Boggs spends a lot of time in the water as one of the world's best springboard divers during the 1970s. The Akron native won the 1971 NCAA championship and was a 3-time All-American at Florida State University. The kid they called Flip grew into the man who won the 1973, '75 and '78 world championships and finally, the biggest diving prize of all - an Olympic gold medal at Montreal in 1976. Boggs retired from competition diving in 1980 after amassing 35 International titles. He was inducted into the National Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame in 1985. He died of cancer in 1990 at age 40.
In 1957, Kremblas quarterbacked Ohio State to the Big Ten title, the Rose Bowl and the United Press International national championship. The graduate of Akron's St. Vincent High also punted and kicked as was a standout on defense. The brainy, brawny Kremblas earned second-team All-Big Ten and academic All-Big Ten honors as a B student in chemical engineering. After graduation, Kremblas played in the East-West Shrine game, tried out with the New York Titans of the fledgling American Football League and then performed briefly with the Columbus Colts of the United Football League.
During his four years (1947-50) as a golfer at Kent State University, George lost only twice in match-play competition. He was captain of the team all four years and participated in the NCAA Championships in 1948 and '49. In /49, he teamed with Arnold Palmer, Gardner Dickinson and Art Wall to lead the NCAA East team to a victory over the NCAA West. A year later, George led the Golden Flashes to their first Ohio conference title after 15 years in the leagues. He also is a member of the Barberton and Kent State University Sports Hall of Fame.
In between day classes and night work at B.F. Goodrich, Hall Schoonover was the starting catcher for three years on Kent State baseball teams of the late '40s. Schoonover played on the same East High team as former New York Yankee and Cleveland Indian Gene Woodling. After graduating in 1939, Schoonover took a job with Goodrich, where he worked until drafted into World War II in 1942. He was catcher for the Lincoln Air Force base team that won the 2nd Air force title and reached the semifinals of the Little World Series. In '45, he won the league batting titles on a base team in Abilene, Texas. While at Kent, he also caught for Akron Borden Auto, which was runner-up in the 1948 American Baseball Congress tournament.
Probably one of the best ideas former Akron U football coach Gordon Larson ever had was switching Dan Ruff from offensive halfback to split end during Ruff's sophomore season, 1968. Ruff went on to become Akron U's all-time leading pass receiver and still hold 10 school records. In '68, he caught 52 passes for 1,041 yards and 11 TDs - all school records - as he helped the Zips reach the Grantland Rice Bowl, the school's first post-season appearance. Ruff was named a Little All-American in 1968 and '69. He completed his career with 127 receptions for 2,531 yards and 37 touchdowns. He was inducted into the Akron U Sports Hall of Fame in 1981.
Offensive guards usually don't get much recognition, but there are few football fans of Baldwin-Wallace College who don't remember Goosby. A 4-year letterman, Goosby was a stalwart on the 1961 team - the only B-W squad to finish with a perfect record. He was an NAIA All-American and the Ohio Conference's outstanding lineman in 1962. Goosby, who is now manager of Akron U's JAR Arena, is one of only four Baldwin-Wallace alumni to play in the National Football League. He was with the Cleveland Browns from 1963-65 and was a starter for the Washington Redskins in 1966. His career was shortened by two knee injuries. He retired after playing in the Canadian Football League in 1967. He is a member of the Baldwin-Wallace Hall of Fame.
The switch from amateur bowler to professional came easy for Tommy Hudson. After representing Akron in the United States Open, earning a spot on the Beacon Journal all-star team four times and twice being named Beacon Journal Bowler of the Year, Hudson joined the pro tour in the fall of 1972. He only had time to compete in 10 tournaments that year, but still managed to win PBA rookie-of-the-year honors. He won his first PBA tournament in 1974 at Houston and three years later he claimed four tour titles, including the PBA National Championship. Hudson, who grew up near the PBA headquarters in Akron, retired from full-time tour competition to become part owner of North Lanes. During 14 years on the tour, he earned more than $450,000 and won 10 titles.
Track & Field 1985
A graduate of Garfield High, McCrady began to blossom as a track star at Central State University, first breaking the world record for 600 yards with a 1:09.0 clocking in 1966. by 1970, he had lowered the record to 1:07.6, the last of three consecutive times he equaled or bettered his mark. Since the 600 was run primarily indoors, McGrady has to switch events when he attempted to make the 1968 Olympic team. He chose the 400-meter hurdles but incurred an injury that ended his Olympic dream. He was inducted into the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame in 1984.
Bill Ricco knew it would take time to build a football program when he became Walsh Jesuit High's coach in 1965. For one thing, the new school didn't even have a team. By 1967, Walsh was competing on the varsity level and cracking the Beacon Journal's Top Ten for the first time. It took just four seasons before Ricco produced the school's first undefeated season, a 10-0 record in 1970. That was the first of Ricco's three unbeaten teams during 14 years as Walsh's coach. Ricco compiled a 94-14-1 record and was named Ohio Class AAA coach of the year in 1976.