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.