Bloomsburg University Baseball Hall of Fame Members
Sterling Banta '39-Inducted 1993
Banta was a three-sport star for the Huskies, earning a total of eight letters. He was All-State selection three times in basketball, and on the baseball diamond hit .422 for his career. Banta was a high school football, basketball and baseball coach for 25 years, winning 13 league championships, including three Capital Area Conference football titles. His football coaching record was 60-43-3 in 11 years.
Charles Blackburn '35-Inducted 1990
Blackburn was a four-time letter winner in both basketball and baseball for the Huskies, helping his team to the Pennsylvania State Teacher's College Championship with a perfect 12-0 record. After college, Blackburn became a very successful high school basketball coach finishing his career with a record of 527-183. Among his accomplishments was winning a state PCIAA crown with St. Joseph's of Williamsport and eight PIAA District Four titles at Williamsport High School. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
Harvey Boughner '56-Inducted 1992
A three-sport standout, Boughner was named all-conference in football in 1954 and the following season, helped the Huskies to a conference title. As a catcher on the 1955 baseball team, he was a first team all-conference player and helped lead the team to a conference title. After graduation, he became a high school coach for all three sports. His football coaching record was 85-37-5, including one undefeated season and three conference titles.
Rich Budweg '78-Inducted 1996
Budweg was a standout on the Bloomsburg baseball team earning first team PSAC All-Conference honors in 1977 and 1978 and second team Mid-Atlantic region honors in 1976. In 1978, he ranked fourth in the NCAA with 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings, while his 0.66 ERA, a school record, was second nationally. Budweg holds 11 school records and was the first player in Bloomsburg history to throw a no-hitter with a 1-0 win over Shippensburg, May 1, 1977. His career record at Bloomsburg was 8-8, a strong showing considering Bloomsburg finished above .500 just once in his four years. Budweg also posted impressive career marks of a 2.52 ERA and 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings. He was an eighth-round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals and later signed with the New York Yankees.
Don Butler '53-Inducted 2002
Don Butler was a four-year letter-winner for the Huskies in baseball and a three-time letter-winner in basketball.
As a member of the baseball team Butler finished his career with a batting average of .407 while hitting 14 homers and driving in 53 runs. He helped the team to a four-year record of 41-9. Butler hit safely in 18 straight games at one point of his career, covering parts of three seasons. During the course of his streak he had two or more hits 15 times and had a hit in 42 of his 50 games he played in during his career. Butler was also an excellent outfielder making just one error during his career.
As a member of the basketball Butler scored 348 points in his career and was the team's second leading scorer during the 1950-51 season when he averaged 10.6 points per game.
Following his graduation Butler played in the farm system of the then Boston Braves and the Chicago White Sox.
William "Buck" Byham '53-Inducted 1994
Byham was a seven-time letter winner at Bloomsburg, playing three years of both basketball and baseball and one year of football. On the hardwoods, Byham finished second on the team in scoring in the 1951-52 season. For his efforts, he was named to an All-Pennsylvania Collegiate Basketball Team Honorable Mention selection. On the baseball diamond, Byham was equally as good. In 1951, he threw back-to-back complete games in a four-day span, striking out 13 batters each time. After Bloomsburg, Byham spent 30 years in radio and was the voice of the Little League World Series for over 31 years, winning the W. Harold Hartman Friendship Award for his commitment to Little League baseball.
Robert Gibble '68-Inducted 1994
Gibble was a four-year letter winner for the baseball team. In 1966, he led the Huskies in games pitched, complete games, innings pitched and strikeouts. In 1968, he led the team in wins, ERA, strikeouts and innings pitched. Over his entire collegiate career, Gibble averaged over one strikeout per inning pitched. After graduation, he signed a professional baseball contract with the Oakland Athletics and played in the Gulf Coast, Florida State and Southern leagues before retiring.
Frank Golder '31-Inducted 1988
Golder played both baseball and basketball at Bloomsburg and was considered one of the school's most outstanding all-around athletes and one of its finest basketball players. During his career on the basketball team, Golder helped the Huskies to a record of 43-13, including a 12-1 mark in the 1930-31 season. After graduation, Golder became a successful basketball coach at Bloomsburg High School, winning 10 league titles and four District Four championships. At one point, his teams won 40 straight games over a three-year period. Golder also started the baseball program at Bloomsburg High School and Little League baseball in Bloomsburg in the late 1940s.
Chet Henicle '95--Inducted 2009
A two sport standout for the Huskies, Henicle still holds several baseball records for the Huskies. He is tied for the all-time lead in career doubles with 50 and holds the single-season mark of 23 set in 1995. He is also fifth all-time in hits (187), runs scored (118) and triples (9) and ninth in home runs (12). He was a three-time first team All-PSAC East choice in baseball at two different positions (catcher and outfield) and was All-North Atlantic Region as a senior. He hit .378 for his career including .456 in 1993 which ranked 5th in the country, he also finished his career with 12 homers and 87 RBI. He was MVP of the 1995 PSAC Championship Tournament and captained the 1995 squad to the only World Series appearance in school history. He was voted team MVP twice and was a two-year captain.
In football, Henicle was a two-time All-PSAC East first team selection and was named third team All-American by the Sports Information Directors. He was named first team All-ECAC twice and as a senior was chosen to play in the Snow Bowl, the top Division II all-star game in the country. For his career, he finished with 207 total tackles, 15 interceptions and 22 career breakups. His eight interceptions in 1993 ranked second in the country that season. He was voted team MVP in 1994 and was the recipient of the Frank Sheptock Most Valuable Defensive Award. In 1994 he was named the Bloomsburg Outstanding Undergraduate Male Athlete and in 1995 he was named the Robert B. Redman Award as Bloomsburg's Outstanding Male Senior Athlete.
After graduation Henicle pursued a career in coaching. After spending one season at Waynesboro HS he joined the college ranks and this season finished his 13th season as a college football coach. He has spent time at Lenoir-Rhyne University (NC), Wingate University (NC) and is currently in his sixth season at his alma mater.
Matt Karchner '89 Inducted-2003
Karchner, a power-hitting third baseman who also pitched for Bloomsburg, went on to play in the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox over the course of a 12-year career. A three-time All-PSAC selection, Karchner finished his career at Bloomsburg with a .372 batting average with school records for home runs with 37 and runs batted in with 165. At the time of his graduation, his 37 home runs were a PSAC record. In 1988 as a junior, Karchner led all of Division II in RBI per game with 62 in 39 games (1.59 per game). As a senior in 1989, Karchner set the school single season mark with 14 homers, while also hitting .435. As a pitcher, Karchner finished his career with a record of 13-7 with four saves and a 2.40 ERA. He also struck out 111 and walked just 61. He holds the school record for fewest walks in a season with seven in 1988.
Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1989, Karchner posted a career record of 21-13 with 27 saves. He is one of a handful of major league players to play for both Chicago teams during his career.
George Lambrinos '53-Inducted 1993
Lambrinos was an All-Conference selection in football and earned an honorable mention spot on the all-state team in 1951. The Huskies posted a 32-2 overall record during his four-year career, including the only undefeated seasons in team history (1948 and 1951). Lambrinos was also a catcher for the Huskies' baseball team and went on to play professional baseball and semiprofessional football.
David Linkchorst '53-Inducted 1987
Linkchorst was four-year starter in football and basketball and a three-year starter in baseball for Bloomsburg. He earned 11 varsity letters during his athletic career on teams which never suffered a losing season. Professionally, he played for the Boston Whirlwinds (1953-54) which toured the world with the Harlem Globetrotters. Linkchorst coached for 14 years at the Mahanoy Area High School, compiling a 251-79 record. He led his team to nine league championships and a 48-consecutive game winning streak.
Danny Litwhiler '38-Inducted 1982
One of the charter members of the Bloomsburg Hall of Fame, Litwhiler was an outstanding baseball player for the Huskies. He played professionally for the Philadelphia Phillies, playing a complete season without an error. Litwhiler is the only player to hit at least one home run in every ball park in Major League baseball. Along with the Phillies, he also played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Braves and Cincinnati Reds. He was the coach at Florida State and Michigan State and is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame. The Huskies' baseball field is named in his honor.
Philip Lockcuff '60-Inducted 1995
Lockcuff earned three letters in both football and baseball for the Huskies. He went on to an outstanding coaching career in high school wrestling, posting a record of 270-32-4 over 27 years. Lockcuff was a three-time "AAA" Pennsylvania Coach of the Year (1984, 1985, 1991) and a 13-time District IV "AAA" Coach of the Year. His teams were Susquehanna Valley Conference champions numerous times and Northeast Regional "AAA" team champions several times.
Walter "Whitey" McCloskey '44-Inducted 1988
McCloskey earned 11 letters in his career with the Huskies and served as captain of the basketball and baseball teams for two seasons. After graduation, he played in the Pennsylvania State Professional Basketball League and played baseball in the American Legion and Tri-County leagues. McCloskey later spent 21 seasons as head coach at Danville High School compiling a record of 250-183, winning nine Susquehanna Valley League Championships and two District Four titles. His 1962-63 team reached the PIAA Eastern semifinals, while his 1971-72 team reached the quarterfinals before being eliminated. McCloskey was also an assistant football coach and track and field starter for 25 years and is cofounder of the Pennsylvania Basketball Coaches Association.
Tim Pritchard '90--Inducted 2008
Pritchard played first base and caught for the Huskies baseball team. He holds the career school records for batting average (.443) and triples (16). Pritchard also holds the single season records for batting average, hitting .479 in 1990, and triples, with 10 in 1990. He was a three-time All-PSAC East selection, a two-time ECAC Division II All-Star and was named first team North Atlantic All-Region team in 1990. A two-time captain, Pritchard helped lead the Huskies to the team's first PSAC playoff appearance in 1990.
Robert Rohm '60-Inducted 1986
Rohm is one of a few athletes to be awarded 12 varsity letters during his collegiate career. As a member of the football team, he played quarterback, halfback and fullback and served as the Huskies' cocaptain his senior year.
In wrestling, Rohm was a major contributor in helping establish Bloomsburg as a national power. He was a third-place finisher in 1957 at the Pennsylvania Conference Championships and recorded a runner-up showing in 1958. In 1959, he won his first conference title, a feat he would duplicate his senior season. In addition, the 157 pounder captured the NAIA national title as a senior. During his wrestling career, the Huskies lost just two dual meets.
On the baseball team, Rohm played both second base and outfield and was named to the All-Conference team as a senior. Following his graduation, Rohm went on to a successful career as a high school wrestling and football coach.
Linc Welles '75-Inducted 2002
Welles was a four-year letter-winner in baseball and a three-time letter-winner in football for the Huskies. He was named the Underclassmen Athlete of the Year as a junior and won the Redman Award as the school's top senior athlete in 1975.
A two-time All-PSAC selection in both football and baseball, Welles led the NCAA Division III in punting in 1973 with a mark of 43.8 yards. That is still good for the 12th best mark in the division since 1973, a span of 29 years. Welles was also an all-conference selection as a defensive back and is the co-holder of the single-season interception mark at Bloomsburg with 10 in 1974.
On the baseball diamond, Welles hit .398 for his career with a homer and 27 RBI. In 1973 and 1974 he was named first team All-PSAC and was a second team selection in 1975 after missing eight games due to injury. He was team MVP in both 1973 and 1975.
Following his playing days at Bloomsburg, Welles punted and played defensive back for the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League, where he averaged 38.6 yards per kick in the 1975 season.