Funeral Services Set for 2-Sport Auburn Star

Birmingham, Ala.--Funeral services will be Wednesday for two-sport former Auburn star Jim Pyburn who passed away over the weekend following a long illness.

Pyburn, 78, was an All-American end as a junior in 1954 when he caught a then school-record 28 passes for 460 yards and two touchdowns for Coach Shug Jordan's 13th-ranked Tigers.

He caught 23 passes for 379 yards and two touchdowns as a first team All-SEC sophomore in 1953 when he was an honorable mention All-American. In Pyburn's era freshman players were not allowed to participate on the varsity.

He led the SEC in batting average in 1954 and earned All-SEC honors after hitting .432 that year. He signed a pro baseball contract after his junior season and played three seasons in the American League for the Baltimore Orioles from 1955-57.

Jim Pyburn

"Jim Pyburn was one of the greatest two-sport athletes in Auburn history and his passing is a sad day for the Auburn family," Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pyburn family during their time of grief."

A native of Fairfield, Ala., he coached for 16 seasons on Vince Dooley's football staff at the University of Georgia where his son Jeff was a quarterback.

Pyburn was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame 11 years ago.

The funeral will be held Wednesday, May 25, at Elmwood Cemetery and Chapel, 600 Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr., Birmingham, Ala. Visitation begins at 2 p.m. CDT with the service to follow at 3 p.m.

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