1960 Baseball
1960 Baseball

The 1960 Boston State College Baseball team went 14-4 and won the New England Teachers College Conference Championship as well as the NAIA District 32 New England Region title to become the first championship team in school history. Coached by UMass Boston/Boston State College Hall of Famer James P. "Gus" Sullivan, the Warriors began the season with a 10-1 record and went on to defeat defending champion Plymouth State College, 3-0, in Plymouth, NH to take the conference crown. Victories over Stonehill College, Central Connecticut State and a 17-6 rout over Southern Connecticut State propelled Boston State into the NAIA National Tournament, before falling to Indiana State Teachers College of Pennsylvania. Outfielder Paul Hughes led the Warriors with a team-high .380 batting average and was later offered bonuses by three major league teams to leave school early. Captain first baseman Joe Bage hit .330, while smacking 20 singles and scoring 20 runs in 18 games, while outfielder Leo McSweeney batted .329 and third baseman Jim Walsh registered a .306 batting mark. Bob Gianusso anchored the pitching staff with a 6-1 record as part of the "Big Three" with Harry Vigdor, who finished with a 4-1 record and Jack Cloherty, who owned a 4-2 mark. Members of the team included Sullivan, assistant coach Bob Currier, Larry Aiello, Bage, Tom Boussy, Cloherty, Joe Colannino, Jim Collins, John Conley, Gianusso, Hughes, Lou Jennings, Harold "Red" Martell, Leo McSweeney, Les Smith, Vigdor, Walsh, Paul White and Paul Winter.