Duke Blue Devils baseball

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Duke Blue Devils
Founded: 1903
Duke Blue Devils athletic logo

University Duke University
Conference ACC
Coastal Division
Location Durham, NC
Head Coach Chris Pollard (3rd year)
Home Stadium Jack Coombs Field
(Capacity: 2,000)
Nickname Blue Devils
Colors

Duke blue and White

            
College World Series Appearances
1952, 1953, 1961
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1952, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1961
Conference Tournament Champions
Southern Conference: 1951
Conference Champions
Southern Conference: 1937, 1938, 1939, 1951, 1952, 1953
Atlantic Coast Conference: 1956, 1957, 1961

The Duke Blue Devils Baseball team is the varsity intercollegiate baseball program of Duke University, based in Durham, North Carolina, United States. The team has been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference since the conference's founding in the 1954 season. The program's home venue is Jack Coombs Field, which opened in 1931. Chris Pollard has been the head coach of the team since the 2013 season. As of the end of the 2013 season, the Blue Devils have appeared in three College World Series in three NCAA Tournaments. They have won three ACC Championships. As of the start of the 2013 Major League Baseball season, 34 former Blue Devils players have played in Major League Baseball.

Current Roster[edit]

Pitchers

Catchers

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Outfielders

History[edit]

The baseball program began varsity play in 1889.[1] The vast majority of the program's successes came under head coaches Jack Coombs and Ace Parker from 1929–1966. Coombs led the Blue Devils to five Southern Conference championships and to a fifth place finish in the 1952 College World Series.[1] Taking over upon Coombs' retirement after the 1952 season, Parker led Duke to the 1953, and 1961 College World Series, one Southern Conference championship and three Atlantic Coast Conference championships.[1] Duke has not earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament since 1961, the longest drought of any ACC school.[2]

Steroid Controversy[edit]

In 2005, the program was the target of a controversy involving the use of anabolic steroids.[3] Five former players told the Duke Chronicle that head coach Bill Hillier had pressured players to use steroids, with two of those players admitting to having injected steroids in 2002.[3] In an open letter published in the Chronicle, another former player, Evan Anderson, confirmed that Hillier had pressured players to use steroids.[4] While Hillier denied the accusations, he was replaced as head coach after the 2005 season.[3]

Conference affiliations[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Year(s) Coach Seasons W–L–T Pct
1901 Mr. Schock 1 6–5 .545
1902–1907 Otis Stocksdale 6 76–37–4 .650
1908–1914 M.T. Adkins 7 104–67–4 .594
1915–1916 Claude West 2 14–26–3 .326
1917 Heine Manush 1 4–6–1 .364
1919 Lee Gooch 1 19–4–2 .760
1920 Chick Doak 1 10–9 ..526
1921 Pat Egan 1 10–8–1 .526
1922 H.G. Steiner 1 12–6 .667
1923–1924 Howard Jones 2 31–8 .795
1925 Bill Towe 1 9–9 .500
1926–1928 G.B. Whitted 3 28–29–1 .483
1929–1952 Jack Coombs 24 381–171–3 .686
1953–1966 Ace Parker 14 166–162–4 .500
1966–1967 James Bly 2 15–34 .306
1968–1970 Tom Butters 3 43–53–1 .443
1971–1977 Enos Slaughter 7 68–120 .362
1978–1984 Tom D'Armi 7 125–98–2 .556
1985–1987 Larry Smith 3 61–58–4 .496
1988–1999 Steve Traylor 12 356–286–1 .554
2000–2005 Bill Hillier 6 121–214 .361
2006–2012 Sean McNally 7 192–198–1 .492
2013–present Chris Pollard 2 59–55 .518
TOTALS 1,895–1,622–34 .534

Year by year record[edit]

Season Coach Record Notes
Overall Conference
1889 Unknown 0–0–1
1890 0–1
1891 No Team
1892 No Team
1893 No Team
1894 No Team
1895 No Team
1896 Unknown 7–1
1897 7–3
1898 4–4–1
1899 11–6
1900 8–4
1901 Mr. Schock 6–5
1902 Otis Stocksdale 12–8
1903 9–5–1
1904 14–3–2
1905 14–6–1
1906 8–7
1907 19–8
1908 M. T. Adkins 17–3–1
1909 18–7
1910 16–10–3
1911 16–9
1912 11–13
1913 15–13
1914 10–11
1915 Claude West 8–9–1
1916 6–17–1
1917 Heine Manush 4–6–1
1918 No Team Due To World War I
1919 Lee Gooch 19–4–2
1920 Chick Doak 10–9
1921 Pat Egan 10–8–1
1922 H. G. Steiner 12–6
1923 Howard Jones 17–4
1924 14–4
1925 Bill Towe 9–9
1926 G.B. Whitted 7–12
1927 8–10
1928 13–7–1
Southern Conference
1929 Jack Coombs 13–5
1930 17–5 State Champions
1931 11–4 State Champions
1932 15–7
1933 12–7
1934 20–4
1935 24–3
1936 18–7
1937 22–2 Southern Conference Champions, State Champions
1938 18–3 Southern Conference Champions, State Champions
1939 22–2 Southern Conference Champions, State Champions
1940 16–7
1941 14–11
1942 15–7
1943 8–4
1944 9–7
1945 9–7
1946 15–8 Big Four Champions
1947 18–10 Big Four Champions, State Champions
1948 15–12
1949 12–17–1
1950 11–18
1951 17–8 Southern Conference Champions, Southern Conference Tournament Champions, Co-Big Four Champions
1952 31–7 Southern Conference Champions, College World Series (5th place)
1953 Ace Parker 11–8 Southern Conference Champions, College World Series (5th place)
Atlantic Coast Conference
1954 Ace Parker 10–13 5–9
1955 10–11 6–6
1956 16–12–2 12–3–1 ACC Champions
1957 19–8 10–4 ACC Champions
1958 9–11 7–5
1959 9–16 5–10
1960 13–8–1 9–4–1
1961 16–11 11–3 ACC Champions, College World Series (5th place)
1962 13–12–1 6–8
1963 15–10 8–6
1964 4–21 0–12
1965 8–17 5–9
1966 Ace Parker/James Bly 13–12 9–9
1967 James Bly 9–20 2–12
1968 Tom Butters 12–19 7–13
1969 12–18–1 7–13
1970 17–16 10–11
1971 Enos Slaughter 15–14 4–10
1972 12–16 3–7
1973 7–17 2–10
1974 9–16 3–8
1975 9–18 2–10
1976 7–23 1–11
1977 9–16 1–7
1978 Tom D'Armi 12–21 1–10
1979 12–18 1–11
1980 17–11 2–9
1981 29–10 6–6
1982 16–13–1 3–7
1983 14–12–1 1–8–1
1984 25–13 3–8
1985 Larry Smith 18–15–3 5–8–1
1986 25–17 2–12
1987 18–26–1 3–14
1988 Steve Traylor 10–35 3–16
1989 20–23 2–14
1990 28–25 4–15
1991 24–27 6–15
1992 38–16 12–12
1993 39–19–1 11–13
1994 33–20 16–8
1995 30–27 4–20
1996 39–19 11–13
1997 33–25 9–14
1998 38–20 8–15
1999 24–31 4–18
2000 Bil Hillier 17–41 5–19
2001 23–33 10–13
2002 24–34 4–20
2003 18–36 2–21
2004 25–31 8–16
2005 14–39 5–25
2006 Sean McNally 15–40 6–24
2007 29–25 8–22
2008 37–18–1 10–18–1
2009 35–24 15–15
2010 29–27 8–22
2011 26–30 7–23
2012 21–34 9–21
2013 Chris Pollard 26–29 9–21
2014 33–25 16-14

Current and former major league players[edit]

Source:[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "2013 Media Guide". GoDuke.com. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "2012 ACC Baseball Guide". TheACC.com. 
  3. ^ a b c "STEROID CHARGES ROCK DUKE BASEBALL". Duke Chronicle. 14 April 2005. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Anderson, Evan (18 April 2005). "Steroid allegations are accurate". Duke Chronicle. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/schools/index.cgi?key_school=ab7868a7