SMU Lettermen's Association
   Thursday, April 17, 2014
Baseball Has Been Very Good to Me...
<br>Celebrate Over a Half Century of SMU Baseball!

  Baseball Has Been Very Good to Me...
Celebrate Over a Half Century of SMU Baseball!


(6/25/2010) - SMU was founded in 1911 but the doors of the University were not actually opened until September 1915 with 706 students including transfer and graduate students. It didn’t take American Baseball enthusiasts long to get a team together. Before SMU saw a commencement ceremony with its first graduating class in June of 1916, baseball was already in full force. The Mustang-Nine was led by captain Tom Kincannon, and coached by Ray Morrison who was also SMU’s first football coach.

The rivalry between SMU and TCU started in the second season when the Horn Frogs squeaked a win by the Mustangs by just one point in the season opener. After that, the Mustangs went on to win the next seven games leaving TCU in the dust. It seemed that nothing could stop the Mustang-Nine but the season was cut short by the Great War, as it was called at the time, we know it as World War I. Our young men stopped playing ball, left their studies and joined the war effort to serve their country.

Once the War was over, people began to bring life back to normal and baseball was certainly a big part of regaining that level of comfort. 1923 was a year of improvement and growth for the Mustangs. E.Y. Freeland was the coach that year leading the Mustangs to fourteen wins, two ties and ten losses. The two ties were in College Station against the Texas Aggies. Fields were not lit in 1923 so the games were called because of darkness.

James W. St. Clair was next in the lineup of SMU Baseball coaches in 1927 and remained there for four years. In those days, SMU also played against semi-pro teams including the Dallas Steers, the Dallas Rebels, the Dallas Ft. Forth Rangers, the Dallas Ball Club, and the Dallas Eagles. The Mustangs won two of the semi-pro matches and a total of eight wins and nine losses in the conference.

As the Great Depression took hold, the SMU Baseball schedule was strictly with Southwest Conference teams. Winning only two of nine, things just started getting worse, not only for the Mustangs, but other collegiate teams as well. Many were unable to field teams and handle travel expenses. Doing what they could though, the Mustangs took in one last gasp of breath before the Great Depression robbed the county of baseball for two years, 1934 and 1935.
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  Southwest Conference Champions: 1995 SMU Women's Soccer Team

The SMU Lettermen Association will honor the 1995 Women’s Soccer team at its 2010 Reunion this September 10 and 11. 1995 was the last year of the Southwest Conference and turned out to be a banner year for SMU Women’s Soccer.

The 1995 season for the SMU women’s soccer team was phenomenal. The 1995 team would go where no other SMU team had gone before. The 10th and last season for head coach Alan Kirkup ended with the regular season record of 19-0-1 regular season record, the best in SMU Women’s Soccer history. The fact that the two top scorers in the nation were on the team certainly helped in making that history: sophomore forward Danielle Garrett and senior Courtney Linex, both achieving All American status for the season.

The postseason was no less exciting. The Mustangs blasted Texas Tech 6-0 and Texas A&M 4-2 to claim the one and only Southwest Conference tournament championship. After a win over the Aggies, the Mustangs moved on to the NCAA playoffs for the fourth time in six years.

The NCAA playoffs went well; Mustangs moved ahead to the third round against North Carolina State maintaining their winning streak with a 4-3 score earning a spot in the Final Four. Taking their undefeated record to Chapel Hill, NC, the Mustangs experienced their only loss of the season in a semifinal game against Portland.

The team ended with a final record of 23-1 and a No. 3 ranking in the final ISSA poll. The team was coached by Alan Kirkup, head coach, and Larry Nees, assistant coach. Team members were Danielle Brosseau, Ryanne Bumps, Jamie Campanaro, Collin Crowley, Andre Durham, Kristin English, Danielle Garrett, Paige Hawley, Erin Hirsh, Jenny Jacoby, Melissa Kittner, Courtney Linex, Amy Lkline, Sarah Marietti, Katie Petry, Erin Poole, Heidi Potthoff, Emily Rogers, Danielle Trivisonno and Ashley Wisner.

Plan to attend the September 10 and 11 Annual Lettermen Association Reunion honoring this stellar team. The 1995 SWC Champion Women’s Soccer team will share honors with over a half century of SMU baseball so the Reunion festivities should be quite memorable and something you don’t want to miss. Click here for more information or email or call the Lettermen office (214/768-4000) for more information regarding registration and activities.



1960 Men's Tennis Team Reunion

SMU’s 1960 SWC Championship Men’s Tennis Team celebrated their 50 year reunion this spring. “Now” pictured left to right are: Mike Amis (freshman), Willie Wolff, Tommy Howorth, Bill Dixon, Coach Leo LaBorde, Sr., Bill Ingram, and Lee Como and “Then” pictured left to right are Willie Wolff, Bill Wright, Tommy Howorth, Coach Leo LaBorde, Sr., Bill Dixon, Bill Ingram, and Lee Como.

 



  On May 7th, we had another great SMU sports evening at the Hilton Anatole when Kajsa Bergqvist (Women’s Track), Raymond Berry (Football), Michael Carter (Men’s Track and Football), Jon Koncak (Men’s Basketball) and Jerry Heidenreich (Men’s Swimming) were inducted into the SMU Athletics Hall of Fame.

It’s always a special time when the SMU community comes together to celebrate its rich history and heritage. All of the inductees talked about the important role that SMU and SMU athletics played in their lives and the wonderful memories that they have of their days as athletes at SMU. I am sure they echo the same feelings and sentiments that we all have about our days on the Hilltop. If you missed the event this year, I hope you will try to make it next year. It’s always the first Friday in May. Have a fun and safe summer.

See you all in Lubbock. Go Mustangs!

 




August 18, 2010: Noon
2010 Football Kickoff Luncheon 214-768-4314 Hilton Anatole Hotel

August 26, 2010: Noon
SMU Athletic Forum featuring Tony Dungy 214-768-4314

September 5, 2010: 2:30PM
SMU Football v Texas Tech (away)

September 10, 2010: 7:30AM
Lettermen Association Board “Open” Meeting
All paid Lettermen invited to attend.

September 10, 2010: TBA
Lettermen Association Reunion Dinner Click here for more information.

September 11, 2010: TBA
Join the Lettermen Association Reunion at the football game.

September 11, 2010: 7:00PM
SMU Football v UAB (home)

September 24, 2010: 7:00PM
SMU Football v TCU (home)

October 2, 2010: TBA
SMU Football v Rice (away)

October 9, 2010: 7:00PM
SMU Football v Tulsa (home)

October 13, 2010
SMU Athletic Forum featuring Bobby Knight
214-768-4314

October 22, 2010: 7:30AM
Lettermen Association Board “Open” Meeting
All paid Lettermen invited to attend.



Zac Simmonds – Football 2006 – Former long-snapper, Zac Simmonds, is a teacher and a coach. He coaches receivers and is the special teams coordinator for Episcopal High School in Dallas.

Chris McMurtray – Football 2006 – Former record setting field goal kicker, Chris McMurtray, works for Daltile as a logistics analyst and lives in Dallas.

Asher Hamilton – Soccer 2002 – After graduating from SMU undergrad, former soccer player, Asher Hamilton, went on to get his MBA and JD from SMU. He now lives in Dallas and serves as the President of the Jack Boles Parking Company.



Greg Rhodenbaugh ’85 (Men’s Swimming) to Be Named Head Coach of Missouri--May3, 2010 Click here to read more.

Jeff Cummings ’74 (Men’s Basketball) spent 2 seasons at SMU under coach Bob Prewitt. "We had a good class," Jeff said. "Ira Terrell, who played in the NBA (with the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns) was in my recruiting class."
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Charles Waggoner ’85 (Football) "All I wanted was a chance to show what I could do and Ron Meyer guaranteed me a shot at the starting running back position, so I signed with S.M.U."
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Alan Everest ’72 (Football) after coaching in the United States and internationally from 1972 to 1995, Everest landed in the National Football League with the Arizona Cardinals from 1996-99, the New Orleans Saints from 2000-05, the San Francisco 49ers from 2007-09 and is currently the Special Teams Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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Louie Kelcher ’74 (Football) Thirty-two candidates representing eight sports are finalists for the Texas Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011, and Louie Kelcher '74 (defensive tackle SMU, San Diego Chargers) is on the list.
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Josh Gregory ’97 (Men’s Golf) earns coach of year after Augusta State wins title. Gregory lettered four years (1994-97) and played in three NCAA tourneys at SMU. Played for 21/2 years professionally on minor tours, earning five top-five finishes, including two runnerup showings.
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