Oregon State University Baseball: Building a Legacy

Oregon State University Baseball: Building a Legacy

by Cliff Kirkpatrick, Pat Casey, Darwin Barney

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In the postseasons of 2005, 2006 and 2007, the Oregon State Beavers baseball team achieved a seemingly impossible dream and forever changed the culture of Northwest sports. After nearly a century of dismissal as a wet-weather team, unable to compete with the southern baseball belt on the national stage, a run of three College World Series appearances and back-to-back titles earned the Beavers national respect. Inspired by his own coverage of the dramatic seasons, "Corvallis Gazette-Times" sportswriter Cliff Kirkpatrick recounts the program's rise to prominence and lasting legacy. Filled with firsthand insights from players and coaches and photos of pivotal moments and stands filled with orange and black, this retrospective captures the magic of Oregon State's three-season run.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614238805
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 03/05/2013
Series: Sports
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 136
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Cliff Kirkpatrick covers the athletics programs at Oregon State University for the Corvallis Gazette-Times. He was present for the Beavers back-to-back College World Series titles and has been honored with multiple awards for his coverage of OSU football and baseball. Darwin Barney is a Gold Glove winner and second baseman for the Chicago Cubs. Barney was the starting shortstop for the Oregon State Beavers from 2005-07 and led the team to back-to-back championships in 2006 and 2007. Pat Casey is the head coach of the Oregon State baseball team. A native of Oregon and former professional baseball player, Casey joined the Oregon State program in 1995 and led the team to three College World Series appearances and two national titles.

Table of Contents

Foreword Darwin Barney 5

Foreword Pat Casey 9

Introduction 13

1 A Beginning with Pat Casey 15

2 Baseball Doesn't Let Go 19

3 Oregon State Calls 21

4 A Big Mountain to Climb 23

5 Biting Off More Than Expected 25

6 Taking Up the Challenge 27

7 Goss Stadium Expansion 31

8 Developing a Philosophy 35

9 The Recruiting Philosophy 39

10 Reaching the College World Series in 2005 45

11 A Taste of the Post-Season 49

12 A Quick Trip to Omaha 53

13 The Road Less Traveled 57

14 A Fight for Survival 63

15 First-Time Champions 69

16 Going for Back-to-Back Titles 77

17 Getting Hot at the End 81

18 An Amazing Run for No. 2 85

19 Living la Vida Loca 93

20 Pat Casey in Demand 99

21 Northwest Reaction 103

22 Staying on Top 109

23 Where Are They Now? 115

Epilogue: Pat Casey's Future 119

Author's Note 121

Index 125

About the Author 127

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