Rice University baseball player Jay Knoblauh
Black and white photograph of Rice Owls baseball player Jay Knoblauh, accompanied by text headlining his achievement and entry into the Rice Athletic Hall of Fame. Caption reads: Before the recent surge in Rice’s baseball fortunes, there was JAY KNOBLAUH. No player before had been as prominent in the Owls’ offense. A look at the record book when Knoblauh finished his Rice career in 1988 showed him to be the Rice career record-holder in 10 offensive categories: batting average (.341), at-bats (737), runs (203), hits (251), runs batted in (185), doubles (51), triples (15), home runs (39), total bases (449), and slugging percentage (.609). The “Knobber” was the latest of a long line of Owls out of Bellaire High when he matriculated in 1984, and his future foreshadowed when he homered in his first Rice at-bat in the spring of 1985. He blossomed into all-America caliber as a sophomore, hitting .340 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI. As a junior, The Sporting News named him to its first-team all-America squad after he hit .372 with 13 homers and 55 RBI. After three seasons, he already owned career records for home runs, batting average and slugging percentage. Knoblauh finished his Rice career in 1988 with a .343 average, 11 home runs and 55 more RBI, winning all-Southwest Conference honors for the second consecutive season. The New York Yankees drafted Knoblauh following his senior season, but an early-season hand injury cut short his debut in professional baseball. Meanwhile, he finished requirements for his degree in economics and managerial studies that fall. Knoblauh started his climb up the Yankees farm system in 1989, splitting time between the teams’ Class A affiliates in the Carolina and Florida State leagues. In 1990, he was named to the FSL all-star team. He finished the 1992 season with a bang, earning most valuable player honors in the class AAA Governor’s Cup series. His team won its second straight IL penant. As his baseball career wound down, Knoblauh’s business career was heating up. During the 1988-94 off-seasons, he worked as an investment advisor. In 1997, he joined Enron Capital & Trade Resources.
Rice University Athletic Hall of Fame
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