Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: May 19, 2019


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Four years ago today, the Illini swept Big Ten baseball's top three individual awards as the Conference named its 2015 honors.

Dan Hartleb, who led Illinois to its first Big Ten regular-season championship since 2011, was named Coach of the Year. Senior first baseman David Kerian and junior left-hander Tyler Jay were respective honorees as Player and Pitcher of the Year. Besides Kerian and Jay, catcher Jason Goldstein, shortstop Adam Walton and outfielder Casey Fletcher earned first-team All-Big Ten acclaim.

Other memorable moments on this date in Illinois athletics history:

May 19, 1923: Clifford "Stonewall" Jackson scattered three hits on the mound and slammed a home run in his final Illini appearance at home as Illinois topped Wisconsin 7-1.

May 19, 1934: John Duffner clouted a home run over the left-field fence with two outs in the ninth inning, giving Illinois a 7-6 victory over Michigan in Urbana. Duffner also tripled and singled twice.

May 19, 1951: Mount Vernon all-stater Walter Moore announced that he would attend Illinois, thus becoming the first African-American player in Illini basketball history.

May 19, 1962: Senior golfer Mike Toliuszis fired rounds of 75, 69, 71 and 73 and earned medalist honors at the 43rd annual Big Ten Championships in Champaign.

May 19, 1985: The 400-meter relay team of Darryl Usher, Steve Tyson, Tim Simon and Lester Washington established UI and Big Ten records with a time of 39.65 seconds at the Big Ten meet in Evanston.

May 19, 1990: Mark Dalesandro was named Big Ten baseball's Player of the Year. He finished his Illini career that season with a .326 batting average.

May 19, 1991: Sophomore Tonja Buford successfully defended her Big Ten outdoor titles in the 100 hurdles and 400 relay and 1,600 relay events. She also added a first-place finish in the 400 hurdles and placed second in the 100 dash.

May 19, 1995: Illinois middle-distance star Marko Koers was named Athlete of the Championships at the Big Ten meet, winning at both 800 and 1,500 meters.

May 19, 2003: Top-ranked Illinois men's tennis defeated fourth-ranked Stanford, 4-2, to improve its record to 30-0 and earn a berth in the NCAA title match against Vanderbilt. The Illini went on beat the Commodores and claim the championship.

Illini Birthdays:

Today: Clay Mason Stephens, gymnastics (22)

Monday: Marc Jackson, football (38)

Tuesday: Tyson Bull, gymnastics (26)

Wednesday: Kirsten Gleis, volleyball

Thursday: Austin Teitsma, football (28)

Friday: Kent Brown, administrator (56)

Saturday: Dennis Stallings, football (45)

By Mike Pearson, author of Illini Legends, Lists & Lore (Third Edition now available in stores). Get more Illini birthdays, trivia and historical tidbits daily on Twitter@B1GLLL. His website is