Herbert H. Busch Jr. ’55
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Quietly Modest, Exceptional Athlete It would never occur to Herb Busch to acknowledge the dominant role he played in Pingry and Union County athletics. Pingry competitors built their game strategy around blocking him on the football field, double-teaming him on the court and juggling baseball lineups to take maximum advantage of the few hits he would give up. Herb earned a total of 10 varsity letters: three in football, four in basketball and three in baseball. Herb played on the unbeaten 1952 football team and set an all-time record in the Montclair game with his 72-yard punt. In his junior year, he set the basketball single game scoring record with 48 points and ended the season with the highest scoring average in Union County. After the 1955 basketball season, Mr. Les presented Herb with a special trophy. It was in recognition of his extraordinary basketball career during which he scored a total of 1,384 points, an average of 23.3 points per game. That year, he was named to the All-Union County Team and the Newark Star-Ledger All-State Team. The inscription on the trophy read: “Outstanding athlete and record holder...true sportsman and inspiring leader”.