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Class of 1991 Inductees
Andrew Baker - Football
Known as "Shake and Bake," the Trenton native graduated as the all-time record holder for reception yardage (2,268) and receptions (127). Baker, an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American and first-team All-East selection in 1984, received the Homer Hazel Trophy as the team's most valuable player that year. His 857 receiving yards in 1983 was second all-time in a season. Baker was known for the acrobatic, leaping catches that he routinely made.
Mike Stang - Athletic Administration
Stang was revered for his concern for the athletes under his care. Stang coached baseball at St. Peter's High School and was also a highly-respected and well-known official for many years. Retiring in 1966, he was twice given testimonial dinners attended by hosts of former Rutgers athletes.
John Bateman - Coach, Football
Bateman directed the Scarlet Knights to an 8-1 record in his first season and followed that with an unblemished 9-0 mark in 1961, the first undefeated season for Rutgers. In his 13 seasons as head coach, Rutgers posted a mark of 73-51. Fondly known as "Dr. John," Bateman had a storied coaching career, which was highlighted by the 1969 Centennial Game victory over Princeton.
Vinnie Utz - Football
Utz captained the 1941 Rutgers squad and was an honorable mention All-American that season, when he led Rutgers in rushing and keyed a 7-2 season. One of the most colorful of Rutgers athletes, "The Wizard of Utz" was also a member of the 7-1-1 team in 1939. A decorated war hero, he remained a flamboyant follower of Rutgers football during his professional career at Johnson & Johnson.
Philip M. Brett - Football
Brett captained the 1892 Rutgers team and later served as acting president of the University in 1930-31. A longtime Trustee, he was, at one time, identified as the author of the famous statement, "I'd die for dear old Rutgers." Brett embraced the University and was singularly influential in major decisions made by the State University.
Bruce Van Ness - Football
Van Ness was the ECAC Football Sophomore of the Year in 1967 and played sensationally at five different positions for the Scarlet Knights. He accounted for 2,216 all-purpose yards during his collegiate career, which was capped by his selection as the most valuable player in the 1969 North-South All-Star game. Van Ness was named Rookie of the Year in the Canadian Football League in 1970 and enjoyed an outstanding career with the Montreal Alouettes.
Al T. Garrett - Football
Garrett captained the 1919 Rutgers squad and starred at several positions on both offense and defense. Tabbed a "human bullet" by his coach, George Foster Sanford, Garrett was a third-team Walter Camp All-American in 1916. He later played and coached at the professional level and taught at Rutgers-Newark for 20 years while also gaining fame as an official.
Mike Kushinka - Football
Kushinka was the first recipient of the David Bender Trophy, as the top lineman on the 1948 squad. An All-East selection in 1947, he played on teams that combined for a 22-5 record during his successful career. His ties to Rutgers run deep throughout his family as his wife has a Rutgers doctorate and two daughters have master's degrees from the State University.
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