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Club baseball boom might have started 30 years ago at Loyola College

Club baseball boom might have started 30 years ago at Loyola College

Thirty years later, the stories abound: how, in 1987, a group of 15 baseball-starved Loyola College students organized a club team, cleared a rock-strewn field and suited up, in hand-me-down jerseys, to play varsity teams from other schools.

They got hammered. But the program, believed to be one of the first in the country, survived — a pioneer in a college club baseball boom that now numbers 304 teams and boasts its own World Series.

"Loyola claims to have been the first," said Sandy Sanderson, president of the National Club Baseball Association, established in 2000. True or not, he said, "you've got to admire their sustainability. Since club sports are...

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