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Athletic Hall of Fame

Richard W. Kissell

Richard W. Kissell, M.D.


At Rochester:

  • Played baseball and basketball in all four years, three years with the varsity basketball team and his first year with the freshman team
  • As a senior, he hit more triples per at bat than any collegian in the nation
  • Named team MVP and awarded the Lysle "Spike" Garnish Award


  • Signed a professional baseball contract with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1967
  • Played in Sarasota, FL that summer and was elected to the All-Star Team (along with eventual pro stars Ted Simmons and Jerry Ruess)
  • Accepted into the St. Louis University Medical School and managed to play for a semipro team, the Heine Meine League
  • During military service, he served as a Major at U.S. General Leonard Wood Army Hospital
  • Received "The Army Commendation Medal" for meritorious service
  • Has worked in private practice in Springfield, MO since 1976 at the Diagnostic Clinic
  • Served as Chief of the Department of Medicine at Cox Health Systems, and was elected Chief of Staff in 1987
  • Member Board of Directors, Cox Health Systems