Four Former Lafayette Greats To Enter Maroon Club Hall of Fame on Nov. 22

Nov. 13, 2002

EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - The 2002-03 induction class of Lafayette College's Maroon Club Hall of Fame will be honored on Friday, Nov. 22, at the organization's annual Hall of Fame Dinner in the College's Marquis Hall. The upcoming induction class features four highly-prominent names in the tradition-rich history of Lafayette Athletics.

From the 1976-77 athletic seasons through the 1999-2000 campaigns, the Maroon Club inducted at least two former Lafayette student-athletes, coaches, administrators or contributors to the Maroon Club Athletic Hall of Fame. After a one-year hiatus from inducting a class so that Lafayette's 15 Greatest Athletes of the 20th Century could be honored, the Lafayette Maroon Club Hall of Fame continued with a class of five inductees last year and will expand to 91 proud members next week.

For tickets to this prestigious event, contact Maroon Club Executive Director Joe Samaritano '91 at (610) 330-5047 or via email.

Listed in alphabetical order, the 2002-03 Lafayette Maroon Club Hall of Fame induction class is as follows:

David B. Baird '59
David B. Baird '59 utilized his running and jumping abilities to leave his mark on the Lafayette track & field program. The captain of the team, Baird established a new school record in the 220-yard low hurdles his junior season. He also claimed a Middle Atlantic Conference Championship in low hurdles, winning all but one event during his final season. When it came to the 120-yard high hurdles, Baird went undefeated his senior year and tied the school record. In the Penn Relays, he finished fourth among the top 400-meter hurdlers in the nation in an event won by eventual two-time Olympic Champion Glen Davis. He also competed on the mile relay team that placed fifth in the Penn Relays his junior year. Baird's mark of 24.8 seconds in the 220 hurdles still sits atop the Leopard records.

Tim Gerhart '80
Tim Gerhart '80 spent four years at Lafayette wreaking havoc on opposing football teams. He started his Leopard career playing strong safety and earned the team's Rookie of the Year award before switching to defensive end. In Gerhart's first season up front, he led the team

Tim Gerhart '80 starred for the Leopards' football team.


with 77 tackles. Earning Associated Press All-America honors his final three seasons, Gerhart was on the honorable mention list as a sophomore and the second team his junior year. Gerhart was a team captain in his senior year and earned second-team All-America honors for the second time. He tallied 313 total tackles, 11 quarterback sacks, two interceptions and six fumble recoveries during his Leopard career. After graduation, Gerhart signed a free-agent contract with the Denver Broncos.

Frank Grube '27
Frank Grube '27 was one of those athletes who truly did it all, competing in football, basketball and baseball during his days at Lafayette. He had never played football before arriving at College Hill, but in his three seasons on the team the Leopards lost just three

Frank Grube '27 was a three-sport student-athlete at Lafayette who starred on the Leopards' undefeated 1926 National Championship football team.


games. Grube was an All-America end on the undefeated 1926 National Championship team that finished 9-0 and he still holds the school record for the longest drop kick with a 48-yard boot. He was also a four-year captain of the Leopard baseball squad. Grube went on to play professional football with the New York Yankees (1928) and pro baseball with the Chicago White Sox (1931-34, 1936) and the St. Louis Browns (1934-35, 1941). In 2000, The Express-Times of Easton, Pa. named Grube one of the Top 100 Sports People of the Century in the Lehigh Valley.

Monica Yurconic '92
Monica Yurconic '92 possessed a sweet swing on the tennis court that helped her make an immediate impact on the Lafayette tennis program. A four-year letterwinner, Yurconic won the

Monica Yurconic '92 starred for four seasons with the women's tennis program.


East Coast Conference fifth-singles championship as a freshman. She was named a captain her junior and senior seasons and led the Leopards to the 1991 Patriot League Championship. Her senior year, Yurconic took home the Patriot League first-singles title and was named to the All-Patriot League team. Yurconic finished her Lafayette career with a 56-8 overall record.