Liberty Bell Classic (baseball)

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Liberty Bell Classic (baseball)
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Liberty Bell Classic logo
Sport Baseball
Founded 1992
No. of teams 8
Venue(s)
Most recent champion(s) Saint Joseph's University
Most titles University of Delaware (8)

The Liberty Bell Classic was conceived in 1992 as a way for local Philadelphia-area Division I colleges to compete against each other in a tournament, as well as an opportunity for the schools to play on the big league field of Veterans Stadium. The original eight schools were Drexel University, La Salle University, Saint Joseph's University, Temple University, University of Delaware, University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, and West Chester University. In the first championship game, Delaware defeated Villanova 6-2.

When West Chester was reclassified as Division II, it was replaced by Rider University, which was then in turn replaced by Lehigh University. When Drexel's baseball program was dissolved after the 2003 season, Lafayette College joined the Liberty Bell Classic.

Originally all games were played at Veterans Stadium but with the closure of Veterans Stadium, starting in 2004, games are now played at local venues with the championship game being held at Citizens Bank Park. The first championship at Citizens Bank Park was claimed by Lehigh as they defeated Villanova 11-3.

A second tournament, the Bill Giles Invitational, was created in 2001 for the Philadelphia-area Division II colleges. Competing in the Giles Invitational is previous Liberty Bell competitor West Chester University, along with Philadelphia University, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University. The championship games for the Bill Giles Invitational and Liberty Bell Classic are hosted as part of a double header.

Champions[edit]


2014 — Saint Joseph's
2013 — Delaware
2012 — Saint Joseph's
2011 — Villanova
2010 — Delaware
2009 — No winner due to inclement weather
2008 — Lafayette
2007 — Lafayette
2006 — La Salle
2005 — Villanova
2004 — Lehigh
2003 — Temple
2002 — Delaware
2001 — Delaware
2000 — Temple
1999 — Villanova
1998 — Villanova
1997 — Delaware
1996 — Temple
1995 — Delaware
1994 — Delaware
1993 — Drexel
1992 — Delaware

Championships by School[edit]


8 - Delaware
4 - Villanova
3 - Temple
2 - Lafayette
1 - LaSalle
1 - Lehigh
2 - Saint Joseph's
1 - Drexel
0 - Pennsylvania
0 - West Chester
0 - Rider

References[edit]

Official website