William McKnight

Baseball (Inducted: 1993-94)

William  McKnight

William McKnight earned nearly as many nicknames as he did varsity letters during his four years as a member of the football, basketball and baseball teams at Lafayette.

The Philadelphia native spent three seasons as a back on Coach "Hook" Mylin's football squad. As a sophomore, "Billy-boy" played with the undefeated (9-0) 1940 grid squad that closed the season with a convincing 46-0 triumph over Lehigh. "Weasel" earned Honorable Mention All-America honors for his senior season in 1942. "Bruiser" ended his Lafayette football career on a thrilling note against Lehigh. With less than a minute to play, the Leopards moved the ball downfield hoping to break a 7-7 tie. McKnight caught a 37-yard pass from quarterback Charley Nagle but was thrown out of bounds just shy of the goal at the Engineers' 3-yard line. The "Mighty Atom" was injured on the play and Lafayette's drive stalled on the Lehigh 1-yard line as time expired.