91st Birthday

Former NSU coaches Johnny Emmons, seated, and John Ropp.

Retired NSU Football Coach Johnny Emmons, seated, was honored Thursday by the Walter Ledet Coffee Club on his 91st birthday. Emmons and fellow NSU Football Coach John Ropp talked about old times.

Ropp presented Emmons with an old edition of Sports Illustrated magazine. Ropp said, “I know it is old because it cost $9.”

Emmons, a native of Mansfield, said the most important thing he said during his athletic and coaching career was, “I’ll go to Northwestern.”

As NSU baseball player Emmons’ batting average was an astronomical .458, the highest average of any baseball player ever.