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Three Former UConn Baseball Greats Have Numbers Retired

STORRS, CT (June 1) -- In a ceremony held on Saturday, May 22, The University of Connecticut baseball program retired the numbers of former UConn head coaches J.O. Christian (#17), Larry Panciera (#35), and Andy Baylock (#28).  These are the first numbers the UConn baseball program has retired in its 108 year history. 

Christian (#17), UConn’s head coach from 1936-1961, took over a baseball program that had registered a record of 151-221-6 (.407) in its previous 38 years of existence and molded UConn into a winner, compiling a record of 254-170-7 (.597). Christian’s teams captured nine of 14 Yankee Conference titles and advanced to the NCAA College World Series in 1957 and 1959. Christian, who also served as UConn’s athletic director from 1950-1966 passed away on October 21, 1979 at the age of 81.

Panciera (#35) was in charge of the Husky baseball program from 1962-1979 and owns the highest winning percentage (.650) of any coach in UConn baseball history. Panciera’s teams compiled a record of 297-160-5 and made three appearances in the NCAA College World Series. Panciera passed away on September 8, 1998 at the age of 76.

Baylock (#28), the winningest coach in Husky baseball history, led his teams to a 556-492-8 record in his 24 seasons as head coach. Baylock oversaw the Husky baseball program’s transition into the BIG EAST Conference and captured BIG EAST Tournament crowns in 1990 and 1994. Baylock served as an assistant to Panciera for 15 years before taking the helm in 1980.