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20 Engineers From the World of Sports

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Charles Murray
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Re: Omission of Mark Donohue
Charles Murray   7/25/2014 4:49:24 PM
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Thanks for the heads-up on Mark Donohue, Bud B. Another of our commenters, TRC Sr, points out that we also missed NASCAR driver Ryan Newman. I suspect that we could do a whole slideshow on engineer/drivers.

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Re: Dal Maxvill another Washington Univ. St. Louis EE Grad
Charles Murray   7/25/2014 4:41:44 PM
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Dal Maxvill is a great one, cmwiley2. I remember him playing shortstop for the Cardinals in the 1960s. It's interesting that Maxvill and Charley Johnson both studied engineering at Wash U during the off-seasons. Professional athletes weren't wealthy back then, and they needed to have a career outside of sports. I can't imagine that happening today.

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Re: Missed One
Charles Murray   7/25/2014 4:36:44 PM
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Apologies for missing Warren Livingston again, twk. I recall looking him up the last time you told me about him. I just forgot to include him...again. One of these days, I'm going to get organized. Thanks for the reminder.

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Re: Dal Maxvill another Washington Univ. St. Louis EE Grad
a.saji   7/25/2014 6:42:17 AM
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@TRC: Well that is a very good thing because he knows in and out about the vehicle he drives. In most cases the drivers does not know much about the vehicle they drive even though its their own vehicle. 

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Re: Dal Maxvill another Washington Univ. St. Louis EE Grad
TRCSr   7/24/2014 9:24:46 PM
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NASCAR Driver Ryan Newman has a degree in Automotive Engineering from Purdue University.

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Dal Maxvill another Washington Univ. St. Louis EE Grad
cmwiley2   7/24/2014 3:37:58 PM
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I'm sure there are others as well but Dal Maxvill played in 5 world Series with the Cardinals, Pirates and the A's.

 

Charles Dallan Maxvill (born February 18, 1939 in Granite City, Illinois) is a former shortstop, coach and general manager in Major League Baseball (MLB). During his career, Maxvill played, coached, or was an executive for four World Series winners and seven league champions. A graduate of St. Louis' Washington University, he earned a degree in electrical engineering. Maxvill signed his first professional baseball contract in 1960 with the hometown St. Louis Cardinals

 

With Charley Johnson, David Backes and Dal Maxvil, St.Louis is the place for Pro Athlete Engineers!

twk
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Missed One
twk   7/24/2014 3:19:57 PM
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You don't appear to keep info from posted comments.  I have indicaed before that you missed Warren Livingston. A search will bring him up.

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Nancy Golden   7/24/2014 1:10:42 PM
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I am highly aware of that mrthekid - I teach at the college level and have to deal with athlete entitlement attitudes in my classes during the course of each semester. They soon find out that i hold them to the same appropriate academic standards for college work that i do for all my students ;)

My comment is directed towards athletes who also pursue academics with the same perseverence as they do athletics during their time at college - and I applaud them.

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mrthekid   7/24/2014 1:03:39 PM
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Nancy...Most college atheletes do not choose engineering majors, if you look at the entire pool of college atheletes I'd be very will to bet that less than 5% choose engineering as majors.  The ones that do are not only great athletes but extremely smart individuals to boot and even if they don't go on to play professional sports are well suited to do well in life because of their brain power. College sports, especially major ones like football and basketball are really businesses and many colleges especially division I schools are using these kids to make money.  There was recently a story about NC basketball creating popcorn courses just for their athletes so they could stay in school.  When you see examples like these of athletes that choose engineering majors they are outliers and not the norm. 

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Omission of Mark Donohue
Bud B   7/24/2014 11:04:51 AM
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I recall that Mark Donohue graduated from Brown University with an engineering degree.  As a top level driver, he was also heavily involved in the development of the cars he drove; a true example of an athlete applying engineering to his sport.  I'm surprised that he was overlooked!

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