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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Health and Nutritional Sciences

First Advisor

Patricia E. Hacker


The game of baseball originated in the United States in 1846 and later became known as "America's Game. " The game began with intercollegiate play in 1864 when Princeton traveled to Orange, New Jersey, and played Williams College. The game held significant value in the fact that it started intercollegiate play between opposing schools that soon spread nationally. Baseball, as a sport at South Dakota State University, had a long and colorful history. The first game was played in 1885 between two organized campus teams with the Athletics defeating the Clippers 4-0. Since that game, baseball came a long way at the university. The purpose of this study was to present a historical account of intercollegiate baseball at South Dakota State University which described and explained the growth, development, and changes in the program from 1970 through the academic year of 1995-1996. In 1971, Robert Bozied completed a thesis on the history of the baseball team at South Dakota State University from the introductory years through the 1970 season. This study was a follow-up to Bozied's study. In this study, coaches, sports information personnel, and players (past and present) , were called upon to provide information about the Jackrabbit baseball program. The study used newspapers, record books, press guides, media guides, and personal interviews to obtain all pertinent information. The information was then separated into the following categories: changes involved with NCC competition, facilities, finances, coaching staff, and rules; effect, if any, Title IX had, description of southern trips and Jackrabbit players who went on to play professional baseball. Historical studies in athletics typically present a chronicle of growth and development which may be used as a means of measuring it's progress. The significance of this study was to have a recorded document of the South Dakota State University baseball team that would serve to evaluate, describe, and interpret what was happening with the program. This included pointing out both the successes and failures of the program. Such research of the past should present what strides the program had made and hopefully will be a guide to what the future of baseball will be at the university.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

South Dakota State University -- Baseball -- History
Baseball -- South Dakota -- Brookings -- History


Includes bibliographical references (pages 103-108)



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South Dakota State University


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