Jeff Finke turns 42

Jeff Finke turns 42

On this date in Illini history

Seventeen years ago Sunday, Illinois' Jamie Fairbanks won medalist honors at the 74th Big Ten Men's Golf Championships in Bloomington, Ind. His four-round total of 286, 2 strokes under par, won the conference's individual title by 1 stroke. Fairbanks became the first Illini medalist since Steve Stricker in 1989. Along with Renee Heiken's victory on the women's side, they became the first Illinois twosome to win Big Ten honors in the same year. Other memorable moments on this date in Illini history:

1921: Illinois pitcher Cliff Jackson allowed four hits on the mound and collected three hits at the plate to lead the Illini to a 5-2 win at Iowa.

1924: Red Grange struck out two and allowed two earned runs on the mound, and also collected a triple as a hitter, but Illinois dropped a 7-0 decision against Notre Dame.

1924: Illinois' track and field squad pummeled Michigan 106-29, winning every running race and finishing 1-2 in 10 different events.

1931: George Mills hurled three-hit ball in a 9-0 win against Michigan to stay unbeaten in Big Ten play.

1934: Kit Carlson twirled an 8-0 shutout against Purdue as Illinois improved its Big Ten mark to 7-1.

1992: Andy Small hit .533 (8 of 15) and made the all-tournament team, but Illinois was eliminated from the Big Ten tournament by Michigan State, 4-2.

2001: Illini pitcher Andy Dickinson earned Big Ten Pitcher of the Year accolades. The Big Ten's only 10-game winner and strikeout leader became the third Illinois hurler in the past four seasons to win the award.

Illini Birthdays

Sunday: Tyler Yamauchi, gymnastics (25)

Monday: Jeff Finke, football (42)

Tuesday: Kevin Anderson, tennis (24)

Wednesday: Randy Rodgers, football (63)

Thursday: Marc Jackson, football (29)

Friday: Ed O'Bradovich, football (70)

Saturday: Leo Ward, strength coach

By Mike Pearson, author of Illini Legends, Lists & Lore and assistant athletic director at Miami (Ohio)

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