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Tulsa Golden Hurricane baseball

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Tulsa Golden Hurricane logo.svg
Founded1948
Defunct1980
UniversityUniversity of Tulsa
ConferenceMVC
LocationTulsa, OK
NicknameGolden Hurricane
ColorsOld Gold, Royal Blue, and Crimson[1]
              
College World Series runner-up
1969
College World Series appearances
1969, 1971
Conference champions
1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975

The Tulsa Golden Hurricane baseball team represented the University of Tulsa and competed in the Missouri Valley Conference of NCAA Division I. Tulsa dropped their baseball program in 1980.[2]

History

Tulsa's baseball team played in the College World Series twice, finishing in second and third place. In 1969 the Golden Hurricane made it to the final game of the double-elimination tournament before losing to Arizona State. First baseman Steve Caves and third baseman Les Rogers were named to the all-tournament team. In 1971 Tulsa lasted until the next-to-last game of the tournament before being eliminated. First baseman Jerry Tabb was named the tournament's most valuable player; pitcher Steve Rogers and outfielder Steve Bowling were also named to the all-tournament team. Tulsa held the number one ranking in the polls for part of the 1972 season before being knocked out of that year's playoffs at the district level.

Of the Tulsa baseball players who later played in the major leagues, the most successful was Steve Rogers, who pitched for 12 years with the Montreal Expos and was selected to five All-Star teams. Other Hurricanes who played in the majors included Bud Bloomfield, Steve Bowling, Mark Calvert, Mardie Cornejo, Mike Sember, and Jerry Tabb.

Tulsa dropped its baseball program in 1980, citing rising costs and the need to fund a full women's sports program. Gene Shell, who had coached the program from 1965 to 1980, finished his career at Tulsa with a 478–199 record, and was the fourth winningest coach in college baseball when the program ended.[3] In recent years, the university has been reported on several occasions to be considering whether to restore the baseball program; a formal study was conducted in 2009 after the Tulsa Drillers moved into their new downtown stadium, leaving Drillers Stadium potentially available for college baseball, but the school concluded that the financial demands of adding a new sport were more than it could accept.

Coaches

Years Name
1948 N. A. Keithly
1949–1952 Jerry D'Arcy
1953–1955 Rogers Lehew
1956–1958 Jim Conatser
1959–1963 Gordon Morgan
1964 Al Kawal
1965 Ben Davis
1966–1980 Gene Shell

References

  1. ^ University of Tulsa Brand Guidelines (PDF). TulsaHurricane.com. July 1, 2020. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  2. ^ "University of Tulsa". Baseball-Reference.com. August 20, 2015. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  3. ^ "Athletics News – Gene Shell". tulsahurricane.com. Retrieved June 20, 2016.


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