George Stein*

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George Stein, brother of N.H.S. Hall of Famer Mel Stein, was a three-sport athlete at Napa High School in football, basketball and baseball and was also voted student body president as a senior. He was starting end on the 1944 and 1945 varsity football teams. He was selected as Second Team All-NBL as a senior and named Most Valuable Player. Stein played three years of baseball, two of which he was the starting shortstop. He hit .348 as a junior and .474 as a senior, when he was co-captain of the NBL second place Indians. In basketball, as a sophomore, Stein was a center on Coach Ron English’s 19-1 NBL championship B team. As a junior, Stein switched to guard on the varsity team whose 22-3 record left the team in third place in the NBL. The 1945-46 team was 16-6 and earned an NBL co-championship. Stein was All-NBL as a senior and led Napa in scoring. He earned a basketball scholarship to the University of Santa Clara, where he played JVs as a freshman and lettered for three years as a varsity player, starting games in all three positions, forward, center and guard, during his career. As a senior, Stein led the Broncos in scoring, made San Francisco sports writer Dick Friendlich’s All-Cow Palace team and made honorable mention on the U.P. All-Coast collegiate team. His 30-point effort in an overtime win against Regis College of Denver was the second highest individual scoring total in Cow Palace history. Stein also pitched for the Bronco baseball team as a senior and signed a professional contract with the New York Yankees organization upon graduation. He played two and one-half years in the minor leagues.