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The `B' Line... March 20, 2002




March 20, 2002

This is another "B"Line column, a periodic collection of news items of interest to members of the Baylor "B" Association. Contribute news about you or your teammates via e-mail to Dutch Schroeder (Dutch_Schroeder@baylor.edu), Reba Cooper (Reba_Cooper@baylor.edu) or Jack Loftis (Jack.Loftis@chron.com). The mailing address is Baylor "B" Association, P. O. Box 8120, Waco, TX 76714.

THOSE WERE THE DAYS - Santana Dotson and the late Jack Lummus, both Baylor standouts during their respective eras, will be inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame in Waco on April 13. Dotson played for Jack Yates High School in Houston in the mid-1980s before arriving at Baylor, where he was a 1991 All-American. He currently is a member of the Green Bay Packers. Lummus, who played at Ennis High School in the late 1930s, lettered in both football and baseball for Baylor in the 1940s. He also played one season of professional football with the New York Giants in 1941. Other players in the Hall of Fame Class of 2002 are Bill Forester (Dallas Woodrow Wilson in the 1940s), Buddy Dial (Magnolia High School in the 1950s), Gary Mullins (San Angelo High School in the 1960s), Roosevelt Leaks (Brenham High School in the 1970's) and Rodney Thomas (Groveton High School in the 1990s). Former coach Spike Dykes and sportswriter George Breazeale also are due honors. The banquet is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Baylor's Ferrell Center. For more information call 254-756-1633 or log on at www.tshof.org . . .

BAYLOR IN HOLLYWOOD - "The Rookie," a film starring Dennis Quaid and directed by Baylor graduate John Lee Hancock, opens everywhere on March 29. The movie is about Jim Morris, a West Texas high school baseball coach whose players convince him to make one more attempt to pitch in the pros. Hancock, a Texas City native, has English and law degrees from Baylor and is the son of John Lee Hancock Sr., who won Baylor letters in football in 1950 and 1951. Hancock's brother Kevin also lettered four years as a 1981-1984 linebacker for the Bears . . . Other film credits for Hancock include producing "My Dog Skip," adapting the screenplay from the best-seller "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and writing the original script for "A Perfect World," starring Kevin Costner and Clint Eastwood . . . If you look quickly you can catch a glimpse of several Texas sportswriters in "The Rookie." Doing some real work for a change are John McClain and Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle, Randy Galloway, Ray Buck, Clarence Hill and Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Rick Gosselin, Kevin Sherrington and Jacques Taylor of the Dallas Morning News. They are all part of a press-box scene shot at The Ballpark in Arlington. McClain, a Waco native and Baylor graduate, put the deal together and said it took the film crew seven hours to complete its work with the journalists. Setting egos aside it should have been a wrap in 90 minutes. Max . . .

A THREE-DECADE ROLL - Former All-Southwest Conference outfielder Jim Mallon is now in his 32nd year as baseball coach at Southwestern University. Prior to starting this season Mallon's teams had won 1,106 games while losing 555 - a winning percentage of .666. The Pirates opened the 2002 with 23 straight wins before losing to Trinity University 4-1 on March 17. Mallon played outfield and first base for the Bears from 1963 through 1965, winning his SWC honor as a senior. He played professionally for five seasons with the San Francisco Giants at the AAA level and each year hit more then .300. Mallon later was a minor league manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates . . . "B" member Joe Ross (football) has corrected The "B" Line" for referring to the birth of a calf as a "delivery" (Feb. 10, 2002). "'Pulling calves' is the way we say it in north Hill County, up around Covington," he writes. Ross should always remember that The "B" Line often blunders in its attempt to maintain a Victorian Age view of the world while others are satisfied in merely being politically correct . . .

JACK LOFTIS
Co-Chairman
Communications Committee
March 20, 2002