Ronald L. Diamond ’57
Pingry Captain Had Statewide Reputations On Both The Football And Baseball Fields. In just three years at Pingry, Ron Diamond developed an outstanding record in football, basketball and baseball for Pingry. Ron’s two years of football at Pingry were hallmarked by his superior leadership and skills. During his senior year as captain, Ron illustrated his talents on the football field in a variety of offensive positions. Pingry football faced a strong opponent in their match with Riverdale in the fall of 1956. It was Diamond’s extra point that lead the Big Blue football team to a 7-6 victory. On the basketball court, Diamond also displayed his leadership and athletic abilities, ensuring success for his teammates. Ron was most successful during his three years on the baseball field. In May of 1955, in a game against St. Benedict’s, Ron, then a sophomore, hit a 360 foot home run in the last inning and brought the team’s winning record to 8-0. Ron made the 2nd Team All State twice and the All Union County team twice. At the end of his senior year, Ron won the Graham Churchill Award which is given to an exceptional baseball player at Pingry. After graduation, Ron went on to Colgate University and as a sophomore on the VArsity baseball team, he set the University record for the most RBI’s in one game (9). The next year, he signed a professional baseball contract with the Cincinnati Reds and he continued to play semi-professional baseball until 1976.