slides: Greatest Athletes In Central Mass History: Sutton-Worcester
Saturday, July 28, 2012
It's highlighted by perhaps the greatest athlete ever from Central Mass (Bob Cousy), several old-time major leaguers, and a woman who made American skiing history.
There's also the man who played center field next to Babe Ruth, a woman named Bridges who had a bridge in Uxbridge named after her, and a baseball Hall of Famer called "Candy".
You don't want to miss the final installment of our countdown, from Sutton to Worcester.
#1: Bill Gillin, cross country.
Gillin led UMass to four consecutive Yankee Conference Cross Country championships, setting the UMass record in the steeplechase with a time of 8:44.6.
He was a five time All-East selection in steeplechase and distance medley, and a three time All-East selection in cross country.
Gillin is also the longtime coach of the boys and girls track and field and cross country teams at Sutton High School.
#1: Robyn King, softball.
King was a standout pitcher at Boston University, receiving All-America East first-team honors all four years in school.
She finished second in BU history in all-time wins, innings, strikeouts, and shutouts.
(Image courtesy of Boston University Athletics)
#1: Alice Bridges, swimming.
Bridges took home the bronze medal in the 100-meter women's backstroke in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
Originally it appeared that Bridges had won the race, but judges reversed the decision hours later and gave the gold and silver to two women from the Netherlands.
Bridges held three world records and 20 American records. "Alice Bridges Bridge" in Uxbridge is named after her.
#1: William "Candy" Cummings, MLB.
The Candyman is a Baseball Hall of Famer and is often credited with being the first pitcher to throw a curveball.
Cummings said that he got the idea by studying the movement that sea shells made when they were thrown.
He played six years in the big leagues, from 1872-77, and retired with 154 career wins and a 2.49 ERA.
Don Prohovich, basketball, baseball.
Prohovich was a starter on the Holy Cross NIT championship team in 1954, when that was the premeire tournament in the nation.
The Crusaders went 26-2 that season, and knocked off heavily-favored Duquesne in the title game.
Prohovich also played baseball at Holy Cross and ended up signing with the Chicago White Sox. He spent six years in the minor leagues before retiring.
#1: Kelly Wilk-Carroll, field hockey.
One of the greatest field hockey players in CMass history, the All-American finished her career with an incredible 83 goals, and was named a Border Conference All-Star three times.
Wilk-Carroll went on to star at Northeastern University, setting the all-time record for goals in a season with 24.
She was elected into the school's Hall of Fame in 2004.
#1: Shawn Halloran, NFL.
Halloran succeeded Doug Flutie as the quarterback at Boston College, and set school records for completions in his first year as starter in 1985.
He led BC to a win over Georgia in the Hall of Fame Bowl in his junior season, and went on to play for the St. Louis Cardinals of the NFL.
#1: Wes Piermarini, rowing.
Piermarini has been a member of the U.S. National Rowing team since 2008, and placed 13th in the double sculls event at the Beijing Olympics that year.
The West Brookfield native won the double sculls event at the U.S. National trials in 2008, and finished third in the event in 2006.
He began rowing while in college at the University of Massachusetts.
#1: Whitey Witt, MLB.
Witt played in parts of ten seasons for the Philadelphia Athletics, New York Yankees, and Brooklyn Robins from 1916-26.
He finished his career with a .287 batting average and 302 RBI. Most notably, Whitey was the starting centerfielder when the original Yankee Stadium opened in 1923.
He played alongside Babe Ruth in the outfield.
Francisco Garcia, NBA.
The sharpshooter from Winchendon led Louisville to the Final Four in 2005, averaging 15.8 points per game that season. He was the 23rd overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft.
Garcia has averaged 8.6 points and 2.8 rebounds per game over seven NBA seasons, all with the Sacramento Kings.
Bryan LaHair, MLB.
Perhaps Worcester's best current athlete, Chicago Cubs first baseman Bryan LaHair has made quite a splash in his first season with the organization.
LaHair is hitting .274 with 14 homers and 31 RBI this season, and earned a trip to the All-Star game in Kansas City in July.
Jarett Jack, NBA.
The Worcester Academy star led Georgia Tech to the NCAA championship game in 2004 and was the 22nd overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft.
He's averaged 10.8 points and 4.2 assists per game over an eight-year NBA career.
Jack is currently a member of the Golden State Warriors.
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