The University of Nevada, Las Vegas baseball program started in 1967 and Dave LaRoche was their first player to make it to the Major League level. Names that appear on the chart above in bold print are in the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Hall of Fame.
So why is the University of Nevada, Las Vegas(UNLV) using the "rebels" as their nickname for the team logo / mascot?
The nickname "Rebels" was given to UNLV athletic teams because the school, emerging from the shadow of the University of Nevada, Reno, in effect "rebelled" against its bigger and older brother to the north.
The name "Runnin' Rebels" (always spelled without a "g") was coined in 1974 by then-sports information director Dominic Clark but refers only to the UNLV men's basketball team.
Source: UNLV Traditions (website)
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