Fordham’s Unmatched Legacy In College Baseball

Ask the casual sports fan which college baseball team has the most wins ever, and you might get an answer like Texas, LSU or USC. Actually, the most likely answer would be “they play baseball in college?,” but that’s besides the point. But even the most hardcore college baseball nut would be hard pressed to get this right. The correct answer is Fordham University, as the NEW YORK TIMES details their rich baseball heritage.

Vin Scully with his Fordham uniform

In fact, the Rams are so far ahead of the competition, it’s not even close. The program has 4,010 wins, almost 900 more than their closest rival Texas. Much of this is due to the program’s lengthy history - their program started 150 years ago, giving them a 36-year head start on the Longhorns and a 50 year jump on most other major programs.

But while the program has been competitive but not spectacular in recent years (their last College World Series appearance was in 1998), they still have a tradition unlike almost any other school. They are one of less than 20 schools to have produced 50 or more major league players (56 - USC leads the way with 100).

The most recent Fordham player in the big leagues was hurler Pete Harnisch, but there have been plenty of distinguished players in their past. This includes Hall of Famers Frankie Frisch and Ed Walsh, along with a light-hitting outfielder named Vin Scully:

“I loved every minute of it,” Scully said in the interview. “I loved my teammates. We had so much fun, and it was definitely a good portion of my memory bank in those wonderful years on the Fordham campus.”

And Scully might have more in his “memory bank” than anyone in baseball history.