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John Fouse

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John Fouse moved to Aliquippa at age 12 and went on to one of the most incredible athletic careers in Quips history. John won an amazing 15 letters with the Quips, excelling in five sports for three years: baseball, basketball, track, volleyball, and football. He was accorded numerous All Star honors for his scholastic play. That impressive background netted John a scholarship to the University of Arizona, where he concentrated on football and baseball. He went on to star in both sports with the Wildcats. John was a three year football letterman as tight end and also served as placekicker, being twice named All Conference and in his senior year being invited to play in both the Hula Bowl and Senior Bowl All Star games. John was even more outstanding in baseball a premier pitcher and power hitting outfielder when not on the mound. He was named All Conference three times and All American twice. In 1965 John led the NCAA in ERA and posted a 12-1 record, while clubbing 16 home runs and hitting a team high 64 RBIs. John set a record with 40 consecutive shutout innings that is listed as one of the greatest sporting achievements in Arizona history. In one memorable game he pitched a win over No 1 ranked Arizona State, striking out Reggie Jackson, Sal Bando, and Rick Monday. John was drafted by three professional teams, two in football and one in baseball. Originally John decided to give football a whirl but failed his physical for the Philadelphia Eagles due to a leg problem. He then signed with the Cleveland Indians and played 3 years in the minors as a pitcher and pinch hitter until a shoulder injury ended his career. After retirement, John worked as an insurance administrator in Poland, Ohio, and competed in handball tournaments. He was inducted into the Aliquippa Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame.