Creating the all-time starting nine for Texas Longhorn baseball is a tall order.
The Longhorns’ rich history includes six College World Series titles. But that’s the task that Andy Wittry of NCAA.com chose, and he produced some interesting decisions.
None more interesting than his choice of pitchers. Although Roger Clemens is regarded as one of the greatest pitchers in the history of baseball – and pitchers Greg Swindell, Burt Hooton and Brooks Kieschnick all have their numbers retired – Wittry chose 1970s star Richard Wortham as the pitcher for his all-time Texas team, which he based entirely on collegiate accomplishments with no weight given to what players did in the pros.
Wittry chose Wortham for his repeated excellence on the biggest stages. Wortham pitched Texas to a College World Series title in 1975 and finished his career as Texas’ all-time leader in wins and second in strikeouts.
The lineup contains some of the best hitters in the history of college baseball, including Texas home run leader Kyle Russell in right field. Russell hit a program record 57 home runs in his Longhorns career, including 28 in 2007, a single-season record.
The starting lineup of Wittry’s all-time Texas team is as follows:
Texas’ all-time starting lineup
- Calvin Murray, LF (1990-92)
- Bill Bates, 2B (1983-85)
- Drew Stubbs, CF (2004-06)
- Kyle Russell, RF (2006-08)
- Jeff Ontiveros, 1B (1999-2002)
- David Denny, 3B (1982-85)
- Rick Bradley, C (1973-75)
- Kip Harkrider, SS (1995-97)
- Richard Wortham, P (1973-76)
- Augie Garrido, Coach (1997-2016)