The Rider University baseball program started in 1929 and Danny Napoleon was their first player to make it to the Major League level. On April 20, 1944 a non-playing student named Al Verdel broke into the big leagues making him the first student to make it to the Major League level.
The Rider Broncs played baseball in 1929, stopped, played again from 1941 through 1942, stopped, resumed play in 1946 and are still playing today though they are now known as Rider University due to a name change in 1994.
Did you know that there are six former Rider University players who made it to "the show"? Send corrections to Baseball Almanac.