Billy Disch
Disch in 1915
Biographical details
Born(1872-10-15)October 15, 1872
Benton County, Missouri
DiedFebruary 3, 1953(1953-02-03) (aged 80)
Austin, Texas
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Baseball
1902–1908St. Edward's
1911–1939Texas
Football
c. 1902St. Edward's
1910St. Edward's
Head coaching record
Overall515–140–12 (baseball)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Baseball
2 TIAA (1913–1914)
20 SWC regular season (1915–1921, 1922, 1924–1930, 1932, 1935–1936, 1938–1939)
College Baseball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2008

William John Disch (October 15, 1872 – February 3, 1953) was an American baseball player and coach. He served as the head baseball coach at the University of Texas at Austin from 1911 to 1939 and as an advisory coach for 12 seasons afterwards.

Career

Often called the Connie Mack of college baseball,[1] Disch earned a 513–180–12 overall record at Texas, including a collegiate record of 465-115-9, and garnered 20 Southwest Conference titles with a conference record of 284-70-4.[2] At the time he coached, there were no NCAA postseason playoffs for national honors. Along with Bibb Falk, Disch is one of the two namesakes of UFCU Disch–Falk Field.

Disch managed in minor league baseball, where he also was a player. He managed the 1911 Beeville Orange Growers to a 63–54 record and the Class D level Southwest Texas League championship. Disch also managed the 1903 Fort Worth Panthers of the Class D level Texas League and the 1915 Brenham Huskies of the Class D Middle Texas League for portions of their seasons.[3][4][5]

He was listed as a scout for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball in 1948.[6]

Honors

Head coaching record

College baseball

The records shown below are only the collegiate record, not the overall record against non-collegiate teams.

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
St. Edward's[8] (Independent) (1902–1908)
1902 St. Edward's 4–2
1903 St. Edward's 3–0
1904 St. Edward's 17–4
1905 St. Edward's 7–7
1906 St. Edward's 5–9
1907 St. Edward's 9–2
1908 St. Edward's 5–1–3
St. Edward's: 50–25–3 (.660)
Texas Longhorns[9] (Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1911–1914)
1911 Texas 13–10–1
1912 Texas 17–7–1
1913 Texas 24–4–2 1st
1914 Texas 28–4 1st
Texas Longhorns (Southwest Conference) (1915–1939)
1915 Texas 22–4 12–2 1st
1916 Texas 16–6 10–3 1st
1917 Texas 12–2 4–1 1st
1918 Texas 17–1 8–1 1st
1919 Texas 20–1–1 12–0 1st
1920 Texas 17–5 9–2 1st
1921 Texas 15–3–1 9–2–1 1st
1922 Texas 16–5–1 10–3–1 1st
1923 Texas 16–8 10–8 2nd
1924 Texas 28–1 22–1 1st
1925 Texas 16–4–1 11–2–1 1st
1926 Texas 13–2 8–2 1st
1927 Texas 16–4 16–4 1st
1928 Texas 17–4 16–4 1st
1929 Texas 18–4–1 16–4–1 1st
1930 Texas 20–4 16–4 1st
1931 Texas 10–2 8–2 2nd
1932 Texas 11–5 11–5 1st
1933 Texas 13–3 8–2 2nd
1934 Texas 8–5 7–5 2nd
1935 Texas 11–3 9–3 1st
1936 Texas 12–2 12–1 1st
1937 Texas 11–6 10–5 2nd
1938 Texas 12–4 12–2 1st
1939 Texas 16–2 15–0 1st
Texas: 465–115–9 (.797) 284–70–4 (.799)
Total: 515–140–12 (.781)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

References

  1. ^ "Disch-Falk Field History". Texassports.com. Archived from the original on May 23, 2006. Retrieved October 19, 2006.
  2. ^ "Texas Baseball History 2018 Fact Book" (PDF). Texas Sports. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  3. ^ "1911 Southwest Texas League". Baseball-Reference.com.
  4. ^ "1911 Southwest Texas League (STL) minor league baseball Standings on StatsCrew.com". www.statscrew.com.
  5. ^ "Billy Disch Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com.
  6. ^ Spink, J.G. Taylor, ed., 1948 Official Baseball Guide and Record Book. St. Louis: The Sporting News
  7. ^ "TSHA | Disch, William John". www.tshaonline.org.
  8. ^ "St. Edward's Baseball Record Book" (PDF). Hilltopper Athletics. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  9. ^ "Texas Baseball History 2018 Fact Book" (PDF). Texas Sports. Retrieved October 24, 2019.