Sun Devil Summer School: The Stars of the 1950s - Dave Graybill

Sun Devil Summer School: The Stars of the 1950s - Dave Graybill

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Sun Devil Summer School: The Stars of the 1950s - Dave Graybill

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by Joe Healey

azfamily.com

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Though over 50 years have passed since his time at ASU, Dave Graybill is still considered one of the school’s top all-time athletes and is one of only seven three-sport lettermen in Arizona State history as he was a member of the football, baseball and basketball teams.

 
ASU’s top quarterback in 1955 and ’56 for head coach Dan Devine, Graybill was the first Sun Devil to surpass 1,000 passing yards in a season with 1,079 in 1955 while also tying the school single-season record at the time with nine touchdown passes. He also registered a team-high three interceptions on defense that year, helping him earn First-Team All-Border Conference honors.
 
Graybill was also a First-Team All-Border Conference member in basketball as a junior, averaging 17.7 points per game.
 
In baseball, he pitched, played third base and outfield and led ASU in batting three successive seasons from 1955-57. He batted .369 as a sophomore, .444 as a junior and .400 as a senior and also was ASU's leading pitcher in 1957 with a 7-3 record and a 3.16 ERA.
 
Ultimately for his efforts on the gridiron, the diamond and on the hardwood, Graybill was inducted into ASU’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1977.
 
Among other professions, Graybill worked in ASU’s athletic department before retiring in 1995. In addition to his own contributions to ASU, Graybill is the patriarch of a Sun Devil family as his son, Dave, Jr., pitched at ASU from 1982-84 and his grandson, also named David, was a freshman this year for the Sun Devil baseball team.
 
Graybill passed away on Christmas Eve of 2002.

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