The University of Notre Dame baseball program started in 1870 and Willie McGill, who at the age of sixteen pitched the Fighting Irish's very first collegiate game (but was not actually student at the school!), was their first player to make it to the Major League level.
Did you know that there are sixty former University of Notre Dame players who made it to the show? Send corrections or updates to Baseball Almanac.
Notre Dame alumnus have truly played an important part in baseball history: Arch Ward founded the All-Star Game & Bert Dunne invented the batting tee.