Identifying enough worthy players to occupy Oregon State’s all-time baseball team was not an arduous exercise.
With 32 All-Americans and countless other standouts to choose from, much of the lineup took care of itself. But multiple positions — most notably pitcher and outfield — required painstaking thought.
The list I created is admittedly heavy on modern players — five of OSU’s six College World Series appearances have come since 2005 — while honoring the school’s rich baseball tradition. I selected five pitchers, three outfielders and a catcher, first baseman, second baseman, third baseman, shortstop, designated hitter, utility man and coach.
For purposes of this list, professional success was not taken into account. Many notable pros including Steve Lyons and Mike Thurman did not make the cut.
Two of the players who did are still with the Beavers as the 2018 season is now underway.
Without further ado, please enjoy this completely unofficial lineup.
— Bob Lundeberg
Pictured above: Oregon State players celebrate after winning the 2013 Corvallis Super Regional to clinch a spot in the College World Series.