Nifty 1993 Illini baseball card set is really worth a look

My friend Robin gifted me a pretty nifty piece of Illinois Baseball memorabilia.  It is an unperforated set of baseball cards of the 1993 Illinois baseball team.  Wow! Lots of history here.  Starting with the head coach, Itch Jones who still ranks 28th all-time with 1,242 wins.  And guess who was his assistant coach?  Yep, […]

Illinois baseball faces intrastate battle this weekend in Carbondale

J.D. Nielsen effective out of the pen with a 1.74 ERA You could almost say that Illinois baseball (6-7) is going to the dogs.  This weekend the Illini will face the Huskies of Northern Illinois and the Salukis of Southern Illinois.  The good guys are traveling to Carbondale, Illinois for a four set.  They will […]

Former Illini David Clapp, Itch Jones honored by Varsity I Association

Itch Jones honored this weekend This Fighting Illini announcement caught my eye today.  This is Homecoming Weekend at the University of Illinois and the Varsity “I” Association is honoring seven people.  Two of the 2015 honorees have been affiliated with the Illinois baseball program.  The highest honor which goes to a “past letterwinner for post-graduate […]

Illinois wins seventh straight, defeats St Louis 7-2

Four wins for Big Bob! Wednesday night, the Illinois baseball team extended their winning streak to seven games with a 7-2 win over the visiting St. Louis Billikens.  Rob McDonnell won his fourth game of the year and with a 2 for 4 performance, left fielder Ryan Nagle has now hit in 14 straight games.  […]

Illinois Baseball to help SIU inaugurate Itchy Jones Stadium this weekend

While every series with friendly rival Southern Illinois University is a little special, this weekend’s three-game set down in Carbondale holds a special meaning for both teams.  They will be breaking in the brand spanking new Itchy Jones Stadium, the new home for the SIU Salukis baseball team.  Itchy Jones (seen left coaching for the […]

Purdue’s Bischoff holds off Illini

A friendly reader told me I was a bit negative as far as the Illini’s chances for the tourney in my weekend preview.  She might be right.  I need to drink from the glass half full. Bischoff:  23 straight But tonight’s game didn’t help (you saw that coming).  Purdue’s Matt Bischoff had the Illini lineup […]

Midweek preview: Eastern Illinois and Southern Illinois

For this week’s two midweek games, we’re playing two state universities… Eastern Illinois and Southern Illinois.  Don’t look at their records.  Both are tough in their own way.  As for us, we’re even-steven.  The Illini are 13-13 overall and 3-3 against the Big Ten.  Let’s take a look at both teams.   Eastern Illinois Panthers […]

2005 photos of Illini baseball

I ran across some old photographs on my system that not been previously posted.  By old I mean 2005, before I started blogging about the team.  To put this into historical context, this was the year that Illinois won the Big Ten Championship.  It was also Coach Itch Jones’ last year. These photos actually have […]

Current and former Illini in the news

Just a couple interesting articles I ran across beyond the usual fare.  I thought I’d pass them along. has a nice piece by Jeff Huth looking back to 1998 when former Illinois coach Itch Jones won his 1,000 game.  Also, the Big Ten web site has a nice feature article on Ben Reeser dealing […]

Illinois Baseball honors Jones, Championship Team

This past weekend, the University of Illinois baseball program took some time to honor recently retired coach Richard “Itch” Jones as well as the 2005 Illinois Big Ten Championship team.  About 200 people were in attendance for the program which included video clips of Jones’ tenure at Illinois.  After the reception, the 2005 team was […]