SABR 44: College Baseball Panel

SABR is pleased to announce that Roger Clemens will be a featured panelist on the SABR 44 College Baseball Panel on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at the Royal Sonesta Houston.

Clemens was a star pitcher at Houston’s Spring Woods High School before going on to a record-setting college career at San Jacinto College and the University of Texas. While at UT-Austin, Clemens went 25-7, threw a then-record 35 consecutive scoreless innings, and was on the Longhorns' 1983 national championship team. The national college baseball pitcher of the year award is named in his honor. "The Rocket" then starred for the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees and Astros, winning 354 games in the major leagues, a record seven Cy Young Awards, and the 1986 American League MVP.

Clemens will be joined by Jim Gilligan, the head baseball coach at Lamar University for 37 seasons. This follows his time as a player and assistant at the school and a one-year stint pitching in the Detroit Tigers organization. He has led the Cardinals to 12 NCAA Tournament bids and a total of almost 1,300 wins, a number that places him in the top five of active college baseball coaches. Jim was named to the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004 and has won six conference coach of the year awards.

The moderator for this panel will be Mike Vance, Executive Director of Houston Arts and Media, a nonprofit that creates documentaries and books to teach about Texas history. He has produced more than 50 feature-length documentaries and television shows on a variety of Texas and Houston history stories. Vance is also the author of five books on sports, Houston history or a combination of both including serving as editor and lead writer/researcher of the newly released Houston Baseball: The Early Years, 1861-1961. He teaches local history at Rice University’s Continuing Studies, lectures extensively on history and serves on the Harris County Historical Commission.

Please note: All speakers are subject to change depending on availability.

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This page was last updated June 24, 2014 at 11:57 am MST.

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