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The 'B' Line . . . October 8, 2003




Oct. 8, 2003

This is another "B" Line column, a 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 Lee Harrington (leenelaine@281.com), 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.

Fox Sports' now-brilliant decision to televise the Baylor-Colorado caused the Baylor "B" Association to reschedule its annual meeting as a post-game event. But little did anyone realize that the affair actually would become a "goal-post" occasion.

While former letterwinners tried to turn their minds to business, Baylor fans were turning their attentions to taking down one of the Floyd Casey Stadium goal posts in celebration of the Bear' 42-30 win over the Buffaloes from the University of Colorado.

The victory merriment also forced new BU Athletic Director Ian McCaw to arrive late and cut short his remarks to association members and guests. But considering the earlier events of the day and Baylor's thirst for a Big 12 Conference triumph, nobody complained of McCaw's brevity.

When emotions finally settled down, "B" Association President Ronnie Goodwin announced that the organization's long-time treasurer, Gary Luft, was the 2003 recipient of the Schroeder-Bradley Award. The plaque bears the names of Dutch Schroeder and Bunk Bradley and is presented annually to a "B" member who has rendered exemplary volunteer service to the organization. Luft has served as association treasurer since 1992, inheriting the position from the late George Berry Graves Sr.

Goodwin also announced that the organization had bestowed emeritus titles on Schroeder, a former executive vice-president, and Bradley, a former executive director, in appreciation of their near countless years of volunteer service.

In memoriam . . . .
Carrying out a long established "B" Association tradition, Baylor Chaplain Milton Cunningham paid tribute to former BU athletes who have died during the past year. They included John E. Davis (football 1951-52) of Waco; W. J. Wimpee (football 1937-39, track 1940) of Waco; John Frank Boydstun (football 1948-50) of Norman, Okla.; Hale Johnston (football 1946-47) of Hull; Thomas Milton Crain (football 1940-42) of Houston; Edward F. Hickman (football 1940-41, track 1941) of Killeen; Dr. Seth Witcher Sr. (basketball 1929-31, football 1928-30) of Clifton; Frank Shannon (football 1950) of Wharton; A. J. Martin (football 1948) of Houston; W. Bruce Hiatt Sr. (gold 1940-41) of Waco; Walter "Mooch" Bates (football 1949-51) of Odessa; Adrian Matthew Burk (football 1948-49, baseball 1950) of Henderson and Ronald E. Henderson (basketball 1951-53) of Waco.

Schroeder, who chaired the 2003 nominating committee and who himself is a "B" winner, announced the slate of new officers for 2004 and the five members who will begin serving three-year board terms. All were approved and include: President - David Lacy (golf), President-elect - Faith Beaty (basketball), Vice President - Jim Sartain (football), Treasurer - Gary Luft (tennis) and directors Alfred Anderson (football) Todd Harbour (track), Kristin Hill (track), Maggie Stinnett (basketball) and Seth Witcher Jr. (football).

THE NAME GAME - Incoming president David Lacy has just been named Humanitarian of the Year by the Greater Waco Interfaith Conference. . . Faith Beaty had to miss the annual meeting because she was in Norway taking care of some marketing business . . . In praising "B" Association President Ronnie Goodwin for his leadership during what all must admit has been a troubling year for Baylor, Assistant Director Lee Harrington put it this way: "He had his nose in the wind and kept on peddling." . . . After hearing new BU basketball coach Scott Drew speak at the annual meeting, the consensus of the membership was that Baylor had hired itself a bright, personable and energetic young coach. He also is a realist, telling his audience that some tough days are head for the program . . . Baseball coach Steve Smith, taking a somewhat humorous shot at those who suggest Baylor should depart the Big 12 Conference, said, "Colorado didn't beat Baylor in football and doesn't have a baseball program, so maybe it should be the one that leaves" . . . Smith's annual Alumni Game is scheduled for Baylor Ballpark on Oct. 18. He expects the Pittsburgh Pirates' Kip Wells to be on hand, but doubts Colorado's Jason Jennings will make it since he is recovering from an illness caused by a virus near the end of the Rockies' 2003 season . . .

(The "B" Line column is produced by Jack Loftis, editor emeritus of The Houston Chronicle and chairman of the Baylor "B" Association Communications Committee.)