|Born: May 9, 1957|
|June 1, 1982, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 4, 1985, for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Earned run average||3.96|
|Career highlights and awards|
John Anton Stuper (born May 9, 1957) is a former baseball coach and former pitcher. He attended Point Park University before playing professionally from 1982–1985 for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds. He then served as the head coach of the Yale Bulldogs (1993–2022).
Stuper was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 6, 1978. He was traded on January 25, 1979 to the St. Louis Cardinals for Tommy Sandt before making it to the majors.
He was 25 years old when he broke into Major League Baseball on June 1, 1982, for the St. Louis Cardinals. In his debut he pitched 8 innings against the San Francisco Giants but ended with a no-decision as Jack Clark singled in Darrell Evans in the top of the 11th and the Giants beat the Cardinals 4–3 in St. Louis.
On October 19, 1982, Stuper pitched a complete game as the Cardinals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers, 13–1, in the sixth game of the 1982 World Series to tie the series at three games each. Stuper retired thirteen batters in a row, tying a rookie record set by Dickey Kerr for the White Sox in 1919. The Cardinals won the seventh game the following day by a score of 6–3.
On September 9, 1984 he was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Cincinnati Reds for Paul Householder.
On December 19, 1985 he was traded with Dann Bilardello, Andy McGaffigan, and Jay Tibbs to the Montreal Expos for Bill Gullickson and Sal Butera, but never played a game for the Expos.
Stuper was listed by Sports Illustrated as among the 10 best performances by a rookie pitcher in the history of post-season play for his Game 6 complete game.
In 1983 Stuper finished 9th in the National League with 8 wild pitches. His lifetime batting average was .112 (15/134).
Stuper is currently the head coach for the Yale Bulldogs baseball team. The 13th Yale head coach, Stuper has led the Elis to three Red Rolfe Division titles and two league championships. His 1993 squad was his best, winning a school-record 33 games, earning an NCAA Regional appearance, and setting numerous school records, including 160 stolen bases in 44 games. He earned 1993 New England Division I Coach of the Year and Northeast Region Division I Coach of the Year honors. His Ivy League conference record at Yale is 237–261, and he's the winningest coach in school history with an overall record of 535–610.
The following is a table of Stuper's yearly records as an NCAA Division I head baseball coach.
|Yale Bulldogs (Ivy League) (1993–2022)|
|1993||Yale||33–11||16–4||1st (Rolfe)||Central I Regional|
|1994||Yale||24–19||14–6||1st (Rolfe)||Ivy League Championship Series|
|1995||Yale||23–20||13–7||1st (Rolfe)||Ivy League Championship Series|
|2014||Yale||19–22||11–9||T-1st (Rolfe)||Rolfe Division Playoff|
|2016||Yale||19–28–1||11–9||T-1st (Rolfe)||Ivy League Championship Series|
|2017||Yale||34–18||16–4||1st (Rolfe)||NCAA Regional|
|2018||Yale||22–20||15–6||1st||Ivy League Championship Series|
|2020||Yale||3–7||0–0||Season canceled due to COVID-19|
|2021||Yale||0–0||0–0||Ivy League opted-out of the season|
Postseason invitational champion