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Frank Viola

Frank Viola (College and pro baseball.  Born, Hempstead, NY, Apr. 19, 1960.)  Probably the finest lefthander produced by St. John’s, Frank John Viola was 26-2 in his three collegiate seasons with a 1.67 e.r.a.  Viola pitched the Redmen into the 1980 College World Series and the 1981 N.C.A.A. playoffs.  He was the winning pitcher in […]

Ron Darling

Ron Darling (College and pro baseball.  Born, Honolulu, HI, Aug. 19, 1960.)  A standout for Yale and a regular starter for the Mets, Ronald Maurice Darling, Jr., helped pitch three teams to division titles in a 13-year major league career.  Darling also pitched the longest no-hitter in N.C.A.A. baseball history (although he lost the game).  […]

Jack Coffey

Jack Coffey (College baseball.  Born, New York, NY, Jan. 28, 1887; died, The Bronx, NY, Feb. 14, 1966.)  An all-around athlete, John Francis Coffey became Fordham’s varsity baseball coach his senior year (1909) at the school.  For 38 of the next 49 years, Coffey coached Rams baseball, winning 817, losing 318, and recording nine ties […]

Andy Coakley

Andy Coakley (College baseball.  Born, Providence, RI, Nov. 20, 1882; died, New York, NY, Sept. 27, 1963.)  In his nine years as a major league pitcher, Andrew James Coakley pitched a season for the Yankees (0-1 in 1911), but earned his fame as Columbia’s baseball coach.  Coakley coached the Lions 37 seasons in two terms […]

George Case

George Case (College baseball.  Born, Trenton, NJ, Nov. 11, 1915; died, Trenton, NJ, Jan. 23, 1989.)  An outfielder with the old Washington Senators who led the A.L. in stolen bases six times, George Washington Case was head baseball coach at Rutgers for 11 seasons (1950-60).  Case had an overall record of 113-82-3 at Rutgers, where […]

Johnny Balquist

Johnny Balquist (College baseball.  Born, Pittsburgh, PA, June 18, 1908; died, Teaneck, NJ, Jan. 22, 1991.)  An infielder at Columbia (1930-32), John Balquist later succeeded the legendary Andy Coakley as the Lions baseball coach.  Balquist was head coach at Manhattan (1939-42), where he was also assistant athletic director, before joining Coakley as an assistant in 1943.  […]

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