The 1976 SC4 baseball team made an impressive run at a national title.
The Skippers reached the finals of the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series before losing to Central Arizona College 10-8 in Grand Junction, CO. SC4, which also competed in the World Series in 1970 and 1972, finished the season at 37-14.
Coach Dick Groch led the Skippers to State Junior College and North Central championships to earn the trip to the World Series. They defeated Kansas City Junior College 4-2 and Miami Dade CC 9-6 before suffering a 6-4 loss to Central Arizona. A 7-2 victory over Ranger College put SC4 in the title game against Central Arizona.
The team members were Dan Burke, Greg Chrzanowski, Denny Dwyer, Gary George, Jim Grace, Matt Hays, Jeff Jones, Mike Karabin, Bob Kelly, Jeff Kneisley, Al Levine, Larry (Lewandowski) Lewis, Mike Mann, Steven McClain, Jim Romeo, Frank Scarpace, Doug Simunic, John Walters and Jim Wisniewski. Ron Mason was an assistant coach.
Kneisley, an outfielder, earned All-American honors, while Mann, a pitcher, and Simunic, a catcher, were drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1976.
Inducted in 2017