EDDIE SAWER '35
was best known as manager of baseball's Philadelphia Phillies.
He guided the 1950 club, the "Whiz Kids," to the organization's
first pennant in 35 years. Sawyer was one of Ithaca College's
most accomplished athletes in the first decade of intercollegiate
athletics. Named one of the top 11 players of the 1930s in football,
he was a standout baseball performer as well. He signed with
the New York Yankees and played in their minor-league system
for five years before a shoulder injury ended his playing career.
A charter member of the IC Sports Hall of Fame, Sawyer was inducted
into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. He died on
died on September 22. Although intercollegiate athletic opportunities
for women did not exist during her time as an undergraduate,
Klaskin was considered an accomplished athlete on campus. After
graduation she worked as a physical education teacher and coach
in the Union Free School District in Merrick, New York, at Merrick
Junior High, Calhoun High School, and Purdys Central High School.
She then taught and coached at North Syracuse High School for
22 years. She served as a consultant to the New York State Bureau
of Secondary Education Department and was a specialist in New
York State track and field and Olympic development. In addition,
she served as a national field hockey umpire and honorary basketball
official. Klaskin was elected to the Ithaca College Sports Hall
of Fame in 1992.
Sebring died on October 31. An inaugural
member of the Ithaca College Sports Booster Club and on its executive
committee at the time of her death, she was a longtime supporter
of athletics at her alma mater. Like Klaskin, Sebring was active
in a number of class-related athletic activities as an undergraduate,
even though there were no intercollegiate sports for women.
went on to a successful career as a high school physical education
instructor in central New York. At one time she coached the Newfield
Central High School boys' six-man football squad and the Romulus
Central High School boys' baseball team. She was welcomed into
the Ithaca College Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 and was inducted
into the CorningÐPainted Post Sports Hall of Fame the same
MIKE McKILLOP '42
McKillop was another charter
member of our Sports Hall of Fame, earning induction in 1969.
He excelled in football, basketball, and track while at Ithaca.
McKillop captained the Bombers gridiron squads in 1940 and 1941
and was a basketball captain during the 1941-42 season. He was
picked as one of Ithaca's top 11 football players of the 1930s.
A decorated U.S. Army veteran from the European
theater in World War II, he coached at Hobart College for three
seasons. Then McKillop returned to the Riverhead, New York, school
system, where he had attended high school, to teach and coach.
In 1993 he was inducted into the Suffolk County Sports Hall of
Fame. McKillop passed away on August 26.
JOE CORCORAN '50
who died on Christmas day, was a star Ithaca College football
player and captain of the 1946 club. He was selected one of the
College's top 11 football players of the 1940s. Corcoran had
an even greater impact in lacrosse and is credited with helping
introduce the sport at Ithaca in 1946. He was a player and coach
with Ithaca's early club teams.
earning his bachelor's and master's degrees at Ithaca, Corcoran
again proved to be a lacrosse trailblazer, reintroducing the
sport at Geneva High and initiating the program at Corning East
High. His lengthy high school lacrosse coaching career also included
a stint at Corning Free Academy. He served with the U.S. Marine
Corps in the South Pacific during World War II. Corcoran was
inducted into the Ithaca College Sports Hall of Fame in 1978
and the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1987.