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Page 158 text:
Redmen Capture Their First Metropolitan Crown
With Coach Frank McGuire at the helm the Indian Nine copped the Metropolitan
Collegiate Crown for the first time in SJU history. This win by the Redmen ends the
long, long domination of the league by NYU who had won the Trophy for the last
six consecutive years. St. John's had a league record of l2 wins and 2 losses for a
percentage of .857. Tied in the second spot were NYU and CCNY with 9 victories
and 5 defeats each.
The Indians' season record for all games played was l6 wins with 3 losses,
Reading from left to right in the outfield the Indians had Tony Garin, Johnny
Kaiser, Capt. of the nine, and Tommy Tolan. Garin belted the ball at a .284 clip
while Capt. Kaiser earned the honor of the fourth highest Redman batting average,
Going deep into the hole at shortstop for the start of many double plays was
Herb Rossman, slugging shortstop, who flipped to Artie West, the right half of the
keystone combination, with West relaying the ball to first base where Jimmy Felton
completed the DP. Third base duties were capably handled by Dick Bohner. The
Redmen infield had a combined BA of .3l8.
"Peanuts" Miller did the bulk of the catching while Jack Gimmler handled the
rest of the work behind the bat.
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Page 157 text:
Coach McGuire, likeable basket-
ball and baseball mentor, who
directed his diamond warriors to
their first Subway Conference
title and lhe NCAA regional
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Leading the Indians in four departments was Herb Rossman.
Rossman had the highest BA, 385, garnered the most hits, rapped
out the most doubles and accounted for the greatest amount of
total bases. He also tied Kaiser in the Home Run Dept. Tony
Garin and Dick Bohner each headed two departments. Garin clouted
the most triples and batted in the most runs while "Racing
Richard" stole the most bases and was the Redman who crossed the
plate to tally the most runs.
Gerry Brown, who had an unsullied loop slate of five consecutive
triumphs, was the only unbeaten twirler in the league. Brown was
chosen for the Metropolitan Collegiate Baseball Conference All-
Star team for the second straight year. ln I947 he was awarded
the John McGraw Trophy as the outstanding pitcher of the Con-
ference. Brown pitched 43 innings, allowing 33 hits while giving
up 30 walks and striking out 3O for an Earned Run Average of
Dom Novak, leading hurler of '48 won 5 and dropped l this
season, hurling 57V3 innings of ball while giving up 50 hits, l7
free passes, striking out 40 and had the best ERA, 2.20.
while being touched for 60 hits. Gordon issued 20 bases on balls
and compiled an ERA of 3.53.
Bob Sullivan earned a ,SOO percentage by winning l and los-
The Metropolitan Collegiate Baseball Conference named five St.
John's men to the League's All-Star Team. Pitcher Gerry Brown,
Shortstop Herb Rossman, Second Baseman Artie West, Outfielders
Tony Garin and Johnny Kaiser were the honored Indians.
The President's Medal, which is awarded to the Senior Athlete
with the best scholastic average, was captured by Tommy Tolan,
Jack Gordon, in his first year of varsity ball, garnered 5 victories
against l defeat. Gordon chucked 56 V3 frames, striking out 50,
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