|Born||October 20, 1925
|Died||March 28, 2015 (aged 89)
|Alma mater||Washington State, 1950|
|1944, 1946–1948||Washington State Cougars|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1951–1961||Yakima Valley JC|
|Head coaching record|
|Overall||1162–523–8 (.689) (WSU)|
Frederick Charles Brayton (October 20, 1925 – March 28, 2015), usually known as Chuck Brayton or Bobo Brayton, was an American college baseball head coach; he led the Washington State Cougars for 33 seasons, from 1962 to 1994. He is the winningest coach in school history, with a record of 1,162 wins, 523 losses and eight ties—the fourth-best total in NCAA history at the time he retired.
His Cougar teams won 21 conference titles (two Northern Division and 19 Pac-8/10), including 11 in a row from 1970 to 1980. He led the Cougars to the College World Series in 1965 and 1976, and was the fifth baseball head coach in NCAA history to exceed a thousand wins. Win number 1,000 came in 1990 in his 29th season, at home on April 11, and he coached four more years.
Brayton was a three-sport varsity athlete at Washington State and played shortstop in 1944 for interim coach Jack Friel and from 1946 to 1948 for Buck Bailey; he was named the school's first baseball All-American in 1947. As an incoming freshman in September 1943, Brayton hitchhiked across the state to Pullman from Skagit County in northwestern Washington. After his freshman year, he served in the Army Air Forces. His #14 jersey was retired by the school in 2003, and he was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.
Bailey–Brayton Field, the Cougars' home stadium since 1980, is named for Brayton and his predecessor, Buck Bailey (1896–1964). When the old field was displaced by the new Mooberry track, Brayton constructed the new stadium on a budget, using items salvaged from Sick's Stadium in Seattle, as well as donated materials and volunteer labor. Formerly "Buck Bailey Field," Brayton's name joined his mentor's in January 2000.
Prior to coaching at WSU, Brayton was the head coach for over a decade at Yakima Valley Junior College, and also its head football coach for five seasons. He had a record of 251–68 (.787) in 11 seasons at Yakima and won ten championships. A line drive nearly killed him and he was hospitalized for a month; he wore a helmet the rest of his coaching career.
Head coaching record
|Washington State Cougars (AAWU/Pac-8/Pac-10) (1962–1994)|
|1962||Washington State||18-12-1||8-5||3rd (North)|
|1963||Washington State||24-8||7-7||3rd (North)|
|1964||Washington State||31-9||10-6||2nd (North)|
|1965||Washington State||33-8||14-4||1st (North)||College World Series|
|1966||Washington State||35-8-1||15-1||1st (North)||NCAA Regional|
|1967||Washington State||22-10||7-6||6th (North)|
|1968||Washington State||29-9||11-7||3rd (North)|
|1969||Washington State||27-15||8-13||t-6th (North)|
|1970||Washington State||30-11-1||9-6||1st (North)||Pac-8 Tournament|
|1971||Washington State||34-15||7-8||1st (North)||Pac-8 Tournament|
|1972||Washington State||29-13||14-4||t-1st (North)||Pac-8 Tournament|
|1973||Washington State||40-15||15-3||1st (North)||Pac-8 Tournament|
|1974||Washington State||38-9||14-4||t-1st (North)|
|1975||Washington State||33-18||13-5||1st (North)||NCAA Regional|
|1976||Washington State||43-15||16-2||1st (North)||College World Series|
|1977||Washington State||39-17||14-4||1st (North)||NCAA Regional|
|1978||Washington State||41-17||15-3||1st (North)||NCAA Regional|
|1979||Washington State||40-11||12-3||1st (North)||Pac-10 Tournament|
|1980||Washington State||36-10-2||11-3||1st (North)||Pac-10 Tournament|
|1981||Washington State||27-25-1||11-7||t-2nd (North)|
|1982||Washington State||34-16||16-8||t-1st (North)|
|1983||Washington State||40-16-1||16-8||2nd (North)|
|1984||Washington State||41-20||15-6||t-1st (North)||NCAA Regional|
|1985||Washington State||45-22||16-8||1st (North)||Pac-10 North Tournament|
|1986||Washington State||35-24||11-12||4th (North)||Pac-10 North Tournament|
|1987||Washington State||44-19||18-6||1st (North)||NCAA Regional|
|1988||Washington State||52-14||18-4||1st (North)||NCAA Regional|
|1989||Washington State||37-20||16-8||1st (North)||Pac-10 North Tournament|
|1990||Washington State||48-19||19-5||1st (North)||NCAA Regional|
|1991||Washington State||37-25||14-6||1st (North)||Pac-10 North Tournament|
|1992||Washington State||31-23-1||16-14||2nd (North)|
|1993||Washington State||34-24||16-13||t-3rd (North)|
|1994||Washington State||35-26||11-19||5th (North)|
|Yakima Valley JC:||251-68||(1951-1961)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
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- "Brayton's treasured #14 to be retired May 24". Washington State University Athletics. May 18, 2003. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
- Missildine, Harry (May 26, 2003). "WSU retires Brayton's No. 14". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Idaho-Washington. p. 1B.
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- "Brayton is named to succeed Bailey". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. April 20, 1961. p. 39.
- "WSU's Bobo says bye-bye". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Idaho-Washington. January 15, 1994. p. 1D.
- Brown, Bruce (March 10, 1977). "Brayton 'slow changer'". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. p. 28.
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