Illinois trying to keep hope alive against Iowa

Time to have some fun, boys!! So this is it… the last series of the regular season.  Illinois baseball will host fifth-place Iowa Hawkeyes at Illinois Field for an early weekend series which begins on Thursday at 6pm.  An 8th place finish is necessary to move on so Illinois’ current 11th place standing seems quite […]

Illinois takes success on the road to Purdue this weekend

Mark Skonieczny bares his teeth as he legs out a triple Baseball is great.  Winning is even better.  After starting the season 6-16, Illinois baseball is starting to find its groove.  In their last twelve games, they won nine.  That includes a 2-1 series win over Northwestern last weekend and lopsided 13-3 victory over Western […]

Lou Boudreau and #5

Yesterday, I entered a team in the second annual Kiwanis Sports Trivia Championship here in Champaign.   While we didn’t win, we had fun and it was for a good cause. Like last year, there was one Illinois baseball question among the 100 questions they gave us.  And once again, Lou Boudreau was the subject of […]

The Illini who made it big: Batting Average

Over the winter, I’m taking a historical look at some of the Illini baseball alums. Today let’s look at the top hitters all-time in the majors by former Illini.  Unfortunately, you won’t find any .300 hitters here but one comes close. Former Illini From To BA Lou Boudreau 1938 1952 .295 Wally Roettger 1927 1934 […]

The Illini who made it big: Homeruns

During this off-season, I thought I would occasionally take a look the former Illini who had played in the Major Leagues.  To take it a step further, why not post the all-time leaders among Illini alumni in particular stat categories?  It would give us a starting point for some discussion and perhaps some insight into […]

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 […]

Lou Boudreau and Darrin Fletcher: not a trivial mistake

Last weekend along with my friend Shawn, I took part in the Kiwanis Sports Trivia Championship.  I could go into details but long story short, we could have done better.  But here’s the kicker… there was one Illinois Baseball trivia question asked all day… …and I missed it. Here’s the question:  “Who’s is the one […]