Posted: Oct 30, 2013 11:23 AM
Updated: Oct 30, 2013 5:10 PM
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the Ragin' Cajuns Lettermen Club is proud to announce the 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees. They are Gene Bacque - Baseball; Lynn Britton - Softball; Sydney Grider - Basketball; and Andy Martin - Football.
The Hall of Fame reception and meet-and-greet will be held Friday, November 1 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the UL Alumni Center. The inductees will be officially inducted during halftime of the football game on Saturday, November 2.
Gene Bacque (Baseball) - 2-year member of the baseball team for USL from 1956-57, Gene was a 1st Team All-Southland Conference selection in 1957 as a pitcher. Following this sophomore season as a Ragin' Cajun, Gene was drafted by the Detroit Tigers and spent four seasons in MLB minor league organizations. In 1962, Gene entered the Nippon Pro Baseball league in Japan and spent the next seven years making history as a member of the Hanshin Tigers. Gene's 1964 season was monumental, earning a record of 29-9 with a 1.88 ERA in 353 1/3 innings of work. He finished the season with 200 strikeouts and 24 complete games. That year, Gene was named to the Best Nine team and won the prestigious Sawamura Award - the equivalent to MLB's Cy Young award. Gene is the only American to ever win this award. Gene was arguably the most successful American player to play in the Japan league - garnering more than 100 wins in his career.
Following his retirement from playing, Gene returned to USL as a Ragin' Cajun Baseball coach under Bob Banna and Don Lockwood from 1971-1978. Gene received a Bachelor in Industrial Arts in 1962.
Lynn Britton (Softball) - 4-time softball letterman as a 3rd baseman at USL from 1993-1996, Lynn was a 4-time 1st Team NFCA All-American - the only play in the program's prestigious history ; 4-time All-Louisiana selection; 4-time All-South Region selection; and the 1993 Louisiana Newcomer of the Year. She was also named to the 1996 College World Series all-tournament team. Lynn ended her career at USL ranked second in school history with 248 hits, 163 runs, 152 RBI, 42 doubles, 396 total bases and 66 walks. Lynn received a Bachelor degree in English in1996 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2006.
Sydney Grider (Basketball) - 2-time letterman in basketball for USL from 1989-90, Sydney was a 2-time American South 1st Team All-Conference selection; lead the American South Conference in scoring with 25.5 points per game. Sydney is currently the only player in NCAA history with two seasons that rank in the top 15 for 3-pointers made. Sydney also still owns the record for most points scored in a game in the Cajundome. Sydney received a Bachelor of General Studies with a concentration in Applied Sciences in 1993.
Andy Martin (Football) - 4-year letterman in football as defensive end for the Ragin' Cajuns from 1979-1982, Andy was named 1stTeam All South Independent Conference in 1982. In 1981 and 1982 Andy was voted 1st Team All-Louisiana Defensive End and in 1982 was 2nd in voting for All-Louisiana Defensive MVP. In 1982, Andy served as the team captain and was voted team MVP. Andy ended his career at USL with 261 tackles - of which 146 were solo tackles. Andy received a Bachelor of General Studies with a concentration in Business in 1983.
The purpose of the UL Lafayette Hall of Fame is to give recognition to those athletes who have made a significant contribution to the good name of the University by demonstrating exceptional ability and sportsmanship on the playing fields, commendable scholarship in the classroom, high quality leadership on the campus, and who after leaving the University have established a personal reputation for character and citizenship in the community which they reside.
"Our goal is to remind each new generation of athletes of the tradition they must uphold and the ideals that they should strive for while they are wearing the UL Lafayette uniforms," said Ragin' Cajuns Lettermen Club President Tom Carroll (UL Baseball '71-'74).
The Ragin' Cajuns Lettermen Club Alumni Chapter is comprised of men and women who lettered in athletics while they were students at SLI/USL/UL Lafayette. The Ragin' Cajuns Lettermen Club is a constituent chapter of the UL Lafayette Alumni Association and it retains close ties to the Athletic Department.