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"

1911-1939 - Coach Billy Disch

Coach Disch

  • Compiles UT career coaching record of 513-180 (.740) over 29 seasons

  • Assist in  organizing UT Alumni Band, the nation's largest with more than 1,000 members

  • His UT players earn 87 All-SWC awards between 1922-39 and 22 conference titles

  • He is a Member of Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the College Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.

  • There is no NCAA tournaments during Coach Disch years at Texas, but he coached several teams that could have competed for the National Championship including the 1914, 1919, 1927, 1930 1934, and 1939 teams.

Coach Disch is hired from St. Edwards as the trainer for the football team and coach of the baseball team. His salary was $1500.00 for 9 months.

He believes that base running is the key to winning at baseball. 

1911- 13-10-1 Coach Billy disch

 

 

 

TCU moves from Waco to Fort Worth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1912- 17-7-1 Coach Billy disch

Cactus states the pitching is decimated by "academic deficiency".

Frank "Star" Baldwin is instrumental in starting the Hall of Honor

1913- 24-4-2 Coach Billy disch

 

TIAA Champion 

First game against Oklahoma State

1914- 28-4 Coach Billy disch

 

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1914 baseball

 

Coach Disch says the two best athletes in the south are Clark Brown and Pete Edmond. 

The editor of the Spalding record book in 1914 states that Mike Massey is the best infielder in college baseball. 

1915- 28-4 Coach Billy disch pending more information

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1915 baseball 

 

 

 

SWC Champion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1916- 16-6 Coach Billy disch pending more information

 

 

 

SWC Champion

1916 Banner

1917- 12-3 Coach Billy disch pending more information

SWC Champion

April 6 America enters WWI

1918- 17-1 Coach Billy disch pending more information

 

SWC Champion

Military service took all but three lettermen so Coach Disch looked for replacement players.  One was Bibb Falk.

1919- 20-1-1

SWC Champion

SWC adds Oklahoma and Oklahoma A & M.

Joe Russell HOH

SWC Champion

SWC adds Oklahoma and Oklahoma A & M.

 

 

 

Bibb Falk leads the team in hitting and pitching

This is the only Longhorn team to ever go undefeated in conference play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1920- 17-5 Coach Billy disch pending more information

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SWC Champion but the the State Championship is still more important than winning the SWC championship.

Players were returning from military service

Bibb Falk finishes his Texas career undefeated as a pitcher and batting .400.

 

 

 

 

1921- 15-3-1 Coach Billy disch pending more information

SWC Champion

Horns play the Chicago White Sox's but lose.

1922- 16-5-1 Coach Billy disch pending more information

SWC Champion

 Joe Ward HOH

Joe Ward HOH

From the "Cactus" 

Horns are competitive in games against Chicago White Sox's and Philadelphia Athletics.

Arkansas competes in SWC for the first time. 

The students give  Disch a rating of 96 plus for personality, ability, and popularity while only giving  38 points to the UT President.

1923- 16-8 Coach Billy disch pending more information

1924- 28-1 Coach Billy disch pending more information

SWC Champion for the first time since 1919.  Texas won there first game  at Kyle field.

1925- 16-4-1 Coach Billy disch pending more information

SWC Champion

Captain Heinie Odom a 3 time all-SWC shortstop is declared ineligible. 

Potsy Allen is known for his baseball skills but saves the day for Texas football team. He catch's a deflected pass for a 52 yard touchdown to defeat the Aggies. The only touchdown of the game.

Disch seriously considers accepting the SMU coaching job , but UT manages to change his mind. 

 

 

Top of the Charts 1926

 

 

1926- 13-2 Coach Billy disch pending more information

SWC Champion

 

 

 

1927- 16-4 Coach Billy disch pending more information

SWC Champion

Texas is SWC champion for 11th time in 12 years.

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The new Clark Field II is completed and the Detroit Tigers beat Texas 12-8 in the first game in the new stadium.

Rice is Texas first victory in the new stadium. 

Many fans and the Austin American-Statesman sports editor Duby BuBose want to name the new field after Billy Disch. The UT administration decides to keep the "Clark Field" name.

 Billy Goat Hill makes the new Longhorn stadium very unique. It has a 12 to 15 foot cliff in fair territory. Longhorns outfielders learned mountain climbing skills that reduce inside the field homers to a long triple. 

Billy Goat Hill makes the new Longhorn stadium very unique. It has a 12 to 15 foot cliff in fair territory. Longhorns outfielders learned mountain climbing skills that reduce inside the field homers to a long triple. 

1928- 17-4 Coach Billy disch pending more information

SWC Champion

 Potsy Allen

Potsy Allen

 

 

8 of the 16 conference games are won in the 9th inning, and 6th are won in extra innings. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Hughes is the students choice as most outstanding athlete

 

 

 

 

 

1929- 18-4-1 Coach Billy disch pending more information

SWC Champion

Longhorns almost beat the New York Yanks   at Clark Field but Lou Gehrig hits a home run in the bottom of the 9th with two outs and a 3-2 count to win the game. Horns also play the Chicago White Sox and lose 5-1 , and New York Giants and lose 4 - 1.

Ernie Koy Sr. signs with A & M to play baseball, but a hazing incident changes his mind and one year later he is a Longhorn.

 

With the conference championship on the line against Texas A & M , the team won both games to win the championship.

1930-20-4 Coach Billy disch pending more information

SWC Champion

Babe Ruth with the New York Yankees hits a 3 run double in the 9th inning to beat the Longhorns 4-2.

Bob Oglesby the team manager gets Ruth and Gehrig to autograph 12 baseballs, but forgets to get one for himself. 

 

1931- 12-6 Coach Billy disch pending more information

MARIO "MIKE" DE LA FUENTE is the first citizen of Mexico inducted into the HOH.

The economics of the depression limits the number of games played.

Ernie Koy has three hits against the Chicago White Sox, but Texas still loses. 

The conference passes a rule that the head coach has to sit in the grand stand instead of the dugout.

Texas A & M ends a 7 year SWC winning streak for the Longhorns. 

 

1932- 12-8

Ray Ater is an All American

Ernie Koy Senior- is a three-time All-Southwest Conference athlete in both football (1930-1932) and baseball (1931-33).  He is named an All-American outfielder, and he is inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. He leads the team in batting in 1931 with a .324 average.

 

The Longhorns play the Chicago White Sox and lose.  Texas record playing against professional teams falls to 0-22. 

 

1933- 13-3 Coach Billy disch pending more information

Rice leaves the SWC because of the depression 

Paul Ankenman is an All American

1934- 13-8

 

Topping the charts

Due to the depression there are only 4 schools remaining the the SWC. (A & M , Texas, TCU, and Baylor)

 

 

 

 

 

1935- 19-5 Coach Billy disch pending more information

SWC Champion

Team returned as SWC champions after losing to A & M in 1933, and TCU in 1934. It was Disch 20th title.  Norman Branch and Dick Midkiff were the primary reasons for the success.   J.C. Munro was lost to the team due to an appendicitis operation. 

1936- 18-4 Coach Billy disch pending more information

SWC Champion

Dick Midkiff and Norman Branch were the pitchers  who help Disch win his 21st SWC

Sammy Baugh pitches for TCU . Texas wins 14-4

1937- 13-11 Coach Billy disch Aggies win the SWC 

Cecil "Tex" Hughson  The 6'3, 198 Lb. Hurler is An All-SWC Pitcher In 1937 For The Texas Longhorns. Hughson is Inducted Into The Texas Sports Hall Of Fame In 1987.

 

 

 

Team lacked a strong pitching staff.   Longhorns played the St. Louis Browns of the major leagues and loss  11 to 6 and  played the Philadelphia Athletics and loss 11 - 3 .   This was an average team at bestl

The attendance at the Texas A & M game sets a Clark Field record. (4,500).  Horns win 7-2.

 

1938- 13-10 Coach Billy disch pending more information

 

 

Top of the Charts

 

 

 

SWC Champion -Team won 11 straight conference games .

 

 

 

 

1939- 16-2 Coach Billy disch pending more information

SWC Champion

Texas finally beats a major league team

Texas 4 -   Philadelphia Athletics 1

Coach Disch has health problems and decides to retire.

 

Reflections

Coach Disch impacted the lives of many young players. Dr. Frank Gregg on the 1897 team told a Kiwanis club that  Coach Disch "converts............ able-bodied men............into lives of usefulness."  Coach Disch agreed with Coach Alonzo Stagg about a successful life being more than just a championship in sport.  

In the book Texas Longhorn Basball Kings of the Diamond The author Wilbur Evans and Bill Little say Coach Disch was a builder of men and a coach who taught fundamentals, technique, and strategy.  

 

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