindy McDaniel (played for Oklahoma's 1954-55 freshman squad) secured his seventh relief win in as many decisions covering a little more than five weeks in 1960.

  • Baltimore Orioles 3B Ryan Minor (two-time All-Big Eight Conference first-team selection for Oklahoma was league player of year as junior in 1994-95 when averaging 23.6 ppg and 8.4 rpg) manufactured a career-high three hits against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in a 1999 outing.

  • In 1936, INF Buddy Myer (Mississippi State letterman in 1923-24), the defending A.L. batting champion, was sent home by the Washington Senators to recover from a season-long stomach ailment.

  • C Cal Neeman (Illinois Wesleyan's leading scorer in 1947-48 and 1948-49) purchased from the Cleveland Indians by the Washington Senators in 1963.

  • In the midst of five complete-game victories in less than a month in 1933, New York Giants RHP Roy Parmelee (Eastern Michigan letterman in 1924-25 and 1925-26) tossed a two-hit shutout against the Philadelphia Phillies.

  • Baltimore Orioles RHP Tim Stoddard (starting forward opposite All-American David Thompson for North Carolina State's 1974 NCAA champion) posted a win against the New York Yankees after notching saves in his previous four outings. Stoddard registered 14 consecutive scoreless relief appearances in September.

  • San Diego Padres RF Clint Venable (two-time All-Ivy League selection averaged 9.3 ppg under Princeton coach John Thompson III from 2001-02 through 2004-05) contributed three extra-base hits in a 9-5 triumph against the New York Mets in 2011.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates CF Bill Virdon (Drury MO hooper in 1949) tied a MLB mark by notching two assists in the seventh inning of the nightcap of a 1958 doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds. Twenty-four years later in 1982, Virdon was fired as Houston Astros manager.

  • Milwaukee Braves RHP Jim Wilson (letterman for San Diego State's 1942 NAIA Tournament participant) fired a three-hit shutout against the St. Louis Cardinals, giving him his eighth win in a row in 1954.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 9 MLB Games

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AUGUST 9

  • Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading basketball scorer in 1945-46) drilled two homers in an 8-3 setback against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1961.

  • Detroit Tigers C Mickey Cochrane (played for Boston University in early 1920s) collected four hits and five RBI against the St. Louis Browns in a 1934 game.

  • New York Mets RHP Roger Craig (forward with North Carolina State's 1949-50 freshman team) ended his N.L. record-tying 18-game losing streak by beating the Chicago Cubs, 7-3, thanks to OF Jim Hickman's ninth-inning grand slam off RHP Lindy McDaniel (played for Oklahoma's 1954-55 freshman squad). Craig was on the losing end of a shutout nine times in 1963.

  • New York Giants SS Alvin Dark (letterman for LSU and USL during World War II) extended his hitting streak to 17 games in 1951.

  • Chicago White Sox RHP Eddie Fisher (played for Oklahoma's 1954-55 freshman squad) tossed a three-hit shutout against the Los Angeles Angels in 1962, igniting a personal streak of five straight triumphs.

  • New York Giants 3B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) secured three extra-base hits against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 1923 outing. Nine years later as a Cards 2B, Frisch contributed four hits and four runs against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1932 contest.

  • St. Louis Cardinals SS Charlie Gelbert (scored at least 125 points each of last three seasons in late 1920s for Lebanon Valley PA) generated four hits against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1932 game.

  • Cincinnati Reds 1B Harvey Hendrick (Vanderbilt letterman in 1918) delivered four hits in a 9-8 win against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1932.

  • Cleveland Indians DH David Justice (led Thomas More KY in assists in 1984-85) smacked two homers against the Texas Rangers in the nightcap of a 1997 doubleheader.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Davey Lopes (NAIA All-District 15 selection for Iowa Wesleyan averaged 16.9 ppg as freshman in 1964-65 and 12.1 ppg as sophomore in 1965-66) set new MLB record by stealing his 32nd consecutive base without being caught in 1975.

  • Cleveland Indians 2B Dutch Meyer (TCU letterman in 1934-35 and 1935-36) manufactured four hits in a 3-2 loss against the New York Yankees in 1945.

  • RF Bill Nicholson (played for Washington College MD in mid-1930s) traded by the Philadelphia Athletics to the Washington Senators in 1938.

  • Kansas City Athletics LF Norm Siebern (member of Southwest Missouri squads capturing back-to-back NAIA Tournament titles in 1952 and 1953) homered in both ends of a 1960 twinbill against the Washington Senators. Siebern stroked four hits and scored four runs the previous day against the Senators.

  • Boston Braves rookie C Ebba St. Claire (Colgate letterman in 1941-42) tied a N.L. backstop standard by participating in three double plays in a single game in 1951.

  • Atlanta Braves LHP George Stone (averaged 14.7 ppg and 6.5 rpg for Louisiana Tech in 1964-65 and 1965-66) hurled a six-hit shutout against the Houston Astros in 1972.

  • Detroit Tigers 2B Gary Sutherland (averaged 7.4 ppg with USC in 1963-64) had his sixth straight multiple-hit outing in the midst of a career-high 15-game hitting streak.

  • Boston Red Sox rookie 3B Jim Tabor (Alabama letterman in 1936-37) knocked in five runs in a 1938 contest against the Philadelphia Athletics.

  • Boston Red Sox 3B Billy Werber (first Duke All-American in 1929-30) went 4-for-4 against the Washington Senators in a 1936 outing.

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 8 MLB Games

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AUGUST 8

  • Milwaukee Braves 1B Joe Adcock (Louisiana State's leading basketball scorer in 1945-46) launched two homers against the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a 1956 twinbill.

  • Detroit Tigers rookie 1B Dale Alexander (starting center in mid-1920s for Milligan TN) went 5-for-5 in a 9-6 win against the Cleveland Indians in 1929. Two years later, Alexander contributed four hits in a 7-1 victory against the Indians.

  • Chicago Cubs 2B Joey Amalfitano (played for Loyola Marymount in 1952-53) contributed a career-high four hits in a 14-10 triumph against the New York Mets in 1965.

  • Chicago Cubs CF Frankie Baumholtz (MVP in 1941 NIT and first player in Ohio University history to score 1,000 career points) had career-high 16-game hitting streak snapped by his original team (the Cincinnati Reds) in the nightcap of a 1951 doubleheader.

  • Chicago Cubs 2B Glenn Beckert (three-year letterman for Allegheny PA) collected seven hits against the San Francisco Giants in a 1971 twinbill split.

  • Boston Red Sox RHP Gene Conley (All-PCC first-team selection led North Division in scoring in 1949-50 as Washington State sophomore) tossed a four-hit shutout against the Cleveland Indians in 1962.

  • St. Louis Cardinals 2B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) furnished four hits against the Chicago Cubs in a 1931 game.

  • Kansas City Royals RHP Rich Gale (led New Hampshire with 7.2 rpg in 1975-76) hurled a four-hit shutout against the Toronto Blue Jays in 1980.

  • Brooklyn Dodgers rookie 1B Gil Hodges (played for St. Joseph's IN in 1943 and Oakland City IN in 1947 and 1948) amassed two homers and five RBI against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1948 contest.

  • Kansas City Royals 1B Gail Hopkins (averaged 2.5 ppg with Pepperdine in 1963-64) went 4-for-4 against the Milwaukee Brewers in a 1971 outing.

  • Atlanta Braves rookie RF David Justice (led Thomas More KY in assists in 1984-85) jacked two homers against the San Diego Padres for the second game in a row in 1990.

  • New York Yankees LF Charlie Keller (Maryland letterman from 1934-35 through 1936-37) went 4-for-4 with three doubles against the Philadelphia Athletics in a 1941 game.

  • SS Gene Michael (Kent State's leading scorer with 14 ppg in 1957-58) stroked a two-out single in the ninth inning to give the New York Yankees a 3-2 victory against the Texas Rangers in 1973.

  • RF Bill Nicholson (played for Washington College MD in mid-1930s) pounded an 11th-inning homer to propel the Chicago Cubs to a 2-1 triumph against the Cincinnati Reds in 1947.

  • Atlanta Braves RHP Ron Reed (Notre Dame's leading rebounder in 1963-64 and 1964-65) fired a 10-inning shutout against the New York Mets, triggering a streak where he won nine of his final 11 starts of the 1969 campaign.

  • Philadelphia Phillies RHP Robin Roberts (Michigan State's second-leading scorer in 1945-46 and 1946-47) won his eighth straight decision and fourth game in 10 days in 1956.

  • Baltimore Orioles LF Larry Sheets (All-ODAC selection in 1981-82 and 1982-83 with Eastern Mennonite VA) socked two homers in each of back-to-back games against the Texas Rangers in 1987.

  • Baltimore Orioles RHP Tim Stoddard (starting forward opposite All-American David Thompson for North Carolina State's 1974 NCAA champion) notched his fourth save in as many relief appearances during a 12-game scoreless stretch in 1980.

  • Detroit Tigers RF-1B Champ Summers (led SIUE in scoring in 1969-70 after doing same with Nicholls State in 1964-65) knocked in five runs against the Texas Rangers in the opener of a 1979 doubleheader.

  • New York Yankees RF Dave Winfield (starting forward for Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) collected two homers and six RBI against the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a 1985 twinbill.

  • New York Giants 1B Babe Young (Fordham letterman in 1935-36) homered in his fourth consecutive contest in 1941.

Globe Trotters: Australian Guards Attending Saint Mary's Boasted Best Chance

As professionals continue to assert themselves in the previously amateur-only Olympics, active foreign players enrolled at U.S. colleges competing in the Games are becoming rare. In 2012 while participating in the XXX Olympiad, it was clear guards Matthew Dellavedova (Saint Mary's/from Australia) and Andrew Lawrence (College of Charleston/Great Britain) were going to be on the endangered species list before too long in the New World Order. Dellavedova and fellow Saint Mary's backcourter Patty Mills coupled with former NCAA national player of the year Andrew Bogut (Utah) gave Australia the best chance to offer a competitive game against the U.S. The Aussies led by five points at halftime against the Americans before bowing 98-88.

Five former U.S. college hoopsters in this "foreign" category who averaged more than 16 ppg in Olympic competition are Louisiana State's Eddie Palubinskas (25.6 for Australia), Washington's Detlef Schrempf (21 for West Germany/Germany), Seton Hall's Andrew Gaze (19.7 for Australia), Texas' Albert Almanza (17.2 for Mexico) and Houston's Carl Herrera (16.7 for Venezuela). Before professionals dominated the scene, following is a sampling of Olympians such as Domantas Sabonis (Gonzaga) who first played in the Games for countries other than the U.S. before or during a season attending an American university before becoming a pro (scoring average is for Olympic participation):

Foreign Player Pos. U.S. College Native Country Olympic Year(s) PPG.
Albert Almanza F Texas Mexico 1960 and 1964 17.2
Martin Ansa G Wagner Puerto Rico 1964 6.9
Uwe Blab C Indiana West Germany/Germany 1984 and 1992 7.1
Andrew Bogut F-C Utah Australia 2004, 2008 and 2016 13.2
Craig Bradshaw F-C Winthrop New Zealand 2004 3.0
Andy Campbell C Louisiana State Australia 1976 and 1984 3.7
Kresimir Cosic C Brigham Young Yugoslavia 1968, 1972, 1976 and 1980 11.0
Matthew Dellavedova G Saint Mary's Australia 2012 and 2016 TBD
Marcel de Souza F Bradley Brazil 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992 12.6
David Diaz G-F Houston Venezuela 1992 3.7
Mark Dickel G UNLV New Zealand 2000 and 2004 9.0
Raul Duarte F Iowa State Peru 1964 9.0
Andrew Gaze G-F Seton Hall Australia 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000 19.7
Joaquim Gomes F Valparaiso Angola 2004 and 2008 7.5
Cameron Hall F Duke Canada 1976 4.4
Lars Hansen C Washington Canada 1976 13.7
Carl Herrera F Houston Venezuela 1992 16.7
Arturas Karnishovas F Seton Hall Lithuania 1992 and 1996 13.4
Andrew Lawrence G College of Charleston Great Britain 2012 TBD
Alfred "Butch" Lee G Marquette Puerto Rico 1976 16.0
Marcos Leite F Pepperdine Brazil 1972, 1976, 1980 and 1984 14.3
Kari Liimo F Brigham Young Finland 1964 14.7
Luc Longley C New Mexico Australia 1988, 1992 and 2000 7.3
Francisco "Kiko" Martinez F New Mexico State Mexico 1936 TBD
Dan Meagher F Duke Canada 1984 5.3
Patrick Mills G Saint Mary's Australia 2008, 2012 and 2016 14.2
Kai Nurnberger G Southern Illinois Germany 1988 and 1992 3.5
Edgar Padilla G Massachusetts Puerto Rico 1996 4.4
Eddie Palubinskas G Louisiana State Australia 1972 and 1976 25.6
Alvydaz Pazdrazdis F McNeese State Lithuania 1992 2.3
Kirk Penney G Wisconsin New Zealand 2000 and 2004 8.9
Ramon Ramos C Seton Hall Puerto Rico 1988 8.3
Ramon Rivas C Temple Puerto Rico 1988, 1992 and 1996 7.6
Henrik Rodl G North Carolina Germany 1992 6.0
Domantas Sabonis C Gonzaga Lithuania 2016 TBD
Detlef Schrempf F Washington West Germany/Germany 1984 and 1992 21.0
Darius Songaila F Wake Forest Lithuania 2000 and 2004 9.0
Carmelo Travieso G Massachusetts Puerto Rico 1996 8.0
Andrew Vlahov F Stanford Australia 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000 6.5
Christian Welp C Washington West Germany 1984 9.1
Bill Wennington C St. John's Canada 1984 7.0

On This Date: Ex-College Hoopsters Make Their Mark on August 7 MLB Games

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AUGUST 7

  • Detroit Tigers rookie 1B Dale Alexander (starting basketball center in mid-1920s for Milligan TN) amassed three extra-base hits and six RBI in a 14-4 win against the Cleveland Indians in 1929.

  • Cleveland Indians SS Lou Boudreau (leading scorer for Illinois' 1937 Big Ten Conference co-champion) collected two homers and six RBI against the Chicago White Sox in a 1940 game.

  • St. Louis Cardinals RF Joe Ferguson (played in 1967 NCAA playoffs with Pacific) drilled two triples against the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1976 contest. Three years later with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Ferguson whacked two homers against the Houston Astros in a 1979 outing.

  • Brooklyn Robins LF Buddy Hassett (played for Manhattan teams winning school-record 17 consecutive contests in 1930 and 1931) went 4-for-4 against the Cincinnati Reds in the nightcap of a 1938 doubleheader.

  • Washington Senators rookie RHP Bucky Jacobs (member of undefeated team in 1935 was among Richmond's top two scorers each of next two seasons) earned his lone MLB victory (against the Detroit Tigers in the nightcap of a 1937 twinbill).

  • Atlanta Braves rookie RF David Justice (led Thomas More KY in assists in 1984-85) went 4-for-4 with two homers against the San Diego Padres in the nightcap of a 1990 twinbill. Ten years later as a LF with the New York Yankees, Justice smacked two homers against the Seattle Mariners in a 2000 game.

  • Cleveland Indians CF Kenny Lofton (Arizona's leader in steals for 1988 Final Four team compiling 35-3 record) went 4-for-4 against the Baltimore Orioles in a 1993 contest.

  • 2B Dutch Meyer (TCU letterman in 1934-35 and 1935-36) traded by the New York Giants to the Detroit Tigers in 1940.

  • St. Louis Cardinals LF Wally Moon (averaged 4.3 ppg with Texas A&M in 1948-49 and 1949-50) went 5-for-5 against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1956 game.

  • RHP Joe Niekro (averaged 8.9 ppg and 3.8 rpg for West Liberty WV from 1963-64 through 1965-66) awarded off waivers from the Detroit Tigers to the Atlanta Braves in 1973.

  • RF Jim Northrup (second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for Alma MI in 1958-59) shipped by the Detroit Tigers to the Montreal Expos as part of a conditional deal in 1974.

  • In 1987, Detroit Tigers RHP Jeff Robinson (two-time NAIA All-District 3 honoree in early 1980s left Azusa Pacific CA as its No. 9 all-time scorer) blanked the New York Yankees, 8-0, retiring the last 24 batters in a row.

  • Boston Red Sox rookie RHP Don Schwall (All-Big Seven Conference second-team selection led Oklahoma won seventh straight start, improving his record to 13-2 in 1961.

  • Cleveland Indians 2B Riggs Stephenson (Alabama letterman in 1920) went 4-for-4 against the New York Yankees in a 1924 contest.

  • In 1990, California Angels RF Dave Winfield (starting forward with Minnesota's first NCAA playoff team in 1972) delivered his 2,500th career hit.

Tackling College Basketball's Meaningful Impact on NFL Hall of Fame

College basketball boasts a significant presence during the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement weekend in Canton, Ohio. In 2017, Chattanooga's Terrell Owens is expected to join the following alphabetical list of former college hoopers comprising about 10% of the gridiron HOF members:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unless you habitually pore over the content at baseballlibrary.com, baseballreference.com and nationalpastime.com, following is an August 6 calendar focusing on such versatile MLB athletes:

AUGUST 6

  • In a 1932 game, 1B Dale Alexander (starting basketball center for Milligan TN in mid-1920s) provided a single for the Boston Red Sox' lone safety off Wes Ferrell of the Cleveland Indians.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Donn Clendenon (four-sport letterman with Morehouse GA) went 4-for-4 against the Cincinnati Reds in a 1966 contest.

  • Mickey Cochrane (Boston University player in early 1920s) fired as Detroit Tigers manager in 1938.

  • Cincinnati Reds rookie CF Harry Craft (four-sport letterman with Mississippi College in early 1930s) cracked a grand slam in an 11-6 triumph against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1938.

  • New York Giants SS Alvin Dark (letterman for LSU and USL in mid-1940s) whacked two homers in a 1954 game against the Milwaukee Braves.

  • New York Giants 3B Frankie Frisch (Fordham captain) provided four hits against the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a 1923 twinbill. Thirteen years later as a St. Louis Cardinals 2B, Frisch collected four hits against the Chicago Cubs in a 1936 outing.

  • San Diego Padres RF Tony Gwynn (All-WAC second-team selection with San Diego State in 1979-80 and 1980-81) went 4-for-5 in a 12-10 win against the Montreal Expos in 1999, posting the 3,000th hit of his MLB career.

  • LHP Mark Hendrickson (two time All-Pacific-10 Conference selection paced Washington State in rebounding four straight seasons from 1992-93 through 1995-96) made his MLB debut with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2002.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers LF Frank Howard (two-time All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection when leading Ohio State in scoring and rebounding in 1956-57 and 1957-58) delivered three extra-base hits against the Chicago Cubs in a 1961 game.

  • INF Davey Johnson (averaged 1.7 ppg with Texas A&M in 1961-62) traded by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Chicago Cubs in 1978.

  • San Francisco Giants 1B-OF Rick Leach (averaged 15.5 ppg for Michigan's junior varsity team in 1975-76) suspended for 60 days in 1990 following a positive drug test.

  • New York Yankees RHP Lindy McDaniel (played for Oklahoma's 1954-55 freshman squad) posted his eighth save in last 10 relief appearances en route to 12 straight scoreless games in 1970.

  • Cleveland Indians RF Ed Morgan (Tulane letterman from 1923-24 through 1925-26) raised his batting average to .372 with back-to-back three-hit games.

  • Washington Senators 2B Buddy Myer (Mississippi State letterman in 1923-24) contributed three doubles among his four hits in a 13-11 victory against the New York Yankees in the opener of a 1929 doubleheader.

  • Detroit Tigers CF Jim Northrup (second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder for Alma MI in 1958-59) went 4-for-4 against the Cleveland Indians in the opener of a 1972 twinbill.

  • 1B Jack Phillips (leading scorer for 14-1 Clarkson NY in 1942-43) purchased from the New York Yankees by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1949.

  • Pittsburgh Pirates CF Bill Virdon (Drury MO hooper in 1949) knocked in five runs against the St. Louis Cardinals in a 1959 game.

  • San Francisco Giants RF Randy Winn (Santa Clara backcourtmate of eventual two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash in 1993-94) went 4-for-4 against the Atlanta Braves in a 2008 contest.

Olympian Feats: History of U.S. Men's Basketball From Berlin to Rio

Summary of U.S. Men's Involvement in Olympics

Year Site U.S. Head Coach Record Medal
2016 Rio de Janeiro Mike Krzyzewski, Duke TBD TBD
2012 London Mike Krzyzewski, Duke 8-0 Gold
2008 Beijing Mike Krzyzewski, Duke 8-0 Gold
2004 Athens Larry Brown, Detroit Pistons 5-3 Bronze
2000 Melbourne Rudy Tomjanovich, Houston Rockets 8-0 Gold
1996 Atlanta Lenny Wilkens, Atlanta Hawks 8-0 Gold
1992 Barcelona Chuck Daly, New Jersey Nets 8-0 Gold
1988 Seoul John Thompson Jr., Georgetown 7-1 Bronze
1984 Los Angeles Bob Knight, Indiana 8-0 Gold
1980 Moscow Dave Gavitt, Providence U.S. did not compete
1976 Montreal Dean Smith, North Carolina 7-0 Gold
1972 Munich Hank Iba, Oklahoma State 8-1 Silver
1968 Mexico City Hank Iba, Oklahoma State 9-0 Gold
1964 Tokyo Hank Iba, Oklahoma State 9-0 Gold
1960 Rome Pete Newell, California 8-0 Gold
1956 Melbourne Gerald Tucker, Phillips 66ers 8-0 Gold
1952 Helsinki Warren Womble, Peoria Caterpillars 8-0 Gold
1948 London Omar Browning, Phillips 66ers 8-0 Gold
1936 Berlin James Needles, Universal Pictures 5-0 Gold

Genesis of Olympic Basketball Participation

Dr. James Naismith is credited for inventing the game of basketball in 1891, but it wasn't until June, 1932, in Geneva, Switzerland that an international federation was formed to focus solely on basketball. Three years later, the International Basketball Federation (FIBB) was officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), helping pave the path for men's basketball to be implemented at the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympic Games. The FIBB is the forerunner of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

Naismith's protege, Dr. F.C. "Phog" Allen, was the driving force behind the addition of basketball to the Olympic Games. During the late 1920s and early 1930s, he conducted a personal crusade trying to coax Olympic officials to include the sport before it finally paid off.

In 1904, basketball was a new demonstration sport at the Summer Olympics in St. Louis, which also was part of the World's Fair the same year. Hiram College (Ohio), Wheaton College (Illinois) and the University of Latter Day Saints (known today as Brigham Young) were the three college teams invited to compete in what was officially called the "Olympic Collegiate Basketball Championship." Hiram finished the round-robin tournament 2-0 and was declared the champion and awarded the first Olympic gold medal in basketball.

The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) was recognized as the organization that would be responsible for United States teams in international competitions when the U.S joined FIBA as a member in 1934. Various committees controlled the selection of the U.S. Olympic teams and coaching staffs. For instance, the Games Committee selected from eight teams at the 1960 Olympics Trials--three AAU squads, the NCAA Tournament champion, an NCAA university all-star team, an NCAA college all-star team, an Armed Forces all-star team, and a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) all-star team.

Just prior to the 1972 Olympics, FIBA revoked its recognition of the AAU and instructed the U.S. to form a new organization containing representation from the numerous basketball outlets in the country. In 1974, the Amateur Basketball Federation of the United States of America (ABAUSA) was formed. ABAUSA changed its name to USA Basketball in October, 1989. Shortly thereafter FIBA modified its rules to allow professional basketball players to participate in international competitions, allowing the National Basketball Association to assemble a series of "Dream Teams".

The U.S. Women's National Team created what it hoped was a blueprint for success by fielding its squad more than a year in advance of the 1996 Olympics, paying players an annual salary of $50,000. The ladies also became a "dream team" of sorts, winning their first 39 exhibition games against U.S. colleges and foreign opponents by an average margin of almost 35 points. The $3 million long-range project enabled the U.S. to assemble a more mature female roster (average age of 27 compared to 21 in the '76 and '80 Olympics). After the formation of the WNBA, professional players also dominated the U.S. women's squad.

Three-time Olympian Dawn Staley carried the flag for the remainder of the U.S. Olympic delegation at the 2004 Opening Ceremonies in Athens. Following is a summary of U.S. involvement in previous Olympiads:

1936
Berlin, Germany
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (5-0); 2. Canada (5-1); 3. Mexico (5-2).
U.S. Coach: James Needles, Universal Pictures (Calif.).
Did You Know?: Each basketball team was limited to seven players per game, which were played on an outdoor tennis court on a surface of clay and sand. A rule banning players taller than 6-2 was rescinded only after the U.S. complained. Forward Frank Lubin, a 1931 UCLA graduate of Lithuanian ancestry, played and coached Lithuania to the 1939 European Cup Tournament title. Lubin, the second-leading scorer for the '36 U.S. squad, scored the game-winning basket for Lithuania against Latvia. Third-leading scorer Francis Johnson was a younger brother of assistant U.S. coach Gene Johnson (Globe Oilers, Kan.). Fourth-leading scorer Sam Balter went on to become a broadcaster for the Mutual Network and sports columnist for the Los Angeles Herald-Express before gaining membership in the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Legendary Kansas coach Phog Allen conceived a plan that had each high school and college withhold one cent from the price of each admission to one game played during the week of February 9-15 to finance the trip to Germany for Dr. James Naismith, the game's inventor. LIU's undefeated team (25-0) coached by Hall of Famer Clair Bee boycotted the Olympic Games. The LIU roster, comprised of sons and grandsons of Jewish and Italian immigrants, decided that if one team member chose not to participate, they all would refuse to compete in Hitler's Berlin.

U.S. Results
U.S. 2, Spain 0*
U.S. 52, Estonia 28
U.S. 56, Philippines 23
U.S. 25, Mexico 10
U.S. 19, Canada 8

*The U.S. was awarded a forfeit victory when its first opponent (Spain) didn't show up because of the Spanish civil war.

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. Affiliation/School PPG.
Sam Balter G Universal Pictures (UCLA) 8.5
Ralph Bishop F Washington 2.0
Joe Fortenberry C Globe Oilers (Wichita) 14.5
John Gibbons G Globe Oilers (Southwestern, Kan.) 6.0
Francis Johnson G Globe Oilers (Wichita) 10.0
Carl Knowles F Universal Pictures (UCLA) 3.0
Frank Lubin F Universal Pictures (UCLA) 11.0
Art Mollner G Universal Pictures (Los Angeles J.C.) 2.0
Don Piper G Universal Pictures (UCLA) 2.0
Jack Ragland G Globe Oilers (Wichita) 3.5
Willard Schmidt C Globe Oilers (Creighton) 8.0
Carl Shy G Universal Pictures (UCLA) 5.0
Dwayne Swanson F Universal Pictures (USC) 2.0
William Wheatley F Globe Oilers (Kansas Wesleyan) 4.5

NOTE: The team was divided into two seven-man units that played one game and then sat out the next contest.

1948
London, England
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (8-0); 2. France (5-2); 3. Brazil (7-1).
U.S. Coach: Omar Browning, Phillips Oilers (Okla.).
Did You Know?: The Phillips Oilers, winners of the national AAU title, defeated Kentucky, the 1948 NCAA champion, in the final game of the U.S. Olympic Trials (53-49). Each of the finalists wound up with five representatives on the U.S. squad. NIT champion St. Louis rejected an invitation to the eight-team Olympic Trials because the school's administration believed the players would miss too much class time. Former Oklahoma A&M All-American guard Jesse "Cab" Renick, one of the U.S. team members from the Oilers, was inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame in 1973 (1/4 Chickasaw and 1/4 Choctaw). Don Barksdale, a second-team selection in 1946-47, was the first African-American player named to an NCAA consensus All-American squad. Before serving a three-year stint in the U.S. Army, Barksdale's 18-point effort in 1942-43 helped UCLA end USC's 42-game winning streak in their intracity rivalry. In 1946-47, Beard and Groza were sophomores when they became the only set of underclassmen teammates named NCAA consensus first-team All-Americans in the same year since the start of the NCAA Tournament. Ken Rollins, the lone senior among Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp's "Fabulous Five," held standout guard Bob Cousy, the leading scorer for defending champion Holy Cross, to just five points in the 1948 NCAA Tournament semifinals. Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones lettered as a two-way end on three Kentucky football teams coached by the legendary Bear Bryant and lettered three times for the Wildcats' baseball team.

U.S. Results U.S. 86, Switzerland 21
U.S. 53, Czechoslovakia 28
U.S. 59, Argentina 57
U.S. 66, Egypt 28
U.S. 61, Peru 33
U.S. 63, Uruguay 28
U.S. 71, Mexico 40
U.S. 65, France 21

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. Affiliation/School PPG.
Cliff Barker F Kentucky 3.8
Don Barksdale C Oakland Bittners (UCLA) 9.0
Ralph Beard G Kentucky 3.7
Lew Beck G Phillips Oilers (Oregon State) 4.7
Vince Boryla* G Denver Nuggets (Notre Dame/Denver) 5.6
Gordon Carpenter C-F Phillips Oilers (Kansas) 7.0
Alex Groza C Kentucky 11.1
Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones C-F Kentucky 7.2
Bob Kurland C Phillips Oilers (Oklahoma A&M) 9.3
Ray Lumpp G New York University 7.2
R.C. Pitts F Phillips Oilers (Arkansas) 7.8
Jesse "Cab" Renick G Phillips Oilers (Oklahoma A&M) 5.6
R. Jack Robinson G Baylor 2.6
Ken Rollins G Kentucky 4.0

*Boryla played two seasons at Notre Dame (1944-45 and 1945-46) and then served in the military for two years before finishing his college career at the University of Denver (1948-49).

1952
Helsinki, Finland
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (8-0); 2. Soviet Union (6-2); 3. Uruguay (5-3).
U.S. Coach: Warren Womble, Peoria Caterpillars (IL).
Did You Know?: U.S. Olympic team captain Ron Bontemps was a high school (Taylorville, Ill.) and college (Illinois and Beloit, Wis.) teammate of former Massachusetts, Michigan and Iowa State coach Johnny Orr. Their 1944 state high school championship team compiled a 45-0 record. Bontemps averaged a team-high 22 points per game for a Beloit squad that earned a bid to the 1951 NIT after defeating larger schools such as Washington State, Marshall, San Jose State and Loyola of Chicago. Beloit had an enrollment of 1,060 students. Guard Dean Kelley is the only player to have season scoring averages of fewer than 10 points per game in back-to-back years when he was named to the All-NCAA Tournament team (1952 and 1953 with Kansas). Charlie Hoag, one of seven Kansas players on the U.S. roster, was also a running back and captain of the Jayhawks' 1952 football squad and 26th-round draft choice of the Cleveland Browns in 1953.

U.S. Results
U.S. 66, Hungary 48
U.S. 72, Czechoslovakia 47
U.S. 57, Uruguay 44
U.S. 86, USSR 58
U.S. 103, Chile 55
U.S. 57, Brazil 53
U.S. 85, Argentina 76
U.S. 36, USSR 25

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. Affiliation/School PPG.
Ron Bontemps G Peoria Caterpillars (Illinois/Beloit) 7.1
Marcus Freiberger C Peoria Caterpillars (Oklahoma) 6.3
Wayne Glasgow G-F Phillips 66ers 4.5
Charlie Hoag G-F Kansas 2.9
Bill Hougland G Kansas 6.0
John Keller G-F Kansas 1.5
Dean Kelley G Kansas 0.7
Bob Kenney F Kansas 10.9
Bob Kurland C Phillips 66ers (Oklahoma A&M) 9.6
Bill Lienhard F Kansas 4.0
Clyde Lovellette C-F Kansas 14.1
Frank McCabe F Peoria Caterpillars (Marquette) 3.0
Dan Pippin G Peoria Caterpillars (Missouri) 7.0
Howie Williams G Peoria Caterpillars (Purdue) 3.4

1956
Melbourne, Australia
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (8-0); 2. Soviet Union (5-3); 3. Uruguay (6-2).
U.S. Coach: Gerry Tucker, Phillips 66ers (Okla.).
Did You Know?: The XVIth Olympiad, conducted during the U.S.'s winter time (Nov. 22-Dec. 1) because the seasons are reversed in Australia, delayed Bill Russell's NBA debut. Forward Dick Boushka, named president of Vickers Petroleum Corporation in 1963 at the age of 29, became the ninth president of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and swingman Gib Ford became president of Converse after serving in the Air Force. Coach Gerry Tucker had been an NCAA consensus first-team All-American in 1947 when the 6-4 center was the leading scorer for Oklahoma's NCAA Tournament runner-up. Tucker, an Army veteran from Winfield, Kan., originally attended Kansas State. Carl Cain, who sustained a herniated disc after entering the Army, played sparingly and was almost replaced by alternate Willie Naulls of UCLA. Cain was second-leading scorer and rebounder for Iowa team that lost to USF and Russell in 1956 NCAA Tournament championship game.

U.S. Results
U.S. 98, Japan 40
U.S. 101, Thailand 29
U.S. 121, Philippines 53
U.S. 85, Bulgaria 44
U.S. 113, Brazil 51
U.S. 85, USSR 55
U.S. 101, Uruguay 38
U.S. 89, USSR 55

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. Affiliation/School PPG.
Dick Boushka F Wichita Vickers (St. Louis University) 8.0
Carl Cain F Iowa 1.5
Chuck Darling C Phillips 66ers (Iowa) 9.3
Bill Evans G U.S. Armed Forces (Kentucky) 6.8
Gib Ford G-F U.S. Armed Forces (Texas) 4.9
Burdette Haldorson F Phillips 66ers (Colorado) 8.6
Bill Hougland F Phillips 66ers (Kansas) 5.8
Bob Jeangerard F Phillips 66ers (Colorado) 12.5
K.C. Jones G San Francisco 10.9
Bill Russell C San Francisco 14.1
Ron Tomsic G U.S. Armed Forces (Stanford) 11.1
Jim Walsh G Phillips 66ers (Stanford) 9.1

1960
Rome, Italy
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (8-0); 2. Soviet Union (6-2); 3. Brazil (6-2).
U.S. Coach: Pete Newell, California.
Did You Know?: Ohio State's John Havlicek didn't make the cut but eight members of the 12-man U.S. roster in 1960 went on to play at least nine seasons in the NBA. Jay Arnette, one of the four who didn't have a prolonged NBA career (three years with the Cincinnati Royals after a brief minor league baseball career in the Los Angeles Dodgers' farm system), was a Texas teammate and Olympic opponent of Albert Almanza, the third-leading scorer for the Mexican team that finished 11th. Two-time first-team All-America swingman Jerry West was denied an NCAA championship ring in 1959 when California center Darrall Imhoff, West's teammate with the Los Angeles Lakers for four seasons in the mid-1960s, tipped in a basket with 17 seconds remaining. Imhoff's high school coach was Bob Boyd, who went on to guide Southern California and Mississippi State. Allen Kelley and fellow guard Dean Kelley, a 1952 Olympian, are the only set of brothers to play together in two NCAA playoff title games (1952 and 1953 with Kansas). Walt Bellamy, Jerry Lucas' backup center, was named NBA Rookie of the Year after averaging 31.6 points and 19 rebounds per game in 1961-62. Lucas, a memory expert and motivational speaker, worked on educational programs while living in Compton, Calif.

U.S. Results
U.S. 88, Italy 54
U.S. 125, Japan 66
U.S. 107, Hungary 63
U.S. 104, Yugoslavia 42
U.S. 108, Uruguay 50
U.S. 81, USSR 57
U.S. 112, Italy 81
U.S. 90, Brazil 63

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. Affiliation/School PPG.
Jay Arnette F Texas 2.9
Walt Bellamy C Indiana 7.9
Bob Boozer F Peoria Caterpillars (Kansas State) 6.8
Terry Dischinger F Purdue 11.8
Burdette Haldorson F Phillips 66ers (Colorado) 2.9
Darrall Imhoff C California 4.8
Allen Kelley G Peoria Caterpillars (Kansas) 0.8
Lester Lane G Wichita Vickers (Oklahoma) 5.9
Jerry Lucas F-C Ohio State 17.0
Oscar Robertson F Cincinnati 17.0
Adrian Smith G U.S. Armed Forces (Kentucky) 10.9
Jerry West G West Virginia 13.8

1964
Tokyo, Japan
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (9-0); 2. Soviet Union (8-1); 3. Brazil (6-3).
U.S. Coach: Hank Iba, Oklahoma State.
Did You Know?: Former UNC Charlotte coach and NBA standout Jeff Mullins compiled the lowest scoring average on the 12-man U.S. roster despite averaging 24.2 points per game for NCAA runner-up Duke. Mullins, who scored 14 of his 18 points against Puerto Rico in the semifinals, was one of eight major-college roster members to go on and play at least seven seasons in the NBA/ABA. But the squad's leading scorer was from a small college - SE Oklahoma State's Jerry Shipp. Walt Hazzard became the only Final Four Most Outstanding Player (UCLA '64) to later coach his alma mater in the tournament (1-1 playoff record with the Bruins in 1987). Larry Brown, who also coached UCLA, became the only mentor to leave an NCAA champion before the next season for another coaching job when he quit Kansas before the start of the next NCAA probation-marred campaign to return to the NBA after winning the 1988 title with the Jayhawks. Brown, coach of the 2004 U.S. Olympic team, is a former father-in-law of ex-Missouri coach Quin Snyder, a Duke teammate of '92 Olympian Christian Laettner in 1988-89. Joe Caldwell played for Brown in his first two seasons as a pro head coach (ABA's Carolina Cougars in 1972-73 and 1973-74). Bill Bradley, a U.S. Senator from New Jersey who ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2000, is probably the most famous politician to play college basketball. Michigan sophomore sensation Cazzie Russell was handicapped by an ankle injury in his bid for a spot on the roster. Dick Davies' brother, Bob, was an All-American for Seton Hall before earning recognition as a first-team all-star in the NBL, BAA and NBA. Dick went on to become Goodyear's vice president of manufacturing.

U.S. Results
U.S. 78, Australia 45
U.S. 77, Finland 51
U.S. 60, Peru 45
U.S. 83, Uruguay 28
U.S. 69, Yugoslavia 61
U.S. 86, Brazil 53
U.S. 116, South Korea 50
U.S. 62, Puerto Rico 42
U.S. 73, USSR 59

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. Affiliation/School PPG.
Jim "Bad News" Barnes C Texas Western 8.5
Bill Bradley G-F Princeton 10.1
Larry Brown G Goodyear Wingfoots (North Carolina) 4.1
Joe Caldwell G-F Arizona State 9.0
Mel Counts C Oregon State 6.6
Dick Davies G Goodyear Wingfoots (Louisiana State) 3.4
Walt Hazzard G-F UCLA 3.8
Luke Jackson F Pan American (Tex.) 10.0
Pete McCaffrey F Goodyear Wingfoots (St. Louis University) 5.1
Jeff Mullins G-F Duke 2.3
Jerry Shipp G Phillips 66ers (Southeastern Oklahoma State) 12.4
George Wilson F-C Chicago Jamaco Saints (Cincinnati) 5.4

1968
Mexico City, Mexico
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (9-0); 2. Yugoslavia (7-2); 3. Soviet Union (8-1).
U.S. Coach: Hank Iba, Oklahoma State.
Did You Know?: Spencer Haywood, the leading scorer for the U.S. squad, was at that time the youngest player (19) ever to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic basketball team. The U.S. team probably would have featured a different leading scorer and most assuredly would have averaged more than 67 points in its last three games if any or all of the following sophomore scoring sensations had been named to the squad: LSU's Pete Maravich (43.8 ppg), Niagara's Calvin Murphy (38.2) and Purdue's Rick Mount (28.5). Ken Spain was selected as an end by the Detroit Lions in the 16th round of the 1969 NFL draft and also had tryouts with the Houston Oilers, Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders. Mike Silliman's coach at Army was Bob Knight, who was in charge of the U.S. gold medal-winning squad in 1984. Bill Hosket's father, Wilmer, was named to the third five on College Humor Magazine's All-American team in 1932-33 when he was the fourth-leading scorer in the Big Ten Conference (8 ppg) as a member of Ohio State's league co-champions.

U.S. Results
U.S. 81, Spain 46
U.S. 93, Senegal 36
U.S. 96, Philippines 75
U.S. 73, Yugoslavia 58
U.S. 95, Panama 60
U.S. 100, Italy 61
U.S. 61, Puerto Rico 56
U.S. 75, Brazil 63
U.S. 65, Yugoslavia 50

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. Affiliation/School PPG.
Mike Barrett G U.S. Armed Forces (West Virginia Tech) 6.2
John Clawson G U.S. Armed Forces (Michigan) 3.6
Don Dee F St. Mary of the Plains (Kan.) 4.7
Calvin Fowler G Goodyear Wingfoots (St. Francis, Pa.) 6.4
Spencer Haywood C Trinidad State Junior College (Colo.) 16.1
Bill Hosket F Ohio State 8.6
Jim King F Goodyear Wingfoots (Oklahoma State) 1.8
Glynn Saulters G Northeast Louisiana 5.3
Charlie Scott F-G North Carolina 8.0
Mike Silliman F U.S. Armed Forces (Army) 9.0
Ken Spain C Houston 4.4
Joseph "Jo Jo" White G Kansas 11.7

1972
Munich, West Germany
Medal Winners: 1. Soviet Union (9-0); 2. U.S. (8-1); 3. Cuba (7-2).
U.S. Coach: Hank Iba, Oklahoma State.
Did You Know?: A 62-game Olympic winning streak for the U.S. ended in the most controversial game in international basketball history. Three seconds were put back on the clock on two separate occasions in the final before the Soviet's Aleksander Belov received a length-of-the-court pass between two American players and converted a game-winning layup. UCLA's Bill Walton became a post-defeat whipping boy in some quarters for not playing for the team. Swen Nater, Walton's backup with the Bruins, made the Olympic squad but quit during three-a-day workouts at Pearl Harbor. Iba, the only individual to coach three different U.S. Olympic squads, had seven of his former Oklahoma State players eventually coach teams into the NCAA playoffs: John Floyd (Texas A&M), Jack Hartman (Kansas State), Don Haskins (Texas-El Paso), Moe Iba (Nebraska), Bud Millikan (Maryland), Doyle Parrack (Oklahoma City) and Eddie Sutton (Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State). Tom McMillen became co-chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness under Bill Clinton after serving as a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland. The U.S., which trailed the USSR by eight points with less than six minutes left, led only once, 49-48, on Doug Collins' two free throws with three seconds remaining. Collins is the only former NCAA consensus All-American and Olympian to have a son participate in an NCAA Tournament championship game (guard Chris Collins of Duke '94).

U.S. Results
U.S. 66, Czechoslovakia 35
U.S. 81, Australia 55
U.S. 67, Cuba 48
U.S. 61, Brazil 54
U.S. 96, Egypt 31
U.S. 72, Spain 56
U.S. 99, Japan 33
U.S. 68, Italy 38
USSR 51, U.S. 50

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. Affiliation/School PPG.
Mike Bantom F St. Joseph's 7.7
Jim Brewer F-C Minnesota 7.6
Tom Burleson C North Carolina State 3.4
Doug Collins G Illinois State 7.3
Kenny Davis G Marathon Oil (Georgetown College) 1.8
Jim Forbes F Texas-El Paso 5.1
Tom Henderson G San Jacinto Junior College (Tex.) 9.2
Bobby Jones F North Carolina 4.1
Dwight Jones C Houston 9.2
Kevin Joyce G South Carolina 5.3
Tom McMillen F Maryland 6.8
Ed Ratleff F-G Long Beach State 6.4

1976
Montreal, Canada
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (7-0); 2. Yugoslavia (5-2); 3. Soviet Union (5-2).
U.S. Men's Coach: Dean Smith, North Carolina.
Did You Know?: Seven members of the 12-man U.S. roster were from coach Dean Smith's conference, including four from North Carolina, although the ACC didn't notch a victory in the 1976 NCAA Tournament. One of the non-ACC players was Notre Dame forward Adrian Dantley, who managed the highest-ever scoring average for a U.S. player in a single Olympiad (19.3 points per game). Ernie Grunfeld (New York Knicks) and Mitch Kupchak (Los Angeles Lakers) became general managers for NBA franchises while Quinn Buckner became an NBA head coach (Dallas Mavericks).

U.S. Men's Results
U.S. 106, Italy 86
U.S. 95, Puerto Rico 94
U.S. 112, Yugoslavia 93
U.S. 2, Egypt 0*
U.S. 81, Czechoslovakia 76
U.S. 95, Canada 77
U.S. 95, Yugoslavia 74
*The U.S. was awarded a forfeit victory when Egypt withdrew for political reasons.

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. School PPG. RPG.
Tate Armstrong G Duke 2.7 0.4
Quinn Buckner G Indiana 7.3 3.0
Kenny Carr F North Carolina State 6.8 3.2
Adrian Dantley F Notre Dame 19.3 5.7
Walter Davis F-G North Carolina 4.3 1.7
Phil Ford G North Carolina 11.3 2.2
Ernie Grunfeld F Tennessee 3.5 0.7
Phil Hubbard F Michigan 4.7 3.8
Mitch Kupchak C North Carolina 12.5 5.7
Tom LaGarde C North Carolina 6.7 1.8
Scott May F Indiana 16.7 6.2
Steve Sheppard F-G Maryland 1.5 1.0

1980
Moscow, Soviet Union
Medal Winners: 1. Yugoslavia (8-0); 2. Italy (5-3); 3. Soviet Union (6-2).
U.S. Men's Coach: Dave Gavitt, Providence.
Did You Know?: Argentina, Canada, China, Mexico and Puerto Rico all qualified for the Olympics along with the U.S., but they boycotted the Moscow Games in protest of the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. Each of the 12 U.S. team members became NBA first-round draft choices. A key member of the gold-medal winning Yugoslavian team was Kresimir Cosic, who led Brigham Young in scoring in 1971-72 (22.3 ppg) and 1972-73 (20.2 ppg) before becoming Deputy Ambassador to the United States for Croatia. Cosic died of cancer in May, 1995, at the age of 46. Isiah Thomas went on to assemble a prolific pro career but wasn't named to the 1992 "Dream Team."

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. School PPG. RPG.
Mark Aguirre F DePaul 11.3 5.0
Rolando Blackman G-F Kansas State 8.0 4.7
Sam Bowie C Kentucky 11.8 6.9
Michael Brooks F La Salle 13.2 6.0
Bill Hanzlik G Notre Dame 1.8 1.0
Alton Lister C Arizona State 1.7 1.0
Rodney McCray F Louisville 0.6 0.8
Isiah Thomas G Indiana 9.5 2.0
Darnell Valentine G Kansas 5.7 2.0
Danny Vranes F Utah 6.8 2.8
Charles "Buck" Williams F Maryland 4.9 4.0
Al Wood F-G North Carolina 10.0 2.9

NOTE: Statistics are for six games (5-1 record) in the "Gold Medal Series" in various U.S. cities against NBA All-Star teams.

1984
Los Angeles, California, USA
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (8-0); 2. Spain (6-2); 3. Yugoslavia (7-1).
U.S. Men's Coach: Bob Knight, Indiana.
Did You Know?: Political repercussions persisted as the Soviet bloc countries boycotted the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Holy Cross coach Jack Donohue, who guided the Canadian National Team to a fourth-place finish, previously coached Power Memorial Academy in New York to a 163-30 record, including 71 consecutive victories with center Lew Alcindor in his lineup. Chris Mullin and Sam Perkins became teammates with the Indiana Pacers in 1998-99 after Vern Fleming and Wayman Tisdale were teammates with the same franchise for four seasons in the late 1980s. Steve Alford coached against Knight in the Big Ten Conference after becoming Iowa's bench boss. NBA all-time assists and steals leader John Stockton was cut in favor of Leon Wood, who became an NBA referee after his playing career.

U.S. Men's Results
U.S. 97, China 49
U.S. 89, Canada 68
U.S. 104, Uruguay 68
U.S. 120, France 62
U.S. 101, Spain 68
U.S. 78, F.R. Germany 67
U.S. 78, Canada 59
U.S. 96, Spain 65

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. School PPG. RPG.
Steve Alford G Indiana 10.3 3.3
Patrick Ewing C Georgetown 11.0 5.6
Vern Fleming G Georgia 7.7 2.7
Michael Jordan G-F North Carolina 17.1 3.0
Joe Kleine C Arkansas 3.4 2.0
Jon Koncak C Southern Methodist 3.3 2.4
Chris Mullin G-F St. John's 11.6 2.5
Sam Perkins F-C North Carolina 8.1 5.4
Alvin Robertson G Arkansas 7.8 2.8
Wayman Tisdale F Oklahoma 8.6 6.4
Jeff Turner F Vanderbilt 1.6 2.1
Leon Wood G Cal State Fullerton 5.9 2.0

1988
Seoul, South Korea
Medal Winners: 1. Soviet Union (7-1); 2. Yugoslavia (6-2); 3. U.S. (7-1).
U.S. Men's Coach: John Thompson Jr., Georgetown.
Did You Know?: Hersey Hawkins, the team's top outside threat, was sidelined because of an injury when the U.S. sustained a semifinal loss to the USSR in the first Olympic matchup between the superpowers since the controversial 1972 final in Munich. Guard Charles Smith, Thompson's star player for Georgetown, was the only member of the 12-man Olympic squad undrafted by an NBA team. Smith subsequently served prison time for vehicular homicide and later was found shot in the upper body in Bowie, Md., in a house where a significant amount of cocaine and evidence of a gambling operation were found. In the fall of 2003, Willie Anderson reportedly lost almost all of the $1.75 million he was to receive from a deferred 10-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs to the IRS and three women who said he did not pay child support.

U.S. Men's Results
U.S. 97, Spain 53
U.S. 76, Canada 70
U.S. 102, Brazil 87
U.S. 108, China 57
U.S. 102, Egypt 35
U.S. 94, Puerto Rico 57
USSR 82, U.S. 76
U.S. 78, Australia 49

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. School PPG. RPG.
Willie Anderson G Georgia 5.0 1.9
Stacey Augmon F UNLV 1.2 1.8
Vernell "Bimbo" Coles G Virginia Tech 7.1 1.8
Jeff Grayer F-G Iowa State 6.9 3.4
Hersey Hawkins G Bradley 8.8 1.0
Dan Majerle F-G Central Michigan 14.1 4.8
Danny Manning F Kansas 11.4 6.0
J.R. Reid F-C North Carolina 6.0 3.3
Mitch Richmond G-F Kansas State 8.9 3.4
David Robinson C Navy 12.8 6.8
Charles D. Smith F Pittsburgh 7.8 4.1
Charles E. Smith G Georgetown 8.6 1.3

1992
Barcelona, Spain
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (8-0); 2. Croatia (6-2); 3. Lithuania (6-2).
U.S. Men's Coach: Chuck Daly, New Jersey Nets.
Did You Know?: "Dream Team I," winning its eight games by an average of 43.8 points, was assembled after international rules, which previously prevented only NBA players from being eligible for Olympic basketball, were changed by the FIBA membership on April 7, 1989, by virtue of a 56-13 vote in favor of "open competition." Three University of Houston products participated in the 1992 Games - David Diaz (Venezuela), Clyde Drexler (U.S.) and Carl Herrera (Venezuela) and a fourth, Rolando Ferreira, was cut by the Brazilian squad just prior to the competition.

U.S. Men's Results
U.S. 116, Angola 48
U.S. 103, Croatia 70
U.S. 111, Germany 68
U.S. 127, Brazil 83
U.S. 122, Spain 81
U.S. 115, Puerto Rico 77
U.S. 127, Lithuania 76
U.S. 117, Croatia 85

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. NBA Team (Major College) PPG. RPG.
Charles Barkley F Phoenix Suns (Auburn) 18.0 4.1
Larry Bird F Boston Celtics (Indiana State) 8.4 3.8
Clyde Drexler G Portland Trail Blazers (Houston) 10.5 3.0
Patrick Ewing C New York Knicks (Georgetown) 9.5 5.3
Earvin "Magic" Johnson G Los Angeles Lakers (Michigan State) 8.0 2.3
Michael Jordan G Chicago Bulls (North Carolina) 14.9 2.4
Christian Laettner* F Duke 4.8 2.5
Karl Malone F Utah Jazz (Louisiana Tech) 13.0 5.3
Chris Mullin F-G Golden State Warriors (St. John's) 12.9 1.6
Scottie Pippen F Chicago Bulls (Central Arkansas) 9.0 2.1
David Robinson C San Antonio Spurs (Navy) 9.0 4.1
John Stockton G Utah Jazz (Gonzaga) 2.8 0.3

*Selected in first round of NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

1996
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (8-0); 2. Yugoslavia (7-1); 3. Lithuania (5-3).
U.S. Men's Coach: Lenny Wilkens, Atlanta Hawks.
Did You Know?: Dream Team III averaged fewer points per game during the Olympics (101.8) than the U.S. women's squad (102.4). David Robinson, the first three-time U.S. Olympian in men's basketball, became the all-time leading scorer for the U.S. in Olympic competition. Reggie Miller's sister, Cheryl, was the leading scorer for the 1984 U.S. women's squad.

U.S. Men's Results
U.S. 96, Argentina 68
U.S. 87, Angola 54
U.S. 104, Lithuania 82
U.S. 133, China 70
U.S. 102, Croatia 71
U.S. 98, Brazil 75
U.S. 101, Australia 73
U.S. 95, Yugoslavia 69

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. NBA Team (Four-Year College) PPG. RPG.
Charles Barkley F Phoenix Suns (Auburn) 12.4 6.6
Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway G Orlando Magic (Memphis State) 9.0 2.8
Grant Hill F-G Detroit Pistons (Duke) 9.7 2.8
Karl Malone F Utah Jazz (Louisiana Tech) 8.4 4.5
Reggie Miller G Indiana Pacers (UCLA) 11.4 1.0
Hakeem Olajuwon C Houston Rockets (University of Houston) 4.7 3.4
Shaquille O'Neal C Orlando Magic (Louisiana State) 9.3 5.3
Gary Payton G Seattle Sonics (Oregon State) 5.1 3.1
Scottie Pippen F Chicago Bulls (Central Arkansas) 11.0 3.9
Mitch Richmond G Sacramento Kings (Kansas State) 9.6 1.6
David Robinson C San Antonio Spurs (Navy) 12.0 4.6
John Stockton G Utah Jazz (Gonzaga) 3.8 0.8

2000
Sydney, Australia (XXVII)
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (8-0); 2. France (4-4); 3. Lithuania (5-3).
U.S. Men's Coach: Rudy Tomjanovich, Houston Rockets.
Did You Know?: Grant Hill and Gary Payton were members of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team. Hill (three times with Duke) and Vince Carter (twice with North Carolina) were the only members of the 12-man squad to have participated in the NCAA Final Four. Payton was involved in a trade for Ray Allen midway through the 2002-03 season. Assistant coach Larry Brown played for the 1964 U.S. squad that included eventual Democratic Presidential candidate Bill Bradley. Lithuania forced the U.S. into its two closest margins (nine and two) since NBA players began competing in 1992.

U.S. Men's Results
U.S. 119, China 72
U.S. 93, Italy 61
U.S. 85, Lithuania 76
U.S. 102, New Zealand 56
U.S. 106, France 94
U.S. 85, Russia 70
U.S. 85, Lithuania 83
U.S. 85, France 75

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. NBA Team (Four-Year College) PPG. RPG.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim F Vancouver Grizzlies (California) 6.4 3.3
Ray Allen G Milwaukee Bucks (Connecticut) 9.8 1.9
Vin Baker F Seattle Sonics (Hartford) 8.0 3.0
Vince Carter F-G Toronto Raptors (North Carolina) 14.8 3.6
Kevin Garnett F Minnesota Timberwolves (N/A) 10.8 9.1
Tim Hardaway G Miami Heat (Texas-El Paso) 5.5 1.4
Allan Houston G New York Knicks (Tennessee) 8.0 1.9
Jason Kidd G Phoenix Suns (California) 6.0 5.3
Antonio McDyess F-C Denver Nuggets (Alabama) 7.6 5.9
Alonzo Mourning C Miami Heat (Georgetown) 10.2 4.2
Gary Payton G Seattle Sonics (Oregon State) 5.5 2.1
Steve Smith G Portland Trail Blazers (Michigan State) 6.1 2.4

2004
Athens, Greece (XXVIII)
Medal Winners: 1. Argentina (6-2); 2. Italy (5-3); 3. U.S. (5-3).
U.S. Men's Coach: Larry Brown, Detroit Pistons.
Did You Know?: Following a slew of withdrawals and rejected invitations, the U.S. roster included only Tim Duncan and Allen Iverson from the star-studded squad that won the Tournament of the Americas the previous summer. Mike Bibby, Jason Kidd, Karl Malone, Tracy McGrady and Jermaine O'Neal were named to the team, but withdrew because of injuries or personal reasons. After 24 consecutive victories, the pros incurred their first Olympic defeat (worst in U.S. history) when Puerto Rico jumped to a 22-point, first-half cushion en route to a 92-73 opening-round decision. The U.S. also lost to Lithuania before failing to overcome a 16-point, third-quarter deficit in a semifinal defeat against Argentina. U.S. star Tim Duncan, playing less than half of the game because of foul problems, scored only 10 points while San Antonio Spurs teammate Manu Ginobili poured in 29 for Argentina. The average age of the U.S. roster was 23.6, with nine of the players attending college two or fewer years. Despite hitting seven of eight three-pointers down the stretch in a bronze-medal game victory over Lithuania, the U.S. shot a meager 31.4% from beyond the arc over eight games.

U.S. Men's Results
Puerto Rico 92, U.S. 73
U.S. 77, Greece 71
U.S. 88, Australia 79
Lithuania 94, U.S. 90
U.S. 89, Angola 53
U.S. 102, Spain 94
Argentina 89, U.S. 81
U.S. 104, Lithuania 96

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. NBA Team (Four-Year College) PPG. RPG.
Carmelo Anthony F Denver Nuggets (Syracuse) 2.4 1.6
Carlos Boozer F-C Cleveland Cavaliers/Utah Jazz (Duke) 7.6 6.1
Tim Duncan F-C San Antonio Spurs (Wake Forest) 12.9 9.1
Allen Iverson G Philadelphia 76ers (Georgetown) 13.8 1.6
LeBron James G-F Cleveland Cavaliers (N/A) 5.4 1.0
Richard Jefferson G-F New Jersey Nets (Arizona) 6.8 2.8
Stephon Marbury G New York Knicks (Georgia Tech) 10.5 1.3
Shawn Marion F Phoenix Suns (UNLV) 9.9 5.9
Lamar Odom F Miami Heat (Rhode Island) 9.3 5.8
Emeka Okafor F-C Charlotte Bobcats (Connecticut) 0.0 1.5
Amare Stoudemire F Phoenix Suns (N/A) 2.8 1.8
Dwyane Wade G-F Miami Heat (Marquette) 7.3 1.9

2008
Beijing, China (XXIX)
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (8-0); 2. Spain (6-2); 3. Argentina (6-2).
U.S. Men's Coach: Mike Krzyzweski, Duke.
Did You Know?: The "Redeem Team" captured the American's first gold medal in a major international competition in eight years (since the 2000 Sydney Olympics). Dwyane Wade finished as the leading scorer for the U.S. with 16 ppg after scoring a team-high 27 points in the gold medal game against defending world champion Spain, which trailed by only two points early in the fourth quarter.

U.S. Men's Results
U.S. 101, China 70
U.S. 97, Angola 76
U.S. 92, Greece 69
U.S. 119, Spain 82
U.S. 106, Germany 57
U.S. 116, Australia 85
U.S. 101, Argentina 81
U.S. 118, Spain 107

U.S. Men's Roster and Statistics

Player Pos. NBA Team (Four-Year College) PPG. RPG.
Carmelo Anthony F Denver Nuggets (Syracuse) 11.5 4.3
Carlos Boozer F Utah Jazz (Duke) 3.3 1.9
Chris Bosh F-C Toronto Raptors (Georgia Tech) 9.1 6.1
Kobe Bryant F Los Angeles Lakers (N/A) 15.0 2.8
Dwight Howard C Orlando Magic (N/A) 10.9 5.8
LeBron James G-F Cleveland Cavaliers (N/A) 15.5 5.3
Jason Kidd G Dallas Mavericks (California) 1.6 2.6
Chris Paul G New Orleans Hornets (Wake Forest) 8.0 3.6
Tayshaun Prince F Detroit Pistons (Kentucky) 4.3 1.9
Michael Redd G Milwaukee Bucks (Ohio State) 3.1 1.1
Dwyane Wade G Miami Heat (Marquette) 16.0 4.0
Deron Williams G Utah Jazz (Illinois) 8.0 2.3

2012
London, England (XXX)
Medal Winners: 1. U.S. (8-0); 2. Spain (5-3); 3. Russia.
U.S. Men's Coach: Mike Krzyzweski, Duke.
Did You Know?: The 12-man roster and three alternates had been undergraduate selections in the NBA draft. Deron Williams is the only roster member with as many as three seasons of college experience. Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Chris Paul were playing for different NBA teams than when they competed for the 2008 U.S. squad. Anthony and James joined David Robinson as three-time U.S. hoop Olympians. Anthony Davis replaced Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers/Oklahoma) on roster after Griffin incurred a knee injury. Margin of victory over Nigeria (83) was highest in Olympic history when Anthony scored a U.S.-record 37 points in only 14 minutes. James passed Michael Jordan on the all-time Olympic scoring list for Team USA while Kevin Durant passed Spencer Haywood for most points in a single Olympiad. Krzyzewski compiled a 62-1 record as U.S. coach.

U.S. Men's Results
U.S. 98, France 71 U.S. 110, Tunisia 63
U.S. 156, Nigeria 73
U.S. 99, Lithuania 94
U.S. 126, Argentina 97 U.S. 119, Australia 86
U.S. 109, Argentina 83
U.S. 107, Spain 100

U.S. Men's Roster

Player Pos. NBA Team (Four-Year College) PPG. RPG.
Carmelo Anthony F New York Knicks (Syracuse) 16.3 4.8
Kobe Bryant F Los Angeles Lakers (N/A) 12.1 1.8
Tyson Chandler C New York Knicks (N/A) 4.0 4.0
Anthony Davis C New Orleans Hornets (Kentucky) 3.7 2.7
Kevin Durant F Oklahoma City Thunder (Texas) 19.5 5.8
James Harden G Oklahoma City Thunder (Arizona State) 5.5 0.6
Andre Iguodala F Philadelphia 76ers (Arizona) 4.3 2.8
LeBron James G-F Miami Heat (N/A) 13.3 5.6
Kevin Love F Minnesota Timberwolves (UCLA) 11.6 7.6
Chris Paul G Los Angeles Clippers (Wake Forest) 8.3 2.5
Russell Westbrook G Oklahoma City Thunder (UCLA) 8.5 1.6
Deron Williams G New Jersey Nets (Illinois) 9.0 1.5

U.S. Men's All-Time Olympic Games Roster

Player College Olympic Year(s)
Shareef Abdur-Rahim California 2000
Mark Aguirre DePaul 1980
Steve Alford Indiana 1984
Ray Allen Connecticut 2000
Willie Anderson Georgia 1988
Carmelo Anthony Syracuse 2004, 2008, 2012 & 2016
Tate Armstrong Duke 1976
Jay Arnette Texas 1960
Stacey Augmon UNLV 1988
Vin Baker Hartford 2000
Sam Balter* UCLA 1936
Mike Bantom St. Joseph's 1972
Cliff Barker Kentucky 1948
Charles Barkley Auburn 1992 & 1996
Don Barksdale* UCLA 1948
Jim "Bad News" Barnes Texas Western 1964
Harrison Barnes North Carolina 2016
Mike Barrett* West Virginia Tech 1968
Ralph Beard Kentucky 1948
Lew Beck* Oregon State 1948
Walt Bellamy Indiana 1960
Larry Bird Indiana State 1992
Ralph Bishop Washington 1936
Rolando Blackman Kansas State 1980
Ron Bontemps Illinois/Beloit (Wis.) 1962
Bob Boozer* Kansas State 1960
Carlos Boozer Duke 2004 & 2008
Vince Boryla* Notre Dame/Denver 1948
Chris Bosh Georgia Tech 2008
Dick Boushka* St. Louis 1956
Sam Bowie Kentucky 1980
Bill Bradley Princeton 1964
Jim Brewer Minnesota 1972
Michael Brooks La Salle 1980
Larry Brown* North Carolina 1964
Kobe Bryant N/A 2008 & 2012
Quinn Buckner Indiana 1976
Tom Burleson North Carolina State 1972
Jimmy Butler Marquette 2016
Carl Cain Iowa 1956
Joe Caldwell Arizona State 1964
Gordon Carpenter* Kansas 1948
Kenny Carr North Carolina State 1976
Vince Carter North Carolina 2000
Tyson Chandler N/A 2012
John Clawson* Michigan 1968
Vernell "Bimbo" Coles Virginia Tech 1988
Doug Collins Illinois State 1972
Mel Counts Oregon State 1964
DeMarcus Cousins Kentucky 2016
Adrian Dantley Notre Dame 1976
Chuck Darling* Iowa 1956
Dick Davies* Louisiana State 1964
Anthony Davis Kentucky 2012
Kenny Davis* Georgetown College (Ky.) 1972
Walter Davis North Carolina 1976
Don Dee St. Mary of the Plains (Kan.) 1968
DeMar DeRozan Southern California 2016
Terry Dischinger Purdue 1960
Clyde Drexler Houston 1992
Tim Duncan Wake Forest 2004
Kevin Durant Texas 2012 & 2016
Bill Evans* Kentucky 1956
Patrick Ewing Georgetown 1984 & 1992
Vern Fleming Georgia 1984
Jim Forbes Texas-El Paso 1972
Gilbert "Gib" Ford* Texas 1956
Phil Ford North Carolina 1976
Joe Fortenberry* Wichita State 1936
Calvin Fowler* St. Francis (Pa.) 1968
Marcus Freiberger* Oklahoma 1952
Kevin Garnett N/A 2000
Paul George Fresno State 2016
John Gibbons* Southwestern College (Kan.) 1936
Wayne Glasgow* Oklahoma 1952
Jeff Grayer Iowa State 1988
Draymond Green Michigan State 2016
Alex Groza Kentucky 1948
Ernie Grunfeld Tennessee 1976
Burdette Haldorson* Colorado 1956 & 1960
Bill Hanzlik Notre Dame 1980
Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway Memphis State 1996
Tim Hardaway Texas-El Paso 2000
James Harden Arizona State 2012
Hersey Hawkins Bradley 1988
Spencer Haywood Trinidad State J.C. (Colo.) 1968
Walt Hazzard UCLA 1964
Tom Henderson San Jacinto J.C. (Tex.) 1972
Grant Hill Duke 1996
Charles Hoag Kansas 1952
Bill Hosket Ohio State 1968
Bill Hougland* Kansas 1952 & 1956
Allan Houston Tennessee 2000
Dwight Howard N/A 2008
Phil Hubbard Michigan 1976
Andre Iguodala Arizona 2012
Darrall Imhoff California 1960
Kyrie Irving Duke 2016
Allen Iverson Georgetown 2004
Luke Jackson Pan American (Tex.) 1964
LeBron James N/A 2004, 2008 & 2012
Bob Jeangerard* Colorado 1956
Richard Jefferson Arizona 2004
Francis Johnson* Wichita State 1936
Earvin "Magic" Johnson Michigan State 1992
Bobby Jones North Carolina 1972
Dwight Jones Houston 1972
K.C. Jones San Francisco 1956
Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones Kentucky 1948
DeAndre Jordan Texas A&M 2016
Michael Jordan North Carolina 1984 & 1992
Kevin Joyce South Carolina 1972
John Keller Kansas 1952
Allen Kelley* Kansas 1960
Dean Kelley Kansas 1952
Bob Kenney Kansas 1952
Jason Kidd California 2000 & 2008
Jimmy King* Oklahoma State 1968
Joe Kleine Arkansas 1984
Carl Knowles* UCLA 1936
Jon Koncak Southern Methodist 1984
Mitch Kupchak North Carolina 1976
Bob Kurland* Oklahoma State 1948 & 1952
Christian Laettner Duke 1992
Tom LaGarde North Carolina 1976
Lester Lane* Oklahoma 1960
Bill Lienhard Kansas 1952
Alton Lister Arizona State 1980
Kevin Love UCLA 2012
Clyde Lovellette Kansas 1952
Kyle Lowry Villanova 2016
Frank Lubin* UCLA 1936
Jerry Lucas Ohio State 1960
Ray Lumpp New York University 1948
Dan Majerle Central Michigan 1988
Karl Malone Louisiana Tech 1992 & 1996
Danny Manning Kansas 1988
Stephon Marbury Georgia Tech 2004
Shawn Marion UNLV 2004
Scott May Indiana 1976
Frank McCabe* Marquette 1952
Pete McCaffrey* St. Louis 1964
Rodney McCray Louisville 1980
Antonio McDyess Alabama 2000
Tom McMillen Maryland 1972
Reggie Miller UCLA 1996
Art Moliner* Los Angeles J.C. 1936
Alonzo Mourning Georgetown 2000
Chris Mullin St. John's 1984 & 1992
Jeff Mullins Duke 1964
Lamar Odom Rhode Island 2004
Emeka Okafor Connecticut 2004
Hakeem Olajuwon Houston 1996
Shaquille O'Neal Louisiana State 1996
Chris Paul Wake Forest 2008 & 2012
Gary Payton Oregon State 1996 & 2000
Sam Perkins North Carolina 1984
Don Piper* UCLA 1936
Scottie Pippen Central Arkansas 1992 & 1996
Dan Pippin* Missouri 1952
R.C. Pitts* Arkansas 1948
Tayshaun Prince Kentucky 2008
Jack Ragland* Wichita State 1936
Ed Ratleff Long Beach State 1972
Michael Redd Ohio State 2008
J.R. Reid North Carolina 1988
Jesse "Cab" Renick* Oklahoma State 1948
Mitch Richmond Kansas State 1988 & 1996
Alvin Robertson Arkansas 1984
Oscar Robertson Cincinnati 1960
David Robinson Navy 1988, 1992 & 1996
Jack Robinson Baylor 1948
Ken Rollins Kentucky 1948
Bill Russell San Francisco 1956
Glynn Saulters Northeast Louisiana 1968
Willard Schmidt* Creighton 1936
Charlie Scott North Carolina 1968
Steve Sheppard Maryland 1976
Jerry Shipp* Southeastern Oklahoma State 1964
Carl Shy* UCLA 1936
Mike Silliman Army 1968
Adrian "Odie" Smith* Kentucky 1960
Charles D. Smith Pittsburgh 1988
Charles E. Smith Georgetown 1988
Steve Smith Michigan State 2000
Ken Spain Houston 1968
John Stockton Gonzaga 1992 & 1996
Amare Stoudemire N/A 2004
Dwayne Swanson* Southern California 1936
Isiah Thomas Indiana 1980
Klay Thompson Washington State 2016
Wayman Tisdale Oklahoma 1984
Ron Tomsic* Stanford 1956
Jeff Turner Vanderbilt 1984
Darnell Valentine Kansas 1980
Danny Vranes Utah 1980
Dwyane Wade Marquette 2004 & 2008
Jim Walsh* Stanford 1956
Jerry West West Virginia 1960
Russell Westbrook UCLA 2012
William Wheatley* Kansas Wesleyan 1936
Joseph "Jo Jo" White Kansas 1968
Charles "Buck" Williams Maryland 1980
Deron Williams Illinois 2008 & 2012
Howie Williams* Purdue 1952
George Wilson* Cincinnati 1964
Al Wood North Carolina 1980
Leon Wood Cal State Fullerton 1984

*Played for an armed services or independent team when named an Olympian.

Schools With Most Different U.S. Basketball Olympians: 13 - North Carolina; 12 - Kansas; 11 - Kentucky; 10 - UCLA; 6 - Duke; 5 - Indiana; 4 - Georgetown, Houston and Oklahoma.

Major Schools Never to Have a Men's U.S. Basketball Olympian: Boston College, Brigham Young, Clemson, Dayton, Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi, Mississippi State, New Mexico, Northwestern, Oregon, Providence, Seton Hall, Temple, Texas Christian, Texas Tech, Tulane, Tulsa, Virginia, Western Kentucky, Xavier.

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