Post by thecrossisback on May 20, 2021 12:22:47 GMT -5
With no sports going on and everybody these days seems to be making these lists of who the greatest is. HC has a tough time picking the best 4 athletes in the school's history.
Who would you put on your HC Mount Rushmore?
My list is Osmanski- only number retired best football player HC has ever had. His 95 yard touchdown run vs Dartmouth made HC rose Bowl bound. his record at HC 23-3-3
Cousy- Is that even a debate?
Perry Sr- On 2 championship teams. Pitched great in the college World Series on very short rest. 23-2 all time record. If he doesn't go to HC and is AD does his son go there?
Sockalexis, best baseball player in the schools history on top of having to endure racism because he was Native American. In 1895, Sockalexis batted .436 on a Holy Cross team that finished with a 17-5-2 record. The next year, he topped that by hitting .444.
Sorry Togo, Gordie, Tommy, Jack, Willie, Vince, George C, the other George K, Jim, etc.
Like 3 of yours I would choose RP Jr over dad RP Jr was an All America in hoops and a fine baseball player Close No national championships, but to me Mt Rushmore is more for individual achievements
I recall that it used to be said that RP Junior was the NCAA's only two-time two sport academic All-America player. He must be on the list
I'm going to think about this awhile although it seems clear to me that Cousy and Heinsohn should be the first two on the list for great success at Hoy Cross and extraordinary success in the NBA.
This is a great exercise-should be fun.
Others to consider:
Jimmy Ryan with 2,500+ MLB base hits Rosy Ryan--pitcher on the great NY Giants teams of the 1920's Joe Dugan- infielder on the great Yankees teams of the 1920's Jigger Statz--remember the quiz about the handful of players with 4.000+ professional base hits Andy Kelly-world record holding sprinter Billy Doran-- basketball star and great baseball player
Glad to see Vince Promuto on the list--remember that he long held the HC record for shot put in addition to being a great football player for HC and an 11 year NFL veteran and pro bowl player
Jack Barry ss for the Philadelphia Athletics on Connie Mack's famous "Million Dollar Infield." Barry is not top four but certainly deserves a shoutout. Add Bill Carrigan, early 1900's one of the greatest catchers in Red Sox history. Don't forget to mention Art Dulong, a great HC track star in the'60's. Willie Turnesa was the greatest amateur golfer of his generation. Are golfers athletes? Some day a future generation of HC alums may be writing about the great MLB manager, HC grad Matt Blake , currently doing an amazing job as pitching coach of the New York Yankees. Never know.
If we are talking about what they did at HC, I think my top 4 have to be Cousy, Heinshon, Sockalexsis, and RP, Sr. (2 different national championships.)
If we are talking about their professional careers as well, I would go with Cousy, Heinshon, JImmy Ryan (although one article I read said that while he certainly attended HC, he may not have played for our team) and Paul Harney (6 PGA wins and 6 top 10s in majors while playing part time.)