The University of Richmond baseball program started in 1894 and Tom Miller was their first player to make it to the Major League level. On September 23, 1914, Clarence Berger became the first of two (Vern Morgan) non-players to make it to the big leagues.
The first Richmond Spider to be enshrined into their school Hall of Fame was Bucky Jacobs, a three-year pitcher for the Washington Senators. He might be known as a major league ballplayer here, but according to his Hall of Fame entry he was also an incredibly good basketball player:
"Bucky" Jacobs (deceased) was a two-sport standout during the mid 1930's. A former captain and All-State forward on Richmond's 1936-37 basketball team, he is best remembered for his exploits on the baseball diamond. He posted a lifetime 19-1 record with an 18-game win streak and three no-hitters; all current Richmond records. Bucky holds Richmond's record for single game (20) strikeouts and also held the record for most strikeouts in a season (98) until it was broken in 1994.
He played in 20 basketball games in 1936, had 60 field goals, 46 free throws, scored 166 points and averaged 8.3 points a game. In 1936-37 he was named to the First Team all-state.
Source: RichmondSpiders.com (Hall of Fame Website Page).
Did you know that there are fifteen former Richmond players who made it to the show? Send corrections or updates to Baseball Almanac.