BURT BEAGLE, BARUCH COLLEGE SPORTS LEGEND, DIES AT 73
New York, NY – February 21, 2007--Burt Beagle, a sports legend at Baruch College and beyond, died on February 19, 2007, at Calvary Hospital in New York. He was 73 years old and a lifelong resident of the Bronx. He had been battling cancer for many months.
Best known as the statistician for the Bearcats, Baruch College’s Men’s Division III basketball team, Beagle scored 930 consecutive games before his streak, which began during the 1968-69 season, was stopped by illness on November 21, 2006.
Beagle’s involvement with Baruch athletics began in 1951 when he was an accounting student at what was then City College’s School of Business and Public Administration. As a student, Beagle served as sports editor of The Ticker, the College newspaper. In subsequent years Beagle assumed many roles. He was, at various times, Baruch’s sports information director, historian, and associate baseball coach. At all times, he was a friend and confidant to generations of student athletes and a repository of endless sports lore.
In addition to his many roles at Baruch, Beagle had served for more than 30 years as media relations director for the Catholic High School Athletic Association. In recent years, he was the recipient of many honors. In 2002 he was feted by the MetWriters Basketball Association at their annual Haggarty Awards dinner. In 2004 Beagle was presented with a citation by the New York City Sports Commission and honored by Mayor Bloomberg for his contributions to high school and college athletics. And just last year, Beagle was one of nine people inducted into the inaugural "class" of the Baruch College Hall of Fame. It was estimated at the time that Beagle had worked at more than 6,000 sports events.
Ray Rankis, men’s basketball coach and associate athletic director, who probably knew Beagle as well as anyone, called him “a friend, a true supporter . . .and utterly irreplaceable.” Ironically, his death comes in the midst of the 2007 CUNYAC/Con Edison Basketball Championships tournament in which both the men’s and women’s teams are competing.
Contact: Zane Berzins, News Director, 646-660-6111, or John Neves, Director, Sports and Athletics Information, 646-312-5048