Centennial video series: Rice baseball

David Ruth

Centennial video series: Rice baseball
Rice University’s weekly centennial videos run through Oct. 12 

HOUSTON – (Sept. 21, 2012) – When the Rice Institute opened for classes in 1912, the school started fielding athletic teams right off the bat. A baseball team was formed that fall and began competing in the spring of 1913, when the team went 4-3. The team’s first manager was Philip Arbuckle. Not only did Arbuckle coach Rice baseball, but over his career he also coached Rice’s football, track and basketball teams. He also served as athletic director and taught English.

Over the years, Rice baseball would be hit or miss. There were some good years and some not so stellar years. In one stretch, Rice had only seven winning seasons in 78 years of Southwest Conference play.

In 2003, 91 years after the program began, the baseball team brought Rice University its first national championship in any sport. Much credit is given – and deservedly so – to Owls’ head baseball coach Wayne Graham.

Graham came to Rice in 1992 from San Jacinto Junior College, where he had won three consecutive junior college national championships from 1985 to 1987. To date, Graham has consistently kept the Owls nationally ranked by winning conference championships and appearing in the postseason NCAA tournament. He has also coached many Rice players into professional ranks. The Rice University Baseball Players Association website keeps a list of Rice players playing pro ball here.

Working with Centennial Historian Melissa Kean, video producer Brandon Martin takes a look at Rice baseball. For more information on Rice’s history, visit Kean’s blog at www.ricehistorycorner.com.

To help celebrate the university’s centennial Oct. 12, Rice University is producing weekly videos exploring the school’s unique history.

The video, available on YouTube at http://youtu.be/Bir4OUiP67w, is also available to media in high quality and without music for editing purposes. For higher-quality video, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at david@rice.edu or 713-348-6327.


Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.

To see other stories in the centennial video series, go to www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL60D6D71E71B66B3D&feature=plcp.

Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/Rice.pdf.

About David Ruth

David Ruth is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.