Friday, June 14, 2013

It Was Still A Very Special Season!

The heartbreak and disappointment remains from Vanderbilt's upset loss in the NCAA Baseball Super Regionals. But,as the angst begins to ease, it's clear to see what a special year this was for the Black & Gold, especially when you review the team's post-season recognition honors.

 Six Commodores received All-American status on various teams (Tony Kemp, Kevin Ziomek, Tyler Beedee, Conor Harrell, Mike Yazstremski and Brian Miller). That's a school record for a single season. Meanwhile the SEC champion (regular season) Dores tied an overall school record for wins (54) and set an SEC mark for most conference victories in a season with 26.

Vanderbilt's first All-American was our classmate, Jeff Peeples in 1973. It's been 40 years since he threw his last pitch for the Commodores but he still holds the school record for most wins in a career (29) and the lowest earned run average (1.68).  Peeples was also named All-SEC all three years he was eligible for varsity competition (too bad freshman couldn't compete in those days).

Another Class of 1973 baseball player who still holds a school record is John McLean. A pitcher/first baseman, John holds a rather amazing single-game mark which has now stood for 42 seasons. On April 9, 1971, McLean helped the Black & Gold beat the UT Vols 12-1. John garnered 13 total bases in the game. The most likely way to achieve that is to hit 3 home runs plus a single. But the record books don't show McLean hitting three round-trippers out in a game during his career. So it must be some different combination of extra base hits to accomplish this feat. I have not been able to find a break-down of what John did at the bat on that remarkable day.

A final Vanderbilt baseball record held by a member of the Class of 1973 is one that may never be broken. On April 21, 1970, righthanded fireballer Doug Wessell struck out 23 batters in a single game against UT-Chattanooga. Since there are only 27 outs in a nine inning game, you can see how amazing that is and how difficult it would be equal or exceeed that record.

1 comment:

vandy pitcher said...

hey PAT....thanks for all the pub you have been giving our baseball teams 1970--1974......listen, freshman COULD play by 1970 and JEFF and ME and JOHNNY MAC and 1--2 other seniors in 1973 actually did have 4 letters and each of us played as freshman..........i believe JEFF was 2--2 throwing in relief some, he had to miss some due to spring football, and he played a good bit in the 1971 he became a dominate pitcher.......also.......i believe DOUG WESSEL's record of 23 SK in 1970 has now been broken......mark bode ( 1970--1973 )