Murray State remembers Hall of Fame pitcher George Dugan


In collegiate athletics, every school has generational student-athletes who have excelled above all others.

That’s certainly true in Murray State Baseball history when it comes to the career of left-handed pitcher George Dugan who played for the Thoroughbreds from 1962 to 1965.

Dugan, died February 16, 2022 at the age of 78 at his home in Golconda, Illinois. He was born on November 8, 1943.

As one of the first great players to compete at Murray State under legendary coach Johnny Reagan, George Dugan’s career has stood the test of time. Dugan, a native of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, was one of the best pitchers in the nation when he played for the Breds from 1962 to 1965.

Inducted into the Murray State Hall of Fame in 1977, Dugan helped the Racers win three Ohio Valley Conference championships in 1963, 1964 and 1965. During that time, the Breds also won two OVC tournament titles. Dugan was a four-time All-OVC selection and was named OVC Pitcher of the Year in three consecutive seasons in 1963, 1964 and 1965.

Finishing his career in 1965, Dugan held all the pitching records at Murray State and he still holds many, including the all-time strikeout mark at 343. Dugan was so dominant that his strikeout total is 111 more than runner-up David Gourieux (1966-69), who is an MSU Hall of Famer in his own right. Dugan had 24 complete games, nine shutouts, 14 strikeouts per 9 innings and most game winning streak nine in a row. It still owns the MSU Career Earned Run Average at 1.03. Dugan was part of an amazing day in 1965 when he teamed with Jerry Anderson to throw a no-hitter double against Austin Peay on April 20, 1965. He also had four hits and four hits at MSU. He led the nation in 1963 with a 0.29 ERA in 63 innings of work as we won all nine of his starts.

Dugan was drafted by the California Angels in the 19th round of the 1965 Major League Baseball Draft. He played three minor league ball seasons in Quad Cities (Class A) and El Paso (Class AA). In three seasons, he appeared in 46 games and recorded 10 wins with a 3.50 ERA in 167 innings with 164 strikeouts.

Although he never made it to the big leagues, George Dugan was known to have an incredible arm. His name appeared on August 6, 1993 during an Atlanta Braves broadcast on WTBS. While Don Sutton called the game between the Braves and the Montreal Expos, another Murray State star, Kirk Rueter, was in his rookie season. Sutton said of Rueter: “Did you say he (Kirk Reuter) was from Murray State? It’s a great school of baseball in Kentucky. One of the best little southpaws I’ve ever had. I never saw who couldn’t pitch in the big leagues was George Dugan. He pitched just like Whitey Ford.

Announcement of the services of George Dugan
Services for Georges Dugan will be held at Aly’s Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Sunday, February 20, 2022 from 1 to 3 p.m., when a funeral service begins. Located at 1099 State Hwy 145 North, Eddyville, IL 62928. Aly’s phone number is (618) 672-4222. Briefs may be made to: Murray State Baseball.

About Murray State Athletics
Located in Murray, Kentucky, the Murray State University Department of Athletics is a member of NCAA Division I and plays in the football championship subdivision. The Racers have 15 programs, including men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer and golf teams and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, athletics and volleyball, as well as a mixed team of riflemen. . The Racers are charter members of the Ohio Valley Conference and are currently one of only two original members from the conference’s first season in 1948.

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