University of Michigan - Michiganensian Yearbook (Ann Arbor, MI)

 - Class of 1999

Page 188 of 490

 

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133 Years of Baseball 1 1998- 1999 MEN ' S RESENTED 133 YEARS OF VARSITY SPORTS Michiganensian Archives Outfielder Wilbur Franklin, a key player on the 1961 baseball team, launches a ball. Franklin later went on to play major league ball with the Detroit Tigers. Excellence had long been a characteris- tic of the varsity baseball program. Since its initiation 133 years ago, the program had devel- oped remarkable athletes and scholars who went on to positively contribute to society. Through- out the program ' s history, many players attained great goals; for example, former player, and later coach , Branch Ricky and former player George Sisler were inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame. Ricky played an important role in baseball his- tory; he was a decisive factor in the promotion of Jackie Robinson through the ranks of profes- sional baseball. Another important former member of the University ' s baseball program who contrib- uted positively to professional baseball was Don Lund. Lund was also a player and coach for the University ' s program. Later, Lund was a peer of Jackie Robinson and was promoted to the Montreal Expos minor league team with Robinson. As a student at the University, Lund lettered in three sports, but he considered baseball his fa- vorite. " I just loved going to practice and to games so much, " Lund explained. " Baseball was just my favorite part of the day, and the program was very strong when I played, too. " Lund later coached the University ' s program, helping to lead the team to the Big Ten playoffs in 1961 and to the National Title in 1962. S The winning tradition that character- ^v- s; . 182 Baseball Anniversary

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