Aug. 24, 1997
12 Named to BC Hall of Fame
Group to be inducted on September 12
CHESTNUT Hill, Mass. - Former NBA sharpshooter Michael Adams and linebacker Steve DeOssie, a
member of the New York Giants' Super Bowl XXV Championship team, head up the
list of 12 new members of the Boston College Varsity Club Hall of Fame.
Joining Adams (a 1985 BC graduate) and DeOssie ('83) in BC's latest Hall of
Fame class are Mike Evans '68 (football); Ralph King '49 (track and field);
Doug MacNeil '91 (baseball); Lou Montgomery '41 (football); Billy O'Dwyer '82
(ice hockey); Terry Shanahan '90 (volleyball); Randy Shrout (sports medicine);
Paul Skidmore '79 (ice hockey); Bob Watts '77 (football); and Dave Zumbach '77
The newest Hall of Famers will be formally inducted at a gala banquet to be
held on Friday, September 12 in Conte Forum. The recipients will be introduced
in a special halftime ceremony during the Boston College - West Virginia
football game the following day.
Thumbnail sketches of the new Hall of Fame members follow:
Michael Adams '85 (Basketball): One of the greatest Eagle basketball
players of all time, he was a three-time team captain and three-time All-BIG
EAST selection... ranked seventh on the BC career scoring list (1,650) and
fourth in assists (475)... second in BIG EAST career steals (275)... recently
completed a highly-successful professional basketball career in which he
played for the Washington Bullets, Denver Nuggets and Charlotte Hornets...
ranked fifth among all NBA three-point scorers and played in the League's 1992
All-Star Game... Michael, who grew up in Hartford, Conn., now resides in
Steve DeOssie '84 (Football); Tri-captain of 1983 Liberty Bowl team (9-2
season record)... 2nd Team All-America... two-time All-East... played in '84
Hula Bowl... led team in tackles with 135 in 1982 and 111 in 1983... as a
sophomore, he was BC's co-leader with 122 tackles - including 21 vs. West
Virginia and 19 vs. Penn State... became a starter as a true freshman and was
in the starting lineup for all four of his varsity seasons... also was the
team's long-snapper... BC was 29-16-1 in his varsity career, and went to two
Bowls (1982 Tangerine and 1983 Liberty)... 4th round draft selection by Dallas
Cowboys in 1984... played five seasons with Cowboys, five more with New York
Giants (including '91 Super Bowl champions) and three with New England
Patriots... Steve, who is originally from Boston's Roslindale neighborhood,
still lives in the Hub.
Mike Evans '68 (Football): His play was so outstanding at center that the
BC coaching staff moved Hall of Famer Bob Hyland to guard in his senior year to
get Evans into the lineup... a powerful blocker, he was equally adept at pass-
and run-blocking...ninth-round draft choice by Philadelphia Eagles where he
played from 1969-73... also played for one season in World Football League... a
native of Pittsburgh, he presently lives in Media, Pa.
Ralph King '49 (Track & Field): A first-class sprinter, he was a member of
the New England championship teams in the indoor and outdoor mile relay events,
indoor 45-yard sprint champion and outdoor 100-yard sprint champion... he was
the first African-American to captain a varsity sports team at Boston
College... originally from Cambridge, Mass., Ralph has been living in Houston,
Tex., where he was an executive staff member of the National Conference of
Christians and Jews.
Doug MacNeil '91 (Baseball): He hold BC records for strikeouts (244) and
innings pitched (282)... three-time All-BIG EAST selection and earned
All-America honors in 1989 when he had third lowest earned run average in the
nation ((1.60)... captain of '91 BC team that qualified for Conference
playoffs.. team MVP in 1990 and 1991... played professional baseball for one
year before arm problems forced his retirement... he resides in the Dorchester
section of Boston.
Lou Montgomery '41 (Football): An exciting and elusive running back, he was
a major offensive contributor to the Boston College teams that earned
invitations to the 1940 Cotton Bowl and 1941 Sugar Bowl... tragically, because
of the segregation laws of the day, he was not allowed to participate in either
game... the native of Brockton, Mass. is deceased.
Billy O'Dwyer '82 (Ice Hockey): A clever passer and powerful shooter, he
scored 162 points on 64 goals and 98 assists during his varsity career, and
led the team in scoring in both his junior and senior seasons... he was
co-captain of the Eagles and an All-New England selection in 1981-82... after
graduation, he played professional hockey with the Boston Bruins and Los
Angeles Kings... a native of South Boston, Billy and his family now reside in
Terry Shanahan '90 (Volleyball): A four-year starter who set BC season and
career records for "digs", "Kills" and "aces", she was team captain and MVP in
both her junior and senior seasons... named "Eagle of the Year" in 1990 as BC's
top female senior student-athlete... also excelled in the classroom, and was
named a Scholar of the College at BC before entering Harvard Medical School...
following her senior year, she was presented the Delta Scholar-Athlete Award as
the outstanding female student-athlete in the nation... Terry is the first
volleyball player to be elected to the BC Hall of Fame.... a native of Madison,
Wis. she has subsequently graduated from Harvard Medical School and now resides
in Natick, Mass.
Randy Shrout (Sports Medicine): Head Athletic Trainer from 1977 to 1986 and
Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine from 1986 until 1997, he
organized and administered BC's athletic training staff for 33 sports and more
than 700 student-athletes for 20 years... as head football trainer, he was a
member of seven BC Bowl teams, and as head basketball trainer, was involved
with 12 Eagle teams than participated in post-season play... a native of
Rockland, Maine, Randy currently resides in Powell, Ohio, where he is on the
athletic staff at Ohio State University.
Paul Skidmore '79 (Ice Hockey): A mervelously talented goaltender, he was a
two-time All-East and All-New England pick , and helped lead the Eagles into
the finals of the 1978 NCAA Championship... set the all-time Eagle career save
mark with 2,761... he was an alternate team captain as a senior... MVP of the
1976 Beanpot Tournament and named outstanding goaltender in both 1976 and 1979
Beanpots... played professional hockey in the St. Louis Blues organization....
a Long Island native from Holtsville, N.Y., Paul now lives in Salt Lake City.
Bob Watts '77 (Football): A tremendously talented athlete, he was an
All-East football linebacker as a senior and also a member of BC's
record-setting 400-Meter Relay track team... played in both the Senior Bowl and
East-West Shrine game... a third-round draft choice of the NFL's New Orleans
Saints, he also played four seasons with the Oakland Raiders... originally
from New York City, Bob presently resides in Oakland, Cal.
Dave Zumbach '77 (Football): A top-flight wide receiver, he set BC career
pass-catching record of 113 catches... record stood for nearly 10 years until
broken by fellow Hall of Famer Brian Brennan... his 43 catches in 1974 was
second highest ever at BC at the time... known for his technical perfection and
excellent hands... played briefly with New Orleans Saints... Dave, who hails
from Taylor, Pa., currently lives in the Boston area.