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Renna, William

William Renna '49
  • Sport: Baseball
  • All-American
  • Years Attended: 1947-1949
  • Inducted in 1962

William Renna graduated from Hanford Union High School in 1942. After discharge, Renna attended Menlo College before transferring to SCU in 1947. During his impressive time as a Bronco, Renna played baseball and football. As a football star, he was a blocking back, center, and full back. In 1949, Renna, the All-American, was the quarterback for the West squad in the East-West game on New Year's Day in San Francisco.  In 1949 California Intercollegiate Baseball Association play, Renna led the league in total hits, total bases, and was errorless in the field. He was scouted by two teams for football, the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Dons of the All-American Conference. Ultimately, Renna chose baseball and made his pro-debut with the New York Yankees. As a rookie in 1953, Renna hit a .314 batting average in 61 games for the Yankees. He then went on to play for the  Philadelphia / Kansas City Athletics, and the Boston Red Sox. In a six-season career, Renna was a .239 hitter (219-for-918) and slugged .391 with 28 home runs and 119 RBI in 370 games, including 123 runs, 36 doubles, 10 triples, two stolen bases and a .315 on-base percentage.

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