Feb. 13, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross Varsity Club has announced that six individuals have been selected for induction into the Holy Cross Athletic Hall of Fame. The 2009 inductees into the Hall of Fame are Arthur Andreoli (Class of 1958, basketball), Mark Gallagher (Class of 1991, football), David Leonard (Class of 1991, baseball), Richard Maiberger (Class of 1964, track & field), John Peterman (Class of 1963, baseball) and Jesse Burkett (honorary, baseball coach).
Andreoli was a member of the Crusader basketball team from 1955-1958. After playing in 16 games as a backup on the 1955-1956 team which won the New England championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, he became a starter during his junior season and averaged 18.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per contest. Andreoli led the 1956-1957 team in field goal percentage (41.5 percent, 153 of 369), and scored a career-high 31 points in an 89-65 victory over Boston College on Feb. 23, 1957. As a senior, Andreoli let his scoring take a backseat to his playmaking ability, but still averaged 12.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he totaled 737 points and 277 rebounds, while making 264 of 668 field goal attempts (39.5 percent) and 209 of 312 free throws (67.0 percent).
Gallagher was one of the top receivers for the Holy Cross football team from 1987-1990, helping lead the team to a 39-4-1 record over his four years. He led the team in receiving twice during his career, with 47 catches for 727 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore in 1988, and 54 receptions for 672 yards and six scores as a senior in 1990. An outstanding all-around player, Gallagher led the Patriot League with 1,296 all-purpose yards in 1989, when he also served as the team's top punter. He still ranks third all-time at Holy Cross with 158 career receptions, 2,239 career receiving yards and 18 touchdown receptions, while standing seventh with 3,476 career all-purpose yards. Gallagher was named All-Patriot League and All-ECAC during his junior and senior seasons, in addition to being named All-New England as a senior. He also received the Crusader Most Valuable Player trophy and the Rick Carter Memorial Award following his senior season.
Leonard was a starting pitcher on the Holy Cross baseball team from 1988-1991, serving as team captain during his junior and senior seasons. He led the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 1.27 earned run average during his sophomore year in 1989, and again with a 1.86 earned run average as a junior in 1990. During his senior season in 1991, Leonard then posted a 7-3 record and ranked second in the Patriot League with a 1.91 earned run average. He finished his career with an overall record of 18-12, a school-record 2.20 earned run average, 20 complete games and 160 strikeouts. Leonard was named All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 1989 and 1990, while earning All-Patriot League honors in 1991. He was also selected All-New England, All-ECAC, Academic All-MAAC and Academic All-District during his collegiate career, while being a two-time winner of the Hop Riopel Award as the team's most valuable player.
Maiberger was a standout on the Crusader track and field team, serving as co-captain during his senior year in 1964. He led Holy Cross to a first place finish at the 1963 New England Championship, scoring a team-best 14 points. During the 1963 New England Championship meet, Maiberger won the 100-yard dash (10.0 seconds) and the long jump (23 feet, 7.5 inches), while placing second in the 220-yard dash. He also won the long jump (24 feet, 6 inches) at the 1963 IC4A Championship, in addition to running a leg on the one mile relay team which finished third. Maiberger missed most of his senior year due to injury, but still placed second in the long jump at the 1964 New England Championship. He still holds Holy Cross records in the indoor long jump (23 feet, 7.25 inches), the outdoor long jump (24 feet, 6 inches) and the 220-yard dash (21.0 seconds). Following his senior year, Maiberger received the John C. Lawlor Medal.
Peterman was a three-year starter at third base for the Holy Cross baseball team from 1961-1963. During his junior year in 1962, he led the team to an overall record of 21-5, the District I championship and a trip to the College World Series. Peterman was named All-New England following his junior season, after posting a .362 batting average. As a senior in 1963, he led the Crusaders back to the College World Series for a second straight season, with the team winning another District I title and posting a 13-10 record. Peterman hit .291 during his senior campaign, while leading the team with 17 runs batted in. Following his graduation, he spent three years in the minor leagues after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates. After his playing career, he later became the founder of the J. Peterman Company.
Burkett spent five years as the head coach of the Holy Cross baseball team in 1898 and again from 1917-1920. He led the Crusaders to an overall record of 96-19 for an .835 winning percentage, including marks of 22-4 in 1917, 25-3 in 1918 and 21-1 in 1919. Burkett's teams won the Eastern Intercollegiate Championship in both 1917 and 1919, while taking home the New England Championship in 1918. He also coached seven Crusaders who went on to play in the major leagues. In addition to his coaching, Burkett played 16 seasons in the major leagues between 1890 and 1905, with the New York Giants, Cleveland Spiders, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Browns and Boston Americans. He is one of only four players in major league history to hit over .400 in consecutive seasons (batting .409 in 1895 and .410 in 1896), and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946. Burkett passed away on May 27, 1953.
These six individuals will be formally inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 2, at the Varsity Club's annual dinner, to be held in the Hogan Campus Center.