Baseball at Notre Dame dates back to the 1860’s, and in the 122 seasons since the sport was first introduced on campus, student-athletes have pitched, swung, caught, and slid their way to two College World Series appearances, 12 conference titles, and 56 All-America honors. Further, some of the greatest names in the sport of baseball have at one point donned a Notre Dame uniform.
From Baseball Hall of Famer Cap Anson, the greatest figure of 19th century baseball, to Willie McGill, the youngest man to pitch a minor league no-hitter and win 20 games in the majors; Louis Sockalexis, the first ever Native American in the majors; Hall of Famer Pud Galvin, the only man to ever throw a double-header shout out; Arch Ward, the creator of the All-Star game; Bert Dunne, the inventor of the batting tee; Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, the star of the 1967 Red Sox “Impossible Dream” season; to Craig Counsell, a World Series Champion and manager of the Milwaukee Brewers and Pat Murphy, a former Notre Dame coach who now manages the San Diego Padres.
More recently, Eric Jagielo went to the New York Yankees as a first round draft pick, and A.J. Pollock has proven himself to be one of the top players in the MLB with his breakout 2015 season during which he represented the Arizona Diamondbacks in the All-Star game and held the sixth best batting average in the National League.
These men and many more from Notre Dame—including a total of 115 (and counting) who have been drafted into the Major Leagues—made great contributions to our national pastime and have left a mark on the Fighting Irish.
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