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Wesleyan Baseball Wall of Fame



**UPDATE 6/3/19**

The 2018 Wall of Fame ceremony on Saturday, May 4, 2019 was a fantastic event with more than 100 people in attendance to celebrate this year's class. The inductees threw out the first pitch before the Cardinals game against Williams.


The 2020 class will be announced in January 2020 via the Friends of Wesleyan Baseball Alumni Newsletter, as well as in this space.

Sign-up info will come via email from Christian Frattasio '00 as well as in this space.

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THE WALL OF FAME

2014 Inductees (Inaugural Class)
May 3, 2014


Fred Stone ’59
ABCA All-American 1959
A third baseman, Fred hit .414 his senior year. In 14 games, he recorded 24 hits, including five doubles, two triples and one home run. In three seasons, he had a .342 career average. In 1959, the Cardinals went 11-2-1 and won Little Three titles in both his junior and senior years.

Jeff Hopkins ’66
MLB Draft-N.Y. Yankees 1966
A standout pitcher and left-fielder, he is the only player ever drafted by a Major League Baseball organization in Wesleyan’s history. Jeff hit .366 his senior year with eight walks and only two strikeouts on a team that went 9-4. His sophomore year, he hit .341 for a 14-2 team. The Cardinals won Little Three titles in all three of his seasons, from 1964 to 1966. 

Peter Hicks ’72
Academic All-American 1972
Peter had a standout senior year at third base, and combined with his outstanding academic work, earned Academic All-America honors. He hit .377 with only one strikeout in 61 at-bats and helped the Cardinals to a 10-5 record.

Rick Burpee ’75
ABCA All-American 1974, 1975
Rick was a two-time winner of Wesleyan’s MacNaughten Award. In his junior year, he led all of college baseball with 1.5 RBI’s per game and had four triples and two home runs. That same year, the Cardinals went 14-7 and won the ECAC championship over Amherst.

Mark Anderson ’81
ABCA All-American 1980
A shortstop, Mark was named All-American as a junior after hitting .375 with eight doubles and three home runs. He finished his career with a .333 batting average and helped lead the Cardinals to two ECAC tournament appearances and a Little Three title.

Craig Brewer ’95
ABCA All-American 1994
Craig recorded 23 straight victories - at the time, the NCAA Division III record. His junior year, he went 12-0 with a 2.09 ERA and won two games in the Division III College World Series. He finished his career with a 29-4 record and a 2.94 ERA. His Cardinal teams won four straight Little Three titles.

Pete Kostacopoulos - Coach 1974-2001
New England Coach of the Year 1983, 1994
Coach Kosty skippered the Cardinals for 28 seasons, winning 11 Little Three titles, including six straight from 1991 to 1996. His 1994 team was the NCAA New England champ and finished second place in the Division III College World Series. He coached eight All-New England and All-America players, and won ECAC titles in 1974 and 1992


2015 Inductees (Inaugural Class)
May 1, 2015


Dave Darling ’59
Dave was a standout first baseman on fantastic Cardinal teams that won Little Three titles in his junior and senior years and went 24-4-1 over those two seasons. As a senior, he hit .348 with two home runs. He also played in the Cape Cod League with fellow teammate, catcher Tom Young. A Middletown native, he is a charter member of the Middletown Sports Hall of Fame.

Peter Sipples ’64
Peter was at the center of some very successful seasons for the Cardinals at shortstop and in the middle of the batting order. He helped lead his teams to Little Three titles in his junior and senior seasons, with overall records of 11-3 and 14-2 respectively. He hit .375 as a sophomore, and as a senior, he hit .333 and incredibly only struck out once in 66 at-bats.

Dave Durian ’75
Dave dominated on the mound from the moment he stepped on the field at Wesleyan. The left-handed pitcher had an amazing 1.93 career ERA in 186 innings, and won 16 games. In his junior year, the Cardinals won the ECAC championship with Dave recording three shutout innings to get the save over Amherst.

Jim Lukowski ’89
Jim was a leader and his impact on Wesleyan athletics was immeasurable. A four-year starter and standout hitter as a third baseman, and a four-year clutch starting pitcher, he also was a four-year starting quarterback for the football team. Jim graduated with Wesleyan’s career batting average record (.383), and he recorded 21 wins on the mound with a 3.21 ERA. His teams won two Little Three titles, and made the ECAC tourney three times.

Mark Consorte ’92
Mark was an elite hitter, culminating in being named first-team All-New England in his senior season. Affectionately known as “King Cardinal,” he is Wesleyan’s all-time home run king with 22 career homers, and is third all-time in career batting average (.380). He won two Little Three titles, and in his standout senior year (.410, 5 HR’s), he helped lead the Cardinals to the New England ECAC title.

Bill Robinson ’03
Bill graduated as Wesleyan’s career hits leader with 168, achieving the record in his final at-bat with a double off the fence. He had a .352 career batting average with 45 doubles and 16 home runs. A standout shortstop with a strong arm, he also was a clutch pitcher, completely shutting down Williams and Amherst in both his junior and senior seasons. Bill helped lead the Cardinals to two Little Three titles.

Norm Daniels - Coach 1941-1973
Norm was a beloved coach and legend who inspired everyone who had the fortune of being coached by him at Wesleyan. He was an All-American in basketball at the University of Michigan, a second baseman in baseball, and halfback for the football team, where he played in the very first game in their famous stadium, “The Big House.” Starting at Wesleyan in 1934, he was the football coach for 19 years, including recording 25 straight wins. But it was in his 33 years as baseball coach where his easy manner is remembered fondly, including his positive refrain, “You can do it.” His teams won 10 Little Three titles, and he was one of the first coaches to bring his baseball teams down south for spring break. He was also a vanguard in civil rights before it was fashionable to do so, refusing to play an opponent when they balked at the race of one of Wesleyan’s players.

The Wall of Fame Class of 2015: Coach Mark Woodworth '94, Peter Sipples, '64, Dave Durian '75, Bill Robinson '00, Dave Darling '59, Jim Lukowski '89, Mark Consorte '92
 


2016 Inductees
May 6, 2016


Tom Young ’59
Tom was the captain and catcher for a great Class of 1959 team that went 24-4-1 in his junior and senior years and won two Little Three titles. He batted .354 his senior year, as well as played in the Cape Cod League, but it was his leadership that led the way. Following Wesleyan, he was the long-time baseball coach at the Berkshire School, where the field is named after him. Tom also coached fellow inductee Jesse Carpenter ’96, as well as current Wesleyan senior Wilson Flower ’16 when they were in high school.

Phil Rockwell ’65
Phil was an ace left-handed pitcher and co-captain for the Cardinals and was part of two Little Three champion teams including a 14-2 squad in 1964. He went 8-1 in his career with a 3.03 ERA, including 5-1 with a 2.35 ERA as a senior. He dominated against Williams and Amherst in both his junior and senior years as well as beat Yale. The 1965 MacNaughten Award winner, he played for Wareham in the Cape Cod League. Also a standout football player, he was a tight end and kicker for the Cardinals.

Kevin Rose ’78
Kevin had a storied career at the plate for Wesleyan, culminating in being named First-Team All-New England as a senior. He had a .352 career batting average and his .442 average as a sophomore is the second-best season ever.  He had seven career home runs, as well as six triples in his senior year and was named the 1978 MacNaughten Award winner. Kevin played in the Cape Cod League, as well as professional baseball with the Newark Bears. His son Danny is a current member of the Wesleyan team in the class of 2019.

Steve Donovan ’83
Steve graduated as Wesleyan’s all-time hit leader, completing a fantastic career both individually and as part of a great run of teams. A centerfielder, he helped lead his squad to two Little Three titles, three ECAC tournament appearances, and a sparkling 24-6 record in his senior year. He had a .346 career batting average with 152 hits, 32 doubles, eight triples and 10 home runs. His senior year, he hit .393 with five home runs.

Todd Mogren ’83
Todd had a storied career on the mound and was honored in being named First-Team All-New England as a senior. He still holds two Wesleyan records - for appearances in a season (20) and career innings (289.1), In his senior year, he went 11-1 with a 2.57 ERA in 84 innings. The 1983 MacNaughten Award winner, he won two Little Three titles and pitched the Cardinals to victory over Yale in both his junior and senior seasons.  

Jesse Carpenter ’96
Jesse has the highest single-season batting average in Wesleyan history at .446, and for that standout season, was named First-Team All-New England in 1995. A third baseman, his career batting average of .379 is third all-time in school history, and he finished with 30 doubles, four triples, and seven home runs. His three hits and home run in the New England NCAA championship game catapulted the Cardinals to the 1994 World Series. Jesse’s teams won four-straight Little Three titles and he was named the 1996 MacNaughten Award winner.

Christian Frattasio ’00
Christian was a four-year starter for the Cardinals and was a leader and outstanding player for Wesleyan. The left-handed hitting infielder, he had a sparkling .354 career batting average, and graduated fourth all-time in career hits with 146. He had 38 career doubles, as well as six triples and six home runs. He was named First-Team All-NESCAC as a senior, while leading his squad to a Little Three title. He currently serves as the President of the Friends of Wesleyan Baseball.

Teammates and fellow members of the Wesleyan Baseball Wall of Fame:
Tom Young '59, Fred Stone '59, Dave Darling '59


2017 Inductees
May 5, 2017


Cliff Hordlow ’58
Cliff was a leader on the mound for the Cardinals, pitching all the big games in an incredible 13-2 season his senior year. He was brilliant on the mound, going 7-0 with a 1.39 ERA, allowing only 40 hits in 71 innings while striking out 72 batters. He beat both Amherst and Williams twice, as well as UConn and Yale. The Cardinals won the Little Three title his senior year and he joins his teammates from the Class of 1959, Tom Young, Dave Darling and Fred Stone in the Wall of Fame.

Jim Martello ’69
A dominant and durable force on the mound for the Cardinals, Jim is one of Wesleyan’s all-time greats as a pitcher. The stats are clear: He had a career 2.14 ERA with 193 strikeouts in 223 innings. His senior year, he started 10 of his team’s 16 games, striking out 67 batters in an incredible 96 innings, with a 2.63 ERA. He saved his best for Amherst and Williams though, going an amazing 8-1 over three years with a 0.72 ERA with 71 strikeouts in 88 innings. The highlight was undoubtedly an absolutely stunning performance against Amherst where he threw a complete 16 shutout innings, allowing only seven hits and two walks in a 1-0 Wesleyan victory. He won the MacNaughten Award as a senior.

Chris Vane ’75
Chris had an outstanding career as a four-year starting centerfielder for the Cardinals. He was the rare player who batted third in the lineup as a freshman, a credit to his outstanding hitting ability. An on-base machine, he had a career .442 on-base-percentage and incredibly only struck out 26 times in 258 at-bats. His junior year, he hit .346 with 24 walks and only four strikeouts. Chris joins his classmates David Durian and Rick Burpee in the Wall of Fame, as they were instrumental in leading the program to 15-7 and 14-7 records in their junior and senior years, as well as winning the ECAC title over Amherst on their home field in 1974.

Tom Miceli ’81
Tom was an outstanding hitter and four-year starter for the Cardinals, including leading the team in hitting his senior year with a .352 average. A second-baseman, Tom was in the heart of the order as his Cardinal teams won both the Little Three and ECAC titles his junior year. As a senior, he won the MacNaughten Award. Both his sons played baseball at Wesleyan, with Tommy Jr. ’12 hitting a home run in his first career at-bat, and Nick ’17 being named All-NESCAC as an excellent pitcher and catcher for the Cardinals.

Jed Hoyer ’96
Jed had an outstanding career, highlighed by being a standout at four different unique positions. As a hitter, he had a career .364 batting average, including batting .424 his junior year, while also being an excellent defender at shortstop, left-field, and even at catcher. As a pitcher, he was on the mound as a closer when Wesleyan won the New England NCAA Regional, while also being a starting pitcher who had a career 2.46 ERA, a record of 7-1, and 11 career saves, including seven in his senior year. Incredibly, he started and was the winning pitcher in both games of a doubleheader against Williams in his junior year. His Cardinal teams won four-straight Little Three titles, and advanced to the NCAA World Series. He won the MacNaughten Award as a junior and also played in the Cape Cod League.

Jeffrey Maier ’06
A four-year starter, Jeff was an outstanding hitter from the day he stepped on campus, graduating as Wesleyan’s all-time leader in hits with 189 and a career average of .375. He batted over .400 twice, including a standout sophomore year where he hit .403 with five home runs, and his senior year where he hit .409 with an exceptional .472 on-base-percentage. An elite baserunner, he also covered a lot of ground in centerfield before serving the team by playing an excellent third base and being instrumental in helping the Cardinals to the NESCAC tournament in 2005. Jeff won the MacNaughten Award for baseball excellence in his senior year.


2018 Inductees
May 4, 2018


William Bixby ’56

Bill was the definitive ace on the mound for three years for the Cardinals, leading them to two Little Three titles. He particularly stood out against Amherst and Williams, beating them a combined seven times. As a sophomore, he had a 0.87 ERA with a 6-3 record in 93 innings with seven complete games. He won numerous clutch games, including a 2-1 win over UConn, a two-hitter vs. Amherst as a sophomore, and a 2-1 win over Williams his senior year, where he also had the game-winning hit in the ninth inning.

Steve Humphrey ’63
Steve was a great two-sport athlete at Wesleyan, starring in both football and baseball for the Cardinals. As a pitcher, he appeared in 19 games, and had a career 3.02 ERA. He had a fantastic senior season on the mound, as he was 10th in the nation in all divisions with a 1.69 ERA over 41 innings. He helped lead a dominant Cardinal team in 1963 that had an 11-3 record and won the Little Three title. Steve won the MacNaughten Award for excellence in baseball as a senior.

Brad Vanacore ’77
Brad had an oustanding four-year career as a baseball and football player for Wesleyan. In football, he was the starting quarterback for three seasons, and helped the Cardinals beat Amherst and Trinity in both his junior and senior years. In baseball, he had a .348 career batting average, including hitting .418 his junior year. He also had a 3.33 career ERA in 43 innings pitched. A versatile athlete who was primarily a catcher, he started games at shortstop, catcher, pitcher and outfield. He earned the save in the 1974 ECAC semifinal as a freshman and was in the outfield when they beat Amherst in the championship game. A native of East Haven, Conn., his mother Carolyn is in the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1977, Brad won the MacNaughten Award for excellence in baseball.

Jim Maynard ’88
ABCA All-American 1988

Jim is on the short-list of one the best all-time hitters in Wesleyan history. A four-year starting centerfielder, he had a career .355 batting average, and when he graduated, he was Wesleyan’s career leader in hits. He concluded his career with 154 hits, 54 extra-base hits, and 27 doubles. Jim hit .394 as a junior, before hitting .403 with seven home runs and 43 RBI as a senior. For his outstanding season, he was named a third-team ABCA All-American and first-team All-New England. He helped the Cardinals to two Little Three titles, and was winner of the MacNaughten Award for excellence in baseball. Jim also was a standout wide receiver for the Wesleyan football team.

John Hurley ’91
John was a workhorse and dominant pitcher for Wesleyan, throwing more than 280 innings over his career, appearing in 52 games, and throwing 20 complete games. He struck 157 batters and recorded 23 wins, second-best all-time in Wesleyan history. He threw the Cardinals on his back as a senior as he pitched Wesleyan to two upset wins over a dominant Amherst team to retake the Little Three mantle. John pitched in the Cape Cod League and was the winner of the MacNaughten Award as a senior.

Dave Vanech ’03
Dave is one of the great two-way players to play baseball for Wesleyan. A four-year starting left-handed pitcher, he also started 88 games at first base and hit fourth in the lineup. He threw 165 innings, and threw seven complete games. He had numerous big wins, including against Amherst and Williams, and helped lead the Cardinals to the Little Three title in 2002. As a senior, he was dominant in every way, going 3-1 with a 3.44 ERA, while also hitting .384. For his career, he had a .344 batting average. Dave also served as an assistant coach for Wesleyan after graduating.

Dave Vanech ’03
Dave is one of the great two-way players to play baseball for Wesleyan. A four-year starting left-handed pitcher, he also started 88 games at first base and hit fourth in the lineup. He threw 165 innings, and threw seven complete games. He had numerous big wins, including against Amherst and Williams, and helped lead the Cardinals to the Little Three title in 2002. As a senior, he was dominant in every way, going 3-1 with a 3.44 ERA, while also hitting .384. For his career, he had a .344 batting average. Dave also served as an assistant coach for Wesleyan after graduating.


2019 Inductees
May 4, 2019

Roy Fazendeiro ’65
Roy was a standout infielder for the Cardinals, starting three seasons at both shortstop and third base. He only made five errors in 45 career games. Roy had big games at the plate in victories over Amherst and Williams, helping the Cardinals to three Little Three championships. He was an instrumental member of teams that went 11-3 his sophomore year and 14-2 his junior year.

Pat Kiley ’79
Pat was a durable ace of the Wesleyan pitching staff for four years, facing off against the very best pitchers and opponents in New England. He pitched particularly well in Little Three games, including big wins over Williams and Amherst his junior season. Pat threw 192 innings over four years, and recorded 11 career victories. For his outstanding career on the mound, he was named the co-winner of the 1979 MacNaughten Award for excellence in baseball, with fellow captain Robb Sansone.

Joe Grasso ’86
Joe was an elite catcher and top pitcher for the Cardinals and was the third Cardinal to reach the 100-hit threshold. He helped lead his teams to two Little Three titles and two ECAC tournaments appearances. Joe had a career 3.61 ERA, as well as a career .319 batting average with nine home runs, leading the team with a .492 on-base-percentage as a senior. He was the winner of the 1986 MacNaughten Award.

Will Brandenburger ’95
Will had an amazing career as an outfielder for Wesleyan, and his  legacy still stands as Wesleyan’s career batting average leader with a .388 average. He hit .400 twice, and had 25 doubles, five triples and four home runs. He was on four Little Three championship teams and was instrumental as the Cardinals went to the Div. III World Series in 1994, batting .402. Will was named to both the All-N.E. Region team, as well as the All-World Series team. He stole 64 career bases and graduated as sixth in all-time hits at Wesleyan with 124.

Drew Dominguez ’09
Drew was four-year starter at shortstop and was at the center of a resurgence of Wesleyan Baseball, culiminating in the Cardinals winning a Little Three title and making the NESCAC Final Four his senior year. He was named All-NESCAC twice, and graduated second in career hits with 174. Drew hit .387 as a senior with 10 doubles and five home runs, as well as winning five games on the mound in seven starts in 54 innings. After graduation, he played three years in the Boston Red Sox system, making it to Double-A. He was both a baseball and football captain and won the 2009 MacNaughten Award. He is currently a scout for the Los Angeles Angels.

 
The 2019 Inductees into the Wesleyan Baseball Wall of Fame threw out the first pitch before the Williams doubleheader
Roy Fazendeiro '65, Paul Gallo '89, Mark Woodworth '94, Will Brandenburger '95, Joe Grasso '86, John Vrooman '65, Pat Kiley '79, Drew Dominguez '09


Excellence in Baseball Class
May 4, 2019


John Vrooman ’65

John was a standout centerfielder on excellent Wesleyan teams from 1963 to 1965. He was the Cardinal’s lead-off hitter on three Little Three champions teams including a standout 14-2 team in 1964. He hit .375 and .348 in his sophomore and junior seasons. After Wesleyan, he was the founder of the Coastal Carolina baseball program, serving as its head coach for 13 seasons, from 1974-77 and from 1987-1995. His teams won six-straight Big South Conference regular season titles, and he brought Coastal to its first NCAA tournament in 1991. He was named conference Coach-of-the-Year three times.

Paul Gallo ’89
Paul pitched in 41 games for the Cardinals over four years, starting 26, and throwing 192 innings. He had 15 career wins on the mound, including going 7-3 as a senior with a 2.83 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 86 innings. His teams won two Little Three titles and participated in three ECAC tournaments. Paul was a member of a strong senior class in 1989 that collectively won the MacNaughten Award. He has dedicated his life after Wesleyan to coaching and mentoring baseball players on many levels, including serving as the head coach at Malibu High School, and coaching five major leaguers in his current role at national power Harvard-Westlake School.

Rob Coughlin ’07
Rob was a four-year starting outfielder for the Cardinals, and had the unique honor of being voted Head Captain by his classmates as a senior. Rob had 117 career hits for the Cardinals, including 44 as a sophomore as he helped lead the Cardinals to the NESCAC Final Four. He received the Norm Daniels Award for loyalty and devotion to Wesleyan Baseball in 2007. Rob is in his 12th year working in various roles for the Cincinnati Reds and is currently the Director of Pro Scouting.


Historical Class
May 4, 2018


Stephen Henry Olin (1866)
Co-founder of the first team in 1865

Charles L. Bonnell (1868)
Co-founder in 1865 and first captain

Edwin O. Smith (1893)
Played pro ball, and UConn baseball & FB coach

Walter MacNaughten (1900)
Team’s baseball award named after him

Ike Terrell (1902)
3B who invented the squeeze play

C. Everett Bacon (1913)
Also in College Football Hall of Fame

Les Lanning (1916)
Major Leaguer with the Philadelphia A’s

John Wells (1931)
Rhodes Scholar