Lafayette Leopards
2022 Lafayette Leopards baseball team
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Founded1865 (1865)
UniversityLafayette College
Head coachTim Reilly (2nd season)
ConferencePatriot
LocationEaston, Pennsylvania
Home stadiumHilton Rahn '51 Field at Kamine Stadium
(Capacity: 500)
NicknameLeopards
ColorsMaroon and white[1]
   
College World Series appearances
1953, 1954, 1958, 1965
NCAA Tournament appearances
1948, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1965, 1966, 1990, 2007
Conference tournament champions
2007[2]
Regular season conference champions
1990 (ECC), 2007

The Lafayette Leopards baseball team represents Lafayette College in NCAA Division I college baseball. The team participates in the Patriot League. They are currently coached by Tim Reilly. They play home games in Hilton Rahn '51 Field at Kamine Stadium. The Leopards have advanced to the College World Series four times. Lafayette has also qualified for the NCAA tournament ten times, but only twice since 1966.

Facilities

Kamine Stadium is the home of Lafayette baseball. The stadium was renovated in 2003, establishing permanent seating and a permanent press box. It is a natural grass field with an official capacity of 500.[3]

History

Baseball is the oldest sport at the college, with a club team competing on a College Hill since March 1860. The team's first official game was a 44–11 win on November 8, 1865 against amateurs from Easton. The first recorded intercollegiate match was a 45–45 tie in a baseball game against Lehigh in October 1869 and its first win against Lehigh 31–24 shortly thereafter.

Aside from its traditional Ivy League and local rivals, Lafayette developed a rivalry with North Carolina and South Carolina in the late 19th and early 20th century. Games were played on March Field, and were later played at Fisher Stadium. Once the Metzgar Athletic Complex was built in the late 1960s, the team moved its field to what is now known as Kamine Stadium.

Lafayette has made four appearances in the College World Series in the 1950s and 1960s,[4] the final round of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. Coached by former major leaguer Charlie Gelbert, the Leopards made it the semi-finals in 1953 before bowing to the University of Texas, finishing third. Lafayette eliminated Stanford and Boston College, with their only losses coming against Texas. Lafayette did not win a game in its other trips in 1954, 1958, and 1965.

Lafayette won the East Coast Conference in 1990 and Patriot League title 2007 to earn a trip to the NCAA Regionals.

The most noted Lafayette baseball player is former Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who played on the team in the early 1970s.[5]

Tournament appearances

See also: 1948 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

See also: 1953 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

See also: 1954 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

See also: 1955 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

See also: 1957 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

See also: 1958 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

See also: 1965 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

See also: 1966 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

See also: 1990 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

See also: 2007 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

Major Leaguers

The Leopards have sent 13 players to the Major Leagues. [6] 21 Lafayette players have been drafted in the Major League Baseball draft.

Player Years at Lafayette Years in MLB Position Clubs
George Barclay 1896–98 1902–05 OF St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Beaneaters
David Bednar 2014-16 2019-22 P San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates
Charlie Berry 1922–25 1925–38 C Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox
Ben DeMott 1908–10 1910–11 P, OF Cleveland Naps
Mike Gazella 1920–23 1923–28 IF New York Yankees
Frank Grube 1924–30 1931–41 C Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Browns
Ty Helfrich 1910–15 1915 2B Brooklyn Tip-Tops
Les Hennessy 1912–13 1913 2B Detroit Tigers
Frank Hiller 1939–42 1946–53 P New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, New York Giants
Lep Long 1907–11 1911 P Philadelphia Athletics
Jeff Mutis 1986–88 1991–94 P Cleveland Indians, Florida Marlins
Fritz Scheeren 1913–14 1914–15 OF Pittsburgh Pirates
Dick Wright 1909–15 1915 C Brooklyn Tip-Tops

Other Notables

See also

References

  1. ^ Lafayette College Full-Color Representations (PDF). Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  2. ^ "Patriot League Record Book" (PDF). Patriot League. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  3. ^ "Hilton Rahn '51 Field at Kamine Stadium". Lafayette Athletics. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  4. ^ "1953 College World Series". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  5. ^ "Joe Maddon". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  6. ^ "Lafayette College Leopards". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved September 22, 2019.