STORRS, Conn. – Former UConn outfielder and All-American George Springer represents UConn in the upcoming 2017 World Series with his Houston Astros squaring off against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Springer (2009-11) will become the first position player for the Huskies to play in the Fall Classic when he steps into the box tonight at Dodger Stadium. UConn has had three former players pitch in the World Series.
— UConn Baseball (@UConnBaseball) October 24, 2017
Rollie Sheldon (1960) appeared in two games for the New York Yankees in the 1964 World Series. Gary Waslewski (1960) pitched in two games for the Boston Red Sox in the 1967 World Series and Charles Nagy (1987-1988) is the only Husky to appear in multiple World Series (1995, 1997).
Outfielder Rajai Davis played for UConn-Avery Point and was committed to transfer to the Huskies for the 2002 season but was drafted and signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 38th Round of the 2001 MLB Draft. Davis played in the 2016 World Series for the Cleveland Indians and hit a game-tying home run against Aroldis Chapman of the Cubs to send the game to extras.
Two 1991 UConn graduates with ties to Andy Baylock and the baseball program are umpires Jim Reynolds and Dan Iassogna. Iasoggna, scheduled to umpire the 2017 World Series, made his first World Series appearance in 2012. Reynolds umpired the 2014 Fall Classic.
Springer has shined in different ways throughout the 2017 postseason. In the Division Series against the Red Sox, he hit .412 (7-17) with a pair of doubles, a home run and 3 RBIs. In the Championship Series, his glove work was on full display with a pair of great catches in Games 6 and 7, respectively. The New Britain, Conn. native was the center of celebration after catching the final out to send Houston to the World Series.
If the Astros defeat the Dodgers in the World Series, it would be the first title for Houston and the first time a former UConn player has won the ultimate prize.