August 16th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day
Clemson Tiger Baseball In The 1960’s
(Part I of II)
(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)
Today’s photos are from the 1960’s and are a montage of Clemson Tiger baseball, which was played on Riggs Field. In the fall of 1957, from the advice of North Carolina Head Coach Walter Rabb, Frank Howard hired a 27-year old assistant from China Grove, NC named Bill Wilhelm.
After the 1959 regular season, Clemson, Wake Forest, and North Carolina were tied for first place, forcing a playoff among the three. Clemson beat Wake Forest 4–2 at Thomasville, NC on May 16 and downed North Carolina 9–7 in Gastonia, NC to claim the ACC crown.
In June of 1959, Clemson raced through the NCAA District III Playoffs at Gastonia, NC, downing Georgia Tech 9–6 and Florida State twice (24–2, 5–0) to advance to Omaha. At the College World Series, the Tigers lost to Arizona 3–2 on June 13 in 12 innings in their first game in Omaha. They bounced back and defeated Colorado State 7–1 the next day, but were eliminated by Penn State 7–0 on June 15.
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Originally published at tigerpregameshow.blogspot.com on August 16, 2016.