Former Sports Publicist John Eggers to be Inducted into Hall of Fame
May 18, 2010
The late John Eggers, the longtime sports information director at Oregon State University, will be inducted into the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Hall of Fame at the National Workshop in San Francisco on July 7, 2010.
John Eggers ranks among the giants of college sports information directors, a trail blazer that showed more than half the college nation in the 1960’s their athletes could receive national attention despite being from a school not situated in the eastern third of the nation.
Eggers served in the Oregon State University sports information office for more than 31 years, joining as an assistant director in 1950, and taking over from Irwin Harris as director in 1952. He was active member of CoSIDA, attending the organization’s annual workshops in Chicago where he worked many College All-Star football games that followed the convention each year.
For more than half of his career, Eggers was a one-man shop, with only occasional part-time assistance during the football season (his first assistant was hired in 1968). When OSU quarterback Terry Baker received the Heisman Trophy in 1962, Eggers was widely recognized as the guiding hand in his promotion for the award, the first winner west of the Mississippi. Baker went on to be recognized as the most honored college athlete in history, including Sports Illustrated’s Athlete of the Year.
A former all-state high school basketball player at Pendleton, Ore., Eggers played basketball one year at Willamette University before entering the Navy in 1941, where he served in Panama for four years. He returned to complete his education at Oregon State University, 1946-1949, during which time he worked for the Daily Barometer including a year as sports editor. He later worked a year at the Oregonian newspaper before joining the OSU staff in 1950.
In 1981 he was inducted into the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and later the Oregon State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991. In 1963, the Portland Rose Festival Association knighted Eggers for his efforts on behalf of college athletes in Oregon.
Eggers’ family includes his late wife Jean and three sons Kerry Eggers (1975 OSU graduate), a sportswriter with the Portland Tribune, Tom Eggers (1984), sports editor of the Roseburg News-Review and Brent Eggers (1979), a teacher and track coach at Rex Putnam High School in Portland.
In addition to Eggers, the 2010 class includes Roger Crosley of Emerson College, former CoSIDA president Max Corbet of Boise State University, Dave Kellogg (Air Force Academy), Larry Happel from Central College, Carol Hudson, long-time SID at Old Dominion, and CoSIDA’s Director of External Affairs Barb Kowal. Kellogg and Eggars were selected by the Veterans Selection Committee; the other five were selected by a vote of the current CoSIDA Hall of Famers.
This year, the CoSIDA Hall of Fame class and the Academic All-America® Hall of Fame class will be recognized together in an evening banquet, taking place July 7 (6-8 p.m.) at the Marriott Marquis, site of the CoSIDA San Francisco workshop.
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