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We're rolling right along here in the CGB HoF, well into the second round. This matchup comes out of the Brick Mueller region and features former baseball star turned benefactor Stu Gordon taking on football star and current Papa Bear Brian Treggs. Gordon advanced here by virtue of a clear victory over Mike Tepper, while Treggs upset Alexis Gray-Lawson. We'll take a closer look at both of them and then you can cast your vote to decide who moves on. You can take a look at the whole bracket here and voting will end Friday at noon. GO BEARS!
Gordon arrived in Berkeley for the fall of 1958 and joined the freshman baseball and basketball teams hot on the heels of varsity baseball's 1957 College World Series championship and on the precipice of varsity basketball's 1959 NCAA title. For good measure, Cal's 1958 football season ended with the Pacific Coast championship and a trip to the '59 Rose Bowl. The superlatives spill out when Gordon describes the coaches he had the privilege to play for at Cal. "George Wolfman was just a lovely man, Pete Newell was an institution, and Rene Herrerias, our freshman basketball coach, was a wonderful guy," Gordon said.
After struggling with his grades as a freshman while playing both basketball and baseball, Gordon left the hardwood to devote more time to his studies and a more focused effort on baseball. The choice paid off, as he logged 18 credits in the classroom and a 7-0 record on the mound with a low ERA to complement his higher GPA in his junior year. One of Gordon's fans in the stands happened to be the dean of admissions at Boalt Hall, who urged him to consider law school. Gordon, determined to ensure options beyond his Major League dreams, took his advice and was accepted to Boalt, becoming president of his first-year class and eventually, the student body.
After his graduation Gordon continued to be an ardent supporter of the Bears, but one that most people probably had not heard off until last year when Cal Baseball was slated to be eliminated from the university's sports program. Stu Gordon stepped up to the plate and not only donated a substantial amount of money, but also became the face of the Save Cal Baseball effort. In mid-April, that dream was realized.
On April 9, 2011, Cal baseball, a tradition that dates back to 1892, was saved from elimination caused by financial constraints at the University of California-Berkeley. For seven months, players, supporters and alumni struggled to contemplate life without Cal baseball. In February, Gordon & Rees Founding Partner and former Cal baseball pitcher Stu Gordon took control of the Save Cal Baseball campaign. In less than six weeks, donations and pledges jumped from $1.5 million to over $9 million, reinstating Cal baseball in 2012 and crediting Stu with saving the program. As Chancellor Robert Birgeneau told the San Francisco Chronicle, "It would not have happened without him."
More than 1,000 people contributed to the campaign and 40 people contributed more than $50,000, including more than $100,000 from former Major League MVP Jeff Kent, $50,000 from agent Scott Boras, and $550,000 from Stu Gordon that gave the fundraising effort inspiration and momentum. Chancellor Birgeneau described Stu’s efforts as "phenomenal" but, as Stu explained to BerkeleySide.com, "It’s still our goal to get up to a $20 million endowment so Cal baseball can be self-supporting."
Twice in recent years, Stu has been named the Carl Van Heuit Cal Baseball Alumnus of the Year and currently serves in an appointed position on the Athletic Director’s Advisory Board. His donations to the University have helped make possible the new Cal baseball field and outdoor multipurpose complex. He is also one of the founders of the Bear Backers, an organization which raises more than $8 million each year to support athletic programs at the University. If baseball had been lost, said Stu, "it would have been such a bitter disappointment…I was amazed at how emotional people were."
The Bears went on to make the College World Series and continue to play today and in the future thanks to Stu Gordon. A true Golden Bear on and off the field.
(13) Brian Treggs
Inside Cal 1991 - Brian Treggs and Sean Dawkins (via PRD74)
Brian Treggs ended his career as Cal's All-Time leading leading receiver with 167 career catches (later broken yet still good enough for 4th place on the Cal list). Together with Sean Dawkins he formed one-half of what is likely the most dynamic receiving duo in Cal football history. With Mike Pawlawski throwing to him, Treggs racked up some pretty impressive numbers, especially when you consider that he was in a 1A/1B situation.
Check out these career stats:
Rece Rece Rece Rece Rush Rush Rush Rush Scri Scri Scri Scri
Year School Conf Class Pos Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
1988 California Pac-10 WR 19 283 14.9 0 19 283 14.9 0
1989 California Pac-10 WR 54 746 13.8 4 2 8 4.0 0 56 754 13.5 4
1990 California Pac-10 WR 45 564 12.5 6 3 30 10.0 0 48 594 12.4 6
1991 California Pac-10 WR 43 643 15.0 4 2 16 8.0 0 45 659 14.6 4
Career California 161 2236 13.9 14 7 54 7.7 0 168 2290 13.6 14
While they aren't mind-boggling by today's pass happy standards, they show amazing consistency and in 1991 (the magical year) he finished 6th in the NCAA for Yards per Catch, 8th in the NCAA in both receptions and yards, and 9th in touchdowns. Not bad at all.
After his time at Cal he spent 1 year with the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL and can now be seen around Berkeley cheering on his son Bryce, who looks to continue the family legacy of great Cal WR's.
Cal Football: Bryce & Brian Treggs Post Practice (3/9/13) (via calathletics)
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