Ivy League presence in the pros

If some of the names on the rosters of professional baseball, soccer, football, basketball and hockey rosters sound familiar, it isn't your imagination. At last count, 31 former Ivy League student-athletes are under contract to professional sports teams, and 19 of those former Ivy League players are in the major leagues.

Two of the highest-profile former Ivy Leaguers are Penn alumni: Matt Maloney (C '95), who plays for the Houston Rockets in the National Basketball Association, and Doug Glanville (EAS '92), who batted .300 for the Chicago Cubs last season.

Yale leads all institutions in the Ivy League with six former student-athletes in the professional ranks, followed by Harvard and Princeton (5), Dartmouth and Cornell (4), Columbia and Penn (3), and Brown (1).

Dartmouth and Yale both have four former student-athletes in professional baseball; two former Big Green players join Glanville as the only three former Ivy League standouts on major league baseball rosters. Princeton has four former Tigers in professional soccer; Harvard (3) and Cornell (2) dominate the Ivy League presence in professional hockey; and Cornell (2) has two of the five former Ivy League student-athletes playing in the National Football League.

Major League Baseball

  • Brad Ausmus (Dartmouth '92), Houston Astros
  • Doug Glanvile (Pennsylvania '92), Chicago Cubs
  • Mike Remlinger (Dartmouth '88), Cincinnati Reds

Major League Soccer

  • Andrew Lewis (Princeton '97), NY/NJ Metrostars
  • Jesse March (Princeton '96), DC United
  • Joseph Thieman (Princeton '94), DC United
  • David Vaudreuil (Princeton '88), DC United

National Football League

  • Jason Garrett (Princeton '89), Dallas Cowboys
  • Chris Hetherington (Yale '95), Indianapolis Colts
  • Chad Levitt (Cornell '97), Oakland Raiders
  • Seth Payne (Cornell '97), Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Marcellus Wiley (Columbia '97) Buffalo Bills

National Basketball Association

  • Chris Dudley (Yale '87), New York Knicks
  • Matt Maloney (Pennsylvania '95), Houston Rockets

National Hockey League

  • Ted Donato (Harvard '91), Boston Bruins
  • Ted Drury (Harvard '93), Anaheim Mighty Ducks
  • Kent Manderville (Cornell '93), North Carolina Hurricanes
  • Joe Nieuwendyk (Cornell '88), Dallas Stars
  • Don Sweeney (Harvard '88), Boston Bruins

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Originally published on March 19, 1998