Former Illini in the majors- the hitters

Without playing any games, Illinois predictably finds themselves right in the middle of the Big Ten non-conference standings at sixth place.  The big winner this weekend is Ohio State who won both of their games while Northwestern and Indiana went oh-fer three.

Michigan may have gotten a bit of a scare today.  All-American outfielder Ryan Lamarre left today’s game holding his arm after diving for a ball.  Details are still sketchy but here’s hoping Mr Lamarre is doing ok.

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With not much Illini action to report on, I thought I’d turn back the clock again.  A couple days ago, I mentioned the University has posted the rosters of every Illini baseball team in history.  I thought I’d take the history thing at another angle.

Here are all of the major league hitters that played for the University of Illinois (perhaps I’ll post pitchers another day):

G AB R H HR RBI SB BA Yrs@School
Lou Boudreau HOF 1646 6029 861 1779 68 789 51 .295 1937
Scott Spiezio 1273 3899 517 996 119 549 33 .255 1991-1993
Darrin Fletcher 1245 3902 377 1048 124 583 2 .269 1985-1987
Hoot Evers 1142 3801 556 1055 98 565 45 .278 1939
Tom Haller 1294 3935 461 1011 134 504 14 .257 1957
Jake Stahl 981 3425 405 894 31 437 178 .261 1901-1903
Wally Roettger 599 1949 192 556 19 245 4 .285 1922-1924
Harry McCurdy 543 1157 148 326 9 148 12 .282 1920-1922
Don Lenhardt 481 1481 192 401 61 239 6 .271 1941-1946
Ray Demmitt 498 1631 205 419 8 165 42 .257 1905-1906
Ed Spiezio 554 1544 126 367 39 174 16 .238 1960-1961
Joe Astroth 544 1579 163 401 13 156 6 .254 1939-1940
Herb Plews 346 1017 125 266 4 82 3 .262 1948-1950
Bobby Klaus 215 590 65 123 6 29 5 .208 1957-1959
Larry Sutton 252 572 63 135 12 78 4 .236 1989-1992
Bob Burda 388 634 53 142 13 78 2 .224 1957
Ken Holtzman 283 607 35 99 2 34 0 .163 1965
Dick Reichle 128 385 43 99 1 39 3 .257 1920
Big Jeff Pfeffer 147 323 20 66 2 28 4 .204 1904
Otto Vogel 111 253 38 63 2 30 6 .249 1921-1923
Cy Falkenberg 332 771 49 117 1 47 7 .152 1900-1902
Gary Kolb 293 450 63 94 6 29 10 .209 1960
Jim Breton 109 297 25 59 0 27 11 .199 1912
Carl Lundgren 183 460 32 72 0 26 4 .157 1899-1902
Moe Franklin 61 164 25 43 2 16 0 .262 1935-1937
Mark Dalesandro 79 129 17 31 3 17 1 .240 1987-1990
Fred Brainard 95 261 32 51 1 21 6 .195 1911-1914
Fred Beebe 205 457 24 72 0 30 1 .158 1902-1903
John Happenny 32 86 7 19 0 10 0 .221 1923
Carl Vandagrift 43 136 25 34 0 9 7 .250 1905-1907
Dick Barrett 141 222 22 40 0 15 0 .180 1924-1925
Ray Poat 116 122 9 14 1 14 0 .115 1937
Howie Judson 208 150 7 14 0 7 0 .093 1944-1945
John Felske 54 104 7 14 1 9 0 .135 1961-1962
Dick Weik 78 53 6 12 0 3 0 .226 1946
Rube Novotney 22 67 4 18 0 6 0 .269 1943
Walt Linden 3 5 0 2 0 0 0 .400 1943-1949
Jim Hicks 93 141 16 23 5 14 0 .163 1959
John Ericks 57 36 2 3 0 1 0 .083 1986-1988
Jim Cook 8 26 3 4 0 2 1 .154 1900-1903
Ethan Blackaby 15 25 0 3 0 1 0 .120 1960
Terry Wells 5 7 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1983-1985
Ollie Voigt 8 4 2 1 0 0 0 .250 1918-1919
Jake Thies 34 33 2 1 0 2 0 .030 1945-1949
Frank Smykal 6 10 1 3 0 2 1 .300 1908-1914
Claude Rothgeb 7 16 2 2 0 0 1 .125 1904-1905
Marv Rotblatt 35 15 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1945-1948
Lou Possehl 16 10 0 1 0 1 0 .100 1944
Donn Pall 47 5 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1983-1985
Ernie Ovitz 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1906-1908
Johnny O’Connor 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1911-1912
Sean Mulligan 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1989-1991
Em Lindbeck 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1955-1956
Herb Juul 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1906
Jimmy Journell 11 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jeff Innis 288 9 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1981-1983
Dick Hyde 169 43 3 4 0 1 1 .093 1947-1948
George Halas 12 22 0 2 0 0 0 .091 1914-1916
Red Gunkel 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1914-1916
Fred Frink 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1932-1934
Jack Franklin 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1938-1942
Tom Fletcher 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1962
Lee Dunham 5 4 0 1 0 1 0 .250 1921
Paul Chervinko 42 75 1 11 0 5 0 .147 1931-1933
Jack Brittin 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1943
Jack Bradley 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1914-1916
Chris Basak 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Boyd Bartley 9 21 0 1 0 1 0 .048 1941-1943
Bob Barnes 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1921-1922
School Totals 15619 43159 5031 11012 785 5269 487 .255 1899-1993
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/22/2010.

It’s a long list filled with some a few names we should all recognize.  Some are players that have played recently such as Chris Basak, Jimmy Journell and Sean Mulligan.  Others are obvious all-stars from the bigs.  Lou Boudreau, Scott Speizio (and his dad, Ed), Darrin Fletcher all stand out.  Of course there’s always Papa Bear George Halas, too.

Wally Roettger played for Illinois, too.  I mentioned him yesterday as the man who coached Lou Boudreau and the rest of the 1937 Illinois team to the Big Ten title.

In a couple days, I’ll post the pitchers.


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