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1968- 1996- Coach Cliff Gustafson
22 Conference titles
11 SWC Tournament Championships
2 National Championship -( 1975 and 1983)
NCAA record 17 appearances to the College World Series
Won lost record of 1466-377-2 record
Member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame
1994 inductee into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame
1998 received the James Keller Sportsmanship Award
Coach makes decisions during his coaching years by statistics and by percentages.
Bobby Snoddy (1967) and Pat Brown (1968) are the only duo in Texas baseball history to win the batting average back to back who also played baseball together in high school (Odessa Permian)
First time in Texas baseball history that the Longhorns lose their first three SWC games.
Texas Tech is added to the SWC in baseball competition.
SWC allows freshman to play varsity baseball.
Professional baseball agrees to not sign college players until they are 21 or they have finished three years of college.
Longhorns come from behind in 6 of the 12 SWC victories.
Larry James says "The SWC championship is 5 miles south of town and moving in." Rains cancelled the A & M game and Texas wins the SWC.
Pan American in Edinburg Texas pushes Texas for dominace in college baseball for the next 8 years.
It takes a hit by Gene Salmon in the final district playoff game against Pan American for Texas to win the game.
College World Series appearance- finish 5th at the CWS.
1969- 40-6 There are Rule changes
A rule change allows double-headers with non-conference opponents. Therefore the number of games allowed for the season increases from 30 to 42.
Coach Gustafson hones his recruiting skills and convinces high school kids to enjoy the college experience before signing with a professional team. The tactic works and Burt Hooten, David Chalk, and many other players postpone their professional career for at least 3 years of college.
On paper this team is one of the best ever at Texas.
The team is ranked number 1
James Street pitches a no hitter against SMU
Texas loses to NYU on the worse umpire call in the history of the CWS. 10,000 fans saw the NYU first baseman drop the ball before making a tag on Miller to end the game but the umpire calls Miller out. Coach Gustafson protest the call, and the umpires huddle to discuss the play but none of the umpires saw the loose ball and the games committee would not over-rule the bad call. Texas loses.
The pitching staff on this team holds the record for lowest ERA (1.88) During The Modern Era.
David Chalk leads the team in batting average (.354)
Tommy Harmon is an All American in 1970.
Comments from Tommy Harmon from Texassports.com
Forever remembered as one of the premier catchers in Texas Baseball history, Tommy Harmon currently serves the Longhorn Foundation in fundraising.
Following his collegiate career at Texas, Harmon enjoyed an eight-year professional baseball career and then embarked on a coaching journey that eventually saw him become the youngest coach in the National League as the Chicago Cubs' bullpen coach in 1982. Harmon also served as a Texas Baseball assistant and associate head coach (1989-96 and again from 2004-12).
Harmon received his bachelor's degree from Texas in 1975, and, for his accomplishments at UT and over his career, was inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Honor in the Fall of 1993.
A Hard Tag gets Street and Harmon in trouble with SWC.
Tommy Harmon uses a "hard" tag on a Baylor player and a angry Baylor coach runs toward home plate to protest the tag. James Street sees the coach running at Harmon and reacts instinctively and accidentally hits the Baylor coach in the stomach. The play makes national news. Street apologizes to the Baylor Coach, but the coach refuses his apology. Harmon and Street are later cleared of willfull misconduct by a SWC committee but and both Longhorns but both were put on probation.
David Chalk is an All American in 1971 and 1972.
Lou Bagwell is an Academic All American, All American, and recieves a NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship Award.
SWC champion Texas beat Pan American in the District playoff.
10 players sign professional contracts.
College World series- Texas loses to USC and Florida State.
This was the best hitting team in Texas baseball history
Burt Hooten pitches a no hitter against Sam Houston.
Coach Gustafson says that the pitching duel between Texas Tech's Reuben Garcia and Texas Burt Hooten is the greatest pitching performance he ever witnessed.
Texas wins the SWC but loses to Pan American in the district playoffs.
It is Gustafson's first absence from the CWS in 5 years .
Burt Hooten is the first pitcher in college baseball history to be named All American three years in a row, and he holds the Texas career record for lowest ERA of 1.14, lowest opponent batting average (.158), and most strike-outs for 9 innings (11.94)
Arizona State head coach says that Hooten is the "best college pitcher we've ever faced- or seen,"
Mike Beard's HOH induction video
1971 John Langerhans leads the team in batting (.413)
Walt Rothe sets a conference record with 33 hits.
Above left to right- Mike Markl, David Chalk, and John Langerhans were the first three players in the modern era to play 4 years of baseball at Texas.
Team wins SWC but loses to Connecticut and USC in the CWS.
Team sets a modern school record with 20 consecutive victories
The 1973 recruiting class was one of the best in the history of Longhorn baseball. After the national Championship game in 1975, all but 3 members of this class signed professional contracts.
Houston joins the SWC
Ron Roznovsky sets a school pitching record with 13 wins.
Texas wins its 48th SWC in 58 years. Texas once again has to overcome Pan American to make the CWS. Texas wins the Pan American game in 13 innings 14-12.
It is Texas 16th visit to the College World Series. They lose to USC and Arizona State but tie for 3rd in the series.
Richard Wortham is the first 50-game winner in NCAA history.
Top of the charts 1974
The designated hitter rule is added to college baseball.
This Team Holds The Texas Record For slugging percentage (.508) During The Modern Era.
The use of Aluminum bats is approved and 8 individual seasonal hitting records are broken and 17 seasonal team records fall.
Texas beats A & M to wins the SWC championship in the last SWC game played at Clark Field. The Horns dominate the Aggies 60-22-4 at Clark Field.
During the 47 year history of Clark Field Texas wins the SWC 37 of 46 times. 22 of those Texas teams participate in the NCAA playoffs, and 2 win National Championships.
The fans go nuts after the final game at Clark Field and start taking souvenir pieces of Billy Goat Hill.
Pan America is once again the team that Texas defeats on the road to the CWS tournament.
Texas loses to USC twice and finish's 4th at CWS.
Keith Moreland is an All American who sets 5 individual season records and 7 career batting records and is inducted into the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016. His jersey number 3 is retired in 2010.
David Reeves is an All American
1975- 59-6 National champs
Team moves To The Disch-Falk Field.
After 25 years and 14 appearances with no trophy in the NCAA tournament, Texas is National Champion.
During SWC play Texas batting average is sub-par going into the Baylor game and Coach Gustafson speculates that one of the reasons is that- like wood bats -aluminum bats have a limited useful life. He instructs the managers to take only new aluminum bats to Waco. Texas beats Baylor in all three games, scores 44 runs on 50 hits with 11 home runs.
This team holds the Longhorn record for most triples ( 51), highest batting average (.325), and most shutouts (16)
Texas wins the SWC and again beats Pan American in the South Central Regionals.
Reichenbach's home run is at 1:40
Jim Gideon ties an NCAA record with 19 victories in 1974. He is both an Academic All American and All American in 1974 and 1975.
Richard Wortham is an All American. He is inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010. He holds the career record of most innings pitched (456.2) and most career victories (50).
A four-year starting pitcher from 1973-1976, Wortham appeared in 75 games for the Longhorns and played an integral part in the 1975 national championship. .
Doug Duncan is an Academic All American in 1975 and 1976.
This Longhorn team sets a school record for 25 hits in one game.
Texas is SWC champion but the Longhorns lose to OU in the Regionals.
10,000 fans show up to watch the Texas Rangers play the Longhorns. Rangers win 9-4.
NCAA reduces the number of Scholarships in baseball from 20 to 13.
Texas breaks the NCAA record by winning 34 games in a row, but for the first time since 1964 Texas does not win the SWC or make the playoffs.
This is the first year for the SWC post season tournament.
Rocky Thompson sets a record by not striking out the entire season.
Andre Robertson is Texas first black baseball player.
Austin American writes an article about Longhorn baseball titled "Death of a Dynasty". The Austin American is wrong again.
Team only has one member selected to All SWC team in 1978.
The 1979 starting line up is basically the same as 1978.
This team wins 30 of the first 31 games.
Ricky Wright has a no hitter against Rice.
Joe Bruno sets a season record with 33 stolen basis.
A rule change allows two staff coaches on the field at the same time.
The Aggie coach says that the Longhorn pitching staff of 1979 is the best he has seen in 21 years of coaching.
Texas earns the right to play in the CWS. It is the Longhorns 25th time to compete for the National Championship and the 18th appearance in the CWS tournament.
Texas loses to Arkansas and Pepperdine in the CWS and finish's 4th in the tournament.
Jerry Gleaton is 11-0 as the Longhorn pitcher and a first team All American.
Ron Gardenhire sets a SWC record in 1978 by driving in 10 runs against Arkansas.
21 of 39 players are rookies.
Keith Creel is 16-1 as a pitcher.
Dave Seiler has a no hitter against SMU
Coach Gustafson says "I am probably prouder of this conference championship team than I am of any of them, because of the circumstances."
A ball hits Coach Gustafson in the eye but he recovers near the end of the the SWC season.
Texas is SWC champion but Texas loses to Hawaii in the regionals.
Coach Gustafson says the 1981 team is "the most exciting team I've ever coached."
This team comes from behind in 28 of 61 games won.
Texas wins the 54th SWC in 66 years.
Texas beats Stanford in the regionals.
Texas beats Rice in 19 innings to clinch the SWC tournament championship.
Tony Arnold is an All American and is 15 -0 as pitcher and sets school records for innings pitched and complete games.
Tony Arnold pulls a groin muscle in the CWS and Mike Withrow replaces him.
Texas loses to to Arizona State twice and finishes 3rd in the CWS.
Texas wins 33 games in a row.
The home attendance record for a single game of 8000 fans is set against OU. Texas wins game 8-0.
Spike Owens leads the team, receives All American honor, and sets a career record for most runs scored (250).
Coach Gustafson is Coach of the year
Texas is projected to win the tournament but in less than 24 hours the team is eliminated by losses to Miami and Wichita State.
1983- 66-14 National champs
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National Championship moments: 1983 Baseball from TEXASSPORTS.COM
Texas faced elimination in the six-team regional, and then had to come from behind to win in four of its five College World Series games.
The club faced elimination after two games into the six-team regional in Austin, but bounced back to beat Tulane, Pan American and Mississippi State twice to advance to Omaha.
In Omaha, Texas defeated James Madison in the opener and came from behind to defeat Oklahoma State, Alabama and Michigan before scoring a 4-3 championship victory over Alabama.
By winning the College World Series in five straight games, the Longhorns became only the 10th team in NCAA baseball history to go through the Series unbeaten.
Its heroes were many and varied. First baseman Jose Tolentino hit .339, smashed 12 home runs, collected 100 hits and drove in 73 runs. Designated hitter Doug Hodo hit .345 in a platoon role with Kirk Killingworth. Catcher Jeff Hearron hit .341 with six home runs and 48 RBI. Mike Brumley and Bill Bates manned the infield with Brumley hitting .298 with 82 runs and 56 RBI as a shortstop and Bates batting .296 with 13 doubles and 69 runs as a second baseman. In the team's 66 wins, 16 different players delivered game-winning blows.
The talent on the mound was equally impressive. Pitcher Calvin Schiraldi was named All-American after posting a 14-2 record, and he and teammates Roger Clemens (13-5) and Mike Capel (13-1) all ranked in the nation's top 10 in victories. Killingsworth appeared in 30 games, including 25 as a reliever and had a 12-3 record and seven saves.
This Team Holds The Record For most games played (80), and most wins (66).
Coach Gustafson is Coach of the year
Bill Bates is an All American and holds the Longhorn season record for runs scored (100) and career record for most triples (20).
Calvin Schiraldi is an All American and a HOH inductee in 1997.
1984- 60-14 pending info
Top of the Charts
Texas is runner-up in the CWS
1985- 64-14 pending info
In 1985 Dodd was the 1st player in UT history to hit 2 successive "Monster Shots" over the centerfield wall of Disch Falk Field in a single season. Dodd contributed on many occasions that year including an unforgettable series hitting 9 for 11 against the Aggies on their home turf. Dodd's father Bill “Bull” Johnson played football for the Horns from 1951-1953.
College World Series appearance- Runner up
1985 team has the most @ bats (2512), Most runs (663), most hits (785), most runs batted in (597), most bases on balls ((548), and most strike-outs (618).
David Denny is an All American and holds the Texas career record for most hits (296), most runs batted-in (228), and most doubles (78).
Greg Swindell holds the Longhorn career record for most strikeouts (501) and the season records for most shutouts (6), most complete games (15), most strikeouts as a pitcher (204), most victories (19), and most innings pitched (172). He is freshman of the year in 1984 and the National Player of the Year in 1985 for Baseball America. Greg is a GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD FINALISTS IN 1984,1985,and 1986.
Brian Cisarik sets the season Longhorn record for batting average (.429), and on base percentage (.535).
Curt Krippner is first team All American.
Kevin Garner is an All American
College World Series appearance
Brian Johnson is an All American.
Kirk Dressendorfer is National Freshman Player of the Year and an All American in 1988, 1989 ,and 1990.
This Team Holds The Record For most doubles (177).
College World Series appearance
Scott Bryant holds the Longhorn season record for most total bases (199), most doubles (32), and most runs batted in (112). He wins the Dick Howser Trophy in 1989. He is an All American and a GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD FINALISTS.
1990- 51-17 pending information
1991- 48-19 pending information
Brooks Kieschnick is an All American who leads the team in batting (.358) and is freshman of the Year in 1991 and National player of the year in 1993 for Baseball America. He wins the Dick Howser Trophy in 1992 and 1993. He is a GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD FINALISTS in 1992, and 1993.
1992- 48-17 pending information
College World Series appearance
Calvin Murray sets the Longhorn career record of stolen bases - 139 and leads the team in batting (.351)
1993- 51-16 pending information
College World Series appearance
1994- 43-21pending information
Top of the Charts
1995- 44-19 pending information
1996- 39-24 pending information
In 1998 catcher Brian Johnson during a one week span hit 2- 400 plus feet homers at UFCU field
Coach made decisions by statistics and by percentages.
Coach Gustafson's contributions to Longhorn traditions represents a portal to the past that reminds Longhorn fans that heritage shapes the present and empowers the future.