Jack Ringel '54
Jack Ringel was one of Prep’s earliest two-way stars. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder was talented enough to play four seasons of varsity football and baseball. As a bruising fullback and punishing linebacker, Ringel was a co-captain of the Jesuits’ first undefeated and untied team (8-0) under coach Tom Seymour in 1953. He set a Prep and regional scoring record that season with 128 points, scored a then-state record 21 touchdowns and was an honorable mention All-American.
Ringel was also a two-time All-District fullback his last two seasons and never missed a game due to injury. As a junior in 1952, he set a then-school record with five touchdowns in Prep’s 45-18 win over Harding, the school’s first-ever victory over the Presidents.
Ringel was an outfielder on the Jesuits’ baseball team and continued his career at Holy Cross. He played three seasons of varsity football and baseball for the Crusaders, despite being hampered by injuries in both sports in his final two seasons. With Ringel in the outfield, Holy Cross managed a third-place finish in the 1958 College World Series.
After college, he played five seasons in the Bridgeport Senior City League, winning the batting title in 1954 with the White Eagles.
He was honored with the Outstanding Athletic Achievements Award by the Greater Bridgeport Athletic Association in 2003.