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    Mark Loretta
    Mark Loretta

    Contemporary Era:
    2003 Inductee


    Northwestern Big Ten Medal of Honor All-Time Winners

    Complete list of Northwestern's Big Ten Medal of Honor Winners

    Following four years as the starting Wildcat shortstop and occasional appearances as a relief pitcher, Loretta was named an All-America and the Big Ten Player of the Year his senior season (1993). He also was named third-team All-Big Ten in 1991 and 1992. Loretta is ranked second on NU's career hits list with 239 and sixth in total bases with 336. In his stellar 1993 season, be batted .408 (third best all-time at NU) with 75 hits (fourth best) and six triples (second best).

    Loretta also led the team to two 15-win Big Ten seasons when the Wildcats finished third at 15-12-1 in 1991 and fifth with a 15-13 record in 1993.

    Since then, Loretta has played professionally, first for the Milwaukee Brewers (1995-2002), Houston Astros (2002 and 2007), San Diego Padres (2003-05) and Boston Red Sox (2006). In 2007, his career batting average stood at .298 and his fielding percentage at .986. At the start of 2007, he had 1,467 career hits and 263 career doubles. In 2004, he hit a career-best .335 with 76 RBI in 620 at-bats. He was named an All-Star that season. In 2003, he batted .314 with 13 home runs and 72 RBI for the Padres.