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Aisne-Marne Cemetery

12 Oaks stand between Dean and Baker Halls on the campus of Austin College, memorializing the 12 Kangaroos lost during World War 1. This is the story of one of those Oaks, dedicated to Charles Ignatius Coffin. The Coffin family of Itasca, TX has sent generations through the halls of AC. Charles is not nearly

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The Most Perfect Game Ever Pitched

It’s my birthday! I was born on April 29th, 1970. But it’s a different April 29th that’s been on my mind lately. On April 29th, 1922, Austin College Kangaroo Charlie Robertson retired for the night alongside his Chicago White Sox teammates at the Statler Hotel in downtown Detroit, MI. Robertson, a rookie pitcher with two

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Top 5 Charlie Robertson Moments

Austin College Kangaroo Charlie Robertson is on my mind. Robertson is a former Roo baseball player who pitched a perfect game for the Chicago White Sox on April 30th, 1922. The 99th anniversary of his perfect game is this week. So, I’m going to honor this Roo by counting down my Top 5 favorite Charlie

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AC Women’s Water Polo: D3 Champs

Congratulations to AC Women’s Water Polo. The Roos defeated Wittenburg University (OH) to earn the Collegiate Water Polo Association Division III championship. I feel like sending a message to the team by quoting one of Wittenburg University’s former students: Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis. Way to “Just Win Baby.”

12 Mighty Orphans

2020 was the worst American year ever. But now that it is 2021, things may be slowly getting better. They are for me. I recently got together with one of my AC groups; we had to postpone a gathering in 2020. One of the Roos in that group, Richard Gudmundsen, brought me a gift. What

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AC, Texas Rangers, and the Hulse family

Today is the first Austin College Giving Day, with a theme of “Give where your heart is.” That means giving for academic scholarships, athletics funds, or the school in general. You can choose how to give. I like to say that as a student tiny Austin College gave me the world. As an alumnus, my

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Gonzaga & the family of Roo Jerry Bishop

If you are a Presbyterian Roo wondering who to root for in the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, you might want to consider a small Catholic college in eastern Washington State. The Zags of the University of Gonzaga are a #1 seed in the tournament and are looking for their first national championship. They came

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Baylor, AC, & the Immortal Ten

James Clyde “Abe” Kelly and Weir Washam were grumpy. Kelly and Washam, former Waco High teammates and now freshman members of the 1924 Baylor football team, watched in frustration as their beloved Bears fell 7-3 in Waco to the Kangaroos of Austin College. For tiny AC, the win was “the greatest Kangaroo victory ever.” For

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Vinnie Johnson, the Baylor Bears, and AC Basketball

Baylor Bears men’s basketball finds itself in the Final Four this weekend against Houston. If you had to point to a single date for the resurgence of Baylor basketball, you’d probably have to go with November 24, 1978. Still smarting from a 50-20 thumping by Austin College men’s basketball in 1920, Baylor invited Austin College

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