June 13, 2002
This is another "B" Line column, a periodic collection of news items of particular 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), Kyle Penney,(Kyle_Penney@baylor.edu) or Jack Loftis (Jack.Loftis@chron.com). The mailing address is Baylor "B" Association, P. O. Box 8120, Waco, TX 76714
CHRISTIANS AND THE COMIC - Does anyone remember the early comedy albums by the late Jerry Clower, the former Mississippi State football player whose country wit led him to national acclaim? On either his first or second LP release Clower does a routine about playing football against Baylor. He recalls that he and his Bulldog teammates believed competing against athletes from a Christian university such as Baylor would be an easy afternoon of work. Then Clower admits his expectations changed abruptly after being smashed in the mouth by a Baylor lineman. Now we discover the event took place during Baylor's 14-7 win over Mississippi State in a 1950 game played in Shreveport - a period when face bars on helmets were only for sissies. The Baylor player involved was center Gale Galloway and he says the elbow into Clower's kisser was a retaliatory action. "He hit me in the face pretty good on the previous play and I went back to the huddle asked (QB Larry) Isbell to call a pass play so I could have a head-on shot Clower," Galloway recalls. "I popped him hard enough, in fact, that he left the game. But I saw him staring at me from the Mississippi State bench for the rest of the afternoon. Clower, who lettered as a Bulldog tackle in 1949 and 1950, died in 1998 after becoming a regular on the Grand Ole Opry? . . .
PARTICIPANT AND COACH - Funeral services for Alvin Adelman, 81, a former fencing champion for Baylor, were held in Waco on June 7. Jan Ronk, a teammate and longtime friend, says Adelman not only competed in Southwest Conference fencing from 1939 through 1941, but at the same time served at the Baylor coach. In 1940 Baylor fencers won the SWC team competition over Texas, Texas A&M, Rice and SMU while Adelman won in the three individual events - epee, foil and saber. Ronk, who lives in Waco, says Adelman had a full scholarship, but - of course - no salary while he was coaching and competing. "I never did understand the full ramifications of all that," he added. Interest in collegiate fencing began to wane after World War II and is no longer an intercollegiate sport on the Baylor campus. After graduating in 1942 and serving in the Army Air Corps in the China-Burma-India theater, Adelman returned to Baylor for a law degree and practiced in the firm of Beard & Kultgen for many years. According to the Waco Tribune, Adelman was a student of Jewish history and had made numerous trips to Israel . . .
PLAYOFF TAKEOUTS - Several former Baylor athletes-turned-coaches took their respective baseball and softball teams into playoff competition in recent weeks. Larry McRae, who played tackle for the Bears in the late 1990s, coached the Bosqueville girl's softball team all the way to the state finals before losing to champion Shiner. However, with all of his players returning next year McRae hopes the team can go all the way . . . Jim Mallon, whose Southwestern Pirates won their first 23 games of the season, hosted an NCAA III Regional Tournament in Georgetown, but did not fare well. Pirate bats went silent (Ping! Is that possible in college baseball?) against Trinity and Pomona. Mallon was an all-conference outfielder for the Bears in the mid-1960s. His teams at Southwestern have won more than 1,100 games . . . When Bart Bratcher, a Baylor baseball player in the in the early 1970, and his Westwood (Round Rock) team opened against Fort Bend in the Texas State High School Baseball Tournament they had to go up against pitcher James Loney, a first-rounder in major league baseball's recent draft. After Loney held the Westwood hitters in check, he and his teammates went on to win the state 5A championship. Baylor baseball fans should recognize the name of Loney. He is one of three pitchers who throw around 95 MPH that Coach Steve Smith has signed to play for Baylor next year . . .