At the Old Ball Game

July 12, 2011
Loyola baseball players

Loyola’s liberal arts education prepares graduates for many areas, including the varied careers in America’s storied pastime. Meet a few Greyhounds who have found a home on baseball diamonds through the years—and a professor whose passion for the game has led him to take a more academic approach.

Legendary Leap: Former Orioles and Mets GM Led Champions
Inspired by his father’s work ethic and thirst for opportunity, Frank Cashen,’45, guided the Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets to five World Series appearances

In Write Field: Graduate Covers Orioles for The Sun
Former Greyhound reporter Jeff Zrebiec,’03, follows the Orioles beat for a major metro daily

A Past Pastime: Baseball at Loyola
Baseball has a long but inconsistent history at Loyola. Take a look at some moments in Greyhounds baseball through the years.

Eyes on the O’s: Greyhound Keeps Official Score
Former Greyhounds baseball player and veteran reporter Jim Henneman serves as scorekeeper

Putting a Dollar on the Muscle: Economics Professor Advises Teams
Economics professor Steve Walters, Ph.D., has served as consultant to Red Sox, Orioles, and Cubs

Peanuts and Cracker Jack: Ranking the Nation’s Stadiums
Statistics professor Rick Auer, Ph.D., evaluates parks on ongoing stadium tour

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  • Posted by John Guthrie | August 2, 2011

    Enjoyed the baseball history and was on that final 1978 team dropped to make room for an athletic field that actually did not get started until a year later.

    Not mentioned in your article though was Mike Bielecki. Mike pitched for Loyola in that last season and then went on to pitch 14 seasons in the major leagues including an 18 win season for the Chicago Cubs in 1989.

  • Posted by Ken Anderson | August 6, 2011

    After being scouted by the Giants organization while playing Babe Ruth League in New York, (I was a catcher who caught three no-hit games in a row, two of them by a guy who went on to play in the minors, plus my being honored as co-captain of the Northern Westchester County All-Star team) I came to Loyola to specifically play baseball. I had gotten the Student Gov’t bug earlly upon arrival and got swept up in that instead. One day, I walked over to try-outs, and once I saw how tight everyone was already, I got a little intimidated and walked away, only to play intramural softball. I regret that sense of insecurity that day, and wish I could have lived that approach and peering through the fence over again. I eventually went through track tryouts to get my speed up in order to return to baseball when the school cut the program. I never returned to the game I loved and (some say) excelled at.

    Thanks for the article.

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