Tom Lovrich, a USC All-American pitcher, died on Oct. 1 at age 91.
Lovrich might be best known for giving up a legendary home run to Mickey Mantle when USC played the Yankees at Bovard Field in 1951.
The home run supposedly traveled 615 feet.
Lovrich won 33 games at USC from 1950-52). He was an All-District and All-Conference first team selection in 1951 and 1952 and an All-American in 1952.
He was 10-2 with a 2.69 ERA in 1950. He was 12-5 with a 3.26 ERA and 69 strikeouts as a junior in 1951 and set a still-standing USC season record with 10 complete games for a USC team that went to the College World Series. In 1952, he went 11-2 with a 2.43 ERA and USC was conference champions.
Lovrich, who went to San Pedro High School, served as the official game timer at USC men’s basketball games for more than 50 years.