Gary Leroy Baum ’63
Captain of Pingry’s First Undefeated Varsity Soccer Team, All-State Soccer Player and Lacrosse Standout Quick and tenacious, this natural athlete and team leader left his mark in the annals of both Pingry soccer and lacrosse. A standout on the Varsity Soccer Team for three years, he helped the team in his junior year to a 12-1-1 season, which was Pingry’s best record at that time. The following year as Captain, he led the 1962 Varsity Soccer Team through a 13-0-3 season to become the first undefeated team in Pingry soccer history and winners of Big Blue’s first Independent Schools Championship, while sustaining a 25-game winning streak. An anchor on defense, he was chosen for three consecutive years for the All-County First Team, and in his senior year, won distinction by being named to the All-State second team, the highest level ever then attained by a private school soccer player. During his three years on the lacrosse squad, he helped Pingry retire the Interscholastic League Trophy after winning the championship for five consecutive years. A spirited starter and standout midfielder, this Pingry letterman went on to star in both soccer and lacrosse at Wesleyan University. Following college and service with the United States Army in Vietnam, he pursued a successful career in sales and marketing.