Athletics: Baseball

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Baseball enjoys a long and rich history at Muhlenberg dating back to 1914 and in 1990 became the second program in school history to record 500 all-time wins. The Mules won Middle Atlantic Conference South titles in Muhlenberg baseball 1971 and 1980 and claimed four MAC Southwest titles between 1976 and 1982.

The 1928 team went undefeated in 11 games and was ranked third in the East. Three players from that team were good enough to earn tryouts with Connie Mack’s Philadelphia A’s.

Bill Kern (1951-54) played 11 years of pro ball in the Kansas City A’s organization. He had a hit in his first big league at-bat, faced the fabled Satchel Paige and played before 57,000 in the only baseball game held at the Orange Bowl.

Muhlenberg has two other ties to major league baseball: Al Downing, best remembered for serving up Hank Aaron’s 715th home run, attended Muhlenberg briefly on a basketball scholarship; and Mike White, the son of former Yankee broadcaster and National League president Bill White, played for the Mules from 1988 to 1991.

The Mules have won four NCAA Division III statistical championships, all dealing with triples. Muhlenberg players led the country in triples per game in 1984, 1987 and 2008, and the team had the most three-baggers in 2005. The Mules helped set a Division III record by combining with Gettysburg for eight triples in a 1997 game, then tied the mark in a game against Johns Hopkins the following season.