Beaver Legend Frank Roelandt Passes
May 13, 2009
Corvallis, Ore. -
Former Oregon State University baseball and men’s basketball standout Frank Roelandt passed away this morning in Canby, Ore., at the age of 84.
Roelandt lettered in baseball in 1943 and 1947-49 (served in the U.S. Navy), and in basketball in 1947-48. He led the Pacific Coast Conference’s Northern Division in 1949 for batting average (.508) and hits. Following the season, he received the team’s Victor Brown Trophy (MVP) and was named the league’s top catcher.
The native of Belgium, although he grew up in Portland, was a member of the 1947 “Thrill Kids” basketball team that won the PCC title with a 13-3 league mark and 28-5 overall. The Beavers defeated UCLA twice in the PCC playoffs and advanced to the NCAA West Regional Tournament.
As a prep, he attended Franklin High School in Portland, where he was a standout three-sport athlete earning All-City honors in baseball, basketball and football.
Roelandt graduated from OSU’s College of Education in 1949 and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He turned down an opportunity to play Major League Baseball to take over the duties as head boys basketball coach at Medford High School. He led the Black Tornado to 19 state tournaments, winning the 1960 title and finishing second three times. He concluded his 29-year career with 492 victories on the hardwood, and served a total of 35 seasons as assistant baseball and football coach.
Roelandt was inducted into the Medford Sports Hall of Fame in 1985, the OSU Sports Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Portland Interscholastic League Hall of Fame in 1995.
A memorial service will be held in Portland Tues., May 19 at 2:30 p.m. at Zeller's Chapel of the Roses at 2107 NE Broadway Street. A reception will follow.
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