Ed Wahden (Baseball 1958-1962)
From his sophomore to his senior seasons, Edward Wahden was Loyola's long ball hitter and starting left fielder. His team, meanwhile, went 50-6 during that time span, and it was considered one of the best in the country.
Wahden took over left field for Loyola after starting there in a game against the minor-league New Orleans Pelicans in his freshman year, when the Wolf Pack finished 12-8. But the following season, Wahden, a graduate of New Orleans' Jesuit High School, helped Loyola finish 16-2 and earn an invitation to the NCAA tournament.
The Wolf Pack rejected the bid, however, because NCAA eligibility rules prevented Loyola's lone senior and six freshmen from participating.
Wahden's junior season was perhaps his best. Batting a commendable .328, he led the Wolf Pack in home runs with six and RBIs with 17. Highlights include a performance in which he hit homers of 340 and 400 feet over the left field fence against Southern Mississippi; and, to avenge an earlier loss against LSU, he crashed into the left field fence to catch the last out in a season-ending win against the Tigers.
Wahden was hitting .375 midway through his senior season when he badly hurt his right hamstring. The team captain overcame the injury to conclude the year as Loyola's leading hitter, helping the Wolf Pack to a 15-3 record.
Wahden graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Interestingly, he is credited with hitting the first-ever home run out of Kirsch-Rooney Stadium in Lakeview, near New Orleans' City Park.