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Division-II College World Series runner-up in 1977

Players who went here

Eckerd College was founded in 1960 as Florida Presbyterian College. The name was changed in 1972 after a $12.5 million donation from Jack Eckerd.

Eckerd has had several alumni who have played baseball professionally. In 2005, Ryan Searage was selected in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The previous year, Billy Evers, the son of former Tampa Bay Devil Rays bench coach Bill Evers, also an Eckerd alumnus, was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as a right-handed pitcher. Florida Marlins reliever Jim Mecir is an Eckerd graduate, as well. Josh Beauregard ('03) had a successful year in Independent ball in 2005, following a release from the Oakland Athletics. The most famous baseball alum from Eckerd is former All-Star Steve Balboni, who hit 181 home runs in his major league career. To this day, Balboni still holds the Kansas City Royals' single-season home run record. Other notable alumni include Brian Sabean, general manager of the San Francisco Giants, Craig Albernaz, Brian Butterfield, Ismael Cruz, Dave DeFreitas, Billy Evers, Bruce Joyce, Tim Karkatselos, Joe Lefebvre, Bill Mathews, Jon Mueller, Dave Pano, Mickey Pina, Stan Saleski, Roy Silver and Carlos Tosca.

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