Pre-World War II Era (1919-1940)

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Catcher Arthur Jaques

Catcher Arthur Jaques

The Middlebury teams of this era posted a combined record of 114-181-3 under the guidance of seven coaches. Harvey Hesler (38-40-1), David Morey (32-41-1) and Walter “Duke” Nelson (22-43-1) were the coaches with the longest tenure each recording five years at the helm. Other coaches during this time period included Patrick Keefe (1919,3-9), Minot Crowell (1920, 4-4), Marshall Klevenow (1926-27.5, 6-21), and John Nash9 (1938-40, 9-23). The relative unsuccessfulness of the era is reflected by the decline in the importance of baseball around the Middlebury campus following World War I. However, that trend would be reversed in the coming years following World War II ushering in Middlebury Baseball’s golden years.