Alumni Spotlight: Frank Visted ’57

Frank Visted ’57 was one of the finest athletes to ever wear the blue and white.

During his years on the gridiron, his teams were never able to muster more than three wins, but Visted’s play was always a bright spot for the Brook during a lean period. In 1955 he was selected All-Long Island, the first Brooker to earn the honor since Nevin Howell in 1930.

On the basketball court he captained the cagers to the Ivy League Championship during his senior season, the first basketball title for the Brook in eight years. His 15.9 points per game helped the Blue and White amass a record 16 wins, a mark that would not be equaled until the 2009-2010 squad went 16-4 en route to the Long Island Championship. On March 2, Visted sealed the memorable season with 19 points against St. Paul’s to clinch the outright Ivy League title.

In the spring he was a force on the mound for Floyd Johnson’s crew. In 1956 he struck out 11 vs. St. Paul’s, then blew away 14 a few weeks later. In 1957 he tossed a masterful a one-hit shutout. On the merits of his spectacular career he was elected to the Stony Brook Hall of Fame in 1998.

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Visted would go on to star for the United States Naval Academy football team. During his senior season he was team captain and helped secure the line for the #4 ranked team in the country that started the season 7-0, beat the Irish in Notre Dame Stadium, and won a 17-12 thriller over Army in Yankee Stadium. The Midshipmen finished 9-2 and earned a berth in the Orange Bowl where they lost a memorable game to the Missouri Tigers.

His play merited a selection to the Senior Bowl as well as the All-American 2nd Team. That summer he was selected as part of a college all-star team that faced the Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier’s Field in Chicago.

Navy men consider 220-pound Frank Visted a superior center.

~ Sports Illustrated, November 28, 1960



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