Richard Tucker ’35
Brilliant Backfielder, Keystone Sacker, Superb Hoopster. Dick Tucker was a triple threat, equally at ease and capable on a football field as he was on the baseball diamond or the basketball court. A shining defensive star, his four years of football brought him to a backfield quartet that time and again pulled a close game out of the fire with brilliant runs through the opposing team. During a contest against rival Bordentown, a writer described Tucker as making “one of the prettiest and most useful open-field take-outs we have seen” in “exhibition of practically perfect defensive work.” In 1933, that kind of brilliance led the team to capture the coveted Class B Prep Championship. For three years, he was also a key member of the basketball and baseball teams. On the baseball diamond especially, Dick Tucker was part of an infield combination which became the signature for Pingry’s outstanding 1934 Baseball Team. A hero on and off the field, he was one of six New Jersey summer lifeguards credited in 1934 with rescuing fifteen people from the grounded ship, Morro Castle, a disaster which took 250 lives and remains among this country’s worst calamities at sea. Called to another field of battle less than a decade later, this brilliant Pingry athlete finally lost the ultimate battle, giving his life in defense of his country during World War II.