case 'Jesse Baker':
Rick AustinFrom being the first starting quarterback ever for Lakes High School, to beating Mickey Lolich and the Detroit Tigers, Rick Austinís athletic career spanned far and wide.
1965 graduate of Lakes High played baseball two years for Washington
State University and then was drafted in the first round in 1968,
with the sixth selection overall, by the Cleveland Indians.
In just his second start in the majors, Austin, a
6-foot-4, 190-pound left-hander for the Indians, threw a five-hit
shutout at the Tigers, going the full nine innings in the 3-0
victory in Detroit on June 27, 1970. He struck out eight and walked
three in the convincing victory for the 23-year-old.
His pro career included two years with the Indians and then
two years with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1975-1976.
The 1974 season was spent with the Hankyu Braves of the
Japanese Baseball League.
Austinís overall major league record was 4-8 with a 4.63 earned-run average. His best season statistically was with the Brewers in 1975 when he appeared in 32 games and went 2-3 with a 4.05 ERA.
At Washington State, he still holds the career ERA record at 1.19.
He had a 1.33 ERA in 1967, which included a no-hitter in a 1-0
victory over Lewis-Clark State.
In 1968, he had a
1.10 ERA, which included a perfect game in a 5-0 victory against
In all, Austin had four shutouts in his
two years at WSU. Rickís career record was 18-4 with 144 strikeouts
in 166 innings and he was the teamís most valuable player in 1968
and a second-team All-American. Austin also was a member of the
Cheney Studs during their national runner-up season.
Austin was at Lakes High when it opened in 1962, without a senior
class. He was the starting quarterback for three years, playing for
his father, coach Gerry Austin. Gerry was also the athletic
director, and in that role, selected the team colors of burnt orange
and blue with little outside input because time was tight to get
uniforms ordered before the first game. The team nickname, the
Lancers, was selected from a vote of the students.
Rick was all-state in football and baseball for the Lancers, and
also played basketball, which he did on the freshman team at WSU as
Rick has settled in Parkville, Mo., where he
is a financial advisor for the firm, Austin & Associates, which is
owned by his son Luke.