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The 'B' Line . . . November 19, 2003




Nov. 19, 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.

Six individuals will be honored during the annual Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner on the evening of Nov. 21. Hall-of-Fame inductees include the late Johnny Arreaga, Robert Blackmon, Willie Caldwell and Lisa Stone Monsees. The Wall of Honor inductees are Hayden Fry and Gale Galloway.

The event will be held in the "B" Association Room at Floyd Casey Stadium

The Hall of Fame is composed of former student-athletes whose participation in sports has enriched and strengthened the Baylor University athletic program, was created in 1960 by the Baylor Chamber of Commerce. Candidates must wait until 10 years after their final year of eligibility to be considered for induction.

Including the 2003 inductees, the Hall of Fame now has 112 members and a photo of each is permanently displayed in the "B" Room.

The Wall of Honor only dates back to 2000, when the "B" Association established the space for BU letter-winners whose meritorious accomplishments in public or private life following their Baylor athletic careers have brought positive public recognition, credit and honor to Baylor University and the Baylor Athletic Department."

Former honorees include Mike Dewlen, who died in the Vietnam War, and John Kane and Jack Lummus, both World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.

Hall of Fame inductees . . .
JOHNNY RICHARD ARREAGA - Coach Odis Beck recruited Johnny Arreaga to Baylor from San Antonio's Thomas Jefferson High School, where the young golfer had excelled in the mid-1950s. While not eligible for the varsity in his freshman year, Arreaga's practice rounds still elevated the play of upper-classmen and helped Baylor win its first golf-team championship in 1957. He earned three varsity letters (1958-1960) and in all three years was an All-Southwest Conference golfer, plus becoming a second-team All-American in his senior year. After playing on the PGA Tour, Arreaga returned to Central Texas and was employed as the resident pro at a number of country clubs prior to serving as the Baylor golf coach from 1973 through 1976. He died in 1997.

ROBERT BLACKMON - Prior to coming to Baylor, Robert Blackmon was listed as one of the state's Top 100 recruits by Texas Football magazine. He had been a Class 3A All-State defensive back and a second-team All-State quarterback at Van Vleck. His speed and agility also earned him a state championship in the 110-meter high hurdles. A four-year letterman (1986-89) Blackmon won All-SWC honors as a defensive back in his last three seasons and was an All-American in his senior year. His three pass interceptions in one game set a Baylor record and he had a pair of interceptions in two games. After leading Baylor to 21-9 victory over Colorado in the 1986 Bluebonnet Bowl, Blackmon played in the Hula Bowl and East-West Shrine Game and seven seasons with the NFL Seattle Seahawks. Texas Football magazine editor Dave Campbell named Blackmon to his 1980-89 All-Decade team and listed him one of Baylor's Top 50 players in the 20th Century. Blackmon now lives in Houston, where he is a volunteer coach for youth sports.

WILLIE V. CALDWELL - Killeen's Ellison High School awarded four track letters to Willie Caldwell before he enrolled at Baylor and became one of the top sprinters of all time. In his freshman year he ran on the 1600-meter team that was runner-up in the NCAA finals, an accomplishment that earned him an All-America citation. Setting school and SWC records became a habit for Caldwell, who was a four-year letterwinner (1982-1985), but his senior year was his most extraordinary as he won five more All-America citations. That year he won the NCAA Indoor championship in the 500 meters, with a world-record time of 1:01.24. It was Baylor's first individual track championship in a NCAA meet. And in both the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA meets, Caldwell ran legs on Baylor's 1600-meter relay teams that were national champions. In the SWC meets, Caldwell won the 600 meters and ran legs on the first-place teams in the Indoor and Outdoor 1600-meter relays. Caldwell currently is a member of the U. S. Army.

LISA STONE MONSEES - Leaving Clarksville High School in Missouri, Lisa Stone Monsees had an incredible list of accomplishments in long-distance running. She was the distance Runner of the Year for four years, was All-District four years and All-State four years. At Baylor she ran thousands of miles preparing for competition, finishing 25th in her first SWC meet, sixth in 1988, third in 1989 and second in 1990. However, in 1988 she helped the cross-country team win Baylor's first SWC championship in women's sports. This led to the women's cross-country team winning championships for four consecutive years. Monsees earned four track letters (1987-1990) and during her sophomore year became Baylor's first female track All-American with her performance in the NCAA Outdoor 5,000 meters. She has held Baylor's 10,000-meter record at 33:19.49 since 1991 and also holds the Hart-Patterson Track Complex record in the 5,000 meters at 16:39.13. She earned a total of four All-America citations, plus being named an Academic All-American. Monsees completed her medical degree and training and is now a pediatrician in Columbus, Missouri.

Wall of Honor inductees . . .
JOHN HAYDEN FRY - An All-State quarterback for Odessa High School's 1946 state championship team, Hayden Fry earned four varsity letters (1947-50) for the Baylor Bears. Following graduation and a tour of duty with the U. S. Marines, Fry returned to coach in Odessa for a few seasons and then was back on the Baylor campus as an assistant coach. In 1961 he was an assistant at Arkansas and the following year became the head coach at SMU. Eleven seasons later he moved to North Texas State University as head coach and athletic director and in 1979 accepted the challenge of coaching the Iowa Hawkeyes, who at that time had not had a winning season in 17 years. Within three years, Iowa won the Big 10 Conference championship and played in the Rose Bowl. By 1996 Fry had guided teams to three Big 10 championships and three Rose Bowl appearances and had been named Big 10 Coach of the Year three times. His Iowa teams finished in the Top 20 listings eight times. He has served as president of the American College Football Coaches Association and has an outstanding record as a volunteer with Special Olympics and the Boy Scouts and as a fund-raiser for Shriners children's hospitals. He and wife Shirley are retired and live in Mesquite, Nevada.

GALE L. GALLOWAY - Athletically, Gale Galloway's finest accomplishment was serving as a senior captain of the Baylor football team that played in the 1952 Orange Bowl. A three-year letterman (1949-51) from Pearsall, he was inducted into the Baylor Athletic Hall of Fame in 1980. Among many accomplishments - including being a Distinguished Baylor Alumnus - is his unique record of having been the only graduate to be chairman of the Baylor Board of Regents, president of the Baylor Alumni Association and president of the Baylor "B" Association. After leaving Waco, Galloway continued his studies at Texas A&I and the South Texas School of Law and then made a successful debut in the oil and gas business. He has served in senior leadership positions with Tenneco, Coastal Corporation, Entex, Arkla, Inc., Celeron Corporation, GLG Energy and is currently chairman and CEO of Galloway Enterprises. In 1980 Galloway was recipient of the Carnegie Foundation's Medal for Personal Heroism for helping rescue three people from a crashed and burning aircraft at Houston's Hobby Airport. He and wife Connie now live in Austin.

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