Name: Evar Swanson
Year Inducted: 1976
Schools / Organizations:
DeKalb High School
Lombard College (Galesburg, IL)
Biography: Evar Swanson was the first of DeKalb High School’s many great players. Evar was a great all-around athlete. After a very successful high school career, Evar attended Lombard College in Galesburg. At that time, Lombard played a major college schedule. While there, Evar received 16 athletic letter awards: 4 each in football, baseball, basketball, and track. At that time, Lombard was a team to be reckoned with. After college, Evar moved on to major league baseball where his time of 13.3 seconds for circling the bases in 1929 is nearly a full second faster than any other recorded time. He played for the White Sox, Cardinals, and Reds from 1929-34. Sadly, Evar passed away on July 17, 1973; before his 1976 induction into the IBCA Hall of Fame.