Oct. 28, 2005
PHILADELPHIA - John Smithson, Kevin Quirk and Ed Dempsey are the latest inductees into the Saint Joseph's University Baseball Hall of Fame. Their induction was part of the team's annual Hall of Fame dinner, held Saturday, October 29 in the University's Mandeville Hall, and brings the Hall's roster to 31 former players and coaches.
Smithson, a 1968 Saint Joseph's College graduate, ranks as one of the most versatile pitchers in program history. Effective as both a starter and reliever, the Woodbury, N.J. native (Gloucester Catholic High School) made 30 appearances for the Crimson and Gray, including 15 starts. He finished his career with a 9-4 record and a 3.45 earned run average, which still ranks as the seventh lowest ERA in program history. He helped the Hawks conclude the winningest three-year run in school history as a senior, including a school-record 15 wins in 1968. He currently serves as the Chairman of the University's Board of Trustees.
A 1981 Saint Joseph's graduate, hard-throwing right-hander Kevin Quirk developed into one of the most dominating hurlers in school history. The East Coast Conference Eastern Division Most Valuable Player in 1980, his 1.26 ERA (Third in NCAA) and seven wins that season rank as the second best single season totals in school history. He ranks among the program's career leaders in victories and holds the SJU single season record with three shutouts as a sophomore in 1979. The Hatboro, Pa. native (Hatboro-Horsham High School) was selected in the 26th round of the 1980 Major League Baseball draft by the New York Yankees. In addition to his baseball duties, he served three seasons as the University's famed Hawk mascot.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y. (Tilden High School), Dempsey was a four-year starter at catcher for the Hawks before graduating in 1983. He established himself as a durable backstop, adept signal caller and solid run producer during his career. One of just two players in program history to serve as a team captain for three seasons, the All-ECC choice led SJU to the winningest four season stretch in school history (68 wins), including a SJU record 20-6-1 mark in 1982.
In addition to the three Hall of Fame inductees, Mark Higgins '89 (East Brunswick, N.J./East Brunswick High School) received a special Alumni Coaches Award for his dedication and service to the Hawk baseball program.