SMA Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame
Jesse Turner, Class of 1939

Jesse Turner, Class of 1939

Jessie Turner (í39), Seguin, became the fifteenth SMBA exe inducted into the Academyís Athletic Hall of Fame in Homecoming pre-game ceremonies. He was chosen from a field of four nominees by a panel of three exes already named to the honor.

As a student, Turner lettered three years in football, basketball, and baseball, helping bring all three sports to Southwest Academic League championships, and ran track for the SMBA Cubs. He was a member of the "A" Association all three years and was voted Best All Around Boy in 1938.

Turnerís years in SMBA athletics were exciting. He played football when the Cubs won three consecutive championships (í37, í38, í39), remembering especially the 1937 season.

"We were not scored on until the last game of the season," Turner remembers of that year. "We scored 201 points against 12 for our opponents."

In the last game of his senior Turner made one of three Cubsí touchdowns contributing to the defeat of San Antonioís Central Catholic and a tie with TMI and St Anthony for the 1938 championship. It was the third consecutive year for the honor, which they again earned outright in 1938 with Turner playing quarterback as a post-graduate student.

Turner is also credited with a great deal of skill in helping make the Basketball Cubs runners-up in his senior year.

"Playing a smooth brand of basketball the entire season, the Green and Purple basketeers finished second in the Southwest Academic League," the 1939 Crest (SMBA yearbook) says. "Led by Captain Jeff Beaty and paced in scoring by Jesse Turner, the Cubs won most of their tussles." The next year, as a post-graduate student, he did help the team to the title.

Another real highlight in Tunerís memories of SMBA is his part of the Cubsí 1938 Baseball Championship. "I hit a homerun off of Clint Hartung in 1938 to win the championship," he remembers. "Hartung went on to pitch for the New York Giants."

The Ex-Studentís Council seeks your assistance in making nominations for future Hall of Fame selections. Please make nominations by completing the form on page 6.

San Marcos Baptist Academy
Academy Traditions
Winter 1992
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