Campus Connection: Michigan

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An inside look at Michigan Baseball

Quick hits:

Founded: 1866

Students: 44,718

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Nickname: Wolverines

Conference: Big Ten Conference

Home Field: Ray Fisher Stadium at Wilpon Baseball Complex

Seating: 4,000

Head Coach: Erik Bakich (7th season; 85-57 at Michigan)

College World Series Appearances: 7 (1953, 1962, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984)

NCAA Tournament Appearances: 23 (1953, 1961, 1962, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2015, 2017)

Just the facts:

  1. Head Coach Erik Bakich began his coaching career as an assistant at Clemson before getting his first top job at Maryland for a few years before taking over the Wolverines squad. 
  2. Legend has it, the Wolverines nickname originated over a land dispute from the 1830s as Ohioans described their neighbors as wolverines due to their stubborn and combative attitude.
  3. Michigan’s “The Victors” or “Hail to the Victors” is one of the most notable and recognizable fight songs in the country, originally composed by a UM student in 1898.

MLB Wolverines:

Barry Larkin: Cincinnati Reds

  • The Hall of Famer was a two-time All-American and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year during his time at Michigan. As a first round pick, Larkin was a World Series Champ (1990), NL MVP (1995), three-time Gold Glove winner, nine-time Silver Slugger, and 12-time All-Star.

Branch Rickey: St. Louis Browns x 2, New York Highlanders

  • The Ohio Wesleyan alum, former Michigan Head Coach, and MLB Hall of Famer made his mark as a GM for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1943-1950) when he signed Jackie Robinson in 1945. Rickey’s contributions to the game also included developing the farm system.

Jim Abbott: California Angels x 2, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox x 2, Milwaukee Brewers

Rich Hill: Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox x 2, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Dodgers

Charlie Gehringer: Detroit Tigers (Hall of Fame)

George Sisler: St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators, Boston Braves (Hall of Fame)

Mike Matheny: Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants

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