CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 1986 INDUCTEES
John Crowley ('24) | Baseball, Basketball, Football
John “Botts” Crowley is a member of the Class of 1924. He played football his sophomore and junior years; basketball sophomore, junior and senior years; and baseball sophomore, junior, and senior years. He was Captain of the basketball team his last two years.
Crowley was named an all-city fullback both years that he played football. He gained all-city status in basketball, as a center in 1922 and as a forward in 1923 and 1924. At the Tri-state Basketball Tournament held at UC, he led the St. X team to a second-place finish in 1923 and to the quarter-finals in 1924. In 1924 he was the lone Ohioan named to the all-tournament team, the other four selections being from Indiana.
Crowley was a first baseman/outfielder for the baseball team. He led the team in home runs and hit over .400 in each of his three years. In a game against Lockland High School, he stole five bases. The 1924 baseball team captured the city title with a 12-0 season mark.
Following high school, Crowley attended the University of Notre Dame, but a shoulder injury ended his athletic career. A newspaper article of the early 40's commented, "Mr. Crowley was rated the greatest prep school football player in the country a good many years ago. He was a back and they say he could really carry the mail. He was lightening fast. He crashed into an enemy line with the power of a hopped up bull. The kid was just as great a baseball player."
When Notre Dame got Crowley, the Irish expected a lot from him. But in his freshman year Botts suffered a broken shoulder that ended his football and baseball careers. Those who know say that broken shoulder robbed football and Notre Dame of another Gipp, Thorpe, or Nevers, and robbed major league baseball of a standout star.
John served as a professional umpire for eight years (until 1940) in the Eastern and International Leagues. For many years he maintained a close association with sports as a sales representative for MacGregor Athletic Goods Co. Crowley died in September of 1985.
Paul Cain ('25) | Baseball, Basketball, Football
Paul (Chip) Cain is a member of the Class of 1925. Because he had to hold down part-time jobs for his first three years of high school, he did not play sports at St. Xavier until his senior year. In his senior year he lettered in football, basketball, and baseball.
Cain played center on the football team. He was captain of the basketball squad and played forward. The basketball team reached the state semi-finals that year, along the way defeating such powerful teams as Stivers and Middletown. Cain was named an all-city forward and was selected to the all-tournament team.
He played second on the baseball team, which had an undefeated season and won the state championship.
At Xavier University Paul lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and track. Playing quarterback, he captained the football team his senior year. He played forward in basketball and several different infield positions for the baseball team. In his senior year Paul was the high point man in the inaugural basketball game at Schmidt Fieldhouse (a 29-25 defeat of UC).
Following his graduation from XU, Cain spent two years at St. Ignatius High School in Chicago, coaching four sports. He later coached for nine years at Purcell. He had a successful tryout with the Chicago Bears, but declined the opportunity to join the team. He did, however, play a couple of seasons with the original Cincinnati Bengals until a broken collarbone put an end to his career.
The 1929 Xavier University yearbook reads, "It is a rather difficult task to write anything new about the football captain of the Musketeers. For three years the name of Paul Cain has been connected with almost every important athletic contest at St. Xavier. The sport scribes have sung continually of his prowess on the gridiron, the court, and the diamond. Every sport fan in Cincinnati realizes that in Paul Cain, Xavier has one of the greatest athletes of her history. His prowess as an athlete demands no further acclaim.
"Last fall as captain of the 1928 Musketeer eleven, "Chip" performed almost perfectly. He was a true captain ready at any time to make any sacrifice for the success of the team, respected by his team-mates and by his coaches, the hero of the fans -- he is the real Musketeer ideal, an athlete, a student, a gentleman, and a good fellow."
Jim Bunning ('49) | Baseball, Basketball, Football
Jim Bunning is a member of the Class of 1949. He played basketball and football all four years at St. Xavier, and baseball sophomore, junior, and senior years. He also ran track as a freshman. He was a "sure-handed" end for the 1949 6-3 football team. In his senior year he played forward on the basketball team, whose record that year was 16-6. The team shared the GCL title (with Purcell) and was district runner-up. Bunning was also the mainstay of the baseball team's pitching staff.
The 1949 Xavier Prep described Bunning as "the star forward on this year's championship basketball team, and all-city end on the gridiron." He went on to pitch in the major leagues for 17 seasons (with four different teams). His career record was 224 wins and 184 losses, a .549 winning percentage. His lifetime ERA was 3.27. He pitched 3,760 innings in the majors and struck out 2,855 batters, tenth on the all-time strikeout list. On eight occasions he won 17 or more games in a season, and he had 40 career shutouts.
In 1958, while with Detroit, Bunning pitched a no-hitter, defeating Boston 3-0. In 1964, he threw a perfect game in a 6-0 win over the Mets.
George Ratterman ('44) | Football
George Ratterman is a member of the class of 1944. He played tennis, baseball, basketball and football at St. Xavier. In his junior and senior years, he quarterbacked the football team to a GCL championship (1943) and a second place finish in 1944. He was named to the all-GCL football team in both his junior and senior years. As a senior, Ratterman earned honorable mention on the all-Ohio team. Playing at guard on the basketball team, George was team captain in his senior year and was named to the first team, all-GCL and all-city, and to the second team, all-Ohio. In tennis, he was the Junior Amateur Champion of Southwestern Ohio.
Ratterman attended Notre Dame after his graduation from St. Xavier. At Notre Dame he played quarterback behind Frank Dancewicz and Johnny Lujack. After college, he played professional football for four different teams. From 1952 to 1956 he played behind Otto Graham in Cleveland.