Fran Duggan '52
- Fran entered Boston College in the fall of 1948, after
graduating from South Boston High School and then spending
one year at Newman Prep. He was the only local recruit in
his class, one that featured New Yorkers Tim O'Connell and
Tim O'Toole. Duggan played for the Eagles during a colorful
era in college basketball history, as he and his teammates
began BC's climb to among the region's - and later the
nation's - best programs.
- After playing in 18 games in his first varsity season,
Duggan helped the Eagles to a 17-11 mark and the New England
Tourney title in his junior season. Known as a "defensive
forward," Duggan gained the respect of his teammates and
foes for his rebounding and for his ability to shut down
opposing teams' star players.
- During the 1950-51 season - one often labeled "easily the
most important year in Boston College's post-war basketball
revival - the Eagles defeated NCAA champion CCNY in BC's
first-ever game in Madison Square Garden. The following
year, Duggan and the Eagles registered the program's first
20-win campaign, finishing 22-5. Chief among those victories
was a season-ending 64-61 triumph over Holy Cross.
- Inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall
of Fame in 1987.