FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MANSFIELD UNIVERSITY ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME GROWS TO 110 MEMBERS – JOHN MICHAEL
COOK, TOM COSTELLO, CARL LINDQUIST AND DUANE MacDONALD TO BE ENSHIRED THIS
FRIDAY – JAMES PLATT ENTERS LEGENDS CATEGORY
John Michael Cook ’95, Tom Costello, Carl Lindquist ’41, and Duane MacDonald ’91 will be enshrined. James Platt from the Class of 1898 will be inducted into the Legends Category.
John Michael Cook was a two-time All-American catcher,
playing on three of the most successful teams in school history.
Tom Costello had a long and distinguished career at
Carl Lindquist was a native of Morris Run, PA and a stellar
baseball player at
Duane MacDonald was a four-year starter on the gridiron for the Mountaineers and three-time All-PSAC East selection. At the time of his graduation, MacDonald was the PSAC all-time leading pass catcher with 177 career receptions.
James Platt becomes the 27th member of the
Legends Category established in 1992 to honor players who performed for the
Mountaineers prior to 1927 when the institution was known as
The Hall of Fame is the highest award
Athletic/Alumni Hall of Fame
Class of 2004
John Michael Cook,
Class of 1995
A three-year starter at catcher after transferring to
Cook earned First Team All-PSAC East honors in each of his three seasons at Mansfield and was a First Team All-American selection in 1994 while earning Second Team All-American Honors in 1995.
In 1995, Cook set a new
Cook played on three PSAC Championship teams (1993, 1994, and 1995) and made two appearances in the NCAA Division II World Series (1993, 1994). Mansfield finished with a combined record of 123-41 during his career. He played two seasons with the Houston Astros organization after graduation.
Tom Costello, Coach
For three decades Tom Costello roamed the sidelines of
He was an assistant to head baseball coach Dr. John Heaps from 1970-76 before serving as head coach in 1977.
From 1979-82 Costello served as both the head women’s basketball coach and softball coach. He was the most successful women’s basketball coach in school history before being surpassed by current head coach Ruth Hermansen this season.
In addition, Costello was assistant athletic director from
1979-83, and later served as interim president of
Carl Lindquist, 1941
Carl Lindquist came from the coal mines of Morris Run, PA
in 1938 and quickly became the star of the baseball program. A four-year
starter in the outfield and on the mound for the Mountaineers, Lindquist was
signed by the Boston Braves in the summer of 1940 and was assigned to
A short three years later, Lindquist made the jump to the big leagues appearing as a pitcher for the Braves in September of 1943. He pitched for the Braves again in 1944 and played 12 years of professional baseball.
Lindquist passed away on
Class of 1991
Duane MacDonald was a four-year starter for the Mountaineer football team and went on to become the leading receiver in the history of the PSAC before his career ended in 1990.
In 1989, MacDonald set a school record with 60 catches for 740 yards and eight touchdowns. He caught 59 passes for 762 yards and seven touchdowns in 1990.
MacDonald still holds the school records for career receptions (177) and reception yardage (2,497) and ranks second in touchdowns (24).
A three-time All-PSAC East selection, MacDonald was named to Second Team honors in 1988 and 1990 while earning First Team honors in 1989.
James Platt, Class
James Platt was the starting fullback for the undefeated
1896 and 1897 football teams. He was