Baseball star Hartig leads 6 inductees to Bulldogs' Hall
Phil Hartig, the most prolific hitter in Citadel baseball history, highlights a list of six to be inducted into The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame.
Also entering the Hall as members of the Class of 2008 are basketball standouts Rick Swing and Tom Slawson, and baseball pitcher Britt Reames. Former director of athletics Walt Nadzak and longtime football videographer Carl Kilpatrick will enter as honorary members.
The six inductees increase the membership of the Hall of Fame, which originated in 1977, to 150 individuals. The Hall is located in the lobby of McAlister Field House on campus. The induction ceremony will be held Nov. 1 at 9:15 a.m. at McAlister Field House.
Hartig established 14 offensive records and earned first- team All-Southern Conference honors all four years. He was drafted in the 24th round by the Florida Marlins.
Reames was a hard-throwing right-hander who finished his career with an 18-7 record and 2.03 ERA. He was drafted in the 17th round by the St. Louis Cardinals and in 2000 pitched for the Cardinals in the Division Series against Atlanta and the National League Championship Series against New York. Reams played six years in the majors for the Cardinals, Montreal Expos, Oakland Athletics and Pittsburgh Pirates.
Slawson finished his career as the fourth-leading scorer in Citadel basketball history with 1,408 points. The Summerville native paced the team in scoring as a junior (17.1 ppg) and senior (15.4 ppg), and was twice named to the All-SoCon second team. Leading the team in rebounding three consecutive seasons, He was a member of the Les Robinson-coached team that went 20-7 (10-4 SoCon) in 1979, the only Citadel team to post a 20-win season and the second-best league finish in school history.
Swing was co-captain of the 1979 basketball team that recorded the second-best turnaround from the previous season in the NCAA (8-19 in 1979; 20-7 in 1979), and finished his career as the school's second-leading scorer with 1,421 points. He was a fourth-round draft pick of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, one of only two Bulldogs ever drafted.
Nadzak, The Citadel's ninth director of athletics (1985-2000), oversaw tremendous growth and success. Nadzak is credited for bringing the SoCon Baseball Tournament to Charleston, where it became a successful fixture for 19 years (1990-08). He led the department in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo, and guided the department when it added women's athletics. During his tenure, Nadzak laid the groundwork for the creation of the Altman Athletic Center and the future of Johnson Hagood Stadium. He oversaw the renovation of McAlister Field House in 1989 and the Earle Tennis Center in 1990, and the opening of Vandiver Hall in 1991 and led The Citadel's interests in the creation of Riley Park in 1997.
Kilpatrick, a native Charlestonian, filmed Citadel football for a half-century (1956-2005). His tenure covered a span of 10 head coaches and he missed only five games during those 50 consecutive years. Kilpatrick is an Air Force veteran and served as a photographer at Shaw and Eglin Air Force bases.