The Mercyhurst College baseball program started in 1969 and John Costello was their first player to make it to the Major League level. Their school colors are green, blue, and white and they were founded in 1926. Names that appear on the chart above in bold print are in the Mercyhurst College Hall of Fame.
Not only was he the first, but John Costello was also the first former major leaguer to be inducted into the Mercyhurst College Hall of Fame. He was enshrined in 1996 and the article about him reads as follows:
"Costello ranks as one of the best pitchers to ever play for the Laker baseball team. He had a stellar career while at the Hurst, finishing his collegiate career with a 27-9 mark. During his junior season, Costello finished first in the nation with an impressive 1.12 ERA. His strike out per game ratio, 10.7, also placed him fifth in the country. Costello played Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres and Montreal Expos."
Source: Mercyhurst College.
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