John C. Ryan
Sport:
Year of Graduation:
Year Inducted:
Baseball, Football
1930
1964

Biography

"Blondy" came to Holy Cross and immediately established himself as a fine two sport athlete for the Crusaders. In 1926 as a member of the football team, Ryan tossed two touchdown passes to Hymie Shanahan against Harvard in a 19-14 HC victory.  But it was in baseball where Ryan gained the most fame.  He was the star shortstop on Crusader teams which won the Eastern Intercollegiate Championship in both 1929 and 1930.  The team posted a remarkable 45-5-1 record in those years.  After graduation he signed with the Chicago White Sox and hit a home run on his first time at bat at Commiskey Park. In 1933 he was the regular shortstop with the New York Giants, who won the World Series. Ryan was 9th in the National League in MVP voting that year. After his baseball career ended in 1938, he joined the Navy and served in World War II with Naval Intelligence.  He passed away in 1959.