With the Major League Baseball season officially starting today, and Harvard’s own baseball team toiling at 3-16, it’s a fair question to ask what—if any—relationship the Crimson and the big leagues have had over the years.
In February, we discussed Frank Hermann ’06 and his foray into the majors, pitching for the Cleveland Indians.
Hermann is the first Harvard baseball player to reach the majors since Jeff Musselman ’85 suited up for the Blue Jays and Mets between 1985 and 1990. But before Musselman, the Crimson had a pretty extensive history of major leaguers.
Each Thursday, The Crimson will compile a series of unique statistics about Harvard's sports scene. Welcome to the Magic of Numbers—without the problem sets. We'll do the math for you.
125: The number of points Dean Gibbons has scored in his career so far as a Harvard lacrosse player. He is 24 points away from making Harvard’s top ten list for scoring.
62: The number of bouts freshman fencer Alex Kiefer has won this year, culminating in her 2011 NCAA foil title.
21: The number of games that Jennifer VanderMeulen has scored in—every game of her career as a Crimson lacrosse player.
147: The number of strikeouts Harvard softball pitcher Rachel Brown has thrown this season. She currently leads the Ivy League in this category.
4: The number of consecutive matches the Crimson men’s tennis team has won. Harvard will play its first Ivy League matchup on Friday.
4: The number of women’s squash athletes that earned All-American honors.
It was awards season for the Harvard women’s ice hockey team this past Saturday, where the squad’s best were honored at its annual banquet.
After ending the season 17-11-4, the Crimson notched second place in the ECAC standings in 2010-11.
After senior tri-captain Kate Buesser ended her career by receiving the John Dooley Award for sportsmanship, enthusiasm, and devotion to hockey, the reigns were turned over to junior Alisa Baumgartner. The only junior on the team, Baumgartner scored nine points and had six assists during the regular season.
Sophomore goalie Laura Bellamy won both the Joe Bertagna Most Improved Award and the title of assistant captain for the 2011-12 team. She will share the captainship with her classmate, defender Josephine Pucci. Pucci shined this past season, receiving All-Ivy first team and all All-ECAC second team honors, to go with a spot on the New England Hockey Writers Division I All-Stars.
The Most Valuable Player award went to sophomore forward Jillian Dempsey. Gaining spots on the the All-Ivy League and All-ECAC teams, Dempsey scored 22 points over the course of the season, ninth best in the league.
Even with the loss of the team’s seniors, Harvard is looking strong for the year ahead, with 15 players from the sophomore and freshmen classes returning.
What’s more impressive than helping lead the Harvard men’s basketball program to a share of its first-ever Ivy League title?
Doing it with a broken foot—just ask sophomore forward Kyle Casey.
Casey, who missed the early portion of the 2010-11 season after breaking his foot in the preseason, in fact broke the same bone in his right foot again early in the Ivy League season.