Yale Baseball Captain, Rhodes Scholar Candidate
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Simon Whiteman, a Rhodes Scholar candidate who captained the Yale baseball team, has been named the recipient of the 2019 William Neely Mallory Award, the most prestigious athletic award given to a senior male at Yale. The award was presented at today's Class Day exercises by athletics director Vicky Chun.
Whiteman is a Major League Baseball prospect and a chemical engineering major with a 3.97 GPA who is interested in energy production, namely solar energy and photovoltaics.
The Trumbull, Conn., native has produced plenty of energy with his diamond skills. He is a two-time All-Ivy League middle infielder with a .303 career average and 71 stolen bases (3rd best at Yale). Whiteman had a career-high 63 hits and league-best 34 steals (did not get caught once) this spring, while earning College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America in 2017-18 and All-District honors the last two years.
The award citation reads, "William Neely Mallory Award, given to the senior man who on the field of play and in life at Yale best represents the highest ideals of American sportsmanship and Yale tradition. William Neely Mallory '24, a three-time letterman on the Yale football team, served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the 12th Air Force during World War II. He was leaving Italy headed for home but his plane crashed into a mountain in 1945.
Whiteman's 2019 campaign had him second among Ivy hitters in doubles (17) and runs (43, tie) and fourth in the league in hits. His .337 batting average was second on the team, and his .388 on-base percentage and .465 slugging percentage were third. He committed only seven errors, posting a .966 fielding percentage.
Those numbers cap a remarkable career for Whiteman, who is tied for second on Yale's career hits list with 213, while his 135 runs were four shy of the school record. More importantly, the righthanded hitter who played both shortstop and second base helped the Bulldogs win back-to-back Ivy League Championships (2017-18) and earn a pair of wins in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
A graduate of Fairfield Prep, Whiteman is in Trumbull College at Yale.
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