Last Friday evening, May 17, 2013, Vanderbilt celebrated its latest SEC baseball championship (a team that would soon set SEC (26) and team (48) records for most games won in a regular season). The school also took time to look back and honor the tradition of the first two VU teams that captured SEC crowns, the 1973 and 1974 squads.
As the teams of yesteryear (see photo above) were welcomed back to their "Field of Dreams" for the first time in four decades by today's VandyBoys (as the current team is nicknamed), the exploits of Vandy's only two back to back conference champions were outlined to the applause of fans.
Here, courtesy of Vanderbilt Athletics, is what was said about the remarkable seasons these two teams achieved, beginning a tradition of excellence that still continues today.
The late Jeff Peeples, VU first baseball All-American, pitching in 1973. The annual Vanderbilt team MVP award bears his name.
John McLean in action during the 1973 season
The 1973 Commodores celebrate the school's first SEC championship in baseball.