Former LSU, MLB pitcher Wiles dies
Former major league pitcher Randy Wiles, an All-SEC performer at LSU, died Tuesday at age 64 after a brief battle with cancer.
Wiles, a left-hander, pitched at LSU from 1970-73, earning All-SEC recognition in 1972. He fired seven shutouts during his career — still an LSU record — and he’s tied with Ben McDonald, Brian Tallet and Aaron Nola for most single-season shutouts.
Wiles fired a no-hitter against Rice in 1972, and a one-hitter against Mississippi State in ’73. He also registered three two-hit games during his LSU career.
He was selected in the fifth round of the 1973 pro baseball draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, and made his big league debut with the Chicago White Sox in 1977, appearing in five games that season.
Funeral arrangements for Wiles, a New Orleans native, are pending.
Torrance, Conway part of track Hall of Fame
Former LSU track and field star and 1936 Olympian Jack Torrance is part of the National Track & Field Hall of Fame six-member induction class, announced by USA Track & Field.
Torrance is joined by former Louisiana-Lafayette legend Hollis Conway in the class announced Tuesday.
Torrance, a former shot put world-record holder, is one of three veteran athletes honored along with Ralph Mann and Al Blozis. Modern athlete Allen Johnson and coach Harry Gill also make up the class.
A member of LSU’s first national championship team in 1933, Torrance captured the NCAA shot put title that season to help lead the Tigers win their first of 31 NCAA team titles.
He finished fifth at the Olympic Games in Berlin.
Torrance was also an All-SEC football player at LSU and played on the Chicago Bears’ 1940 NFL championship team.
A native of Oak Grove, Torrance died on Nov. 10, 1969, at the age of 57.
Conway, the reigning American indoor record holder in the high jump, was a six-time All-American and three-time NCAA champion.
Conway claimed the silver medal at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea, before adding a bronze at the 1992 Games in Barcelona. He broke three American records in his collegiate career, jumping 7-feet, 9¾ inches at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, 7-9¼ at the NCAA Indoor Championships and 7-10 at the U.S. Olympic Festival.
He set the current American indoor record of 7-10 ½ in 1991 to win the gold medal at the World Championships in Seville. Conway was ranked No. 1 in the United States in the high jump from 1988-94 and was No. 1 in the world rankings in 1990-91.