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Created: 10/19/2005 11:57:05 PM

The Ivy League has a deep and long history in the World Series. Now Houston Astros catcher Brad Ausmus, a Dartmouth graduate, is ready to make his own history as his Astros have defeated St. Louis, four games to two, in the National League Championship Series.

Ausmus went three-for-four in Wednesday’s 5-1 series-clinching win. He hit .318 in the series.

Ausmus has a unique Datmouth baseball background. He was drafted and signed by the Yankees after his senior year in high school and thus ineligible for college baseball. So he spent his four years in Hanover as a volunteer coach and bullpen catcher for the Big Green.

Here are some Ivy League World Series facts:

• Ausmus becomes the first Ivy League catcher in the World Series since another Dartmouth graduate — John "Chief" Meyers — played for the Brooklyn Robins in 1916. The Robins lost four games to one to the Boston Red Sox, who had a young hurler throw a complete game in a 14-inning victory. That youngster went zero-for-five at the plate with two strikeouts, but later became known for his bat. Yet that season, Babe Ruth won 23 times and had an ERA of 1.75. Ausmus may not want to know that Chief Meyers went to four World Series and lost them all.

• Columbia's Eddie Collins stole a record 14 bases in the World Series. He played in six Series, winning three-of-four for the Philadelphia A's and splitting a pair with the Chicago White Sox. Collins' last World Series was the infamous one of 1919, the Black Sox Scandal. Collins was a member of the Sox, but was never remotely implicated in the wrongdoing.

• Columbia's Lou Gehrig is one of six men to connect on at least 10 Fall Classic home runs. After the Yankees lost in seven to the Cardinals in his first appearance (1926), they won six straight Series appearances. In the process, the Yankees won 24 of 27 Series games. Gehrig's six Series wins are one better than Red Rolfe, a Dartmouth graduate. The Ivy League’s two baseball divisions are named for Gehrig and Rolfe.

• Two Ivy Leaguers have ended the World Series with a game-winning hit in the deciding game. Steve Yerkes of Penn did it in the 1912 Series for the Red Sox just as Gene Larkin did 79 years later for the Twins. Larkin was the last Ivy Leaguer to be a World Champion (1991).

• The Yankees of 1936 and 1937 both won the World Series with three Ivy Leaguers on the team. The three were Gehrig, Rolfe and Brown graduate Bump Hadley, who was flamethrowing pitcher. On Oct. 3, 1936, Hadley threw a gem (8 inn., 1 run) while Gehrig homered in a 2-1 win over the Giants.

• On four occasions there have been Ivy Leaguers on both sides of a World Series. Three times it was John Meyers on the losing end with the Giants (1911, 1912, 1913). In 1927 it was Gehrig's Yankees sweeping the Pirates and Penn graduate Clyde Barnhart.

• Yalie Ron Darling would compile a 1.53 ERA in leading the Mets to the 1986 World title. He lost a 1-0 duel in the opener, but claimed victory with seven shutout innings in Game Four. Darling started Game Seven, but was lifted with two outs in the fourth with the Red Sox leading 3-0. The Mets scored three each in the sixth and seventh innings en route to a 8-5 Series clincher.

• Two Dartmouth grads in addition to Rolfe and Meyers have been to the Series. Jim Beattie pitched for the Yankees in 1978, when they beat the Dodgers, ending a 36-year Ivy drought in the Series. The most recent Dartmouth participant is also the last Leaguer in the Series — Mike Remlinger — who was on the Braves when they were swept by the Yankees in 1999.


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