Babb gets 700th win in baseball

Hopkins coach ranks 14th all time in Div. III


April 08, 2005|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Johns Hopkins baseball coach Bob Babb and his son Andrew, 9, both have big dreams, and they have nothing to do with the elder Babb's 700th career victory, recorded Wednesday afternoon with a 7-5 win against Shenandoah at Homewood Field.

The Blue Jays coach wants to land that elusive national championship that has escaped him for the past 25 years.

His son's dream?

"He wants to grow up and play for me," said Babb, who is 50. "That would be a lot of fun. I'll probably coach until he gets done with college. It's a lot of fun having a son, no doubt."

Babb played down the 700 wins yesterday after practice on his home field for only the second time this season because of the rainy weather. He insisted he didn't have a clue he had won No. 700 "until they announced it after the game."

"Nobody even mentioned it before the game," said Babb (700-255-8). "Usually, a kid will say something. To be perfectly honest with you, I had no idea. I'll take a polygraph test."

The 700 victories put Babb in 14th place among all NCAA Division III baseball coaches. Don Schaly, 67, who retired from Marietta College in Ohio with 1,438 wins and who died March 9, ranks first. The retired Jim Mallon of Southwestern University in Texas is second with 1,169 victories.

"They're safe," said Babb. "I could care less about that [record]. I have a while yet to go, to get my son through high school and college."

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