Leslie S. Buck ’64
Nine Letters at Pingry Were Just the Beginning for Les. Truly a man for all seasons, Les Buck excelled in soccer, basketball, and tennis while at Pingry, capturing nine letters in total. He went on to play both soccer and tennis at Princeton, earning six more varsity letters - only because freshman were not allowed to play varsity. At Pingry, Les was known as the “Eastern tennis whiz” and a “gunner in basketball.” He played soccer for three years, basketball for two, and tennis for four. He was noted to have “more soccer skills than anyone else on the team,” and received all-county and all-state recognition for his abilities on the field. Les’s “deadly” push shots in basketball were legendary and he helped propel the team to several victories. Ranking first in the Eastern Boys Division in tennis as a freshman, Les continued contributing to an undefeated team the following year. His prowess on the soccer field and tennis court was recognized when the 1962 soccer team and the 1962 tennis team were inducted into the Pingry Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991 and 1997, respectively.