Clyde Alwood, the College of Illinois’ third recipient of the Massive Ten Convention Medal of Honor for Athletic and Tutorial Excellence, died on this date in 1954 in his childhood hometown of Clinton.
The three-time letter-winning Illini basketball star whose life resulted in a deadly coronary heart assault was simply 59 years previous. Alwood was visiting his childhood residence to rejoice his mom’s birthday. The 6-foot-Four middle began for coach Ralph Jones’ 1915, 1916 and 1917 groups, which posted a mixed file of 42 wins and simply six losses. Throughout Alwood’s sophomore marketing campaign, undefeated Illinois (16-Zero) not solely gained the Massive Ten title (12-Zero), however was additionally named the school basketball nationwide champion.
In Alwood’s junior season, Illinois gained its first eight video games to increase UI’s profitable streak to a school-record 28 straight. The 1916 Illini misplaced simply three of 16 video games and completed second within the convention standings. The membership Alwood captained as a senior regained the convention title by posting a 10-2 file. He performed alongside future UI Corridor of Famers Ray Woods and George Halas that season.
Academically, Alwood majored in agriculture and after commencement started working a small farm close to Marshall. Simply two months after receiving his UI diploma, Bloomington Excessive College employed him as its head basketball coach. That interval solely lasted one season.
Though not despatched abroad to combat throughout World Conflict I, Alwood served within the US Military as a YMCA teacher. Alwood finally grew to become a civil engineer with the Illinois Central Railroad, then a salesman in Indianapolis, Rockford and Beloit, Wisconsin.
Sunday: Don Klusendorf, basketball (60)
Monday: Crystal Wang, golf
Tuesday: Neil Rackers, Soccer (46)
Wednesday: Dee Brown, basketball (38)
Thursday: Shawn Jones, soccer (58)
Friday: Lon Kruger, basketball coach (70)
Saturday: Dan Darlington, Soccer (73)
By Mike Pearson, creator of Illini Legends, Lists & Lore (Third Version now in shops). Get extra Illini birthdays, trivia and historic data every day on Twitter @IlliniLegends and @Spartifacts2022. Its web site is www.SportsLLL.com.