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Cristina Teuscher

Cristina Teuscher (Swimming.  Born, The Bronx, NY, Mar. 12, 1978.)  Seldom, if ever, has an individual overwhelmed her sport in a league as Columbia’s Cristina Teuscher dominated Ivy League women’s swimming.  Teuscher was unbeaten in over 40 collegiate dual meets and was 12-0 in four years in the league’s championship meet, setting records in five […]

Dick Kazmaier

Dick Kazmaier (College football.  Born, Maumee, OH, Nov. 23, 1930.)  A 171-pound tailback in Princeton’s single-wing attack, Dick Kazmaier was considered the nation’s best football player, winning the Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award in 1951, the culmination of a career in which he led his Tigers to 22 straight victories.  Princeton got off to something […]

Irving Marsh

Irving Marsh (Sportswriter. Born, Brooklyn, NY, Apr. 15, 1907; died, Canaan, CT, Aug. 3, 1982.) Among the fundamental figures in the growth of college basketball as a major sport, Irving T. Marsh was assistant sports editor of the Herald Tribune. Marsh started at the paper as a copy boy while still a student at City […]

Henry MacCracken

Henry MacCracken (College executive. Born, Oxford, OH, September 28, 1840; died, New York, NY, December 24, 1918.) As Vice Chancellor (1885-91) and Chancellor (1891-1910) of New York University, Henry Mitchell MacCracken was an enthusiastic supporter of intercollegiate athletics. He persuaded N.Y.U. alumni from his native Ohio to contribute sufficient funds to build athletic facilities for […]

Tom Gola

Tom Gola (Pro basketball.  Born, Philadelphia, PA, Jan. 13, 1933.)  Among the greatest of all college players, Thomas Gola led LaSalle to the N.I.T. championship as a freshman (1952) and to the N.C.A.A. final twice, winning in 1954 and losing (to San Francisco) in 1955.  Gola then began an N.B.A. career with the Philadelphia Warriors […]

Charlie Gogolak

Charlie Gogolak (College football.  Born, Rabahidveg, Hungary, Dec. 29, 1944.)  As a soccer-style placekicker for Princeton (1963-65), Charles P. Gogolak set seven N.C.A.A. records.  Gogolak made 50 straight extra points, then considered exceptional, scored 81 points by kicking in a single season, and scored 20 points in one game with six field goals and two […]

Joe Gergen

Joe Gergen (Sportswriter.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Aug. 9, 1942.)  Since becoming a Newsday sports columnist in 1975, Joseph Arthur Gergen has three times been named one of the nation’s top five columnists by the A.P. sports editors.  Gergen has won numerous other awards, including National Headliners, and had nine pieces selected for the Best Sports […]

Lou Eisenstein

Lou Eisenstein (Basketball.  Born, New York, NY, Sept. 27, 1913; died, Brooklyn, NY, Dec. 20, 1996.)  Rated one of the top referees for over 30 years, Leo Eisenstein was an official in both college and pro ball in the 1940s and 1950s.  Eisenstein began as a college referee but signed up with the new Basketball […]

Vic DiGravio

Vic DiGravio (College basketball.  Born, Montreal, P.Q., Feb. 19, 1917; died, Boston, MA, Jan. 29, 2005.)  A semipro football player who ranked among the best college basketball officials of his era, Vicker Vincent DiGravio started as a high school referee in Quincy, Mass., in 1938.  DiGravio started working college games in the Eastern Intercollegiate (now […]

Glenn Davis

Glenn Davis (College football.  Born, Claremont, CA, Dec. 26, 1924; died, La Quinta, CA, Mar. 9, 2005.)  “Mr. Outside” Glenn W. Davis was the speedy half of the deadly Blanchard-Davis backfield that made Army the powerhouse of the nation in college football from 1944 through 1946.  During that span, Davis scored 59 touchdowns (43 by […]

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