In college athletics, there are two-sport athletes and then there are two-sport stars. Vince Gasior was the latter. The leading all-time assist-getter for a basketball program now nearly a century old was also a feared hitter on the baseball diamond, earning All-Conference honors three times.
Vince took over the starting point guard duties for the Shoremen basketball team as a sophomore and played during an era when the Maroon and Black enjoyed 10 consecutive winning seasons. A classic, pass-first point guard, Vince’s assist numbers continue to stand as the benchmarks for hardwood distributors at Washington College.
Vince finished his Shoremen basketball career with a school-record 346 assists, including a single-season school record 144 in 1982-83. He also twice dished out 13 assists in a game, a mark which has been accomplished only once by a Shoreman since. In addition, he twice led his team in steals in a season, played on two Middle Atlantic Conference Tournament teams, and twice earned All-Maryland Division III honors.
As exceptional as he was on the basketball court, Vince was equally impressive on the diamond. His three All-MAC awards each came at a different position. He hit .377 as a sophomore and .358 as a junior, earning NCAA Division III All-Region honors. After taking a year off, Vince returned for the 1985 season and turned in one of the most impressive performances in Washington College baseball history.
As a senior in 1985, Vince hit an exceptional .440. On top of that, however, he walked 21 times to boost his on-base percentage to a single-season school-record .606. In addition, he committed just two errors while playing his new position of left field. He had previously played two seasons at third base and another at second.
Vince Gasior, who earned the College’s Senior Athletic Award, left indelible marks on Washington College’s two longest-standing athletic teams, setting records which continue to stand more than two decades later.
Washington College considers it an honor and privilege to induct Vincent J. Gasior into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this 30th day of October, 2010.