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Jacque (Jake) Austin, Class of 1950- Football and Baseball

  • Played both football and baseball at Canisius, earning seven combined letters, with four on the gridiron and three on the diamond
  • He enrolled at Canisius after serving in World War II, and played in every varsity football game from 1946-1949
  • Led his team to three consecutive Little Three titles and a 1948 Great Lakes Bowl appearance, the school's only bowl game in history
  • Earned Second Team All-Little Three honors in 1947 and First Team accolades in 1948 after averaging 6.5 yards per carry that season
  • Led the team in scoring in 1949 and registered four TDs in a 28-26 upset win over Youngstown College
  • In baseball, Austin pitched and played outfield and posted a .400 career batting average
  • Played pro baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization and was a member of the First Class of inductees into teh WNY Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 37th former football player and 12th former baseball player inducted in the Hall of Fame


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