Alabama Crimson Tide baseball

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Alabama Crimson Tide
Founded: 1892
2014 Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team
Alabama Crimson Tide athletic logo

University University of Alabama
Conference SEC
Western Division
Location Tuscaloosa, AL
Head Coach Mitch Gaspard (5th year)
Home Stadium Sewell-Thomas Stadium
(Capacity: 6,571)
Nickname Crimson Tide
Colors

Crimson and White

            
College World Series Runner-up
1983, 1997
College World Series Appearances
1950, 1983, 1996, 1997, 1999
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1947,1950, 1955, 1968, 1983, 1986, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
Conference Tournament Champions
1983, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003
Conference Champions
1934, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1947, 1950, 1955, 1968, 1983, 1996, 2006

The Alabama Crimson Tide baseball team represents the University of Alabama in NCAA Division I college baseball. Along with most other Alabama athletic teams, the baseball team participates in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference. The team plays its home games on campus at Sewell-Thomas Stadium. They are currently led by head coach Mitch Gaspard and assistant coaches Andy Phillips and Dax Norris.

History[edit]

The Crimson Tide baseball team leads the SEC in all-time wins with over 2,300 victories.[1] The program trails only LSU for the most SEC regular season titles with 13 and 7 tournament championships (giving the program 14 overall SEC championships).[2] Tide baseball teams have participated in the NCAA College World Series five times (1950, 1983, 1996, 1997, 1999), finishing second in 1983 and 1997. The Crimson Tide have also had over sixty players make it to the major leagues, the most in the SEC.[3]

Stadium[edit]

The team's home venue is Sewell-Thomas Stadium, located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on the campus of the university. A tradition at Sewell-Thomas Stadium is to play the Rednex song "Cotton-Eyed Joe" during the sixth inning. Sewell-Thomas Stadium is nicknamed "The Joe" by Crimson Tide fans, in honor of Baseball Hall of Fame member Joe Sewell, who played college baseball at Alabama. For 12 of the last 13 seasons Alabama has ranked in the top 10 nationally in attendance.

Head coaches[edit]

Records are through the end of the 2013 season

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1892 Shelby Fletcher 1 1–0 1.000
1893 W. M. Walker 1 4–6–1 .409
1894 J. H. Lyons 1 10–3 .769
1895 J. F. Jenkins 1 9–3 .750
1896 Eli Abbott 1 5–5 .500
1897 "Kid" Peeples 1 10–0 1.000
1898 Joseph Black 1 2–3 .400
1899 F. C. Owen 1 3–6 .333
1900 Ardis Smith 1 9–3 .750
1901–1905 Thomas Stouch 5 49–25–1 .660
1906 Schwartz 1 4–16–1 .214
1907–1910 J. W. H. Pollard 4 66–22–1 .747
1911 Guy Lowman 1 12–5 .706
1912–1915 D. V. Graves 4 66–30–1 .686
1916–1919 B. L. Noojin 4 55–18 .753
1920 Gordon W. Lewis 1 15–2 .882
1921–1923 Charles Bernier 3 28–35–4 .448
1924–1927 Wallace Wade 4 61–32–2 .653
1928 Hank Crisp 1 12–7–2 .619
1929–1930 Jess Neely 2 28–15–2 .644
1931–1932 Sam Hinton 2 23–7–2 .750
1933–1934 Jennings B. Whitworth 2 21–11 .656
1943 Paul Burnham 1 12–6 .667
1946 Dixie Howell 1 13–7 .650
1935–1942
1947–1963
Tilden Campbell 25 355–168–4 .677
1964–1969 Joe Sewell 6 106–79 .573
1970–1979 Hayden Riley 10 236–206–1 .533
1980–1994 Barry Shollenberger 15 487–334–1 .593
1995–2009 Jim Wells 15 625–322 .656
2010–present Mitch Gaspard 4 133–115 .536
Totals 30 coaches 121 seasons 2,461–1,490–23 .623


Current Coaching Staff[edit]

2014 Alabama Crimson Tide baseball coaching staff
  • 8   Mitch Gaspard – Head Coach - 14 years at Alabama (5th as Head Coach)
  • 2   Andy Phillips – Assistant Coach, Hitting Coach - 4th year
  • 4   Dax Norris – Assistant Coach, Pitching Coach, Recruiting Coordinator - 7th year
  • 43 Bobby Barbier – Volunteer Coach - 5th year
  • Ken Brown – Director of Baseball Operations - 3rd year

Year-by-Year Results[edit]

Year-by-Year Results
Year Coach Record Notes
1892 Shelby Fletcher 1-0
1893 W.M. Walker 4-6-1
1894 J.H. Lyons 10-3
1895 J.F. Jenkins 9-3
1896 Eli Abbott 5-5
1897 Kid Peeples 10-0
1898 Joseph Black 2-3
1899 F.C. Owen 3-6
1900 Ardis Smith 9-3
1901 Thomas Stouch 9-3
1902 Thomas Stouch 7-1
1903 Thomas Stouch 15-3
1904 Thomas Stouch 12-10
1905 Thomas Stouch 6-8-1
1906 Schwartz 4-16-1
1907 J.W.H. Pollard 21-7
1908 J.W.H. Pollard 14-4
1909 J.W.H. Pollard 19-3 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions
1910 J.W.H. Pollard 12-8-1
1911 Guy S. Lowman 12-5
1912 D.V. Graves 16-6
1913 D.V. Graves 22-7 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions
1914 D.V. Graves 11-13
1915 D.V. Graves 17-4-1 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions
1916 Loonie Noojin 12-10
1917 Loonie Noojin 14-2 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions
1918 Loonie Noojin 13-4 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions
1919 Loonie Noojin 16-2 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions
1920 Gordon Lewis 15-2 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Champions
1921 Charles Bernier 7-12-1
1922 Charles Bernier 7-16-2
1923 Charles Bernier 14-7-1
1924 Wallace Wade 17-6
1925 Wallace Wade 21-6
1926 Wallace Wade 10-12-1
1927 Wallace Wade 13-8-1
1928 Hank Crisp 12-7-2
1929 Jess Neely 11-8-2
1930 Jess Neely 17-7 Southern Conference Champions
1931 Sam Hinton 13-5-1
1932 Sam Hinton 10-2-1
1933 J.B. Whitworth 8-6
1934 J.B. Whitworth 13-5 Southeastern Conference Champions
1935 Tilden Campbell 12-2 Southeastern Conference Champions
1936 Tilden Campbell 10-3-1 Southeastern Conference Champions
1937 Tilden Campbell 12-4
1938 Tilden Campbell 13-2 Southeastern Conference Champions
1939 Tilden Campbell 10-10
1940 Tilden Campbell 14-2 Southeastern Conference Champions
1941 Tilden Campbell 19-2-1 Southeastern Conference Champions
1942 Tilden Campbell 10-2 Southeastern Conference Champions
1943 Paul Burnham 12-6
1944-1945: No team due to World War II
1946 Dixie Howell 13-7
1947 Tilden Campbell 20-7 Southeastern Conference Champions; NCAA District III Playoffs
1948 Tilden Campbell 18-11 NCAA District III Playoffs
1949 Tilden Campbell 14-8
1950 Tilden Campbell 22-12 SEC Champions; NCAA District III Champions; 5th Place in 1950 College World Series
1951 Tilden Campbell 17-5-1
1952 Tilden Campbell 13-11
1953 Tilden Campbell 10-9
1954 Tilden Campbell 10-7
1955 Tilden Campbell 23-6 Southeastern Conference Champions; NCAA District III Playoffs
1956 Tilden Campbell 18-7
1957 Tilden Campbell 18-8 SEC West Champions
1958 Tilden Campbell 14-7 SEC West Champions
1959 Tilden Campbell 8-7
1960 Tilden Campbell 11-7
1961 Tilden Campbell 12-9
1962 Tilden Campbell 16-10-1
1963 Tilden Campbell 11-10
1964 Joe Sewell 10-10
1965 Joe Sewell 12-12
1966 Joe Sewell 13-7
1967 Joe Sewell 23-21
1968 Joe Sewell 24-14 Southeastern Conference Champions; NCAA District III Playoffs
1969 Joe Sewell 10-22
1970 Hayden Riley 19-25
1971 Hayden Riley 21-14-1
1972 Hayden Riley 22-14
1973 Hayden Riley 22-14 SEC Western Division Champions
1974 Hayden Riley 37-16 SEC Western Division Champions
1975 Hayden Riley 34-32
1976 Hayden Riley 25-18
1977 Hayden Riley 27-18
1978 Hayden Riley 23-20
1979 Hayden Riley 18-27
1980 B. Shollenberger 18-28
1981 B. Shollenberger 41-15-1 SEC Western Division Champions
1982 B. Shollenberger 32-21
1983 B. Shollenberger 46-11 SEC Champions*, South Region Champs, 1983 College World Series Runners-Up
1984 B. Shollenberger 35-18
1985 B. Shollenberger 30-23
1986 B. Shollenberger 43-20 NCAA Atlantic Region
1987 B. Shollenberger 25-26
1988 B. Shollenberger 27-26
1989 B. Shollenberger 32-24
1990 B. Shollenberger 34-21
1991 B. Shollenberger 42-20 NCAA Atlantic Region
1992 B. Shollenberger 34-21
1993 B. Shollenberger 27-25
1994 B. Shollenberger 21-35
1995 Jim Wells 42-23 SEC Western Division Tourney Champion, NCAA East Region Runner-up
1996 Jim Wells 50-19 SEC Champions, SEC Tourney Champs, South I Regional Champions, 5th Place 1996 College World Series
1997 Jim Wells 56-14 SEC Tournament Champions, NCAA South II Regional Champions, 1997 College World Series Runner-up
1998 Jim Wells 46-18 NCAA West Regional Runner-up
1999 Jim Wells 53-16 SEC Tournament Champions, NCAA Regional Champions, Super Regional Champions, 4th place in the 1999 College World Series
2000 Jim Wells 41-24 NCAA Regional Runner-up
2001 Jim Wells 32-23
2002 Jim Wells 51-15 SEC Western Division Champions, SEC Tournament Champions, NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional Participant
2003 Jim Wells 38-24 SEC Tournament Champions, NCAA College Station Regional Participant
2004 Jim Wells 29-26
2005 Jim Wells 40-23 NCAA New Orleans Regional Runner up
2006 Jim Wells 44-21 SEC Champions, NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional Champions, NCAA Tuscaloosa Super Regional
2007 Jim Wells 31-26
2008 Jim Wells 35-28 NCAA Conway Regional Participant
2009 Jim Wells 37-21 NCAA Clemson Regional Participant
2010 Mitch Gaspard 42-25 NCAA Atlanta Regional Champions, NCAA Clemson Super Regional
2011 Mitch Gaspard 35-28 NCAA Tallahassee Regional Participant
2012 Mitch Gaspard 21-34
2013 Mitch Gaspard 35-28 NCAA Tallahassee Regional Participant

* Alabama won the SEC tournament which determined the overall SEC champion from 1977-87.

Alabama in the NCAA Tournament[edit]

The NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament started in 1947. The format of the tournament has changed through the years. The Crimson Tide has played in 23 NCAA Tournaments, winning 7 NCAA Regional Championships. Alabama has five College World Series appearances and played in the national championship game in 1983 and 1997.

Former players[edit]

Current MLB Players[edit]

Player Years at UA MLB Team
Alex Avila 2005–2008 Detroit Tigers
Tommy Hunter 2006–2007 Baltimore Orioles
Jimmy Nelson 2008-2010 Milwaukee Brewers
David Robertson 2005–2006 New York Yankees
Josh Rutledge 2008-2010 Colorado Rockies

National College Baseball Hall of Fame inductees[edit]

In 2006, the National College Baseball Hall of Fame opened in Lubbock, Texas. Since then, Alabama has had 2 players inducted into the Hall of Fame.[4][5]

Player Years at UA Position Year Inducted
Joe Sewell 1918–20 SS 2007
Dave Magadan 1981–83 3B 2010

Former MLB Players[edit]

Current Roster[edit]

2014 Alabama Crimson Tide roster
 

Pitchers

  • 15 Geoffrey Bramblett - Freshman
  • 17 Jay Shaw - Junior
  • 20 Taylor Guilbeau - Junior
  • 23 Ray Castillo - Sophomore
  • 26 Justin Kamplain - Junior
  • 28 Jake Hubbard - Redshirt Sophomore
  • 29 Nick Eicholtz - Freshman
  • 31 Jonathan Hess - Redshirt Freshman
  • 32 Spencer Turnbull - Junior
  • 33 Mitch Greer - Sophomore
  • 35 Jon Keller - Junior
  • 37 Matt Salom - Sophomore
  • 42 Tyler Adams - Freshman
  • 44 Tucker Hawley - Senior
  • 55 Mike Oczypok - Sophomore
 

Catchers

  • 10 Wade Wass - Redshirt Junior
  • 37 Taylor Poe - Redshirt Freshman
  • 50 Anthony Sherlag - Freshman

Infielders

  • 1 Mikey White - Sophomore
  • 3 Daniel Cucjen - Sophomore
  • 6 Kyle Overstreet - Sophomore
  • 11 Taylor Propst - Freshman
  • 12 Chance Vincent - Sophomore
  • 18 Austen Smith - Senior
  • 49 Steven Cole - Senior
 

Outfielders

  • 7 Ben Moore - Junior
  • 9 Casey Hughston - Freshman
  • 13 William Elliott - Freshman
  • 14 Mathew Goodson - Redshirt Freshman
  • 19 Hunter Webb - Freshman
  • 22 Georgie Salem - Sophomore
  • 25 Ryan Blanchard - Sophomore
  • 45 Riley Colburn - Sophomore

Utility

  • 16 Cary Baxter - Junior
  • 21 Colton Freeman - Redshirt Freshman
  • 24 Will Haynie - Freshman
  • 38 J.C. Wilhite - Junior
  • 40 Thomas Burrows - Freshman
  • 48 Trevor Sprowl - Junior
 

2014 Alabama Crimson Tide Baseball Roster

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Best All-Time SEC Baseball Program
  2. ^ "2006 Media Guide". Retrieved June 21, 2006. 
  3. ^ ALABAMA IN PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL
  4. ^ "2010 College Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees". CollegeBaseballHall.org. Retrieved January 31, 2013. 
  5. ^ "2007 College Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees". CollegeBaseballHall.org. Retrieved January 31, 2013.