Dr. Howard Hoffman "Howdy" Groskloss '27

Amherst '30, Yale Med '34

At his college graduation in 1930, Kiski boy H.H. "Howdy" Groskloss was presented an award by President Calvin Coolidge naming him "The greatest all-around athlete ever to attend Amherst College."
For many, that would have been the high point of a lifetime. For Howdy it was only the beginning.

His distinguished academic performance (Phi Beta Kappa) and legendary achievements in baseball, basketball, and football had also earned him a Rhodes Scholarship nomination — but apparently that prospect wasn't quite challenging enough, because he turned it down.

Instead, Howdy enrolled in Yale Medical School — and signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates — and then proceeded to play three season as a major league infielder while he studied medicine. 

Later, when he'd earned his degree and entered practice, Dr. Groskloss went on to serve as a Navy flight surgeon during World War II, and to distinguish himself in the fields of obstetrics, gynecology, and endocrinology at some of the nation's finest teaching hospitals. 

He retired as an Emeritus Professor from The University of Miami Medical School.
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