1967 Hall of Honor
“Larry” Mac Phail, one of the most colorful figures in American baseball history, had one brief season of glory on the 1907 baseball team of Beloit College, playing first base on a team which met Purdue, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame (as well as a high school, a prep school and a city team). But his love of baseball had developed when he was a boy in Michigan. He returned to that state and the University after his one year at Beloit, later took a law degree at George Washington University, and was a lawyer, a banker, and a department store president before devoting full time to the national sport. He was president of the Columbus Baseball Club in 1930, and between 1933 and 1948 was general manager, owner, or both, of the Cincinnati Reds, the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the New York Yankees. He founded night baseball in 1935 and originated the first telecast of a baseball game in 1939. He later became noted as a stick breeder. He served his country in both World Wars. Shortly after World War I, while still in service, he was one of a group of eight who attempted to abduct the Kaiser from the castle in Holland where he was hiding. In World War II, he was a colonel and assistant to the Secretary of War.
The athletic achievements of “Jack” Samuel are indelibly recorded at Beloit College and West Point. One of the finest scholar-athletes ever to wear the Gold, he was a six-letter man and earned the rare honor of being named captain of both the football and basketball teams and president elect of the class as a senior. An All-Conference hardcourt selection, this versatile competitor also excelled in track and established a longstanding javelin record. He left Beloit after his junior year to accept an appointment to West Point, starring there as a playmaker and on defense for the basketball team, which he captained as a senior, and as a signal-calling end in football. Rated a “distinguished cadet,” the military equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa, he like wise scored in his career, being commissioned a second lieutenant in June, 1939, entering the regular Army’s aviation service, and rising to the rank of colonel by the end of World War II. His heroic leadership of a bombardment group over Western Europe brought him the highest decorations of the United States and France, including the Distinuished Service Cross and Croix de Guerre. In 1964, he was promoted to major general.