It’s been a great month if you follow the exploits of former Princeton Tigers in professional sports. George Parros, former captain of Princeton’s ice hockey team (and NJ high school standout) became the first Princetonian to win the Stanley Cup. He joins a reasonable list of Ivy Leaguers on Lord Stanley’s Cup, including Canadian politician Ken Dryden (Cornell).
Earlier this week, another Tiger tale emanated from another post-graduate first: Padres pitcher Chris Young was voted to the MLB All-Star Game, riding a wave of fan interest, local support, and mlb.com’s inclusion of on-line and SMS tallies. Young is the first Princetonian to make an All-Star team, and only the sixth Ivy League graduate to be given the recognition. He joins some heady company, as the first Ivy All-Star did his undergrad work at Columbia, then went across the East River to play for the Yankees: Lou Gehrig.