“The victory is in the endeavor…not the scoreboard,” said Jack Ewing.
“For the early part of my life, my heart and soul lived and died on the ball field.
“Although these pages capture some highlights of those days gone by, the articles and pictures give a glimpse into a time that will always hold a special place in my heart.”
Among the best baseball pitchers in the history of the University of Texas-Pan American (then named Pan American University) Ewing made a big impression in two short, winning years.
“Jack Ewing was a right-handed pitcher I recruited in 1975 who had a great two years with us,” said veteran coach Al Ogletree. “He had an unusual ritual that he went through before each game he pitched.”
“He would run three miles before his game, so we had to pitch him in the first game of a double-header, so he could be ready to go at game time.
“It would take him 20 minutes to run the three miles, so he would leave the field at 12:30 for the 1 o’clock game, get back at 12:50 to throw in the bullpen for 10 minutes and he was ready to start.
“He was successful doing this routine, so I didn’t want to change him.
“I have always believed that if something is working, don’t fix it. If a guy is hitting the ball standing on his head, don’t mess with him.
“If you have a .400 hitter and you work with him, he might hit .200,” Ogletree said.
Ewing pitched 13 victories and only two losses (both caused by errors). He helped the Broncs finish 63 wins and only seven losses, but they lost to the Texas Longhorns in the national play-offs.
That was also a triumph of sorts to the Broncs, because the University of Texas went on to win the College World Series after stopping the Broncs in the playoffs in 1975.
Amazingly, Ewing allowed just five homeruns in 95 and one-third innings. He had given up only three homeruns all year until two more came in the final playoffs.
Despite playing at Pan Am only two years, Ewing, who came from Nederland, married in the Valley and has stayed ever since, with his wife and three children. He has long been a certified public accountant (CPA) and has his business, Ewing, Lara and Co. at 1201 E. Nolana.
He has a big scrapbook his father and mother started when Jack first played Little League Baseball, ages nine to 10, in 1962 to 1966. He went on to star in many sports in high school, including track as a district champion and also excelling in Nederland in football before concentrating on baseball as he grew older. Ironically, his older brother, Nick, was a quarterback at Tulane University. Jack alwas considered himself a better football player and his brother a better baseball player, but they switched for college.
Yet Jack C. Ewing, his full name, simply keeps the book in his office and I never saw it until this year. I saw many great achievements he had never mentioned before.
“Although these pages capture days gone by, there are lots of memories not captured in print that have left lasting impressions on my own life,” Ewing said.
“I am grateful for the God-given talent to participate in sports and the friends and memories that came from the game. To thank everyone who contributed to this piece of history is impossible, but I thank God for making the impossible possible.”
"Sports has taught me that winning is important, but just being in the game is what is critical. It doesn’t matter if you are a ball player, a dad, or a businessman, the only way to really have a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment is to get off the sidelines and get involved. As I said, it is not the final score that really counts, it is the journey that takes you to the finish line that is what is remembered. I never got a World Series ring or won a state championship, but nothing could replace what the world of sports taught me years ago that I still draw on today," Ewing said.