UA's Marty Hurd was one of the greatest hitters in college baseball history. As a junior in 1957, he led the nation with a phenomenal .481 batting average, and his two-year average of .412 is still the highest ever for a UA player. This effort helped him earn the nickname "Thundering Hurd." Marty attended junior college and came to the UA upon completion of three years of military duty with the U.S. Marine Corps. From Vallejo, Calif., Marty was UA Coach Frank Sancet's first African-American player. He was recruited to the UA, however, to play football, where he also started as a lineman, a starting offenisve guard. In 1958 Marty was named co-captian of the baseball team. Teammate Alan Hall, fellow UA Sports Hall of Fame member, said that the late Hurd "was not only a giant among men in physical stature and athletic ability, but in the type of person he was. After college, Marty was Most Valuable Player of the Western Canada League and eventually returned home to California.