Washington State Magazine

Winter 2011

Winter 2011

In This Issue...


When Memory Fades :: With memory notebooks and smart apartments that use motion technology to track their residents’ daily behaviors, WSU neuropsychologists are exploring ways to help patients and their families cope with age-related memory loss. Meanwhile, two scientists have discovered a means to restore neural connectivity. by Tim Steury

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Video: Smart Apartment Research }

Attention! :: Cell phones, Internet, car horns, children, commercials—all carry information and all work together to create in us what social scientist Herbert Simon calls “a poverty of attention.” How do you rise above the din to capture what is most important? You may be surprised to learn that one of the oldest forms of communication is still one of the best. by Eric Sorensen

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Tips: How to focus your attention }

All About Everett :: The blue-collar Snohomish County city just 25 miles north of Seattle recently asked WSU to take over the University Center where graduates of its community college can go on to complete four-year degrees in a variety of disciplines, including engineering. Snohomish, Skagit, and Island counties have been underserved by the state’s four-year programs. by Hannelore Sudermann

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Map: Everett: City Snapshots }


Collegiate athletics in the 21st century :: by Thabiti Lewis


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story: Sabermetrics As Told By The Simpsons }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Recipes: Unifine Flour Cookbook from Leonard Fulton’s Fairfield Milling Co. (PDF, 2.2MB) }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story: Flourgirls and the WSU-Unifine connection }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Video: A talk with architect Jim Olson}


:: Sports: John Olerud: Faith, hope, and horses

:: In Season: Wheat: A 10,000-year relationship

:: Last Words: Are our pictures worth a thousand words? (Washington State Magazine 2012 calendar)

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Timeline: John Olerud’s baseball career }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Books and videos: Bread }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Calendar: Order your Washington State Magazine 2012 calendar }


New Media

:: The Man Who Dammed the Yangtze: A Mathematical Novel by Alex Kuo

:: Building New Pathways to Peace edited by Noriko Kawamura, Yoichiro Murakami, and Shin Chiba

:: Montaña Y Caballo by Yarn Owl - Tyler Armour ’10, Tim Meinig ’10, Ted Powers ’09, and Javier Suarez ’10

:: New & Noteworthy: Standing Above the Crowd by James “Dukes” Donaldson ’79; Eliminate the Chaos at Work by Laura Leist ’91; Pick Up Your Own Brass: Leadership the FBI Way by Kathleen McChesney ’71 and William Gavin; The Itty Bitty Guide to Trees: A Children’s Identification Guide to Trees of the Inland Northwest by Jaclyn Gotch ’07 MED, Lisa Bird, and Amy Ross-Davis; The Alpine Tales by Paul J. Willis ’80 MA, ’85 PhD

Cover photo: William Lipe, PhD, Archaeology, born 1935 — came to Washington State University in 1976. (See First Words.) By Robert Hubner

Winter 2011
Web Exclusives

Timeline: John Olerud's Baseball Career

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“When I made up the lineup, I always put Ole [John Olerud] in the third spot—where you want your best all-around player—and filled in around him,” says WSU baseball coach Bobo Brayton. “He led the world in everything.”

On the rare occasion when Ole faltered a little on the mound, Bobo would visit the big lefthander with words of advice: “Remember you are John Olerud. There’s no one better.” He was named national College Player of the Year in 1988.
—from Washington State Magazine, Summer 2002

Hit .414 with 5 HR and 20 RBIs. As a pitcher, he went 8-2 with a 3.00 ERA and was a freshman All-American. College Baseball Hall of Fame
College Baseball Hall of Fame
Baseball America’s named Olerud as NCAA Player of the Year.
Set WSU single-season records at batting average .46, 23 home runs, 108 hits, 204 total bases, and a .876 Slugging percentage, and tied the mark at 81 RBIs. As a pitcher, he had an undefeated 15-0 season, and threw 113 Ks with a 2.49 ERA. He was a consensus All-American as both 1B and Pitcher and Baseball America College Player of the Year.
Helped lead the Cougars to a 52-14 record, winning the Pac-10 North and advancing to the ’88 NCAA West Regional.
Suffered a brain aneurysm in January.
While recovering from the aneurysm, Olerud hit .359 with 5 HR and 30 RBI in 78 plate appearances. He threw for three wins, two losses, and a 6.68 ERA. He was a Pac-10 North All-League Designated Hitter.
Left Pullman as WSU’s career leader in batting average (.434), slugging percentage(.824), and in the top five in home runs (33) and pitching wins (26).
Professional Career
Began his Major League career with the Toronto Blue Jays. He became only the 16th player since the start of the amateur draft to skip the minors and go straight to the major league. Debuted September 3, 1989. John Olerud Blue Jays trading card
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Blue Jays went to the World Series, with Olerud at designated hitter or first baseman.
Led the American League in batting average (.363), runs created (156), intentional walks (33), times on base (321), on-base percentage (.473), OPS (1.072), and doubles (54, also a career high), while posting career highs in home runs (24), RBI (107), runs (109), and hits (200). He was the 20th player to tally 200 hits as well as 100 walks in one season.
Won the Hutch Award given to an active Major League Baseball player who best exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire of Fred Hutchinson. John Olerud, NY Mets
Studious Metsimus
Traded to the New York Mets.
Knocks in over 100 runs with Mets.
Sets Mets team single season records for batting average (.354), on-base percentage (.447) and runs created (138).
Sets Mets team records for most walks (125) and times on base (309) in a season. John Olerud on Sports Illustrated cover
Sports Illustrated, Sept. 6, 1999. Photographed by: V.J. Lovero
Appears on the cover of the September 6 issue of Sports Illustrated, along with fellow Mets infielders Edgardo Alfonzo, Rey Ordóñez, and Robin Ventura. The four of them committed only 27 errors in the season. The Mets go to the National League Championship Series.
Agrees to a three-year, $20 million contract with the Seattle Mariners.
Wins his first Gold Glove.
With the Mariners, earns a .401 on-base percentage, 94 walks, 272 times on base and 19 intentional walks in 159 games. John Olerud at the Mariners
Courtesy Seattle Mariners
Inducted into the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
45 doubles, 102 walks, 10 sacrifice flies and 11 intentional walks. He recorded a .398 on-base percentage, 39 doubles, 98 walks, 269 times on base and led the American League in sacrifice flies (12).
Won his second Gold Glove.
Won his third Gold Glove.
Signed with the New York Yankees to fill in for injured first baseman Jason Giambi.
During a game between the Yankees and Mariners, the Mariner home crowd gave Olerud a standing ovation.
Left Game 3 of the AL championship series due to an injured foot.
Signed with the Boston Red Sox in May. John Olerud at the Boston Red Sox
John Olerud at bat for the Boston Red Sox
Announced retirement from baseball on December 6. At the time of his retirement, his 2,239 career hits represented the 143rd-highest total in Major League Baseball history. His career .398 OBP ranks 65th all-time, and his 500 doubles are good for 44th all-time. His 17-year career spanned 2,234 games.
Inducted into the College Baseball Hall Of Fame.
Notable contribution to baseball recognized October 25, 2011, and inducted into the Inland Northwest Hall of Fame.

"Six join hall of fame" (Washington State Magazine, Summer 2002)

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