Nov. 16, 2004
PHILADELPHIA - Tom McHugh, Jerry Connors, Steve Alemi, Rick Bickhardt and Chuck Malloy are the latest inductees into the Saint Joseph's University Baseball Hall of Fame. Their induction was part of the team's eighth annual Hall of Fame dinner, held Saturday, November 13 in the University's Campion Center, and brings the Hall's roster to 28 former players and coaches.
McHugh, a 1954 graduate, came to Saint Joseph's from Brooklyn Prep (NY), on a basketball scholarship but wasted no time making his mark on the diamond. During his freshman year, he became the first player in the history of Saint Joseph's to throw a no- hitter, when he lead the Hawks to a 3-2 victory over Temple. McHugh allowed only two walks that came around to score on an errant throw. He anchored the pitching staff on Hawk Hill for the remainder of his career, captaining the team that defeated Temple and Penn during his senior campaign.
Connors, an outfielder and a 1965 grad, came to SJU from Washington, D.C. He began his career during the 1963 season but saw limited action during his first two years on Hawk Hill. Things changed during his senior year when he hit.414, 12th best in the nation, with 11 RBI, nine stolen bases, and three doubles, all of which were team highs. Conners offensive explosion led the Hawks to a 12-4 record and a third place finish in the MAC. Following the season Connors was named First Team All-MAC.
A native of Audubon, N.J. (Audubon High School), Alemi was a four-year starter at shortstop for the Hawks before graduating in 1977. He established himself as a star during his freshman year on Hawk Hill after hitting a team high .314, with 23 runs scored, eight doubles, five home runs and 20 RBI. As tri-captain during his senior year, Alemi hit .306 while leading the Hawks to a 20-10 record and a berth in the East Cost Conference playoffs. Alemi went on to finish his collegiate career with a .297 average, 69 runs scored, 23 doubles, and nine home runs.
Bickhardt established himself as the ace of the Hawks pitching staff during the late 1980s. Over his four years (1986-89), Bickhardt ranked either first or second on the team in innings pitched, strikeouts and complete games. An Academic All-District choice in 1989, during his junior year his 46 K's were fifth best in the Atlantic 10. The Haverford, Pa. native finished his career ranked among SJU's career leaders with 28 starts (1st), 213.1 innings pitched (2nd), 146 strikeouts (3rd) and 15 complete games. The Texas Rangers selected the Haverford High School product in the 45th Round of the 1989 Amateur Draft and assigned him to the Butte Copper Kings. His success on the mound continued after he went 3-0 with a 2.33 ERA, while striking out 52 batters in only 46.1 innings during his first season in professional baseball.
Malloy, a native of Philadelphia, Pa. and graduate of La Sslle High School, rewrote the Hawks' record book during his four-year career, which spanned from 1991-1994. His 18 wins and eight saves placed him first in SJU history when he graduated, while his 183 strikeouts ranked second. Twice named the Hawks' Pitcher of the Year, Malloy ranked 14th in the nation in strikeouts per nine innings (10.8) and was named Second Team All-Atlantic 10 as a senior. The Boston Red Sox selected the hard-throwing right-hander in the 16th Round of the 1994 Amateur Draft and assigned him to the Utica Blue Sox on the New York-Penn League. During his first year in the Red Sox system Chuck went 6-2 with a 3.29, while striking out 46 batters over 50 innings of work.