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New Book Chronicles Shockers Rise

Jeff Garretson - January 27, 2014 2:13 pm

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A new book about the Wichita State Shockers baseball team takes a look at a 5 year period when Coach Gene Stephenson took the program that was non existent in 1977 – to the the College World Series.

Coach Stephenson and writer John Brown joined in on the KSAL Morning News Monday with a look at the the early days, “It was an interesting start,” Stephenson said. “No dugouts, no water fountain no bats or balls on campus!”

Stephenson tells KSAL News his office was the football program’s film room, “Whenever they decided they needed to watch a film, they kicked us out.”

That office proved to be the launching pad for Stephenson’s Shockers, who went on to win 1,800 Division I games – propelling the program to seven College World Series appearances and an NCAA Championship in 1989.

Shocker fans can find the book; “Wichita State Baseball Comes Back – Gene Stephenson and the Making of a Shocker Championship Tradition,” at area Dillons Stores.

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