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USC Trojans
Founded: 1888; 126 years ago (1888)
USC Trojans athletic logo

University University of Southern California
Conference Pac-12
Location Los Angeles, CA
Head Coach Dan Hubbs (2nd year)
Home Stadium Dedeaux Field
(Capacity: 2,500)
Nickname Trojans
Colors

Cardinal and Gold

            
National Championships
1948, 1958, 1961, 1963, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1998
College World Series Runner-up
1960, 1995
College World Series Appearances
1948, 1949, 1951, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2001
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1948, 1949, 1951, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005

The USC Trojans baseball program represents the University of Southern California in college baseball. Established in 1888, the team is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Pacific-12 Conference. The head coach of the Trojans is Dan Hubbs, who has held the position since the start of the 2013 season. USC home's field is Dedeaux Field, which is named in honor of former coach Rod Dedeaux.

The USC Trojans are arguably the most dominant program in the history of college baseball. With 12 baseball national championships, USC is far and away the leader in that category; no other school has more than six. Since 1924, the Trojans have compiled a record of 2,221-1,093-15 (.669) against college opponents, and have captured outright or tied for 38 conference championships. USC's most notable baseball coach was Rod Dedeaux, who coached from 1942 from 1986 and led the school to 11 of its NCAA crowns, including five straight from 1970 to 1974. The first Trojan national championship came in 1948. The 12th and most recent title came in 1998.

History[edit]

The early years[edit]

The Trojans began recognizing baseball as a school sport in 1889. As with many programs during the late 19th century and early 20th century, the Trojans lacked a consistent head coach, when they even had one at all. It wasn't until 1908 that the Trojans had an official head coach, Harvey Holmes, but Holmes only coached the team for 1 year. Holmes also coached other sports at USC including football and track. The team would get another coach during the 1911 season, Curtiss Bernard. Bernard also only coached for a year, and in 1912 the Trojans once again had a one-year coach in Len Burrell.

During the World War I years, the USC baseball team was made up mostly of law school students, but opened the team up to all students for the 1916 and 1917 season. Following the conclusion of the war, the baseball team was coached by "Gloomy Gus" Henderson in 1920. Henderson would join forces with Willis Hunter as co-coaches for the 1921 season, but the team was left without a coach for the 1922 season. In 1923 the team was coached by George Wheeler, who also coached the law students during the 1914 season. Wheeler coached the team for a year, and would mark the last time the Trojan baseball team has lacked consistency at the coaching position.

Sam Crawford era[edit]

Sam Crawford took over as head coach of USC baseball in 1924. Crawford would mark the end of inconsistency at the coaching ranks for the baseball program. During his tenure, the program slowly began to rise to national prominence, and Crawford helped to create the California Intercollegiate Baseball Association in 1927. Crawford coached the Trojans for 6 years before turning the reigns over to Sam Barry. All in all, Crawford compiled a record of 59-46-3, including a second place finish during the initial campaign for the CIBA.

Sam Barry era[edit]

In 1930, Sam Barry took over the USC baseball program and immediately built off the success his predecessor had. On his arrival at USC in 1929, he was named head basketball coach, and was made an assistant for the USC football team under his friend and colleague, Howard Jones. When Jones died suddenly in 1941, Barry was named his successor, and served as head coach for all three major USC sports teams simultaneously. Barry won the CIBA title in his first year finishing 11-2 and 25-5-1 overall. During the next decade, Barry would claim four more CIBA titles. Barry coached the Trojans from 1930-1941 before joining the Navy during World War II. As he left, he recommended that Jeff Cravath become the head football coach, Julie Bescos become the head basketball coach, and Rod Dedeaux, the captain of his 1935 team, become the head baseball coach. Upon his return, Barry would resume coaching the Trojans alongside Dedeaux. Barry finished with a career mark of 219-89-3. He remains only one of three coaches to coach a Final Four game and in a College World Series. Barry was elected to the inaugural class of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1966.

Barry-Dedeaux years[edit]

When Sam Barry returned from World War II in 1946, Barry and Dedeaux served as co-coaches, with Dedeaux running the team each year until Barry finished the basketball season. The arrangement was so successful that USC won the College World Series in 1948.

1948 National Championship[edit]

After finishing the season 40-12-1, USC met Yale for 1948 NCAA Division I baseball championship at the second College World Series. The CWS in 1948 was a best 2-out-of-3 format. The games were played on June 25 and June 26, with June 26 being a doubleheader if necessary. USC won the first game, 3-1 to take a 1-0 series lead, but lost game 2 by a score of 8-3. The third and final game immediately followed game 2. USC scored a run in the first inning and never looked back. USC claimed their first National Championship with a game 3 victory, 9-2. Although USC won, they were unable to prevent future President of the United States of America, George Bush, from collecting a double in the final game.[1]

Rod Dedeaux era[edit]

After being co-head coach in 1942 with his former college coach Sam Barry, Dedeaux took over the USC program in 1943. Barry recommended Dedeaux to coach the team when Sam Barry joined the Navy. Dedeaux coached the Trojans by himself for the next three years, until once again joining forces with Barry as co-head coaches. After Barry's death in September 1950, Dedeaux became the sole coach of USC baseball.

After taking over in 1951, Dedeaux became the sole coach and proceeded to build on the early success to establish the strongest program in collegiate baseball. The Trojans claimed 11 straight CIBA titles in Dedeaux first 11 years. The Trojans claimed 9 outright titles and tied for 1st in 1953 and 1957. Following the 1957 campaign, Dedeaux's team finished the season 36-8 overall and earned the first of his 10 national titles as sole coach.

1958 National Championship[edit]

1961 National Championship[edit]

1963 National Championship[edit]

1968 National Championship[edit]

1970 National Championship[edit]

1971 National Championship[edit]

1972 National Championship[edit]

1973 National Championship[edit]

1974 National Championship[edit]

1978 National Championship[edit]

Retirement and Legacy[edit]

After a total of 45 years as head coach of USC, Dedeaux decided to retire following the 1986 campaign. Dedeaux drastically changed college baseball and left historic marks on the sport that might never be touched. All in all, Dedeaux won a total of 11 national championships, 10 by himself and 1 with Sam Barry, compiled a record of 1,332-571-11, and completed and unbelievable stretch of 37 years without a losing season. He retired as the winningest coach in college baseball history and held that distinction until 1994 when Texas head coach Cliff Gustafson broke it.

While he was at USC, Dedeaux also served as coach of the United States team at both the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, and the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, with baseball being a demonstration sport prior to its elevation to full medal status in 1988.

Following his retirement, Dedeaux became the Director of Baseball for USC, and for the rest of his life remained a beloved annual presence at the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. The field the Trojans currently play their games at is named after him. He was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association's Hall of Fame in 1970, and in 1999 was named the Coach of the Century by Collegiate Baseball magazine.

Dedeaux died at age 91 in Glendale, California, of complications from a December 2, 2005, stroke.[2] He was survived by his wife of 66 years, the former Helen Jones, and their four children. On July 4, 2006, he was a member of the first class of inductees into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Post Rod Dedeaux[edit]

Mike Gillespie[edit]

Following a legend is never an easy task, but USC reached out to one of Rod Dedeaux's former players to replace the recently retired coach. Gillespie played under Dedeaux from 1960–1962, and after a successful coaching stint at the College of the Canyons, Gillespie was named just the 4th Head Coach of USC since 1924.

1998 National Championship[edit]

Gillespie was named National Coach of the year in 1998.

Retirement and legacy[edit]

After 20 years as the head coach of the Trojans, Gillespie decided to step down following the 2006 season. During his career, Gillespie kept Trojan baseball in the spotlight, especially in the years leading up to and following the 1998 championship. He finished with an overall record of 763-471-2 during his tenure as coach of the Trojans. As a result of his success, Gillespie earned the honor to coach the 2000 USA National Team. During his tenure he was named Pac-10 coach of the year 4 times, while his teams produced 44 All-America selections 94 draft picks, and 25 major league players.

After sitting out the 2007 season, Gillespie was named coach of the UC Irvine Anteaters in September 2007. Gillespie replaced Dave Serrano, who had just guided the Anteaters to their first CWS appearance but left to take over at Cal State Fullerton, his alma mater, after George Horton left Fullerton to head the new program at Oregon.[3]

Chad Kreuter[edit]

In June 2006, Chad Kreuter became only the fourth man to earn the title of Head Baseball Coach at USC. Kreuter replaced his father-in-law, Mike Gillespie, after Gillespie retired. Kreuter was charged with restoring USC baseball into a national powerhouse once again, and stated his two main goals were to get to Omaha and prepare his players for the Major Leagues.

Kreuter failed to make the post-season in each of his four years. He had a combined record of 111-117 during his four years as head coach, never posting a winning record. During his tenure, the Trojans twice finished in last place in the Pac-10, and never higher than 5th in the conference. Although his players flourished in the classroom, he came under heavy criticism late in his tenure.[4] He was relieved of his duties in August 2010 and replaced by assistant coach and former Loyola Marymount head coach Frank Cruz.[5]

Dedeaux Field[edit]

Main article: Dedeaux Field
The entrance to Dedeaux Field sits on Mark McGwire Way.

Dedeaux field is a baseball stadium in Los Angeles, California. it is the home field for the University of Southern California Trojans college baseball team. It is named after the former USC legendary coach Rod Dedeaux, who coached from 1942 to 1986. The Trojans moved into the ballpark in 1974, the same year they won their fifth consecutive College World Series title. After many renovations, the current capacity is 2,500 people.

Head coaches[edit]

  • Records are through the end of the 2013 Season
Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1889–1907 No Coach on Record
1908 Harvey Holmes 1 17-2 .895
1909–1910 No Coach on Record
1911 Curtiss Bernard 1 10-3 .769
1912 Len Burrell 1 6-9 .400
1913 No Coach on Record
1914–1915 USC was Represented by School of Law
1916–1917 USC was Represented by School of Law (Open to all students)
1918–1919 World War I - No Team
1920 Elmer "Gloomy Gus" Henderson 1 9-4-1 .679
1921 Willis O. Hunter/Henderson 1 9-3 .750
1922 No Coach on Record
1922–1923 Branch Bocock 2 15-15-2 .500
1924–1929 Sam Crawford 6 59-46-3 .560
1930–1941 Sam Barry 12 219-89-3 .709
1942 Barry-Dedeaux See Below
1943–1945 Rod Dedeaux See Below
1946–1950 Barry-Dedeaux 6 170-70-3 .706
1951–1986 Rod Dedeaux 45 1,332-571-11 .699
1987–2006 Mike Gillespie 20 763-471-2 .618
2007–2010 Chad Kreuter 3 83-85 .494
2011–2012 Frank Cruz 2 48–63 .432
2013–Present Dan Hubbs 1 20-36 .357
Totals

Year-by-Year Results[edit]

Through the end of the 2013 season.
Final Rankings are from Collegiate Baseball Division I Final Polls (1959–2006)[6]

National Championships[edit]

Year Coach Record Result
1948 Barry-Dedeaux 40-12-1 Defeated Yale, 9-2
1958 Rod Dedeaux 36-8-0 Defeated Missouri, 8-7
1961 Rod Dedeaux 43-9-1 Defeated Oklahoma St., 1-0
1963 Rod Dedeaux 37-16-1 Defeated Arizona, 5-2
1968 Rod Dedeaux 49-14-1 Defeated Southern Illinois, 4-3
1970 Rod Dedeaux 51-13-1 Defeated Florida St., 2-1
1971 Rod Dedeaux 54-13-0 Defeated Southern Illinois, 7-2
1972 Rod Dedeaux 50-13-1 Defeated Arizona St., 1-0
1973 Rod Dedeaux 51-11-0 Defeated Arizona St., 4-3
1974 Rod Dedeaux 50-21-0 Defeated Miami, 7-3
1978 Rod Dedeaux 56-10-0 Defeated Arizona St., 10-3
1998 Mike Gillespie 49-17-0 Defeated Arizona St., 21-14
Total national championships 12

USC in the NCAA Tournament[edit]

Year Record Pct Notes
USC did not make the tournament in 1947.
1948 5-1 .833 Won the NCAA Western Playoffs; College World Series Champions
1949 3-3 .500 Won the NCAA Western Playoffs; College World Series (2nd Place)
USC did not make the tournament in 1950.
1951 2-2 .500 College World Series
USC did not make the tournament in 1952 or 1953.
1954 1-2 .333 Lost to Fresno St. in NCAA District 8 Playoffs
1955 2-2 .500 Won NCAA District 8 Playoffs; College World Series
USC did not make the tournament inn 1956 or 1957.
1958 7-1 .875 Won NCAA District 8 Playoffs; College World Series Champions
USC did not make the tournament in 1959.
1960 8-3 .727 Won NCAA District 8 Playoffs and Finals; College World Series
1961 9-1 .900 Won NCAA District 8 Playoffs and Finals; College World Series Champions
USC did not make the tournament in 1962.
1963 7-2 .778 Won NCAA District 8 Finals; College World Series Champions
1964 6-2 .750 Won NCAA District 8 Playoffs and Finals; College World Series
USC did not make the tournament in 1965.
1966 6-2 .750 Won NCAA District 8 Finals; College World Series
USC did not make the tournament in 1967.
1968 7-2 .875 Won NCAA District 8 Finals; College World Series Champions
USC did not make the tournament in 1969.
1970 6-1 .857 Won NCAA District 8 Finals; College World Series Champions
1971 7-2 .778 Won NCAA District 8 Finals; College World Series Champions
1972 College World Series Champions
1973 College World Series Champions
1974 College World Series Champions
1975 1-2 .333 Eliminated by Pepperdine in the West Regional
USC did not make the tournament in 1976.
1977
1978 College World Series Champions
USC did not make the tournament from 1979 to 1983.
1984
USC did not make the tournament from 1985 to 1987.
1988
1989
1990
1991
USC did not make the tournament in 1992.
1993 3-2 .600 Lost in the NCAA Central II Regional Finals to Texas
1994 3-2 .600 Lost in the NCAA South Regional Finals to LSU
1995 8-3 .727 Won the NCAA West Regional; College World Series (2nd Place)
1996 3-2 .600 Lost in the NCAA Central II Regional Finals to Oklahoma St.
1997 3-2 .600 Lost in the NCAA South II Regional Finals to Alabama
1998 9-2 .818 Won the NCAA East Regional; College World Series Champions
1999 3-3 .500 Won the Los Angeles Regional; Lost to Stanford in the Palo Alto Super Regional
2000 6-2 .750 Won the Fullerton Regional & Atlanta Super Regional; College World Series (5th Place)
2001 6-2 .750 Won the Los Angeles Regional & Super Regional; College World Series (5th Place)
2002 3-2 .600 Won the Los Angeles Regional; Lost to Stanford in the Palo Alto Super Regional
USC did not make the tournament in 2003 or 2004.
2005 4-3 .571 Won the Long Beach Regional; Lost to Oregon St. in the Corvallis Super Regional
USC has not made the tournament since 2005.
TOTALS 208-77 .730

NCAA records[edit]

Individual records[edit]

Year Player Record Notes
1960 Bruce Gardner Innings Pitched in a Season (182.2) No. 2 all-time
1960 Bruce Gardner Victories (18) Led the nation in 1960
1964 Walt Peterson Victories (17) Led the nation in 1964
1966 John Stewart Victories (16) Led the nation in 1966
1970 Dan Stoligrosz Home runs in a Season (14) Led the nation in 1970
1972 Fred Lynn Home runs in a Season (14) Led the nation in 1972
1974 Rich Dauer Hits in a Season (108) Led the nation in 1974
1974 Rich Dauer Runs Batted In (92) Led the nation in 1974
1974 Rich Dauer Total Bases (181) Led the nation in 1974
1984 Mark McGwire Home runs in a Season (32) Led the nation in 1984
1987 Brian Nichols Saves (17) Led the nation in 1987
1993 Dan Hubbs Saves (18) Led the nation in 1993
1995–1998 Jack Krawczyk Career Saves (49) No. 2 all-time
1998 Seth Etherton Strikeouts (182) Led the nation in 1998
1998 Jack Krawczyk Saves in a Season (23) No. 1 all-time
2001 Mark Prior Strikeouts (202) Led the nation in 2001
2005 Ian Kennedy Strikeouts (158) Led the nation in 2005
Source:"Official 2008 NCAA Baseball Records Book". ncaa.org. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 

Team records[edit]

Year Record Notes
All-Time Win Percentage (.654) No. 16 overall
All-Time Victories (2,589) No. 3 overall
1973 Home runs (62) Led the nation in 1973
Source:"Official 2008 NCAA Baseball Records Book". ncaa.org. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 

Player awards[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

The following is a listing of first team selections. Other selections are available at USC's official website.[8]

Legend

All-College World Series[edit]

Legend

  • ^ denotes player was named MOP of the College World Series
  • * denotes selection to College World Series All-Decade team
  • ~ denotes selection to All-Time College World Series team

See also[edit]

References[edit]