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The `B' Line . . . November 21, 2002




Nov. 21, 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 Lee Harrington (leenelaine@281.com), 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

NEW AND THE OLD - Twenty-three former players and coaches who already have spots in the Baylor Athletic Hall of Fame showed up Nov. 15 for the Class of 2002 induction ceremonies at Floyd Casey Stadium. The new members include Ron Burns, football; Dennis Gentry, football; Natalie Nalpea, track; Raymond Pierre, track; Ray Vickrey, track; and Mike Welch, football. Returning to the scene of their own Hall of Fame induction were Walter Abercrombie, Bunk Bradley, Ken Casner, Burl Coker, Jerry Coody, Pete Creasey, Frank Fallon, Gale Galloway, Bill Glass, Ron Goodwin, Roger Goree, Clyde Hart, Phillip Kent, Jerry Mallett, Bill Menefee, Harold Riley, Dutch Schroeder, Jack Sisco Jr., James Ray Smith, Mickey Sullivan, Grant Teaff, Don Trull and Stanley Williams . . . And representing some of the Hall of Fame members who are deceased were George B. Graves Jr. for his father, George B. Graves Sr.; Kathy Robinson Hillman, granddaughter of T.P. Robinson; Joe and Mike Macko, father and brother of Steve Macko; Mrs. Lois Patterson, wife of Jack Patterson; Jack Sisco Jr., son of Jack Sisco Sr.; Beverly White for her father, Charlie Bradshaw; Edna SoRelle White; widow of Jelly SoRelle; and Mrs. Billie Wilson, Bobby Wilson and Jan Grubbs, the wife, son and daughter of Jack Wilson . . . The only 2002 inductee not present was Dennis Gentry, who was tied up on NFL scouting business. And on Saturday Raymond Pierre was missing when "B" Association president Knox Pittard presented plaques to the Hall of Famers during halftime of the Baylor-Oklahoma game . . .

ONCE A MARINE - Friday-night ceremonies also included the dedication of Baylor's Wall of Honor and recognition of the two men whose names are now inscribed there: former football players Jack Lummus and John Kane, both recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroics during World War II . . . Incidentally, retired Marine Corps Col. John Gunn, who lives in Gulf Breeze, Florida, and writes a column titled "Once a Marine," corrects the "B" Line after it reported in the Nov. 14 edition that Lummus led his platoon's attack at Iwo Jima AFTER he lost his legs in a land mine explosion. Gunn reports that Lummus "single-handedly destroyed three Japanese strongholds (at least two were pillboxes) before he stepped on the mine." Lummus died as a result of the injuries. Gunn, whose column appears in a number of Marine Corps publications, including the Camp Lejeune Globe, and is read by more than 2,000 e-mail recipients, says he will spread the news of Lummus' recognition by Baylor. He further notes that in 1986 the Navy named one of its ships, the MV First Lieutenant Jack Lummus, in his honor and that WNBC in New York produced a program about Lummus last December. Gunn says he has so far been unsuccessful in getting the National Football League to recognize Lummus, who played for the New York Giants after performing for Baylor from 1938 to 1941. But Gunn says he is not giving up on that goal . . .

ANYONE FOR SOCCER? - During a lull in the Baylor-Oklahoma game Bill Menefee, Baylor's athletic director from 1980 to 1991, its head basketball coach from 1962 to 1973 and a 1997 Hall of Fame inducee, stunned several media member in the press box by talking about his turn at being in charge of soccer at one point in his career. Since soccer is a relatively new sport at Baylor it took some explaining by Menefee before his listeners discovered he was talking about teaching the sport as part of the BU physical education curriculum. "I knew nothing about the sport," Mennefee admitted. He said he bought an instructional book, traveled to Dallas to watch a match and returned to Waco with enough knowledge to teach his class . . . Congratulations to Baylor track coach Clyde Hart, a member of the United States Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the Baylor University Athletics Hall of Fame and the Arkansas Track and Field Hall of Fame. He came to Baylor as a sprinter in 1951 and has been a big factor in the success of BU athletics ever since . . .

JACK LOFTIS
CO-CHAIRMAN
COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE