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Since 1881 

Baseball, the national pastime, has been an Ohio State pastime since 1881, making the sport of baseball the Buckeyes’ oldest varsity sport. Since that first season, when the Buckeyes posted a modest but perfect, 1-0, record, Ohio State has won more than 2,200 games.

In fact, Ohio State enters the 2008 baseball season with an all-time record of 2,228 wins against 1,427 losses with 38 ties, for a winning percentage of .608. The Buckeyes have an all-time Big Ten Conference record of 844-622-5 (.575) through 95 seasons of play (this number includes Western Conference games, the predecessor of the Big Ten Conference, which Ohio State joined in 1913). Ohio State has been champion of the Big Ten Conference 14 times and it has been champion of the Big Ten tournament, which started in 1981, a conference-best eight times for a total of 22 Big Ten crowns.

Perhaps the most meaningful and impressive stat regarding Ohio State baseball: the team has played 124 seasons and it has only had 22 losing seasons. Buckeye baseball has produced 96 winning seasons and six .500 seasons and the program is on a current run of 20 consecutive winning seasons, the latter under the leadership of cuurent head coach Bob Todd.

Written by Jerry Emig, Ohio State Athletics Communications

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