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Middlebury baseball history

 File — Box: 4, Folder: 90
Identifier: A13.II

Scope and Contents

File contains a brief history of baseball at Middlebury College. Much of the information was gathered for the opening of Virtue Field House in 2016.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1804-

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restriction.


1 Folder

Language of Materials



History of Middlebury Baseball Timeline

1881 first varsity baseball game played

1890s team plays against the "Cuban Giants" in Middlebury

1899 F.H. Bryant listed as the first named "coach" of the Middlebury baseball program

1907 Ray Fisher strikes out 18 Colgate batters, 17 Norwich batters in consecutive games during the same week

Fisher, class of 1910, was the first professional coach of program and Athletic Director during his junior and senior years. He went on to win an even 100 games as a pitcher for New York of the American League and Cincinnati in the National League over 10 years.

1911 100th victory in program history

1918 Waite Hoyt attended Middlebury for a semester but never played for the baseball team. He went on to be the best pitcher on the 1927 New York Yankees with the the went on to be the best pitcher on the 1927 New York Yankees with the likes of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Over his career, he won 237 games for the Yankees in the 1920s and 1930s before broadcasting for the Cincinnati Reds for 24 seasons. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fall in 1969

1924 Harry "Ike" Hulihan pitched in Major League Baseball for the Boston Braves

1927 200th victory in program history

1932 Vermont State Champions

1937 Walter "Duke" Nelson completes fifth and final season as head coach

1946-51 Vermont State Champions

1948 300th victory in program history

1964 400th victory in program history

1964 Newt Baker records 18 strikeouts in a game in May 1964 against Lowell Tech strikes out 16 Norwich batters the following week

1980 500th victory

1984 Wendy Forbes completes 22nd and final season as head coach

1990 Forbes Field is opened in its current location

1994 600th victory

1999 Program records 20 wins in a season for the first time

1999 Pitcher A.J. Husband sets single season records for complete games (9), wins (7), strikeouts (79) and was second in ERA (1.94)

2002 700th victory

2005 Ryan Armstrong sets a new single season record with a .495 batting average

2006 Program records its first NESCAC Championship, NCAA Tournament Appearance while earning a school record 26 wins

2008 800th victory

2014 Former pitcher Ray Fisher, class of 1910, inducted into the Middlebury Athletic Hall of Fame

2015 Former catcher John Corbisiero, class of 1950, inducted into the Middlebury Athletic Hall of Fame

2015 Bob Smith completes his 31st season as head coach of the Panthers

Repository Details

Part of the Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives Repository

Middlebury College
Davis Family Library
110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury Vermont 05753 United States