Baseball in the Big Game: Two-sport stars from the Bay


Over the course of its 122-year history, the Big Game has featured a number of football phenoms. Many of them, such as Andrew Luck ’12 or former Cal quarterback Aaron Rogers, have gone on to have successful careers in the NFL. Less common, however — though hardly less impressive — is the number of athletes in the rivalry that have dominated on both the diamond and the field. Both the Cardinal and the Golden Bears have had many athletes take on Division I football and baseball; however, there are a couple names that stand out through history. 

John Elway ’83 (Stanford): One of the greatest players in the history of Stanford football, Elway ended his Cardinal quarterbacking career with 774 passes for 77 touchdowns and over 9,300 yards. In 1982, Elway’s 24 touchdown passes were the most of any college quarterback in the nation. The previous year, he had nine home runs and 41 RBI — not to mention a .361 batting average — as an outfielder on the baseball team. He was selected by the New York Yankees as the last pick in the second round of the draft, and Elway played on the Yankees’ minor league team before his infamous NFL career.

Steve Bartkowski (Cal): A…

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