August 7, 2012

First Occidental College Athletics Hall of Fame Class Announced

By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director

 

LOS ANGELES — Occidental College may be better known for its elite academic reputation, but the eight names that make up the inaugural class of inductees into its new Athletics Hall of Fame prove its rich athletic tradition isn’t too far behind.

The group includes USC and Olympic track coach Dean Cromwell, Class of 1902; former Chicago Cubs pitcher Arthur “Bud” Teachout ’27; national women’s tennis champion Pat Yeomans ’38; two-time Olympic gold medal diver Dr. Sammy Lee ’43; Olympic silver-medal winning track stars Bob McMillen ’53 and Bob Gutowski ‘58; pro quarterback and statesman Jack Kemp ’57; and College Football Hall of Famer Bill Redell ’64.

The impressive class will be honored Oct. 26 during Oxy’s 125th anniversary Homecoming Weekend at a 6 p.m. dinner and awards ceremony in Jack Kemp Stadium. The following day, the Oxy Tigers football team will take on the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens in 114th meeting of Southern California’s oldest college football rivalry.

 

“We have several sport-specific hall of fames that are thriving, but no all-encompassing, all-sport hall of fame to celebrate so many years of incredible student-athletes, coaches and teams,” Occidental athletic director Jaime Hoffman said. “We’re excited to honor these men and women with our first class and we look forward to many more years of inducting the greatest Tigers.”