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  • RIP Rink Babka

    From Walt Murphy - Rink Babka has died. We don't have any further details on date or place yet. Pending.

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    https://usctrojans.com/news/2022/1/1...-saturday.aspx

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    • #3
      The obit calls him "one of the greatest discus throwers in USC history". That's quite an understatement.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by noone View Post
        The obit calls him "one of the greatest discus throwers in USC history". That's quite an understatement.
        I would think he would rank fairly high in US history let alone USC.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Trickstat View Post

          I would think he would rank fairly high in US history let alone USC.
          Or call him one of the greatest athletes in USC history.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by noone View Post
            The obit calls him "one of the greatest discus throwers in USC history". That's quite an understatement.
            I think this is a pretty good assessment considering the history of USC discus throwers. Babka was the Olympic silver medalist in 1960, which is pretty impressive. But look at the other USC discus alumni with OG medals:
            Bud Houser gold in '24 and '28
            Ken Carpenter gold in '36
            Sim Iness gold in '52
            Des Koch bronze in '56.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by noone View Post
              The obit calls him "one of the greatest discus throwers in USC history". That's quite an understatement.
              not if you remember that USC is first and foremost an NCAA school, and collegiate results are what resonate.

              And the Trojans have had succifient NCAA DT success through the years that "one of the greatest" is quite fitting. After all, his only score was an =1 and USC claims these guys as well:

              1926 Bud Houser
              1931 Robert Hall
              1935 & 36 Ken Carpenter (plus a 2nd in '34)
              1952 & 53 Simm Iness (plus 2nd in '50)
              1955 Des Koch (plus 2nd in '54)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by gh View Post

                not if you remember that USC is first and foremost an NCAA school, and collegiate results are what resonate.

                And the Trojans have had succifient NCAA DT success through the years that "one of the greatest" is quite fitting. After all, his only score was an =1 and USC claims these guys as well:

                1926 Bud Houser
                1931 Robert Hall
                1935 & 36 Ken Carpenter (plus a 2nd in '34)
                1952 & 53 Simm Iness (plus 2nd in '50)
                1955 Des Koch (plus 2nd in '54)
                wow!

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                • #9
                  Great athleye with a good and long life. I'm so "sick" of reading posts about weightmen that happen to pass well before the average man.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by KDFINE View Post
                    Great athleye with a good and long life. I'm so "sick" of reading posts about weightmen that happen to pass well before the average man.
                    It could be inevitable for larger athletes:

                    https://slate.com/technology/2013/07...ur-health.html

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