Duke Blue Devils baseball
The Duke Blue Devils baseball team is the varsity intercollegiate baseball program of Duke University, based in Durham, North Carolina, United States. The team has been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference since the conference's founding in the 1954 season. The program's home venue is the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, which opened in 1995. Chris Pollard has been the head coach of the team since the 2013 season. As of the end of the 2013 season, the Blue Devils have appeared in three College World Series in three NCAA Tournaments. They have won three ACC Championships. As of the start of the 2013 Major League Baseball season, 34 former Blue Devils players have played in Major League Baseball.
|Duke Blue Devils baseball|
|Head coach||Chris Pollard (5th season)|
|Location||Durham, North Carolina|
|Home stadium||Durham Bulls Athletic Park |
|Colors||Royal Blue and White|
|College World Series appearances|
|1952, 1953, 1961|
|NCAA regional champions|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1952, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1961, 2016, 2018, 2019|
|Conference tournament champions|
|Southern Conference: 1951|
|Southern Conference: 1937, 1938, 1939, 1951, 1952, 1953|
Atlantic Coast Conference: 1956, 1957, 1961
The baseball program began varsity play in 1889. Led by Arthur Bradsher's 13–1 record they won the S.I.A.A. championship in 1904. The Trinity hurler struck out 169 batters during that championship season and walked only four batters the entire season.
The vast majority of the program's successes came under head coaches Jack Coombs and Ace Parker from 1929–1966. Coombs led the Blue Devils to five Southern Conference championships and to a fifth-place finish in the 1952 College World Series. Taking over upon Coombs' retirement after the 1952 season, Parker led Duke to the 1953 and 1961 College World Series, one Southern Conference championship, and three Atlantic Coast Conference championships. In 2016, Duke earned their first bid to the NCAA Tournament since their 1961 College World Series run ending a 55-year drought.
Future major leaguer Scott Schoenweis was a 1993 All-American at Duke as a freshman, as he had 12 wins, the second-best record in the school's history. Nate Freiman ('09), who became a first baseman for the Oakland Athletics organization, holds Duke's career home run record (43), the Duke career slugging percentage record (.616), and the school's second-highest all-time batting average (.356).
In 2005, the program was the target of a controversy involving the use of anabolic steroids. Five former players told the Duke Chronicle that head coach Bill Hillier had pressured players to use steroids, with two of those players admitting to having injected steroids in 2002. In an open letter published in the Chronicle, another former player, Evan Anderson, confirmed that Hillier had pressured players to use steroids. While Hillier denied the accusations, he was replaced as head coach after the 2005 season.
|1922||Herman G. Steiner||1||12–6||.667|
Year by year recordEdit
|1908||M. T. Adkins||17–3–1||—|
|1918||No Team Due To World War I|
|1922||Herman G. Steiner||12–6||—|
|1937||22–2||—||Southern Conference Champions, State Champions|
|1938||18–3||—||Southern Conference Champions, State Champions|
|1939||22–2||—||Southern Conference Champions, State Champions|
|1946||15–8||—||Big Four Champions|
|1947||18–10||—||Big Four Champions, State Champions|
|1951||17–8||—||Southern Conference Champions, Southern Conference Tournament Champions, Co-Big Four Champions|
|1952||31–7||—||Southern Conference Champions, College World Series (5th place)|
|1953||Ace Parker||22–10||—||Southern Conference Champions, College World Series (5th place)|
|1961||16–11||11–3||ACC Champions, College World Series (5th place)|
|1966||Ace Parker/James Bly||13–12||9–9|
|2018||40–15||18–11||NCAA Super Regional|
NCAA Tournament recordEdit
|1952||1–2||.333||College World Series (6th place)|
|1953||1–2||.333||College World Series (6th place)|
|1961||3–2||.600||College World Series (6th place)|
|2018||5–3||.625||Lubbock Super Regional|
|2019||4-2||.667||Nashville Super Regional|
Current and former major league playersEdit
- Wayne Ambler
- Bob Brower
- Greg Burke
- Chris Capuano
- Bobby Coombs
- Claude Corbitt
- John Courtright
- Brandy Davis
- Crash Davis
- Ron Davis
- Mort Flohr
- Nate Freiman
- Lee Griffeth
- Dick Groat
- Ryan Jackson
- Footer Johnson
- Wade Lefler
- Bill McCahan
- Quinton McCracken
- Tim McKeithan
- Pete Naktenis
- Dan Otero
- Ace Parker
- John Poff
- Scott Schoeneweis
- Frank Seward
- Eddie Shokes
- Dave Smith
- Al Spangler
- Marcus Stroman
- Eric Tipton
- Mike Trombley
- Hal Wagner
- Ken Weafer
- Billy Werber
- "Colors". Duke University Communications Brand Guide. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
- "2013 Media Guide" (PDF). GoDuke.com. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
- "Scott Schoeneweis". Courage Awards. Archived from the original on October 5, 2003. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
- Danny Ventura. "Former Boston Herald baseball All-Scholastics Nate Freiman and Jack McGeary tabbed in today's Rule 5 Draft". bostonherald.com.
- "San Diego Padres MLB Baseball Front Page". scout.com.
- "Padres prospect Freiman looks to raise his game". Houston Astros.
- "STEROID CHARGES ROCK DUKE BASEBALL". Duke Chronicle. 14 April 2005. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
- Anderson, Evan (18 April 2005). "Steroid allegations are accurate". Duke Chronicle. Retrieved 7 June 2013.