Hall of Fame Series: John Baumann '08
One of just a handful of Columbia student-athletes that can boast All-Ivy League honors in not one, but two sports, John Baumann will take his rightful place among Lion greats in the Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame this fall.
A true “heart and soul” player for Columbia’s men’s basketball program,
Baumann sits sixth on the all-time scoring list with 1,298 points, shooting 52.5-percent from the floor, which ranks among the Lions’ career leaders. He was also a relentless rebounder pulling down 570 boards, 189 of those coming on the offensive glass. That mark stood as a Columbia record until 2013.
After an injury riddled first season on the hardwood, Baumann emerged as Columbia’s go-to player as a sophomore, averaging 13.7 points and 6.0 rebounds to lead the squad and garner an All-Ivy League second team nod. In 2006-07, he chipped in 13.5 points and 6.5 boards per contest and added the 3-point shot to his arsenal, knocking down triples at a 50.9-percent clip (29-of-57) to set the program’s single-season record.
Baumann earned All-Ivy League honors in three consecutive seasons, picking up first team accolades after his junior and senior campaigns. In 2007-08, he averaged 16.1 points, on 51.4-percent shooting, and posted 6.7 rebounds per contest to help the Lions finish .500 in Ancient Eight play for the second straight year. For his efforts, Baumann was tabbed for the All-Metropolitan second team, becoming the first Columbia player to earn that honor in 16 years.
On the diamond, Baumann was a fixture on the mound for the Lions. He appeared in 12 games as a first-year, notching his first career win against Cornell. His sophomore campaign saw an increased workload, including six starts in 19 appearances. In posting a 3-3 mark and 5.95 ERA over 56 innings, he led the Lions with 41 strikeouts.
Already an all-conference player on the hardwood, Baumann added two baseball honors to his list of accolades. As a junior, Baumann was recognized as an All-Ivy League second team member, going 3-1 with a 2.72 ERA and .187 batting average against in Ancient Eight action. During the 2008 season, Baumann was 3-0 with a 3.12 ERA and .214 batting average against in conference earning him first team accolades. He stands out in Columbia lore, having been the first male athlete since 2000 to earn first team honors in two sports in the same year.
In addition to his individual accomplishments, Baumann was an integral piece to the Lions winning the 2008 Ivy League baseball championship, the first such team title since 1986. With the Ivy League title came an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, the first appearance for Columbia since 1976.