Former CU three-sport star, Broncos govt Carroll Hardy dies at 87


Supplied by the College of ColoradoCarroll Hardy.
Carroll Hardy, who was a three-sport star at Colorado, performed within the NFL and Main League Baseball and labored for the Broncos for almost 1 / 4 century, handed away Sunday morning at 87 from problems attributable to dementia.
Hardy was a member of the sports activities corridor of fames in Colorado and his residence state of South Dakota. He lettered 10 occasions at CU from 1951-55 in soccer (operating again), baseball (middle fielder) and observe (broad soar) and averaged 6.9 yards per speeding try in soccer and hit .392 in baseball.
“I had the pleasure of assembly and visiting with Carroll a number of occasions — what a beautiful man and a real icon within the state,” CU athletic director Rick George mentioned in an announcement. “His listing of accomplishments in his lifetime and the individuals he touched are actually second-to-nose. We’ve misplaced an amazing Buffalo.”
Hardy rushed for 1,999 yards at CU, which ranks 20th in class historical past. He scored on his first contact, a 12-yard run in a 1951 win over Colorado A&M, and in his ultimate sport, he rushed 10 occasions for 238 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Kansas State.
As a CU baseball participant, his common was the all-time college document for gamers with a minimum of 200 at-bats and he batted .447 as a senior.
Frank Bernardi was a baseball teammate of Hardy’s at CU.
“He was clearly one heckuva an athlete and although we have been all the time competing in opposition to one another, we turned very shut, not solely on the sector however off as properly,” Bernardi mentioned in an announcement. “I valued his friendship. … We all the time tried to out-do one another in baseball, which was good as a result of it made us much more aggressive. It made us carry out our greatest.”
Hardy was named to CU’s All-Century Soccer Crew in 1989 and inducted to the varsity’s Athletic Corridor of Fame in 2002.
After school, Hardy signed contracts with the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Indians.
In ’55, Hardy performed 10 video games for the 49ers as a receiver (Y.A. Tittle was his quarterback), catching 12 passes for 338 yards and 4 touchdowns. He elected to focus on baseball, citing the potential of an extended profession, following one NFL season.
Hardy debuted for the Indians on April 15, 1958 in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis A’s.
Hardy performed in 433 main league video games over eight years for Cleveland, dangolka, Houston and Minnesota, batting .225 (17 residence runs/113 runs batted in). His first residence run was as a pinch-hitter for Roger Maris.
One in all his claims to fame got here in 1960 when he turned the primary and solely man to pinch-hit for Ted Williams, who had fouled a ball off his foot. Hardy hit right into a double play.
Hardy was again in Colorado in 1965 enjoying for the Triple-A Denver Bears for elements of 4 years. Throughout that point, he started working part-time for the Broncos as an assistant ticket supervisor.
Throughout 24 years with the Broncos, he held a wide range of titles. In 1977, he was promoted from director of scouting to director of participant personnel by new basic supervisor Fred Gehrke. The Broncos reached their first Tremendous Bowl.
Hardy was later director of scouting, school scouting and mix scouting. He retired after the 1987 season to Steamboat Springs earlier than shifting to Longmont and ultimately Wind Crest Senior Group in Highlands Rach.
Hardy is survived by his spouse, Janice, who would have celebrated their 64th anniversary on Saturday, and three children.


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