OSU Hall Of Fame To Add Four Individuals, One Team
June 30, 2004
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State will induct four individuals and one team into the OSU Athletic Hall of Fame next fall, it was announced Wednesday by athletic director Bob De Carolis. Earning the honor are men's basketball player Ray Blume, baseball and football player Dave Brundage, women's gymnast Amy Durham, women's track and field athlete Cindy Greiner and the 1964 football team that reached the Rose Bowl.
The induction ceremony will take place Sept. 17 at the Truax Indoor Center on the OSU campus. The inductees will also be honored at the next day's football game against New Mexico.
'This Hall of Fame class represents the all-around excellence in Oregon State's athletic history,' De Carolis said. 'These people helped build the traditions that we're carrying on today, and their induction will be a celebration of the outstanding achievements that have brought national recognition to the school.'
Blume lettered at Oregon State from 1978-81, earning All-America honors in 1980 and All-Pacific-10 honors in 1980 and '81. He helped the Beavers to Pacific-10 championships in his final two seasons, and OSU was 86-27 in his four years and rose to the nation's No. 1 ranking for most of his senior season. Blume was twice named the recipient of the team's Ed Lewis Award, which is given annually to the player who exemplifies the most leadership.
At the conclusion of his career, Blume ranked third on OSU's all-time list of leaders in field goal percentage at .539 (he is now seventh), fourth on the Beavers' list for field goals made (he is now seventh), and fifth on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,288 points (he is now 12th). He was taken in the second round of the National Basketball Association draft by the Chicago Bulls.
Brundage lettered at Oregon State in baseball as an outfielder, pitcher and first baseman from 1984-86 and as a punter in football in 1984. Brundage was baseball's Northern Division Most Valuable Player and earned All-West Region and All-America honors in 1986, when he batted .366 with eight home runs, 44 runs batted in and 29 stolen bases while posting an 8-4 record with one save and a 3.19 earned run average on the mound.
Brundage's .350 career batting average was the third-highest in school history when he concluded his career and it remains the eighth-best on OSU's all-time list. He led OSU to a pair of NCAA Regionals as the Beavers won the Northern Division tournament in 1985 and both the division's regular-season title and tournament in 1986; the 1986 team won a school-record 39 games and placed third in the regional tournament.
Brundage was taken in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Philadelphia Phillies and played for six seasons, reaching as high as Class Triple-A. He was named Minor League Manager of the Year by Baseball America magazine in 2004 after guiding the San Antonio Missions to the Texas League championship for the second straight season.
Brundage's football experience came after he answered an ad in the Oregon State Daily Barometer publicizing open tryouts for a punter. He wound up playing in three games, averaging 31.4 yards on 15 kicks.
Durham lettered at Oregon State from 1990-93 and is one of just two OSU gymnasts to earn All-America honors in four events, including a national title in the floor exercise as a senior by scoring a perfect 10.0; she recorded two of just four floor exercise 10.0s in OSU history. She also earned first-team honors in the all-around (fourth as a senior) and second-team honors on the vault (ninth as a senior, 12th as a junior) and bars (16th as a junior). She was also the NCAA West Regional champ in floor exercise as a senior and on vault as a sophomore and a three-time All-Pacific-10 selection.
Durham helped the Beavers finish in the top seven at the NCAA Championships in each of her four seasons, including a fourth-place finish in 1991. OSU also won a pair of Pacific-10 titles and two NCAA West Regional titles during Durham's career. Durham was an Academic All-American as a senior and competed in the 1991 World University Games.
Greiner lettered at Oregon State in 1980-81, earning All-America honors as a senior when she placed fourth at the AIAW Championships and set the United States record for the heptathlon with 5,420 points. She also won the regional championship that season.
Greiner went on to represent the U.S. in the heptathlon in the Olympics in 1984, 1988 and 1992, placing fourth in 1984 and eighth in 1998. She was the U.S. champion in the event in 1984 and 1990, won the gold medal at the Pan American Games in 1987 and was the silver medalist in 1983.
The 1964 football team marked Oregon State's return to a conference schedule after spending five seasons as an independent. The Beavers went 8-3 overall and 3-1 in the Athletic Association of Western Universities, earning the nod over co-champion Southern California for the conference's berth in the Rose Bowl. In Pasadena, OSU fell 34-7 to fourth-ranked Michigan.
The Beavers began that season with a 7-3 loss at Northwestern, then reeled off seven straight wins and climbed as high as 16th in the national polls before losing 16-7 at unranked Stanford. Back home for the Civil War again 17th-ranked Oregon, Oregon State prevailed 7-6 on Booker Washington's touchdown with 54 seconds left - the first of his collegiate career - and Steve Jones kicked the winning point. Al East had blocked the Ducks' point-after try in the second quarter.
That team was captained by Washington and Dick Ruhl. The squad included All-Coast linebacker Jack O'Billovich and all-conference players in defensive back Dan Espalin and offensive tackle Rich Koeper.