Congratulations to Andy for his Induction into the McDowell Athletic Hall of Fame. Here is some of what was shared at the Induction:
Andrew J. “Andy” Conner, Esquire is known as one of McDowell’s all-time greatest athletes of the 1950s. Toiling for coach Paul Goll in football, the 6’0” Conner was a smooth-handling, risk-taking starting quarterback on the 1957 team that finished 3-5. Andy scored the winning touchdowns against both Girard and Corry as a senior. Though unable to receive post-season recognition because McDowell was not in a gridiron league at the time, he nevertheless was the starting quarterback for the County in the 1958 City-County Save-an-Eye All-Star Game, played before 12,000 fans.
Conner was a two-year starting guard for coach Al Kline’s McDowell basketball teams (1956-1958) that finished second in Section I both seasons. As part of well-balanced scoring units, Andy tossed in 163 points (7.8 ppg) as a junior for the 13-8 Trojans, and another 192 (10.1ppg) as a senior as he led the Blue & White to a fine 13-6 mark. Included was a pair of wins over Cathedral Prep. One of Andy’s big thrills was tossing in the winning bucket with only seconds remaining to defeat Tech Memorial, 57-56. Andy also represented the Trojans, performing for the victorious City side, in the 1958 annual City-County All-Star game.
Conner was also a three-year letter winner and first man on Coach Goll’s District 10 champion golf team, finishing 11th at the PIAA state meet in 1957, the best result of any 11th grade linkster in the state. He finished 16th in the state as a senior. In one match against East High that season (1958), Andy fired a two-under par 62, one of the all-time scholastic low scores on the Glenwood Golf Course at the time.
Conner then played football at the Ivy League’s Princeton University, where he was a two-time letterman (1960-61) at guard then at tackle under Coach Dick Colman. The overall record of the Tigers with versatile Andy on the squad was 22-14. Andy was twice selected by the Associated Press to the weekly All-East team, that being after the Yale and Dartmouth battles. Conner was further the university’s 1961 winner of the prestigious Charles W. Caldwell Memorial Trophy, awarded to the senior member of the varsity football squad who has shown the greatest improvement in football during his years at Princeton.
Conner received his B.A. in Economics from Princeton in 1962. He next attended graduate school at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he played another year of college-level football. The McGill gridders were Canadian National Champions in 1962 as Andy was named All-Conference at offensive tackle by The Canadian Press. The 1962 Redman football team just celebrated the 50th anniversary of its magical Yates Cup league championship with induction into the McGill Sports Hall of Fame this past fall.
Cangratulations again, Andy!