Baseball Retired Numbers: 1, 11, 16, 31, 33, 44
The Michigan baseball program retired its sixth uniform number in 2010 when Barry Larkin's No. 16 was taken out of circulation. Larkin's No. 16 jersey joins Don Lund's No. 33, Moby Benedict's No. 1, Bill Freehan's No. 11, Ray Fisher's No. 44 and Jim Abbott's No. 31.
Moby Benedict -- No. 1
Retired - 1979
Benedict, who lettered as a Wolverine shortstop (1954, '55, '56), also served as U-M's head coach from 1963-79, winning 367 games. His teams won three Big Ten Championships (1975, 1976, and 1978) while the 1978 team advanced to the College World Series, finishing fifth. He was an assistant coach on Michigan's 1962 national championship team with Lund as head coach. Benedict has come out of retirement twice to help former Wolverines Bill Freehan (1990) and Geoff Zahn (1996) get started as Michigan head coaches.
Bill Freehan -- No. 11
Retired - 1977
Freehan, who wore No. 14 in his single record-setting season as a Wolverine, was an All-America catcher in 1961 and later named Catcher of his Era by Baseball America. He hit .446 in overall action and .585 in Big Ten play, both marks setting single-season records that still stand entering the 2010 season. Freehan spent 15 seasons with the Detroit Tigers and was an 11-time Major League All-Star. He made the No. 11 famous in Detroit and that was the number that was retired at Michigan. He returned to the Wolverines in 1990, serving six seasons as a head coach and winning 166 games, while wearing No. 11.
Barry Larkin -- No. 16
Retired - May 1, 2010
During his three-year career at Michigan, Larkin led the Wolverines to the College World Series twice (1983-84) and was a two-time All-America selection (1984-85). As a freshman, Larkin had two doubles in a victory over Maine in the first game of the College World Series, leading the Wolverines to a third-place finish. The Wolverines finished seventh during his sophomore campaign as Larkin picked up the first of two consecutive All-America citations. The shortstop hit a career-high .368 during his junior year to earn national recognition for the second straight season. The Cincinnati Reds took Larkin with the fourth pick in the 1985 MLB Draft. He played for 19 years with his hometown club, leading his squad to the 1990 World Series title and earning the 1995 MLB Most Valuable Player award.
Jim Abbott -- No. 31
Retired - April 18, 2009
Abbott, a three-year letterwinner (1986, '87, '88), became the first baseball player to ever win the AAU's Sullivan Award, recognizing the top amateur athlete in the nation. He took home the coveted Golden Spikes Award in 1987 as collegiate baseball's top player as a sophomore, after posting an 11-3 record with 60 strikeouts in 87 innings of work. Abbott was the winning pitcher for the U.S. team in the 1988 Olympic gold medal game, beating Japan, 5-3. He was the No. 8 overall pick by the California Angels in the 1988 MLB Draft. Abbott made his pro debut that same year, without playing in the minor leagues, and was one of only three pitchers during the 1980s to win his first professional game at the major league level. In 1992, he was traded to the New York Yankees where he made history with a 4-0 no-hit victory over the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 4, 1993. He finished his 10-year Major League Baseball career in 1999.
Don Lund -- No. 33
Retired - May 9, 1999
Lund earned nine varsity letters at Michigan with three each in baseball (1943, '44, '45), basketball (1943, '44, '45) and football (1942, '43, '44). A first-round football selection by the Chicago Bears in 1945 (seventh player taken), Lund signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers and played in the Major Leagues with the Dodgers, St. Louis Browns and Detroit Tigers. He replaced the legendary Ray Fisher and coached the Wolverine baseball team to the 1962 national championship. Lund was farm director for the Detroit Tigers for its 1968 World Series victory. He then returned to Michigan as an associate athletic director, retiring in 1992.
Ray Fisher -- No. 44
Retired - May 13, 2000
Fisher, who coached at Michigan from 1921-58, set a school record with 636 wins. Fisher led the Wolverines to 15 Big Ten championships and won the 1953 College World Series. Prior to arriving at Michigan, Fisher pitched in the Major Leagues from 1910-20 for the New York Highlanders, Yankees and Reds. He was 97-93 with a 2.82 ERA and was one of only a few college graduates in the Major Leagues during the early 20th century.
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