Dec. 23, 2012
Blue Jay Jersey Countdown - #47
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 - #47
Did You Know: Brent Ciccarone wore #47 in his first season at JHU in 1982; 20 years after his father, Henry Ciccarone, Sr., earned All-America honors wearing the same number during his career from 1960-62.
Player Spotlight –Henry Ciccarone, Sr.
Ciccarone starred as a midfielder for the Blue Jays from 1960-62 and captained the team as a senior. Ciccarone was a three-time All-American under Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott, garnering third team honors as a sophomore and second team honors as a junior earning first team status as a senior.
A member of the William C. Schmessier All-Time Johns Hopkins Team and a 1987 inductee into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Ciccarone totaled 57 goals and 44 assists for 101 points in his career.
Ciccarone was one of the rare great players who also excelled as a coach as he enjoyed a highly successful nine-year run as the head coach of the Blue Jays from 1975-83. During that time he compiled a record of 105-16, guided JHU to seven straight trips to the NCAA championship game (1977-83) and won three national championships (1978, 1979, 1980).
Other Notable “47s” in JHU Lacrosse History
Byron Forbush: Forbush helped Johns Hopkins to USILA National Championships in 1949 and 1950 as he excelled on attack. He grabbed Second Team All-America honors in 1949 and honorable mention status as a junior in 1950. With the graduation of JHU’s famed class of 1950, he emerged as JHU’s offensive leader as a senior in 1951 and earned Second Team All-America honors.
Famous “47s” in Other Sports
Tom Glavine – Atlanta Braves, New York Mets (MLB)
The left-handed ace during the Atlanta Braves’ amazing run in the 1990s, Glavine twice won the Cy Young Award, was selected to the All-Star game 10 times and was the MVP of the 1995 World Series. His 164 wins in the 1990s were the second-most in the majors during that decade. Glavine won 305 games, amassed more than 2,600 strikeouts and is one of just six left-handed pitchers in major league history to win 300 or more games.
Mel Blount – Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL)
In an era when the Steelers won four Super Bowls, Blount was a star on a star-studded roster. Generally regarded as one of the 50 greatest NFL players of all-time, Blount was shutdown corner, totaled 57 career interceptions, was a six-time All-Pro and a five-time Pro Bowl selection.
Jack Morris – Several Teams (MLB)
If not for Tom Glavine (above), Morris might be the most famous major leaguer to wear #47 … and even at that the difference is razor thin. A member of four World Series Championship teams, Morris pitched one of the most memorable games in World Series history with a 10-inning shutout in a 1-0 win over the Atlanta Braves in game seven of the 1991 series. He won 254 games and totaled nearly 2,500 strikeouts in his career.
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.