Sept. 23, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - The rich and proud tradition of Stanford Athletics will come alive on Friday night, November 6 as Stanford formally inducts eight new members into the University's Athletic Hall of Fame.
The list of inductees includes Mike Mussina, a pitcher who helped Stanford win the College World Series before going onto an outstanding major league career; Tommy Vardell, who holds the school's all-time record for rushing touchdowns with 37; Patrick McEnroe, a three-time tennis All-American and current captain of the United States' Davis Cup team; Lisa Sharpley-Vanacht, a three-time AVCA All-American who helped the Cardinal to three NCAA volleyball titles; Wade Flemons, the 1981 NCAA champion in the 200-yard backstroke; Kathleen McCarthy- Scrivner, a three-time first team women's golf All-America selection; Monal Chokshi, who won the NCAA championship in the 3,000 meters in 1998; and Dick Horn, a standout defensive back on Stanford's 1951 team that competed in the Rose Bowl.
The 2009 Hall of Fame class will be honored at a private reception and dinner at the Vidalakis Dining Room in the Schwab Residential Center on Friday, Nov. 6, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The group will also be recognized at halftime of Stanford's game against Oregon on Nov. 7.
One of the most dominant pitchers in Stanford history, Mussina posted a 25-12 record with a 3.89 ERA in 49 games, including 47 starts, from 1988-90. He earned freshman All-America honors during Stanford's 1988 national championship season, posting a 9-4 record with a 4.44 ERA in 21 games. As a junior in 1990, "Moose" finished with a 14-5 record to go along with a 3.50 ERA.
A first round draft pick (20th overall) by the Baltimore Orioles in 1990, Mussina enjoyed a stellar 18-year major league career with the Orioles (1991-2000) and the New York Yankees (2001-08), finishing with a career record of 270-153 to go along with a 3.68 ERA. A five-time All-Star and seven-time Gold Glove Award winner, Mussina is the only pitcher in American League history to make at least 24 starts in 17 straight seasons (1992-2008) and ranks as one of five major league pitchers to post at least 10 wins in 17 consecutive seasons.
Vardell finished his Stanford career ranked third on the school's all-time career rushing list with 1,789 yards and earned the nickname "Touchdown Tommy" by rushing for an all-time record 37 touchdowns, including a single-season record 20 in 1991. In 1990, he tied a Stanford single-game record by rushing for four touchdowns in a 36-31 victory over top-ranked Notre Dame in South Bend. He also earned first team All-Pac-10 honors in 1991 after rushing for 1,084 yards, breaking Darrin Nelson's single-season rushing record. An outstanding student, Vardell was named the GTE Academic All-American of the Year following his senior season.
A first round draft pick by the Cleveland Browns in 1992, Vardell played eight seasons in the NFL with the Browns, Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers, totaling 1,427 yards on 403 carries.
McEnroe was a three-time All-American from 1986-88 and played on two NCAA championship teams, in 1986 and '88. He compiled a 67-22 (.753) record in dual matches, including a 21-5 mark as a freshman in 1985. As a professional, he achieved a world doubles ranking of No. 3 in 1993 and won the French Open doubles title in 1989 with former Cardinal teammate Jim Grabb. McEnroe played in Davis Cup competition in 1993, '94 and '96 and has served as the United States' team captain since 2001. In 2007, he guided the U.S. team to its first Davis Cup title in 12 years. McEnroe serves as a lead tennis broadcaster for ESPN.
A three-time AVCA All-American, Sharpley-Vanacht helped Stanford to three NCAA volleyball titles, four Pac-10 championships and a combined record of 125-8 from 1994-97. She was named to the NCAA Final Four team in 1996 and '97. Her 4,288 career assists still ranks fourth on the school's all-time career charts.
Horn was a three-year letterwinner from 1949-51 and as a defensive back, was a key component on Stanford's 1951 Pacific Coast Conference championship team that played in the 1952 Rose Bowl. Stanford won its first nine games in 1951 and climbed as high as No. 3 in the polls before losing its final two games, against Cal and Illinois. One of four defensive backs selected to Stanford's All-Century team in 1991, Horn played in five games with the Baltimore Colts in 1958 following military service and medical school.
Following in Stanford's tradition of great backstrokers, Flemons won the 1981 NCAA individual title in the 200-yard backstroke, becoming the first swimmer to win an individual NCAA title under head coach Skip Kenney.
One of the best distance runners in school history, Chokshi captured the 3,000 meter title at the 1998 NCAA Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. She also won Pac-10 titles in the same event as a freshman in 1995 and later as a senior in '98. She also earned All-America honors in cross country in 1996, helping the Cardinal to its first NCAA title.
McCarthy-Scrivner is the fourth women's golfer to be selected to Stanford's Athletic Hall of Fame, following Shelly Hamlin, Anne Quast-Sander and Mickey Wright. A four-year letterwinner from 1984-87, McCarthy-Scrivner was a three-time first team All-American who advanced to the finals of the 1986 U.S. Women's Amateur Championships held at Pasatiempo Golf Club in Santa Cruz.
With the selection of these eight individuals, Stanford's Athletic Hall of Fame now has 362 members.