Sunday, April 27, 2008

Congrats All Around the Horn

Division Champs! (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics/Gene Boyars)

I just wanted to take a little time out to congratulate the Columbia baseball team for clinching the Gehrig Division yesterday, putting themselves in the Ivy Championship series against Dartmouth next weekend. Columbia hasn't won the Ivy baseball title since 1976, but their chances look good after an impressive trip to Hanover earlier this season.

There was once a time when the baseball team was about 60% football players, but things like longer schedules the institution of spring practice has pretty much ended the double-duty tradition.

In the 60's Columbia's great QB Archie Roberts was also a terror on the diamond. The 1976 championship team was led by football star Ed Backus, a standout defensive back.

This year's team has basketball star John Baumann as one of the top pitchers.

We'll keep an eye on the team and wish them the best as they try to get to the College World Series.


At Sun Apr 27, 08:58:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger RLB said...

While the baseball team has had a terrific year, breaking a drought in division titles, the heavy weight crew won the Blackwell Cup for the first time since 1941. That pause between wins was even longer than the FB team's at Princeton. The crew had 2 more wins to end the season, including one at Syracuse the host of which had been unbeaten.
With the men's golf team taking the Ivy championship, the Lions' roar has resounded well beyond the Hudson Valley this spring.

At Mon Apr 28, 07:03:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger cathar said...

The news in general on the athletics front has been favorqable this spring. Even the men's golf team won the Ivy title, and the women's team finished second.

I could cavil a bit that it hardly seems worth it to have an eight-team league split into two divisions. (But the ways of Ivy athletics are their ways, however inexplicable they seem even to teams in the Patriot League, let alone the Big East.) But I have every hope that Columbia will nonetheless win an overall Ivy title here, given that Dartmouth, the other "division" winner in baseball, has nowhere near as impressive an Ivy record as the Lions.

At Thu May 01, 08:41:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger RLB said...

As of Wed., 9:30PM, it's not clear if KCR will carry the play-offs at Dart. Apparently, the field there doesn't have facilities for visiting teams' radio. Check websites for updates.


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