Browse Exhibits (8 total)
An exhibit that details that positive and negative factors that led to the successes and subsequent fall from competitiveness of Trinity University's baseball team in the early 1970s.
This site follows the path of the 2016 Trinity Baseball team to the National Championship. The Tigers won the NCAA Division III Baseball National Championship against Keystone College on May 31, 2016. With a 44-7 win-loss record they set a new conference record for most wins in a season, beating out the previous record from 1999. 2016 was the second consecutive trip to the DIII world series made by the Tigers and the championship became the fifth of its kind in Trinity team-sport history.
The Trinity baseball team was loaded in the 1970s, with perhaps the most talent that has ever come through San Antonio. They won lots of games, and finished 16th in the 1972 poll at the end of the year.
This exhibit will explore Trinity baseball and the powerhouse program it became under Coach Scannell, who was the 2016 National Coach of the year. This exhibit has many different components from strategy, interviews and a historical context into how baseball has developed through the years.
In 1993, Trinty University was the only NCAA Division III school in the State of Texas. This case study will focus on the status of Division III athletics at Trinity and the impact it had on the competiveness of the 1993 Trinity Baseball team.
In 1993, Trinity University continued to maintain its prestigious academic reputation.
There was a process to undergo for Trinity to reach the top of the mountain in both athletics and academics. The early stages of Division III athletics at Trinity created struggles for members of the 1993 Baseball Team -- on the playing field and in the classroom.
Marvin Allen Upshaw was born on November 22nd, 1946 in Robstown, Texas; a town nearly two hours south of San Antonio (Hall of Fame, 2001). When it came time for Upshaw to make a college decision nearly eighteen years later, Upshaw decided to take his talents to the one and only Trinity University in the fall of 1964. At the time, Trinity University was a small and private Presbyterian affiliated institution located in the heart of downtown San Antonio. Rather than follow older brother Gene to Texas A&I, Upshaw took his own leap of faith by accepting a scholarship to play both football and baseball for Trinity.
Upon Upshaw’s arrival on campus in the fall of 1964, he immediately stood out for both his size, at six-foot-four and 245 lbs. (“Tiger lineman plays tough”, September 1967, p. 11), as well as his skin color. The demographic of Trinity’s campus was purely white and the majority of students came from upper middle to upper class families (Pritz, 2016). Trinity then, as now, was a small school where most students knew one another (Weiss, 2016). Although one of the few African American students on campus, Upshaw would prove to be accepted by teammates, coaches, and classmates through being a standout athlete on the football field, on the baseball diamond, and by serving as president for the “T” Association.
Coaches, Teammates, and Classmates on Upshaw
Head coach Earl Gartman shared with The Trinitonian in the fall of 1967 that Upshaw was as good as any lineman in Texas and the best player Trinity has to offer (“Tiger lineman plays tough,” September 1967, p. 11). Following Upshaw’s invite to the Senior bowl following the season, Gartman added on to his comments about Upshaw as being “one of the best football players I’ve ever seen, let alone coached,” (“Upshaw All American; invited to Senior bowl,” December 1967, p. 7).
Teammate Greg Lens cited Upshaw as his greatest inspiration on the field and trying to beat Upshaw in on-field performance is one of his top challenges (Mervin, October 1967, p. 10).
Ron Pritz, a Trinity graduate in 1969, first started his friendship with Upshaw during the two weeks of two-a-days for football in the summer of 1965. Pritz (2016) shared that "Marvin was a wonderful guy, remarkably friendly, and easy to know and be around."
Eric Weiss, a Trinity graduate in 1968, took Opera Literature with Upshaw and had the opportunity to get to know Upshaw both in the classroom and while studying together. Weiss (2016) shared that "Upshaw was very well known at Trinity, both as a superb athlete, and as an all-around nice guy."
This exhibit will focus on the use of smokeless tobacco in the baseball world. Dipping is an addiction and the baseball team of '92 kicked the dangerous habit.
The 1972 baseball season is known as the most succesful season that Trinity University has ever seen. The 1972 baseball team rattled off an impressive 22 game win streak and touted a talented roster that included 5 Trinity Atletics Hall of Fame inductees. The success they experienced this particular year had a significant impact, as the baseball program built off this season in order to become the national powerhouse they are today.