- Played one season under coach Ed Jucker in 1954.
- During his one season at UC, he recorded a 3-1 record and a 2.81 earned run average for the Bearcats.
- Signed professional contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954.
- Youngest player ever to be inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972 at 36 years old.
- Named to Major League Baseball's All-Century Team in 1999.
- Honored by Sporting News as one of the "100 Greatest Baseball Players".