Baseball - 2006
Stan Charnofsky starred as the University of Southern California’s starting second baseman from 1950-52, pairing with brother Hal as, arguably, the greatest double-play combo in the long, distinguished history of Trojans baseball.
An All-Pacific Coast first-team selection as a junior and senior, Charnofsky served as co-captain at USC along with his brother during their senior year. The three-year letterman continues to rank among USC’s all-time leaders in triples. Charnofsky capped his collegiate career in style, batting over .400 in the College World Series to earn a place on the All-Decade College World Series team for the 1950s.
Charnofsky found more success as both a player and manager in the minor leagues. With brother Hal, Charnofsky set an Eastern league double play record during their season with Binghamton in 1952. During his two years for Augusta in the Sally League, he broke up a Bob Gibson no-hitter with a single in the sixth inning. He managed for two seasons, including as a player-manager in Edmonton where he batted .350 in leading the team to a pennant.
Charnofsky returned to his collegiate roots to serve legendary coach Rod Dedeaux as an assistant coach for two years before becoming the head coach at then-named San Fernando Valley State College (now California State University, Northridge). In his five years at SFVSC, he won one conference championship.
Charnofsky earned his doctorate in Counseling Psychology at USC, and has long been a respected professor at CSUN.