Five Baseball Greats Inducted Into Oxy Hall of Fame
Occidental baseball enshrined five Tiger greats into its Hall of Fame during Alumni Game-Hall of Fame Day festivities held on Saturday, Feb. 9. The inductions took place at Anderson Field, after a game matching young alumni against the 2002 Tigers.
A second game later featured all alumni players.
This year’s inductees include players from four decades. They are:
Lodi Galassi ’50
Galassi, of San Gabriel, played in each of his four years at Oxy and enjoyed a reputation as a team player and a great infielder. Galassi earned all-conference honors at three different positions (1B, 2B, 3B), was team captain, and could be counted on as a tremendous clutch hitter.
Tom Bonetto ’62
Bonetto, a Big Bear Lake resident, helped lead the Tigers to the conference championship in 1962 (the same year he won Occidental Athlete of the Year honors) and garnered a reputation as a great athlete at the plate and in the field. He led the conference in hitting in 1962 with a .400 average and also posted a 3.50 earned run average on the mound. Bonetto, a team captain, was also known for his defensive prowess at first base. He was a two-time all-conference selection during his three-year Tiger career.
Dan Guerrero ’72
The Tarzana resident played three seasons for the Tigers, leading the conference with a .449 average in 1969. A great defensive catcher with an outstanding arm, Guerrero was a two-time all-conference selection, a district selection, and was named to The Sporting News All-American Team in 1970. Guerrero was known by his teammates as a tremendous team leader and a great clutch player.
Mark Ewing ’81
Ewing, of Tustin, was a double threat on the mound and at the plate, earning all-conference and all-West region selections during his four years with the Tigers. He was an excellent first baseman, though will be best remembered for his sterling pitching marks. Ewing tallied a 15-3 career record and a 3.01 earned run average, with 131 strikeouts over 197 innings. Offensively, Ewing was a .313 career hitter whose 107 hits included seven home runs, 24 doubles and three triples. He also showed patience at the plate, walking 79 times.
Jon Billingsley ’88
The Orange Park, Fla., resident played four years for the Tigers and was named an NCAA All-American and conference player of the year in 1988. An outstanding outfielder and hitter, Billingsley was also a two-time all-conference and all-West region selection. He was a .351 career hitter whose 142 hits included 12 home runs, 26 doubles and six triples. He also amassed 85 runs batted in. From the hill, Billingsley pitched 209 innings en route to 16 wins, 199 strikeouts and a 4.21 earned run average.