June 23, 2011
CINCINNATI - Multiple former University of Cincinnati student-athletes were honored by the Cincinnati Enquirer Wednesday in its "Top 50 greatest area baseball players" feature.
The Enquirer compiled a list of the all-time Top 50 greatest baseball players from the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area with the help of a veteran panel, which included: UC baseball coach Brian Cleary; Hep Cronin, a longtime Atlanta Braves scout and father of UC men's basketball coach Mick Cronin; Moeller High School coach Mike Cameron and Enquirer reporter Tom Groeschen.
Three Bearcats - Bill Faul, Kevin Youkilis and Miller Huggins - were included in the Top 50.
Faul, who came in at No. 50, became UC's first All-American as a junior in 1961 when he led the nation with 14.6 strikeouts per game.
At No. 17, Youkilis was a two-time second-team All-American honoree in 2000 and 2001 and owns the UC career record for runs scored (279), home runs (53) and walks (206). He was drafted in the eighth round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Boston Red Sox, becoming the highest drafted Bearcat in school history
Huggins, ranked No. 5, was a second baseman from Walnut Hills who served as the captain of the UC baseball team in 1900. He played with the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds from 1904 to 1916. In 1964 Huggins was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame after winning 1,413 games as a manager.
There were multiple Bearcats on the Enquirer's list of those who finished just outside the Top 50, including: current Pittsburgh Pirate infielder Josh Harrison; Matt Singer, the 2001 C-USA Scholar Athlete of the Year; Curtus Moak, whose 15 career saves is tied for second in UC history; pitcher Chad Pennington, whose eight wins in 2002 is tied for ninth all-time; Dan Osterbrock, who became UC's first All-BIG EAST First Team selection; current Chicago Cub outfielder Tony Campana; and Billy Wolff, a 1965 First Team All-American.
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