Rice University Owls baseball player Richard Kristinik
Black and white photograph of Rice University Owls baseball player Richard Kristinik, headlining his achievement into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Richard Kristinik became the first Rice player to win the Southwest Conference batting title when he hit .422 in league play in his senior season of 1961. Still vivid to memory of veteran Owl partisans is a "banana ball" looping in just over the second base in the season finale at Texas A&M for the needed hit to clinch the crown. Richard was a standout high school player in the fine baseball program at St. Thomas High in Houston, where he graduated in 1957. He then played at Rice as a freshman in '58 and on the varsity teams of 1959-60-61 (frosh not eligible for varsity in those days). He was here during the tenure of the late and respected Dell Morgan. In addition to winning the batting title in 1961, Kristinik was one of the few Owls to make All SWC for all three varsity seasons, and as a senior in '61 he was named third team All-American. He signed with the Baltimore Orioles after graduation, and spent two years in that organization before deciding to concentrate on his business career that has been extremely successful. A fine third baseman, a splendid hitter, and a scholarly all-around good person, Richard Kristinik is a worthy new member of the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame.
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