Michigan Wolverines baseball

The Michigan Wolverines baseball team represents the University of Michigan in NCAA Division I college baseball. Along with most other Michigan athletic teams, the baseball team participates in the Big Ten Conference. They play their home games at Ray Fisher Stadium.

Michigan Wolverines
2020 Michigan Wolverines baseball team
Founded1866 (1866)
UniversityUniversity of Michigan
Athletic directorWarde Manuel
Head coachErik Bakich (8th season)
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
LocationAnn Arbor, Michigan
Home stadiumWilpon Baseball Complex
(Capacity: 4,000)
NicknameWolverines
ColorsMaize and Blue[1]
         
NCAA Tournament champions
1953, 1962
College World Series runner-up
2019
College World Series appearances
1953, 1962, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 2019
NCAA regional champions
2007, 2019
NCAA Tournament appearances
1953, 1961, 1962, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2015, 2017, 2019
Conference tournament champions
1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1999, 2006, 2008, 2015
Conference champions
1899, 1901, 1905, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1928, 1929, 1936, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1945, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1961, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1997, 2006, 2007, 2008

The Wolverines have made the College World Series eight times, winning two national championships in 1953 and 1962. Michigan is the fourth winningest program in NCAA Division I baseball history, trailing only Fordham, Texas and USC.[2] Prior to the 2013 season, former Maryland head coach Erik Bakich replaced Rich Maloney as the program's head coach.

History

Championships

NCAA College World Series National Championships

SeasonRecordHead Coach
195321–9Ray Fisher
196231–13Don Lund

Conference Championships

SeasonConferenceRecordHead Coach
1899Big Ten5–2H.T. Clarke
1901Big Ten8–2Frank Sexton
1905Big Ten9–3L.W. McAllister
1918Big Ten9–1Carl Lundgren
1919Big Ten9–0Carl Lundgren
1920Big Ten9–1Carl Lundgren
1923Big Ten10–0Ray Fisher
1924Big Ten8–2Ray Fisher
1926Big Ten9–2Ray Fisher
1928Big Ten11–1Ray Fisher
1929Big Ten7–2Ray Fisher
1936Big Ten9–1Ray Fisher
1941Big Ten10–2Ray Fisher
1942Big Ten10–2Ray Fisher
1944Big Ten8–0Ray Fisher
1945Big Ten8–0Ray Fisher
1948Big Ten10–2Ray Fisher
1949Big Ten8–4Ray Fisher
1950Big Ten9–3Ray Fisher
1952Big Ten8–4Ray Fisher
1953Big Ten10–3Ray Fisher
1961Big Ten10–2Don Lund
1975Big Ten13–3Moby Benedict
1976Big Ten9–4Moby Benedict
1978Big Ten13–3Moby Benedict
1980Big Ten14–2Bud Middaugh
1981Big Ten10–4Bud Middaugh
1983Big Ten13–2Bud Middaugh
1984Big Ten11–5Bud Middaugh
1986Big Ten13–3Bud Middaugh
1987Big Ten13–3Bud Middaugh
1997Big Ten17–9Geoff Zahn
2006Big Ten23–9Rich Maloney
2007Big Ten21–7Rich Maloney
2008Big Ten26–5Rich Maloney

Conference Tournament Championships

YearConferenceTournament LocationHead Coach
1981Big TenRay Fisher Stadium, Ann Arbor, MIBud Middaugh
1983Big TenRay Fisher Stadium, Ann Arbor, MIBud Middaugh
1984Big TenSiebert Field, Minneapolis, MNBud Middaugh
1986Big TenSiebert Field, Minneapolis, MNBud Middaugh
1987Big TenRay Fisher Stadium, Ann Arbor, MIBud Middaugh
1999Big TenBill Davis Stadium, Columbus, OHGeoff Zahn
2006Big TenRay Fisher Stadium, Ann Arbor, MIRich Maloney
2008Big TenRay Fisher Stadium, Ann Arbor, MIRich Maloney
2015Big TenTarget Field, Minneapolis, MNErik Bakich

Stadium

The Wolverines play their home games in Ray Fisher Stadium. The stadium is named after Ray Fisher, who is the winningest coach in Michigan baseball history, with 636 victories and also the 1953 College World Series championship.

In 2008, alum and owner of the New York Mets MLB franchise, Fred Wilpon donated $9 million for the renovation of Fisher Stadium and Alumni Field. It is now known as the Wilpon Baseball and Softball Complex, but more commonly known as the Wilpon Baseball Complex.

NameYears
Ferry Field1923–1970
Ray Fisher Stadium1970–2007
Ray Fisher Stadium at Wilpon Baseball Complex2008–present

Head coaches

Coach Years Seasons Record Pct
Peter Conway 1891–1892 2 22–9–1 .703
Frank Sexton 1896, 1901–1908 3 38–22 .633
Charles F. Watkins 1897–1898, 1900 3 16–17 .485
Henry T. Clarke 1898–1899 2 14–5 .737
R.C. "Skel" Roach 1903 1 12–5 .706
Jerome Utley 1904 1 10–5 .667
Lew "Sport" McAllister 1905–1906, 1908–1909 4 58–17–1 .770
Bobby Lowe 1907 1 11–4–1 .719
Branch Rickey 1910–1913 4 68–32–4 .673
Carl Lundgren 1914–1920 7 93–43–6 .676
Ray Fisher 1921–1958 38 636–295–8 .682
Don Lund 1959–1962 4 80–53–3 .599
Moby Benedict 1963–1979 18 367–252–5 .592
Bud Middaugh 1980–1989 10 465–146–1 .761
Bill Freehan 1990–1995 6 166–167–1 .499
Geoff Zahn 1996–2001 6 163–169–2 .491
Chris Harrison 2002 1 21–32 .396
Rich Maloney 2003–2012 10 341–244 .583
Erik Bakich 2013–present 7 259–162 .615

Year-by-year results

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Wolverines.

Year Coach Record Notes
2015Erik Bakich39–25Big Ten Tournament Champions
2016Erik Bakich36–21
2017Erik Bakich42–17
2018Erik Bakich33–21
2019Erik Bakich50–22College World Series Runner-up

Michigan in the NCAA Tournament

Year Record Pct Notes
19534–1.800College World Series (Champions)
19612–2.500NCAA District 4 Regional
19628–2.800College World Series (Champions)
19753–2.600NCAA Mideast Regional
19763–1.750NCAA Mideast Regional
19772–2.500NCAA Midwest Regional
19784–2.667College World Series (5th Place)
19804–2.667College World Series (5th Place)
19814–3.571College World Series (7th Place)
19835–2.714College World Series (3rd Place)
19843–2.600College World Series (7th Place)
19853–2.600NCAA South I Regional
19860–2.000NCAA Mideast Regional
19871–2.333NCAA Northeast Regional
19882–2.500NCAA Central Regional
19893–2.600NCAA West II Regional
19992–2.500NCAA South Bend Regional
20051–2.333NCAA Atlanta Regional
20061–2.333NCAA Atlanta Regional
20073–3.500NCAA Corvallis Super Regional
20081–2.333NCAA Ann Arbor Regional
20152–2.500NCAA Louisville Regional
20170–2.000NCAA Chapel Hill Regional
20199–4.692College World Series (Runner-up)
TOTALS
70–51 .579 2 National Championships, 8 CWS Appearances

All-Americans

Individual honors

Retired numbers

Michigan has retired six uniform numbers to date. Below is the detailed list:[3]

Retired numbers
No. Player Position Career No. retired
1Moby BenedictSS1953–561979
11Bill FreehanC1959–611977
16Barry LarkinSS1983–852010
31Jim AbbottP1986–882009
33Don LundOF1943–451999
44Ray FisherCoach 11921–582000

1 Never played for the Wolverines. He coached Michigan with a record 636 wins and led the team to 15 Big Ten championships apart from winning the 1953 College World Series.

National Awards

Golden Spikes Award Winner

Baseball America College Player of the Year

NCBWA National Coach of the Year

Conference Awards

Big Ten Player of the Year

Big Ten Pitcher of the Year

  • Larry Carroll (1984)
  • Jim Brauer (2005)
  • Zach Putnam (2008)

Big Ten Freshman of the Year

  • Scott Weaver (1993)
  • Jason Alcaraz (1996)
  • Jake Bivens (2015)

Big Ten Coach of the Year

Big Ten Batting Title

  • Bill Freehan (1961; .585 batting average)
  • Carl Cmejrek (1965; .453 batting average)
  • Elliott Maddox (1968; .467 batting average)
  • Rick Leach (1978; .473 batting average)
  • George Foussianes (1979; .452 batting average)
  • Tony Evans (1981; .465 batting average)
  • Jim Paciorek, Ken Hayward (1982; .462 batting average)
  • Fred Erdmann (1983; .500 batting average)
  • Randy Wolfe (1985; .514 batting average)
  • Casey Close (1986; .469 batting average)
  • Scott Timmerman (1993; .431 batting average)
  • Scott Weaver (1995; .500 batting average)
  • Dominic Clementi (2018; .413 batting average)

Baseball Hall of Fame

University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor

The following 34 Michigan Wolverines baseball players and coaches (listed in order of induction) have been inducted into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor:

Current and former Major League Baseball players

[7]

Source: Baseball Reference

First-Round MLB Draft Picks

Pick Player Team Position Year
13 Rick Leach Detroit Tigers OF 1979
16 Steve Howe Los Angeles Dodgers LHP 1979
25 Steve Perry Los Angeles Dodgers RHP 1979
14 Rich Stoll Montreal Expos RHP 1983
4 Barry Larkin Cincinnati Reds SS 1985
8 Jim Abbott California Angels LHP 1988
28 David Parrish New York Yankees C 2000

World Series Champions

See also

References

  1. "University of Michigan Style Guide: Colors". July 7, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  2. "2013 Division 1 Record Book" (PDF). NCAA.org. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  3. "Baseball retired numbers" at MGoBlue official website
  4. "Michigan Baseball Individual Honors". bentley.umich.edu. Bentley Historical Library. 2013-04-18. Retrieved 2013-04-18.
  5. "Michigan Baseball National Honors" (PDF). MGoBlue.com. University of Michigan Baseball Record Book. 2013-04-13. Retrieved 2013-04-13.
  6. "Call to the Hall: Former U-M Great Larkin Earns Trip to Cooperstown". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. 2012-01-09. Retrieved 2012-01-20.
  7. "Wolverines in Professional Baseball" at MGoBlue official website

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