Todd Alexander '64

A respected teammate of Alexander said, “Todd was the best athlete on campus during our four years.” In his freshman year, the preseason prospectus for baseball referred to him as a “football star.”

In a West Penn conference track and field championship meet, he placed third in the discus event in the morning and in the afternoon, had six hits in eight at-bats in a baseball doubleheader.

He earned 10 varsity letters in three sports and received a bachelor of arts degree in business administration in 1964.

On the gridiron, head coach Jack Behringer used Alexander as a halfback, fullback and kick returner during his first three seasons. He then switched to quarterback in his senior year.

“Number 38” led the team in scoring in both 1961 and 1962 and in total offensive yardage in 1963.

Alexander’s versatility also came to the forefront on the baseball diamond. As a center fielder, he led the team in hitting twice. The right arm that earned him two letters as a track thrower also served him well on the mound as he averaged a strikeout per inning during his college career.

As a senior in 1964, Alexander led Grove City in runs scored, home runs and total bases. He also anchored the pitching staff that year, posting a 1.48 earned run average. Alexander allowed just 34 hits in 38 innings that year while striking out 39 batters.

His combination of athletic tools caught the eyes of major league baseball scouts and following graduation, he spent one year in the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

As a discus thrower, Alexander scored points for Grove City at the West Penn Championships in both his freshman and sophomore seasons.

A native of nearby New Castle, Alexander earned Sportsman of the Year as a senior. His life’s work has been in the sporting goods business.