Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Cal Hall of Fame Adds 10 Members

Inductees to be honored Oct. 14-15.
April 27, 2005
BERKELEY - Consensus first team All-America wide receiver Sean Dawkins, still the school's career and single season record-holder for touchdown receptions, and four-time All-America catcher Gillian Boxx, a member of the gold medal-winning 1996 U.S. Olympic softball team, headline a list of 10 former athletes and administrators who have been selected for induction into the California Athletic Hall of Fame this fall, Cal Athletic Director Sandy Barbour announced today.
The Class of 2005 also includes U.S. Olympic team captain and All-American gymnast Dr. Sid Freudenstein, football All-American Vard Stockton, the four-time All-America doubles tennis team of Marty Davis and Chris Dunk, men's rugby All-American and renowned football placekicker Mick Luckhurst, two-time All-American golfer Ben Furth, NCAA javelin champion George Roseme and long-time women's athletic director Dr. Luella Lilly.
Stockton is honored posthumously.
Formal induction ceremonies are scheduled for Friday evening, Oct. 14, at the annual Hall of Fame banquet in the Greek Orthodox Church conference center in Oakland. The new inductees will also be honored at halftime of the Golden Bears' football game against Oregon State at California Memorial Stadium the following afternoon, Oct. 15.
With the addition of 10 members, Cal's Athletic Hall of Fame now features 203 individuals and five rowing teams. The school's Hall of Fame was inaugurated in 1986, with this year's group representing the 20th class of inductees.
Dawkins, an explosive wide receiver for Cal teams that earned back-to-back appearances in the Copper and Citrus Bowls following the 1990-91 seasons, snared 65 passes for 1,070 yards and a school-record 14 touchdowns to lead the Pac-10 during his senior season in 1992. On Cal's current career charts, he still ranks first in touchdown receptions (31), sixth in receiving yards (2,124), eighth in scoring (186 points) and ninth in receptions (129).
Also named first team All-Pac-10 and Cal's most valuable player in 1992, Dawkins was chosen by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the 1993 NFL Draft. He played 10 years in the NFL with the Colts (1993-97), New Orleans (1998), Seattle (1999-2000), Jacksonville (2001) and Minnesota (2002), posting 445 catches for 6,291 yards and 25 TDs during his pro career.
Boxx, generally regarded as the finest catcher and one of the best hitters in Golden Bear softball history, was named first team All-America in 1993 and 1995, and garnered second (1992) and third (1994) team recognition in two other seasons. A four-time All-Pac-10 choice and a 1995 finalist for the prestigious national Honda Sports Award, the Bear receiver is Cal's career record-holder in hits (274) and runs scored (156), and the school's single season record-holder in batting average (.466 in 1994), hits (90 in 1995) and runs scored (56 in 1995). Amazingly, she still ranks among the school's career Top 5 in eight categories: first in runs and hits, second in batting average (.369) and walks (105), third in doubles (44), RBI (146) and total bases (372), and fifth in putouts (1,389).
Boxx played on teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament all four years, with the '92 club finishing fifth at the College World Series.
Co-captain of Cal's first NCAA gymnastics championship team in 1968, Freudenstein claimed the NCAA individual title in floor exercise and both the vault and floor exercise events at the Pac-8 championships that season. He also placed second in floor exercise at the 1967 NCAAs and finished third in the vault in the 1966 nationals.
Freudenstein, who serves as chairman of the physics department at Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colo., earned a third-place finish at the 1968 Olympic Trials and went on to become captain of the '68 Olympic Team that competed in Mexico City. He also was runner-up in the floor exercise for the U.S. at the 1967 World University Games in Tokyo. At the conclusion of his career as a participant, Freudenstein earned a Ph.D. in physics at the University of Colorado, where he also served as head gymnastics coach for several years.
Stockton, who died in an auto accident in 1975, earned first team All-America, All-Pacific Coast Conference and All-West Coast on Cal's legendary 1937 football team that registered a 10-0-1 record, including a 13-0 win over Alabama in the Rose Bowl. Noted for his blocking ability that opened gaping holes for the likes of College Football Hall of Famers Vic Bottari and Sam Chapman, perhaps his most shining moment came in the 1936 Big Game when he stole the ball from Stanford's Jimmy Coffis to set up a touchdown in Cal's 13-0 win over their cross-town rivals. Stockton later served on a submarine for four years in World War II.
The doubles team of Davis and Dunk was beyond compare at Cal. Ranked No. 1 in the nation their senior season of 1980, they helped the Golden Bear tennis team to national Top 10 finishes in the NCAA Tournament four straight years, including a runner-up outdoor showing and a national indoor title in '80. After their Cal careers, the dynamic duo went on to rank among the Top 10 professional doubles teams in the world, as they advanced to the semifinals at the U.S. Open, and the quarterfinals at both Wimbledon and the French Open.
Davis and Dunk were both four-time All-Americans at Cal. Individually, Dunk was named to the 1980 Junior Davis Cup Team, while Davis later served as assistant coach on Cal's 1999 men's tennis team and currently is completing his fifth season as head coach at UC Santa Barbara.
One of the more colorful characters in Cal sports history, Luckhurst was a two-sport standout in rugby and football. In rugby, the Redbourn, England, native was named tournament MVP when he helped Cal to its first collegiate national rugby title by kicking a pair of penalty kicks and dropkick to give the Bears a come-from-behind victory over Air Force in 1980. Also a standout placekicker on the Cal football team, he shared the school record for longest field goal for eight seasons before his 54-yarder (vs. Oregon State, Oct. 18, 1979) was eclipsed by Robbie Keen's 55-yard field goal in 1988. He led Cal's football team in scoring as both a junior (55 points, 9-for-15 in field goals) and senior (14-of-17 field goals). He later enjoyed a distinguished career in the NFL, playing for Atlanta from 1981-87. Luckhurst held the Falcons' career record for field goals with 119 until Morten Andersen surpassed that total in 2000.
Furth, unquestionably one of the most inspirational student-athletes ever to compete in Berkeley, overcame a debilitating back problem to earn college All-America honors as captain of Cal's men's golf team. Also a two-time first team All-America Scholar in 1989-90, he placed third in the Pac-10 Tournament and won both the Falcon Invitational and USF Invitational as a junior in 1989 when he led the Bears with a team-low average of 74.2 strokes per round. Furth also placed among the Top 15 at both the 1987 and 1988 Pac-10 tournaments. After an on-and-off struggle with back pain, he was diagnosed with congenital spinal defect that ended his career in the summer of 1990.
Roseme, who earned All-America honors in both 1949 and 1952 at Cal, won the NCAA championship in the javelin in 1952 with a throw of 228-8.75. He also placed fourth in the javelin at both the 1949 and 1950 NCAA meets.
A pioneer in Cal women's sports, Lilly served as the Bears' women's athletic director from 1976-92. During her 17-year reign, the Bear women won 28 conference championships in eight of 11 sports, plus national crew titles in 1979-80 (varsity 8 and varsity 4) and 1983-84 (novice 8, varsity 4). When USA Today began ranking overall excellence of women's sports programs in the country in 1985, Cal ranked among the nation's top 12 each of the final eight years of Lilly's tenure, including an all-time high of fourth in 1989. In 1999, she was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Association of Collegiate Women's Athletic Administrators. As the school's original women's AD, she established the Cal Women's Hall of Fame in 1977-78--with those inductees now part of the California Athletic Hall of Fame, which Lilly is now a member.
The 2005 California Hall of Fame Inductees:
Name Sports(s) Years
Gillian Boxx Softball 1992-95
Sean Dawkins Football 1990-92
Marty Davis Men's Tennis 1977-80
Chris Dunk Men's Tennis 1977-80
Sid Freudenstein Men's Gymnastics 1965-68
Ben Furth Men's Golf 1987-90
Luella Lilly Women's Athletic Director 1976-92
Mick Luckhurst Men's Rugby/Football 1979-81
George Roseme Men's Track & Field 1949-52
Vard Stockton Football 1935-37

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