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weatheredxtown 02-27-2014 11:50 AM

Baseball History
 
I've seen a lot of posts throughout the baseball boards talking about bandwagon fans and fans who don't know anything about The Sarge and they've only been fans since we won our first Natty, etc. and it sorta just made me feel bad because I've only been a Gamecock baseball fan since about '08 (I'm only 17 now) and I really don't know a lot about our history prior to the 2010 postseason. I'd like to learn a lot more about our past (besides some of the obvious that everyone knows like how many times we've been to That City Which Shall Not Be Named and whatnot). First off, I really wanna know where The Sarge came from, and then anything else y'all can add in.

Thanks, and go Gamecocks!

USCBatgirl21 02-27-2014 12:01 PM

Re: Baseball History
 
Sarge Frye Field was named for Weldon B. "Sarge" Frye who was essentially "Groundskeeper Emeritus" at the University of South Carolina. The grass was never greener anywhere on Earth than at The Sarge during the Spring. It was his baby.

http://www.gamecocksonline.com/facil...es-basebl.html

A little bit of history...Gamecocks Baseball has only had 1, yes 1, losing season since 1971, that being the 1996 season, June Raines last at USC. We ended the season 3 games under .500.

I have been attending games since 1979. I have seen a lot of great baseball played, and some not so great baseball played. One of the best nights at The Sarge was April 23, 1997, "The Night The Tigers Were Tamed", final of 38-16.

Being a Batgirl toward the end of June's tenure was a fun time. I was there when we joined the SEC, and played our first home SEC series vs. LSU. Sunday's game was played in sleet. Back then we played a DH on Saturday and one on Sunday.

We hosted the 1993 SEC Eastern Division Baseball Tournament. We went 0-2, losing to UGA and V Hightower's Vandy team. I swannee...that shot he hit was still rising when it hit the Green Monster in CF.

I can remember when the fence around the outfield was just a regular fence you could see through. The weekend that we would host our 3 games of the 6 game Clemsux series, that fence would be lined with folks sitting in their lawnchairs, watching baseball.

I saw HRs hit trains on the tracks behind RF. Saw many a train conductors stop their trains to watch baseball on many a warm Spring afternoon (or night).

The Sarge had the charm of an old neighborhood ballpark. We used to slide down the hill (where the new Roost is now) on cardboard boxes during the game, and run along the OF fence shagging HR balls.

Lots of fun times, and lots of heartbreak.

Barry_gamecock 02-27-2014 12:09 PM

Re: Baseball History
 
We were often number 1 in the nation for much of the season back around 2000 and surrounding years. Kip Bouknight was a beast pitcher. We started one season like 23-0. I remember us putting up close to 40 runs on Charleston Southern. Back in the early part of the century Tanner relied on the long ball. We hit a ton of home runs. We never could put it together into the postseason. We've become more well rounded probably because of the BBCOR bats. I remember guys use to hit almost 30 home runs in a college season back then. I think Yaaron Peters was one of those guys.

ElectricCock 02-27-2014 12:46 PM

Re: Baseball History
 
The Sarge was a rowdy place, too. The 3rd base line hecklers were infamous. There was also a standing room only section up high on the 1st base line that I had to stand in plenty of games that was rowdy.

During big games, fans would go to the adjacent softball stadium and watch. I miss the Sarge

cocky0 02-27-2014 01:21 PM

Re: Baseball History
 
My favorite memories of The Sarge were being an RA at the Roost. I could mix a drink in my room, walk onto the walkway, and watch the games. There was one year when we didn't have a lot residents over there, and I used my master key to watch the game from one of the top-floor vacant rooms.

When I was first assigned to that dorm, I really did not care much about baseball. Ray Tanner introduced himself to me when i was handing out room assignments to the team members, and I kinda blew him off. By the end of my first semester over there, the team turned me into a full-fledged Gamecock Baseball fan. Thanks go to Landon Powell, David Marchbanks, Kevin Melilo, Garris Gonce, and all of the others on my floor for getting me hooked.

USCBatgirl21 02-27-2014 01:34 PM

Re: Baseball History
 


Oh yeah...some guy named Mickey once came down here to give some batting lessons back when Coach Richardson (Bobby - former Yankees 2B) asked.

We were truly blessed to have Coach Richardson grace our dugout.

JerseyBird 02-27-2014 01:39 PM

Re: Baseball History
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by USCBatgirl21 (Post 4098383)
One of the best nights at The Sarge was April 23, 1997, "The Night The Tigers Were Tamed", final of 38-16.

Wow lol :kill:


Thanks for the stories all - great thread idea!

cocky0 02-27-2014 02:00 PM

Re: Baseball History
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by USCBatgirl21 (Post 4098511)


Oh yeah...some guy named Mickey once came down here to give some batting lessons back when Coach Richardson (Bobby - former Yankees 2B) asked.

We were truly blessed to have Coach Richardson grace our dugout.


That Mickey fellow looks like he might have played a game or two in the pros. I wonder if he was any good.

USCBatgirl21 02-27-2014 02:01 PM

Re: Baseball History
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by cocky0 (Post 4098533)
That Mickey fellow looks like he might have played a game or two in the pros. I wonder if he was any good.

Meh...I looked him up. He was ok...nothing to write home about by any means.

cocky0 02-27-2014 02:07 PM

Re: Baseball History
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by USCBatgirl21 (Post 4098535)
Meh...I looked him up. He was ok...nothing to write home about by any means.


Yeah I guess they couldn't get a real player like Mario Mendoza to come in and teach hitting.

OldPat 02-27-2014 02:26 PM

Re: Baseball History
 
Back in '67 or '68 - don't remember which. Early May, exam week. Needed to study. Couple of the guys said 'Let's go watch the game. We'll be back in plenty of time to study.'

Seven hours later I watched as the Cocks won in the bottom of the 17th. Best baseball game I ever saw.

Inspired by their example or too tired to study, I took those two exams cold turkey & aced 'em.

weatheredxtown, tks for bringing that long-forgotten memory to the fore.

uscjeremynca 02-27-2014 03:01 PM

Re: Baseball History
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by USCBatgirl21 (Post 4098383)
Sarge Frye Field was named for Weldon B. "Sarge" Frye who was essentially "Groundskeeper Emeritus" at the University of South Carolina. The grass was never greener anywhere on Earth than at The Sarge during the Spring. It was his baby.

http://www.gamecocksonline.com/facil...es-basebl.html

A little bit of history...Gamecocks Baseball has only had 1, yes 1, losing season since 1971, that being the 1996 season, June Raines last at USC. We ended the season 3 games under .500.

I have been attending games since 1979. I have seen a lot of great baseball played, and some not so great baseball played. One of the best nights at The Sarge was April 23, 1997, "The Night The Tigers Were Tamed", final of 38-16.

Being a Batgirl toward the end of June's tenure was a fun time. I was there when we joined the SEC, and played our first home SEC series vs. LSU. Sunday's game was played in sleet. Back then we played a DH on Saturday and one on Sunday.

We hosted the 1993 SEC Eastern Division Baseball Tournament. We went 0-2, losing to UGA and V Hightower's Vandy team. I swannee...that shot he hit was still rising when it hit the Green Monster in CF.

I can remember when the fence around the outfield was just a regular fence you could see through. The weekend that we would host our 3 games of the 6 game Clemsux series, that fence would be lined with folks sitting in their lawnchairs, watching baseball.

I saw HRs hit trains on the tracks behind RF. Saw many a train conductors stop their trains to watch baseball on many a warm Spring afternoon (or night).

The Sarge had the charm of an old neighborhood ballpark. We used to slide down the hill (where the new Roost is now) on cardboard boxes during the game, and run along the OF fence shagging HR balls.

Lots of fun times, and lots of heartbreak.

1994 was the year I was going to walk onto the Carolina baseball team. I actually sat in Coach Raines' office and talked to him about the possibility. I wasn't a great hitter but I was a really good defensive player with a strong arm. I would have been on that 1996 team. Instead, I ended up getting a co-op at IBM in the Fall 1994 and never went out for the team. If I had, you would have been a batgirl on that team :thumbsup:

I remember that 1996 game against Clemson. Back then, I was a tutor for some of the athletes at The Roost - mainly track guys. I finished up that night right as the game was starting. The place was packed. If I remember correctly, Clemson scored 9 runs in the tops of the 1st. We came back in the bottom of the first and scored 10. After that, the rout was on!

uscjeremynca 02-27-2014 03:04 PM

Re: Baseball History
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by cocky0 (Post 4098503)
My favorite memories of The Sarge were being an RA at the Roost. I could mix a drink in my room, walk onto the walkway, and watch the games. There was one year when we didn't have a lot residents over there, and I used my master key to watch the game from one of the top-floor vacant rooms.

When I was first assigned to that dorm, I really did not care much about baseball. Ray Tanner introduced himself to me when i was handing out room assignments to the team members, and I kinda blew him off. By the end of my first semester over there, the team turned me into a full-fledged Gamecock Baseball fan. Thanks go to Landon Powell, David Marchbanks, Kevin Melilo, Garris Gonce, and all of the others on my floor for getting me hooked.

A few years ago, I met Landon Powell here in Sacramento. He was playing for the AAA team of the A's. I had worn my Gamecock baseball jersey to the game and we started talking. Gave me his number and told me whenever I wanted tickets, let him know.

I never followed up with him about it. Now, he had the recent tragedy with his child. Seems like so many years ago. Really felt bad for him and what his family went through.

cocky0 02-27-2014 03:13 PM

Re: Baseball History
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by uscjeremynca (Post 4098599)
A few years ago, I met Landon Power here in Sacramento. He was playing for the AAA team of the A's. I had worn my Gamecock baseball jersey to the game and we started talking. Gave me his number and told me whenever I wanted tickets, let him know.

I never followed up with him about it. Now, he had the recent tragedy with his child. Seems like so many years ago. Really felt bad for him and what his family went through.


He was always one of the quiet ones on my floor. Actually they all were pretty laid-back dudes.

Garris Gonce was the trouble-maker, but he wasn't like over the top or anything.

ThisMr X 02-27-2014 06:05 PM

Re: Baseball History
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Barry_gamecock (Post 4098397)
We were often number 1 in the nation for much of the season back around 2000 and surrounding years. Kip Bouknight was a beast pitcher. We started one season like 23-0. I remember us putting up close to 40 runs on Charleston Southern. Back in the early part of the century Tanner relied on the long ball. We hit a ton of home runs. We never could put it together into the postseason. We've become more well rounded probably because of the BBCOR bats. I remember guys use to hit almost 30 home runs in a college season back then. I think Yaaron Peters was one of those guys.

He ended up with 28 that year

JoeMorrisonLives 02-27-2014 06:20 PM

Re: Baseball History
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by USCBatgirl21 (Post 4098383)
Sarge Frye Field was named for Weldon B. "Sarge" Frye who was essentially "Groundskeeper Emeritus" at the University of South Carolina. The grass was never greener anywhere on Earth than at The Sarge during the Spring. It was his baby.

http://www.gamecocksonline.com/facil...es-basebl.html

A little bit of history...Gamecocks Baseball has only had 1, yes 1, losing season since 1971, that being the 1996 season, June Raines last at USC. We ended the season 3 games under .500.

I have been attending games since 1979. I have seen a lot of great baseball played, and some not so great baseball played. One of the best nights at The Sarge was April 23, 1997, "The Night The Tigers Were Tamed", final of 38-16.

Being a Batgirl toward the end of June's tenure was a fun time. I was there when we joined the SEC, and played our first home SEC series vs. LSU. Sunday's game was played in sleet. Back then we played a DH on Saturday and one on Sunday.

We hosted the 1993 SEC Eastern Division Baseball Tournament. We went 0-2, losing to UGA and V Hightower's Vandy team. I swannee...that shot he hit was still rising when it hit the Green Monster in CF.

I can remember when the fence around the outfield was just a regular fence you could see through. The weekend that we would host our 3 games of the 6 game Clemsux series, that fence would be lined with folks sitting in their lawnchairs, watching baseball.

I saw HRs hit trains on the tracks behind RF. Saw many a train conductors stop their trains to watch baseball on many a warm Spring afternoon (or night).

The Sarge had the charm of an old neighborhood ballpark. We used to slide down the hill (where the new Roost is now) on cardboard boxes during the game, and run along the OF fence shagging HR balls.

Lots of fun times, and lots of heartbreak.

Do you remember what the expectations of the "Night the Tigers Were Tamed" expectations and how both teams were doing?

usc1 02-27-2014 06:28 PM

Re: Baseball History
 
The hecklers at the sarge were more intense than they are now. Loved that place.

GamecockUltimate 02-27-2014 06:37 PM

Re: Baseball History
 
I remember and its hard, but i feel like we thought the last game was going to be vs UGA, we got down 8 runs, and came back in the last few innings to win. I would have loved for that to have been how we closed out the sarge. I remember going to pretty much all regionals and super regionals since around 97' dad was a gamecock ambassador, so we went. One year we beat UCF twice in a regional to move on to a super regional ( i feel like that was our first super regional win) i also remember being there for a downpour vs ECU, and lastly but sadly remember the U-LA-LA series where the most dominate Gamecock baseball team ever got beat by a bunch of junkballers, ugh that sucked. Honorable mention, Jim Thoman(sp) getting tossed and going on a rant was so funny

GamecockUltimate 02-27-2014 06:39 PM

Re: Baseball History
 
I remember also, jeers like "Leave her in, Take her out" "theres still no outs" whooop,woooo" etc where so prevelant. Thise guys on the third base side never skipped a beat. Ten they all complained later the athletic department broke them all up

Wardkd2012 02-27-2014 06:41 PM

Re: Baseball History
 
If you want to learn in depth about the history of Gamecock baseball, I would invest in a copy of "Carolina Baseball: Pressure Makes Diamonds." I got to learn all about the first baseball team ever assembled at Carolina all the way up to the National Championship teams. Its really a great read and I highly recommend it to all the hardcore gamecock baseball fans.


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