CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 1997 INDUCTEES
J. Patrick Boyle ('59) | Baseball, Basketball, Football
J. Patrick Boyle is a member of the class of 1959 who was a three-sport athlete and a two-sport captain while at St. X. In the fall he played football, where, as a member of the varsity, he started at end for three years on offense and defense, and was a key player on Tom Ballaban's first GCL & City champion team. In the winter he played basketball, being called up to the varsity in his sophomore year, as a backup on the undefeated 1958 team and as a starter his senior year until his father's deteriorating health forced him to quit the team. In the spring he played the sport in which he excelled, baseball, where he was the 3-year starting catcher and finished his high school career with a batting average close to .400.
His senior year was a memorable one. He co-captained the football team, was named the lineman of the game in the old GCL doubleheader in which St. X upset Elder, was elected All-GCL and made All-City. He was also captain of a baseball team that was overshadowed by State Champion Elder after which he was elected All-GCL, All-City and All-Ohio. He was one of 6 seniors from Cincinnati selected to play in the 3 State High School All Star Game in Columbus. The All-City team of that year is of particular note in that it included Eddie Brinkman, Roger Staubach, Jimmy Wynn, and honorable mention Pete Rose, all of whom played professional sports.
After graduating from St. X. he attended Xavier University where he lettered the one year he played and then finished his baseball playing in the Military Service.
Greg Frey ('86) | Baseball, Football
Greg Frey of the class of 1986 is the youngest member of the Hall of Fame and first one who was a student when the Hall was founded.
He excelled at two sports, baseball and football, and played them both right through college. In baseball he was a three-year starter who batted over .400 and also pitched, setting the school season strikeout record two years in a row. He was 1st team All-GCL and All-City his junior and senior year and was GCL player of the year as a junior and co-player of the year as a senior with some Moeller kid named Griffey.
But as everyone here pretty much knows, his baseball accomplishments were just a salad compared to the main course, football. A three-year member of the varsity, he logged enough playing time at quarterback to garner honorable mention All-GCL as a sophomore, a feat he repeated as a junior. Feted at the beginning of his senior season as one of the City's best, he did not fail to fulfill. He demolished almost every St. X seasonal and career passing record , including a memorable game against Moeller that was included in the national high school record book. As a result he was the GCL and Cincinnati Player of the Year, Southwest Ohio and Ohio Back of the Year, made Honorable Mention All-America, was featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd and was named a National Football Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete.
He chose to attend Ohio State where he was a two-year starter and letterman for the baseball team, hit .303, helped the Buckeyes win the Big 10 championship in 1991 and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers. Again, it was through playing football that he achieved his fame. A three-year starter for Coach John Cooper, he was the co-captain and team MVP his senior year. He set a number of school records while playing and still ranks in the top five in many OSU career passing categories. He was a 3-time OSU Scholar Athlete and 3-time Academic all-Big 10. He was also 2-time Honda Scholar Athlete, the 1990 Columbus Touchdown Club Scholar Athlete of the Year and was granted a National Football Foundation/College Hall of Fame Post Graduate Scholarship. He ended his college career starting at quarterback in the 1991 Japan Bowl all-star game.
Gary Massa ('77) | Basketball
Gary Massa is the second member of the class of 1977 to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He played baseball and dominated in basketball. A two-year varsity starter, he enjoyed, beginning with his senior year at St. X, a four-year run of excellence.
During the 1976-77 season, he was the co-captain of a 17-4 team, the leading scorer at 21 points per game, the leading rebounder at nearly 10 per game and the leading free throw shooter at 81%. As a result he was the Team's Most Valuable Player, GCL Player of the Year, Unanimous 1st Team All-City, 1st team All Southwestern District, 2nd Team All Ohio and Honorable Mention All-American.
Recruited by Tay Baker to X.U., he became one of the touchstones that transformed Xavier from the sleepy program it was then into the national power it now is. A 4-year starter who shot three-pointers before there was a three-point line, he averaged nearly 14 points and 5 rebounds from his freshman through junior years, with his junior year was clearly his best. In his sophomore season he is best remembered for hitting the winning basket that beat Tennessee to win the Volunteer Classic. His junior year, which marked the debut of Coach Bob Staak, culminated with him becoming the first Xavier basketball player ever to be named all-league. Although he was injured much of his senior year he provided leadership for and was a member of Xavier's first-ever league championship team and was named the MCC's top student-athlete. He still finished his career with over 1,000 points and was the first recipient of the Cecil N. Coleman Medal-of-Honor.
Today he is a vice-president of sales and marketing with the Crable Sportswear division of the Midland Company and member of the Musketeer broadcast team.