History

“Trojan baseball history was made by young athletes with dreams of possibilities and the passion and courage to reach beyond their grasp” Ken Guffey Miller

 

In College Baseball history the marquee program is USC baseball where a rich tradition was created by the legendary coach Rod Dedeaux.  The title and honor of being the best baseball program ever was earned with its play on the diamond.  Coach Mike Gillespie didn’t equal the success experienced by Rod Dedeaux, but credit for USC accomplishments also goes to him.  Mike posted a 763-471-2 (.618) record.  In addition to the 1998 championship, he led USC to the CWS in 1995, 2000 and 2001, with the 1995 team advancing to the title game. Mike led the program from 1987 to 2006.

The Trojans have made 21 appearances in Omaha playing 100 games with a record of 74-26.  USC has 12 championship titles and 5 in a row.  The 12 College World Series titles leads all schools with the next most wins by a college being only 6.  It’s not likely that any program will ever overtake the Trojans.  Players on these teams and the players that didn’t make it back to Omaha, together built the Trojan baseball legacy.

The Trojans began baseball in 1889.  During the World War I years, the teams were made up mostly of law school students, but was opened up to all students for the 1916 and 1917 season. Following the conclusion of the war, the team were coached by “Gloomy Gus” Henderson in 1920. Henderson  was joined by Willis Hunter as co-coache for the 1921 season. The team was left without a coach for the 1922 season. In 1923 the team was coached by George Wheeler, who also coached the law students during the 1914 season. Wheeler coached the team for a year, and marked the last time the team lacked consistency at the coaching position.

National Championships

1948 national champions1958 national champions1961 national champions1963 national champions1968 national champions1970 national champions1971 national champions1972 national champions1973 national champions1974 national champions1978 national champions1998 national champions

CWS Appearances

1948, 1949, 1951, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2001

NCAA Tournament Appearances

1948, 1949, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005

Trojan All-Americans

1947 Archie Wilson (of)
1948 Wally Hood (p) Art Mazmanian (2b) Henry Workman (of)
1949 Jim Brideweser (ss) Art Mazmanian (2b)
1950 Jay Roundy (of)
1952 Hal Charnofsky (ss) Tom Lovrich (p) ABCA 2nd team
1953 Ed Simpson (1b)
1955 Gerry Mason John Garten (c) ABCA 3rd team
1956 Kent Hadley (1b) Bud Pritchard (2b)
1957 Bill Olson Tom Shollin (if)
1958 Mike Castanon (2b) Jerry Siegert (of)
1959 Ken Guffey Miller (1b) Bill Thom (p) Johnny Werhas (3b)
1960 Bruce Gardner (p) Bill Heath (c) Tom Satriano (3b)
1961 Larry Himes (c) Willie Ryan (1b)
1963 Walt Peterson (p)
1964 Bud Hollowell (c) Walt Peterson (p) Gary Sutherland (ss)
1966 Oscar Brown (of) Steve Sogge (c) John Stewart (p)
1967 Pat Harrison (2b)
1968 Pat Harrison (2b) Bill Seinsoth (1b)
1970 Dave Kingman (of) Cal Meier (ss) Brent Strom (p)
1971 Steve Busby (p)
1972 Fred Lynn (of)
1973 Randy Scarbery (p) Roy Smalley (ss)
1974 Rich Dauer (3b)
1975 Steve Kemp (of)
1977 Bill Bordley (p) Dave Hostetler (1b)
1978 Bill Bordley (p) Rod Boxberger (p) Dave Hostetler (1b) Tim Tolman Dave Van Gorder (c)
1981 Dan Davidsmeier (ss) Dave Leeper (of)
1984 Mark McGwire (1b)
1987 Brian Nichols (p)
1988 Jim Campanis (c)
1990 Randy Powers (p)
1991 Brett Jenkins (2b) Jackie Nickell (p) Mark Smith (of)
1992 Bobby Hughes (c)
1993 Gabe Alvarez (ss) Casey Burrill (c) Dan Hubbs (p)
1994 Gabe Alvarez (ss) Aaron Boone (3b) Randy Flores (p) Geoff Jenkins (of) J.P. Roberge (p)
1995 Gabe Alvarez (ss) Walter Dawkins (of) Randy Flores (p) Jason Garner (p) Geoff Jenkins (of) Jacque Jones (of)
1996 Seth Etherton (p) Randy Flores (p) Jeff Inglin (of) Jacque Jones (of) Chad Moeller (c)
1997 Seth Etherton (p) Eric Munson (c)
1998 Morgan Ensberg (3b) Seth Etherton (p) Jack Krawczyk (p) Eric Munson (c) 
1999 Seth Davidson (ss) Eric Munson (c) Jason Lane (of) Barry Zito (p)
2000 Rik Currier (p) Justin Gemoll (3b)
2001 Rik Currier (p) Mark Prior (p)
2002 Alberto Concepcion (c)
2003 Anthony Lunetta (ss)
2005 Jeff Clement (c) Ian Kennedy (rhp)
2008 Grant Green (ss)
2010 Ricky Oropesa (1b)

last updated May, 2012

USC Baseball Hall of Fame

20 total, 12 living – Baseball player greatest honor

1994 Rod Dedeaux deceased, Fred Lynn
1995: Ron Fairly
1999: Mark McGwire
2001: Don Buford, Bill Thom
2003: Steve Kemp
2005: John Berardino deceased,  Jim Brideweser  deceased,   Rich Dauer, Joe Gonzales deceased Wally Hood deceased, Bruce Konopka deceased,  Bill Seinsoth deceased,  Hal Urner deceased
2007: Roy Smalley,  John Werhas
2009: Hank Workman
2011: Randy Johnson
Includes only players inducted for athletic performance (spirit award and inductees for other reasons not included on the list.)

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