Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a comprehensive chart of every University of Notre Dame alumni who played baseball at University of Notre Dame AND made it to the Major League level.
"I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it." - Carl Yastrzemski (Source: etched on walls above lockers in Boston Red Sox spring training stadium)
Major League Baseball Player Alumni
The University of Notre Dame baseball program started in 1870, Willie McGill , who at the age of sixteen pitched the Fighting Irish's very first collegiate game (but was not actually student at the school!), was the first former Fighting Irish ballplayer to make it to the Major League level.
Did you know that there are 64 former University of Notre Dame baseball players, and 20 students ( Cap Anson , Joe Blong , Bill Krieg , Count Campau , Bert Inks , Louis Sockalexis , Henry Thielman , Joe Birmingham , Tillie Shafer , Earle Mack , Alex McCarthy , Lou Nagelsen , Adrian Lynch , Tom Whelan , Yank Terry , Lou Bevil , Billy Reed , Paul Schramka , Duke Simpson , Bobby Keppel ) who did not play baseball for the Irish, who made it to the majors? Send updates to Baseball Almanac .
Notre Dame alumnus have truly played an important part in baseball history: Arch Ward founded the All-Star Game & Bert Dunne invented the batting tee.