A Clarkson Mosaic - page 307

Senior Ball
. Establishing a precedent, two days before graduation, the senior class held its
Senior Ball on Friday, June 5, in the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, Canada, one of the world's
grandest hotels. A reception early in the evening was followed by dinner at 7:30, and dancing in
the fabulous ballroom
from 9:00 to 12:00. Because this hotel was owned by the Canadian National Railroad, the class
council was able to make arrangements with the railroad for a special train from Cornwall to
Ottawa. Rented school buses at noon took students from the Clarkson arena to Cornwall, and
brought them home around 3:00 a.m., Saturday morning.
Women from Potsdam State were granted special permissions to stay out until 3:30
a.m., Saturday. Although Lester Pearson, Canadian Prime Minister, was invited but was unable
to attend, the ball was honored by the presence of the American Ambassador to Canada, Walter
Butterworth, and his wife.
Wrestlers Undefeated
. For the second season in a row, Clarkson's wrestlers set a perfect 9-0
record. Three seniors particularly were credited for their performances through the seasons: Ed
Fay, Ron Danielson, and Jerry Goldshein. Starting the season with two close matches,
defeating RIT 19-13, and Ithaca 16-13, the team really functioned as a machine. Successively,
they defeated Hartwick 18-6, Colgate 24-8, RPI 19-12, Union 23-3, Hobart 24-3, Rochester 22-
6, and Alfred 26-5.
Ed Fay set the best overall record for his four years at Clarkson, 27-1; most wins, 27;
most pins in a season, 7; most pins in a career; most points in a season, 41; most points in a
career. Ron Danielson also set a Clarkson record with 22 consecutive wins.
Corby Adams, All-American
. Amassing a career total of 155 points, Corby Adams was
selected on the 1964 All-American (East) hockey team for having been the number one point
producer for the team during the past two seasons. As a junior he led the team with 56 points,
and repeated a stellar performance with 54 during his senior year.
Jack Phillips, Baseball Coach
. Returning to campus after a broad career in professional
baseball, Jack Phillips '48 assumed the duties of baseball coach from Hank Hodge. Star of
Hodge's great Clarkson team of 1943, Phillips had met Hank first in Watertown in 1939 when
his father had taken him to meet Henry who then was coaching the Watertown Collegians, one
of the many semi-pro teams he managed during his career. Hodge accepted this 17-year old for
the season and was so impressed with his flawless first-baseman work and his impressive
hitting that he convinced Jack to enroll at Clarkson.
For the next three years Jack proved that he was one of Clarkson's best athletes,
demonstrating it with his stellar performance of slamming eight home runs on the 1943 team
with its 19-1 record. In June of that year, Jack decided to turn professional, and signed with the
New York Yankees. Playing on a farm team in the Piedmont league, Jack hit eight home runs,
while the whole team totaled only 63. An awkward looking catcher named Yogi Berra hit
seven. Drafted into the Navy in the following year, Jack returned to the Yankees after the war,
playing with the Yankees in the World Series of 1947.
In the winter of 1947, he returned to Clarkson to finish his degree, and graduated in
1948. That summer, he went back to professional baseball. With the Yankees coasting by a lead
of 5 1/2 games, and Jack hitting =.308, he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates with whom he
stayed until 1952, playing every position in the infield and outfield. During the 1950 season in
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