Dec. 20, 2012
Blue Jay Jersey Countdown - #50
As we countdown to '13, a season Blue Jay faithful hope will end with a 10 on the 27th, HopkinsSports.com offers its own countdown ... by jersey number ... to the season-opener against Siena on February 8.
Today - #50
Did You Know: There is no record of a Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse player wearing #50 from 1971-1996. Freshman attackman Chris Harned wore #50 in 1997 to become the first JHU player since Michael Seider in 1971 to wear #50.
Player Spotlight - Jim "Ace" Adams
A three-time All-America selection as a midfielder, Jim "Ace" Adams starred for the Blue Jays from 1947-50. During that time, Hopkins' famed Class of 1950 posted a 31-4 record, won four consecutive USILA National Championships and never lost a game to a collegiate opponent.
Adams, who served as a co-captain in 1950, earned Honorable Mention All-America honors as a sophomore in 1948, before moving up to the first team in 1949. He closed his career with a third team selection as a senior and remains the only Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse player to earn First Team All-America honors while wearing #50.
Adams went on to a successful career as a head coach at the high school, club and collegiate levels. He guided Army to four USILA National Championships and was inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1975.
Famous "50s" in Other Sports
David Robinson - San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
One of the best centers the NBA has ever known. Robinson was a 10-time all-star, league MVP, defensive player of the year, and a two-time NBA champion.
Mike Singletary - Chicago Bears (NFL)
Remember those eyes piercing across the line in some of the great NFL Films pieces from the 1980s? Singletary was the heart and soul of the Bears' innovative 46-defense that fueled Chicago's 1985 Super Bowl run.
Ralph Sampson - Several Teams (NBA)
Sampson enjoyed a solid NBA career, but may best be known as one of the great college players of all-time at the University of Virginia. Sampson made his collegiate debut on November 30, 1979 and totaled 17 points, eight rebounds and one block in a season-opening win against ... Johns Hopkins!
Note: Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse rosters are generally available back to 1950. In many years after 1950, only an alphabetical list is available. The Blue Jay Jersey Countdown is intended to be an enjoyable way to count down to the 2013 season. It is not intended to rank in any way the players who wore a particular number.