The man who is an answer to at least two trivia questions became the 29th member of the Jackrabbit Sports Day ceremonies at South Dakota State University.
The questions are:
" Who is the only SDSU athlete ever drafted in two sports?
" Who was the first baseman on the 1966 college All-America baseball team which included Arizona State's Reggie Jackson in right field?
Answer: Ed Maras.
Maras played end in football and was a pitcher-first baseman in baseball. After his collegiate career, during which he earned all-North Central Conference honors twice in both sports, he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in baseball and the Green Bay Packers in football.
He signed with the Orioles and spent six years in the minor leagues, including the final two years at Class AAA Rochester of the International League. Maras was on the Orioles spring training roster in 1971.
After retiring from baseball, he joined John Morrell and Company in Sioux Falls in 1971.
Maras, who pitched two seasons for the Sioux Falls Packers in the Basin League during his college career, led SDSU in hitting three straight seasons including his junior campaign when he finished with a .391 average, earning all-conference honors as a first baseman. As a senior, he earned all-conference honors as a pitcher, finishing 7-2 overall with a 2.60 earned run average.
He also set a number of records as an end in football, earning all-conference honors on SDSU’s league championship team in 1963, then repeatied on the all-NCC team in 1964 when he also earned honorable mention All-America honors. He was second in the NCC in receiving in 1963, third in 1964 and second in 1965, and left SDSU holding the career record for receptions with 89. Maras caught 13 career touchdown passes.
In baseball, he led the team in hitting three straight seasons, 1964-65-66, and also led in pitching twice, 1964 and 1966. In 1966, he set NCC records for hits, 19, and pitching victories, 5, in a season. Maras was a first-team All-American selection in 1966 when there were no NCAA divisions in the selection process. Jackson, the top draft choice of the then Kansas City A’s, was on the first team along Ohio State pitcher Steve Arlin and Arizona shortstop Eddie Leon, both number one draft picks headed for the majors.