Syracuse Orangemen baseball
The Syracuse Orangemen baseball team was the varsity intercollegiate college baseball team of Syracuse University, from 1870 to 1972. The team played its home games at Star Park, the New Oval, Hendricks Field, and later at Lew Carr Field, in Syracuse, New York. The Orangemen were affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The baseball program was discontinued at the conclusion of the 1972 season. Syracuse started a club baseball program in the early 2000s, once again bringing the sport back to campus. The team competes in the North Atlantic West conference of the National Club Baseball Association.
|Location||Syracuse, New York|
|Home stadium||Lew Carr Field|
|College World Series appearances|
Syracuse fielded a varsity intercollegiate baseball team from 1870 through 1921, and again from 1923 to 1972, when the team was disbanded. The university now fields a team at the Division 1 club level. At the height of the sport's popularity, often more than 1,000 fans attended the games. Syracuse played their home games on Lew Carr Field, named after the Orangemen's coach from 1910 to 1942. The field was situated behind Manley Field House, where the lacrosse practice fields are today.
The Orangemen appeared in the 1961 College World Series, entering the College World Series with a 16–3 record. In their first game they defeated Northern Colorado 12–5, but were defeated in their next game 12–9 by Oklahoma State. They then defeated Western Michigan 6–0, before being eliminated by eventual tournament runner-up Oklahoma State 8–0. The 1961 Syracuse baseball team included two future major league pitchers, Dave Giusti and Billy Connors, and four members of the 1959 NCAA championship football team: Dave Sarette, Billy Canon, Dick Easterly, and Bob Lelli. Sarette was named as third baseman in the 1961 College World Series all-tournament team.
During the cold winter months, the team practiced in an old barn adjacent to Manley. There was a batting cage made of nets and some artificial mounds for pitchers to throw batting practice, but not much else for players to practice with while in the offseason. There was no way to work on fielding or baserunning, nor could the pitchers realistically throw live pitches to batters.
The current Syracuse baseball club now practices in Manley Field House during the winter, and at a small field on Lower Hookway in nice weather.
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