Two Baseball Players & Former Coach Inducted To Hall Of Fame

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. Included among the 2009 inductees are former baseball players David Leonard (Class of 1991) and John Peterman (Class of 1963), and former head baseball coach Jesse Burkett.

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.

John Peterman
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.

Jesse Burkett
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.

This year's other inductees are Arthur Andreoli (Class of 1958, basketball), Mark Gallagher (Class of 1991, football) and Richard Maiberger (Class of 1964, track & field).

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.