John Radosevich is a legendary West Virginia University pitcher and was twice an NCAA tournament selection.
He is an author, having penned several books about head and neck cancer. These works provide an overview of this disease as well as recent advances in treatment methods.
Early Life and Education
Early childhood development is a critical period in a child’s life that shapes their physical, social, and emotional wellbeing. Positive experiences and environments can lay the foundations for healthy futures while negative or traumatic ones may have lasting consequences.
At this crucial period, children’s brains develop rapidly and they learn in many ways. They acquire essential social skills, a strong sense of self, an appreciation of the world around them and an ethical outlook.
Children learn through play from an early age. Play is their primary learning modality, so it’s essential that they experience it early on.
John Radosevich is a renowned cancer researcher, having made significant contributions in the fields of cancer immunology and molecular biology. With more than four hundred publications including scientific papers, book chapters and abstracts as well as twelve patents to his name, he is an eminent figure within this field.
Radosevich is a member of the West Virginia University Hall of Fame. He played college baseball for the Mountaineers from 1964 to 1965, leading them to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 1963 and again in 1964.
He set two school records with 120 strikeouts in consecutive seasons and set another with 22 against Waynesburg in 1964. Compiling a 25-4 career record, he was an integral part of WVU’s 1964 team which broke their old 15 victories record; further, he is the only Mountaineer pitcher to record more than 300 strikeouts throughout their careers.
Achievements and Honors
John Radosevich was a three-year letterwinner for West Virginia University and helped the Mountaineers to an incredible 73-17 record during his career. He was an incredible pitcher with back-to-back seasons of 120 strikeouts in 1964 and holds the school record with 123 strikeouts that year.
He earned All-Southern Conference first-team honors in 1964 and 1965, after being drafted in the fifth round by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Following his pro debut, he continued playing in the minor leagues.
Radosevich-Hernandez’s photograph of 2012 Horse of Year Wise Dan jumping the rail during a rainstorm on Churchill Downs’ Matt Winn Turf Course earned her the 2013 Media Eclipse Award for Photography.
John Radosevich was born on April 24, 1970 in Duluth, Minnesota and passed away March 24th 2022 at 51 years of age from cancer.
He was the son of Barb and John (Butch) Radosevich. Survived by his wife Peggy; two daughters Brandi and Hailey; brother Brent (Liz); as well as four pets: Lucy, Dolly, Bella and Hunter.
He earned three letters in baseball and led the Mountaineers to a 73-17 record. A master strikeout artist, he recorded back-to-back seasons with 120 or more strikeouts.
He played minor league baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers of the California League, being selected in the fifth round of the 1965 Major League Baseball draft. He stayed with the Dodgers’ organization for four years before leaving to pursue a law degree.