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Warren Chellman

First-team Academic All-America – Army Baseball 1976


Joe Wojcic

Plebe Baseball with Numerals
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Work Area

Leroy Lunn & Col Blaik Prepare for the Season.

Bill Perdue

Rox Shain

Frank Hicks

Col Red Redder

Bill Perdue

Jerry Lodge converted from Guard to Fullback

Cheerleaders standing, left to right: Ed Moses ’54, John Clayton ’55, Al Worden ’55, Billy McVeigh ’54, Jay Edwards ’54, Bill Robinson ’55; Tumblers in front Peter Jones ’54, Dan Ludwig ’55, Jack Charles ’54, Charles Glenn ’56. Others – Jay Gould & Ben Schemmer ’54 and Alex Rupp ’55

Deitzel, Lombardi, Bevan, UNK, Dobbs, Col. Blaik, Laslie, Amen

Norm Stephen

Rox Shain

Frank Hicks

Cheerleaders standing, left to right: Ed Moses ’54, John Clayton ’55, Al Worden ’55, Billy McVeigh ’54, Jay Edwards ’54, Bill Robinson ’55;

Tumblers in front Peter Jones ’54, Dan Ludwig ’55, Jack Charles ’54, Charles Glenn ’56. Others – Jay Gould & Ben Schemmer ’54 and Alex Rupp ’55

Deitzel, Lombardi, Bevan, UNK, Dobbs, Col. Blaik, Laslie, Amen

Bill Perdue

Jerry Lodge converted from Guard to Fullback

Cheerleaders standing, left to right: Ed Moses ’54, John Clayton ’55, Al Worden ’55, Billy McVeigh ’54, Jay Edwards ’54, Bill Robinson ’55; Tumblers in front Peter Jones ’54, Dan Ludwig ’55, Jack Charles ’54, Charles Glenn ’56. Others – Jay Gould & Ben Schemmer ’54 and Alex Rupp ’55

Deitzel, Lombardi, Bevan, UNK, Dobbs, Col. Blaik, Laslie, Amen

Norm Stephen

Rox Shain

Frank Hicks

Jerry Lodge converted from Guard to Fullback
Norm Stephen

Norm Stephen

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Baseball Spring 1962

Ski Ordway

Class of 1955

Football & Baseball


Bob Kewley

2005 – 2006 Women’s Basketball Team

Patriot League Tournament Champion

Lost to Tennesse in NCAA opening round.

The players, the four Classes represented here, played with an uncommon intensity. There was something Maggie Dixon imparted to them – some how an overriding committment to Team, of self sacrifice that was to sustain them even after her loss.

Please go to The Stones and Maggie Dixon

Front Row (Sitting Left to Right): Cara Enright, Adrienne Payne, Joanne Carelus, Jen Hansen, Erin Begonia, Margaree “Redd” King, Micky Mallette, Alex McGuire, Anna Wilson, Megan Ennenga
Second Row: Ashley Magnani, Stefanie Stone, Megan Vrabel, Natalie Schmidt, Jillian Busch, Megan Evans, Courtney Wright
Back Row: Col Donna Brazil, Mary Kurnat, Dave Magarity, Craig Madzinski, Maggie Dixon, Jen Fleming, Kelly Flahive, 2LT Rejera Arnold, Sam Smay

A 20-11 Season including winners of the Patriot League Conference Tournament. They went to 2006 NCAA Women’s Division I Basketball Tournament as a 15 seed, where they lost to the University of Tennessee. It was the first March Madness Tornament appearance for any Army basketball team.

Nomination of the 2005 – 2006 Women’s Basketball Team
for the Army Sports Hall of Fame

Across America each fall, Football Coaches select one player from their team who best measures up to the criteria of the Black Lion Award as exemplified by Don Holleder:

leadership, courage, devotion to duty, self-sacrifice, and – above all – an
unselfish concern for the team ahead of himself.

A number of Graduates believe the members of West Point’s 2005 – 2006 Women’s Basketball Team did in fact exemplify the self-sacrifice and unselfish concern for the team ahead of themselves.

Just as the 1974 – 1975 Oregon Men’s Basketball Team was inducted into their Hall of Fame

“They drove onto the floor and into the stands. They played tenacious defense and played before a continual string of sellout crowds in McArthur Court. The collection of some of the most well-known names on Oregon basketball history, they were known as the Kamikaze Kids, Accumulating a 21-9 record and a third-place finish in the 1974 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) —- “

so to should West Point recognize the accomplishments of the 2005 – 2006 Women’s Basketball Team.

Twelve years from now the Corps of Cadets must know of the commitment of these Army Athletes. Coach Dixon guided this Team to a 21 – 11 record, the Patriot League Championship and a birth in the 2006 NCAA Division 1 Basketball Championship. They are the only Army Team to ever participate in Basketball’s March Madness.

It does not take achieving a National Title to recognize Excellence. Request that the Army Athletic Association prepare the statistical data to support this Nomination.

Phil Burns

For Members of the Class of 1962

Can Do

One of the las to earn 9 Army A’s in 3 years

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Ralph Chesnauskas

9 Army A’s — Football, Baseball and Hockey — earning one in every season of the 3 years he was eligible to play. Ralph was an All American Guard in 1954. He was also the Captain of the 1955 – 1956 Hockey Team.

He played in the 1955 North – South Game.

At Graduation he received the AAA (The Triple A) Award for rendering the most valuable service to athletics during his Cadet Years.

Ralph receiving the Triple A Award on 2 June 1956 from Lt. General Bryan Superintendant USMA

In 2009 Ralph was selected for the Army Sports Hall of Fame

Chesnauskas, a 1956 graduate, won the prestigious AAA Award following a stellar career that included nine letters, three each in football, hockey and baseball.

On the gridiron, Chesnauskas was a guard who earned first-team All-American honors in 1954, was selected to participate in the 1955 North-South Shrine Game and was a part of 18 victories.

Chesnauskas, who served as hockey team captain as a senior, netted seven points off of four goals and three assists and was part of 29 wins as a standout defenseman for Hall of Fame coach Jack Riley.

Ralph and Rockey Marciano, Heavy Weight Champion of the World 1952 – 1956.

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Ralph 63 next to Col Blaik 1954 Army South Carolina Game.

Col Blaik telling Ralph to stay at West Point

3 Army A’s in Baseball.

Ralph is #12

(Front L-R) Oats, Ofgant, McCormank, Harvy, O’Connor, Sturgis — (Standing) Boudreau, Chesnauskas, Hickey, and Coach Riley.

55-56 Team — Ralph Chesnauskas – Brockton, Mass; Edward Hickey – Boston, Mass; John Evans – Baltimore , Md; Pat Mellin – St Paul, Minn; James Dunn – Albany, NY

Coach Riley’s son 4 1/2 year old Jay.

The Duke Game.

January 18, 1981 North Shore News Paper page 25 (Note there is an error – Pete Dawkins did not earn 9 Army A’s)


September 11, 2009
When former three-sport standout Ralph Chesnauskas proudly walks to the podium tonight for his induction into the U.S. Military Academy Sports Hall of Fame, it will open a vault full of cherished memories.

Chesnauskas, a 1956 West Point graduate, enjoyed a star-studded collegiate experience that included nine letters — three each in football, hockey and baseball. He will put an exclamation point on a playing career that occurred over 50 years ago.

“I was honored to get the call from Army AD Kevin Anderson that I’ve been selected to the Army Hall of Fame,” said Chesnauskas, a full-time resident of Cummaquid. “During my time at West Point, there were many lessons to be learned that came in useful later on in life.”

In the fall, Chesnauskas was a two-way player at guard and defensive tackle, earned first-team All-American honors in 1954, was selected to the 1955 North-South Shrine Game and was an integral part of 18 victories and three national Top 20 rankings.

The rugged 6-0, 207-pound Brockton native played for legendary Col. Earl “Red” Blaik, head coach at Army from 1941-58, who posted a 121-32-10 record and won national championships in 1944-45, led by Heisman Trophy winners Glenn Davis and Doc Blanchard.

Blanchard, nicknamed “Mr. Inside” during his playing days, was one of Army’s assistant coaches in the early and mid-1950’s, along with future LSU coach Paul Dietzel, 1947 Outland Trophy winner Joe Steffy and Vince Lombardi, who captured five NFL titles and the Super Bowls I and II as head coach of the Green Bay Packers.

“Coach Blaik was a great strategist, but was aloof and very low key — he almost never hollered at his players,” Chesnauskas said. “But Coach Lombardi was just the opposite — he was always yelling and screaming and was a gregarious person.”

Army recovered from an honor code scandal in 1951 that saw many frontline players dismissed from the squad and the Academy. But after records of 2-7 and 4-4-1, the Cadets posted winning seasons of 7-1-1, 7-2 and 6-3 against the likes of Michigan, Syracuse, Penn State, Tulane, Yale, Dartmouth, Navy and previously undefeated Duke during Chesnauskas’ tenure.

After playing on the interior his first three seasons, Chesnauskas moved to tackle and end in 1955 after talented southpaw Don Holleder switched from end to quarterback. Holleder was later killed in 1967 during the Vietnam War.

A classmate of General Norman Schwarzkopf, Chesnauskas served as hockey team captain as a senior, scored four goals and three assists and was part of 29 wins as a standout defenseman for Hall of Fame and 1960 Olympic Gold Medal coach Jack Riley, who lives in Marstons Mills.

“When he arrived at West Point, he couldn’t even skate,” said the charismatic Riley, who will be on hand to see his former player inducted. “By his senior year he became captain and a pretty good defenseman who would hit anything that moved on the ice.”

During his three-year baseball career as an outfielder, the Cadets won 30 games, including a victory against Navy.

After a rough start academically, Ralph became a Dean’s List student and Academic All-American his senior year and became friends with Army halfback Pete Dawkins, who would capture the 1958 Heisman Trophy,

Upon graduation from West Point, Chesnauskas went to tank training at Fort Knox and jump school at Fort Benning, before being stationed in West Germany until his honorable discharge from the Army in 1959.

He worked at Gillette for 38 years, where he became vice president of engineering. After living in Peabody for 35 years and summering in Marstons Mills since 1980, he moved to Cummaquid full-time with his wife seven years ago. He works outside in their garden, splits and cuts wood and is just seven pounds over his playing weight a half-century ago at West Point.

In addition to Chesnauskas, the Army Hall of Fame Class of 2009 includes current Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, Bill Carpenter, Tracy Hanlon, Ray Murphy, Nicki Robbins, Jack Rust and Thomas Truxtun.

They will all be recognized during Army’s football game against Duke tomorrow at Michie Stadium — right on the field not surprisingly named after Coach Blaik.

John Garner Jr. can be contacted at jgarner@capecodonline.com.

Vince Bailey

Baseball — Shortstop
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Bob Foley

Medal of Honor Winner

Medal of Honor recipient returns to West Point, visits with basketball team

The Army men’s basketball team recently received a special visit from retired Lt. Gen. Robert Foley, a Medal of Honor recipient and former Army basketball captain. Foley was accompanied by his wife, Julie.

During his visit, Foley toured the basketball facilities with head coach Zach Spiker before speaking with members of the Black Knights in the team room which includes his photo on the wall celebrating former players’ success after West Point.

Foley spoke to the group about his career and staying connected with the program, recalling his experience witnessing Army’s win at American on Feb. 23. His point of emphasis was the value of respect, something that has played a key role in his career.
Upon returning to West Point as the 63rd Commandant of Cadets in 1992, Foley added “Consideration for Others,” which is now called, “Respect” to the West Point list of core values.

His initiative developed into an Army-wide program, and still remains a vital part of the cadet leadership development instruction at West Point.

Foley, a 1963 graduate, received the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War for his efforts on Nov. 5, 1966 while serving as commander of A Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division.

During a rescue mission, his company came under fire and suffered severe casualties.
He assisted two wounded radio operators to safety so they could receive medical aid before picking up the machine gun of a fallen Soldier.

He directly assaulted the enemy gun locations, taking out three of them himself. Foley and his company withdrew after the group he was sent in to assist was extracted.

A 2009 West Point Association of Graduates Distinguished Graduate Award winner, Foley now serves as the director of Army Emergency Relief, a private non-profit organization which provides financial assistant to Soldiers, retired military personnel and their families.
“It was a great honor to welcome Lt. Gen. Foley and have him spend time with our players,” Spiker said. “His accomplishments truly make him a hero among heroes. Our players can’t help but become better people and cadets after listening to and applying his message.”

“We want to give our players as many unique experiences as possible during their time at West Point, and getting the chance to shake the hand of a Medal of Honor recipient, one who has worn the same basketball uniform they do now, certainly fits that criteria,” he added.

Foley was a three-time letter winner, serving as team captain during the 1962-63 season.
As a senior, he averaged 9.9 points per game and led the team in rebounding with 7.4 boards per contest.

1914 Baseball Season

Omar Bradley is probably the 2d from the left.

The Gym for the Game — was beating Navy important to Cadets? There were few radios at the Academy.

2009 Baseball Team

Class of 2009 Baseball Team at Davidson, NC – February 21 & 22, 2009

Bill Albright

Academic Starman and Corps Squad Baseball

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1961 Baseball Team


A Non Pareil

John added more to Stu’s Nomination. The stats were compiled by Dave.

Note: A Classmate was asked if he knew how Stu was nominated for the Hall of Fame.  His reply –

“The nominations for the Hall of Fame are active/valid for two years.  As a result on August 1 every other year I sent in a new nomination.  I don’t know how he was accepted as a member of the 2020 cohort for the HOF, Phil, but like to think that the committee finally realized Stu was a special guy who deserved induction for his great accomplishments on the basketball court plus a sterling career and life after graduation.”

12454 Dover Court
Saratoga, CA 95070
January 28, 2013

Mr. Bob Beretta, Executive Athletic Director
ATTN: HOF Nomination
U.S. Military Academy
639 Howard Road
West Point, NY 10996

Dear Bob,

A classmate has compiled the enclosed information regarding the Hall of Fame nomination for Stewart “Stu” Sherard and I am forwarding it to you in case it will be of use to the Committee.


John E. Easterbrook


When a member of the Class of ’62 asked John Havilecek if he remembered Stu from the 1962 East-West All-Star game, he replied, “Oh, yes!” The media guide does not mention this all-star game but members of the Class of 1962 watched the game on TV in the Weapons Room or First Class Club.

Five Army basketball players who graduated after 1962 have been inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame: Kevin Houston, Randy Cozzens, Gary Winton, Mike Silliman, and Bill Schutsky All were members of the “1,000 Career Points Club”. If any other Army player is to be inducted, he will surely also be a member of that club. Although it was a much slower game, John Roosma ’26 established his record over 5 years.

If one eliminates from consideration freshman year statistics, since Stu played in an era when freshmen were not eligible to play varsity sports, and if all three-point goals scored by 1,000-point scorers are counted as two points, since the three-point goal was introduced to college basketball long after Stu graduated, our classmate ranks among 1,000-point scorers not already in the HOF as follows:

  • Career total points: second
  • Single season total points: sixth
  • Number of 30+ points in a game: 13th [The Army media guide does not credit Stu with even one 30-point game but we found two with little effort. Six of those ahead of Stu in this category played during the three-point goal era but we had no way to count their three pointers as only two points.]
  • Career points per game average: Second
  • Single season points per game average: Second
  • Career field goals made: Fourth
  • Single season field goals made: Sixth
  • Career free throws made: Second
  • Single season free throws made: Seventh
  • Career free throw percentage: Third
  • Single season free throw percentage: Fifth

When we, members of the Can Do Class, think basketball, we think Stew Sherard. After all these years, his name — the media guide calls him Stu, but Howitzer confirms the correctness of Stew — is found all over the Army record book as follows:

*Named All-American (honorable mention) by the Converse Yearkbook.

*One of 24 members of the 1,000-point club. (His entry contains an error in the calculation of his free-throw percentage.)

*Number 10 all-time career scoring leader and was number one upon graduation. Only one player with just three years of varsity eligibility, Mike Silliman, scored more points. Only three players finished their careers with more average points per game than Stew (19.4). (Another error appears in his career ppg average.)

*Number 7 all-time in points per game and third upon graduation.

*Had seventh best season points per game average, 22.7, second upon graduation.

*One of only three Army basketball players who led their teams in scoring each year of eligibility.

*Number six in career free throws made, number one upon graduation.

*Number five in career free throw percentage, number one upon graduation.

*Had sixth best season free throw percentage, number one upon graduation.

*One of only four Army basketball players who led their teams in free throw percentage each year of eligibility. (Another error appears in this chart.)
*Stew making 15 of 15 free throws against Rider College is surpassed only by 16 for 16 by Kevin Houston.

That comes to five Academy records held at graduation.

The sleepy-eyed, rail-thin, hunched shouldered jump-shooting Missourian thrilled us for three years on Wednesday afternoons (I went to almost every game) and Saturdays.

He was team captain First Class year, never scored 30 points in a game (according to the media guide) but the 1960 Howtizer credits him with a 34-point performance against Massachusetts.

Stu was the Most Valuable Player of the 1962 East-West All-Star game, draining long jumpers over all those future pros.

When asked several years ago by Tom Culver if he remembered Stew from that game, John Havilecek replied, “Oh, yes!” Oddly, the media guide does not mention this all-star game but we who watched the game on TV in the Weapons Room (or maybe it was the First Class Club) will not forget it. My personal recollection includes a brief spell where Stew was having difficulty guarding Nate Archibald, but that in no way tarnishes the luster of this roundball hero.

Al DeJardin

The Straw That Stirs the Drink

The 1961-62 basketball team was 10-11 but we will long remember how we beat Navy in the Field House. Stew Sherard had fouled out and the straw that stirred the drink for the Army offense, Al DeJardin, had also been disqualified. No matter. One of the five players we had on the floor was Bob Loupe — can anyone name the others? — and his famous scoop shot in the last few seconds was all we needed. Absolutely unforgettable. Navy did have one more chance, but I think they threw the ball away.

The list of basketball lettermen includes Larry Crane (1960 and 1962 — we would like Larry to tell us about 1961), Al DeJardin (1960 and 1962 — same question), Bob Loupe (1962), and Stew (1960, 1961, and 1962).

Another 2 Sport Man

In scrutinizing the on-line baseball archives, I found no mention of any member of the USMA Class of 1962 or any of the three teams to which that Class contributed other than the list of lettermen: Crane, LT; DeJardin, AR; Eccleston, TF; Fox, RM; Lilley, RJ; McRae, WD; Schmidt, JL

(Photo from Col Red Reeder’s Book – Pointers on Athletes)

Al, if memory serves, played a steady shortstop for Army and earned at least one major A for his service.

Plebe year: received class numerals for corps squad plebe teams in baseball and basketball

Received 6 “Major A” letters during the 3 years of eligibility as shown below:

Yearling year: received a “Major A” in baseball and basketball

Cow year: received a “Major A” in baseball and basketball

Firstie year: received a “Major A” in baseball and basketball (received a gold star on the “A” for beating Navy in basketball)

In April 1963 played in the Pan American Games as a member of the USA Baseball Team. The games were played in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The other teams were Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela and Brazil. Was the starting shortstop and played every inning of all games. We played Cuba in the gold medal game and lost 3-1. We received the “silver medal). The Cuban team had a number of players that had played in our “Major Leagues” but were kept in Cuba once Castro became the leader of Cuba.

Baseball highlights: Playing in Ebbetts Field (Home of the Brooklyn Dodgers) in 1956 and 1957 for the Catholic High School Championship. Won in 1957. Winning the Eastern league title Yearling year, Being selected Captain of the baseball team after the 1961 season, Being selected All Eastern League 2nd team SS Firstie year. Playing in the 1963 Pan American Games for the USA baseball team and receiving the silver medal for a second place finish..

Basketball highlights: Playing against Ohio State @ Ohio State when they were rated #1 in the country, Playing UCLA, West Virginia and U of Washington in a Christmas tournament in Los Angeles, Beating Boston College @ West Point, playing in Madison Square Garden in the NIT and last but certainly not least, the exciting victory over Navy Firstie year with Bob Loupe scoring the winning basket as time was running out.

1962 Baseball Team

Tom on the Mound against Navy 1961. “Gordon Dopsloff” Class of “1963” is probably on First> (Sports Illustrated photo by A Triolo)

(Photo from Col Red Reeder’s Book – Pointers on Athletes)

John Schmidt

61 Baseball Team

Bob Lilley

and Roger Maris

In the eye of my mind, I can still see Bob Lilley staggering under the longest, highest fly ball ever hit at Doubleday Field, post Babe Ruth. The ball was struck by Roger Maris during the exhibition game against the Yankees. Bob was holding down right field and had moved back towards the Library Tennis Courts fence out of respect for Maris. Now, if this happened in 1962, Maris was coming off the year he hit 61 home runs. If it happened in 1961, it was just after the major league season had begun, the season in which Maris would break the record. In fact, if it was 1961, it would have happened about
the time Maris began his run at the record, because he did not hit his first homer until game 9 of the season. (He hit 61 homers in his last 154 games of the season, just as Ruth had hit 60 in his 154 games.)

The overflow crowd had leeched onto the playing field and more or less surrounded Bob as he followed the arc of the ball, gauging its trajectory with geometric logic and experience gained from hundreds of games of baseball. I heard someone yell, “Go back further!” Bob heeded this advice, camped under the high-flying missile and actually got his glove on it but could not hold it. Maris strolled into third base. The ball struck the ground perhaps 20 feet from the fence, a monstrous shot.

It is like it happened yesterday.