My Dad's College Baseball
In addition to my dad playing football at the University of Colorado (CU), as discussed in previous blogs, he also played baseball for them. I had several newspaper clippings about his baseball at CU; but was surprised about a year ago when the following two pages from CU yearbooks showed up while doing a Mocavo search.
The following page from the 1934 CU yearbook, noted that four players on the baseball team were named to the All-Conference team. My father was one of them and their best pitcher, Bill Subry was another. Bill's photo is on the left below. They were co-champions of the league that year. Bill and my dad were classmates and played on the same team at CU for three years. Twenty years later when I attended CU on a baseball scholarship, one of the other pitchers in my freshman class was named Bill Subry, the son of my father's teammate. Bill and I played three years together at CU, just as our fathers had.
|1934 CU Yearbook|
My dad's photo is in the upper right corner of the yearbook page below. The write-up listed him as the starting third baseman for the team.
|1935 CU Yearbook|
This worked to my benefit in getting a scholarship and financial aid; but it also put extra pressure on me to live up to the high levels of performance of my dad at CU. I enjoyed my time at CU and baseball helped me get through school; but I was never as good an athlete as my father.
|1959 CU Yearbook (Del Ritchhart lower left)|
The following newspaper clipping is from the Denver Post showing four CU athletes who all participate in more than one sport at the school. My father is in the lower left and also played football. He was All-Conference in both sports.
Del Ritchhart (lower left)