Nov. 16, 2001
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Five former Salukis will be inducted into the Southern Illinois University Athletic Hall of Fame, the athletic department announced Friday.
The inductees are Tom Baugh (Football, 1982-85), Larry Tucker (Baseball, 1959-62), Bob Sprengelmeyer (Men's Tennis, 1960-64), Roy Sprengelmeyer (Men's Tennis, 1960-64) and Sue Wittry (Women's Swimming, (1984-87). The induction ceremony will be held the weekend of Feb. 9, in conjunction with the men's basketball game against Drake.
Baugh was an Honorable Mention All-American and All-Gateway Conference performer in 1985 and a key member of the 1983 Saluki football team that won the I-AA National Championship. He went on to play four years in the NFL with both the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cleveland Browns.
Tucker was one of the most successful pitchers in school history. Nearly 40 years after his career at SIU ended, he still ranks among the top five in innings pitched (285.2), strikeouts (262), wins (27) and ERA (1.98). In 1959, he had a 0.73 ERA, the second best in school history.
Bob and Roy Sprengelmeyer are twin brothers who helped lead SIU to the NCAA College Division National Championship in 1963. Both were All-Americans that year for a tennis team that defeated the likes of Iowa, Northwestern, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Indiana and Notre Dame.
Bob was undefeated in 1963 and 1964 with a record of 36-0. His four-year record was 60-4. Roy was 17-1 in singles in 1963 and 14-0 in 1964. He was also 13-0 in doubles in 1964. Combined, Bob and Roy had a career record of 109-17.
Sue Wittry was a nine-time All-American in four different swimming relay events and was a key member of the 1985 team that finished fourth in the nation in the 400 Medley Relay. She was also a Third Team GTE Academic All-American and a Coaches Association All-American in 1986.