The University of Massachusetts Amherst boasts over a century of both intercollegiate and intramural athletics. The story begins with the early recreational activities of a New England agricultural college and ends with a highly competitive Division I athletic schedule. From playing ice hockey on the campus pond in 1908 or dribbling basketballs in the Curry Hicks cage in 1931 to the construction of the state-of-the-art Mullins Center in 1993, the University of Massachusetts Amherst has produced some of the best athletes in American sports history. These stars include hockey great Jerry McCarthy, a 1924 Olympic silver medalist; softball pitcher Danielle Henderson, a 2000 Olympic gold medalist; and Julius Erving, legendary NBA star.The aquot;farmersaquot; beat the aquot;brainsaquot; of second-place Harvard by 14 boat lengths ( approximately 700 feet). ... institutions that they, too, could play the big schools and win, thus stimulating the smaller schools to form teams. And form teams we did. Our 1914 baseball team produced three major-league baseball players: Lloyd aquot;Chickaquot; Davies, Lee King, and Joel Sherman. ... first NCAA champion in womena#39;s gymnastics when she captured the 1992 NCAA title on vault with a score of 9.8125.
|Title||:||University of Massachusetts Amherst Athletics|
|Author||:||Steven R. Sullivan|
|Publisher||:||Arcadia Publishing - 2006-05|