R. Dale Boyd ’66
Football and Track & Field
Dale Boyd was a three-year letterwinner on the gridiron, helping the Bullets to the 1964 Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) University Division Championship. As a senior, he was named MAC All-University Division after posting school records for receiving yards (725), kickoff returns (27), and kick-off return yards (580). Also named second team All-Lutheran in 1965, Boyd finished his career as Gettysburg’s all-time leader in receptions (96) and receiving yards (1,583).
Joseph P. Bavaro ’66
Gettysburg’s first two-time national wrestling champion came from Island Park, N.Y. Not only did he win two national small college titles, but he was runner-up to two major college tournaments. He lost the major national title in his junior year on a referee’s split decision in double over-time to Iowa State’s Veryl Long. He has the distinction of being the only small college wrestler to determine a major college national team championship.
He completed his collegiate career with 66 victories and four losses. Twenty-two of those wins were by falls, a record which lasted two decades. He is also one of the few small college wrestlers in the country to hold All-America certificates two years in a row in two divisions.
Kenneth L. Snyder ’65
Football, Men’s Basketball
He set many school records in football while at Gettysburg, including the number of touchdown passes cought in a game, a season and a career – all three of which still stood at the time of his induction. In 1964, a year in which the Bullets carried off the Middle Atlantic Conference university division championship, he pulled in 37 passes for 673 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was the leading collegiate scorer in Pennsylvania that year, and was named to the Lutheran All-American and All-Conference first teams and was an honorable mention Little All-American. Not only did he lead the MAC in pass receiving for three straight years, but being a two-way performer, he was also a conference leader in pass interceptions.
For two seasons he earned All-Conference status in baseball. His career batting average was .341, and his biggest accomplishment on the baseball diamond came in his senior year when he caught in 14 games, handled the ball 115 times and did not commit a single error to finish with a .991 career fielding average.
Robert G. Eppleman ’55
Football, Men’s Swimming, Men’s Track & Field
A remarkable two-way football fullback and defensive back, he played four years without an injury or missed a single game. He spearheaded a 14-13 win over Delaware his sophomore year and scored seven touchdowns his senior year in a variety of ways – intercepted passes, punt and kickoff returns, several by rushing and a pass reception. He completed his career with 1,439 yards on 277 rushes, won the Maxwell Club Award, the South Jersey Brooks-Irvine Award, was named first team all-conference and second team All-State.
He was a freestyle swimmer who was a key performer on the 400-freestyle relay team besides swimming the sprints. As a track athlete, he ran the 100 and 200 and long jump. A memorable moment came in 1954 when he guided the Bullets to the Little Three crown by placing in all three events.
He was a Dean’s List student as a business administration major, a Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, president of his class and recipient of the coveted Beachem Award.