THE NAVIGATION TOOL TO HISTORICAL  PAGES ON THIS WEB SITE ARE AT THE TOP OF THIS SCREEN SHOWN IN WHITE FONT ON A BURNT ORANGE BACKGROUND. 

THE SITES ARE  "TLSN", "SPORTS", "GUEST WRITERS", "MISSIONS", "ARTICLES" , "LOST TOO SOON", AND "SENTRY"

1939 Coach Disch last year - Bibb Falk continues to build on the Disch Legacy. 

 

The team goes undefeated for the first time in 20 years .

Coach Bibb Falk -  1940- 1967

  • 20 conference titles

  • 478-176-10 record

  • 2- National Champions (1949 and 1950)

  • Falk played football at Texas in the 1920's and was All-Southwest Conference. 

  • In 1924 he finished 2nd to Babe Ruth for the hitting crown and he was a great outfielder making only 3 errors . 
  • He is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and he is an  inductee into the Texas Hall of Honor. 

 

1940- 15-4 Coach Falk pending

SWC Champions

Bobby Moers is an All-American in basketball, All-SWC in baseball, and a football letterman. He receives an award from the Texas student body as the outstanding Texas athlete in 1940.

1941- 14-3 Coach Falk pending

Longhorns are only one game up on the Aggies , but the team wins the series at A & M and the SWC.

 

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Front Row - Hatton, Moore, Hajovsky, Bostick, Smith, Stone 

Second row Falk, W. Deutsch, Koschak, M. Deutsch ,  Disch, Croucher,  Glenn, Layden, Rochs

 

1942- 13-6 Coach Falk pending

Teams lost heavily to the Armed forces teams, and the SWC was weak due to the war effort. The team was led by Captain Jack Stone . 

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front- Randerson, Grell, Hatton, Stone, Hector, Reeves, Strelsy, Pierce

back- Rock, Falk, Harkins, Tankersley, O'Reagan, Houpt, Collins, Disch

 

 

 

 

The military draft has a negative impact on recruiting for intercollegiate sports. 

 

 

 

1943- 10-7  Coach Blair Cherry

 

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Disch, Cherry, Kent, Campbell, Borneman, Dalzell, Grell, Collins, Zunker, Vaughn, Pool, Travis, Gardner, Hatton

 

 

SWC Champion

Coach Falk joins the military service and Blair Cherry takes over as Coach on a temporary basis. 

Rooster Andrews is the only starter from the freshman team of 1942 available to play.

SMU, TCU, and Baylor decides to temporarily leave the SWC because of the war. 

Because of the lack of college athletes freshman are declared eligible. 

Since so many college teams  drop sports for the war effort, Texas added military training centers such as Kelly and Rudolph air force base to their schedule.

 

 

1944- 8-10 Coach Blair Cherry

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1944

Front- Crosby, Avinger, Hunt, Connor, Andrews, Cherry back- Dalzell, Cox Wilemon, Campbell, Layne, Stephens

Interest in college sports is at its lowest point in 1944.

The Army and Air Force based teams beat the Horns 6 times.

Attendance plummets and Texas has its first losing season since 1910.

Bobby Layne makes his first appearance in college baseball. Bobby Lane as a freshman is 5-0 

1945- 12-6 Coach Blair Cherry

 

24 th   SWC Champion

TCU and SMU return to the SWC

Political incorrect speech, George Raborn a reporter for the Texan described an Aggie pitcher as "looking like a typical sharecropper with hayseed in his hair."

1946- 19-2 Bibb Falk returns from the war

 

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SWC Champion

 

 

Baylor returns to the SWC

Rooster Andrews is chosen as the student manager.

Bobby Layne throws two no-hitters.

1946 is the last time Longhorn baseball went undefeated in Conference play.

 

 

 

 

 

1947- 19-2 Coach Falk pending

 

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27th  SWC Champion  out of  33 year history of the league. 

Texas represents the SWC in the NCAA. Team beat the Sooners but fell to the California Bears in the Western region.  Bobby Layne lost his first game of the year.  California wina the NCAA championship. 

Team loses o Brooke Medical Center 5- 3. 

A record 7,000 fans attend the Baylor game. Bobby Layne holds Baylor to 4 hits and scores the only run of the game.    

 

Ransom Jackson led the team in hitting with a .400 mark.  Layne extended his win streak against SWC teams to 22 games. 

 

 

 

1948- 20-2 Coach Fallk

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SWC Champion

 

 

 

Bobby Layne Sets A Record by defeating  28 SWC Teams As A Pitcher. Bobby Layne is the only player in UT history that was All SWC in both baseball and football for 4 years in a row.  

 

 

 

 

The catcher Allen Winter is told during the Ohio State game that his wife delivered their first child.  Coach Bibb was in double shock since he did not even know that Winters was married.

 

 

 

Texas beats Oklahoma's starting pitcher Darrell Royal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team was extended an invitation to play in the NCAA tournament but declined the bid because the team members already had "summer plans".

This team chooses not to play in the National Championship tournament due to summer job commitments.

The 1946-1948 teams post a 41-2 record in SWC play.

1949- 22-4

National Champions

Texas beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1

                                          1949 National Champions

                                         1949 National Champions

 

 

Tom Hamilton is an All American and holds the Texas season record for slugging percentage (.878) and batting average of .417.

 

 

 

 

Murray Wall is an All American in 1949 and 1950.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texas record of no losses at Clark Field ends after three years.

 

Frank Womack participates  in three championship seasons. He is All -SWC in baseball and the Captain of the basketball team in 1951

Bibb Falk predicts the 1950 the Longhorns will be back playing for the National Championship. Pitching was the key with Murray Wall, Charlie Gorin, and Jem Ehrler.  Jim Ehrler was the leader in batting and fielding. 

1950- 19-4 FIRST TEAM TO WIN BACK TO BACK NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

                                             1950 National Champions

                                            1950 National Champions

 

National Champions-  Only lost one game in conference play. Falk lost several players to the professional league right before the season started. 

 

 

Jim Ehrler pitches the first  no hitter ever in the NCAA tournament against Tufts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

left to right Bob Brock with National Championship trophy, Irv Waghalter, Kal Segrist, Falk, and Ben Tompkins.

 

First year to have CWS in Omaha Nebraska

 

1951- 15-4 Coach Falk pending

 

Top of the Charts

 

 

 

 

SWC Co Champions- Team only had three lettermen return. 

Cliff Gustafson letters and is the 2nd baseman

 

1952- 19-9 Coach Falk pending

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Front- Spradlin, Biesenbach, Bengtson, Roberson, Eckert, Towery, Pace,

Back Row - Huser, Gustafson, Kelly, Berdine, Scarborough, Mohr, Tanner, Falk

Cliff Gustafson letters and is the 2nd baseman

Texas beat Arizona to make it to the NCAA tournament, but lost to Penn State, won against Oregon State, and finally knocked out by Holy Cross.

It was the first year in Texas baseball history the Longhorns  played only college teams.

1953- 24-7-1 Coach Falk pending

SWC Co Champion with SMU and finalist in the NCAA.

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Front Row- Towery, Biesenbach, Smith , Eckert, Jones, Linker, Spradin, Pace

Back- Falk, Stevenson, Houy, Mohr, Wiginton, Snow

Texas participates in the College World Series appearance for the 3rd time in 4 years.  They made the finals but lost to Michigan . J.L. Smith was named the most valuable player in the tournament playing playing 5 of the 6 games as a relief pitcher.  Boyd Linker pitched 19 innings without a run scored. 

In the first 7 years of the NCAA tournament Texas makes 5 appearances.  USC was second with 3 appearances.

1954- 15-7-2 Coach Falk pending

 

Texas won the SWC on a bizarre game against Waco.  The game was called due to darkness and the SWC rules said the game was over and each team got a 1/2 win.  The rule was changed the next year so that all games that could affect the SWC title had to be playoff.

Coach Falk breaks his leg and was on crutches the whole season

1955- 10-13 Coach Falk

 

After 11 years participating in the conference championship, the string was broken in 1955.

6000 fans attend the A & M game, and many  fist fights occur between the fans. Even Jack Pardee -the future All pro LA Ram- got in a fight with Buck Lansford  who played football for Texas .

1956- 5-15

 

Texas hits the cellar in the SWC and has the worse year in the history of Longhorn baseball . The only highlights were Harry Taylor set a school record in strike-outs , and George Gainley team batting championship of .360.   Team was last in fielding in the SWC and 4th in hitting. 

John Woodman leads the team in batting with a .310 average in 1956 and a .413 in 1958. He is All SWC in two years in a row.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1957- 19-5 pending Coach Falk pending

 

Top of the Charts

 

 

 

 

 

 

College World Series appearance

SWC Champion

 

1958- 18-6 Coach Falk 

38th SWC Championship. Team only lost one SWC game. In extended play the Longhorns beat Houston 

Texas celebrated its 1000th victory in the 61st year of Longhorn baseball. 

Texas played Arizona for the 5th time in 9 years to determine the team participating in the NCAA tournament. Texas won the first 4 times but lost to Arizona in the playoffs in 1958.

1959- 13-7

 

This team win 12 in a row before falling a part and losing the final 4 conference games.   

Aggies won the conference crown.  Pete Embry (no picture) was the only longhorn drafted this year. 

1960- 19-3 The Championship that should have been

 

SWC Champion- Team had best record since 1924 but loss to Houston in a sudden death playoff game.   5 players made the All SWC team. Roy Menge was the outstanding player in the SWC and he was named to the All American team. Both  Roy and Wayne played professionally. 

David Burleson sets a Texas career record winning record of 18-0

 

 

Wayne McDonald leads the team with a .365 batting average. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roy Menge was the outstanding player in the SWC and he was named to the All American team. Both  Roy and Wayne played professionally. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1961- 20-5-2 The year Bibb stole the Conference title

College World Series appearance

Baylor is one game behind Texas after winning the first make up game. In the second game in the top of the 6th the game is called due to darkness with the score 9-9. 

Baylor thinks the remainder of the second game will be played the next day- the day that final exams start at Baylor. What Bibb Falk knew that the Baylor administration forgot is that the league had a rule that stated " games which cannot be played prior to the beginning of final exams shall not be made up and the conference championship shall be determined on the basis of games actually played." Since Texas had a one game lead over Baylor and the tie game was not recorded Texas won the conference. 

In desperation Baylor considers either delaying their entire exam schedule, moving the game to a lighted field one mile away, or playing the game after exams.  Coach Falk response to these suggestions is " I am going to take a shower and get me something to eat and then go home." Baylor had no recourse So Texas wins the conference and eventually qualifies for the NCAA tournament, and the Baylor Coach quits. 

Longhorns beat Arizona in the District 6 title, but a dismal showing at the NCAA's . The team was two and out losing to USC and Western Michigan. 

 

1962- 22-7 the year of the comeback

Team started slow but ended fast.  SWC champions but they had to work at it.  Beat the Aggies with one of the largest come-from-behind victories in Longhorn baseball history.  Down 9-2 the Longhorns tied the game 10-10 and then a double by Buddy New and a double by Gary London gave the Longhorns the SWC crown.   Texas beat Arizona the number 1 seed in regional play to make the NCAA tournament.  The team fought gallantly with the help of three great pitchers- Hartenstein, Myer and Belcher before being eliminated 4- 3 in 10 innings by Santa Clara. 

Texas finishes 3rd in College World Series 

 

 

 

 

Pat Rigby was an All American and voted the most outstanding player in the SWC.  He leads the team in batting average (.371).

Pat Rigby is an All American and leads the team in batting average (.371)

1963- 27-7-1 the closest battle for SWC Championship in History

Texas wins 14 of 15 last games

4 teams could have won the SWC the last week of the SWC baseball season. 

It was Falk's 17th SWC championship in 21 years 

College World Series Appearance- tied for 3rd. Horns tried to come back after losing to Missouri on an error.  They almost did!   After going down by 7 runs in the early innings,  the Horns fought back but 4 errors cost cost them the game 8-10 and eliminated them from the CWS.

 

 

 

Chuck Knutson  is an All American and leads the team with a .378 batting average

 

Texas wins 14 of 15 last games

4 teams could have won the SWC the last week of the SWC baseball season. 

It was Falk's 17th SWC championship in 21 years 

College World Series Appearance- tied for 3rd

 

Bill Bethea and Butch Thompson are All-Americans.

Bill Bethea is a coaching staff member from 1969- 1989. During his tenure UT won 18 SWC championships, attended the NCAA College World series 14 times, and won two National Championships. 

 

 

 

 

 

1964- 16-7-1  Coach Falk pending

For three years in a row Texas won the SWC on the last week of the season. That string ends this year.  In the last inning of the last game with two men out and the bases loaded an Aggie hits a double and deprives the longhorn of the CWS.  Horn managed to continue their streak to 160 games without being shut-out but this team struggled all year long.  Lack of hitting and errors were the reasons

1965- 18-7 SWC rules make the conference less competitive in inter-conference play 

 

 

Topping the Charts in 1965

 

 

While other conferences allow fall training and more games, The SWC rules committee did not. While many non-SWC universities honed their skills by playing as many as 52 games, SWC teams are playing 24. 

Winning under these circumstance is difficult for any  SWC team in the NCAA tournament.   In fact 3 of the 5 years the SWC team  loses in two straight games in the tournament. 

College World Series Appearance- Texas loses the first two games and exits the tournament.  

1966- 21-9-2 Coach Falk -the coin flip

Falks last year is  a great one.  Team wins the SWC, individual batting championship, and places 5 players on the All SWC team.  His final record is 476 wins  out of 652 games played.

 

SWC rules committee changes rules to allow SWC teams more games, but it is still not enough. Each team is given 15 more practice days and 6 more games are added to the schedule  

Texas string of scoring in a game ended at 199 games when a A & M pitcher shuts-out the Horns. 

4 teams tie for SWC championship. The Longhorns win the Coin flip. 

Texas and Houston play the first indoor game in college baseball history at the Astrodome and the Horns play on AstroTurf for the first time. 

Gary Moore was the only Longhorn on the All SWC team. 

College World Series Appearance- beat Arizona but lost to St. Johns and Oklahoma State.

1967- 17-11 Coach Falks last year

 

 

Falk makes a plea to the SWC rules committee for Fall baseball games. He is rejected.

Falk tells Jack Gallagher a sports writer in Houston that the lack of summer ball in Texas combined with SWC rules that did not allow Fall work-outs may result in the SWC never winning another national championship. The SWC was the only conference in the nation that restricted Fall work outs for the teams. 

January 1967 the professional baseball league agreed to not sign college athletes until "all or most of their eligibility had been completed."  

A record 4 consecutive home runs are hit against Baylor. 

 

 

Bob Snoddy wins the SWC battling title (.392) 

 

 

SWC Champion but they lose to Houston in the district playoff.

 

Reflection

Coach Bibb Falk had a tough exterior but a great heart.

Wayne McDonald and Bethea said that Bibb Falk was a great batting coach. He taught players how to adjust hands, shoulders, and hips until everything was just right. 

Falk was always to the point with his players making comments to them like  

  • "That's alright son . As bad as you are, you may never get another hit, anyhow."
  • "You can't make chicken salad out of chicken bleep."
  • "You ain't gonna hit nuthin' that way..."

But under that tough veneer was a man who cared for all of his players and their success in baseball and life. 

Coach passed away on June 8th 1989 at the age of 90. Horns Up!!! 

Bibb Falk's contributions to Longhorn traditions represents  a portal to the past that reminds Longhorn fans that heritage shapes the present and empowers the future.