Northwestern University Baseball Players Who Made it to the Major Leagues

Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a comprehensive chart of every Northwestern University alumni who played baseball at Northwestern University AND made it to the Major League level.

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"Ever since I was 4- or 5-years-old, I started playing ball and I fell in love with it. Since then it's been my goal to try to get here and luckily it has worked out for me." - Mike Koplove in Arizona Central (October 11, 2002)

Northwestern University

Major League Baseball Player Alumni

1892 - 1893
1916 - 1917
1934 - 1934
1932 - 1934
1936 - 1936
1945 - 1947
1951 - 1951
1956 - 1957
1956 - 1957
1956 - 1957
1954 - 1955
1959 - 1961
1981 - 1983
1981 - 1984
1983 - 1986
1982 - 1985
1985 - 1987
1990 - 1993
1996 - 1997
2000 - 2001
2002 - 2004
2004 - 2006
2005 - 2008
2005 - 2008
2008 - 2010
2010 - 2013
Northwestern University M.L.B. Player Alumni
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The Northwestern University baseball program started in 1871, Frank Griffith was the first former Wildcat to make it to the Major League level. Names that appear on the chart above in bold print are in the Northwestern University Hall of Fame.

The Northwestern University Wildcats weren't always known as the Wildcats. Though they have been playing baseball on-and-off since 1871 their mascot is "relatively" new:

The Wildcat Nickname

"... football players had not come down from Evanston; Wildcats would be a name better suited to (Coach) Thistlethwaite's boys ... Stagg's boys, his pride, his 11 that had tied Illinois a week ago, were unable to score for 57 minutes. Once they had the ball on the nine-yard line and had been stopped dead by a Purple wall of wildcats." These lines were written by Wallace Abbey in the Chicago Tribune following the memorable Northwestern-Chicago game in 1924 that heralded a new era in Northwestern football. From that day on, all the Northwestern athletic teams have borne the nickname of "Wildcats."

Following the Chicago contest, which NU lost 3-0 on a last-minute field goal by Bob Curley, Northwestern met the famed "Four Horsemen" of Notre Dame and battled the Fighting Irish to a standstill before bowing 13-6. Northwestern's points were scored on two drop kicks by All-American Ralph "Moon" Baker. After that, there could be no question of the appropriate nature of the new nickname.

Years later, Major General Robert H. Wienecke, captain of Northwestern's 1924 squad, recalled: "We were just an average team which developed a spirit that carried us to superb heights against Chicago and Notre Dame. I feel that the reputation gained by the team in those two final games of the 1924 season launched a momentum that was to lead to the Big Ten championship two years later."

Source: Northwestern University Webpage.

Did you know that there are twenty-six former Northwestern University ballplayers who made it to the major league level? Send updates to Baseball Almanac .

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