WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr., has announced that three all-time Crusader greats will be honored at halftime of the Feb. 12 men's basketball game between Holy Cross and Bucknell.
Jack Foley (Class of 1962) and Ronald K. Perry (Class of 1980) will be on hand to witness their jerseys being unveiled in the Hart Center rafters – only the second time Holy Cross has held such a ceremony for former basketball players. On Nov. 16, 2008, George Kaftan (Class of 1949), Bob Cousy (Class of 1950), Togo Palazzi (Class of 1954) and Tom Heinsohn (Class of 1956) received the same honor. With the addition of Foley and Perry, each of the six first team All-Americans in Holy Cross history will have their jerseys in the Hart Center rafters.
In addition, Ronald S. Perry (Class of 1954), a national champion at Holy Cross in two sports (baseball and basketball) will be honored for his outstanding contributions to the Holy Cross athletic program, and his unique place in Crusader athletic history. He will be honored with a display in the Hart Center lobby.
"Jack Foley and Ronnie Perry will have their jerseys where they belong, among the legends of Holy Cross basketball," Regan said. "And we have been looking for an opportunity to honor Ron Perry for his unique place in Crusader history. What better time to do this than when his son is being honored. We think this will be a very special day for all those who treasure the traditions of Holy Cross athletics."
While the jerseys of Foley and Perry are being placed in the rafters, their numbers are not officially being retired. While at Holy Cross, Foley wore No. 32 and Perry wore No. 15. Current Crusader junior Charlie Mills (Tampa, Fla.) is wearing No. 15 this season, while sophomore Jordan Stevens (Gansevoort, N.Y.) wears No. 32.
The game is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon tip-off on Feb. 12. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Holy Cross ticket office at (508) 793-2573, or by visiting www.goholycross.com and clicking on the link for tickets. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children and seniors. The game is expected to sell out, so fans are encouraged to get their tickets as soon as possible.
Foley was a scoring machine, finishing his Holy Cross career with 2,185 points and becoming the first Crusader to top the 2,000-point mark. He was the first player in school history to average more than 20 points per game over a whole season three times, doing it in each of his three varsity seasons. After averaging 24.6 points as a sophomore (13th best in the nation), he moved up to 26.9 points as a junior (sixth best in the nation) – falling just short of Tom Heinsohn's Holy Cross season record of 27.4 points per game. Then in his senior season of 1961-1962, in which he would earn All-America honors, he smashed the school record by averaging 33.3 points per game, the second best scoring average in the country that year. He graduated with the two highest scoring games in Holy Cross history – a 56-point effort against Connecticut in 1962 and a 55-point day against Colgate in 1960. A three-time All-New England selection, Foley scored 40 or more points five times in his career.
Ronald K. Perry graduated as the school's all-time leading scorer, (2,524 career points) and is without question one of the best student-athletes the school has ever produced. As a freshman, his 23.0 points per game average was the best in the nation among first-year players, earning his second team All-America honors. He would also be selected second team All-America as a sophomore and junior, when he scored 21.7 and 25.0 points per game, respectively. As a senior captain in 1979-1980, Perry earned first team All-America honors while leading the Crusaders to the NCAA Tournament, the third postseason appearance in his four seasons. In addition to being Holy Cross' all-time leading scorer, Perry graduated as the school's all-time leader in field goals made (922), field goals attempted (1949), free throws made (680), free throws attempted (768) and free throw percentage (.885). A third round draft pick of the Boston Celtics in 1980, Perry also excelled for the Crusaders in baseball, and was drafted by both the Boston Red Sox (1979) and the Chicago White Sox (1980). In addition, he was a three-time Academic All-American, won an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship in 1980 and was inducted into the Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 1996.
Ronald S. Perry had a record of athletic success which is unique in Crusader history. A standout in both basketball and baseball, he was a key factor in two national championships for Holy Cross. In basketball, Perry played three varsity seasons and led the Crusaders to the NIT in 1952, the eastern regional final of the NCAA Tournament in 1953, and the NIT Championship in 1954. As co-captain of the 1954 team, he was the point guard for a team which not only won the second national championship in Crusader basketball history, but also won the Sugar Bowl Championship in New Orleans that year. The basketball team was 70-12 in his three years. In 1979, the National Association of Basketball Coaches bestowed one of its highest honors on Perry when it named him to the Silver Anniversary Basketball Team – a team selected annually to recognize outstanding student-athletes from 25 years earlier who went on to distinguish themselves after their collegiate careers. Only Perry and Cousy have been so honored at Holy Cross.
His baseball success was just as impressive, as he led the Crusaders to a College World Series title in 1952 as a sophomore pitcher. Perry defeated Texas 2-1 with the Crusaders facing elimination in the tournament, and they ran the table after that game to take the title. His next two seasons also saw the Crusaders playing for a championship, but they lost in the NCAA regional each year. He capped his pitching career off by throwing a no-hitter against Harvard on his birthday during his senior season. Holy Cross was 49-9 during his career on the diamond. In 1972 he returned to Holy Cross and served with distinction as athletic director for more than a quarter of a century.