STANFORD — Stanford remembers two former basketball players, basketball official Jim Lemmon and football coach Jim Harbaugh, who died on Jan. 26. Lemmon was 83 and Harbaugh 66.
Lemmon was a former three-sport athlete at Stanford, where he also played hockey and baseball. He was an All-American in basketball and an All-Pacific Coast Conference selection in the 1958-59 and 1959-60 seasons, before being an All-American in baseball in 1964-65.
One of Lemmon’s former teammates, who also died this week, was UCLA safety Tim Brown. Lemmon met his wife, Sunny, at UCLA in 1949 and she later attended Stanford.
Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Athletic Director Bernard Muir said that Lemmon’s legacy had long-lasting impact on the university and local communities.
“Over a lifetime of extraordinary achievements on the court and field, he was a good man who left an indelible mark,” Tessier-Lavigne said. “He embodied the Cardinal Way: dedication, kindness, modesty, humility and compassion.”
Muir said that Lemmon was “an influence, inspiration and a legend in our community.”
Brown, who played from 1954-57 and scored 50 touchdowns for the Bruins, was also a California legend and longtime Stanford supporter.
In addition to playing baseball at Stanford, Lemmon was an All-American in basketball. He played four seasons at Stanford, including three as a starter. Lemmon was the Pac-8 and later the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 1959-60. He averaged 14.9 points per game that season.
F. Joe Brown, president of the F. Joe Brown Company, said in a statement: “While we’ll never know all the magnificent plays he had ready at a moment’s notice, the eight years he spent in the Alumni Association Hall of Fame made him a true Stanford treasure. He had a passion for the Cardinal and won them over.”