Profiles

John Copple, III

John was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983. His citation is copied below:

John Addis “Lefty” Copple, a Pennsylvania native, was the ace hurler for the 1937-38-39-40 undefeated Maryland Collegiate League baseball champions. He spearheaded Coach Kibler’s solid pitching staff and was All-Maryland four years.

“Cop” possessed outstanding mound presence; cool and overpowering, completely dominating batters with a deceptive fastball and wicked breaking curve. He gave up less than four hits per game and averaged nearly eleven strikeouts. He lost only two non-conference games in four years, winning nineteen games closing out a brilliant career beating the University of Maryland 3 - 1, striking out 12 batters.

When not pitching, Copple was a solid performer in the outfield. A complete ballplayer, he could run and hit. He was signed by the Pittsburg Pirates and spent several seasons in the minor leagues with Albany and Harrisburg.

John served in the U. S. Army 1941–46 as an Ordnance Officer in the European Theater of World War ll. He settled in South Carolina and was supervisor of several textile plants in Chester County, South Carolina.

A quiet unassuming leader as a Washington College student, he was president of the Historical Society, and a member of the student council, honor society and varsity club.

“Lefty” Copple, coach Tom Kibler’s mound ace of the 1930s era, etched a great period of Washington College baseball, brought fame to his alma mater, and justly deserves his induction into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame on October 28, 1983.