Syracuse Orange baseball

Syracuse Orangemen
Founded 1870 (1870)
University Syracuse University
Conference Independent
Location Syracuse, NY
Head coach N/A
Home stadium Lew Carr Field
Nickname Orangemen
Colors Orange[1]
College World Series appearances
For information on all Syracuse University sports, see Syracuse Orange

The Syracuse Orangemen baseball team was the varsity intercollegiate athletic team of Syracuse University, from 1870–1972. The team played its home games at Star Park, the New Oval, Hendricks Field, and later at Lew Carr Field, in Syracuse, New York.[2] The Orangemen were affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The baseball program was discontinued at the conclusion of the 1972 season.[3][4]


The Syracuse University "Ball Nine", 1888

Syracuse fielded a varsity intercollegiate baseball team from 1870 through 1921, and again from 1923 to 1972, when the team was disbanded. At the height of the sport's popularity, often more than 1,000 fans attended the games. Syracuse played their home games on Lew Carr Field, named after the Orangemen's coach from 1910–1942. The field was situated behind Manley Field House, where the lacrosse practice fields are today.

The Orangemen appeared in the 1961 College World Series, entering the College World Series with a 16–3 record. In their first game they defeated Northern Colorado 12–5, but were defeated in their next game 12–9 by Oklahoma State. They then defeated Western Michigan 6–0, before being eliminated by eventual tournament runner-up Oklahoma State 8–0. The 1961 Syracuse baseball team included two future major league pitchers, Dave Giusti and Billy Connors, and four members of the 1959 NCAA championship football team: Dave Sarette, Billy Canon, Dick Easterly, and Bob Lelli. Sarette was named as third baseman in the 1961 College World Series all-tournament team.

During the cold winter months, the team practiced in an old barn adjacent to Manley. There was a batting cage made of nets and some artificial mounds for pitchers to throw batting practice, but not much else. The only heating was a big space heater inside. There was no way to work on fielding or baserunning, nor could the pitchers realistically throw live pitches to batters.


Baseball team in Archbold Stadium, 1918. Coach Lew Carr is seated in the front row, fifth from left. (courtesy of Syracuse University Archives)

Year-by-year record

Year W-L Win pct. Manager Notes
1905 5–19 .208 Edward Murphy [5]
1906 9–12 .429 J. W. Heffernan [5]
1907 9–6 .600 J. W. Heffernan [5]
1908 6–7 .462 Jimmy Ryan [5]
1909 4–8 .333 J. W. Heffernan [5]
1961 17–5 .773 Ted Kleinhans CWS

MLB draft selections

Eighteen Syracuse Orangemen were selected in the Major League Baseball draft, from 1965 when the draft commenced until 1972.[8]

Orangemen in the Major League Baseball Draft
Year Player Round Team
1965 Borkhuis, GlenGlen Borkhuis 65 Astros
1965 Borkhuis, GlenGlen Borkhuis 37 Pirates
1965 Dennenbaum, PaulPaul Dennenbaum 9 Dodgers
1965 Criscione, MichaelMichael Criscione 3 Dodgers
1966 Borkhuis, GlenGlen Borkhuis 7 Yankees
1966 Dennebaum, PaulPaul Dennebaum 3 Astros
1966 Mantie, EdmundEdmund Mantie 29 Astros
1966 Borkhuis, GlenGlen Borkhuis 5 Tigers
1966 Dennenbaum, PaulPaul Dennenbaum 4 Orioles
1967 Mantie, EdmundEdmund Mantie 8 Pirates
1968 Mantie, EdmundEdmund Mantie 4 Giants
1968 Mantie, EdmundEdmund Mantie 4 Pirates
1969 Barlow, MikeMike Barlow 26 Orioles
1969 Cassata, RickRick Cassata 5 Senators
1970 DeLuca, DavidDavid DeLuca 20 Tigers
1970 Barlow, MikeMike Barlow 4 Dodgers
1972 Larkin, JohnJohn Larkin 13 Tigers

Other notable players

See also


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  2. 1 2 Kirst, Sean. (2013, July 18). "Amid renewed dreams of Syracuse University baseball, a drive to honor an Orange coaching legend," The Post-Standard. Accessed: June 4, 2014.
  3. "Baseball And Syracuse: Could SU Play Hardball?". March 29, 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-15.
  4. "Why Syracuse University Should Get a Baseball Team...and Why It Won't Happen". Bleacher Report. March 31, 2009. Retrieved 2013-03-15.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Lowe, W.C. (1911). "Syracuse University Athletics: History, 1904-1910," Alumni Record and General Catalogue of Syracuse University. Accessed: June 14, 2014.
  6. 1 2 Green, John F. (n.d.). "Ted Kleinhans," Society for American Baseball Research. Accessed: June 14, 2014.
  7. Diamond, Jared. (2007, April 5). "Syracuse’s past time," The Daily Orange. Accessed: June 14, 2014.
  8. "MLB Amateur Draft Picks who came from "Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)"". Retrieved 2013-10-24.
  9. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 "Syracuse University Orangemen (Syracuse, NY): Major Leaguers," Accessed: June 14, 2014.
  10. Burton, Rick. (2010, Summer). "Syracuse and a Civil War Masterpiece," Syracuse University Magazine. Accessed: June 14, 2014.
  11. Gery, Ryne. (2012, April). "Left on base: Despite efforts to bring baseball back to Syracuse, obstacles prevent real progress," The Daily Orange. Accessed June 14, 2014.
  12. Gersbacher, Ron. (2012, January 27). "History of Syracuse Baseball," ch. 15. Accessed: June 14, 2014.
  13. Gersbacher, Ron. (2012, January 25). "History of Syracuse Baseball," ch. 11. Accessed: June 14, 2014.
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