Although he pitched for Pennsylvania in the 1920s, Howard “Zip” Long is still considered one of the finest baseball players to ever play for the Quakers. He was named to both Pennsylvania’s All-Time Baseball squad, as well as the All-Decade team and he still holds several all-time school records.
His 12 pitching victories in 1925 and his 11 victories in 1926 are the first and second most wins, respectively, in one season by a Pennsylvania pitcher, and his 16 consecutive victories during those two seasons, his sophomore and junior years, is another school mark. In his senior year he was hampered by a leg injury sustained as a varsity fullback, but still managed to go 6-0 on the mound. His three-year varsity pitching record was 29-1. Long won one varsity football letter in 1926, serving as both a punter and fullback.
After graduation Long served his alma mater as an assistant baseball coach (1927-31) and played briefly for John McGraw’s New York Giants after graduation. Tow of his daughters, Maude Long March and Elizabeth Long Hansel played field hockey and lacrosse at Pennsylvania, and a granddaughter, Emily Hansel, currently plays both of those sports at Pennsylvania.